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THE KINGDOM STORY BY THE "HIGHWAY AND BYWAY" PREACHER (t'oi'TllKl't. IW7.liy tlui Alltlmr, W H. VAm ) ScripLuro Authority 2 Samuel :t-r: r. oooooooooooooooooooooooooo 8ERMONETTE. It was David's Integrity rath er than his military prowess which conquered Israel. David knew how to forgive. Israel had shared with King Saul In the persecution of Da vid, but David was ready to re turn good for evil. He had no scores to settle when the prov- lacnccs oi uuu uruuyni 1110 jj: mcr enemies under his power, o Selfish ambition David had not. On the contrary, his career strikingly Illustrates the possl bility of a human soul gauging hrj ambitions In harmony with the will of God. He wanted only what God In his own time and his own way was willing to give. Hence he escaped the pit falls of human plotting and in trigue and his hands were free from the stains of the blood of his enemies. David desired the kingdom be cause God had promised it to him and because his ambition was to &erve God through such exalted office. He wanted to be king that he might lead the na tion In the paths of righteous ness. There is no loftier or holier ambition in the world to-day than the desire for power and position that such may be ex ercised and used to the honor and glory of God and the bless ing of mankind. Schislms in families or in na tions arc sad and distressing, and the sooner they are healed the better. But reunion must meet the voluntary approval of both factions. David might have 6Ubdued Israel by force of arms, but he chose rather the method of righteousness and truth and justice. God can give what human scheming a.J plotting cannot gain. The question arises: "Would David have been Justified in the U6e of force in gaining posses sion of that which God had promised should be his?" Is the Injunction: "Suffer wrong rath er than do a wrong" a safe principle to follow in our deal ings with others. David In the Twenty-thlrd Psalm, declares that after the walk through the valley of the shadow of death the Lord pre pared for him a table in the presence of his enemies. Such proved literally true In his ex perience. God laid the united kingdom at his feet after all the plottings of his enemies had failed. It It surely true that they that wait upon the Lord shall not be ashamed. wO0OKHOOOOOOO0OOO00O0Wa THE STORY. fOAB with feverish haste adjusted J his garmentB and started towards the palace of King David. The few who were in the -market place at that early hour wore startled and surprised to boo thq captain of tho hosts of Ju dah abroad at such time, knowing that only the most Important matters could take him to tho prosenco of the king at that unseasonable hour. Hut Joab was too much absorbed with his own thoughts to notice tho startled SKY TELLS THEM MUCH. Heavens Like an Open Book to Men Who Follow the Sea. There is probably no class that can toll more as to what tho weather will be from a glauco at tho sky than sea farors. This Is tho natural result of their constant observance of tho heav ens for the lack of something elso to look at when at sea. Thus tho sky bo comes to tho mariner an open book, which ho readB by instinct as does a child the face of Its parout. A naviga tor will toll you that a rosy aunBot presages fino weathor; a sickly look ing, groonish huo, wind and rain; a dark or Indian red, rain; a red sky In tho morning, bad weather or much wind, perhaps rain; a gray sky in tho morning; fino weather; a high dawn, wind; a low dawn, fair weather. Ro markablo clearness of atmosphere near tho horizon, distant objocts, such as hills, usually visible or raised by re fraction and what is callod a good "hearing day," may bo montloned among signs of wot, If not wind. A landsman is mucb more Ignorant of glances which followed him, for tii.it nxnilng a secret messenger hud brought to him nlarming tidings from Mahanaim, the royal city of Israel, where Ishbosheth, the son of Saul, reigned, TlieHe tidings were to the effect that tho king had been slain upon his bed. "And now Is David's opportunity," muttered .loab to himself as he hur ried on. "Now will he ho ablo to bring Israel under ills hand. Will he but give his consent, I will start with the tinny this very day." And arriving at that moment at the palace door, lie knocked Impatiently, loath to let one precious minute be wasted. Urging the surprised Hervant to hasten he entered the audience room of the king, and not long after David the king entered. "What brings you here at such un seemly hour?" ho exclaimed anxiously. "What but the king's good?" re sponded .loab, reassuringly. "I seek the bidding of thy king to go and bring Israel under thy banner." Thou, who hast killed Aimer, the captain of the hosts of Israel, Just when I had made a league with him," excitedly demanded David. "Wouldst thou kill Ishbosheth, the king, also?" .loab winced at the words of Da vid. Nay, another hath already perform ed that righteous act," ho replied. "Righteous act! Callest thou mur der an act of righteousness? Whoso land Is stained with blood? Surely t was not thy emissary which hath done this thing?" Nay, nay, I am guiltless of such charge I know not who hath killed Ishbosheth upon his bed, but this loab, (he leader of thy armies, knows, and that Is that thy opportunity