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Whenever You Use Your Back SUNMTSffiOOL Ttor Doesadnarp tkivm Tfls p.in Hit Yon? sstr . " Lesson it s a sign or sick kidneys, es pecially if the lrid oey action is disordered, too, passages scanty or (By E. O. SELLERS, Director of Eva ning" Department The Moody Bible In-- Btltuto of Chicago.) LESSON FOR DECEMBER 15 FORGIVENESS. LESSON' TEXT Matthew 18:15-35. GOLDEN TEXT "Be ye kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you." Eph. 4:32 R. V. Our Lord's teaching on the subject of humility as studied In last week's lesson is inseparably connected with that of today. It presents a strong contrast between human and divine forgiveness. It sets before us that which at first seems to be unattain able. Someone has raised the query whether or not forgiveness Is ever possible where any trace of selfish ness remains. He who has the shep herd's heart of humility has also a forgiving heart or else he does not truly care to save lost and wandering sheep, w. 12 and 13. This lesson naturally divides itself Into precept vv. 15-22 and parable vv. 23-35. Precept Is Plain. 1. The precept Is very plain and quite logical. If you have been wronged, go to him (your brother) who wronged you and frankly come to an understanding. Go alone and "have It out with him." Most quarrels will settle themselves if men will only see "eye to eye." It is the repetition of our grievances by the second or third party that usually adds fuel to the lire. The other steps are just as log ical. The outcome is suggested in verse 18, that to all the disciples, not to Peter alone, is given the power to admit and to dismiss from the com munion of believers. It is the prerog ative of the church to bind and to loose and to have agreement in pray er. The church must erect standards of conduct, but in thus erecting stand ards the church must ever come to the Father with tender compassion on behalf of the lost sheep. Verses 19 and 20 have been quoted In thousands of prayer meetings with often only the slightest realization of their full significance. Three is an attainable number; more than that is . less easily obtainable, and has the added danger of harboring a hypo crite, thereby spoiling that harmony (Acts 2:1) that is so essential to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Peter (v. 21) suggests that there Is a point of possible limit for our humility and forgiveness. True, he goes much further than most of us go, even to that of the perfect num ber seven, but Jesus completes that and. again multiplies it by seven; not that 490 is the exact number of times to exercise forgiveness though that would usually suffice, but rather an II limitable number of times. Resent ment, wrath, anger, clamour and evil speaking are admonished to "put away" (Eph. 4:31), and in the words of the Golden Text, "Be kind, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as" God for Christ's sake hath forgiven U3." There is no deep work of grace In the human heart until it is willing to "let" these things be put aside. As though to make assurance doubly sure in the minds of his followers, .Jesus gives us a .parable (v. 23-35) in which ha applies the precept just given. God Is King. God, the King of Heaven, Is taking account with the sons of men, his bond servants. At the outset one is brought into his presence who owes about $12,000,000 (a talent of gold equals roughly about $1,200,000) ; he 13 hopelessly in debt and "had not to pay." This is a picture of fallen, lost humanity standing in the presence cf a righteous God (Luke 7:42, Ps. 103: 3), etc. This man is brought into the King's presence, and so are we brought (John 16:7-9 and Rom. 14: 101. The terrible ought and ought not of the law is practically presented in Matthew 25. The debt of our sins is a hopeless one for any to pay except a mighty Saviour (L Peter 2:24). Let the law have its course Is the meaning of verse 25 (read Gal. 3:10). But what a gracious contrast is pre sented in verse 26. There we see the compelling power of the compassion of God. as shown in the person of Jesus Christ his Son. loosing the man and setting him absolutely free from debt. Once men catch a glimpse of their debt of sin, they, too, will "fall down and cry for mercy. Sal ivation is "by grace" (Eph. 2:8, 9), and" ty grace only. From verse 27 on we Bee the Lord Immediately dealing with this servant In grace. There is no future penalty held over his head. So God stands ready to deal with us so soon as we acknowledge the absolute impossibility of paying the debt and call upon him for mercy. The hardness of the human heart Is suggested by tthe awful sin of in gratitude pictured In the latter part of this parable (r. 23-35). As twelve millions of dollars is to seventeen, such is the possible and almost in credible hardness of the natural heart of man. How few of us would dare to "stand upon our rights" In the church or cs individuals, did we but more often take stock of God's deal ings with us in his matchless grace. Yet we see this scene being re-en-aeted about us almost daily. What a solemn warning; Is contained la verse 3X. I 1 - w&' fMi 7a I St' Do not neelect any little kidney ill for the slight troubles run into Dropsy, Gravel, Stone or Bright' disease. tlse Doan's Kidney Pills. This good remedy cures bad kidneys. ; T. H. William.. 