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CXXIIIIXXXXT The Belgian Refugee By Victor Radcliffe "Astounding!" cried Robert Driggs. "Where did it come from and how did it get here?" Mr. Driggs had reason to be amazed. He was more than that stunned, unnerved, A bachelor of thirty, sedate and settled In his ways, shy with women, unsocial with chil dren, an appeal to his humanity had come home to him with a force that was absolutely a shock. - To the reticent, well-regulated oc cupant of the prettiest home in Brook ton, and the loneliest, in the opinion of many a sighing matron with, mar riageable daughters, there had come a disturbing invasion. He had left home in a peaceful frame of mind. He had returned to find Mary, an old loyal family servant, pacing the porch, a bundle done up in a shawl in her arms, which she was industriously rocking and "s-sh-Ing," to the accom paniment, of an unmistakable infantile chorus. "Why what V began the dum founded Driggs. "Don't talk too loud, sir," warned Mary, mysteriously. "It's a baby." "Where did you get it? How does It happen to be here?" blurted Driggs, aghast. "It's a war baby, sir." "A what!" "Oh, sir," don't act so horrified!" pleaded Mary. "It's not my fault. Just after noon I came'out on to the porch here, and there was this poor, wee little darling lying asleep in an old blanket. The sweet cherub!" and the speaker cast a defiant look at her mas ter as though reproaching him for his cast-iron lack of human sympathy. "But you said 'war baby,' " project ed Mr. Driggs. "Yes, sir, that's right." "And what do you mean by that?" "Why," explained Mary, "of course I was startled. I telephoned to the lady next door, the widow, you know, who has just taken the place beyond our garden walL She came over. She Saw the Fair Face of His Widow Neighbor Looking Over the Brick ! Wall. Bald than an emigrant train with a lot of Belgian refugees had laid over In town since morning. Some ot the emigrants had put in the time scattering around town. In Mrs. Dens low's opinion, some woman among the poor unfortunates got disheart ened and left her little baby, she hoped, in friendly hands." "Why, we must find the mother," began Driggs, In a worried way. "Too late, air, I'm thinking," Inter rupted Mary. You see. the train has gone on. By this time any number of emigrants may have left it. In fact, sir. If you can't stand it to have this poor, motherless darling around the place, I'll adopt It!" declared -warm-hearted Mary steadfastly. "And leave me?" Til have to. If you wont let the baby stay." "U-um, ahem!" and Driggs reflected. Somehow It appealed to him strongly to be merciful to the little stranger. He had taken in crippled dogs at heart he was human why not a for lorn mite ot humanity abandoned to the cold charity of the world? "Mary," he said finally in his usual definite way, "the baby can stay. Pro Tide for its comfort." and he started to walk Into the house. -If you please, sir." Mary halted blm, "there are some necessities I must get for the poor little girl. There's some clothing and coverings needed, and Infant food and thn liiro "If you could mind the little one for an hour, I will run down to the stores and get what's wanted." "Suppose suppose ' it gets frac- U0113- -. J"U wont," Insisted Mary. -See, sir. it's gone to sleep. I've given It some warm milk and ft will be quiet for CXIIXH the little spell that I'm away, I am sure." It was with considerable trepidation that Mr. Driggs undertook the task of pacing up and down the porch, awk wardly holding the sleeping child in his arms. Then the little cne began to fidget. It was warm en the porch and Bhady In the garden. Cautiously he conveyed his precious burden down th9 steps. There was a path lining the high brick wall that separated the place from the adjoining house. Here Driggs took up his anxious promen' ade. " He was not acquainted with his neighbor, Mrs. Denslow. He had seen her several times, a handsome, genial-faced lady. Retiring and shy, he had rather evaded her. When an old-time friend and his family had lived in the house, he had kept the little door in the brick wall unlocked, with the advent of a new neighbor he had ordered It closed and its sock eted bar kept in place. All of a sudden the baby opened Its eyes. It looked up wonderingly and appealingly at Driggs. Then its little lips began to pucker. It was a war baby all right, Driggs decided, for Its first feeble wail gradually grew Into clarion-note volume. "S-sh! Goodness; what shall I do?" flustered Driggs. "S-sh! Bye bye! Oh, dear! this is a horrible pickle for a defenseless man to be in!" He bounced his bundle, he coaxed. he cooed in vain. The cries of his tiny charge redoubled. "You poor man!" spoke a sudden voice, and