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Annoancement lias been made that Rev
Penis S< huler, minister peneral of the
Tiriit r of Friurs Minor, will come to 'Washington
next Monday and remain several
days at the Franciscan monastery at
Hrookland. He is the head of the Franciscan
order throughout the world, and Is
tti< lo.-.th successor of St, Francis. Father
fk-huier will be received at the monastery
with a (rrcat deal of ceremony by the Friars
Minor located there.
Rev. Pr. S. ott F. Hershey, who was at one
time pastor of the Sixth Presbyterian
Church. and was railed from that church
to the old First Church of Boston, and Is
r.ow pastor of tiie First Church of
Worcester, Ohio, will preach in his old pulpit
here tomorrow and a^so Sunday, September
The Amanda Smith evangelistic ramp 1
lu^-ting at Good Hope, under the auspices
of tiit' Allen A M. E. Church (.'amp Meeting
Association, wiil be continued until September
Id. The program includes sermons
by several local preachers.
A larg#' chorus choir Is to be organized
city l?y Charts F. Stanley. well known in i
Washington as a musical organizer and \
singer. Mr. Stanley expects to begin work '
at once in selecting and training the voices i
for tiie < horns. Mr. Stanley was formerly ;
the solo bass Ht the Pro-Cathedral in Wash- j
Ington and was the originator and organ- ;
tier of th< Naval ?in Fa rtory Band, which i
he conducted during the first year of its
existence. Me is a native 01 r.iiKiunu, uu?i
has a considerable reputation as a singer
In Kngland, Scotland hiuI Ireland, where he
sang in several of the large cathedrals.
The Baptist Young People's I'nion of
the Columbia Baptist Church gave a social
last Tuesday evening in honor of the ]
vice president of the union. Reuben A. j
Bog ley. Jr.. who has just returned from j
the convention in Spokane, where tie had '
the honor of being the only delegate from |
i. I.< , ,...1 V.l? ??
his address, (rave a flowing account of
the convention and the work planned for
the coming year, also of the welcome
which the citizens of Spokane gave to all
the delegates everywhere.
Those present were also treated to a
brief talk by another member of the
union who is in town for a short while.
Charles Imlay. and by the tirst pastor of
the church, John Musson.
Rev. CJeo. W. McCullough and wife were
among the guests Invited by the young
people, nnd they, with the rest, enjoyed
the program of the evening and the refreshments
which were served afterward
by the ladles of the church.
The formal opening of the new svna
grogue of the Congregation of .Talmud [
Torah will take place tomorrow. A parade.
in which the members will carry I
the "Holy Law" to the new synagogue
at 4(57 Stth street southwest, will start
from the home of -Mr. I. I^evy, at 1-118
street southwest, at 1 o'clock sharp.
The services at Colonial Beach, Va., each
Sunday morning during July and August
tinilir the Rusnires of the Washington
Brotherhood chapters closed for the season
with the service held last Sunday morning.
It Is reported that the attendance exceeded
that of previous seasons. A number of
vested choirs of Washington churches,
summering In the vicinity of Colonial
Beach, rendered the music at several of
the services.
Beginning with the month of September
the majority of senior and junior chapters
will resume their regular meetings, at I
which they will plan their work for the fail
anil winter.
Rev. Lionel A. Wye, assistant .rector of I
Trinity Church, will be in charge of the
service conducted under the auspices of
the chapters of Washington in the chapel
al Glen Carlyn, Va.. tomorrow afternoon.
Gen. Cecil Clay, chairman of the hospitality
committee for the approaching international
Brotherhood convention, has been
forced on account of illness to give up active
work in preparation for the gathering,
and is at present at Eaglesmere, Pa.
Tilt- board of officers of the District Union
held a meeting !ast e\ening to discuss plans
for a District Christian Endeavor convention
this fall.
The regular monthly meeting of ths District
Union will be held Monday at 8 p.m.
in the New York Avenue Presbyterian
Church. This will be a Seattle convention
echo m.eting. and many things that will be
Inspiring and helpful will be reported
by sonic of the 'lei.'gates. Presidents of
societi.*, delegates to the union and junior
superintendents are expected to be present
and respond at roll tall, and all other Kndeavorers
and friends are cordially invited
I to be present.
I C. A. Miller, sec'eta ry of the District
# Union, has been appointed United States
consul to a Mexican point near the Texas
border. He is considering the appointment,
und if he accepts the union will thereby lose
one of its active <tnd efficient workers.
Miss Edith M. Church, recently superintendent
of the missionary department oi the
District Christian Endeavor Union, returns
today trom Chicago, where she has been
visiting relatives.
The missionary department, of which Miss
Clara C. Parkinson is superintendent, met
Monti ty evening and discussed plar.s for
the missionary work of the District Un.on
for the coming wlnier.
The Christian Endeavor Society of tho
New York Avenue Presbyterian Chtuch held
:i mcrtijiir nt the Presfhvterlnn Heme Weil
ntsday tvtninjf, with il'.ss M. Mc-Atee as
The Presbyterian Home Missionary
ft r tins month contains the story of tin- *'Xeursion
of the Endeavorera of the New York
Ave::ue society to Baltimore early^in the
lummrr to visit the immigration station
there in connection w.th the society's study
of immigration. The article is illustrated
w.th a picture of the party and another
of a family of immigrants.
After a missionary program at the meeting
of tiie Riverdale Christian Endeavor
ety lust Sunday evening Edward Tar
a iei>ort of the Seattle convention.
The Christian Enii. avor Society of Grand
View Presbyterian Tt mi>le. half a mile
from the Virginia end of Chain brldjre, is
prepar n>? fcr a buza-tr, to continue most of
the third week of beptember.
Christian Endeavor Hour
Conducted l?y Grace LUinsrston Hill Lutz.
l or Sunday, Septeuil**r 1. 19U7.
Topic 1 Can" ar.d "I Can't." (C<? ulceration
meeting.) Isaiah, iiiv 3, 4; xu:lj-lb; Hehrt*\rfl.
lii 14.
Isalali. xxxv:
3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and
confirm th*. feeble knees.
4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart,
IV strong, fear not; behold, your God will
com - with vengeance, even God with a recompense;
he will come and save you.
