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< Continued from page 11) .?lore tliis Coiiffrciire, four oiliprs i. mil as having reached n similar de ,-iion during 111" Ciinfcrciict'. The Kucampinenfs annual program uns for live weeks, consisting of even consecutive Church Confer ini'S. Following the Young People's Conference. July 12th to l'.Mh, came lie- Sunday School Conference July : Mil to IMIth. This will he followed ??> the Woman's Svnodical Confer in e. July 2 7th to :il; Christian Kdu ahnii and Ministerial Relief, Au gust 1st to :t|-d ; Foreign Mission Conference, August 4th to 7th; < liiirch I.il'e and Work Conference, \ugnst Till to I :tth. and Home Mis ?.n Conference, August ll'.th to Hilli. modesty she refused to come at the king's bidding. No respectable woman would have thought of doing what the kiiiK wanted her to do. The king was very much enraged and asked his councillors what should bo done to the disobedient queen. Their counsel was that she should be deposed. for fear other wives :i 1 1 over the kingdom would rebel against the authority of their husbands. The king followed their advice and de posed the queen. Then lit- started out to find another queen. A great number of "fair > ouug virgins" wore gathered from all the provinces, from whom the kiiin was to choose a queen. Among the number was a Jewish maid named Kstlo r. who was a cousin of Mordecai. She was chosen by tlicm. Mordecai. of course, soon heard of Iho decree, and sent word to Ksthor about it. Kven to this tiino alio had not told Ahastierus thai slic was a J c w . .Mordecat tells Jut that it in iv In ? iliat she has conic to the throne as i|iii'i'n for such a time as that when hor people needed help. No one could go into the presence ?.t the king. except at tin kind's call, without the risk of gaining the king's ili will, which would probably result iii his being put to death. And Kstner sa id the king had not called her into his presence for a til out it . Ilowcvei, she told Menh'cai that lie and all the Jews should fast for three day. nn<l raid that she an ! her maids would d<> likewise. No doubt they prayed as they fasted. i THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 1| iJ ? -1 1 i:stiii:k s.wkk hkh i?koi?i.k. August 1 :5, 11)22. Hook of Kstlier. The power ol' Itahylon had reached 'is height and Ahasuerus was king over an empire that reached from In dia to Kthiopla, and included 127 provinces. He accumulated much treasure and many things that added t>? his glory and the pomp a:ul snow ?'l his reign. So proud was he Miat he called all the nobles and urines '"got her to see his riches iii.l She evidences ?>f his power. For six months this show went on. Then he gave a great banquet which lasted seven days. Probably no more elaborate ami extravagant 1< nst was ever given, lie had shown liis guests all his wealth and his I'iches. Hilt there was still one treas ure of which lie was very proud ami 'hat was his beautiful Queen V'ashti. liis drunken pride he sent for her. 'hat lie might show her beauty to his drunken guests. In her womanly Ahasiierus. One of the king's favorites was Hainan, whom the king had honored very greatly. He was so proud of his honors that lie wanted everybody to recognize it and do liim obeisance. Mordecai knew t lint he was not an honest man and so lie would not how down to him. This made Hainan mad. Hill he felt that it would he 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 tie destroyed. He offered to pay into t lie king's treasury 0(10,000 if this were done. The king, with true eastern polite ness. declined tin bribe, but granted his request. He gave Hainan his sig net ring that lie might attach the royal signature to any thing that he might write. Hainan at once sent out a decree signed in this way di recting that the people should slay the Jews wherever they should he found. And the decree gave the prop erty of the Jews to those who slew At the end of the three days Kstlier wont in to the king ami was graciously received hy him. She in vited the king iind Hunt. in to a ban ?I wet which siie had prepared. They knew that she had som-i request to make and asked what it was. She told him that she wanted l.im and Hamuli to come to another banquet on the morrow. Hainan went hoim- very proud of t Ik- honor that Iwd been conferred on him. And yet very miserable because Mordecai was still alive. His wife advised him to ask ihe kir.u for the destruction of Mordecai. So certain was ho that his request would be grunted that lie 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 th< king. He asked what reward had been given iiim, and was told that nothing had been done tor him. J list then Hainan came in to ask the king to allow him to hang Mordecai. Kilt before he could present his re quest the king asked what should be done to tin- man that the king wanted to honor. Hainan had heroine so con ceited thai lie thought of course lin king was going to bestow .some atlili tional honor upon hint, lie suggested that the man should he clothed in some of the kind's garments, that he should he put upon the king's horse and that the king's crown should be put on his head, and that he should tie led through the streets hy tine of the king's iiohleux u, who should pro claim him as one whom the king de lighted to honor. Imagine Hainan's surprise and dis gust when the king iold nint that he must take Mordtvai and hes?ow these honors upon him. Then* was noth ing for li i ill to do nut to ohev lie king's command. I'ui when he re turned he was so chagrined and mor tified that In* forgot that he had been invited to t lie queen's han<|Uel. and lie had to he sent for while she and the king waited. At this hani|iiet she told Hie king of what Hainan had done to destroy In r and her people. This enraged t lie king an I lie had Hainan Ilium on the gallows t'e had built for Altirtlecui. Kst her pleaded for the reversal of the decree which Hainan had sent out. but. under 'lie laws of the Med. -a and Persians, no decree issued by the king's authority could he changed. Hnt the king gave Ksther and Mordecni authority to send out in his name any decree that they chose. They had less ilian si\ months in which to prepare the decrees and send them to all tie- people in that vast empire, and that was no small undertaking in those days. Hut they accomplished th-ir purpose. Nicy gave the .lews the privilege of arm ing to protect themselves against any who might try to carry out the for mer d< t ree. The Jews were told, jr.st as i he other people had been, that they might take as spoil the property ol those whom they killed. I low many of the .lews were killed, we are not told, but they killed Mill of the people who would have destroyed them. Hut they took no spoil from those killed. l.nrisiw \ fiti .sr. \ tkicv. V|,.. Second A 11 1 1 1 1 :i I Colil?>rei><-e of I In- Sunday Schools of Louisiana I roshytery west < . 1* I lie Kiver 'Dis trict No. 2;. was held al Crowley, .lu in- 2tith and 27; It. I'Yom the stand point of represoniat ion of I li ?? Schools. (In* < 'otiferenee was the best that has been held under t ho ampices of the Sunday School extension work of the Presbytery, only two of the regular Schools, besides two Missiou Sunday Schools, tailing to send dolomites, lie Kidder and Welsh Sunday Schools led in the number of delegates, each Minting nine representat ives. Among the speakers on the pro gram was Mrs. h. \V. 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 grain were: l(ev. I>r. Price of Alex andria. Mrs. Spooner and Miss Me Lood of Lake Charles, Mrs. Martin of Welsh. Rev. Dr. H. II. Thompson id ISaton Kongo. Mr. Cluistinan, Mrs. Milliken, Mrs. Iloyt, Mis. Little and Miss Milton of Crowley. Mr. Kayniond Kock. superintendent of I.ake Charles Sunday School, was again chosen chairman, and Mrs. Gladden of Alexandria secretary, both making most ellicient otlicers. A most attractive feature of tin* Confereneo was the inusic by the or chestra of young people from the I ir> Kidder Sunday School and the singing of Mr. T. P. I Cock we 1 1 , song leader of