looking up the abashed and embarrassed Driggs saw the fair face of his widow neighbor appear looking over tha top of the brick wall. Evidently she had mounted a step lad der on the other side to command the view. "I I am having quite a time, I say. I say," floundered Driggs. "Why don't you lay the baby down and go get it some milk?" challenged the pretty widow. "I I am afraid of breaking it." "I shall have to help you, I see," re sponded Mrs. Denslow, wlnningly. "There there's the gate," suggest ed Driggs. "IH unfasten It." Which he did; with an immense sigh of relief he sank weak and perspiring to a rustic seat, as his visitor took charge of the child and soon soothed it in a gentle way that, won the pro found admiration of her host. He stole many a shy glance at her before Mary returned. How com panionlike she seemed in the little garden! How pleasant the old house appeared as, Mary returned, the two of them bustled about installing the tiny stranger into comfort and con tent! "I declare!" remarked Driggs to Mary, after Mrs. Denslow had gone home, "she's one of the pleasantest women I have ever met." By the end of a week Driggs blessed the little cherub that had been the means of changing the entire basis of his lonely bachelor life. The two women made a pet of the tiny stran ger and Driggs himself spent half of each evening in awkward but earnest attention to it. Mrs. Denslow came over frequently. They got well ac quainted and Driggs missed her when she was not there. a Then at the end of the month there came a shock. The Belgian mother appeared to claim her little one. She had found relatives in the new coun try. She could get a sure home for the little half orphan. Mary cried, Mrs. Denslow was dis consolate. Driggs tried to bribe the mother to sell him the little one. Mary solved the problem. She had noted the growing friendship of bachelor and widow. "Mr. Driggs," she said slyly, "if you and Mrs. Denslow were married and could offer the Belgian widow a perma nent place as cook, why, the little one would be as good as adopted." "A capital idea!" enthused Driggs if Mrs. Denslow wilf have me If I ask her." "She will!" declared observant Mary, and she did, and happiness su preme and satisfaction all around was the glad result. (Copyright. 1915. by W. O. Chapman.) Brieux Reads France's Future. Eugene Brieux, in a recent article in the Paris Temps, anticipates the obvi ous question as to whether the French people will forget all their differences and live In complete accord after the war. He thinks not; but he believes that great improvement in their political affairs will ensue and that his com patriots will understand better how there can be disagreement without hate and argument without Insult. He does not expect them, however, to become "calm as statues." . "By her geographical situation, and because ot the races that gave -it being as a na tion. France Is destined to agitation. And agitation may be fruitful, while Immobility never is." Literary Digest. Soldier's Untimely Return. A typical story of Yorkshire charac ter Is told of a returned soldier. Any one who knows the all-importance of washing day in Yorkshire will appre ciate the humor of it He was just out of the hospital, and except that his left arm was tucked into the breast of his jacket, you would never have guessed what he had suffered for king and country. As he crossed the threshold of his home his father took the pipe out of his mouth and gave him a real Yorkshire welcome. "Thah'a newer cum. Mootherl there's aar Jim." And "moother," hurrying in tram the back yard, added her felicitations thus: "Thah'a looking nooan so bad, lad; but whatever med thee cum hoara on a wesh day?" The Shame of the Cross Br REV.WM. WALLACE KETCHUM Direcfc of t Precbcal Work Comm. Mradr TEXT He endured the cross, despising the shame. Heb. 12:2. The cross, which Christ endured and the shame of which he despised, was not the idealised and sentimental lied cross of which we hear much today. It was a cross made of rough-hewn sticks of timber; an lustrum ent, like the gallows, upon which crim inals were exe cuted. And yet, Christ, we are told, not withstanding this, despised Its shame. W h a t shame? The shame of being put to death as a com mon criminal. For it was as such, you will recall, he was condemned to death, and as such he died in the eyes of the law; though he did nothing worthy of death, and Pilate his judge found In him no fault at all. When we apprehend that Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God, suffered the reproach, the dishonor, the con tempt, the infamy and ignominy of a common criminal's execution, we begin to know a little of the shame of the cross. We understand something of what Paul means when, speaking