Isaiah, xxx:
15 For thus saitli the Load God, the Holy
One of Israel: In returning and rest shall
ye l>< saved; in uuietness and in confidence
shall be your strength; and ye would not.
It; ltut >e said: No, for we will flee upon
hois s, i: .-ret'ore shall ye flee: and. We will
rid.' uj'on the swift; therefore shall they I
that pursue you be sw lft.
IT One thousand shall flee at the rebuke 1
of oni . at the rebuke of five shall ye flee:
till ye !?? left as a beacon uuon the top of
a muiin:. in. and as un ensign on an hill.
IS. Therefore will the l?rd wait, that he
mav be gracious unto you. and therefore
will he be exalt.-d. that he may have mercy
upon j'Hi: for the Lord la a (Jod of judgsnent.
blessed are all they that wait for
j birn
Hebrews, lii:
( H For we are made partakers of Christ,
if we hold the beginning of our confident
steadfast unto the end. *
The Lesson.
One of the commonest hindrances tc
Christian work is the excuse, "Oh, ]
can't!" when people nre asked to help in
anything. There are so many "'weak
hands" and "feeble knees." . Is there a
Hire11nK 10 oe iea, one says: ?jn, i can i,
I have so much to do now I'm nearly
crazy. Besides, I don't know how to lead
meetings. That Is not my forte. ' You
ask a young man if he will lead In prayer
and he shrinks back blushing and says:
"Oh. I can't. Ask somebody else. J'm not
gifted In prayer." You select some one to
be chairman of the lookout committee
and suggest certain person.^ who should
be reached and personally talked with,
and the one selected declares: "Oh. I
couldn't possibly do that. I'd be frightened
to death to talk religion to any
one.'' There is the "fearful heart." And
why is it that it is in the lift? of spiritual
work that all the "I cant's," or nearly all
of them, come? l'ou ask a woman if she
will take charge of the decorations for a
convention, and she straightway smiles
assent and begins to talk volubly of
palms and rubber plants and smilax and
carnations, and to tell you how iovely it
wouia >>e to smotner ine puipu in lerns.
Vou ask another woman to make a pake
for a cliuroh fair, and she is willing, or,
at least, she seldom says "I can't." But
ask her to take up some special line of
mission work or go and talk with her
neighbor on the subject of personal religioti,
and her excuse is out before you
have half asked her.
This hindrance stands In the way of all
great reforms. "Yes. such tilings ought
to be done, but we never can do them. It
Is of no use to try," is so often the response.
This is the reason whv for voars
the Rrent work of Christian missions
was held back. It was considered impossible
to convert the heathen. Vet, thank
God. there were a few "I cant's" to whoir
the sacrifices made for Christ were
hardly a conscious thing. Livingstone as
late as 1*57 said of himse'.f: "I never
made a sacrifice lor Christ." And so said
Hudson Taylor, the leader of the China
inland mission.
To read the story of John G. Paton or
David Livingstone is to conic in touch with
two of God's saints v ho could surely say
with Paul: "I can do all things through
Livings-tone had hjtd but one of the many
difficulties which lie faced to deal with,
and had pursued iiis . marvelous course
through Africa, we should hav? set him on
high as one of God's saints. "I can," was
his constant state of mind. No terrors of
wild beasts, or wild natives or hostile chiefs,
or fever, or thirst, or hunger, or lack of
helpers, or difficulties of getting boats, or
fe*nr nf his nr of his <l^?r nrif'S
stood in his way for one moment. He
never for an Instant drew back and said:
"I can't." He set his mark and went
straight forward. The finding out, and
opening the way, and winning Africa for
Christ was the task set Him by Ills Master,
and he never faltered. John G. Paton
did not turn back to his native land afier
the first encounter with savages. He went
on until before his death he was given
to see those savages paying for the ministry
of the gospel in their own land and for
the teaching of their children, and the
building of churches and schools of ttlelr
Years ago Francis Xavier touched upon
the secret of why more Christians are not
ready to go forward in Christ s work, .when
he said: "If these islands (of the Pacific)
had scented woods and mines of gold Christians
would have courage enough to go
thither; nor would all the perils of the
world prevent them. They are dastardly
and alarmed because there are only souls
?? k? And choll Invo ho
less hardy and less generous than avarice?"
Can It be possible that the reason we say
"I can't" so much Is because we do not
feel the inducement great enough when
we are asked to do some Christian service?
George Grenfell, the hero of the Congo,
had the little steamer Peace handed over to
him in e'ght hundred pieces. The engineers
had died and no one knew anything about
the machinery. Grsnfell was not an engineer,
but he took that pile of steal bars
and iron plates and screws and nuts and
bolts, and with no one to help him but a
few native boys put the whole thing together,
trig and taut, engine and all, and
launched her into the stream.
"The first conception Paul hafl^of the
heavenly vision came to him as he looked
upon the face of Stephen, illumined wit-h
the light of God. From the moment when
le saw St. Stephen die the humble slave of
Christ the conception followed him that he,
too, might live a life like that and die such
a death. But he put it away as you and I
put away some of God's fairest visions.
But God loved Paul too much to let him
miss that blessed life, and in His mercy
pursued him by a goad, and when Paul
backed and said 'I can't do it' he backed
right upon God's goad, and God urged him
forward. Still he kicked, and then, since
pain would not do it, God painted upon the
cloud that hid his future a vision of a life
so fair, so blessed, et> radiant, so triumphant,
that what the goad could not do the
vision accomplished. What a force failed
to do the beckoning of that sweet ideal
wrought, and he said: 'I was not dls
obedient to the heavenly vision.' Though
my hand 1? only an apprentice's hand and
trembles, I should like God to use it to
paint for you a vision of the real life, the
Christ-life that lies within the reach of
every regenerate man. Oh, that I could
paint it! X believe that then you would
leap to it and say: 'Ah. when I caught a
glimpse of the blessed life I might lead, X
who have been such a failure, such a stumbling
block; I who have brought so much
shame upon those that loved Christ, then I
was not. disobedient to the heavenly vision,
but I took the first frtep. and the next, and
the next, and life has begun to be one long
summer day.' When a heavy mist veils the
valley and hills I feel as if half my world
was blotted out. But suddenly there comes
a breath or the sun's rays, and the mist
parts and the landscape stands unveiled.
So God often parts the mist that hides the
future and shows what a man may be."?