60S East Elm St.. Chl ctgo. 111., Bay li : "I had audi eevere palna tbroug-h my kldnva I could not straight en up. My limbs became so numb I could naraiy wslK. X used many rem edies but found no benent until I began taking Doan'i Kidney fills. Tbey cured me completely antl 1 have had no trou ble since." Ce Don's at A ay Drag Star. 50e Box DOAN'S ".fJtS FOSTER-M1LBURN CO Buffalo. Now York HAIR BALSAM j J CTmmbi maA beawitifles th haS. Tmmnim ft axmJuA growth. -jsw1 Ifferw Tmllft to Restore Ormy , ?r&r Lftix to its Teutufaa OoUb. i PrTmt4i hvlr failmtr. TlJ t4. An4 yt-QQ at IrmgylBtft. RELIEVES SO BE EYES TRIAD are the myths and legends that cluster around the Christmas tree. Its origin' takes us far back into pre historic times when our skin clad savage ancestors were tree worshippers and believ ed "that a god or goddess dwelt in the evergreen. Long prior to the Christian era, the fir tree was used in Rome in the December holiday festivi ties of the Saturnalia and its branches were decked with little yellow jeweled images of pagan divinities, especially of Bacchus. In the Yuletide celebrations of the Druids ot ancient Britain, the evergreen had a distinctive place with ivy, holly and mistletoe. The Druids believed that the evergreens sheltered the good spirits of the air who fled to them at the approach of cold weather. There is a Scandinavian myth that tells of-the tree that sprang from the blood-soaked ground where two lovers met' a violent death, and of mysterious lights that hovered about the tree at Christmas time. At the period of the winter sol stice, the ancient Egyptians decorated their houses with palm leaves which symbolized Im mortality and the starry sky. At this period of the year the ancient Persians decorated the plane tree with ornaments and Jewels. An old German tradition gives Saint "Wilfred the credit of transforming the tree worship of tke savage Teutons to a Christian ceremony. It was about the year 725 that he led a party of priests Into central Germany for the conversion of the worshipers of god Thor. Prince Gregor, the grandson of a king, was with him, having been intrusted to his care by the abbess of the cloister Phalzel. On Christmas eve they were fighting their way through the snow of the forest when they came upon the heathen tribe of Geismar. They were assembled under the thunder oak, symbolic of the power of Thor, and were pre pared to offer up sacrifice. The white-haired priest of the heathens had chosen the young son of the chief as the fairest possession of the tribe. and he was to be offered, for the god was very hungry and needed the utmost atonement. i As the venerable priest raised his stone hatchet on high and brought it down to kill the boy. who was ready, prepared for the stroke.. Winfred appeared and warded off the blow with his staff. The people were gratified at his saving of their favorite and allowed him speech and he gave them the Christian creed. Then he and the Prince Gregor took their axes and cut down the Thunder Oak. As It was ready to fall the light ning came and split it in many parts and it fell asunder. The waiting tribe then beheld in its place a slender fir tree, green and sparkling and odorous. Winfred bade the tribesmen bear this ' tree to the hall of Grundhar. the chieftain, to there assemble about It and make merry. About this first Christmas tree the wild men of the woods first heard the tale of the shepherd boy and the fields of Judah and It gripped their sturdy hearts. The tribes became Christian and ever after used the fir tree as a tokan of the day of Christ's birth.- The Christmas tree In Its present style ot usage cannot be traced back farther than the six teenth century. It then existed only in the Rhine valley, to which narrow limits it was restricted for more than 200 years. At the opening of the nineteenth century It spread to the rest of Ger many, and fifty years later had reached Bohemia, Hungary, Paris and England. German immigrants had already brought the custom to our own coun try and here it has become so popular that the supply of trees In the city markets Is never equal to the demand. Linking the present with the dim past of un numbered centuries, there will this Christmas be displayed in American homes 5,000,000 evergreen trees. There are about 20,000,000 families in the United States, and one in four of these will make the Christmas tree a part of the celebration that is at hand. This does not mean that only these will participate in the festivities of the season, for there "is still the stocking method of dispens ing gifts. But in this great number of homes It has become the custom to use the trees in ac ' cordance with the old-fashioned custom of sturdy, rural Germany. New York, the metropolis of the nation, uses far more Christmas trees than any other city In the world. Yet the city 5s so admirably located from the standpoint of available forests that the supply is always