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March 6, 1913.
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KKNTX'CKY TRUSS ASSOCIATION.
THE NEW LEARNING
Tho trend In education Is to tho
practical. Tho following taken from
"To Day" for March, bIiowb that Ko
rea Collego Is In the van In practical
education with courses in llouS-'keeP-Ing,
Farming and Carpentry.
"Scientific homo-making mny bo
cald to have reached tho stago where
It Is now an established branch of
learning. Thero aro over 1,200 Insti
tutions In tho United States today
offering courses In homo economics.
Of those, some 100 aro colleges and
iibout 630 nro High schools. Tho Uni
versity of California Is tho latest of
tho large Institutions to write the
new learning In Its catalogue along
with Latin and (Ireek and the higher
mathematics. They aro now raising
tho money with which to endow a col
lege of domestic arts and sciences. It
was tho la to Mrs. Ellen Ii. Illchards,
assistant professor In sanitary chem
istry at tho Itoaton Instltuto of Tech
nology, who did more than any one
elso to awaken tho American woman
to the need of scientific preparation
for their llfo work of home-making.
December 3 was Bet attart this last .
year as Homo Economics Day to ho ( stuaeuts occupying two roomu which
celebrated In her memory by schools wtT0 Betjom vUlted by teacheis, made
and colleges anil women's clubs thru- 1 ther0 a rt.n(Czvous for the use of to
out tho country. ' bacc0 and sometimes lhrnor. and In t.n-
A HEROINE INDEED.
Nature, It seems, has endowed wo
man with a capacity for suffering be
yond thct of man. The faithfulness of
a frail woman In nn emergency, under
stress of mind nnd body, Is always a
There's Mrs. Peter Itourquc.
Her husband was the keeper of the '
lighthouse on Hoard Itock Island, one
of tho Magdalen group. Nova Scotia. 1
During a Berce storm her husband -
ed. Mrs. itouruue. n sllBht. UclIcat' aulto unexpectedly from different uar
woman, fought with the sea for Its ter8 80 Ulat wo loarnoJ of the mls- 1
victim nnd after a heartbreaking strug- lolngs of students and citizens. It Is
gle recovered tho body. , heartbreaking, disappointing to find
Out she was not strong enough to that some for whom wo hnd
bring the body Into tho house and was high hope3 hav-o thus fallen. We were
forced to leave It lying on the rocks greatly disappointed to find thaUomc
She stood literally between tho quick cltZCI13 an(J students, who hnd not '
iiiiu tue ueau. Leaving ine ueau, site
must keep the beacon lltit burnlm:
nnd ring the bell to save the living.
Many times during the four days nnd
nights of this experience she beard the
whistles of passing ships; but. wnrnetl
off by the lights, they sheered nwny
Her small children could not attend
the lighthouse while she rowed to the
mainland, nnd so the bravo little wo
man stayed at her post, hoping agnlust
hope of rescue.
Put yourself lu her place.
Wbnt stress of anxiety nnd grief nntl
mourning! And while thus sutTerlu
In mind and body one compelling j
thought was ever before her:
There on thu rocks lay tho unsop
ulchered body of her husband demand
ing Christian burial
Out yonder on tlie ocean wero ships
freighted with precious nrgoslcs. Hu
man lives were dependent upon her
i light to save them from the peril of the
Her duty wns to the living.
Her endurance hail reached the lim
it Her supplies were running low.
and her little ones were threatened
Nerving herself to her- task, throiiKh
blinding tears she faithfully tended the
beacon nntl rang the bell.
Supreme courage dlvlno courage
kept her stanch nnd faithful.
finally, almost a week after her hus
band was drowned, the brave guardian
of the lights, with her little ones, was
rescued hy tho chance call of n steamer
Could woman's fortitude aud loyulty
Prayer la the tout's sincere dtalr
Unuttered or expressed.
a All persous pray.
' Some of them may do so unconscious
ly; some pray on their knees; somo on
their feet; somo pray aloud; soma utter
uo word-but all pray.