F. B. Meyer, in Meet for tile Master's Use.
"No man can ever estimate the power of
the will. It Is a part of the divine nature,
all of a piece with the power of creation.
We speak of God's flat, 'Fiat lux et flat
erat' (let light be, and light was). Man has
his fiat. The achievements of history have
been the choices, the determinations, the
creations of the human will."?Maltbie D.
There is a wonderful thought in that last
verse of our text?that we are made partakers
of Christ if we comply with the
conditions. If we hold on to the "I can"
it becomes a reality through the strength
- -1 ? ? * nan -1.* oil thlm-a
OI nil' VIUlsil. jU ua vo...
We need never say "I can't" when God
says do something, for we may always
rely upon I lis wisdom or strength, or whatever
Is necessary to help us through, since
a!l things heedful are in Him and we are
"made partakers" of Him.
How to Help the Leader.
A little bit of your own experience in
"backbone" will be helpful to others. Or,
tell how Hudson Taylor wanted to be a
great missionary, and asked God to make
him one, but He didn't. One day he heard
God say: "My child, I've made up my
mind to save Inland China, and If you
come and walk with me l il do it through
you " Show that by absolutely surrendering
one's self to God one can do anything.
Parallel Passages?II Corinthians, xii:9,
10; Psalms, xxvihl; Psalms, lxxxiv:ll;
Ps !ms. xxix;ll; Psalms, xxxli:8; Isaiah,
\xvi:-T; John, xv:5; Philippians, lv:13.
iints to the Leader?The Endeavor
1 IIW 1 '1~ 1Q7 1 -.7
Get the president and chairmen of committees
to give you in writing some of the
things that people have refused to do because
they "couldn't.'' Be sure to mention
no nanus. Place these on the blackboard.
For instance. "To lead a meeting, to call
on a sick anrt dying: person and pray with
him, to speak to an unconverted person, to
make a personal friend of some lonely
stranger and help him to get Into the life
and work of the church, etc. You can
likely find work which needs to be done
right In your own community and which
you have been unable to get workers for.
Try to reach hearts and enthuso your members
to take hold of the work which the
Lord has put right In their midst and
prayers, asking members to pledge a newdetermination
to say "I can" when God
shows them something He wants done.
Speak of Moses and Joshua and their reluctance
to lake up the work God called
them to. and of God's promise to be with
them, and how well It was kept. Show
that the promise la for us also, and ask ail
to repeat the verse, "I can do all thing
through Christ which trenstheneth me."
Few year*. no wisdom. do renown,
Only my life can I lay down;
Only my heart. Lord, to Thy throne I bring, am
A child of Thine I tnay go forth
And apread glad tidings through the earth.
And teach ?ad hearts to knoav Thy worth!
a Lord, here am II
?C. Whltmarah.
'All cannot charge or lead the tan.
All can be brave and true;
And where the Captain's standards wave
There's work for all Ho do;
L And work from which thou i?aj*st not flee,
, Which must be done, and done by thee."
The September meeting of the Epworth
I League Union of Washington city and
i vicinity, Methodist Episcopal Church South,
will be held at Emory Chapel. Brightwood,
D. C., Friday evening, September 13. Rev.
, Charles D. Bulla of Alexandria. Va., will
i conduct a twenty-minute devotional serv'
ice, and an address upon "John Wesley,
Jr.," will be delivered by Rev. J. H. Light
of Fredericksburg, Va.
EJmory Chapel is on the site of Fort Ste!
vens, one of the outer defenses of Washington
during the civil war. It was the
; scene of slight engagements between Fed1
eral troops under Gen. McCook and Confederate
troops under Gen. Karly on July
! 11-12, 1804.
Rev. J. H. Balthls is pastor of the local
church, and Prof. H. B. White and Mr. K.
F. Glading leaders among the work of the
young people.
Sunday school rooms have recently been
built in addition to the church, and the
church building itself renovated and beautified,
so that, with Its elevated situation
and ample grounds, it makes a very attractive
place of worship.
No Exercises for Seeing, Hearing and
Smelling, But Plenty of Practice
for Muscles.
From the Literary Digest.
The training of the organs of sense by
special exercises has been greatly neglected,
and according to A. Peres, who
writes?on the subject in Cosmos, It scarcely
exists at all. Our senses receive a consid
erable amount of training in the course of
our general education and in daily life, but
this is unsystematic and uneven. Certain
senses, like taste and smell, which are
capable of rendering great service, receive
no training. Mr. Peres writes:
" 'Have we naught but arms and legs?
Have wc not also eyes and ears? And are
not these latter organs necessary to the
use of the former? Exercise then not the
muscles only, but the senses that control
them." Thus was a celebrated philosopher
wont to express himself. Nevertheless
when we measure acuteness of vision we
find that it is becoming weaker; hardness
of hearing is on the increase; we suffer
/lallv frnm 10/.U- r,f cVlll (n ,.rnrl/mon It,
domestics, in ourselves; as to taste and
smell, they are used up?thus do the inevitable
laws of atavism act.
"The trouble is that, despite Rousseau's
objurgations, we have always paid too little
attention to the hygiene and education
of the senses, giving all our care to the development
of physical strength and vigor;
so that the general term 'physical education'
finally has assumed the restricted
meaning of 'muscular education.'
"The senses, which put us in contact with
exterior objects, have nevertheless a primordial
importance So great is
their value that it is the interest and even
the duty of man to preserve them as a
treasure, and not to do anything that
might derange their wonderful mechanism."
Exact Sensations.
It is not enough, the writer goes on to
say, to preserve the sense organs from injury;
it is at least useful to exercise them,
as Rousseau suggests, so that they may be
quick and skillful, capable of exact sensations,
and consequently able to inform the
mind properly. We read further:
"The length and exactness of the sight,
the skill and sureness of the hand, the delicacy
of the hearing, said Mme. Page-Carpentier,
are of value to artist and artisan
alike by the perfection and rapidity of work
r that they Insure. Nothing embarrasses a
man so trained; he is. so to speak, ready
for anything. His cultivated senses have
become for him tools of universal use. The
more perfect his sensations, the more Justness
and clearness do his Ideas acquire.
The education of the senses Is the primary
form of intellectual education.
