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UNDER THE LOAD.
By Rev. Frederick E. Hopkins.
"Behold lam pressed umlex you as a
cart is pressed that is full of sheavesi"
—Amos 2: 13.
If you have spent many days in the
country you know haw the prophet
happened to select this Illustration.
There is always a strong temptation
for a farmer to put one more siheaf on
hie load. But after a while he discov
ers that no one can do all he might
like to do. The wheels have been sink
ing into the soft ground, and his big,
splendid team may tug and do its best,
but with all that, and with all of his
pushing on the wheel, and useless
Whipping of the horses, and senseless
irritation, he will end by recognizing
the fact that there is such a thing as
being too ambitious.
Now, this overloaded cart is like an
overloaded life. We all csheer and hon
or progress. The greatest tiling in the
Rt. Ixmts exposition is the evidence of
marvelous improvement and advance
ment in the last ten years. The whole
■world is not only wide awake, it Is
hard at work, and -we are all thankful.
We have no patience with jveople
who whine about "worklliness." We
believe the talk al>out this "material
istic age" ig greatly overworked. Lt Is
a species of unmanly drivel ami cant
for preachers, deacons, and Sunday
school teachers to be forever harping
upon their false einphahis of the text,
"How hardly shall they that have rich
es enter Into the kingdom of God." As
I read ray Bible, when God fed his
chosen people he gave them quail to
eat bocause It Is the finest blixl that
flics. And God helped Solomon make
silver as common as stonos In the
streets of Jerusalem. But with all this
encouragement we are not to overload.
In the city you have noticed how
the merchant, anxioiis to market his
goods, will put one box too many on
the truck. The load starts off easily.
The Iron shoes of the team strike
eparka frorr the pavement, and adja
cent buildings jar under the tread of
the wheels, mwl the head of the firm
looks out through his gold spectacles
end exclaims, "That's business." But
Around the corner the pavement Is
broken. There is a hole and the hind
wheel of the cart drops into it. The
horses are brought up with a jerk that
almost throws the driver from his
Beat. With a red lantern tied to the
pole the load remains there all night.
The shipper missed his train, he miss
ed his market, he missed everything
that he aimed at. In the red light of
that danger signal there is a good op
portunity for us to read the lesson of
And it goes a great ways toward
proving there is nothing so much the
matter with government, or politics,
or religion. The trouble is life is over
loaded. But Lf we thank God as we
do for a load of prosperity, let us also
be thankful for the compliment intend
ed in giving us the load. It is in this
light we should think of suoh texts as
"Whom the Lord loveth he chasten
A load Is always a compliment. God
never yet called a Judas to any great
■work, because Judas Is always weak.
He dots not want to l»e a disciple for
the sake of filling the world with good
ness and gladness, but for the sake of
filling his bag. Of course, under any
strain of self-denial, such a man would
break down. The world bas always
turned to the busiest men in any com
munity to get things done. Their activ
ity is one way God has of indicating
that they can be depends upon. It is
a compliment, therefore, to have your
name linked with theirs. If you are
asked to carry a load, that is proof
enough that you are good for some
thing. You have strength, endurance,
patience, ability, power, or you would
have no trials or responsibilities. Do
not fret then over a load of business
or the load of family care.
Which had you rather be like—a cer
tain fig tree the Master saw, green and
promising on the hillside, but which he
approached and withered with the hot
breath of his indignation, because it
Iwd nothing but leaves, or like a man
Going your best In a harvast field, load
ed like a cart that is pressed, that is
full of sheaves? Such a load is a
means of developing our strength.
Many of the brighest saints the
world has known owe their canoniza
tion not to the recognition of any
church but to the discipline of the load
of life. Just as when a horse Is put
ting forth all his weight the driver
throw* a load on his back and the
added weight gives him additional
pull, so a cross laid upon us at a time
when we think we are doing our beat
Md doing all we can is the thing that,
in the providein-e of (Jod, is necessary
to bring the graces of Christian char
acter to perfection.
liod never overloads us. We do
that, and if it Is done In an unsellisu
and enthusiastic service for humanity
it is eomnienda/ble. There is no partic
ular danger that many of us will suf
fer, however, in this way. The thi:ig
we are apt to misunderstand is the
glory in carrying a load.
