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n ESOLUTICXNS innumerable, no doubt, ! -IV *have been made by many who have felt thafc-they ought to make some improvement in J their lives. Oftentimes these resolutions do not last longer than the day on which they are made. This may be due to the fact that they are made in dependence upon frauimman nature, which is a poor dependence. Instead of some specific resolution as to certain lines ef action, it would be. far better to adopt some broad ^principle of our religion and let that govern ^ur lives through theKypo*. What better can we do than to lay lirm hold upon the promise of our Saviour, which lie made as a parting lift to His dis ciples: "ho, 1 am with you always <" It will be worth much to us, if we ke?p that promise in our hearts and minds all-the time. We can go forth into the .New Year with confidence and courage, and hope and happiness. To have Him with us in ou* labors will lighten our bur dens, to h$vsilim with us as we pass through trials will illumine the darkness, to have Hun with us in our pleasures and joys will glorify them, and make them a foretaste of heaven. Thus will all *>f . our worship and service be ac e^taWetoiJim. ' ? ? ? gr peace in tiie worhi seem *ian they have been for a that the conference for is going to becom ing good will artfcong ?and to relieve the|>eo es at least of much of the ipon them by the spirit of militariapi^r t^&Jias largely dominated the worlds The vexatious ''Irish Question" seeu& Bearing a ao]ntiofc,and it is hoped that peace 'will soon be established on fair Erin's Isle. Russia is passing through most trying exper iences, but it seems that peace may come to that Wfjfh to be pitied land through exhaustion. Business and labor troubles are adjusting tfcem selves in this and in other countries, ailQ It^is predicted by conservative business mat that a period of quiet prosperity will soon begin, wfiich will bring great blessings, "which shall bis to all people/' ' iS celebration 8 have materially in the South, and they have much for therfl^^pH$Ms hard to realize .Ac feelings which many people had a few yeaTg agb," and which some still have in regard to the proper way to oWrve the anni ver8ai^^f the coming into the world of the Sav will features piroiniltoKt, a* The religions and the good becoming more iil^%a&cHcmalial passing away. It I'll! soon he gone eir iprovement Has not of' the'*sOHftalfeS Chris report shows: "Jforis is 'Vm ?' ? ?' . , , oriwrle p, wheire >agne merchants recouped -air the losses, A merica's t, the en wildest earm 1. Throngs after Its gravest reveilliorfMnto i fusion which recalled an ol<ktim#/iJefw Yerfe NoW Year's. Of course . Paris was properly churchly^ Midnight masses- were crowded with vot aires, but the tninute^ ijfe last ' gfrspel was finished the cafes became jammed. American bars in the city revived egg-nog, Tom and Jerries on a lavish scale. These made a great hit ? a hit, indeed, that the overindulging Pari sians will not soon forget. It was quickly proven that the light wine drinkers of Baree haven't the capacities for sturdy liquor that are pos sessed by Southern gentlemen of the American school. Two nips were usually sufficient to put the hardiest native under the table* Christmas afternoon was spent with theater and family parties as well as trotting races. At Nice, the Kiviera season opened with a "reveillion glori ouse." Maxims' and the Casino were taxed to overflowing with gartvblers of both sexes. The Monte Carlo Sporting Club and the Cafe de Paris were similarly the scenes of mixed gath erings, at which women dressed in bird of para dise. feathers, jet trimmings and Russian toques, played with unlimited stakes. It was a great time for the croupiers, harvesting Christmas tips." What must have been the feelings of the Saviour as He looked down upon such a arttftf Could He have been satisfied with wor ship that wa%>ft|^ediately followed by such Tim I^l?AUMAJVJp??fT seams to be growjag:! LJ rapidly in^lfror amQfcg,the nations of |he world. The conference at Washington B#$ms to be making inn ii^iiii I i>|l j['"!(J|jl '' h i in, fch? con sideration of the ^iijjjject.^ But the -ettah^. not yet been reached, 'Aose c-it i/.ens of tlrfs coun try *who desire to see peace established sh($ild let this conference know that they desir This can be done by -addressing letter* or grams to the tomirn^a, Secretary Hyghes, 1 ? ?' ? thea? Tetters, tions efaotild be sent to theHfceeof of grace, ing God to give the members of the conferefacel all needed wisdom1. ? ft. ? ' ' - ? r- !'SI DIVORCES have become so fearfully com- . mon in this country that we lead the world in breaking the marriage ties. So great has this evil become that those who have the wolfare of the nation at heart are giving the subject very serious thought. We have 48 States, each making its own laws on the 'subject, ai\d Con gress makes them for the District of ^G&hniibia. So we have 40 different codes of law governing divorce. The causes of divog&jgary from no cause in South Carolina to .1*4? *Kew Hamp shire. All together these permit, divorce for 35 different causes. This means ?bat. afty couple who want to get a divotce will hav^ Tlifle trouble in finding swn? law that will Ha case, A temporary residency In the RtaW; wiidse fc?w suits their ease, on the part of either the man or the woman, will enable them to get the di vorce. An effort is being mode tb oaaa a biji* by Congress, which shaft^thorize of an amendment which will divwree W Pro? Anises s ifctenda dang tbe Ranged -for it could elminatoall the causes in the federal law. On the other haiid,if the national law should allow only three causes, New Hampshire would have to give up eleven of the causes now permitted by its laws. Cer tainly something must be done, if we are going to preserve the family and the nation. ? *> ? v ' ><?!,<-*. v-.--. f' ,->;v Yr* - W INTER weather, especially in the coun ?;! txy, affords an excellent opportunity for reading. What an admirable thing it wouM be if the father orv mother should provide books suitable for the various members of the family* and encourage the reading pf them. - Jf, new books cannot b% secured, no doubt there are books on the shelves that have been there so long that they are considered old and out-of date. But it is also proWble that they are good books that have not been read by some i^g?$?a of the family, and have been read so lotyg ago by otbere that they have been forgotten. Zfey should have the dust -brushed oil and fje, dead again. Neighbors can often accommodate one1 another by exchanging bodes that they have. In this way a book may be read many times. It will be a great, help a 1 if. parents will first j them, to see if they ar prove injurious. By ^winter days an<| ev by many memL.u the churches last March for "the budgets of the current year. But it is so easy to fiUf he hind in paying pledges. 1} would &b a gfc*xi if .^ery one woulc and see whether they baiN If all pJe*^ are paid mueff H^^rda Vrelic tho .committees. We ? -,for some people to pfll jt r wl^also be difficult to to the grocer, the butcht_. ~ ? yvuv. let pledges to God sil#et* iriOre than man.