abundant and prices low. A quarter of a million Christmas trees are each year brought to New York, and all of them are sold during the week before Christmas. Over on Riverside Drive, where are the homes of the wealthy, expensive trees are sold. These are elaborately prepared, often being specially grown for the purpose and bring prices as high as $50. Yet the East Side gets its due proportion, and so abundant Is the supply that good shrubs may be had for 25 cents and 50 cents. The little trees grow quickly and the farmers are often glad to have them cleared off their land. As a result the people who count the pennies closely find the Christmas greens within their reach. Father Knickerbocker lives right In the midst of the most productive. Christmas tree section. The state of New York yields them abundantly. Straight" down 'from, the Adirondacks they come in trainload lots. Northern Pennsylvania also produces them without stint, and so are all the nearby cities' guaranteed an abundance. All through New England there Is a general use of the Christmas tree. For a month past there have been .hundreds of men preparing the Christmas tree harvest for the youngsters who dwell In the towns and cities. In the smaller communities, provided the region produces the right sort of trees, the farmer him self cuts them down and brings them to market. He sells these trees to market men. to grocers, to florists and decorators. They are bought from him by the wagonload and cost little. Then they are properly prepared and set upon the sidewalk. But preparation for the larger markets are dif ferent. In the .hills around the greater cities making ready for Christmas is begun two months before the arrival of the day to be celebrated. In Maine, for Instance, the men go out in gangs of four. They know their business, for they have gathered this self-same harvest for a generation. They have bought the trees as they stand In the field.' paying the farmer five cents each for them. The butt of the tree is sawed off smoothly snd painted over in order that tke sap may ba re tained. The limbs are bound down tight so as to save room in shipping.. Then they are bound together In bunches of five, this being convenient for both shipment and sale. They go to market in open cars that they may be kept cool and pos sibly damp. Otherwise their tips might wilt and their attractiveness thus be lessened. They are sold direct from the cars to, retailers and these make a point of keeping them always in the open air. Throughout the southern states the supply of Christmas trees comes from the southern pine that overruns the region. Ordinarily the markets are supplied by the wagons of the farmers, but in the bigger cities they come in carload and trainload lots. The fir is abundant in Colorado, but it grows in high. Inaccessible places, and therefore the Douglas spruce and the lodgepole pine, largely take its place. This is largely true of all the Rocky Mountain states. In California and the other Pacific Coast states the incense cedar and the young coast redwoods are quite generally used as Christmas trees. The swamps of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota furnish the markets of Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Detroit. When the time is ready for the Indoor use of the tree it is dug up and pared down to a graceful piece of earth as a base. Then a piece of can vas or any other sort of stout cloth is bound abodt the base to prevent crumbling of the earth. The whole of this is then fitted into a box or tub and is ready to serve its purpose in the house. It is more solid and effective indoors than the or dinary tree and never wilts or droops. It is in reality a living tree. When the festivities are over the tree Is taken to the point where it is to be planted. A hole Is dug to fit its base. This may be successfully ac complished even where the ground is frozen. The tree is lifted from its tub, the cloth is taken from around its base and It Is fitted again Into the earth from which it came. The protected roots again take hold and the tree goes on growing without even a knowledge of its holiday expe rience. It is in no way injured. 0 Nurserymen specially prepare trees for just this purpose. Individuals may do the same thing with no more explanation than that given above. Trees from the native woods around any village may have their roots pruned in advance or they may be dug up with no preparation whatever. There Is a better chance of their flourishing when i they have been prepared for the transplanting. But any evergreen dug up with a bit of earth about Its roots should grow. There Is also a manner of permanently marking trees without injuring them or Interfering with their growth. A tag fastened to a piece of wire will remain attached to a tree for a century. This tag may be of metal and on it may be stamp ed the date and whatever legend is desired. The home of a growing family may thus be left with a permanent monument of all the Christmases that have passed over the heads of the children that have dwelt within it. When these return to the ancestral hearth in their old age they