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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, October 06, 1915, Image 8

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THE LITTLE GATEKEEPER.
Judith lived in the country because her
father was a farmer. She was so small for
her aire that straiurors t.hnnirht. stm wne nulu
live years old, when she really was eight on
her last birthday. Iler eyes were blue and
her hair was the golden color you read about
in the fairy tales. Iler blue eyes were bright,
probably because she went to bed early. Per- 1
haps the reason her hair was pretty was because
she never made any fuss when her mother
combed it.
Anyway, Judith was an unusually good little
girl. That is why her father was surprised,
and her mother was surprised, and her brothers
were surprised, the summer day she was
naughty. And she was naughty, and she cried
because she had to be her father's gatekeeper,
instead of going every afternoon the week be
fore Children's Day to rehearse a little exercise
at Miss Edson's home. Miss Edson was
Judith's Sunday school teacher. There were
six other little girls in the class. Going to rehearsals
at Miss Edson's house was as much
fun for the class as attending a party every '
day; that is the reason Judith cried and was
cross when her father said: !
"The men are coming next week to haul 1
stone from the back lot, and Judith will have
to tend the gate to keep the cattle and colts ^
from getting out of the pasture. If one of the '
men should forget to shut the gate, the colts
would be sure to get out." '
"Can't one of the boys tend the gate?" inquired
Judith. ]
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i iinve uuier worK ior tne ooys," answered i
Judith's father. i
Now, the hired man, who never went to
church, liked to tease. When he saw Judith 1
looking cross, he pretended to be astonished. ]
"I thought you were a Christian!" said he. 1
"I am," grumbled Judith, cross as ever. J
"Why not?" <
"Because," answered the hired man, "I supposed
a sure-enough Christian would tend to (
ner iatner s gate?cheerfully." 1
Judith stared at the hired man and stopped ]
pouting. , ]
"It looks to me," the hired man went on, ]
"as if a sure-enough Christian wouldn't shirk 1
her duty." <
Those were hig words for the hired man to j
say, and big words for Judith to think about
as she watched him walking slowly to the barn, I
shaking his head. <
The next thing the hired man knew, there ]
was the little gatekeeper playing with her dolls
beside the big gate, happy in the June sun- \
shine, while Jim, her dog, mounted guard close i
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j. i iic mi eu man griiuicu iiiMl I 111: IIUIC girl
smiled. The next afternoon, when the hired
man passed, the little gatekeeper was studv'ng
something, and Jim was asleep with his nose
on his paws.
"What's the news?" ho inquired. 1
"O, I've got to learn tlie first psalm to roeite 1
on Children's Day," replied Judith. "The superintendent
said so." f
The hired man took Judith's Bible and lis 1
tened while she repeated: "Blessed is the man <
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, i
nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sittcth 1
in the seat of the scornful." 1
"You see," commented the hired man, "I 1
suppose you would have heen standing in the
way of a sinner if you had kept on fussing i
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like a Christian when he needed you. I'm
sinner because I haven't been to church regu
lar since I was your size and went with m;
mother; but I know a sure-enough Christiai
when 1 see her. You're acting like one, al
right, opening and shutting the gate for you
father's men, cheerfully. Well, I must be a
going."
Although she was sure the hired man wa
still teasing and certainly didn't know how t
explain the first psalm, Jiulith felt much com
fortcd.
One day, when the Sunday school superin
tcndent passed in his automobile, he notice*
(lie little gatekeeper happily tending the gat(
Jim close beside her, as usual. lie bowed an*
smiled to Judith, and when she waved her ban*
he had a sudden happy thought. You see, h
knew why Judith could not take part in th
little class exercise.
Every day Judith and Jim guarded the gate
And every afternoon until Children's Day th
hired man listened to Judith while she repeat
?d the first psalm.
"You have learned that piece by heart, an<
so have I!" he declared the last Saturday af
ternoon, laughing as if it were a great joke.
Children's Day was a day of surprises. T
oegin wit 11, tne lured man went to church
Iressed in his best and looking rather fine, hi
Face shining and his shoes blacked. Jim cric<
because he couldn't go, too.