"The influence of training on the senses
is easily seen. The adroit marksman never
misses his aim; the savage perceives and
recognizes the slightest rustling; certain
blind persons know colors by touch; the
I precision of Jugglers is surprizing; the
! gourmet recognizes the quality of a wine
j among a thousand others; odor Is with
chemists one of the most sensitive reactions.
How the Senses Operate.
"The senses operate In two ways, either
passively, when the organ, solely from the
fact that it is situated on the surface of
the body, and independently of the will, is
acted upon by exterior bodies; or actively,
when the organ, directed and excited by
the will, goes, so to speak, in advance of
the body to receive the impression. Passively,
we see, hear, touch, smell; actively
we observe, listen, feel, sniff. By the effect
of the attention and by arranging our
organs in certain ways, our impressions become
more intense. After numerous trials,
well-graded and often repeated, the organ
accommodates itself to the function, the
property of reinforcement of excitation by
the nerves is developed, facility and skill
are approached and finally attained. Rapid
and precise execution of co-ordinated acts
Is obtained by assiduous repetition of the
simple component movements.
"The impressions made by exterior objects
on the sense-organs, the nerves and
the brain, are followed by certain mental
operations. These two things are often confounded.
We are in the habit of saying
that our senses often deceive us; it would
be more just to recognize that we do not always
interpret correctly the data that tihey
furnish us. The art of interpretation may
be learned.
Training Should Begin Early.
"The senses must be cultivated in early
life, because it is In this period that the
organs adapt themselves and lend themselves
best to the functions for which they
are made, and because in children the
senses have a considerable preponderance in
their activities. The child is curious,
touciies everything, observes, listens, and
handles with ardor and eagerness, so that
exercises for educating the senses are to
him as easy and pleasant as amusements.
And we should devote ourselves to the
simultaneous development of all the senses,
even taste and smell, which are generally
considered inferior. for the development
and regularity of any one sense
play t , ir parts in the harmony of the nervous
"The intuitive, concrete form given now!
adavs to education contributes to the train
ing of the senses by developing attention,
the habit of observation; but this does not
suffice. To perfect the senses and mafce
each of them, in its own perceptions, acquire
all possible force and precision, they
must be subjected to special exercises, appropriate
and graded. A new gymnastic
must thus be created In all its details."
D. J. Scully Dead.
Special Dispatch ^ tlie Stnr.
BALTIMORE, August 31.?Mr. D. J. Scully,
state secretary of the Ancient Order of
VnVt.-.mittnc fr, J ...
the Maryland University Hospital, where he
had been ill for several weeks, suffering
from a tumor of the stomach.
Mr. Scully was well known in Wash'ngton,
where he frequently addressed the
Irish-American societies of that city. He
! was a deputy clerk In the court of common
i pleas of this city and one of the best
known and most popular men in Baltimore.
1 lie Is survived by a widow uud one child
' for Sunto
Bv Rev. I. E.
CONTEXT-?On the journey from
Slnal to Paran, the beginning of which was
J sketched in the last lesson, Israel halted
twice, once at Taberah and once at Hazeroth.
At the first-named place the people
complained and many were destroyed by fire
(Num., xi:l-3). Having become weary of
manna, they sighed for animal food, and
quails were sent, of which they ate so freely
"? * ?31 ~ Ta po1i<jvp
the labor of Miwes. seventy elders were appointed.
and the spirit of God was given to
them as to him. Through jealousy Aaron
and Miriam raised a sedition against Moses
' at Hazeroth, claiming that they were entitled
to exercise authority as much as he.
birt complaining most of his Ethiopian
wife (Num., xil:l). For this offense Miriam
was stricken with leprosy and shut out of
l- the camp for seven days, but was healed
In answer to the prayer of Moses (Num..
xll:10-14). From Hazeroth the journey was
through a dreary land (Deut., 1:10). Our
present lesson pertains to an Incident after
the camp was established In Paran (Num.,
nsnr:niPHV_Tho t?rm wildprness.
frequently used In Scripture (Matt., iii:l),
does not always signify a wild and desolate
region. It Is nearly synonymous with
our word country, denoting a sparsely Inhabited
section. The wilderness or country
place of Paran. for many centuries the.
home of the Ishmaelites, lay along the
southern border of the promised land. It
was bounded on the east by Edom, the
possession of the descendants of Esau
(Gen., xxxvi:43), and on the west stretched
toward Egypt with Indefinite limits. Some
parts of Paean were barren wastes; others
were fertile, affording pasturage. The
northern and eastern portions were mountainous.
and between the lofty ranges were
beautiful valleys. It was the evident purpose
of God to lead Israel to its inheritance
by the most direct and expeditious route
through Paran. Following the cloud of the
divine presence. Moses established headquarters
at Kadish-Barnea, in the northeastern
corner, the natural gateway to
southern Palestine, expecting, after reconnoiterlng.
to advance and take possession
(Deut. i.20).
8PIES.?Before entering Canaan twelve
men, one from each tribe (Num. xill:4-I6),
were sent to examine the country. This
was an act of good generalship and wise
statesmanship. No leader would conduct
three millions of people Into a land with
which he was unacquainted. He would be
especially cautious If enemies were to be
met and battles fought. Besides, God had
prescribed the preliminary advance (Num.,
xiii.i-4, lur reasons wnicn win appear in
the sequel. Withal, there was a popular
demand (Deut., showing that the government
was not purely thoocratlc, but to
some extent democratic. The spies represented
all Israel, and went forth to exercise
a right, denied to the whole heat-hen
world?the right to Judge somewhat concerning
policies and measures. It was an
exhibition of the spirit of personal liberty,
born of the sense of the moral responsibility
which had been quickened under the new
regime. The Israelites were no longer
slaves; having escaped from bondage (Deut.,
vl:12), they purposed to enter their new
home as freemen.
ORL>ERS.?Definite Instructions were
given the spies before their departure.
They were directed to ascend the mountains
from which they might look north
ward, a view but little less Inviting than
afterward granted to Moses from Plsgah
(Deut.. xxxiv:l). Thence they were told
to walk through the land, taking careful
note of the cities, the fields, the Inhabitants?indeed,
everything that would
enable them to render a full and accurate
account (verses 17-19). The chief object
of that visitation was to determine the
method or route of entrance and the best
plan of settlement (Deut., 1:22). A survey
was needed that the boundaries and
homes e>f the different tribes might be
fixed advanta.geously to themselves (Deut.,
xil:10. 1) and wisely for the general good.
