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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, November 07, 1917, Image 6

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had befriended him during the journey from
Qlasgow, "don't you wish that you were safe
now with your mother in Scotland "
"No," said the boy, "I promised her when
I left that 1 would be fearless and honest. I
have her fortune to make as well as my own.
and I must have good courage."
"Well, laddie, what can you do?" asked a
kind voice behind him.
"I can be loyal and true to anybody who
will give me something to do," was the quick
response.
A well-known lawyer, whose experience with
applicants for clerkship in his office had been
unfavorable, was passing at the moment.
Sandy's fearless face caught his eye. The
honest, manly ring in Sandy's voice touched
his faithful Scotch heart.
"Tell me your story," he said, kindly.
It was soon told. Sandy's mother had been
left a widow, with little money and a child to
bring up. She had worked for him as long as
she could, but when her health failed she had
bought his ticket for London, and she had
given him a little money she could spare.
"Go and make your fortune," she said. "Be
fearless and honest, and don't forget your
mother, who can not work for you any longer."
Having heard this story, the lawyer en
gaged Sanry as an office boy.
"I'll give you a chance," he said, "to show
what there is in you. Write to your mother
today that you have found a friend who will
stand by you as long as you are fearless and
honest."
Sandy became a favorite at once in the of
fice. Many of the clients who entered the of
fice paused to have a word with him.
lie attended evening elasses and became an
expert penman and accountant. He was rap
idly promoted until he became his patron's
confidential clerk.
After sharing his earnings with his mother
he went to Scotland and brought her back with
him.
By and by he studied law, and when he be
gan to practice at the bar his fearlessness com
manded respect, and his honesty inspired con
fidence. Juries liked to hear him speak; they
instinctively trusted liim.
His mother had impressed her high courage
and sincerity upon him. Ilis success was main
ly due to her. ? Scottish American.
Children's Letters
A FIRST LETTER.
Dear Presbyterian : I am a little girl 9
years old. I go to the First Presbyterian
church. Our pastor is Dr. Ralston. We all
like him very much. My Sunday-school teach
er's name is Miss Madeline Faires. I like her
fine. I go to Sunday-school every Sunday I
can. I go to the fourth ward school. I will be
in tlije fifth grade this fall. I got a Testament
for saying the Child's Catechism last rally
day. I have two brothers. I hope to see my
letter in print, as it is my first letter to you.
Your little friend,
Margaret Elizabeth Strong.
Dear Margaret: We are glad to hayte your
first letter and hope you will write us another
soon. Write us about what you do in school.
A SURPRISE.
Dear Presbyterian : I am a little girl twelve
years old. I go to Sunday-school every Sun
My aunt takes your paper and I enjoy
Children's Sermon
WHITE GARMENTS.
"Let tliy garments be always white": Ec
clesiastes 9 : 8.
One of the most beautiful sights iu the world
is a sweet little girl in a pretty white dress
that is new and clean. The reason the snow
is so pretty is because it is white. As soon
as it gets dirty, we think it is ugly and do not
like to look at it.
Sometimes mother tells her little girl not to
soil her white dress, but to keep it clean and
nice. That is just what King Solomon said,
lie tells us we must always keep our garments
white. But he meant more than just the
clothes' we wear on our bodies, lie was talking
about some other garments that we wear.
We wear outside clothes that everybody can
see and then we wear clothes that people can
not see. But they both must be kept clean.
We do not like to wear dirty clothes either
outside or inside.
Our hearts have clothes as well as our bodies.
Every heart has outside clothes and inside
clothes. The outside clothes are our reputation.
The inside clothes are our character. Reputa
tion is what other people think we are . Some
times a little boy is away from home and he
meets strangers. lie behaves himself well, be
cause he has on his company manners. So
people say he is a good boy. That is his repu
tation with those people. But at home he is
a bad boy and does not behave well, but often
does what he ought not to do. His reputation
with the strangers was good, but it was be
cause they did not know him.