Home pray In thought or desire; some
In deed; some pray piteous prayers;
soma Jhw prwyor of .anfulthijwjnojhe
fierce ImprecMlory prnyer-but'sll pray
Iam)U nlitiut you. Cannot you are (lie ,
Here Is n crippled boy. lie llei with
twlted leg In n tile bnby carriage nml I
ofToni lend pencil to t lie passersby
If you will look Into hln eyes you will
eo mi appealing prnyer
Yonder N a scrubwoman Hhe set.
up ill y oVIuek In ttie morning ami
scrub Hours from A to $. She walk
to and fniin tlie big o(llro building li
nave ear fare. I there not a prayer In
tier very attitude there on tier knee
l!l lllll. ft... ,t..lt.. (WMIPl
There Ii a woman w ith fatlel fare
" and hardened hnmM Once she win
pretty, but work anil deprivation li:te
robbed tier, and hevnuie slie no lotmei
please her hruteof a husband lie beat
her She lin' hud liliu arretted, hut
due not want In priweeute In het
race I Hie player of perplexity.
And yonder Ii a young fellow- win
in 11 drunken fienzt iwed a knife tin
hl friend Sorry enough now, In hi
eer.v pine Ii the prnjcr of retnnrxe
Thai pimr girl
She walk gnyly riiiiugli tonight Hill
he bus Hold lieielf fur bread, and
iiiilil yon liNik' when. iN-tlme. she aee
Herself at die K ton woilltl ultne-o. h
lirntoruf agony and ile-pnlr.
Anil Unit uintller'M fine
Can yuti not Me In It in iie fondly
UMikH on lier Iji !?- 11 prayer fur theli
protection nml future?
Prayer See the attllllde ol tin
tinpeless dweller if the slum; watch
Hie tortured renin rex of the pain
riicktil hiixpltal patient: peer Into tilt
heart of the sulfide
read the heart. of
If only we rmild
tool the world nmuiid
And seine of lliem we ran help '
answer We raiinet pretend we tin not
see or hear (lie pints Itllt-
Ilitvliii: m'uii .so mill Ii nml listened ho
oug. lire we lieetmiltt!: enlloiii ami nit
If so what a ehanee we miss to heip
UimI answer soin,. of these praer'
DETECTIVES IN BEREA
Continued from I'irat I'airr
which In other communities might
be suspected of handling Intoxicants.
They checked up tho honesty of the
student conducting tho Co-operative
Storo. They ascertained that ffom
several of tho men' J dormitories there
was no going out at night on the
part of tho young meu. They found
that tho great majority of students
were not only free from the use of
liquor nnd tobacco, but vigorously op
posed to such -practices.
Thoy soon began to find, however,
that there wero a few students nnd
citizens of cnothcr kind. Thoy dis
covered, for example, at the newly
....m trini iuia3 t the farm that the
1 or two private houses the tame state
of affairs was found to exist. Before
' being In Uerea two weeks, a new stu
dent, who had professed himself des
irous of procuring liquor, was taken
to Ulchmond and shewn thru the red
light district, nnd two or three days
I later led thru tho darkness to a
"blind tiger" lu the outskirts of
A'uout thi8 tmei otUer evidence, as
,, fre,,ucntly tUc cas0 t.ame ,0 U8
practiced wrong doing themselves, ,
Eccmcd ready t bhleld or apologize for
it, or to speak lightly about It. And
i wo aro shocked t- find that como seem
cd to havo played tho part of hyio-
crltes In professing a desire f-.r
amendment to their teachers while
. they wero saying to their fellow stu
dents that they only wished to bo In
school Sn order that thoy might have tiger and tho tobacco Joints nntl 11ft
an opportunity for gambling and ed no finger to stop them are now
-other cilmtu&l activities. Somo cf the
I votitti? iteonln who wero oxnollod and
dismissed vu Khali follow with hope- 1
ful prayers, while somo who still
tcmain wo must look u;on with anx
iety, If not suspicion. I ouly wish
that thceo who havo talked against
tho collego regulations and have tried
to conceal wrong-doers, could know
of tho great effcrts tho teachers
havo put forth to Interest our young
peopln In that which Is good and keep
them from that which is evil. And I
wish that they could know homethlng
of tho anguish ot parents and friends
which is occasioned by tho downfall
of thesd young people who might
havo been shielded from temptation
until their own good character and in
dependence of temptation was esta
blished. Tho arrest of Mr. Scott aud his
customors was mado on Saturday
night, nnd ut tho samo tlmo tho
search of a number of students' rooms,
somo on suspicion and some merely
to divert attention, rovealed many
things which thu school authorities
wore lu duty bound to Know.
As la always tho caso thero Is
some attempt to dlvort attention from
tho wickedness ot tho sins that havo
boon uncovered by finding fault with
thoso who brought this evil to light.