As dangers were Bure to beset the movements
of such a prospecting party, they
were charged to be of good courage (verse
20). They left at the time of the first
ripe gra.pes, June B. C., 1400, and were
absent forty days (verse 25).
COUNTRY.?It is Impossible to give
vnvi u'Hciaii ui me apics. iscnumrs Delleve
that they passed directly from south
to north, probably a little distance west
. of the Jordan. The extreme point mentioned
was Rehob (Josh., xix:28), northwest
of the sea of Galilee, on a line with
the city of Tyre, about 200 miles in a
right line from Kadtsh-Barnea. They
crossed many beautiful valleys, among
them the plain of Esdraelon, where centuries
before Jacob's sons fed their flocks
(Gen., xxxvll:12). It Is probable that the
ictum tup waa nearer me .Mediterranean,
for they came to Hebron, a very ancient
town, which afterward became famous in
the history of Israel (II Sam., v:3). Thence
bearing eastward and passing through the
far-famed valley of Eschol, they returned
to camp. This exploration, so thoroughly
conducted, made an agreeable impression
upon the minds of men who had lived In
Egypt and in the wilderness. They were
entirely satisfied with the country (Deut.,
vl:10, 11). By its extent, its situation, its
variety of climate, Its hills and valleys,
its rivers and lakes. It was eminently
adapted to be the home of God's people.
PRODUCTS.?Egypt was the land
of com, the granary of the world. The
spies, who had seen little agriculture, except
in the wheat fields of the Nile bottom
lands, were astonished at the nrmlnotinno
of the country through which they passed.
It was indeed a fat land (Neh.. ix:2.">). flowing
with milk and honey, as had been
promised (Ex.. iii:8). There wore not only
variety and abundance, but excellence of
quality. On reaching the valley of Eschol
they found the grape, the pomegranate and
the fig, surpassing anything they had ever I
i The Castf?
Author of "The E
(Copyrixfct. 190T.br UttU
Under the Jolly Roger.
Jepson followed hard at Benson's heels.
He stopped in front of me, Ignoring the
aggressive youth, eyed me sharply and took
out his folded paper. He began to read the
document, which called for my detention.
There was a nervous silence all round, in
which his harsh voice rose with singular
clearness; a silence that made distinct the
splashing of the waves against the hull of
the yacht, and the grinding and bumping of
the boat against the planks.
One of the boatmea bad climbed to the
ral! and was hanging poised there, with
one leg only on deck. Jerome stood close
by the companion-way, his face pink and
indignant. The captain had edged nearer,
Ills hands thrust loosely into the pockets
of his white coat; he was regarding the
scene with frowning: uneasiness.
"I must ask you to come with me," said
Jepson, when he had finished reading. He
slipped his coat open, displayed an official
badge and lifted his voice. ''I command
you to surrender!" He glanced irresolutely
at the boatman hanging over the rail, as if
thinking of appealing to him for aid.
Mrs. Randolph broke the awkward pause
that followed. She was outwardly as calm
now as her sister, which must have cost
her a great effort.
"Mr. Jepson," she said, "I think this farco
ip Schools.
Gilbert, D.D.,
PIES." Numbers, ill I : 17-33.
known. The fruit was so targe that the:
cut off branches and bore them upon pole
as .samples for the delight of their coun
trymen. At this day travelers speak li
high terms of the fruits of that locality
although more than thirty centuries hav
passed, and an inferior civilization ha
been established by a less thrifty people
What must have bf>en present before th'
astonished eyes of the twelve Israelite
we can scarcely Imagine.
PEOPLE.?This land which God pro
posed to give Israel, which, In fact. Hi
had, by promise, conveyed to Abrahan
and his nost^rifv ?in 1 ^ ?.?o '
Iy populated. There were several tribe:
or nations who had held the country fo:
? i Ufy arc eumeiiinei
mentioned in Scripture under the com
prehensive title of Canaanites, but in othe
cases the various tribal names?Phills
tines, Hlttites, Hivites, Jebusites, Peril
zites, Girgiishltes?are given. Judglni
from their skill in war (Josh., xvit:l<5) ani
the number and strength of their cities
they must have attained an advanced civ
ilization. Whv should they be dispossessed
It * -
icviicu liiui me eann is in
Lord's (Psalm, xxiv:1), and that He ap
points the habitations of men (Acts, xvU:20)
A better ans-wer would be that the Canaan
ltes once served God, for Melehizedek. whi
was of the same stock, was His prieft (Gen.
xiv), but that they had relapsed inti
serve him (Dan., ii:21).'
REPORT.?Entering the camp a
Kadish-Barnea the spies presented th<
clusters of fruit, and proceeded in glowlnf
terms to relate what they had seen; concerning
the country and its productions
i thev were unnnfm<mc f\rnr-o.. ?>?\ tj,.*
the practical question arose, how to entei
and possess, for the solution of which thej
had gone out, they were divided. Ten ol
| them had lost all their courage, because
they had seen, "the sons of the Anakims
men of prodigious size, in whose present"
they seemed to be but grasshoppers. Wt
are not able to go up against these people,"
they said, "for they dre stronger than we.'
A murmur of disappointment passed
through the assembly as these words were
uttered, but Caleb, In whose opinior
Joshua concurred (Numb., xiv:C), the rep
resentatives of Kphralm and Judfth (Numb.
xiii:(i-8>, stilled the people and said: "Lei
us go up at once, for we are able." The
voice of fear and the voice of faith had
been heard. The former prevailed. With
loud lamentation sp.-eudlng throughout the
camp, Israel abandoned the purpose to enter
the new home and turnwl har-lr tn wnn.
der In the wilderness. (.Deut., 1:26; 35-36.)
CONCLUSION.?The people were tested
and found wanting. They were not
ready for Canaan. Notwithstanding the
many achievements under divine guidance
uuniiB me past year (Kx., xlii:3), they had
not yet learned to trust in God. They had
expected success In their own strength
(Dan., iv:30), and their hope departed in
the presence of obstacles. God could not
use them. He must raise up another generation,
schooled by half a century, or
longer time, If necessary (2 Peter, 111:8.) to
do His service. So has It been in all nations
and ages. Men have failed to reach
their possibilities because they have not
looked upward (Psalm, cxx:l) nor graspec
the hand that is omnipotent (Heb., vlii:9).
