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ly claim that promise? What is your answer
to His call? The time is now here for you to decide how much you will subscribe for all causes of His Church aud your church during the next ec clesiastical year. Ask Him to show you how much to give. Then turn and behold the needs which His providence presents to you and which call for all we possibly can give. Then give "until it hurts," and God will bless you and prosper you. Another call to service comes to parents and Sunday school teachers to take their chil dren and to encourage them to go to the church service every Sunday. This is one of the greatest needs of our day ? to get chil dren and young people to go to the church service. For the future Church depends upon the interest which the present generation has in it. This call comes both to parents and Sunday school workers, including every super intendent of Sunday school. Finally comes the call to prayer. "Pray ye therefore the Lord of harvest that he will send forth laborers into the harvest field." And pray for these laborers. Pray for their support. Pray for all causes of His kingdom. And while praying, make a special petition for relief from suffering from the influenza epidemic, and pray for control of and the banishment of the disease from the world, and that it may never return. We prayed for vic tory in the war and victory surely came in answer to a united prayer of a nation. Now let us pray for relief from the present world wide epidemic or plague of influenza. Perad venture, God will hear and answer our prayer. Great Falls, S. C. Heart to Heart OLD AGE. In my childhood days I rather thought of old age as a time when the pleasure of life had all gone and just "a waiting" for that last call which comes to all. But now, when the years have rolled by and I find myself past the three score and ten, how different it is from what I thought it would be. In truth, if this is old age, it is lovely. The days pass by so quickly, and there is so much that is pleasant with which to fill up the hours as they pass. Friends are dearer and the memory of loved ones, gone before, is sweeter, I appreciate life and its joys, aye! and its sorrows, too, more than I ever did. To sum up all in a few words, old age is not to be dreaded, but with a trust in our Father in heaven, we can really enjoy the evening of life and can say all is well. "E'en down to old age all my people shall prove, My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love, And when hoary hairs shall their temple adorn, Like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne." T. H. SUPPLYING THE PULPIT. A young clergyman who was in the habit of spending his summer vacations in North Dakota, one day visited a town some miles away from the one where he was staying. He ?went to the local barber to get a shave. *J Stranger here, ain't you?" The parson admitted it. "Traveling mant" "No." "You don't live here, do you?" "No." "Where are you staying?" "Over at X?" "Whatcha doin' over there?" "I am supplying the pulpit." "Supplying the pulpit 1" echoed the barber, who had never heard the phrase before. "What with?" That question set the clergyman thinking, lie began to ask himself what he actually was supplying that pulpit with. It made him ex amine the quality of the service he was giving. It made him resolve to improve it. The chance remark of that barber made a changed man of him. It knocked the self-sat isfaction out of him. It made him realize that he had been taking things too much for grant ed, and that what he was getting had perhaps been more in his mind than what he was giv ing. ? Selected. A BEAUTIFUL SCENE. The other morning, on my way to the office, I stopped to inquire after the health of a friend whom I knew had been ill. His daughter came to the door and in a low tone that I could not at the moment under stand invited me to step in, as her mother and the other children were at morning prayers. As I stood in the hall I could see the mother kneeling, surrounded by her children, undis turbed by the fact that the door bell had rung, each one praying in turn until finally they all joined in the Lord's prayer and rose and un abashed greeted me cordially I was much affected by this beautiful scene and told the mother that it would be a blessing to me all day. And indeed the simple trust fulness of it strengthens me as I write. ? Ex. Our Boys and Girls TALKS WITH NATURE. "I think you're quite funny," 1 said To the river, "for while you've a bed, You're awake night and day And run on, yet you stay; And your mouth is so far from your head." I said to the hill: "I'll allow You have a most wonderful brow, But you've Buch a big foot Tbat you never can put On a shoe of the style they now use." 1 i?aid to the tree: "You are queer; Your trunk is all packed, but I fear You can't leave until spring When ? a curious thing ? You must still remain standing right here." To a green red blackberry 1 said: "I know you are green when you're red, And you're red when you're green, But to say what I mean Is enough to befuddle one's head." ? St. Nicholas. TED'S SEEDS OF HAPPINESS. By Miss Kate C. Grinstead. It's very hard to be ill in the hospital away from all one's friends at any time, but the hardest thing in the world is to be in bed on St. Valentine's Day. So thought Ted as he lay in his little white bed looking very glum and disconsolate. St. Valentine's Day had always been such a merry day at home, for such fun as the children had making and distributing their valentines! Ted wanted, oh! so very much, to make some valentines too, and al ways when Ted wanted anything he wanted it very badly. Moreover, he wanted it exact ly when he wanted it, and as he was a very much spoiled little boy, he usually was in dulged, and in all his pampered little life this was the very first time he had been denied a wish, so of course he was in a very bad hu mor. "The very ideal" stormed big Dr. Smith, when Ted had voiced his wish. "Don't you know that no one would enjoy receiving a valentine from a 'flu' patient! Why, I'd have my hands full of patients who imagined they 'd gotten a germ! You can receive as many as you like, little boy, but never a one must leave this hospital! You will have to wait until next year to make your valentines 1" But Ted didn't want to wait until next year; he wanted to do it right then, and so disap pointed was he that nothing could make him smile all morning long, not even the jolly house doctor, who played bear and growled and pretended that he was going to eat him up, nor his dear nurse Emma whom the little boy loved better than any of the nurses who eared for him. Nurse Emma was so pretty and her eyes had such a mischievous way of crinkling up in the corners when she laughed, and she could tell such delightful fairy sto ries ! Ted had been in the hospital for several weeks and had learned to enjoy himself very much, especially since he was so nearly well. Every one was so kind to him, and it was a never-ending source of joy to him to watch the nurses flit to and fro in their spicky-span white aprons, and the cunning little caps perched upon their heads seemed always to be nodding and beckoning to him. A few moments after the big doctor had gone away Nurse Emma came flying into the room like a small whirlwind. "Hello, Sonny boy, open your mouth wide and hold fast to what I give you!" she cried, as she waned a little glass thermometer above the little in valid's head, pursing up her lips and chirp ing like a mother bird who has a tempting morsel for her baby. Ted obediently opened his mouth, but his eyes failed to return the answering smile that this performance usually elicited. "There now," said the nurse as she dropped the little tube into the cup of cyanide, "you won't have to 'smoke' any more for three hours!" "Ruther had a stick o' candy!" growled Ted. "Well, now," said Nurse Emma, her eyes crinkling up 'mischievously, "sometimes these thermometers do funny things, come to think of it! Honest, they do turn into sticks of candy, I've heard, because the fairies just hop about in this old hospital when they take a notion!" and slipping her hand into her pock et, she gave a little gasp of surprise when out popped a stick of red and white peppermint candy ! Ted's eyes sparkled for an instant and then the light faded. "I'd ruther make valentines!" he pouted. "Well, now, I fcever," exclaimed the nurse.