Another little boy is good when he is away
from home, and he is just as good when he is
at home. That is his character. He is always
good. Character is what anybody really is.
Reputation is the outside garment of the
heart, and character is the inside. We ought
to keep both clean.
If we were to put on very dirty inside
clothes and then put on clean clothes outside
we would expect the dirt to get on the clean
clothes.
And if we were willing always to wear dirty
inside clothes, we would soon get so that we
would not care if we got our outside clothes
dirty too. Or if we get our outside clothes
dirty, the inside will get dirty. The thing for
us to do is to keep both clean.
If our character is clean we may be sure
our reputation will be clcan. If our hearts are
right, we will not do what is wrong; and peo
pie will soon know us and will talk about our
being good.
Sometimes we think we will keep all that
is ugly and wrong deep down in our own
hearts and think that nobody will know about
it. We may fool people sometimes, but they
are very apt to find us out after awhile. And
then we cannot fool God. He knows what is in
our hearts all the time. He does not look at
our reputation, but at our character. He
knows what we really are.
Sometimes our white clothes get soiled and
we want to get them washed, so that they will
be white and clean again. And sometimes our
reputation and our character get soiled. Every
time we do anything wrong, or say ugly words
or think bad thoughts we soil our characters,
and if anybody knows about it, we soil our
reputation. If we do this we ought to try to
get them clean again.
Once some little girls were talking about
how beautiful was the snow that had just fal
len and covered all the ground. Their teacher
asked if they knew anything that was whiter
than snow. Some of them said they did not
believe anything could be whiter than snow.
But one little girl said that the heart could
be whiter than snow, and she repeated two
texts. "Wash me and I shall be whiter than
snow." "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin."
The clothes of our hearts are all soiled, and
we cannot make them clean. The only thing
that we can do is to go to Jesus and ask him
to make them clean for us. We want our rep
utation and our character both to be clean.
We ask Jesus in our prayers to do this for us.
When Jesus has forgiven us for our sins and
washed them all away, so that our hearts are
clean, there are some things that we must do
to keep them clean. We must not do anything
that is wrong and we must try always to do
what is right. We must not say bad words,
or get mad. We must try to do all we can
to help others to be good and happy.
To do this we need some help, and Jesus will
help us. Everyday we ought to ask him to
make the clothes of our hearts clean, and to
help us to keep them clean.
We will have to be on the lookout and watch,
because Satan will always be trying to soil
our heart clothes. We cannot keep him away,
but Jesus can, if we will just ask him to do
so.
Let us try very hard to see that our garments
are always white.
reading the children's letters. I go to day
school also. I am in the seventh grade. I
have two brothers, one fourteen years old and
one ten years old. I am a member of the Pres
byterian church. Please print my letter as
1 want to surprise my parents and my aunt.
Yours very truly, .
Madeline Coreathers Landis.
Wever's Cave, Va.
Dear Madeline : Thank you for your letter.
I am sure your parents and aunt will be
pleased. Won't jrou write us something
about what you do at school, or where you
live? Write us about the cave. H. A.
PLAYING SOLDIER.
Dear Presbyterian : I am six years old. I
am in the first gradp and my teacher is Miss
Viola Parks. I have one brother and sister.
Please publish ray letter, for I am trying to
surprise my mother. I can't write, but I can
tell father what to write. I go to Sunday
school every Sunday I can. My teacher is
Mrs. Wood. My preacher is Dr. Mclver. My
brother has a soldier suit and plays soldier.
He is four years old. He wants to fight the
Germans. My grandfather was a general in
the war and got shot five times.- He was a
preacher, too. I will answer Paul Wilhelm's
question. It was Moses who struck the rock
and made water come.
Your little friend,
Atlanta, Qa. Emma Stephens.
H. A.
Dear Emma : When little brother gets hurt
playing soldier can you play Red Cross nurse
and make him well again " Paul will be glad
to see the answer {o his question.

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