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October 27, 1915 ] THE J
Children's Keeping the T1 By Rev. Stuart Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23. A few miles out from one of our hiir oitio? up in tlie hills is a small lake. That lake is always most earefully watched and guarded. No boats are allowed upon it. Fishing is not permitted. Animals cannot get near to it. There is a man who lives not far away who does nothing but watch the lake and see that nothing gets into it. If you were to ask that man why he is so carefully guarding the water he would tell you that at one end of the lake there is a great pipe that carries the water down to the city where thousands of people drink it every day. That is why the lake is kept day and night. It is drinking water that carries life down to the city, and nothing impure or poisonous must be allowed to i?et into it. Now this is just what Solomon meant by this verse, "Keep thine heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life." We are to watch everything that goes into our hearts, just as faithfully and as carefully as the man at the lake does, and see that nothing poisonous or impure enters there. When we were very small children we learned that there are some things in the world that are poisonous and will hurt us. When I was a little boy I was out in the yard one day and saw a pretty little fly buzzing around a flower. Pretty soon he settled down on the flower and I put out my hand and took him. Then all at onee I felt a sharp pain in my hauu and dropped him and ran into the house. My mother told me that a bee had stung me and put something on it to draw out the poison. That is one kind of poison. Then there is a vine that grows along the fences in the country that it is not well to touch. If you do touch it very likely in a few days your hands will begin to swell and you OUR STORY WRITERS. We know our story writers have been anx ious to know which one is to have the beautiful doll that is waiting for one of them. "We have had so many stories sent us that we have not been able to publish them all yet. But we are almost through. Just as soon as they are all in the paper we are going to get some ladies to read them and tell us which is the best. Then the doll will be sent to the winner. THE SULKY LITTLE RAINDROP. r? 1 /\t\ / 4>?v\ a a #< /* ? v/Htt, a iwn^ nine agu, mure was a very sulky, discontented little raindrop. One day another raindrop said to him, "Why don't you ever fall like the rest of us? You would have a big time; we always do." "Tt is no use for me to fall. I'm too little. I would do no good, at all," the sulky raindrop said. "Why, yes you would, you'd do lots of goou. nut it you come with us you will have to work. But it's pleasant work. Do come." But the sulky raindrop said, "Tell me about the work, and who you work for. I don't think any work is pleasant." "This is, I'm sure," said the other warmly. "You fall on meadows and fields and everywhere, and it's so pleasant to sec the fields and flowers drink us in. We go in the ground and then to the ocean, and then?Heigh-ho! it's my time to go. Won't you come with us." ?KESBYTERIAN OF THE SC Sermon iought8 Pure. Nye Hutchison. will have trouble. That is another kind of poison. WTa oil A 1 " u t?u iciucuiucr luu wiien we were young being told that there were some bottles in the medicine closet at home that it would not do to taste because thev were poison and would hurt us. So,we learned that there are some things in the world that we must never take into our hands, and there are some things that we must not touch, and there are other things that we must never take into our mouths, because they are poison. li..* *1 it.: -i urn hilic is s*miii*i iim g uisc inat it is just as important to remember. There arc also some things that we must never take into our minds. A filthy book or story, or an obscene picture will poison the mind just as a swallow of arsenic will poison the body. Sometimes we see boys whose minds have been poisoned by the evil things they have taken into them. A poisoned mind is worse than a poisoned body. That is why we are told to keep our hearts with all diligence. We can keep our hearts by never allowing anything to come into them that is impure and A ? -1 i? xl- i i i uuciciiii. nuu u evn mougnis uo come in we can drive them out. We can't keep them from coming in sometimes, bnt we can keep them from staying in. And then we can fill onr minds with good and pure thoughts, by reading good books and associating with pure companions and looking at clean pictures. If we fill our thoughts with the things that are true and holy there will be no room for the evil thoughts to come in. We ought