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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 11, 1913, Image 20

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built at the head of the lake and peo
ple will come to Hopeville next sea
son, dead loads of them."
Voices arose in eager demands for
more detailed information. Property
and rents would go" up! The town
stores would quadruple their busi
ness! The rich golden harvest was
coming at last!
"But what about this horrible tast
ing water?" queried Bross, with a
wry face.
"Pronounced by chemists the most
healthful beverage in the world,"
boasted Dawes proudly, " a true min
eral water. When the promoters
learned that, they offered ten thoii-
sand dollars cash for the spring it
came from."
"And where is that?"
"Down in a forgotten corner of
that poor, neglected farm your boy
lives on over in the ravine. Now,"
Neighbor Bross, as all the town is
happy over' the grand general pros
pects ahead of us, suppose you go
down to the ravine farm and con
gratulate your son, Bradley, and his
wife on their share in the general
good luck?"
And thus it was that the name of
the popular Cheer Master became a
household word in Hopeville for all
time to come.
On a recent Sunday a notable sermon was preached in a great peni
tentiary. Every inmate crowded to hear it. There was none of the indif
ference so common when professional preachers filled the pulpit. For the
preacher on this occasion was a convict from the ranks.
He did not talk platitudes or use the imagery of old allegories. He said
nothing about theology or the conventional things about religion. He
talked of real life as it had been seen and known by a man who had fallen
under temptation. He talked as a sinner to sinners and he talked the lan
guage of the craft.
This man had bribed a legislator to betray the people. He had been
caught, convicted and sentenced. He had had the good fortune to be put
in a prison where the keepers had' hearts and souls and where the purpose
was less to deal out vengeance than to reclaim. He probably wouldn't have
made much of a response to cruelty and cant. But the man within him
softened to mercy, faith and love. He decided to take his medicine patiently
and start over again.
His talk to the other prisoners was straight from the soul. He gripped
them by a frank confession of his own misdoing and by the simple story of
his resolve to try to redeem the past. They felt the ring of sincerity in his
words and they listened as if spellbound.
Such preaching is rare because such experience is uncommon. The
preaching of men who have not sinned and been caught and suffered and
been builded up on the tombstones of their repented mistakes, however sil
very or golden, lacks an essential thing knowledge from within.
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Brew strong tea. Pill tall, slender
glasses with chopped ice. Add one
half a lime or teaspoon of lemon
juice, two spoons of powdered sugar
and two cherries, a piece of pineapple
and a slice of cucumber and serve
with straws. This is fine served as
afternoon tea.
Put into a large glass one table
spoon of sugar and add the juice of
half a lemon and a tiny bit of the
peeling and one egg. Shake all to
gether or beat with a silver fork until
light and foamy. Add two or three
lumps of ice. Fill glass with seltzer
and add a few berries on. top.

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