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The newest Baptist church In the city,
the Immanuel, !s forging to the front on
Columbia Heights, and large congrega
Jlons are coming- every Sunday to hear
lev. Georgo Z. Whltehouse preach In the
?weeing house now used as a church.
Ground will be broken soon for the erec
tion of a naw home costing' over JIOO.OOO,
?nd a Sunday school house costing about
Generally known on the Hill as "Percy
Foster's Church," because Percy S. Fos
ter, with Charles Werner, Issued the- first I
Call for a meeting in January. ltfOC, a
Bunday school was organized in Post Qf
?c? Hall, Mount Pleasant, January, 1906,
trtth over one hundred scholars. The
?butch 01 gdiiiicaiion was formed March
Rev. George E. Whltehouse.
?, it*w, with forty-four members, who
worshiped In Post Office Hall until Jan
uary. 1007, when, the quarters being found
too ?mal?. and the membership having In
creased so rapidly, a lot at the corner of
Jtlth street ar.ii Columbia road was pur
Chased for J3tt,?0iv
Rev. Georse fci Whltehouse of Muncton,
New BrunswicV wa* called to the pas
At present the church Is occupying an
Old dwelling house on the lot that was
purrhaoed. hut plans have b.-en drawn
fcy Stone & Averlll, architects, which have
t>e>ri accepted. Ground will be broken in
a few weeks for the erection of the Sun
flay school house.
The j re-ei.t ow ning house, although
enlarged. Is entirely too small to accom
tie clouds that flock to hear Mr.
V l itf hoiise. r?f( '' S. Foster Is the su
periiitt iidc.it of ihc Sunday school.
The pastor and congregation of Con
gress Street M' thodlst Protestant Church
h ive arranged for a week's rally for wor
ship and work, beginning tomorrow and
continuing until and inc.uding the 18th.
The special servlci s will commence In the
Bunday s< hool at 0:"O a.m. and continue
throughout the day. the pastor preaching
?pe< al sermons at morning and evening
A feature will be the musical program.
Ai 11 h m Mr. R. H Roderick will sing,
And at 7 ::?? p.m. the Apollo Quartet will
give two or more selections. Monday
evening at 7 ;o t:will be a meeting
in the Interest ?>f domestic and foreign
mis'inr. . J-? ? iket s. Rev. K. <'. Klein of
1J'.- . :e aritl Mrs. George Speidel of this
cl y ] ?:? .- !;?> evening is given to the Sun
day > ? !. address by Mrs. A. M. Moxey.
V- ? i iy ??veiling th.e s rvice will be in
c arg 1 - Christian Endeavor Society,
* addresses by H. (' Metcalf,
F w. :?1 '!":>-!-lng ar.d 11. <\ Grimes. The
?<?!. ? - wil! \) M ss Collison. Miss Rosa
? fclea i Mr Pn d Ballanger,
'i evening there will be a roll
? ' f p m eting and Friday
ex - ' a s t -al.
V - J Snrr.th, known throughout
tl ? i r\ as railroad evangelist"
ar i vi ik r.gxnana friend," whose
Miss Jennie Smith,
liini! ? < In this rlty. conducted services
tl. !? wnk ;it the North Capitol Methodist
>:p;s- ? ! Church, North Capitol and lv
0tr* * is
Hex \\ ili.ini E. Carroll of St. Patrick'i
Catholic Church will preach the sermon al
th.- <>!?? nifig of the forty hours' devotion
?t the Church of the Nativity, Bilghtwood,
tomorrow morning'. Rev. F. X. BlschofT.
tMe pastor of the church, will be the cele-j
brant of the mass.
Rev. H. C. Stuntz, formerly presiding el- |
der of the Manila district. Philippine Is- ;
lands, will speak October 23 at Foundry
M. E. Church. The choir from Dumbarton
Avenue Church will sing.
Rally day services will be observed
Sunday. October 13. at Marvin Methodist }
Episcopal Church South, 10th and B
streets southwest, Rev. J. C. Hawk, pas
tor. The services of the Sunday school J
hour will be In charge of the .superintend
ent, Mr. J. G. Thayer. There will be a
sony service by the school and by the,
primary department, of which Mrs. Emory
S. Tucker is superintendent. An address
will be made to the Sunday school by Rev.
J. H. DuLaney of Galthersburg, Md. At
11 a.m. there will be preaching; at 3 p.m.
the Junior Epworth league will meet,
Misa Maggie Garrett, superintendent. At i
7:30 p.m. there will ba the rally day serv-|
Ice of the Senior Epworth League, with
an appropriate sermon by Rev. J. H. Du
This minister is a veteran of the Balti
more conference, and after half a century
of service Is renewing his youth and
preaching with the vigor and enthusiasm
characteristic of the early days of the
Methodist Church In this country.
Rev J. Luther Frantz. pastor of St.
Mark's Lutheran Church, 8th and B
>t>tr?ets southwest, lias announced the
following Sunday night special sermons:
October 13. "The Blessings of Tempta
tion;" October 20, "The BlessingB of
Fai'ure;" October 27, "The Blessing* of
Affliction;" November 3, "The Blessings
of Poverty." ^
Grace M E. Church will celebrate home
coming week, beginning tomorrow.