"Judith invited me," the hired man ex
plained. "You see, we've worked rather liar<
this week a-learning that sam." The hire*
man said "sam" for "psalm." ,
The second surprise was a surprise for tli
whole Sunday school. You remember the su
perintendent had thought of something, am
this was it. He had built a beautiful whit
fence across the space separating the Sunda;
school room from the church auditorium
When the big door was lifted on the mornini
af Children's Day, there was' the white fence
trimmed with trailing rosebuds, and in it th
prettiest white gate you ever saw. It mas
liave been copied from a fairyland picture
Back of the fence, in the Sunday school room
were all the little children, sitting in thei
classes; and seated in a wee white chair agains
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The hired man's eyes were round with as
tonishment when he saw his little friend, Ju
lith, tending the children's gate on Children'
Day in the morning.
When the babies who were to graduate frou
die cradle roll into the kindergarten marche<
to the platform, the choir sang, while the bis
l>ipe organ played, "Open the door for the chil
Iren," and little Judith opened the gate, whil
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.HalI now ask our little gatekeeper to repea
I lie first psalm," the church was so still, ex
?ept when the canary birds sang, you migli
ilmost have heard a pin drop. The hired mai
was so interested that he bent forward am
whispered the first psalm, word for word, witl
little Judith.
The minister noticed the stranger whisper
ing the first psalm word for word, and whei
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$ate for all the graduates when they marchei
ip on the platform and back again; even fo
!>ig boys like her brother John, who aradiiAtci
from the primary that day.
When at last the superintendent said, " W
SOUTH. [ October 6, 1915
J the service was over, the minister walked up
to Judith's father's hired man, shook hands
Iwith him and said, "I trust, sir, that you will
come to church and Sunday school every Suni
day. We have a men's class you should join."
? 411 thank you kindly," answered the hired
, man. "Me and Judith'11 be here every Sunday!"
Judith's family were very happy when they
heard that, and no one smiled because the hired
y
man said, "Me and Judith," instead of "Ju|J
dith and I."
Judith has been glad ever since that she
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tended well her father's gate.?The Continent.
BOYS THAT SUCCEED.
"A new boy came into our office today," said
a wholesale grocery merchant to his wife at
the supper table, "lie was hired by the firm
at the request of the senior member, who
j thought the boy gave promise of good things.
But I feel sure that the boy will be out of the
j office in less than a week."
"What makes you think so?" inquired his
wife.
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"Because the very first thing he wanted to
know was just exactly how much he was ex
pected to do."
^ "Perhaps you will yet change your mind
about him," she remarked.
"Perhaps I shall," replied the merchant,
"but I do not think so."
^ Three days later the business man said to
his wife: "About that boy you remember I
mentioned two or three days ago. Well, he
() is the best boy who ever entered the store."
'' "How did von find flint, rmt.T"
"In the easiest way in the world. The first
morning after the boy began to work he performed
very faithfully and systematically the
exact duties assigned him, which he had been
so careful to have explained to him. When
' he finished he came to me and said : 'Mr. ,
I have finished all the work. Now, what can
e I do?'
"I was a little surprised, but I gave him a
1 little job of work and forgot all about him
e until he came into my room with the question,
Y ' What next ?' That settled it for me. He was
l. the first boy that ever entered our office who
i was willing and volunteered to do more than
was assigned to him. I predict a successful
<5 career for that boy as a business man."?The
t Sunday School Herald.
i, BREAD CAST ON THE WATERS.
r When the conductor came to collect the
t young lady's fare she discovered that she had
! left her pocketbook at the office where she
works as stenographer.
"Why, I'm afraid I haven't any money
s with me," she said, looking very much embarrassed.
ti The conductor said nothing, but stood there
1 and waited.
? "I guess I'll have to get off," said the girl.
"I have left my pocketbook at the office."
e "Here, lady," said a boyish voiee from across
e the aisle. "I got a nickel I'll lend you."
1 She looked at the boy and took the nickel,
r "Thank you," she said. "I'll pay you back if
1 you'll give me your name."
"Don't worry 'bout that," he replied. "I'm
e the kid you give the half-dollar to las' Christ
t . ? l
r mas wnen you see me sellm' papers down o>
the Savoy. I ain't forgot you. I'm sellin' pat
pers there yet."
ti Site smiled at him when he left the car and
1 lie was about the proudest boy in town.?Ex.
h
Man is greater than his circumstances, and God
is always calling him to come up to the fullness
n of his li/e.?Philips Brooks.
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