To every one on earth
<^od gives a burden, to b« carried down
The road that leads between the cn>ss»
No hit is wholly free.
lie giveth one to thee.
COMMON PEOPLE VERSUS MOBS.
By Bishop Fallows.
Professor Barrett Wendell of Har
vard is quoted as saying: "Our cities
to-day are governed by the mob, made
up of all the lower
was of the mob,
but he outgrew his
class." It can not
be proved that
something called a
mob rules our
cities. All daises
are represented in
creating their gov«
BISHOP FALLOWS. U j s ln
harmony with dictionary definition to
call all the lower and lowest classes
of a community a mob. But the cur
rent meaning of the word is a rabble
or a tumultuous coming together of
people, whether high or low in social
Abraham Lincoln was a farmer, a
pioneer, a boatman, a railsplAter. Are
we to consider &11 that belong to these
categories as a mob? Three-fourths
of all our lawyers, judges, ministers,
doctors, business men, college profes
sors, etc., come from the farming com
munity. Society, like cream, is con
tinually rising to the top. The quality
of the cream depends upon the rich
ness of the milk. However, the rich
est cream of human society conns
from the American common people.
Abraham Lincoln, thank God, never
outgrew the plain people from whose
loins he sprang. He never forgot his
relationship to them. He never would
hare been Abraham Lincoln if he had.
The common people are the best peo
ple. They, as a people, did not cruci
fy Christ. It was the men who claim
ed to belong to the upper classes, the
classes of privilege and monopoly and
intolerance and narrow culture that
put him to death.
MORAL AXD SPIRITUAL STRIKE
By Dr. Polhemus H. Snltt.
Every sane strike is born of a de
sire to better conditions or to break
the force of a trend toward worse con
ditions. There is a force that forever
tends to drag men downward. There
is a current that flows about our lives
that is moving ever upward. As we
face the moral and spiritual realm for
a moment we see abundant reasons for
a new strike that will be worth while.
No soul is at a standstill. To be satis
tied with ourselves is to yield to the
downward impulse. Every man is con
scious that lie might have done better.
There are some things that we ought
to strike for and there are some that
we ought to strike against with all our
hearts. We ought to strike for a bet
ter experience, for a new birth from
above, for a larger measure of powei
God has tilled this old world of our.-i
with mighty forces. There is the might
of steam, electricity, nwtgnetism, falV
ing water, chemical affinity, steel, sur.
light and a hundred others. As men
have ignored these forces they have re
mained savages. As they have appro
priated and obeyed them they have
inarched with steady step to higher
levels of civilization. God has not
been less generous in the suiritual
world. We can be strong if we will
to break the downward trend that has
touched our lives. Science says: "Obey
the law of the force and the force
will serve you." That law hold* for
every realm. Obey Jesus Christ and
he will fill you with power to strike
for better conditions or to break tb«
trend that drags to lower levels-
DANGER OF IGNORANT PIETY.
By her. H. C. Marttd:
The supreme danger of the church of
Jesus Christ to-day, as always, is not
from without, but from within. It is
the danger of willfully ignorant piety.
Ignorance that Is humble and longs for
knowledge has all the future of bles
sedness. But willful lgnoraneo la a J
ways essentially narrow, Joyless, un
social and cruel.
The only thing that can save us,
and with us the world, Is faith in the
universal, Joyful, social, loving Savior,
Short Meter Sermons.
Love cures many of our liking*.
The greedy church cannot grow.
Faith always put* 1U feet on fact*
Those of English Student* Art Wot*.
Than in This Country.
American students are hardly up tc
tlte British standurd In th<* playing oi
soilege pranks. Not long age ou a
wager a freshman of Trinity (Jolleg**
Cambridge, dressed In his Jtster'i
clothes and called on the head of the
i-ollege to complain that "her brother"
was being brutally ill-treated by the
college authorities. He was. so "she"
asserted, overworked, underfed and
The benevolent old head —a man
much more sinned against than sin
ning—listened to these charges in help
"But, my dear young lady " he
Thereujwn "she" burst into a storm
of sobs and would not be comforted.