of Christ becoming obedient unto death, he adds, "even the death of the cross." - But there is a deeper shame than that of which we have spoken. It is the shame that came to him through dying; his death identified him with the result of sin, for death is a conse quent of sin. "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." So, while Christ suffered the shame of drying the death of a common criminal, it. was greater shame for him, the Son of God, in whom was no sin, to die at alL- The " teaching of the philosophers that death is natural to man, is not the teaching of the Bible. The body is not the prison-house of the soul from which escape is desirable. The body and soul united constitute the com plete man. This does not mean that when the dissolution of soul and body takes place, the soul does not survive the body. The Scriptures teach It does,- but they also teach that man's complete personality consists in the union of both soul and body, and that this will be realized at the resurrection of the just. Death then is not natural, but unnatural. It is the resultant of sin, and so for Christ to die was a dis grace, a reproach, a shame. Death had no dominion over Christ; no claim up on him for he was without sin. "No man," he said, speaking of his death, "taketh my life from me, but I lay It down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again." He alone of all men could say this. Other men die because they must, for "death has passed upon all men." He became obedient unto death; he yielded up his spirit; that is, he al lowed death, the great conqueror of mankind, to overcome him. He suf fered its shame. But deep as this shame was, the shame of the cross was still deeper. It was the shame of our sin. For there on the cross, "He bore our sins in his own body;"- there, "the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all;" there, "he suffered for our sin; the just for the unjust, that he might bring ua to God;" there, the holy spotless lamb of God "died for the ungodly." Thus, "the one who knew no sin," became identified, not only with the result of sin by death, but with sin, being ""made sin for us." It was this, more than any thing else, that constituted the shame of the cross of our Lord. Its baseness and dishonor was your sin and mine, which he there put put away by the sacrifice of himself. "Was it for crimes that I have done. He groaned upon the tree. Amaling. pity, grace unknown. And Love beyond degree L I wish we might catch the picture given us of our Lord in the two words "despised" and "endured." The first word shows him so far "above the shame of the cross that he, as it were, looked down upon it. Literally, the word means "to think down upon;" that Is. to think lightly of it- What a wonderful Christ! Because of the Joy set before him, he could think lightly of the awful shame of the cross. Truly, our master "came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many." The other word, "endured." pictures him as voluntarily, patiently, suffering on the accursed cross. We see him held there, not by the cruel nails that pierced his hands and feet, but by his own indomitable will and supreme love for us. Human hands placed him there, but divine love kept him there. Surely, his crucifixion from the human aide was murder, for with wicked hands they slew him, but on the divine side it was sacrifice, God giving his son to be the savior of the world and the son giving himself that we might have life through him, COUNTRY MUST PAY Vital Blunder Found in Under wood Tariff BHL Court of Customs Appeals Has Decid ed That Section Which Is a Con tradiction in Terms Is Law and Must Be Enforced. The foHy of writing vague and ill digested general legislation Into a tar iff bill is emphasized by the decision of the court of customs appeals Inter preting section four of the Underwood law. That section, in effect, but not In form. Is a contradiction in terms. Mr. Underwood Induced the bouse ot representatives to vote a rebate of 5 per cent on all duties Imposed on merchandise Imported in vessels of American register. That sort of dis crimination had been considered by, the framers of every tariff bill back to the days of the Civil war and had been rejected because It conflicted with the "favored nation" clauses of a great number of our treaties with other maritime countries. The senate would not agree to such a scheme, upsetting our foreign rela tions and exposing our commerce to retaliation. It tacked on to the house provision an amendment declaring that the section should not be con strued as abrogating or Impairing any existing treaties with foreign coun tries. But instead of dropping the discriminating duty, Mr. Underwood persisted on passing it on In