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FARM VILLE AFFAIRS
Events of Importance Happened
and Were Duly Noted.
By DONALD ALLEN.
There was moro excitement In the
sleepy old vlllago of Farmvlllo than
had been known for 20 years before
Event had followed event until Dea
con Chambers had stood on tho post
office steps and wiped the sweat from
his brow and said:
"Hy heck, If this thing keeps up we
shall havo a railroad and dry goods
drummer In hero beforo wo die!"
Tho events wero of Importance
enough to be recorded In chronological
First, tho widow Iiovlnn Bued Elder
Jarvls for breach-of-promlso and wns
given a verdict of ono hundred dollars.
That was tun dollars a year for the
ten years he had been courting her.
Secondly, close on the heels of the
widow's suit hod como iv gale of wind
that had twisted tho splro'of tho Bap
tist church until it resembled a gigan
tic corkscrew. Soma of the congrega
tion were In favor of a now spire nt
onco, and others argued that tlmo
should bo given I'rovldonco to twist It
back nt Us own expense.
In tho third place, Aunt Hannah
Doty, who laid claim to being a sev
enth daughter of a soventh daughter,
predicted that tho Judgment day was
only thirty days off. No ono put en
tire faith In her prediction, but a lllble
man had coino along and sold 28 of
tho good books In one day, and each
book was conspicuously displayed on
tho parlor center table.
Fourthly, Mr. Gerald Walters, a
young man, had como down from tho
city for tho fall shooting, and was
stopping at tho tavern. There was
nothing but a few stray chipmunks to
shoot, but Mr. Walters wasn't making
any fuss about It. He was the first
fall shooter that had ever appeared
In tho vlllago.
Fifthly, Mr. Walters hadn't been
shooting at chipmunks but four days
when Miss Kitty norland enrao down
from tho city to stay with her grand
parents for n few days. There wns
wondering anil guessing over her, and
lor several nights after her arrival
He Couldn't Gain a Foot.
many of the householders did not go
to bed until tho unholy hour of 9:30
It was generally considered that fever
heat had been reached, and that tho
excitement must now gradually sub
side. They wero nil wrong.
Sixthly, bills were posted for a clr
cub to fchow nt Farmvlllo. it wns the
usual Mammoth Aggregation, but It
had one featuro never shown before in
nny circus on tho fnco of tho globe. It
had n wild man from Africa who lived
on raw meat nud bananas, and who
had to bo kept chained In a cago.
i iiu nnmo oi mo wnu man was
"Ham." Ilu consumed sixteen pounds
of raw meat dally, and on top of that
three times a wcok, ho devoured
bunch of bananaB.
Ho was tho strongest man, wild or
tamo, this world ever saw.
ne couiu kiii an cicpnant nt one
blow Ho could run down tho ostrich
or tear n lion limb from limb. At
certain point In tho performnnco he
would be taken from his cago by three
men and parnded around tho ring,
For three or four dayB previous to
the circus all work In and around
Farmvlllo was stopped, and for the
first time In twenty years staid old
citizens forgot to shut tho hen house
door or feed tho pig nt sundown. On
tho morning of tho great day Itself the
train was so Intense that Deacon
.Chambers' was Impelled to say from
the po3tofflco steps:
"1 guess the outside world will know
where Farmvlllo Is after this! I've al
lus told you rollers that we'd have pur
boom when the sign como right, and
here she arcl"
It wasn't much of a circus, even for
a village. There was an aged elephant,
a wreck of a camel and a giraffe whose
neck reached out for anything eatable,
whllo the tumbling and riding could
have been beaten by a lot of farmers'
boys. Tho wild man was tho draw.
He wns In hie cage In tho procession
all right and now and then be beat
his breast and callod out.
But things had happened the day be
foro that the public hadn't caught on
to. In driving across the country the
wild man who could run down an os
trich had said to IiIb employer:
"I'vo got to have my back salary to
morrow or I quit!"
"I'll give you ten of It, if we have
luck," was tho reply.
"I want every stiver of It!"
"What's biting you?"
"I'm not playing wild man for my
"You know you can't strike another
Job It you leave mo, while I can get
dozen fellows to fill your place."
That was about all, except . that
'Zam" planned a plan to bo carried
out at Farmvlllo, and It was carried
out. He went ahead and ate his rnw
meat and bananas and shouted all
right, but when ho was taken out of
his cago to bo paraded ho whispered
to his employer:
"Do I got the back salary T"
"Go on with you!"
"Do I get it?"
Theh occurred a thing that never
happened on this green earth beforo
and will never happen again. "Zam"
threw off his yoke of slavery then and
there.. He yelled. Ho whooped. Ho
cast away his chains, and after seizing
Aunt"Hannnh Doty by tho body and
throwing her across the sawdust ring
ho made a break for the tent entranco
and went running down tho highway.