Rev. W. M. Mitchell, an evangelist of
Baltimore, has been conducting revival
services at the First Methodist Protestant
Church, 4th street, between E and F
streetB southeast, during the past week.
The meeting has grown In interest. Sev
Rev. W. M. Mitchell.
eral have professed conversion, and the ]
rongTegatlons have been large. The pros- i
] pect for a successful revival is said to be
i Mr. Mitchell Is an evangelist of large
| experience. He has led revivals In sixteen
jd.fferent states during the past twenty
! years. He is not a sensationalist, but a
"solid g<?pel" preacher. The services are
held each evening at 7:80 p.m.
The triterdenomlnatlonal missionary
committee, of which Mr. H. W. Arnold of
the T. M. C. A. is president, has ar
ranged for several normal classes to be
held in different sections of the city.
The classes meet once a week for nine
consecutive weeks, and are for the prep
aration of leaders of mission study
classes in the local churches.
The northwest class will be held In
Luther Memorial Church Wednesday
I evenings, beginning October 16, at 7:30
1 p.m., under the leadership of Mr. W. H.
i H. Smith, who for several years has
taught a normal class in the District.
The northeast class meets at 112 12th
street northeast Wednesday evenings;
leader. Rev. A. K. Wright of the Baptist
Church. This class has already held one
The north class will be led by Mr. E. W.
Collamore of the Eckington Presbyterian
! Cnurcli. A stereopticon lecture on
j China, by Mr. W. H. H. Smith, will pre
j cede the regular sessions of the class,
i This lecture will he given at the Ecking
| ton Presbyterian Church Friday, October
\ 1ft. at 7:45 p m. Members and friends of
' the churches in that section are especially
j urged to be present.
BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW.
Rev. Henry A. Brown, chaplain United
States army, delivered the regular month
ly sermon at St. Paul's Church last Sun
j day evening, the service being* held under
the auspices of the Brotherhood Chapter
of St. Paul s parish.
Arrangements are under way for hold
ing an "echo meeting" q/ the recent In
ternational brotherhood convention. It Is
proposed to secure one or two of the
bishops attending the general convention
of the Episcopal Church, now In session
In Richmond, to speak at a brotherhood
meeting to be held in Washington during
the week of October 21.
Rev. Lionel A. Wye, assistant rector of
Trinity Church, has recently taken
charge of the junlc/r chapter of Trinity
j parish and will serve the organization In
I the capacity of director.
A number of letters have been received
from brotherhood men throughout the
country commending the local committee
on their preparations for the recent
brotherhood convention held here. It is
stated that the convention was one of the
largest ever held, anfl that the general
spirit of enthusiasm has not been equaled
at any form r gathering of the organiza
CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR NOTES.
After devotional exercises, a short busi
ness 8"SSion and a solo by Miss B;ss:
Walker of the First Congregational
Church, at the monthly meeting of the
District of Columbia Christian Endeavor
Union at the New York avenue Presby
terian Church Monday evening the sub
ject of missions was taken up. Mr. John
B. Sleman. who spent several months last
winter and spring visiting Japan. China
and Korea and studying the mission worl;
right on the field, gave an cxcell nt t Ik
concerning the work as h.? saw it him
s<?Jf. The missionary departm nt of tis
union had carefully prepared a large rx
hlblt of samples of leaflets and other in
terial donated to the department for that j
purpose fcy the principal 1'ot ? and for -ign
mission boards. Th-> do?-."; tin n! doe. ? ui
have such mat ; al for sals, hut t)>
hiliit has b en arrang il for the cn i
I lence of th ? Christ an End avor s. i . ie
of the District. i nahling th'Bi to' s.l?-?t
and ordjr direct'y from th<- hoards th ? !
material best suit?d to their individual
needs. This exhibit has been removed u>
C. E. headquart -rs, wher."1 it wili be per- i
manrntly, and may be consulted through
out the year by any person interested |
The annual banquet and installation of
officers wa? held by the Endeavorers of
the First Congregational C. E. Society a
few days ago. The new officers are: Presi
dent, William W. Gilbert; vice prjsld^nt,
Mrs. J. O. Belz; recording secretary. Miss
Elva M. Dickey; treasurer, William Earle
S.'aver. The corresponding secretary, .Mrs.
W. W. Gilbert, was continued In office, j
After the banquet Mrs. M"ivil!e Lindsay j
sang a solo with violin nbligato, tho ac- >
companists being Melville J-indsay and [
Miss Florence King. The retiring presi
dent, Ray S. Gehr, called upon the of- |
fleers and chairmen for their annual re- I
ports. He concluded the reports by speak- j
lng of some of the Ideals which the so- !
eiety had tried to realize. Dr. Woodrow
then gave a short talk urging members
to greater enthusiasm. Asking the new
officers and chairmen to rise, he ofTered a
prayer of consecration.
