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(Continued from page 11) t pfore this Conference, four others stood as having reached a similar de c ision during the Conference. The Encampment's annual program runs for five weeks, consisting of seven consecutive Church Confer ences. Following the Young People's Conference, July 12th to 19th, came the Sunday School Conference July 20th to 26th. This will be followed by the Woman's Synodical Confer once, July 27th to 31; Christian Edu cation and Ministerial Relief, Au gust 1st to 3rd; Foreign .Mission Conference, August 4th to 7th; ( hurch Lire and Work Conference, August 7th to 13th, and Home Mis sion Conference, August 13th to 10th. modesty she refused to come at the king's bidding. No respectable woman would have thought of doing what the king wanted her to do. The king was very much enraged and asked his councillors what should be done to the disobedient queen. Their counsel was that she should be deposed, for fear other wives all over the kingdom would rebel against the authority of their husbands. The king followed their advice and de posed the queen. Then he started out to find another queen. A great number of "fair young virgins" were gathered from all the provinces, from whom tho king was to choose a queen. Among the number was a Jewish maid named Esther, who was a cousin of Mordecai. She was chosen by them. Mordecai, of course, soon heard of the decree, and sent word to -Esther about It. Even to this time she had not told Ahasuerus thai she was a Jew. Mordecai tells her that it may be that she has come to the throne as queen for such a time as that when her people needed help. No one could go into the presence of the king, except at the king's call, without the risk of gaining the king's ill will, which would probably result in his being put to death. And Esther said the king had not called her into his presence for a month. However, she told Mordecai that he and all the Jews should fast for three days, and raid that she and her maids would do likewise. No doubt they prayed as they fasted. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL ESTHER SAVES HER PEOPI^E. August 13, 1922. Book of Esther. The power of Babylon had reached its height and Ahasuerus was king over an empire that reached from In dia to Ethiopia, and included 127 provinces. He accumulated much treasure and many things that added to his glory and the ponvp and snow of his reign. So proud was he that he called all the nobles and princes together to soe his riches tnd the evidences of his power. For six months this show went on. Then he gave a great banquet which lasted seven days. Probably no more elaborate and extravagant ft ast was ever given. He had shown his guests all his wealth and his riches. But there was still one treas ure of which he was very proud and that was his beautiful Queen Vashti. in his drunken pride he sent for her, that he might show her beauty to his drunken guests. In her womanly Ahasuerus. One of the king's favorites was Haman, whom the king had honored very greatly. He was so proud of his honors that he wanted everybody to recognize it and do him obeisance. Mordecai knew that he was not an honest man and so he would not bow down to him. This made Haman mad. But he felt that it would be beneath his dignity to show his resentment against a man in such an humble po sition as that occupied by Mordecai. So he told the king that the Jews, who were scattered all through his kingdom, were a troublesome people, who ought to be destroyed. He offered to pay into the king's treasury $10, 000,000 if this were done. The king, with true eastern polite ness, declined tho bribe, but granted his request. He gave Haman his sig net ring that he might attach the royal signature to any thing that he might write. Haman at once sent out a decree signed in this way di recting that the people should slay the Jews wherever they should be found. And the decree gave the prop, erty of the Jews to those who slew. At the end of the three days Esther went in to the king and was graciously received by him. Slio in vited the king and Hainan to a ban quet which she had prepared. They knew that she had some request to make and asked what it was. She told bim that she wanted liim and Haman to come to another banquet on the morrow. iHaman went home very proud of the honor that had been conferred on him. And yet very miserable because Mordecai was still alive. His wife advised him to ask the king for the destruction of Mordecai. So certain was he that his request would be granted that he had a gallows built at once. That night the king could not sleep, so he had the court records read to him. In them it was stated that Mordecai had revealed a plot to kill the king. He asked what reward had been given him, and was told that nothing had been done for him. Just then Haman came in to ask the king to allow him to hang Mordecai. But before he could present his re quest the king aaked what should be done to the man that the king wanted to honor. Haman had become so con ceited that he thought of course the king was going to bestow some addi tional honor upon him. He suggested that the man should be clothed in some of the king's garments, that he should be put upon the king's horse and that the king's crown should be put on his head, and that he should be led through the streets by one of the king's noblemen, who should pro claim him as one whom the king de lighted to honor. Imagine Haman's surprise and dis gust when the king told him that he must take Mordecai and bestow these honors upon him. There was noth ing for him to do but to obey the king's command. But when he re turned he was so chagrined and mor tified that he forgot that he had been invited to the queen's banquet, and he had to be sent for while site and the king waited. At this banquet she told the king of what Haman had done to destroy her and her people. This enraged the king and he had Haman hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. Esther pleaded for the reversal of the decree which Haman had sent out, but, under the laws of the Medes and Persians, no decree issued by the King's authority could be changed. But the king gave Esther and Mordecai authority to send out in his name any decree that they chose. They had less lhan six months in which to preparo the decrees and send them to all the people in that vast empire, and that was no small undertaking in those days. But they accomplished their purpose. They gave the Jews the privilege of arm ing to protect themselves against any who might try to carry out the far mer decree. The Jews were told, just as the other people had been, that they might take as spoil the property of those whom they killed. How many of the Jews were killed, we are not told, but they killed 75, 000 of the people who would have destroyed them. But they took no spoil from those killed. LOUIHIANA PRK8BYTKRY. The Second Annual Conference or the Sunday Schools of Louisiana Presbytery west of the River ".Dis trict No. 2), was held at Crowley, La., June 26th and 27th. Prom the stand point of representation of the Schools, the Conference was the best that has been held under the auppices of the Sunday School extension work of the Presbytery, only two of the regular Schools, besides two Mission Sunday Schools, failing to send delegates. De Ridder and Welsh Sunday Schools led in the number of delegates, each sending nine representatives. Among the speakers on the pro gram was Mrs. L. W. Hickman of Texarkana, Ark. -Tex. She is indeed a Sunday School expert and was most helpful in every phase of Sunday School work. Other splendid speakers on the pro gram were: Rev. Dr. Price of Alex andria, Mrs. Spooner and Miss Mc ?Leod of I^ake Charles, Mrs. Martin of Welsh, Rev. Dr. H. H. Thompson of Baton Rouge, Mr. Christman, Mrs. Milliken, Mrs. Hoyt, Mrs. Little and Miss Milton of Crowley. Mr. Raymond Rock, superintendent of Lake Charles Sunday School, was again chosen chairman, and Mrs. Gladden of Alexandria secretary, both making most efficient officers. A most attractive feature of the Conference was the music by the or chestra of young people from the De Ridder Sunday School and the singing of Mr. T. P. Rockwell, song leader of ?