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The Drunkard’s Woe. As the darkness shuts out the last rays of even ing light, an old drunkard totters homeward. He passes down the long avenue where homes are filled with laughter and music. He hears the sweet sound of a woman’s voice. 1 ‘How dear to my heart are the scenes of my childhood,” came ringing out on the cold air. His heart is touched. For the first time in his life he realizes his awful condition. “Oh, the blessing my life could have been if I had resisted strong drink.” Watch the old man as he turns the corner and' hobbles down the back street where the lights are burning low. Soon he lingers at his little narrow gate. Does he hear the merry laughter of happy childhood? No, indeed. He hears them crying for bread. He hears the shivering sobs of their sick mother. He has nothing with which to buy them food. No doubt the sympathetic lines of Tennyson, “Break, break, break, At the feet of thy crags, 0 sea —” run through his mind, as the humiliated character bow’s beneath the yoke of “vanity and vexation of spirit,” in the altered words: l Broke, broke, broke, On a cold, wintry sea of sin, And I would that my character was sheltered From the thoughts that arise in men. All’s well W’iK the sober man's boy .wild has’a clear mind to think, But who has felled the drunkard's son Whose brain is racked with strong drink. To think I am passing the evening of life With a horror of a judgment from above, Bui, oh for the grasp of a hand of mercy! For the sound of a voice of love! Broke, broke broke, With nothing to support a family, But the days of grace I have sinned away Will never come back to me. Did you ever take this man by the hand and give him a word of love and good cheer? Oh, friends in Christ Jesus, his soul is just as valuable as yours. If you neglect your duty toward him, the spirit of Christ will be neglected. Let us have compassion on him, lift him up, and bring him to Jesus that he might be saved from a drunkard's woe. 0. S. BURKETT. Prohibition In West Virginia. The Baptist Banner says: “But what about West Virginia? The fight is on right now, and unless all signs fail, ere another issue of the Banner reaches its readers, the legislative bodies of the State v, ill have, either passed a prohibition amendment out right, or will have provided for a constitutional amendment to be submitted to a vote of the people. How can it be otherwise? The dominant political party has pledged itself, the governor has spoken, and the people have constituted themselves into a vigilance committee of the whole, to see that the work is done. Petitions with 60,000 signatures have been sent to the representatives, the Anti-Saloon League is on hand, the Daily Trumpet, with our own invincible Dr. T. C. Johnson as editor, is doing its work, and the country is being flooded with litera ture. Last, but not least, the noble women of Char leston and the surrounding country are in evidence, and their prayers are ascending to the ‘Lord of hosts’ in behalf of their homes and their loved ones. “ With all of this array on the side of civic righte ousness the victory is well nigh assured. Besides the secular papers are before us at this time stating that at the Capitol the forces are four to one in favor of the amendment. We rejoice that the gov ernor-elect has spoken out, and we rejoice further to believe that our representatives are not traitors, THINGS THAT ETTEL HAPPENING Netos Gleanings and Thoughts They ‘Bring The Golden Age for February 18, 1909. neither can they be hired to betray their trusts. What a glorious triumph it will be. The good people of the State will breathe more freely when it is done, and afterwards, every good cause will go for ward by leaps and bounds. “P. S. —Since writing the above, we rejoice to say that the amendment has passed the lower house by a vote of 62 to 13.” Truly the Lord is bringing things to pass. S’ * Fleetwood Ball, in The Baptist and Reflector, says: J. L. D. Hilly er, in the Golden Age, declares that congregations should not be encumbered with the hats of the women any more than the men. Amen! J. L. D. Hillyer thanks Mr. Ball for that “amen.” There has been a great waste of wisdom, unwisdom and tears, over the transgressions of what have been alleged to be the teachings of Paul. It is very clear that Paul was discussing a fashion which was local and temporary. We now have no fashion like it. * Parental Honesty. By Sylvanus Stall, D.D. If you want your children to be honest with you, why should you not be honest with them? If you would not have them deceive you, why should you attempt to deceive them? If you would teach them by precept, why should you not teach them also by example? Is it any wonder that your child should shut you out of its confidence in similar matters and in the same manner in which you have yourself taught it to deceive? Why should you strike and slay the very confidence which the Creator has so wisely placed in the heart of every child in the integrity and honesty of its parents? Rest assured that the deceptions you attempt to practice upon your children do not deceive, but they do destroy their confidence and sometimes even their faith in their own parents. Let me name a single illustration. One bright May morning, a little boy, about four years old, with