The Christian Endeavor Society of Met
ropolitan Presbyterian Church held a spe
cial business meeting recently to elect a
president. The vacancy was caused by
the death of Harry Miller. Resolutions of
regret were adopted by the society. John
Bruce Handy was elected. Sunday even
ing the new officers for the year were in
stalled by the pastor, Rev. Dr. Evans, at
the regular praj'er meeting. They are:
President, John B. Handv; first vice pres
ident, Miss Edna McLaughlin; second vice
president. Miss Ethel Ingram; recording
secretary. Miss Ida R. Ladd; correspond
ing secretary, G. C. Shinn; treasurer,
Lewis H. Russell; pianist, Miss Edith
Moore. Chairmen of committees?Mis
sionary. W. C. Taber; social, Mjss Mar
garet Craig; good literature, Miss Bertha
Paisley; flower and Sunday school, Miss
Gertrude Trow; Junior, Miss Julia Fer
nald; usher and welcojne, II. H. Cum
mings; press. Dr. T. 51. Chunn; music,
The society has enrolled a large num
ber of members in a mission study class,
which will begin the study of China next
week under the leadership of Miss Edith
The president of the District I'nlon last
Wednesday evening, at Mt. Tabor Meth
odist Protestant Church, gave a talk on
the trip to Seattle and the convention.
The talk was illustrated by stereopticon
views and was greatly enjoyed by a large
The Christian Endeavor Society of
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church Tues
day evening held a "campflre."
Gurley Memorial Presbyterian Chris
tian Endeavor Society has Just installed
new officers as follows: President, Sny
der M. Falconer; corresponding secretary,
Miss Edith L. Thomson.
Last Sunday at 3 o'clock the Junior
Christian Endeavor Society of Keller Me
morial Lutheran Church held rally day
exercises, and at 6:30 the Young People's
Society held similar services.
Christian Endeavor Hour
Conducted by Grace Livingston Htll-I.utz.
For Sunday, October 13, 1007.
Topic: "Remember Eternity." I John, 11:15-17,
IB. Love not the world, neither the
things that are In the world. If any man
love the world, the love of the Father is
not in him.
16. For all tha! is in the world, the lust
of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and
the pride of life. Is not of the Father, but
is of the world.
17. And the world passeth away, and
the lust thereof; but he that doeth the
will of God abideth forever.
24. Let that therefore abide in you,
which ye have heard from the beginning.
If that which ye have heard from the be
ginning shall remain in you, ye also shall
continue in the Son and in the Father.
25. And this is the promise that He
hath promised us, even eternal life.
There Is a story of a man who was re
solved to keep from his children the
knowledge of death. He was the gov
ernor of a colony and his wife and sev
eral children had died, leaving two tiny
girls only. He took the two little daugh
ters to a lovely, lonely Island, and plan
ned to keep them In utter ignorance of
death, for he felt that through the knowl
edge of death sorrow came to the spirit.
He commanded that the word death
should not bs Broken. If It ahould be met
In a book and questions were asked, they
were not to be answered. If any one died
his body was to be taken away and the
children told they were gone away. Yet
after all it was Impossible to keep this
knowledge from them. A little fish on
: the shore, or a tiny dead bird might bring
jthe knowledge of this sorrow to them.
And the narrator adds: "Ours Is a
stranger mod? of dealing with ourselves
than was the father's way of dealing with
his children. We tacitly resolve to play
a game of make-believe with ourstlves.
to forget that which can::ot be forgotten,
to remove to an incalculable distance that
which is In xorably near. And the fear
] of death with us does not come from the
nerves, but from the will. Dsath ushers
us Into the presence of God. Those of
whom we speak hate and fear death be
cause they fear God and hate His pres
ence. New, It is necessary for such per
' sons as these to be awakened from their
illusion. That which is supremely im
portant for them is to ralizs that 'tMe
world' is indeed 'drifting by"; tnat th re
is an emptln-'ss in all that is created a
vanity in all that Is not eternal: that time
is short, eternity long."
Th^re are two reasons why W3 should
not love the world. The first is that we
cannot lov ? ttie world?that part of the
v*.'o *!d that God hates, and that can never
<e lov .1 by Him-and the Father. There'
i- i: t room in any li'art for the love of
I h1 wo' ld ami t^e love of the Father.
Tiie sonii r an n i= that the world is
: ot worth loving-. It is like loving a
u'oble. The bubble implodes into nothing.
The world pass< s awaf Dr. William
Alexander says: "God mad - and ordered
all things. Why should wo not love them
with a holy and blameless love? Only we
should not love them in themselves: we
should not cling to thi-m forgetting Him.
Suppose that some husband heaped beau
tiful and costly gifts upon his wife whom
he loved. At last with the intuition of;
love he begins to see what is the secret of
such cold Imitation of love as that Icy j
heart caji give. She loves him not?his
riches, not the man; his gifts, not the
giver. And thus loving with that frigid
love which has no heart In it, there is
no true love; her heart is another's. Gifts
are given that the giver mny be loved in
them. If it is true that the 'gifts are
nought when givt rs prove unkind," it is
also true that there is a sort of adultery
of the heart when the taker is unkind?
because-the gift is valuable, not because
the bestower is dear. And so the world,
God's beautiful world, now becomes to
us an Idol. The world In Its essence is
subtler and Wiinner than the most in
finitesimal of the bacterian germs in the
air. They can he strained off by th#
exquisite apparatus of a man of science.