The men who by dynamite blow poo
plo to death In Los Angeles express
ed thomaolvcs as feeling greatly
wronged because they were detected
One Who Worked His Way
Herbert M. Williams
1 Seventy-six years ago n little l.ul
of (hirteen and It ts parents left th-lr
old New Kngland home to settle In
tho then new country of northern
The old Connecticut farm had lien
In tlie family for a hundred yearn,
tt had a romantic, but rocky history.
Only the thrift and Industry of Hit
occupant provided a comfortable liv
When, some years before, the joug
farmer brought his brhlo to the old
homestead, she found It u pleasant
place. New Knglantl winters may be
severe, but tho summers nro delight
ful. Th'! sunlight fell In shifting splash.
les through the trees nlong the drive, way then and. If from a dlstnnce. It
I Tho birds Ming In tho branches thru ' twenty-flvo cents.
, nil the summer day. The white roue Undaunted, when his Plan was mail ',
! leaned In at the window with a frag- tho young man with books nml
' rant welcome for tho young housewife clothes In a hag over his shoulder, bad'
as she- went about her duties, Jut ns farewell to tho homo folks ami strode
It had wclcnid mnxy who hodpr"c d. away eastward to college. As hoturn
. ed her. I know that the rose, was there ed to latch tho cato, tho 'good moth
for she told mo about It, the grand- r stopped behind tho door that he
mther. years and years ago
remember those things for the fint;
rance lingers with the fragrance ff
She had received a good education,
as it was considered In those days,
1 at an old New England Academy and
she had taught a school where Noah
, Webster, who wrote the dictionary.
was ono of tho trustees, ho wo are
, sure that sho knew how to f-pell
I which Is not m certain of borne mod-
ern graduates. Then sho could innku
I glorious pumpkin pies for we have
J not forgotten Thanksgiving day
1 though that, too, was long ago.
1 So tho years passed nnd the rich
lands of tho West called to these
sturdy farmer folk and they listened.
Selling tho old place they joined n
party of colonists.
Tho last dinner In New Kimlaml
they ato with old friends, tho Al
cott family whose daughter, 1-oulsu,
was then a little girl; she afterward
wrote, you renrmber, those delightful
stories for hoys nnd girls.
' Uy stage, by tho Erie Canal, on the
1 lakes and by teams ovcrlnnd, they
! traveled and at last reached those
' rich prairies of northern Indiana. Car
( penters hnd been sent ahead to build
, houses, barns and mills, but th-y
hail been delayed and only the barns
wero built. So the first winter was
' passed In tho new barn. .Many a morn
ing tho children awoke beneath a
white snow blanket. When the moth
er swept the floor there was nothing
to tako up for It all had gone, dust
to dust, through the cracks in the
floor. With the best earn possible
soino of tho cattle in tho teiniHjrary
shelter died. Tho wolves heard about
, it and nt night howled the sad news
lar and wide.
13 tit spring came at last. Tho land
grew green and beautiful as western
prairies do. The wild geese returned
to tho marshes; the turkeys and
prairie hens made their nests; tho
, wolves withdrew and tho young
calves called In safety to their
Tho wheels of tho mill on the
river began to turn. Thu llttlo lad
who loved tools, made a water wheel
for tho mill raco back of tho house
to wor; his mother-s chum.
Tho children grew strong and hear-
hy detectives, and the men guilty
of bribing in Slaty legislatures 11 nve
complained bitterly of tho methods
' that wero used to uncover their deeds.
In tho samu way we hear that some
nro now trying to create sympathy
for wrong-doers by finding fault with
tho tteoplo who detected them. Peo-
fplo who havo long known of the blind
' most unreasonably concerned lest
somo young men may huiu been led
Into temptation by tho detectives'
To all such wo may say two things:
First, uo young man has committed
his first or his second offencu In thu
presence of detectives. Thu detectives
havo simply brought to light persons
who wero systematically concealing I
a fixed courso of wrong doing. 1
Second, in nil cases tho detectives 1
havo given corroltoratlvo evldenc, I
telling whero articles, might bo found, '
or referring to others who had knowl
edge, or relying upon tho frank con
fession of tho wrong-doers themselves.
Tho members of thu detective bu
reau and tho offlcoru ot tho law con
ducted themselves with great credit.
They wero sagacious, courageous and
withal kindly. Any parent would
havo been satisfied If ho could havo
seen Cant. Shoit's examination or
tho young men.
It is noticeable that the chief of
fenders aro net among our mountain
studeuts but students from tho
"bluo grass" or tho North. It Is also
notlccablo that a large proportion aro
among thoso who havo been permit
ted to have rooms and board outsldo
of collego buildings.