this du bious form to plague the treasury de partment. The department naturally took the view that congress was trying to put over a practical joke. The secretary of the treasury refused to enforce the law, holding that it could not have been the Intent ot congress to deplete the revenues by allowing a 5 per cent discount on duties paid on goods brought here not only in American but in British, German, Swedish, Nor wegian, Italian, Dutch and sundry oth er vessels of foreign register. -According to this ruling, sustained by the department of justice, congress did not know what it was doing and was acquitted of legal responsibility on the ground of ignorance and incompe tence. The court of customs appeals Is not bo lenient. It holds that congress did not let this botch slip through inno cently. The language means some thing, and the court draws from it the surface meaning that the rebate to American shipping holds good and that a similar rebate must be allowed to the shippers of all other nations having equal treatment treaties with the United States. Congress must stick to Its word, in spite of the comicality of a situation which will compel the treasury to re fund about $20,000,000 of duties whose remission has been considered only a neat political and personal bluff on Mr. Underwood's part. May Lead to Complications. This government has notified twenty-one of the leading nations of the world that It intends to terminate pro visions of existing treaties which are in conflict with the seamen's law, en acted at the last session of congress. Notice has been given as required by law through the American embas sies and legations just within the 90 day periods prescribed when the act was approved. It remains to be seen whether the nations concerned will consent to the terminations of certain provisions In the treaties in question. If not, then the entire scope of the treaties will have to be cancelled. This would lead to an embarrassing situation, as the treaties involved cover a wide field of general commercial relations. First Work for Congress. It Is entirely clear that the incom ing congress will have to give prompt and earnest attention to the treasury's condition. - The deficiency taxes, cred iting them with the whole of the in creased Internal revenue and miscel laneous receipts, have added but 138, 000,000 so far to the Income. With this excessive credit they have barely replaced the loss of customs revenue by the "free sugar" experiment. While admitting that the corpora tion tax will probably yield but 136, 000,000 this year as against $45,000,000 last, Mr. McAdoo Is reported hopeful that the personal income tax will yield fully $43,000,000. It brought In but $29,000,000 last year, and It Is difficult to see how It can do much better this. - Waking Up. Back in the halcyon days of the "sacred ratio" the Atlanta Constitu tion claimed the distinction ot being the only newspaper of national con sequence that whole-heartedly sup ported William Jennings Bryan for the presidency. Now the Constitution makes bold to pronounce Its peerless leader a public nuisance and an nounces It will publish none of his "statements." Country Will Demand the Best. When the Republicans hold their convention, they must put their ablest statesman forward If they want to win the confidence of the - nation. The people of the country have a right to demand the nomination of the ablest man. This demand will be made ot the Democrats also. The voters are entitled to a choice between two able statesmen; and In choosing they doubtless will select the one who gives the best assurance of protecting the honor as well as the prosperity of the) nation. - - MffiNfflONAL Lesson (By E. O. SELLERS, Acting Director ot Sunday School Course. The Moody Bible Institute ot Chicago.) LESSON FOR JULY 11 SOLOMON ANOINTED KING. LESSON TEXT I Kings 1:28-40. GOLDEN TEXT Know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and a willing mind. I Chron. 28:9. "The king la dead; long live the king." Old and decrepit at seventy' years of age, a successor must soon take the shepherd king's seat of power. David's record Is a wonderful one as an empire builder, an organizer and an accumulator ot wealth. Read care fully I Chron, 29:28. Three characters are the most outstanding for our con sideration in this lesson. I. David, (a) He had to make a selection (w. 20, 27) but God used Da vid to make hi own choice of Solo mon. - Jedidiah, "the beloved of Jeho vah." (2 Sam. 12:25), was he whom Jehovah desired to sit upon the throne, (b) David had a promise he must needs fulfill (vv. 17, 30). . While his second son, who sought to usurp his throne, is engaged with his fellow con spirators (vv. 9, 41) in feasting and rejoicing in their supposedly