At a certain height they cease to exist.
But the world may b.; wherever we are; we
carry it with us wherever we go, It lasts '
while our lives last. No consecration
can utterly banish it, even from within
the church's walls; it dares to be round
us while we kneel and follows us into r
the presence of God."
We often speak of "the world" as con- I
fined to the world of society and amuse- '
ments. It is not always that. The world 1
may creep into the life of tho quiet
student, or the ascetic In a eonvent, or
even Into a weary kltch*n with' Its daily
round of work. Sometimes the world
takes the form of books we should not
allow our minds to be filled witn?and not
always bad books either, just worldly,
foolish books with no help In them. One
may read such a book perhaps for a
reason occasionally, but to love them, to :
take every occasion to fill the mind with
them to the exclusion of better things?
tlia> Is iust as much to "love the world
and the things in it." bs if one were to
spend every night whirling in a mad
dance at a ball, or to become an habitual
attendant at the theater, or to take up
every leisure moment In playing whist.
Wherever something takes up the desires
of a soul that ought to be filled with
Jesus, there is the world.
"I pray you be occupied with God. We
want to get help, every one of us. so that
in our dallv life God shall be clearer to
us. God shall have the right place, and be
'all In all.' Andred Murray.
"L,ove Tim, and keep Him for thy
friend, who, when all go away, will not
forsake thee, nor suffer thee to perish at
the last."?Thomas A. Kempls.
"There Is I know what how. In the minds I
of men, a certain presage, as It were, of ?
a future existence, and this takes the
deepest root, and is most discoverable in
the greatest geniuses and most exalted
A wealthy man "Who lived in a large and
beautiful home, was one day dying. His
little daughter slipped up to his side and j
asked earnestly: "Papa, have you got
a home in the land you are going to?"
Tho man had spent his whole life In get
ting rich, and now when he had to leave
it he found he had no treasure laid up
Some one distributed some tracts on
board a steamboat. A traveler in derision 1
folded one up and cut It in small pieces
with his knife. Then he threw the pieces ;
away, but one stuck to his coat. He i
picked it up and looked at It curiously.
There was only the single word "God" ;
on one side. He turned it over and there '
was the word "Eternity!" He went to ;
the bar and called for brandy, but still :
those two words burned Into his brain.
He went to the gaming table and began to i
gamble, but the words haunted him !
wherever he went, and at last through
those two words he was brought to |
Queen Elizabeth during her last illness
became melancholy, weeping much and
sighing. When she was urged to go to
bed she replied to her lord admiral that
If he were In the habit of seeing such
things in his bed as she did when In hers,
he would not persuade her to go there.
She once de.clared: "I am tied with a
chain of iron about my neck!' and when j
her end came near she cried out: "A mil- '
Hon for a moment!"
Louis Henri. Comte de Brlenne, In his |
"Memoirs." tells the following story of
the great Prime Minister Mazarln: "I was ,
walking some days after In the new apart
ments of his palace. I recognized the i
cardinal by the sound of his slippered ;
feet, which he dragged one after the other j
aa a man enfeebled by a mortal malady.
I concealed myself behind the tapestry,
and I heard him say: 'II faut quitter tout
cola!' t'l n?u?t leava all that:'). He stop
ped at every step, for he was very feeble,
and, casting his eyes on each object that
attracted him, he sighed for;h as from
the bottom of Ml heart. "W hat pains 1
have taken to acauire these things! Can
I leave them without regret? I shall never
see them more, where I am ^about to
This story Is told of three travelers.
Ore, a fjentleman settled himself in the
parlo* car comfortably, placed his hat in
the rack, his suit cas? out of the way,
put on his glasses, and took out his news
: paper. The train moved faster and
! faster, but he paid no attention to the
i different stations he passed. He was
; perfectly at ease and enjoying himself.
! The name of f ich station was shouted uuo
his ear. but he paid no heed, ""til at
! length he finally aroused himself to dis
cover that he was many miles beyond
I his destination, and not even on Jie light
train to carry him there. On the same
train in the smoking car was fjnothu.r
paf=s^iiger, speeding along as rapidly, and i
equally oblivious of the way lie was go
ing. He did not come on board himseir.
but was put on. dead drunk, and paring
nothing for the way he was being[taken.
A poor boy was also on the train. His
thin lacket was buttoned tightly "bout j
him. and he held fast his small bund I? ,
never letting go of it for a moment. He sat
with his eager eyes out of Jhe w'"^' ;
his ears open to every cry of^e^rak - ;
man, and one could see by the light in
his face he was the happiest passenger In
the train, although he was illy clad, and
occupied an uncomfortable seat beside an- ?
other passenger's baggage. His
was entirely on his des.tlnat!on fr^"d
watched every inlle of the wa> firora the
window, glad with every landmark t.iat ,
brought him nearer home, until he reach- :
ed his station, and sprang with a shout 01 j
Jov into his mother's arms.