hath come to spread thy rule and thy king dom over all Israel. Hid me," Joab went on rapidly and with increasing enthusiasm, "bid mo go, and I promise bee ore a fortnight hath passed to have all Israel under thy banner." David's eye Hashed and he took a step toward Joab. rhink you for a moment." he thun dered, "that David would take a mean idvantago of tho misfortunes of his irothors In Israel? Does David's king dom Increase through unholy In trigues? Has God left tho heavens that David cannot still trust him?" But It Is now or never," protested loab. "Israel needs a leader. If it find not such In thee they will choose one from among themselves to lead them. There are many ambitious souls among the men of Israel." "But this thing Is not of God. If Israol seek mo not as king, then will not I reach out for the kingdom." Further protest on the part of loab was prevented by the hurried entrance of a servant who announced tho arrival of two messengers from Israel who domanded to see King David at once, and at a sign from the king they were admitted. Bowing low boforo the king, they waited until he bade them rise, when they addressed him as follows: "Wo bo thy servants, O king. We are Rochab and Baanah, tho sons of RImmon tho Beorothlte, and are como with tidings of good things for our Lord. Bohold the head of Ishbosheth, tho son of Saul thlno enemy, which sought thy life." And as thoy spoke thoy unrolled be fore tho staitlod eyes of David and Joab the ghastly head of the dead king of Israel. David turned away his head in hor ror, while Rochab and Haanah con tinued: "Tho Lord hath avenged my lord tho king this day of Saul, and of his seed But thoy got no further, for David turned upon them and In a volco which cut like steel ho said: "As tho Lord llveth. who hath re deemed my soul out of all adversity, when one told mo saying, Behold, Saul Is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Zlklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for tho signs of tho sky, as ho has so many other things to distract his at tention that ho seldom takes much no tice of Its different phases, which fore shadow so clearly what may bo oxpect. ed In the way of weather. Papa's Occupation. Recently a little girl applied for a registration blank in a Now York school. Tho teacher wrote down her name, her address, her ago, but at "Father's occupation" tho child balked and hung her head. Tho teach or had visions of a parental burglar, and reasoned gontly. "Toll mo what it is, my dear, and I will see whether wo shall put It down or not." "No'm, I won't tell," tho girl Insisted. "Just toll mo," said the teacher, "and I won't speak of It to anyone else." Tho llttlo girl hesitated and twisted hor hands. "He's a worm entor," sho finally burst out. "A worm eater!" cried tho horri fied toucher. "Yes'm He's a worm eater in an antique." And It after ward dovolopod that the fathor was dally engaged in boring imitation worm holes in bogus antique furniture, so that the doalwu cau suyt "Loov. his tiding, low much more, when wicked men have dnin a righteous person In his ovn house uprn his bed? Shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from tho earth?" And turning to his young armor bearern standing near he commanded them to seize Rochab and Baanab and to take them out and slay them, which when they had done they cut off their hands and their feet and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But David had the head of Ish bosheth taken and burled in the sep ulcher of Aimer in Hebron. Now, when tidings of these things reached the ears or the people of Is rael, they know that David had not been concerned In the wicked plot, and that he was not trying In any way to force an extension of his kingship' over Israel. For this rea son when tho people from all the tribes had come together It was quick ly agreed that they should seek David out at Hebron and there request that he become king over Israel as well as Judah. And so It came to pass that a few days after, even while Joab waB speaking to his Intimate friends of the folly of King David by which ho had lost his chance of winning control over all of Israel, that tho elderd from all tho tribes sought audience with David at Hobron. saying to him: "Behold, we are thy bone and thy Mesh. Also In time past when Saul was king over us. thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest In Israel: and tho Lord said to theo, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and. thou shalt be a captain over Israol." And David made league with them in Hebron before Mte Lord, and there thoy anointed David king over Israel, and the rejoicing of the people ex ceeded tho - morning which had filled the laud because of the wars which had boon waged between the king doms of Judah and Israel. WILLIE HAD HEEDED ORDER. Garment of His Friend Tommy Jonei Came In Handy. There is a certain little boy who will be known to fame as Willie Smith, simply because his name Is neither Willie nor Smith. He has a friend whom we will call Tommy Jones for the same good reason. Willlo Smith is very fond of going swimming, and, tradition to the con trary, he goes with his mother's per mission. Ills papa visited the "swim ming hole," as such places are usual ly called when patronized by small boys, and certified