All in all, tho discoveries thus far
fill us with gratltudo that so many
of our young pooplo seem qulto firm
ly established In right principles, but
with great dlshcartenmcnt that we
have failed with others.
ty for pioneer life agreed with them.
'Their mother trained them careful-
ly. 80 tho young lad grow to ixs a
young man, tall and strong he was
In those days.
There were traditions In tho family
ntul ho resolved to have n better edu
cation. Hut the lather had put nil
his money Into land. There was plen
ty to eat find wear, hut scarcely any
one In all that new country had any
money, except the grandfather who
drew n (tension as n Ilcvolutlonary
soldier. To him tho nclghltors had to
come, to borrow money to wy the
postage when they received a lett-T
for the jtostago was paid In that
might not soo tho tears sho could
not check, for he was her only son,
a good one and It seemed hard that
he nuut go In that way. Hut sturdi
ly on ho tramped. Two hundred nnd
ulxty miles of thu threo hundred to
Oherlln Collego he walked. Ho reneh
ed thero on Saturday night nnd stay
ed at tho hotel till .Monday but no
longer for money was too scarce. On
Monday he found work hoeing In a
garden nml splitting wood for a wid
ow. A parsing farmer liked tho way
ho swung tho nxo and hired him to
cut wood for him. That nght he slept
in tho widow's barn. The next day
ho found a roommate autl they rent
ed a room In the men's hall. The
Collego furnished a bedstead, table,
two chairs and a stove. Tli room
mate had sheets and tho widow lent
them quilts, a bod tick ami straw
from her barn. So they were establish'
ed and work In college commenced.
In tho long vacation, which came
In tho winter In thoso days, ho taught
school. Itcr ho learned to do white
washing from a student who Is now
tho oldest living graduate of Oherlln
College. So carefully was Uu work
dono that ladles were not obliged to
movo furniture or carets for ho work
ed so carefully that they were never
So as the years passd he paid ex
penses with work, teaching, selling
books and with scholarships from thu
Collego. With a very llttlo help from
homo lu tho latter years ho tamed
his way thru collego and tho theo
logical seminary and finished the nine
)ears of study without a debt. He was
offeretl the charge of a church be
fore he left tho Collego building on
tho day of graduation, accepted !t
and his llfo haa been filled with use.
ful labor olnco.
Tho lad of thlrtoen, who, years ago,
turned his faco weetward. Is now In
his ninetieth year, his faco once more
toward tho sotting sun, but actlvo
still and eager to do even beyond
hla strength, honored and respected
for what ho has done.
Uerea hoyo aru not tho only boys
who have eained an education; they
bolong to a noble company. Even
when collego days are over, wo Htlll
must work our way, for only ho who
works will find tho way to happiness.
SKATEMOBILE FOR THE BOYS
Youths of Eastern City Decerning Ex
pert In Inventing Meant of Easy
and Fait Locomotion.
Philadelphia boys nro gutting to be
experts In the Invention of vehicles
for their play First It was tho push
mobile then thn coasting stick nntl
now It Is tho skntcinobllo, which any
boy can make for himself In n little
while. Take an old roller skate and
cut It In two crosswise. Take a strip
ot stout wood about four foet long
anil threo Inches wide and nail a pair
of wheels under each ond. Nail an
empty box In the center of thn board
and fasten a ttlck acrotB tho top of
thttt box, to act aa a pair of handles
on either side. This vehicle can be
made to turn corners when the boy It
coattlng on It If he will lean toward
tho tide he wants to turn, as In roller '
skating. Somo boys cut a bole in ths
front o the box, set a piece ot (bus
In It and burn a candle Inside at
(Conducted by tha National Wnman'a L'lirta
llan Tvmperattea Union I
OUR CONSUMPTION OF LIQUOR
Compares Favorably With That ot
Other Countries, Thankt to Activ
ity of Temparanea Paopl.
Our per capita consumption of
liquor cotnpnrei favorably with that of
other countries, thankt to tho tem
When temperance people are de
rltlvely told that tho report of the
commissioner of Internal revenue
ahowi an Increase In tho ntitnut of
the brewer and tho distillers, we
must consider the Increasing number
of Immigrants who come to our rutin
try with their own Idea of liquor
drinking. The quantity of beer con
u tned per capita In the United Stn 0
It not a great at In llulgltim, the
United Kingdom, Oermany or Den
mark, and our per capita consumption
of distilled liquor Is less than that of
Denmark. Hungary, Austria, Krance.
the Netherlands and Sweden The
quantity of wine consumed In the
United States I less per capita than
in Portugal, Spain, Italy. Krance.