On the way to our father s house we ;
should not become engrossed in the pi, ns
ures or the vices that we pass. The m.nd
that is nikd with anticipation of the' destU
nation needs not ephemeral things to |
give it contentment.
A company of men were cast upon a
desert island. Before their ship sankthej
were able to save a'few ?
other things they found Bome seeds. They
immediately .set to work to plant these as
It was in the springtime, but as they
were digging they came upon a r.c:h vein
of gold. At once they forgot their P'a"t
ing, and in wild excitement each man be
gan to heap up a pile of gold for himself.
Deeper and deeper they went,
moft> and more excited with each day s
findings- They were rich men now and
their imaginations were filled with th.
dream of the vast wealth they w
talning. But the provisions began to run
low, and suddenly the bleak winds of fall
began to blow and they were aroused to
the fact that winter was upon them and
harvest was over and they had not even
sowed their wheat. In spite of their goid,
there was nothing but starvation ahead of
them. So it will be with those who have
devoted themselves to the things of th .
world, and have not prepared for eter
How to Help the Leader.
Pray that you may he enabled to keep
from loving the world. Tell how Sam
Jones said that a million dollars wouldn't
hurt a man If it was not too close to him
but one penny could shut the vft hole l.gi t
of the sun away from him if he placed it
close enough to his eye. . , .
Parallel Passages.?John, xvli.S. Isaiah.
Ivii:15; Mark. X.2H.W; John, 111.16. Ro
mans, 11:7: Titus, 1.1,2; Acts, xlii.48. Ro
mans. vl.2'i\ II Corinthians. iv:18;
Hints to the Header.?ine ^ndeav oi
Hymnal, 64, 68, 77, 80, 8-, 1.57, 200.
Try to make this a solemn meeting yet
with a glorified view of what eternity is
to the true child of God. Open with sev
eral prayers and have sentence prayers
near the close urging all to join Ho not
take up too much time in your first talk,
but be ready to bring in an incident now
and then, or a bit of poem or a Bible
verse if there is a pause. Get some one to
sing "Oh. the Clanging Bells of Time
with Its chorus of "Eternitj . found in
Gospel Hymns, Nos. 1-6.
?So live that when the mighty cararan.
Which halt* one Ditfhttime in the vale of ilratli.
Shall strike its white tents for the morniiig
Thou '"halt'mount onward to the eternal bills,
rhv f'XH unwearied and thy strength lre"<*Trl:
I.Ike the strong eagle's for the upw
\ thousand years, and years on years sublime,
So may we mete eternity by time;
\ thousand evolM measured day l>y aay.
YVben (lav Itself shall long have burned away;
Kad. sh^le soul, each mln.l that lists me now,
Yes. shrink!.,a spirit, these, and surely thou,
I know, in noiii" far world beyond our ken.
Deathless aa God. will still t>e thinking 'ben.
There is no end. Ye are. and cannot
A. 0. Benson In Putnam's Monthly.
I have often felt, myself, that the time
has come to raise another figure to the
hierarchy of- Christian graces. Faith,
hope and eferity were sufficient in a more
elementary and barbarous age; but, now
that the world has broadened somewhat,
1 think an addition to the trio is demand
ed A man may be faithful, hopeful and
charitable, and yet leave much to be de
sired. He may be useful, no doubt, with
that equipment, but he may also be both
tiresome and even absurd. The fourth
ouality that I should like to see raised
to the highest rank among Christian
graces is the graej of humor
I do not think that humor has ever en
Joyed Its due repute in the ethical scale.
The possessio nof it saves a man f^ojj1
prgtgishness. and the possession of faith
hope and charity does not. Indeed, not
only do these three virtues not save a
man from prlggishnees-they sometimes
plunge him in irreclaimable depths of su
periority. I suppose that when Chris
tianity was first making Itself feltf in the
world the one quality needful was a deep
seated and enthusiastic earnestness There
Is nothing that makes life so enjoyab.e
as being in earnest. It Is not the light,
laughter-loving, jocose people who have
the Lest time in the world. They have
a checkered career. They skip at times
upon the hills of merriment, but they also
descend gloomily nt other times Into the
valleys of dreariness.
REV. DR. PARSON MEMORIAL TABLET.
A bronze memorial tablet erected to the
memory of Rev. William Edwin Parson,
D.D., founder of the Church of the Re
formation and pastor for twenty-sev.^n
years, wlil be unveiled at the church, 21
stfeet and Pennsylvania avenue boutli
east, tomorrow morning, at 11 o'clock.
Rev. W. 8. Freas of Baltimore will preaea
the memorial sermon. The tablet was
executed by John Wi'llama, Incorporated,
of New York, In whose shops large
bronie doors of the Congressional Library
and various other iilecea of sculpture in
bronz ? In th's c'.ty have been ma'Je, The
border dcsgn Is of uuk leuvcs, modeled In
I a broad and vigorous manner, typifying
g.eat strength and dignity. The bronze
1 la finished to a Mgh degree, the hand
j chasing of the lettering bringing tlieni
out perfect In detu] agafhbt an even mat
Tel surface which forms a background.