easy vic tory over the aged father, David ral lies and gives direction for the public proclamation of Solomon as king. thereby redeeming his promise. Many professed Christians treat their prom ises far too lightly. Bath-sheba em boldened by her need (v. 16) enters the king's chamber where now another ministers in her stead, and lays the facts of Adonijah's rebellion before David, concluding her petition with the dramatic words of verse twenty. Bath- sheba's petition is re-enforced by the words of David's mentor, Nathan ( w. 22, 27). Turning again to Bath-sheba David emphatically-jeiterates ,his de termination to carry out to the full God's commandments relative to his successor. Even in the hour of his de parture David remembers that it is Jehovah "that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress" (v. 29). (c) David then gives careful command relative to the public proclamation of the new king (vv. 32, 35). Calling to his "help his trusted and tried friends, Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet (see 2 Sam.- 12:24, 25) and Benaiah the sol dier (I Chron, 11:22-25), he directs them to place Solomon upon- his own mule (v. 33) and take him to Gihon there to be anointed and proclaimed king in David's stead. Contrast Da vid's scrupulous obedience regarding the use of horses (Deut. 17:16) with that of Absalom (2 Sam. 15:1) and Adonijah (v. 5). Note also it was the priest and the prophet alone who were to anoint the king (v. 34). In this we see a parable of the establishment of the everlasting kingdom of righteous ness by the Prince of Peace and not by means, or use, of the sword. This anointing was a . symbol of dedication to God (Lev. 8:19-12) and the oil of our anointing by the Holy Spirit which is all essential and suf ficient for the subjects of his king dom (Luke 24:49, Actd 1:5-8). But as these "were only outward form and symbol, they must petitionOehovah to keep the new king (v. 34). (d) David took no chances but steps aside fully, while he yet lived, that all question of Solomon's right should be removed (v. 35). II. Solomon, (a) God-chosen. (I Chron. 28:5; 29:1). Solomon was the first son ot David and Bath-sheba after their legal marriage. His name means "Peaceful" (see I Chron. 22:9) and may suggest the fact, that David had found the peace of forgiveness. Solo mon inherited the strength of David's maturity and chastening also, and through his mother, the wisdom of Ahithophel, whose advice "was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God" (2 Sam. 16:23). (b) He was chosen be cause of intercession (ch. 1:17). The standing of the Christian Is what it is In the sight of God because of one who Intercedes on our behalf (John 17). (c) He was chosen in the midst of con troversy and as against antagonists (v. 5). So the Christian, chosen be fore the foundation of the world in Christ, also has great opposition and a dangerous antagonist and, like Solo mon, he is secure in spite of the as saults of the evil one (I Cor. 10:13, Jude 24). (d) Solomon was chosen for a definite work (I Chron. 28:10). The sad spectacle presented today is to see so many professed Christiana who seem to have no sense of respon sibility much less an appreciation of their privileges in Christ Jesus, (e) Solomon was promised help (I Chron. 28:9) so are we and according to each day's dutv "so shall thy strength be." "I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me" (Phil. 4:13). III. Adonijah. (a) He was a self-selected king (v. S) and as such lacked not only .the approval of God but the ability to execute his designs. He had Joab the bloody soldier a?d Abiathar the jealous priest as his conspirators, yet all combined could not set aside the decree of God. . (b) He was a spoiled child. "His father had not displeased him at any time" (all his life, v. 6). True he was David's eldest living son. yet he was not in the line of God's selection. Throughout the history of Israel the elder is constant ly set aside for the younger. He was lacking In many essentials. VJOrJEH CAN HARDLY BELIEVE How Mrs. Hurley- Was Re stored to Health by Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound. Eldon, mo. "I was troubled with displacement, inflammation and female weakness. For two years I could not stand; on my feet plong at a time and I could not walk two blocks without en during cutting and drawing; pains down my right side which increased every month. I have been at that time purple in the face and would walk the floor. I could not lie down or sit still sometimes for a day and a night at a time. I was nervous, and had very little appetite, no ambition, melancholy, and often felt as though I had not a friend in the world. 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