Switzerland, - Austria and Hungary
Wn should consider how much worse
conditions would he In the United
States were It not for tho activity of
the temperance people of our country
Wn understand there It In the liquor
warehouses nn tmmnnsn amount of
liquor which ha not yet been dis
tributed, but which Is reckoned In the
Internal revenue report.
SALOONS CAUSE OF TROUBLE
Conviction In Police Court of Bris
bane Increase Greatly When
Oram Shops Are Opened.
The cltlien of tlrlsbane. Australia,
were recently given a striking Illus
tration of the fact that arrests for mis
demeanors multiply with the opening
of saloon doors and decrease when
they swing shut A big strike was on
In the city and many workmen were
Idle. As an experimental measure
the saloons wero closed for one week.
Convictions In the police courts
promptly dropped from elghty slt to
twenty-six, nnd arrests for drunken
nrss from fifty to five After one
week of prohibition tho saloons were
permllled to do business from three
to six In the afternoon Convictions
Jumped to thirty-live, nnd arrests for
drunkennea to fourteen. Next, the sa
loons wero allowed to run twelve
hours each day Convictions Jumped
to eighty-eight, and arrests for drun
kenness to forty The following week
all restrictions were withdrawn, and
the convictions numbered 109. the ar
reste for drunkenness sixty-seven
NOT A PRODUCER OF REVENUE
Intoxicating Liquor It Not Necettlty
Nor Luxury Fountain of Vice
Should De Suppressed.
tny ATTOKNKY flENKHAI, DAWHON
' Our Ideas of equity acquiesce read
ily In the doctrine that luxuries should
bear a heavier rate of taxation than
necssltles. Hut Intoxicating liquor Is
neither a luxury nor a necettlty. It
It a vice and tho fountain of rice, and
we havo no moral right to depend
upon vice as a source of revenue
Luxuries are to b taxed; vice It to
bo suppressed. Furthermore, It can
be shown from a myriad of proofs
that the license system Is not a rove
nun producer. It Is not oven what It
. pretends to be, In cities where '.ho
' prohibitory law has been enforced and
, the revenue HciHises or license fines
shut off, the Incidents of the liquor
( business court costs, paupers, de
pendent and neglected children, and
kindred public expenses, shrink also,
so that the loss of tho license revenue
does not affect thn ordinary taxpayer.
What He Made.
A prosperous liquor dealer was
boasting to a group of men standing
near his saloon of the amount of
money ho had made,
"I have mado $1,000 In the last
three months," he said,
"You havo mado more than that,"
quietly remarked a listener.
"What la that?" was the quick re
sponse. "You have made my two sons
drunkards. You havo mado . their
mother a broken-heartod woman. You
have mado much more than I reckon,
but you'll got the full account some
Had Deen Tried,
The police court magistrate ot a
southern town was talking to his
friend, a distiller. "Judge," he naked,
"havo you ever tried tny number one
brand of old MarkhamT" "No, John,"
admitted the magistrate, "but 1 tried
threo men In court today who had
Cod's Great Lovers.
There are the same difficulties In
enforcing the restrictions of license as
thoto of prohibition. We have alto
learned that If prohibition doet not al
ways prohibit, nolther does civilisa
tion always civilize, nor education ed
ucate, nor Chrttttantty Chrlitlanlse.
Hut they are Ood's great levers by
which we can lift; his blessed tools
with which we can work; his Isavsa
In the lump ot huasanlty obedient U
ths slow, sure law of growth. Jftms
ess E. Wlllard.
(Ilr n, O. HKM.KHH, lllrerlnr of
ulna Department The Mixi.tr liible In
atttule of f'hlragti.)
LESSON FOR MARCH 9
THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM.
I.KKHON TKXT-Oen, U.1MT, Zl .
(IOI.IIKN TI'XT "Come y oat from
anion llirni, a ml ha e senaratt anllh
lit Uitil, end lunch no unrlran thing."
I Cor .I7.
No teacher of thla lesion should
omit a study of chapter 18, oven
though ho may not refer to It explicit
ly In thla connection. Wo have there
presented a believer's privilege, (1)
friendship (v 17) (a) with (lod, (b)
with man. (2) Intercettlon, v, S3;
(3) knowledge, v. ZS, 1 c. The art.
the power, tho place, tho glory, the
spirit, of Intercession, yea, the blott
ing of Intercession la to be coveted
by all hellevrs. Abrahara'a Intercet
tlon prevailed though outwardly It
termed to fall, tee 19:26. The pre
pared teacher ought alto bo faro
lar with the ttory of the change
Abram't name and of Ood's dealin
with Abroham and Sarah as re
corded In chapters t? and 18.