can recall the planting of the trees and the events that hover about the occasion in question. Inci dentally, the landscape will have been beauti fied, and aside from the sentimental phase of it, much valuable timber produced. The Christmas tree industry of the United States has assumed great proportions and Uncle Sam is making plans to place the Industry upon a permanently profitable basis through reforest ing large areas. Incidentally the new' industry has furnished an opportunity for hundreds cf boys and girls to earn their Christmas money In a new way by harvesting the cones of evergreen trees. . Of the nation's forest land, 60,000,000 acres are today covered with mature timber, while 40,000.000 acres are well seeded with young growth. ThiB leaves 100,000,000 acres that are either non-productive or only partly productive. It is for this 100,000,000 acres that seed are to be gathered, and it; is upon this vast expanse that they are to be planted until the whole is developed into Its greatest possible yielding capa city, making It one of the finest forests that the world has ever known. Mighty Hard to Eat. "So you like all kinds of pie?" "Yes; all except humble." atrs. Wtnslow-s Soothing- Syrup for CblldreB teething, softens the gums, reduces Innnmmsr tioa. allays padiucnres wind colic, 25e a, bottle-sis. It seems the irony of fate that while the grass widow is in clover, the real widow should be in weeds. Constipation causes and seriously argra rates many diseases. It is thoroughly cured By Dr. Pierce's Pellets. Tiny susx-ooated rranulea. Adv. He Answered Truly. Father How it is that I find yon kissing my daughter? Answer me. lir! How is it! Young Man Fine, sir; fine! Satire. Retort Discourteous. Stranger (looking at the taximeter) Nine dollars and fifty cents! I told rou I wanted to come in the most di rect way. and I think you've been ai-iving me round about. Cabby Round about, eh? You ought to have hired an aeroplane. Judge. Explaining What a Snob Really Is. "Uncle Roy, what is a snob?" "A snob, Eddie, is a person who In herits a great deal of money, goes thread and buys himself a veneer of culture, returns home and poses as a connoisseur ot something, and goes around calling his poor relations 'par-. venues." Why do you ask such a inestion, Eddie?" "Because I heard Donald's big brother talking about you this after noon and he said you were a Bnob." YULETIDE. The wind scross the snowclad hills. A restless spirit, roves.. The murmur cf the frozen rills Still echoes In the groves. The stripped trees, bending to the earth, - Their tale of sorrow tell; Hushed are the sounds of recent mirth " That peeled in every dell Old winter breathes along the plain Its chilling breath of snow; The billcws bounding o'er the main An added fury know; The sky is frowning, gray and cold. The earth Is brown and sere. Yet on each barren waste and wa The Yuletlda tells rin clear. Perils of Overdellcacy. A bridegroom gave his best man an mvelope. "Hand it to the parson after the ceremony," he said, "but don't do it tstentatiously." The best man followed Instructions, lut it seems that he performed his cask too covertly, for the father of the bridegroom, after the pair ' bad departed, believed that an omission had occurred and quietly pressed a banknote into the minister's , hand. But he also was too secretive about it, and before the party broke -up the bride's brother felt called upon to draw the minister aside and thrust a JlO-bill upon him. A DOCTOR'S SLEEP Found He Had to Leave Off Coffee. Many persons do not realize that a bad stomach will cause insomnia. Coffee and tea drinking being such an ancient and respectable form of habit, few realize that the drug caf feine contained in coffee and tea, ia one of the principal causes of dys pepsia and nervous troubles. Without their usual portion of cof fee or tea, the caffeine topers are nervous, irritable and fretful. That's the way with a whisky drinker. He has got to have his dram "to settle his nerves" habit. To leave oft coffee or tea is an easy matter if you want to try it, because Postum gives a gentle but natural support to the nerves and does not contain any drug nothing but food. Physicians know this to be true, as one from Ga. writes: "I have cured myself of a long standing case of Nervous ' Dyspepsia by leaving off coffee and using Post um, says the doctor. "I also enjoy refreshing sleep, to which I've been an utter stranger for 20 years. "In treating dyspepsia in its various types, I find little trouble when I can induce patients to quit coffee and adopt Postum." The Dr. Is right and "there's a reason." Read the little book, "The Road to WellviUe," in pkgs. Postum now comes in concentrated, powder form called Instant Postum. It is prepared by stirring a level tea spoonful in a cup of hot water, adding sugar to taste, and enough cream to bring the color to golden brown. Instant Postum is convenient: there's no waste; and the flavour is always uniform. Sold by grocers 50 cup tin 30 cts.. 100-cup tin 50 cts. A 5-cup trial tin mailed for grocer's name and 2-cent stamp for postage. Postum Cereal Co., Ltd., Battle Creek, Mich. Adv.