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got quite a lot of things, for a "war-time"
Christmas. "We came all the way from Flor ida in an auto, over fifteen hundred miles, and arrived here in thj midst of a big thun der shower. Besides Philadelphia and Balti more, we came through five capital cities. 1 wonder if any of the hoys or girls can tell me what they were? We are five miles from the famous Delaware River, and in the dis tance we can see the Delaware "Water Gap. 1 have a pet named "Nimrod." Can any one guess what he is and why I call him that! 1 am studying the Shorter Catechism. Papa has offered me a reward for learning it aud I hope to get a Bible. I am sending you a bundle of six squares for our quilt. I would have made some more, but I was afraid that if I did I wouldn't get my squares in, and that would have been awful ? to me, and so I am sending six. If there's any more room in the quilt, and I can scrape up any more wool, I may make a few more. You will notice that one square is rather gaudy. That is the one I used up all my "ends" in. I think the one with the pink stripe in the middle of the gray is the prettiest one. I hope they will get there early enough to go in the quilt. Hoping this letter is not too long to print, I am, Your little friend, Elizabeth Madora Baker. Columbia, N. J. Dear Elizabeth: Your letter is very inter esting. "We will see who has been studying geography hard enough to answer your ques tion. You must have had a very interesting trip. The squares you sent are fine. The one made of the "ends" is very pretty. a a. RECITED THE CATECHISM. Dear Presbyterian : I am a little girl eleven years old. I go to school every day. I am in the sixth grade. I have recited the Child's Catechism and received my Testament. Mam ma takes your paper and I enjoy reading the letters very much. Rev. Roy Smith is our preacher. I have four sisters and one brother. Their names are Ollie, Harriet, Lorna and Liz zie. My brother's name is Harden. I will close by asking a question, Which is the long est chapter in the Bible t Your unknown friend, Nannie Jane Weatherman. Carter '8 Mills, Va. Dear Nannie: I know you are proud of your Testament. Watch the paper for an answer to your question. H. A. AN ANSWER. Dear Presbyterian : I am sending an answer to Margie Middelthon's enigma. The verse is Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." I am your little friend, Roanoke, Va. Margaret Hart. Dear Margaret: I am sure Margie will be pleased to see the answer to her enigma. H. A A DOG AND CAT STORY. Dear Presbyterian : The other night I heard a dog barking out doors. He was barking at a big white cat who was sitting in the fork of a tree which was near my window. Papa threw a broom out of the window and it lodged right in the fork where the cat was. Down jumped the cat to the ground and ran away. We have never seen the cat since. But moth er's broom is high up in the tree. Your little friend, Caroline Caldwell. Union Seminary, Richmond, Va. Children's Sermon LITTLE AND LITTLE. "By little and little I will drive them out." ? Exodus 23:30. "When God brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt He promised to give them a beautiful and rich country to live in, ?where they would have good homes and fine crops and lots of fruit. They were delighted with God's promise, and they thought they would have such good times in the country that God was going to give them. "When they came near to that country they found it was full of people who were ready to fight them and say they should not come in and make their homes in that country. These were bad people and God did not intend that they should keep His people out of the land He had promised them. The children of Israel were afraid of these bad people and they thought they could not drive them out, so that they could have the country. God loved His people and he intend ed to give the country to them, so He told them that He would drive their enemies out. We may be very sure that the Israelites were delighted when they knew that God was going to drive out their enemies, and they thought it would be very easy for them just to march right in and take possession of all the eountry and the cities and the houses and the farms and everything that the people had left. But when they got near the land they found out that their enemies had not been driven out. God did not drive them all out at once. He said they should be driven out "by little and little." That is, it was to be done a little at a time. God wants to give every one of us a clean heart. If we have that we will have a beau tiful life. Our hearts are full of wicked thoughts and so our lives are full of wicked deeds. We all want to have beautiful lives. But we cannot do it until we get rid of the wicked thoughts in our hearts. When we give our hearts to Jesus he promises to make them clean and pure, and sometimes people are sur prised that this is not all done at once. But God does not do this all at once, and He ex pects us to help Him to do this. When He went to drive the bad people out of the land of Canaan He told the children of Israel they must help. Sometimes they had to do some queer things that they could not understand. But every time they did what God told them to do Ho helped them; and He always gave them the victory. The very first thing He told them to do in Canaan was just to walk quietly around the city of Jericho, and they did this for seven days. Then He told them to shout, and when they did that the walls all fell down. God could have made the walls fall down at first, but He wanted the people to have a part in it, if it was only to walk around it and see what a big city it was. Then they would know they could not capture the city themselves, and that they would have to ask God to capture it for them. There are enemies in our hearts, and these we call sins. Sometimes they are very big and strong. We would like to get rid of them all, and sometimes, it may be, we won der why God does not drive them all out and let our hearts be clean and our lives be pure and beautiful. God has not promised to drive out all the sins at once. He does it "by little and little." And He wants us to help Him to do it. We ought to look into our hearts and see what sins are there. In some boys' and girls' hearts there is a bad temper. They get mad easily. They say mean things. And they do ugly things. They ought to look at it well. Go all around it aud see how easily you get mad and say and do mean and ugly things. Maybe you have tried to get rid of your bad temper and could not do it. Suppose you ask God to help you. Some boys and girls have other enemies in their hearts. These are the bad thonghts that make them tell stories, or say bad words, or make them be unkind to others, or make them disobedient to parents and teachers. And there are lots of other things like them. These things keep us from having the kind of life that God wants us to live. There are two things He wants us to do to get rid of them. One is to ask Him to help us, and the other is to help Him to do it. It would not do any good for a little boy to ask God to keep him from saying bad words, and then get right up from his knees and be gin saying them again. He must try to stop saying them and God will help him. It may be we cannot get all these enemies out of our hearts all at once. But we ask God to help us and then try to help Him. He will drive them out one by one. If we do not get rid of a bad habit all at once, keep on trying until we do get rid of it. God will help us "by little and little," 6r a little at a time. Dear Caroline : It must have been funny to see the dog and eat. I wonder if you can climb that tree and get mother's broom down. H. A. SUNDAY-SCHOOL CLASS TO KNIT. My Dear Miss Helen : I will try to get the girls in my Sunday-school class to knit squares like I have been doing. I saw your letter and different people have been helping me. I am going to try to make more of them. I wish I could see the quilts after they are finished. My mother takes the paper and I enjoy it. I hope the squares are all right. I am mailing them as I mail this. I am Your friend, Julia Tillar. Dear Julia: Your square* were fine. They have been put into a quilt, and are already in one of oar camp hospitals. I think it would be splendid for your class to help. H. A* SIX SQUARES. Dear Presbyterian: This is my first letter to you. Mother and Aunt "B" and I made fix squares for the soldiers and sent them to you this morning. I am seven years old and I have recited the Child's Catechism, and I got a nice Testament. Now I am studying the Shorter Catechism. I love to go to Sun day-school and to day school, too. I love my teachers. My daddy is a doctor, and 1 want to surprise him with this letter. Your new little friend, Nancy Holden Hedges. Dear Nancy: Your squares are fine, and helped with the quilts. I am sure "daddy" will be pjfeased with ydtir letter, . H. A.