On the threshold of a glorious future, be
?_<j.uni3 ui Kiams in me way," tftey Have
turned back from golden fields and luscious
fruits, the free Rifts of heaven, to
wandering, to hunger and weariness, and
to ignominious graves. The Calebs and the
Joshuas of whom we shall hear again are
the men who win victory and make history
(Psalm, cxxxvili:7-8).
Any person may send any biblical question
to Dr. Gilbert, 1503 R street northwest,
thls'city, and receive answer in The Star.
283. When and by whom were Babylon
and Nineveh destroyed and why were they
never restored?
Answer. After the time of Cyrus Babylon
gradually declined In importance until
it ceased to be a royal city, and then
passed slowly Into decay. When Alexander
the Great took possession of It It ^s comparatively
a ruin. He intended to restore
the city and make It his Asiatic capital, but
his death prevented the execution of this
scheme. His Syrian successors chose S?lucia
for their capital. About the beginning of
the Christian era Babylon had become a
total ruTh. Nineveh was besieged for three
years by Cyaxares and Xabopolassar. The
overflow of the Tigris destroyed two miles
of the wall. Bereft of faith Saracus, the
ruler, burned his palace and perished in the
flames. The forces of the besiegers then
entered the city, plundered it of its wealth
and left It a desolation. All this was foretold
by the prophets of Israel as a Judgment
from the Almighty.
284. Is there any biblical warrant for the
belief, of Which the oritrlnnl ho
no trace, that the serpent In ?den was
Answer. See Rev. xii:9.
285. How can the apparent indecision involved
in the change of purpose attributed
to God in Exodus xxxii be reconciled with
our reverent conception of the supreme, omniscient
Answer. There is no" Indecision on the
part of God in the occurrences of that chapter.
The Lord did change His purpose because
of the pleading of Moses. (Verse 14.)
mat change was consistent with His character
as a prayer-answering sovereign. If
He never answered prayer He would be a
heartless monster. Our reverent conception
of the Deity is not of one who arbitrarily
rules His children without reprard
to their wishes. Some people think of God
only as the administrator of nature by inflexible
laws. There is no such being, and
if there were he c*uild not be reverenced.
The God of the Bible Is a spirit, filled with
compassion for other sipirltual beings whom
He has created.
_? f .
: or LA)UDt. |
tainbow Chasers."
e. Brown ud Gmpnf.)
has gone on long enough. This is our vacht.
j. ne man you are looking for is not here.
We decline to be insulted further. There
is your boat and you will please us by getting
into it."
"By George, we'll pitch you into it, if
you don't go!" cried Benson. "We have
had enough of you."
"I'll come again!" said Jepson, moving
toward the rail. "I'm an officer of the law
and I'll come again. This is resisting an
"If you show your nose on this deck,
over you go, without any foolishness," said
jocji.-un luuuwiiiB mm.
"I'll get help and come Igain," Jopson
The boatman went out of sight over the
rail. Jepson gained the rail and sprang
lightly down into the boat. The captain,
lighted cigar now In his teeth, sauntered
toward us, and Jerome advanced from the
head of the companion-way. The boat
moved* from the side of the Idler. The
next moment It was being pulled shoreward.
fant Oulnhv laiiffVioH oc i* 1?1 ~
thing had amused him greatly.
"I was ready to put in an oar if I was
wanted." he said.
"But he declared he would come back!"
said Mrs. Randolph uneasily. "We must
leave here at once."
"No," I said, "we are not going until I
get some word from New York. I am not
afraid of that scoundrel. If a man's house
Is liis castle, so Is his yacht, and we'll defend
It. If we have to."
"We'll run up the Jolly Roger." said
Benson, with an' effervescence that coulJ
hardly have b<?en real.
As soon as It was certain that Jcpson
would not return Immediately we held n
council of war in the cabin. I invited
Capt. Quinby ft- nsult with us. but Instructed
him to . .alien a lookout on derk,
that we might not he surprised. And I
asked Jerome to come in. X felt that I
needed now all the force I could muster.
Four men. not to mention the crew, of
mean ngnting torce.
To all except Mrs. Randolph 1 was still
posing as Julian Randolph. How much
y Miss Hansbo rough knew, or guessed. I
s could not tell. She was. of course, her sis"
ter's confidante. And lovers hold few se1
crets from each other. Hence It seemed
probable that If Miss Hansborough had
been enlightened. Benson had been, too.
? Whatever they knew. !f anything, they
concealed from the captain.
e "In the first place." I said, opening our
3 talk. "It Is to be understood that if I surrender
to this man It will be only when I
i- am ready to do so. A trap has been set
e | Tor mo, ami I do not intend to lull into it.
] I am expecting important n,'?s from Now
I York, an answer to the telegram I sent
" from Bryant's Cove. As soon as I Ret it I
s intend to turn the tables 011 the man who
r Is now trying to rain mo. When things
. have so shaped themselves that I know I
shall be safe from him, I slut II be ready to
" face whatever legal complications may
r come from our present action. But now,
- and until T have news from my agent In
New York, I shall fight before I surj
il I stopped. FulW explanations and the
1, mention of the name of Courtney I-ane did
- not s?'in necessary.
? "Will some one go ashore and find If
e there is a telegram for me?" I asked in the
- silence that followed.
1. "I will.'' said Benson, and there was
- fighting fire In his eves; "I think I'd like
3 to know what is being said and done
, there."
0 "I can go." Capt. Quinby volunteered.
Mrs. Randolph lifted her eyes to mine.
? "Perhaps I'd better go, Julian." she said.
surprising me by the offer. "Margaret and
3 I are the ones to go. The men should stay
by the yacht. I don't think that officer
will return; but If he should, with assistance,
as ho threatened, you may need all
the force you have here."
The wharves were not far away, and I
had been informed that the telegraph office
was not distant from the wharves, so that
It would have been easy to send Jerome or
even some member of the crew. But I saw
that Mrs. Randolph wished to go.
The conference broke up at once, and
Mrs. Randolph and Miss Hansborough were
taken ashore in the Idler's launch. B->nson
and I. the captain and Jerome, stood on
deck and watched them until after they
landed. The launch remained at the wharf,
and Mrs. Randolph and her sister disappeared.
