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' HEBE'S A GOOD WARNING FOR FISHERMEN
What would you do if you were lawfully, peacefully, fishing for blue
gills and a big black bass, which hadn't a bit of business in the neighbor
hood, which, as you were a law-abiding citizen, you didn't covet out of
season, and which you. tried your best to shoo away, insisted upon making
away with your bait?
Please get the details clear. A cloudless day. A luring brook. A fish
erman wishing to obey the law. And a naughty bass which insisted on but
We don't know what YOU would do under those circumstances, but
this is whal Alfred Haney of Lansing, Mich., did:
He caught that bass caught him gently so as not to hurt; ran a
string through the bass' gills; tied the interloper to a tree .root out of harm's
way, and resumed his lawful fishing for blue gills. Intending, QF COURSE,
when the blue gills were all caught, to release Mr. Bass in spite of his ill
We say this is what Brother Haney intended, for that is what he told
the judge, befOre-whqm a fish warden hauled him. And who, pray, can
better tell of -a man's intentions than the man himself?
Alas for the uncertainty of human justice, that judge believed him not,
but instead sent Haney up for ten days!
So beware, brethren of the hook and line. Shun -even the appearance
of evil. If a bass comes flirting around out of season, slap it on the fin and
run straight home!
WHY WE PRAY
There are plenty of people willing
to dispute Dr. Lyman Abbott's claim
that, "We do not pray because we
believe in God we believe in God
because we pray."
There are two kinds of prayer
the worshipful prayer and the prayer
that is a petition, an asking for some
thing. To worship there must be belief in
To ask for things there must be
belief in the power to grant.
The latter sort of prayer is the
popular one. From the cradle period
of "Now I lay me down to sleep" up
to the last effort of senility we are
everlastingly asking God for things.
"This is the form that prayer almost
invariably takes and it is prayer bas
hed on belief in the Lord's willingness
'to give. "Ask and it shall be given
Once a year, we get together quite
"unanimously and engage in the other
'sort of prayer, the worshipful
thanksgiving. This, because we be
lieve that God has given.
The pagans, some of whom had
some very interesting gods, didn't be
lieve in their gods because they pray
ed but they created their gods, some
time.s in definite shape in clay, stone
or metal, and prayed to them because
they believed in them.
Nor is prayer at all infallible evi
dence of belief in God. The biggest
hypocrites are usually the strongest
in prayer and many of the noblest
believers in God never pray at all, be
ing strong in the faith that God doeth
all things well and feeling that spe
cial appeal is based on egotism and
more or less of an imposition upon
There are men whose acts are the
msst beautiful prayers, and they per
form those acts because of belief in
God and through loyalty to the com
mand "Love ye one another."
But, really, in his "Letters to Un
known Friends," Dr. Abbott did not
at all answer the question "What is
prayer?" He merely gave his convic
tions qs to why we pray,
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