His protestations of Innocence only
made "her" weep the more copiously.
The dear old man never had a worse
quarter of an hour.
The following week he mw the
Freshman play a woman's part In a
comedy and the truth slowly dawned
upon him. Meanwhile, the Freshman
had collected the bet and spent the
money in a "party," which ended in
half a dozen students trying to flght
the police force of Cambridge and
spending the night in Jail.
The old "town and gown" riots,
which used to be such a strenuous
feature of life in English universities,
seldom occur nowadays, but there was
one in Oxford not many years ago
which raged for three'days and nights
uninterruptedly. Over 500 policemen
were eventually required to restore the
peace. Houses and shops were wreck
ed and many a townsman and gowns
man had to be patched up in the local
Being an ardent politician, it is nat
ural that the undergraduates should
make the college elections, which are
fought on political lines, exceedingly
lively affairs. Some of the leading
universities return members of Parlia
ment to represent them in the House
of Commons, but they are elected by
the dons and graduates without much
fuss and excitement. The real fun is
over the election of the chancellor, the
lord rector, or whatever the honorary
head of the university may be called,
for In that election the undergradu
ates take a hand.
This position is sought by the great
est men in the land —men of the cal
iber of Gladstone, Salisbury, Morley
and Balfour. And they are willing to
go through a most severe ordeal to
A great statesman who sways the
House of Commons and helps to shape
the destines of Europe goes election
eering among a mob of yelling college
boys, and they think nothing of pelt
ing him with red ochre, bluing and rot
ten eggs if he happens to be of the
opposite political stripe. Election day
is always a wild pandemonium in a
university town. Wise people stay at
home and put up the shutters.
FIXING HIGH NOON AT SEA.
Wireless Telegraphy Expected Soon to
Overcome the Difficulty.
The most momentous Improvement
In navigation since the invention of
tiie chronometer, more than 140 years
ago, has just been foreshadowed in a
modest paragraph in the report of the
chief of the bureau of equipment of
the United States navy.
"It is believed," says Chief Man
ney, "that the development of wire
less telegraphy will enable these (time)
signals to be distributed over water as
well as over land, and that before long
every ship at sea, in addition to every
land station, will receive daily noon
signals from tlie standard observatory
What does that mean Nothing less
than the elimination of the last ele
inent of uncertainty from the problem
of finding the position of a ship at
6ea. Hitherto the one weak point in
navigation has been the difficulty of
carrying standard time on a voyage.
Observations for local time as well
as for latitude have been exact, but
the comparison of local standard time
for obtaining the longitude has in
•olved a certain amount of guess work.
The best chronometer is not quite in
fallible, and some allowance, which
may not be precisely right, has alwaya
to be made for errors.
But with time signals re:elved from
a national observatory every day at
noon the mariner will know his way
over nny part of the wide ocean as ac
curately as if he were threading a
buoyed channel. The chronometer
will join the cross-staff aiyj the astro
labe on the junk heap cf discarded
And of course a ship that can com
municate with the shore for one pur
pose Is equally in touch with the world
for any other communication it needs
Point of View.
"Did you notice how I moved the
audience last niybt?" asked the amu
"Moved isn't the proper name for
it" repoined his critical Mend. 'It
was little short of a Htampede."
The truth, children, in thai Sleep
Beauty slept with her mouth open i ..i
W^ *'* ™f?i '■ ft" ff ~*£^
A great many people who live In
the larger cities and towns, and there
fore can obtain gas for lighting and
heating purposes, do not realize that
there are many who live In the coun
try or the outer sections of the cities
who still have to depend on candles
or lamps to furnish artificial llgM.
The novel contrivance shown In the
Illustration will be of especial Interest
to the latter, but It should, neverthe
less, on account of the simplicity and
novelty of the arrangement of the
parts and the unique way in which
they work, be interesting to others.