\ The metal is l.i a r!ch finish, w Iilcli is
' usually termed "statuary bronze,"
for gunOav Schools.
STAR LESSON FOR OCTOBER 13,
By Rev. J. E. Gilbert, D.D.,
SECRETARY AMERICAN SOCIETY OF REI.IClol S KDll l Ho.V
"ISRAEL ENTERS THE LAND OF PROMISE." J.wUus. Ill 5 IT.
CONTEXT.?The lesson for Septem
ber 22 treated of the dAth of Moses.
Joshua, the new commander, entered at
once upon his duties and God ordered an
advance. The Reubenltes, the Gadttes and
the half-tribe of Manasseh, who had re
ceived Inheritance east of the Jordan
(Num., xxxli:l-5), were directed to leave
their wives, children and their flocks and
help their brethren on the other side, with
promise of return. The two sent out to
spy the land, entered Jericho secretly,
received help from Rahab, and returned
with valuable Information. Their report
contrasting with that of the ten spies
(Num., xiii:31), rendered forty years
before, greatly encouraged Joshua
(Josih.. 11:24). The camp was broken up at
Abel-Shittem, where It had been for sev
eral months, and Israel moved toward the
Jordan, (Josh., iii:l) in the spring of 1452
B.C. The time hud come for the realiza
tion of hope long deferred.
PREPARATION.?When an army Is
about to invade an enemy's country an
Inspection Is ordered and the whole force
is put In the best possible lighting condi
tion There is no record of any such prep
aration of Israel. The orders published
by the great commander were of a far
different kind and were designed for the
entire assembly. "Sanctify yourselves"
was Joshua's command, delivered from
tribe to tribe, from family to family.
This called for a separation from all other
cares, and an entire devotion to God and
His service (1 Chron., xxix:G). It doubt
less Involved outward or physical cleans
ings (Ex., xlx:10). But these were
symbols of Inward holy states or
affections. Moses had frequently given
the same command (Ex., xxvlii:41) and
Joshua employed It many times after
ward (Josh., vii:13). It was an ancient
method of urging the people of God to
rededicate themselves to God. Holiness
was deemed to be the prime condition of
success vastly more Important than mili
tary prowess (Zach., lv:(5). Joshua accom
panied 'his order with this statement:
"Tomorrow the Lord will do wonders."
Ho desired the people to be ready for
the marvelous display which 1ft foresaw.
ESCORT.?Who shall go lirst in the
advance of Israel? Shall it be the mighty
men, selected out of the tribes, as In the
attack on Midian? (Deut., xxxl:3-6). No;
there will be no fighting on this side of
the river. Shall a company be sent to
find a ford or construct boats for pas
sage over the swollen stream? No. The
Lord will conduct this campaign and He
can remove or overcome obstacles. By
command of God "tha ark of the covc
rant," borne by priests, was appointed to
precede all others by "2,000 cubits" (verse
4), a space of nearly a mile. This was a
visible pledge of Jehovah's presence and
protection, a noble defiance of the enemies
of Israel, an admirable method of devel
oping faith In the people. What a sublime
spectacle! Unarmed ministers of religion,
bearing a small chest, held sacred above
all other objects, separated from the con
gregation, unsupported by implements of
war, proceeding toward the great river.
which had overflowed Its banks and filled
the valley. Let the centuries of unbe
lievers look on and learn the outcome of
what all military leaders would consider
the supreme fo'.ly of religtous fanatics!
PROMISE?One man was specially
strengthened for that hour, the new
l^Hdkr (Josh.. 1:9). There Is needed at
least one unfaltering heart on which the
many may trust In trying circumstances.
God spoke directly to Joshua, and madj
him know all the plan and the results.
That intelligence was accompanied with
a definite promise: "This day I will begin
to magnify thee In the sight of all
Israel" (verse 7). By that it was r,it
meant that Joshua should become an In
flated autocrat, ru'ing the people accord
ing to his own will. In such an event he
would have b?en ruined and displaced
(Dan., iv.32). It was purposed rather to
make Israel know that God "was with
Joshua as He had bean with Moses," to
exalt him as a servant to the highest
place attainable by mortal (Matt., xx:27).
There was much comfort in the words, "I
will begin," Implying that after years
would witness other displays of divine
favor, a continuance of ?blessing and help.
By tills promise Joshua knew that he was
not just chosan for an occasion; that he
would have an extended career, and at
the outset he was assured of increasing
usefulness and honor, not by seeking, but
by the pleasure of God.