that there was no danger, so Willie Is allowed to go whonover he pleases. But one day not very long ago he developed a bad cold as tho result of the bath. "With what did you dry yourself when you came out of tho water?" asked mamma, who vaguely remem bered that she did not remember hav ing seen her small son take a towel with him when he went on the swim ming expedition. "I used my shirt," he explained And mamma realized that her young hopeful caught his cold by wearing tho wet shirt the remainder of the day, so she told him never, -never to do It again. The next time ho went swimming fond mamma noted that no towel waa brought home. "Willie," sho said, severely, "I told you never to go without a towel. How did you got dried?" "Oh, I used Tommy Jones' shirt." New Wood Preservative. The preservation of wood with sul phur, applied In liquid form, is gain ing special favor in Germany. Tho material completely fills tho cell spaces of the fiber, and at moderate temperatures It is little affected by water, acids and alkaline solutions, though It oxidizes readily at high tem peratures. Poplar Is best adapted for this treatment, results with oak and uire being less satisfactory. at the worm holes If you think this Isn't genuinely old." Welsh Rarebit. This may be made with milk, alo or beer, says a writer. Personally I prefer the Boston raroblt made with milk and oggs. Cut one pound fresh American cheese In small plocos. Put into chafing dish or saucepan with two butter Jmlls. Stir until smooth and creamy, then add red poppor, salt and mustard to tnste. When well mixed add one-half cupful cream, stir until smooth, thon add two beaten eggs and stir very hard for a moment longer. Turn off tho flamo, let stand two or three seconds without stirring, thon servo on toast. Marvelously Wovon Muslin. At Dacca, India, muslin has boen woven so light and fino that threo pieces of cloth, each 20 yards "long by one yard In width, wolghod only ton and a half ounces altogothor. The weight of a squaro yard is only about one-sixth of an ounce. A man ofton finds himself when he looka misfortune lu the tact. THE SCHQOLMOUSES WHAT THEY MEAN TO THE PEO PLE OF THE COMMUNITY. AND HOW THEY ARE BUILT It Is the Money That Stays at Home Which Makes Good Ones Possible A Simple System That Work3. Your schoolhouses. Those of the town and those of tho country dis tricts. You know what they mean to you and to your children. They represent the difference be tween Ignorance and enlightenment. They mean to your children the differ ence between signing their names with a mark r in writing. They represent the difference between the civilization of the twentieth century, as this country knows It, and the bar barism of benighted Asia or Africa. You want the schoolhouse, do you not? You would willingly make sacrifices to keep it. would you not? You gUuy In the free educational system of this country, do you. not? But, Mr. Citizen, did you ever sit down and consider carefully what it Is that makes possible the school houses of this country; the school houses that stand 'as beacon lights on the tops of a thousand hills; the schoolhouses that carry cheer and en lightenment to the hearthstones of the homes of a thousand valleys? It Is the taxes that you ,and your neighbor, and your neighbor's neigh bor pay into the school fund year after year, is it not? And why do you pay It? Because you own property real es tate, bonds and mortgages and be cause that property Is valuable. What maked your real estato val uable? It is the prosperity of the commu nity. As the community grows and prospers the value of your property Increases. As your property Increases In value and you write your wealth In thousands Instead of hundreds, the amount you pay into the school fund Increases. When the school fund in creases the old building gives place to a new and more modern structure, In which your children and your neigh bor's children secure their instruc tion. And, again, the erection of tho new building but adds more to the value of your property. It Is an endless chain system that builds villages out of cross roads, and cities out of villages. Who are you, Mr. Citizen, and who is your neighbor and your neighbor's neighbor, whose contributions to the school fund make the schoolhouses possible? You. and your neighbor, and your neighbor's neighbor, are the farmers, the merchants, the doctors, the blacksmiths. You are each and every man who go to make up the community in which you live, and It Is only when you work collectively that you accomplish results that you build up new schoolhouses. And how shall you work collec tively? By a simple system of boosting one another. You, we will say, have oats to sell your neighbor buys them of you. He, you will say, has dry goods to sell you buy them of him. It is this system of mutual help that makes tho town grow into the city, that Increases the price of real estate In the town and In the community sur rounding it, that builds new school houses. The dollar that Is unnecessarily sent away from home never bought so much as a nail for a schoolhouse, never put a shingle on Its roof. But the dollars that are unneces sarlly sent away from home send hack to the community which they left only ruin. It is these dollars that prevent the replacing of the leaking