Though the fading sunlight Rtlll shone In
flashes of fire In some of the upper windows
of the houses of the town, the
wharves and streets were being shadowed
and the street lamps began to shine.
"I'm beginning to enjoy this," said Benson.
walking the deck with me.
"You must have had some old berserker
for an ancestor." was my comment.
"No. It's the excitement?something the
way a fellow feels when a foot ball game
, Is on or coming on. It "makes me understand
how our boys get desperate over In
the Philippines, with fanatical Moros popping
at them from the bush, and proceed to
shoot a datto or two to even things. I
1 wanted to throw a chair at that officer and
had hard work not to do It."
rant. Ouinbv waa beginning to enjoy it.
too. He Btrolled up to where we stood
, talking-.
"I heard what you said about a man's
yacht being his castle. That ought to be
good law. It's good law with me, anyhow,
. aboard ship."
We killed time with talk, but the wait
began to grow tedious. It had been late
when we steamed Into the harbor and night
was now at hand. Benson looked at the
darkening town.
"I don't suppose anything can happen to
them?" he remarked.
"Impossible," said the captain, "It's but
a little distance to the telegraph offioe."
Some boats pulled off and rowed round
the Idler, the occupants looking inquisitively
at her and at the group on her deck.
One. disreputable and Impertinent, drew
alongside and began to ask questions.
"We've got Capt. Kidd aboard," said
Benson replying. "He's hunting along this
coast for some of his old buried treasure."
"Ah, gwan! What ye givin' us?" was
fired back.
"When a fool asks fool questions I give
him a fool's answer," said Benson, In an
amused voice. ,
The inquisitive occupants of the boat became
offended, made indignant remarks
and rowed away.
Suddenly lights flashed on the wharf and
a large boat put out. It was not our
launch. As It approached we saw that It
carried Jepson and a number of men.
"They have come for me and are going to
fight, and they have detained the women,
to keep them out of It," I said, as a guess.
"They Intend to take the yacht by force.
If they try It"?I drew my revolver?"they'll
find that they have waked up the wrong
I was furiously angry and In a mood for
A sloop yacht near us had a light burning,
which cast a red streak on the water.
"If they cross the line of light from that
sloop I shall certainly fire Into them," I
added as the boat came on.
"Perhaps they only want to parley," said
Qulnby, In a tone which suggested that he
thought me rash.
"Capt. Qulnby," I demanded in a spurt of
wrath, "are you with me in tills or with
the crowd in that boat?"
"With you, sir, art course," he said; yet
he was not pleased with the manner of my
"Understand then," I announced, "that I
shall resist arrest to the last gasp."
I looked at Benson.
"Jack," I cried, "I know you will back
me in this? They have held Mrs. Randolph
and Miss Hansborough ashore, and now
they intend to capture me."
Benson, who had risen and was staring at
the boat, put his hand on the back of the
steamer chair he had been occupying, thus
seizing It for a weapon. *
"We'll stand by you," he said.
Jerome picked up a billet of wood and
came forward and ranged himself by my
I side. Tne captain auvanceu 10 irie ran.
with the air of a -man who has determined
to stick to his employer, right or wrong.
"I gut^s they're coming for you," he admitted,
There was a show of excitement among
the members of tho crew who were on
deck, but I did not ask their aid.
As the boat carrying Jepson and his
deputies drew near the red glare cast on
the water by the light of the sloop yacht,
I caught up a megaphone.
"If you cross the line of that light I
shall fire on you!" I shouted through It.
The oars backed water Instantly and
there was confusion in the boat.
"We've come to demand your surrender!"
Jepeon bellowed.
"You demanded that before," I answered,
"and I told you I refused to surrender to
you. That is still my answer, and if you
come any closer 1 shall open fire on your
I held up the glittering revolver and
clicked the cylinder round.
There_was a hurried consultation In the
boat, me contusion conunuea ior a. minute
or more. Then the oars dropped Into
the water and the boat advanced. As it
came well within the light from the sloop
yacht I could see the tense faces of the
men and even the glitter of their eyes, so
close were they.
"Halt!" I commanded, lifting the revolver.
The boat swung out into the oentcr of the
forbidden line and came on.
"You think I'm bluffing," I cried. "This
will show you!"
In that light and being so near the boat
was a fair target. I swung the revolver
down on It, and by good luck sent a bullet
into the prow near the water line. When
my revolver cracked the boat stopped so
suddenly that one man was almost spilled
over the bow. A cry of excitement went up
from the wharves. In the midst of the
confusion I ttred again, the bullet cutting
Into the water near the boat's bow.
Jepson shouted something, but if it was
an order to go ahead It was not obeyed. I
- J ..A on,) t ><?? til mo,1
the boat about hastily, and began to row
toward the shore with much hurried
splashing of the oars.
Benson laughed, and even Capt. Quinby
seemed highly amused. X was still in
deadly earnest, and I ejected tha empty
shells and replaced them with cartridges.
(To be Continued Tomorrow.)
J. C. Cantrel], assistant general foreign
agent for the Seaboa-d Air Line railway
at Birmingham, Ala.. Is appointed general
western freight agent of that system, with
offices at St. Louis. E. T. Steele succeeds
Mr. CantreU at Birmingham.
Reform Making Progress ? Building
Railways?Looking to Western
Cbow-T?chl. Charpr il AjTuinR of China. in Van
Nonlen MsCKtiite.
Progress has at last taken hold of China,
Attempts to galvanize the* g unt out of
his sleep of ages have l>een made m.injf
times, but until recently they faiWd t>efauso
the giant was not ready to :>wnk?.
Now he has roused himself, stretched himself.
and ? 1
mo iiuuh' in older.
It was time. Had he not aw.ikenrJ
when he did he would have found Ins houaa
In possession of strangers, anJ tha
strangers would perhaps be quarreling
among themselves over the ri(jht of j>o;-sesslon.
The lamp of reform, which was lighted
more than ten years ago. and flickered fitfully,
now blazing up into a flame that
looked like a conflagration, now <lvim?
away or being stamped down until only
the wisest could see that the embers st.ll
burned, i.? at last burning itetdUy, It* p'.<>?r
Increasing day by day. China is getting
ready to take her place among the great
civilized nations of the world.