no companion, was playing ring around-a-rosy by himself around a young apple tree that grew near the garden wall. While he was play ing a very young “baby bunny” came out of a rab bit-hole near by. The little rabbit was too young to escape the child’s grasp. Delighted with his new found treasure he naturally ran to his mother in the house. His happiness during the day with the baby rabbit was complete. When evening came his father suggested that he should take the rabbit back to the hole and leave it with its parents for the night, and then when he would go again early the next morning the little rabbit would come out of the hole, and he could bring it again into the house and play with it another day. To the confiding little child this seemed reasonable enough. But imagine the disappointment of the child the next morning after he had waited an hour or more and the idea began to dawn upon his mind that he had been wickedly deceived by his own fa ther! He is now a grown man and when relating this incident to me a few days ago, he said that the bit terness he felt in that moment against his father could never be described, and he resolved then and there in his infancy never again to accept his fa ther’s word or to trust him in anything. It would have been just as easy for the father and equally influential with the child, as well as far more satisfactory in its result, if he had pictured to the mind of the child the sorrow of the parents of the little rabbit as they went all day up and down the field hunting for their baby bunny, and how that they would not be able to sleep at night unless their little baby was returned to them, as the bunny was too young to sleep anywhere else except right by its mamma, and that it ought on that account to be re turned to its own little home. Such a course as this would have taught the child tenderness and thought fulness for all forms of animal life, and would have been truthful, and would have inspired in the mind of the child love and confidence in his father. Par ents may ask how early they ought to teach their children upon the subjects of life and being, and the proper care of their bodies. Whenever the sacred questions ace asked they ought always to be answer ed honestly, but with the greatest intelligence and wisdom. It matters not how young the child might be. Children always know more than their parents ever imagine they do. A Nelv Attempt to Legislate Against Interstate Liquor Shipments. There is what seems to be a genuine effort to re strict, at least, the shipments of liquor into dry ter ritory. The latest suggestion is to make it unlawful to ship liquor to any place, in any state that forbids the shipment of liquor from one place to another within the state. That is an admirable suggestion. It ought to be a misdemeanor for any common car rier to haul any commodity within the state that th,e law has condemned as unsalable for food or drink, unless it shall have first been denaturized, so as render it unfit for use as food or drink. If we had a law like that, it would head off Uncle Sam in his liquor auctions at the federal court house. Every body that bought at that sale would then have to tote his own purchase, or haul it away in his own wagon. This evil, however, would be more directly met by a law offered by our Congressman Griggs. His bill proposes to destroy all captured liquor. That would leave nothing to sell and would put the liquor where it would do the least harm. Burglary of Residence Hade Capital Offense. Austin, Texas, Feb. 2. —The house of representa tives has passed a bill making burglary of residences at night a capital offense. It is said that the senate will pass the measure and that it will be approved by the governor.—'From The Georgian. This item of news from Texas reminds us of an other thing done by Texas several years ago. It, had been impossible to suppress gambling in Texas. The legislature made gambling a felony. The gam blers could not risk that, so they gave up gambling in Texas. The Texas house has passed this bill to drive out the burglars. The senate will do wisely if it passes the bill immediately, and Georgia would do well to do the same thing. And more of the same kind. Aspiration. The Divine Ideal, The eternal real, Shall ever lead the way, And upward swing To realms of endless day. On heavenly wing —Gustave H. Zastrow. * * Mr. W. D. Upshaw, Atlanta, Ga.: Dear Brother Willie: Enclosed please find M. O. for SI.OO for The Golden Age six months, sent to J. W. Pulliam, Houlka, Miss. Papa so much enjoys the paper that he says he doesn’t ever want to be without it again. Kindest regards for you and The Golden Age. Blue Mountain, Miss. MARY PULLIAM. Evolution seems to have well nigh run its course. Only a remnant now worship at its shrine. For a while it held the center of the stage and had an audience. Now only a few of the belated and be nighted remain to do it honor. And Genesis, and the Genesis story of man’s creation, are still with us. Why do the heathen rage and the people im agine a vain thing?—Word and Way. 1 he best qualification for doing things beyond our reach is to do well the things within our reach. To talk truth and believe what you say, is the best eloquence ia man can have. Take Christ as your guide. He will lead you into a new haven —the haven of rest.