SIGNAL.?A man may use his for
tunes and honors for one of two purposes
?to Inflame'his vanity or to advance his
cause. Joshua preferred the latter. He
went dlrectfy to the people with the In
formation received from God. In an as
sembly called for the purposa (verse it)
he told them in considerable detail what
was about to transpire, through the ap
poinment of the Almighty (verse 11), what
actually came to pass (verse 13). In doing
this he made no reference to himself or
to the results upon his position and In
fluence. But he declared that the won
derful events would be signal to the
nation, a proof that God was with them,
and that he would drive out the Canaan
ites. His evident purpose was to awaken
hope and confidence In his followers, and
to direct their thoughts toward God as
their real leader. Two expressions used
by him, "The living God," "The Lord of
the whole earth." deserve special mention.
By the first he distinguished Jehovah
from the dead and worthless Idols wor
shipped by othed nations (I Chron , xvi:?>>.
By the other he recognized the universal
reign of God (Zach.. ix:10) in contrast
with the local Jurisdiction assigned to
WITNESS?Great events in wnich
God's power is displayed concern not on?
time only, but reach out and affect all
times. After generations may revert to
them with profit. Joshua, therefore, de
termined that the Influence of God's deal
ings should be extended Into subsequent
years. "Take vou twelve men out of the
tribe of Israel, out of every tribe a man."
was his Older (versa 12). The reason for
their selection does not appear In our les
son. Further on (Josh., iv2-9) we learn
that they were to be witnesses, and that
they were to attest and commemorat?
what they saw. They were set apart in ad
vanca probably selected wtih care, that
every one might know them, and that they
might be ready to perform their part
when the appropriate time arrived. These
twelvo would build a monument on the
west side of Jordan -which should silently
announce to posterity the accomplishment
of what other men had declared Impossi
ble (Numb.. xlii:32). So history would be
made to reverse the declarations of un
belief and fear! So all along the centuries
have been sot up the high towers, showing
the triumph of God's cause over man's
weakness and folly!
WATERS.?Everything thus prepar
ed was an evidence of faith. At last
Israel moved forward. Before the people
the priests advanced with steady step,
bearing the ark, the symbol and pledge of
success. Down they came to the river,
whose angry waters, Increased by the
melted snow of northern mountains, filled
the banks and rushed onward toward
the sea. Without faltering they dipped
their feet In the brim of the stream, in
response to that touch the floods were
stayed as If h-ld by an Almighty hand.
The waters from above stood and rose up
like a wall, checking the torrents that
descended from the upper Jordan. The
watars below flowed on in their usual
course, having the river's bed empty. Be
fore the astonished hosts was the high
way leading home. 8ure:y God was there.
The author of nature is superior to h:s
works. He who established the law of
irrnvltation is alone able to suspend it.
Ho who Is mighty may do whatsoever h?
will The promise has been kept (verse i).
That which was done under Moses (Ex ,
xlv:2l) has been repeated undar Joshua.
The Divine presence with the people has
been manifested. But the priest's foot and
the ark have displaced the leaders rod.
PASSAGE.?When God opens a way
(Psalm, lxxvii :l!l-20> man may safely
tread therein (Prov., iii:17), but on'y Jn
taffh. All the Divine doing is enveloped In
mvfctery, and tli *y who do not tiust in the
power and goodness of the infinite will
fear to enter or fail afterward. Behold
now the triumph of Israel! They O d not
?peculate upon tii? wonderful phenome
non, or consider the frowning floods that
might engulf them, or fear the Canaanltes
who might, attack them. Onward they
pressed through the new-made passag--.
First went the priests with tin' nrk paus
ing mi.lwuj unit waltit g tor the people
| (verse 171. Afterward in the ord?*r np
I pointed i.Numb.. x:14-2-o moved tlie tribe*,
jJudah In tlie lead. Men, wonun, cii..drcn
! and cattle, a mighty host marched <1 wn.
I up and over When the last soul w.is on
the western side, tin: priests followed with
' the ark Then i ame the twelve select rep
1 resentativcs. and each, taking a stone
) from the place where the priests stood,
advanced bearing the memorial of God"*
; care, to be deposited in CJllgal (Josh.,
| iv:20). 1'rom the banks of deliverance re
i deemed Israel saw the waters resume
i their flow. The land of promise had l?en
; gained?the land of bondage and trial was
beyond the Hood
CONCLUSION.?'The crossing of the
| Jordan was a turning point In history. It
? closed one era and opened another In
j an eminent degree it exhibited the result
' of man's submission to Ood. The people,
| united in spirit and purpose, rested in the
| promise Dismissing all thought of gaining
| the end by their own unaided efforts, they
i submitted to be led by a new way,
S through apparently insurmountable diffi
culties. in th<* midst of threatening dan
gers. Here is the secret of all high
| achievements. The best of human
strength and wisdom falls in the supreme
| hour. Tiiey who forget Uod go round
j and round in the weary circle of the wll
| derness. Hut when they become willing
I and obedient God brings to pass what
| they vainly sought, and a new world of
| hope and possibility appears.
Any person may send any biblical ques
tion to Dr. Gilbert, 1508 K street north
west, fhls city, and rcceive answer" In The
29fl. What was the religion of the
Answer. They were idolators and wor
shiped Dago by sacrifice (Judges, xvi 28).
| That Dago was an Idol is evident from
| the fact that when the ark of God wal
brought Into Dago's houso (I Sam., \ 2-3),
! he fell with face to the earth.