Lot and Sodom.
I, The Warning, vv 17-23. Lot had
"pitched hla tent toward! Sodom,"
aud now tho time for tho execution of
another Judgment upon tin had ar
rived. Ood, however, here gives ut
another Illustration of his morcy
which always precedes Judgmont. That
mercy was not only to a righteous
man, one who had therefore a degree
of worthiness, but also to au unde
serving member of thn same family,
aee 7:1 and Acts 16 31 First of all.
Iit Is called upon to separate himself
from hla neighbors. IM attempted to
convoy this warning to hla sons In-law,
but It was too late, hla testimony, hit
manner of life, his alma, and tils am
bitions had corresponded with theirs
for such n period of time that the
fact of hla belonging to the family of
thu promise was forgotten and "he
semetl as ono that mocked unto hla
sons In law." God Is calling ua from
tho corruptions and the plagues of
llabylon (Itev IS ) and to separate
ourselves from Sodom, see tho golden
text. While Ood Is long suffering
(2 Peter, 3 9) wo must also remem
ber that If men will sin willfully. It
they persist In their wickedness. Judg
ment Is sure to follow, v 13, also 2
Peter 3 10, 11 When Judgment docs
come, ns It did In this case, (lod knows
how to save his own, 2 Peter 2:7-9.
Tho voice of sin cries from our cities
today The voice of poverty, of In
temperance, of Injustice and It
reaches 'before the faco of tho Ixird,"
(Jas. & t and miles America heeds,
unless men repent, Ood will mott cer
tainly punish, Acta 17.30, 31. This
punishment of Sodom wns not only
the development of their own wicked
ness, but by direct agency of Ood's de
stroying angels. I,ook up the subject
Lot, wo are told, was a righteous
man, 2 Peter 2:7, but ho waa mott
sudly connected with tho world, und
hence lost his testimony (v. It) The
church of today Is constuntly hinder
ed by the Incubus ot believers of this
type. Ood expects thu dlaclplo to so
separatn himself from things that
though ho may bo "in tho world, tin It
not of the world."
Kven lnt was loath to leave (vv.
IS, 16), and later many of thn Ureal
Ites were full of regret over thu miss
ing flesh-pots of Kgypt. The augnls
of Ood had to fairly drag Uit out ot
thn doomed city. Ho camo neur losing
his very lift; as he persistently clung
to his property The greatest weapon
nnd the must urtlclent one thn devil
hns to use lu his warfare for human
souls Is procrastination
Tho long sunerlng nnd patience o
Ood are most wonderfully shown I
verse It',, and the whole secret of Uit'a
salvation wns that tho "lrd was mer
ciful unto lilm," Kph 2 8
II. Tho Destruction, vv 23-29. Lot
escaped to a llttlo city, .oar, which
Ood In his mercy promised not to de
stroy (v. 21), and It was not till Iot
was clear ot Sodom that destruction
camo. Ood couVd not brenk his word.
Ho had promised Abram, aud had
Abram pursued his Importunities,
chapter 18, doubtless uvea Sodom
might not havo been so utterly do
stro)ed. Thero was, as has boon
suggested, probably a volcanic erup
tion of guses, petroleum, etc., but
there accompanied It a supernatural
manifestation nlso, for It "rained
down," v 2t. Tho words "looked
back," referring to Ixat's wlfo. Imply
more than u muro passing glanco. Her
heart was In tho city sho was leaving,
that city so full of pride, of broad,
and of ease, Kiuk. 1C;49. Shu died as
did Pliny at Pompoll, suffocated by
tho gases, and her body became In
crusted with tho salt.
Lite Is a gift ot Ood, wo hold It only
upon certain conditions; we can
cbooso good or evil. Ood loves us
and wishes all men to be saved, prom
Isos pardon to the penitent and fore
tells doom for tho Impenitent. Mr,
Moody's story ot "Judge Lot" would
be effective In presenting this letton.
Pretent to tho boys the slogan of
"clean living; clean speech; clean ath
letics." Forgot not to show lore to
strangers, Heb. 13:1. Sodom needed
ten men to redeem It. What Ameri
can city has but ten righteous men
In It! Head Deut. 32:30. The pun
ishment ot crime la a stern necettlty.