Large bodies move slowly, and It Is a
more tedious and difficult work to reform
500.000.0u0 of people, spreading over half %
continent, than it is to reform a smaller
nation. Then you must remember that until
a few years ago we had no railways, no
telegraphs. In China. Our only means of
communication between widely distant
places was by boat and cars or by mail
curriers on horseback.
Another most Important condition to bo
taken Into consideration in discussing the
reform of China i? ?i.? "
? ... l?VJMO
and t'helr rever<n<x> for tradition. It is a
little difficult for you young western peopl?
to comprehend this condition to the full extent
of Its Importance, but evety or ental
understands It. China, you are. i.iis lirowu
upon seven thousand years of tradition; her
authentic history begins before Abraham
lived in Palestine, before the Greek - besieged
Troy; her greatest philosophers lived
and taught the most perfect philosophy
that has ever been given to man more than
3,000 years ago. This philosophy has t een
the sole mental diet of China all Uiese
years. It was sufficient food for our
fathers, therefore it Is good enough lor our
palates; such is the principle that is born
and bred in every Chinese. Education wo
have ever had, but our education has b 'en
based upon a different principle from that
of Uhe rest of the world. We had little or
no communication with outside countries
until very recently; consequently we had
no need to know anything about them; we
were happy In our own simple way because
WP U'pro nhllna/mliaru " "? ' ? * L' -
children to be philosophers in order that
they might be happy. We had no machinery;
our people lived on the land as
larmerB. and as time was no object, it wae
their delight to conceive and to make beautiful
things; hence the art that hiis made
us famous the world over.
This tradition, this philosophy, tills education
have madia of us the most conservative
people on earth. Had we been able to
prevent foreigners from coming Into China
we should have continued on down the
ages, happy in our own way and at peace
with all our neighbors. I do not say it
would have been good for us, but had 1 not
been educated in a modern institution 1 nm
quite sure I should have thought, as many
millions of my fellow countrymen still
think, that It is a thousand pities the foreigners
came, like the serpent, into the
Eden of your Bibles, and tempted us away
from our innocence. But the foreigner?
came: we could not keep them out 'lVi?
results of these efforts are history, full of
wars, rebellions and slaughter of Innocents,
who had no idea what the trouble was ail
Beport of Imperial Commission.
I will not attempt to trace the history of
the awakening of China, the Instilling Into
our people of Che knowledge that things
were done differently and perhaps better
elsewhere; that railways were more rapid
than junks, that telegraphs caved end ess
trouble, that machinery could do In a few
hours what human hands required months
to perform, and all tihe other ideas of progress
which were the result of the influx o?
The Imperial commission which visited
this country and Europe one year ago, upin
their return submitted an elaborate report
of all they had seen and of all th.-y had
gathered to the throne. After studying the
report and giving It due reflection, his ma.1esty,
the Emperor Kwang Hsu, issued an
Imperial edict, the most remarkable ducument
ever emanating from a sovere gn of
China. Its salient and strongest points r. ad:
"We have been Instructed by her majesty,
the empress dowager, to make it known
throughout our country that the laws and
statutes of the present dynasty have be.'n
changed from time to time by our wise and
august predecessors, and have been gradually
molded Into their present excellent
form. But now being In communication
and harmony with other countries of the
world, and learning that their constltutiona
and laws have been derived also from other
countries, while our country has remained
steadfast to its traditions of many centuries,
wo realize that wo are retrograding
ratiher than progressing. Unless we profit
by the example of other and more enlightened
nations and change the laws on
our books we cannot hope to satisfy our
people nor give satisfaction to the severed
memory of our ancestors. Therefore we
have sent special commissioners to foreign
countries to note, observe and study tiieir
wisest laws and report to the throne."
The first immediate result of this remarkable
utterance was the establishment of
several new departments, or boards, I may
call them, of administration. The must
important of these Is the ministry of transportation
and communications to manage
the railroads, navigation, post offices and
telegraphs, at the head of which ministry
we find H. E. Tong Slioa VI, who was formerly
vice president of the ministr^of foreign
affairs. He Is a graduate of American
college, and his chief assistant is Siiao
1^1 * 1 ,.f Pnn,,.]]
has been selected by the government to b?
adviser on railroad affairs of the board of
Board of Agriculture.
Another new and Important board is that
of agriculture, commerce and public works,
at the head of which is Prince Chen, son of
Prince Ching, the prime minister. Pr'nce
Chen is one of the most traveled meml>erB
of the imperial family, and has visited the
United States, Europe and Japan several
times. With his distinguished father he
stands In the ifront rank of the modern
reform movement In China.
A third Important department of recent
birth is that of education, which has already
made Immense progressive strides.
The education of women is also already
l.l-~ f^lt Tl,? Chinfo.. hirn ul.
W?'?B * --v
ways kept their women at home, and their
mai"n education, until recently, was mostly
and generally in housework and domestic
duties. Now the Viceroy Yuan Shi Kai lias
provided funds for the building and opening
of a women's college, and many of the
more enlightened mandarins, as well as the
wealthier merchants, are sending their I
daughters to the new women's college in I
the city of Tientsin. The empress dowager I
has also granted a large fund for endow- I
ment o.f several girls' colleges, one of I
which, in Peking, is exclusively fnr the
daughters of the nobility. She has likewise
ordered the provincial governors to give the
widest range to the education of girls.
The Judicial department has also been
made an independent board, and to it has i
been Intrusted the framing of the lirst
Chinese constituilon. IWpiomatic appointments
are 'o be given only to those who
have grown up In the consular or diplomatic
service, and who are we!! schooled
in It. The use of opium, like the binding
of the feet of our women. Is to } ? ?bolIslied.
A really phenomenal and suggestive fact
Is that China, even under the old regime,
has sent lier brightest young men abroad
to study In universities. They have gone
all over the world, but she favored Arri>-rica
espeelatly, and It Is remarkable how many
of the men educated In American colleges
are now filling the highest executive and
diplomatic positions under the Peking government.
'Righteous Wrath. I
From tlie rhllarirlnltln LMefr. I
"Why did you smash your alarm dock?" I
"Why? The blame thinp went off Just mh I
Rockefeller was writing me a check for a I
million." H

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