297. The Bible tells us that Adam was
the first man. Where is the proof to be
found, as In those days ther.5 was no
Answer. If the Bible was given by In
spiration, os is asserted, its statements
are truthful and no outside proof is re
quired. However, there must have been
a first man. That may be believed with
out any scriptural statement. The name
divinely given to that man and scrlptural
ly recorded (Adam) signifies red earth,
bestowed because ills body was taken
from the ground. There is, therefore, on
this account no need of proof that tnere
was a first man or that his name was
Adam. The assertion is so reasonable
that all men may accept it.
298. Did Paul write the book of ActsT
Answer. No. Luke was the author of the
Acts, but It is believed tha*. he wrote un
der the guidance of Paul, whose com
panion and secretary he was (II Tim.,
SHIPS THAT PASS.
Mysteries of the Sea That Are Never
From tbe London Leader.
The tolling of the Lutine's bell at Lloyds
for a missing vessel as large as the
steamship Nicaraguan is fortunately a
rare event; but "the legion of the lost
ones" is probably a much larger one than
the public know, an undet writer said yes
Last year, for Instance, seventeen Brlt
sh and fourteen foreign vessels were
posted as missing, the passengers and
crews totaling 1,000. The year l8t-2 was a
record year, 147 sailing vessels and twen
ty-five steamers being posted; 2,000 pas
sengers and crew went with that huge
lleet. The Nicaraguan is not the first
steamer to vanish this year, either, for It
was only recently that hope was aban
doned of the fine steamer Dulverton.
Naturally, the "missings" tend to de
crease In number among steamers, owing
to improved methods of construction and
increase in individual tonnage, but sailing
vessels have the same tendency as ever to
There is every year among the "miss
ings" a number of ancient Scandinavian
craft, and the West Country schooners
which take salt to Newfoundland and
come back with fish, to swell the grim
A board of trade inquiry is always held,
to look for more or less probable rea
sons for a mysterious disappearance. But
obviously it is seldom that any definite
verdict is arrived at. "Though," added
the underwriter, "the reason for the dis
appearance is often obvious enougii to a
plain man, only some people are so sensi
tive that one has to be careful of one's
words. And you see, in such cases one
can hardly get proof positive of negli
Though absolute proof can never be got,
it morally certain that Bome vessels
have vanished because a light ioadltne is
not insisted on," as it the Pliinsoll mark to
prevent overloading. That reason ac
counts for a Iflost of missing sailing ves
sels. They were under'oallasted and
turned bottom up.
Then there Is no doubt that excessive
(but not illegal) deckloads of timber have
caused many steamers to disappear in the
winter in the Atlantic.
But in a large number of cases the
missing vessel will always remain a mys
tery. It is hard to account for the lost
of such a fine liner as the White Star
Naronic, in February. 1Wi3. She was of
the company's cargo fleet, a steer screw
steamer of 0,500 tons, nearly new, well
equipped and well manned. No exception
ally bad weather in the Atlantlo was re
port ->d that February; no loebergs were
reported on tlio usual route, and there
does not appear to have been any ooi
lision with another v-ssel; yet she van
ished, all that remained for evidence be
'ing two lifeboats flouting bottom up.
In 11102 the Allan line lluronian, equally
well found, on a voyage from Glasgow to
St. Johns, vanished likewise.
The cargo which the missing lin-r Nica
raguan was carrying was one of pho?
phate. It is now thought probable,
though it is not known definitely, that
she had passengers on hoard. Inquiries
have been mado by a Liverpool gentle
man for a brother whom he believed to be
on the steamer as u passenger. Her ac
commodation was for thirty passengers.
Tuberculosis in Schools.
From Charities ami the Commons.
In the children's clinic of the Tubercu
losis Dispensary of Cleveland ohll
dren up to the age of sixteen, who have
been associated with a case of tubercu
losis in their homes have been examined.
Thlity-elght, or 7.5 per cent, have posi
tive pulmonary tubercu'osls. Sixty-four,
or II.It per cent, could become so affected
under favorable cond tions.
In one school district of 1,420 families,
572 families were visited and sixty-seven
cases of adult tuberculosis found. In the
fifty-seven Jiouses In which these cases
were found 151 children were exposed to
infection. If the same rate of adult
cases prevailed throughout the district
and the number of children also averaged
In ihe same v.ay, w t-hculd have in th!0
school district, assuming that the figures
found in the dispensary are correct, twen
ty-seven cases of positive pulmonary tu
berculosis and fifty-four that are strong
ly suspected of having tuberculosis. JJot
all these would be of school age. but
there would he eighty-one children in one
school district of 1,2 <> pupils who would
require surveillance. If only one-third of
these were aetualy !ri attendance at
school there would be abundant opportu
nity for tie Infection of the others who
The German papers say that th> new
military airship which has recently been
making successful flights over Berlin is
the best of lis kind ever made. In view,
however, of lis sausage-like shape we
should have expected It to be call d the