always to try to keep our thoughts pure, for there cannot be a strong character unless first there is a clean heart. Let ns all try then to keep our hearts with all diligence, for out of them are the issues of life. Norfolk, Va. The sulky raindrop went, and he had such a good time that when he came back he resolved to work for the Master and never be sulky again. Katie Dale Mitchell, Waycross, Ga. Age 11 years. A CHRISTIAN MARTYR. Long ago in the far-off country of Scotland, there lived a king who was very cruel to his subjects. Now in Scotland most of the people worshiped the true God, and were also fond of the 23d Psalm. The king, not believing in God, called his subjects together and said, "I will hereafter sentence anyone to death that uses the 23d Psalm." There lived in Scotland a mother and her two daughters, who were very beautiful, indeed; the younger was of the rarest beauty. Now this family would not obey the king and continued using the 23d Psalm. When the king heard of this he was very angry and with his soldiers went to the poor widow's house. He promised safety if they would give up the 23d Psalm. But they would x mi i i ' ' nut promise, ine souuers earned tliem down to the beach at low title, and drove one post at the water's edge, another a little farther back, and one so far back that the tide would not reach it in an hour. The soldiers tied them to the posts; in a short time the tide drowned the mother, then the elder sister. The ) U T H. . (721) 7 king, taking pity on the younger, called out he would save her if she would become a Catholic, but she would not. As the tide advanced you could hear her singing the 23d Psalm. The last seen of her was her golden tresses on the wave. Elizabeth Roberts, Richmond, Va. Age 11 years. A WISE BOY. Once upon a time there was a city of children, with a few grown-ups. Every Christinas the children would go out in the woods and there would be a beautiful tree full of toys, and all the children would go except little 1 AT * mi ' *' ? - - uuiit! iuaria. ine cnutirea would go and get presents for other people and make them happy, until one Christmas an old man eame into the city and asked them why they didn't get the presents for themselves. So the next Christmas they decided to get the presents for themselves, all except little Joseph, Maria's brother, lie was thinking of what he would get for her. So when Christmas came they all ran down to where the tree always stood, but they stopped; all was dark and there wasn't any pretty tree. Joseph ran on, for he saw the nee prettier man ever, lie went on getting the presents and he was the only one to make the people happy; and the rest of the children decided not to take the old man's advice any more. Annie Frazier, Ilazlehnrst, Ga. Age 11 years. THE TWO GARDENS. Once there were two little girls who lived ill ci 1 if tin l?t?mi' ?-* ? 1 rni * ? u nvtiv uiui> ii kuiia^c in a nine Mnvn. 1 neir names were Fay and May. They loved flowers so their father made them two little gardens, one on each side of the front walk. They planted flower seed in them and before long little green twigs began to sprout up out of the ground. Fay and May hoed and raked their gardens, and pulled the weeds away from the flowers. After a while the flowers began to bloom. "I'm going to pick my flowers and take them to sick people," said Fay. "I'm not," said May, "I'm not going to pick mine ni ~11 TJ ' ' ? - * at an. i. in going to let mine alone, and have the people on the street look at them and admire them." Fay picked bunches of flowers every day and took them to sick people. May did not pick hers and the people on the street stopped to admire them. Before summer was half gone May's garden was all dried up. There was not a blossom in it, because she did not pick 4.1 T1 ?_ " ' ' " mem. ray s garaen Dioomed nntil the frost came. Franees Sanders. Once a mother sent her little boy to Sundayschool ahead of her because she was not ready. When she went in the big room she thought he was in the primary room. After Sundayschool the primary teacher came to her and said that her little boy was not there, and she iU-i. V- - 1 rn. ? - * nucw mui ne was lost, men she and his brothers and sisters started out to hunt for him. They hunted for some time but could not find him. At last the mother went home thinking that maybe by that time he had gone home. He was not there. She was going out to hunt again, but she thought she had better go and ask God to teach her where to go. So she went back and prayed. Then started out again. When she got to the first corner there eame her little boy. He had been to the creek. She was so glad to find him. Cornelia Porterfield, Bunker Hill, W. Va. Age 10.