No moro raw meat and bananas! No
moro "greatest exhibition on earth,"
for the Ulngtalled Circus.
But what has all this to do with
Miss Kitty Dorland and Mr. Gondii
Walters? Simply that Mr. Walters
didn't know that MIbs Kitty was with
in a hundred miles of him. and vice
Simply that Mr. Walters was at the
circus and Miss Kitty wasn't. Simply
that Mr. Walters came very near be
ing rough-housed Instead of Aunt Han
nah. Simply thnt when "Zam" left the
tent Mr. Walters was at his heels, and
Miss Kitty was walking In her grand
father's daisy covered meadow a mllo
Mr. Walters was a good sprinter.
nnd he put forth every effort to ovor-
haul the dangerous menace striving to
cscapo from bondage and becomo a
terror to n poaceful community. He
couldn't gnln n foot, but he wns gnmo
to hang to tho trail as long nB ho
The wild man tcok the middle of the
highway and held It until he came op
poslto tho meadow,
sitting under a trc.
Miss Kitty wns
weaving a wrcnth
for somebody's bro. "Zam" wanted
to get to the woods to shako off pur
suit, and he must pass her within a
few feet. She saw him sho shrieked
sho sprang up sho saw Mr. Wnlters
lumbering along, and then she falntod
and keeled over. Something told her
that It wan a wild man from Africa,
and that he Intended to make cat's
mcat-of her, and It was quite sonslblo
of her to faint. She fainted so quick-
ly that sho didn't hear him call to
Don't be scared, MUsy! I'm only ft
man in disguise!
And she was dead to the world as he
checked his pace long enough to add:
"I don't blame her a darned bit!
Hope It will cost old IUngtall ten
"Zam" got Into tho woods and pur
suit was off. Mr. Walters, puffing and
blowing, came up to find a good look
ing girl huddled among tho daisies,
and he ran to a brook and got water
In his hat and sopped her faco, mak
ing the usual mess of It. Hy and by
Miss Kitty found herself .sitting up
"Oh, that horrid thing!"
"But It's gone."
"And you wero so brave! Please
take mo home."
At a (low walk, and leaning heavily
on his arm, grandpa's was reached. It
wns reached again thnt evening, and
the next day and the next. In fact Mr.
Walters felt It his duty to pay a call
at least onco a day until sure that tho
wild man had returned to his mother
In Michigan. And all this resulted In
Deacon Chambers speaking from the
postoHlco steps for the third time and
"Darn my hat, but what do you fel
lers think now?"
"What Is It?"
"That chipmunk killer and the gal
that fainted away are slttln' up nights
together, nnd If that don't moan love
nnd marrlago I'll saw the horns oft
my best cow!"
(Copyright, 1912. by the McClure News
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(Br E. O. HELT.KRS. Director of Evening
Department, The Moody lllblo Institute,
LESSON FOR OCTOBER 20.
MI8SION TO THE GENTILE8.
LESSON TEXT Mark 7:24-30 and Mat
aOI-DKN TEXT-"Mlm that cometh to
me I will In no wlso cast out." John
Chronologically tho incident of tho
centurions servant precedes that of
tho Syrophcnlcian woman, though wo
will look at them In tho order sug
gested. Tho ono Incident occurs nenr
tho border of Tyro nnd Sldon, prob
ably about May or June, A. D. 29, nnd
tho other in Capernaum during tho
summer of A. D. 28. Doth arc Inci
dents In ttio llfo of Jcrus that havo
to do with his ministry ob tho Hebrew
Messiah to theso who wero outsldo of
tho palo of Judaism.
At tho beginning of Mark's record
(v. 24) wo havo a wonderful sugges
tion as to tho strain of Jesus, ministry
and tho accompanying lesson that
truo righteousness cannot be hid, it
speaks for itself.
There nro four uses of tho word
"answered" in Matthew's record of
this Incident (Matt. ir.:21-28) that nro
suggestive. Let us first, however, get
the setting. This woman was a Greek
a Gentile; by race bIio was a Sy
rophcnlcian, that is, a Canuanltc.
TIiub sho was a descendant of -that
raco whom God, by the hand of Josh
ua, had driven out to make room for
tho Hebrew nation, and nB such Is
under tho ban of God. Seo Eph. 2:12.
Vet this woman reaches Jesus, her
troublo being that her daughter Is
possessed by an unclenn spirit. At
her approach she takes n lowly plnco
nt Josub' feet and requests thnt ho
heal tho child. Sho calls him the
"Son of David," and "Ho nnswered
her not a word." Matt. 15:23. Sho
had no claim upon him as the Mes
siah, This was tho wrong footing, for
she was not a child of tho kingdom
It was her need that drove her to
him. How sho had heard of him 1b
suggested In Mark 3:8 nnd 7:24, cf.