TOWN BOOSTING TIPS. The visitor who trips over your broken sidowalk will not have a very high opinion of your town as a place of business. Tho home town is the best place for tho boys if you will make the home town prosperous. Keeping the money at homo will do this. It means home opportunities for your children. Don't drive around the hole in the road weok after weok. Get your neighbors together and fix it. The home market for the farm prod ucts is tho saving clause in our sys tem of government. Take away the in your community. Not necessarily home markets and the farms will soon become unprofitable and valueless. . No city mall-order houso will ex tend credit to you when times are hard, or crops fail. Could you con slslently ask It of your home met- roof, the broken door hinge or tho worn out desk. It Is the dollars that are unneces sarily sent away from homo by you, and your neighbor, and your neigh bor's neighbor that decrease the value or yo.rr, and your neighbor's, and your neighbor's neighbor's renl es tate. 'I hat makes , the school fund glow less year after year. That forces' the discharge or the competent teach er Tor a less competent one. That re duces the standing or your schools in the educational system of the coun try. Work it backwards, send your money for tho things you need away from homo" Instead of spending it at home, and the system that builds vll-' lages out ol cross roads, and cities out of villages, that increases the value of- your real estate and permits you to write your wealth In four figures where previously three figures were enough, and you will make of the thriving little city but a village,' and of the village but a cross roads. Do you not believe, Mr. Citizen, and do you think your neighbor and your neighbor's neighbor should believe, that It pays best to keep the dollars in the home community? Keep the system moving forwards, help to make a city of your village. Boost your town's1 Interests and you boost your own. WRIGHT A. PATTERSON. GAMES OF SHARPERS. Some of the Methods Used for Secur ing Money Dishonestly. Millions upon millions of dollars are fraudulently taken from tho pockets of the people year after year through the operation of. confidence men. The schemes used by these men are numer ous. Nearly all are based upon tho fact that the average person is always willing to take the best or a bargain. During the past few months swin dlers have been operating in different parts of the country, and their method, while a modification of an old swin dling game, has some new features worthy of notice. Their usual proced ure is to locate farmers who are not well known to local bankers and loan men. They approach the farmer and under pretext of seeking to purchase farming land, manage in some way to secure his signature. This Is general ly done by Inducing him to write a letter, or to sign some statement. Once the signature is secured, a ficti tious deed to the farmer's land is pre pared and this is fixed up In such a manner as to show the seal of some notary or other officer. Then with this deed the swindler Is in position to negotiate a loan upon the land. This game has been successfully jflrl;od In a number of western states. Residents of agricultural districts should be continually on their guard against the signing of receipts or any kind of contract which may be pre sented to them by strangers. Within the past year some smooth swindlers have succeeded In securing thousands of dollars on fraudulent notes, secur ing from farmers, who were foolish enough to take for trial washing ma chines, refrigerators, etc., and to give their receipts for the same. These re ceipts turning up later as negotiable notes. The writer of checks cannot be too careful In filling in tho amounts. The favorite methods of the check receiver is to insert after the words "six," "seven," "eight" or "nine" the letter "y" or "ty" and change the ciphers In the check accordingly. Thus it can be seen that a check written for eight dollars, by the addition of the letter "y" can be made lo read for eighty dollars and the changing of the amount, If It be in numerals, by the addition of cipher, makes the forgery, when well executed, hard to discover The Reason. "In this settlement." said the Bill ville farmer, "we call all the literary fellers we kin ketch 'leadin' ' authors, because as a rule they're powerful handy at leadin' mules to water." At lanta Constitution. chant when you send your money to the city during the days of prosper ity? Encourage small factories to locate by means of a bonus, but by keeping tho children in the home town that they may become factory employes, and get a home opportunity to raise in the world. Do not. begrudge the money paid for taxes when it Is used for road and town Improvements. Such an ex penditure is like bread cast upon the waters It will return many fold. Roof Gardens for Berlin. It is proposed to introduce roof gardens In Berlin. A good many doc tors and professors are doing all thoy can In favor of the schemo, and aro agitating for the gardens, particularly in tho narrower city thoroughfares. The Idea would not be difficult to carry out, tho houses being mostly all of one height, and It is already pos sible in many parts to walk from one streot to the next along a good broad roof track.