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Family F THE UNAPPROACHABLE MAN. n? T .. i. - m: ii? 01 i/i. uunu iiun/wiy oione. < )ne of my first experiences as a Sundaym'IiooI missionary was during vacation, while a theological student at Auburn. I was sent as a pioneer missionary into the Adirondacks, and during those four months walked over twelve hundred miles by trail. I traveled also by boat, rail and stage, and came in touch with some iiii.st interesting types of men. One day I went to a man, said to be unapproachable. "If you talk religion to him," I was told, "he will either knock you down or shoot you." Well, I wanted to see him, and found him exceedingly interesting, not only m his own work, but in his own way of doing things. Before I had talked with him two minutes, I found he prided himself on the fact that he was peculiar. He was, perhaps, the strongest man I had ever met, and was greatly aroused because I would not drink with him. 1 told him I knew he was the most peculiar man around there, and expected to do some desperate thing if he did not get what he wanted. Then I asked: "What would you think if asked to do something you never dreamed of?" "Why, what do you mean? I do anything 1 don't want to do?" "Suppose you should do something different from anything you have ever done?" I answered. "Tell me what it is," he replied. "Start a Sundaysrhool here!" I said. The man just looked at me, and then said, "What do you think I am?" "You can do one thing," I answered. "You can keep order, and that is more than I ran do. You seem to be strong and husky Hough!" "Well, I am interested," was his reply, "you just stay to dinner, and tell me all about it." 1 stayed to dinner, and I can see that great tin dish of potatoes, and just as plainly, those fourteen or fifteen men (the roughest set of men I had ever seen), as they stuck their forks into them. "Quit that! Let your potatoes go! We are going to have a blessing!" said the hig man. Then he said, "Boys, we are going to start a Sunday-school up here. Every one of you is going 1" And it was started, and those men came, and their children. I could not have gotten them to come. One man lit his pipe, as do- sermon began, and my big friend shouted, "Put your pipe out?this is the house of God!" Well, he was a strange specimen. He swore two or three times during the service, but he apologized for it?which was not a surprise to roe. And when I told the story of a mother's love, as simply as I could tell it, trying not to emotional, that crreat unimifi sneeimen inat sat there and wept like a child! After the service he turned to me and said, 'Larson, I can't preach. I can't do much of anything, but I will be superintendent, or whatev?'f you like, of this Sunday-school; and what 'N more, the rest are going to be herel" A remarkable attendance was thus built up, and 't was all due to this man, whom they grew to love. We used to furnish Bibles, Testaments, leaf'(,ts and papers to these new Sunday-schools, an,l had an amount allowed us for their distribution. I spoke of supplying them, but my friend exclaimed, "The Church need not send ,h*m. I will give thirty dollars for Bibles and 'RESBYTERIAN OF THE SC ? porltnrrc vv^ papers.'' And it went on and grew into a little church. We were good friends when we parted, as he said, "I believe, somehow, that God wants us to be better people." I can never forget his reverent attitude, and the significance in his eyes, as he listened to the truth. That rough man kept the school going till winter, earnestly and faithfully giving his life to the task. OUR NEUTRALITY. Mr. H. E. V. Brittain, a member of the Belgian Finance Committee and chairman of the Overseas Committee in London, has given a splendid testimonial to American generosity in the relief of destitution in the European war. He said: "I can speak most emphatically in behalf of my fellow-countrymen when I say how sincerely we have appreciated the magnificent way in which America, without the need of any appeal, has come forward to help in every way the sick and suffering in Europe. As individuals, in groups, and as a nation .you have put us under a debt of gratitude we can never renav. In wavs fnv ton nnmorAiis tr* rlofoil we are your debtors, but what has more than all else touched our hearts is your magnificent philanthropy in feeding the Belgian people. It has fallen to my lot to see a great deal of the working of the American Commission for Relief, and the remarkable efficiency of what has been done has filled me with admiration. "Consider for a moment what this commission has done. A handful of Americans with no previous experience of this kind of work is feeding 10,000,000 people?7,000,000 Belgians and 3,000,000 French. In other words, with no nope or reward, save the inarticulate thanks of a nation, half-throttled and daily in danger of starvation, your