There Is always great danger In carry
ing a lighted lamp, especially in going
up or down stairs, and so many peo
ple realize this (lunger that they pre
fer to use candles. The device shown
here Is Blniply an extinguisher for
candles, being adjusted to extinguish
the candle after a predetermined
amount of the light has been consum
ed. An alarm bell is attached to the
extinguisher, so that it mny be sound
ed a few minutes before the extin
guisher can operate to enable the user
to adjust it. The cap on the left of
the handle is in the form of a hollow
cone, plvotally hinged to the cylindri
cal bracket which Is secured to the
candle. A small prong projects upward
from this bracket, resting against the
candle, while another pivot pin on
the opposite side presses into the can
dle a short distance above the prong.
Tills pivot pin works in connection
with a striking head for the bell, so
that when the candle burns to the
pivot pin the latter is released, permit
ting the head to strike the bell. When
the candle burns further down to the
prong, a colled spring releases the cup,
which rises and descends over the
flame of the candle, extinguishing It.
George Stevenson, of Dunedin, New
Zealand, is the patentee.
Rtorm Shield for Car Ha Ren.
Driving, when the weather is fine
and clear, is certainly beneficial to
old and young alike, and also an ex-
KEEPS THE OCCUFANTS DBT.
eeedingly pleasant recreation for
thone who are fortunate enough to be
able to enjoy such pastimes. It Is
also a pleasure, when the weather is
propitious, to those who are com
pelled to drive around from place to
RUSSIAN PRACTICE WITH LAND MINES.
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In the battle of Liao-Yang and in the general engagement in the vicinity
of Mukden the Husslans attempted to check the Japanese advance by mining
the ground over which the assailant* were expected to charge. Several
attacks upon Port Arthur were re>pulsed in like manner. The above picture
shows the effect of an explosion of a land mine.
If you are In position vhere you
meet the people, be polite. The man
who can't control his temper, should
resign. Your first duty to yourself Is
politeness, fairness, temperance, re-
place on business, but on rainy or
stormy days It Is entirely a different
matter, as It is praoticauy Impossible
to keep dry and comfortable. For
doctors and others whose duties nec
essitate their going out In a carriage
every day, no matter what the weath
er may be, the itorm shield shown in
the Illustration would be of great
value. The construction Is such that
- can roadlly be attached or detached
from a buggy top, and when lowered
excludes the rain nnd wind, at the
same time giving the driver free ac
cess to the reins outside the storm
shield. This shield can be made of
any suitable material and la supported
on uprights, as shown in the picture,
fastened by means of hooks on the
tops and sides. A rubber drawing
string In the bottom of the shield holds
It taut. On the front of the buggy
top two hooks are placed, to which
the shield can be attached by means
of straps when not in use, and also
when the occupants of the carriage de
sire to get out.
Kdward S. Lynd, of Orleans, Ind.,
1b the patentee.
Guide for RarbeiV Cnitsmer*.
A' barber has not much use for de
vices of any kind, as all he needs Is
a razor and some soup and he Is ready
for business. Still, the apparatus
shown hero would be of benefit to
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SHOWS WHO IS KF.XT IN TURK.
the barber and customer alike. Its
object Is to indicate and display con
spicuously who Is entitled to the "next
turn," so as to allow of no mistake.
It is designed to improve the method*
at present employed In barber shops
for serving customers and to insure
the serving of customers in the order
of their entry In the store, a featrre
being a ticket holder, from which
numbered tickets are withdrawn and
distrlbutod to the customers for their
designation, and also for displaying
successive!? consecutive numbers de
noting the service. When a customer
enters the store he secures his ticket
Indicating his number "In turn." Each
time the barber finishes with the cus
tomer In hand he turns a small lever
on the machine, which rings a bell
and at the same time changes the
number, which Indicate! who is next
entitled to the chair. There is no
chance of a mistake being made, and
it would be unnecessary for the cus
tomer, as is usually the case, watch
ing and keeping in mind who Is ahead
of him and when his turn comes.
The patentee is John U. Shanahan
of Worthington, Minn.
spectabllity, good temper. It U also
your first duty to the public.
Children who say smart things soon
grow up and art lost in the shuffle.