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_i: :_i JOHN OF THE ORIENT. By Mrs. B. C. Patterson. I want to tell you about a Chinese boy that we will call John of the Orient, and his mother we will name Mrs. East. Mrs. East being a Chinese woman, knew nothing of God and the Bible and had no edu cation. She thought the only way to get hap piness in this world or the next, was through a son. So sho burnt incense every day, went to the temples and worshipped the idols, praying for a son. But every time a baby came to her house it was a girl, till there were six girls. This was a terrible calamity, but she did not kill any of them. In this part of China they do not often kill th?ir gifls, but they do some times. And then one day ? oh ! joy ! ? a son really came to her home. She was so happy she car ried him in her bosom, yes right inside her clothes like a kangaroo baby, till he was nearly one year old. They had money, so she gave him whatever he cried for. His six older sisters had to do just what he commanded. lie was even allowed to beat them with long sticks if he wanted to. In brief, he was a very badly spoiled child. As he grew older he still did as he pleased, natu rally. Soon he had wasted all his parent 's money. First the large house was sold ; then a smaller one ; then all the land, till finally there was nothing left. Mrs. East in her disappointment, died of anger and a broken heart. The boy is now a man and would be a beg gar, but his wife works and gives him a pitiful support. This story was told me by one of his sisters, who is a Christian. It well illustrates what happens to children who do not learn to obey and control them selves when they are young. And it also illustrates what happens to moth ers who do not control their children. I know a story about a boy in West Virginia who turned out just like John of the Orient, simply because he did not learn self-control when he was young. The beautiful part about self-control in a Christian is, that Jesus by his spirit helps us to overcome and to control ourselves. "Trust and obey, For there 's no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey." Sutsien, China. Children's Letters "TOODLES." Dear Presbyterian f I have written several letters to you, and as you were so kind as to publish them I will write again. Our school closed the eighth of May. We had a very interesting program, after which we served lemonade and cake. We had a very nice time. I will tell you about my dog and then I will close. She is a rat terrier and her name is "Toodles." Her color is brown. She brings up the cows, runs the chickens, plays hide and seek, and catcher. Children's Sermon The Boy Who Was Almost Killed by His Father. "Take ? ? ? tliy son * ? * and offer him ? ? ? for a burnt offering." Gen. 22:2. Abraham was ninety-nine years old, and Sarah, his wife was ninety years old, and they did not have any children. They wanted a son very much and God promised them that He would give them one. After a year, when Abraham was a hundred years old, God gave them a son, and they called him Isaac, be cause God told them to do so. This name means laughter and was given to the baby boy, because his father and mother were so glad God had given them a son that they both laughed. Abraham and Sarah loved Isaac a great deal. But one day when he was about twelve or fif teen years old, God told Abraham that he must take Isaac and go to a place away across the country and there he must offer him a sacrifice on an altar. That meant that he was to kill him and burn him, just as Abraham had often offered lambs in sacrifice. This made Abraham very sad, but he felt that he was obliged to do what God told him to do. He knew that God would not tell him to do anything that was wrong, though he could not understand why God told him to do it. So they started off for the place God told Abraham to go to. It was a long way off, and they had to walk all the way. They walked all of two days, and on the third day they came in sight of the place. When they came to the foot of a mountain or big hill, Abraham told the two young men, who had come with them to stay there until he and Isaac came back. Then he took a big bundle of wood they had brought with them and put it on Isaac's shoulders. They did not have any matches in those days, so they had to carry some fire with them. After awhile Isaac said : "Father, here is the wood and the fire, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?" Abra ham told liira that he need not be disturbed about not having a lamb. lie said God would provide a lamb. He was not willing to tell him that God had said he was to be the sacrifice. When they got on top of the mountain, Abraham built an altar of stones, and then put the wood on it. Then Abraham took Isaac and tied his hands and his feet and laid him on the wood on the altar, and took a big knife and was just about to kill Isaac, as God had told him to do. Wc may be very sure that it was very hard for him to do this, and that he was very sad because God had told him to kill his little boy. Isaac must have thought it very strange that his father had tied him and put him on the altar, but he was sure that his father would not do anything that was not right. Abraham raised his hand to kill Isaac with the knife that he had and just then an angel that God had sent said: "Abraham, don't hurt the boy. God wanted to see whether you loved Him enough to offer up your son for Him, and now He knows that you do." So Abraham took Isaac off of the altar and untied his hands and his feet, and when he turned around he saw a ram caught in the bushes by his horns. So Abraham and Isaac took him and offered him as a sacrifice on the altar. God told Abraham to offer up his son, be cause he wanted to see whether he loved God more than anything else. Abraham loved his son more than anything else in the world, but he loved God more. God wanted Abraham to know how hard it was to kill his son, because God was going to let His Son be killed, so that! He could save sin^ ners. Every one of us is tied and would be killed if God had not provided a substitute, just as He sent the ram to take Isaac's place on the altar. Our substitute is Jesus Christ, "the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." We ought to love him and trust him. ? She is very cute. Hoping to see my letter in print, I am Your little friend, Alma Eversole. Dear Alma: I am so glad you had such a pleasant time at school. "Toodles" must be very smart. H. A. DAVID. Dear Presbyterian : I am a boy 10 years old, this is my 3rd let ter to you. I will answer Carolyn's puzzle: David is the great king. Your little friend, Robert Anderson. Prospect, Ala. Dear Robert: We are glad to see the answer to the puzzle. "We all love the story of David, don't we? H. A. AN ENIGMA. Dear Presbyterian: I am sending an enig ma. It is found in 2 Kings and has 211 letters. My 19, 56, 24, 49, 46, 84, 184, 15, 29, is a fruit. % 114, 1, 146, 157, 163, is a book. My 84, 90, 184, 194, 186 is something to write on. My 7, 29, 42, 57, 82, 118 is a game. My 31, 56, 50, 211, 11, 42, 83, 97 is a State. My 24, 41, 78, 84, 102, 70, 25, 42, 14, 39, 194 ^ a city. Hoping someone will answer my enigma and it will come ont as I want to surprise mamma, daddy, my aunt and uncle. Please publish it if you have room. Mary Cornelia Webb. Nashville, Tenn. Dear Mary. ? We are always glad to have a good enigma. Watch to see who can solve it. H. A. FIVE TEACHERS. Dear Presbyterian: I am sending the an swer to Henrietta Bedinger's enigma. The an swer is found in the 23 Psalm, first verse.. It is "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want." I am twelve years old and am in the first y#ar high school. I have five teachers, one for every lesson, and like them fine. My father was a Presbyterian minister. Mother takes your nice paper and 'V like to read the letters and stories. I go to church and Sun day-school and also To Junior Christian En deavor. Yours truly, Charles Louis Bragaw. Orangeburg, S. C. -v Dear Charles. ? We are glad you enjoy our letters and stories. Won't you write us some thing about your Junior C. E. Society? H. A.