Horn 10:17. Thorn urn HOinn oues-
1 tioii that silence wlB not answer. A
wrong conclusion will bo reached, as
In this caflo tho disciples came to a
wrong conclusion and desired to
"send her nwny." Contrast Jesus'
! patlenco with tho disciples' impa
' tlenco, "sho crleth after ub" nnd em
1 phaslzo tho danger of external Judg-
( ment Thero aro many great moral
Ibbucb todny that aro demanding an-
other answer than that of silence
The Answer of Law,
Jesus then mado a second answer,
tho answer of law, Matthew 15:24, In
which ho accepts her ostlmato of him
as the JcwIrIi Messiah. HIb work
was primarily to tho Jews (John 1:11,
12). But her need was great, and
Identifying herself with tho need of
tho child sho "worshipped" Jcsub.
He Is more than tho Messiah, he Is a
Saviour. Not yet, however, Is Jesus
ready to grant her request. Ills third
answer (v. 25), tho answer of mercy,
is literally that first tho children
must bo fed, and she replied, "Yea,
Lord; even tho dogs under the table
cat of tho children's crumbs." For
this saying, viz., that sho did not pro
test against tho words he had spoken,
but accepted tho proper estimate or
him as being tho Jewish Messiah and
horsolf as outside of that covenant
ho made a fourth answer, the answer
to faith. Ho nnswered: "O, womnn,
great Is thy faith." v. 28, and grants
her carto blanc (v. 28), "bo It unto
theo even an thou wilt." As outcasts,
we must cast ourselves "at IiIb feet
Let us now look nt tho account of
tho centurion's servant. Onco moro
Jcsub Is appealed to by ono who Is
outoldo tho Hebrew covenunt and on
behalf of a servant. In tho other In
cldent there was tho Interruption of
a seeming refusal and here the Inter
ruption of nn Instantaneous granting
of the request. Again wo need to
read tho parallel nccounts given by
the other cvangelUts. Verso ten of
this section Is tho key to this whole
story. What aro somo of tho marks
of a "great faith?" First, It is
tested. Tho servant was "dear unto
the centurion," Luke 7:2. Second, It
Is Droercsslvo "when he heard of
Jesus," Luke 7:3. Third, It will be
recognized by others, Luke 7:4,
The Great Faith.
Tho protest In v. 9, and tho remark
able commendation of Jesus tberoon
Is a solemn warning to all who nro In
covenant relations with God and his
Son whom ho has sent. Jesus had there
a gllmpso of that great coming da;
when all Gentiles would be gathered
unto him. T. 11 (cf. Rev. 7:9). The
centurion received for bis faith com
mendation, and healing for bis servant
m wall, t. 13.
SHE COULD ANSWER FOR HIM
Little Comfort for Candidate In Rea
son Assigned by Wife for Her
Mr. WllllnmB, ono of flvo candidates
for tho olllco of shorlff In ono of the
northern counties of Wisconsin, was
making a housc-to-houso cunvaBs of
rural district, soliciting votes. Com
ing to tho house of Farmer Tompson,
ho was mot at tho door by tho good
housewife, nnd tho following dlaloguo
"Is Mr. Tompson nt homo?"
"No; ho has gono to town."
"I am very sorry, as I would havo
liked to talk to him."
"Is thcr'j anything I can tell him
"My namo Is Williams, candldato for
sheriff, and I wnnted to exact n prom
ise from him to voto for mo nt the
"Oh, that will ho all right. I know
ho will promise, for ho has already
promised four other cnndldates tho
snmo thing." Norman E. Mack's Na
Explains the Undertaker's Grouch.
"Who Is that fellow sitting humped
up and muttering to hlmBclt out thero
on the horso block?"
"Aw, that's Ezra Toombs, tho under
taker," replied tho Inndlord of tho
Skeedee tavern. "He's feeling sore
over tho way his business lui been
going of lato. You see, tho doctor
gave Judgo Peebles two wccltB to live;
that wns six weeks ago, nnd tho Judgo
Is up nnd around now nnd flggerln' on
mnrryth' again. Every tlmo Ezru
meets tho doctor ho asks him, 'How
nbout It, hoy?' nnd they havu-u row.
And now ho's slttln' out there watch
ing a tramp painter gilding tho weath
er vano of tho church across tho
street. Ezra says, hy Hock, ho's about
ready to tnovo nwny, things Is so dead
hero." Kansas City Star.
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Nothln' llko that. I git reg'lar
tlmo you toll your troubles
wasting tho other fellow's
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