countrymen, in England and Belgium, backed, of course, by yourselves, have tackled a job bigger than that which confronts the commissariat of any army in Europe. And it is the privilege of every Britisher to tell you you have stepped in where war prevented us from going. "If for no other reason, for this alone the neutrality or tne united States should be welcomed by every one of my fellow-countrymen. Through your neutrality you have been able to accomplish the greatest feat of the war. Mr. Hoover's commission has become the one power ?the really one neutral power?respected by all nations. It was organized by Americans. It is run by Americans, and if any one ever says that the neutrality of the United States in the greatest of all wars was merely passive circumspection, history will haul him up as a liar and fling in his face an achievement that General Grant or General Lee would have admitted to be more to their credit than any of the vie tones they gained by strategic genius. "Under the Stars and Stripes a distressed civilian army, greater than the combined militant armies of France and Germany, is being kept alive. Impelled by humanity and guided by an efficiency that is the envy of every European government, you have pierced the lines of all armies, broken all blockades, and gained the first really decisive victory of the war. "You have protested against our naval measures, and we have endeavored to modify or explain. The one thing in this war that en )UTH. (303) 5 tails no protest and surpasses all explanation is the amazing way in which the American peo. pie, without the slightest breach of neutrality, have stepped unofficially into Armageddon and saved a nation." SUNDAY NIGHT IN THE PASTOR'S STUDY Father, the day is done. I come to Thee. ??na w eary Doay, and on bended knee I bring an offering of my work to-day, And for a blessing on the efTort pray. Thou knoweBt all; 'tis sweet to think that Thou Canst read the heart, and that Thou knowest how I strove to win to Thee lost souls who stray Afar from Thee and from the narrow way. I gazed in faces that were strange to me, But all, O Lord, are known and loved by Thee; Their lives to me are as a sealed book. But Thou dost know their nature's inmost nook. But some there are whose natures I know well; I know and lnv? thnm tun.iia ? _ msivi ? VU1U IQIU UUlilp**I Them to come In unto the marriage feast; But these they are that seem to heed me least. I gave Thy message, and the arrow sped Just where the hand divine, directing, led; I cannot tell, but Thou dost know, dear Lord, If hearts found comfort, from Thy preached Word. I leave it all with Thee; I did my best. Dear Father, it is Thine to do the rest; Drive home conviction to the stubborn heart, And to the one in doubt sweet peace impart. I ask Thy blessings on the Scripture read, On hymns of praise, on words of warning said. Let not our prayers to Thee unheeded fall; The day is done, with Thee I leave it all. ?Mary Ella Cornell, in the Lutheran Witness. nAT>??f /" UWJJ O UAAL. Old men in looking back over the long range of life'8 experience discover that danger's bark is usually worse than its bite. They have more often been afraid of imaginary troubles than of real ones. Many a cloud of peril that threatened disaster has gone by on the other side. They are ready to testify that out of their changes and calamities have come some of the most needed and some of the most precious lessons of life's school. Even in a shorter vista we can.recognize the fact thai God has been ~ :*-i J i-*- ? ... iiici cmii auu Kiua. iuany or our troubles are due to our own sins and errors. Others have brought us needed discipline and instruction. It is the perspective and not the retrospect of trouble that makes it seem like a stormy cloud. When it is passed over, the sunlight of God's love often makes it beautiful. We do not see the whole case now; our range of vision is too short, and too many of the conditions for our life are hidden from us. But even now we can often see how confidence in God has been richly justified in our experience. Look back into your own life and see whether it is not true that God has been kinder than your fears and led you through dangers to strength and a larger confidence and hope.?Ex. Live, with all the life there is in you, for God is the God of the living, and only those with dead wills are beyond the pale of His salvation. Never mind if your motives are mixed as yet; if you will dare to live on with L-x * - * *"* - wnai uusoinsn intention you can, you will find your dross changing to gold. Never stop doing because you find bad motives acting with the good. You will for some ages yet. I never knew a man who could do a single deed from pure love. Jesus was the one exception. But be not dismayed. - l)o not stop serving your Qod because of this, and so become altogether unprofitable.?Rev. H. M. Stone.