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Continued. *'
After some little time Lady Gethin
turned to Elsie and said, gravely,
"Will you forgive me, my dear young
lady, if I ask you to leave me with
your father and Mr. Glynn I iaave
one or two matters to speak of." She
paused.
"Certainly," said Elsie, rising;
"you will send for me when you want
me," and with a smiling, wonderiug
look at Glynn she left the room.
The door being closed, Lady Gethin,
turning to Lambert, said, "At the
risk of awakening painful memories,
I must ask you a rew questions!
Vnur dauehter so closely resembles
a dear friend, or rather one who was
a dear friend of mine long ago, that
I cannot refrain. Pray, has she any
relations named Acton?"
"No," said Lambert, eyeing her
suspiciously; "she has no relation in
th-e world but*myself."
' She must have some others, Captain
Lambert;" persisted Lady Gethin.
"Strange ideas rise in my mind,
coupling the likeness with Deering's
efforts to find her. The friend Miss
Lambert resembles, and whose
daughter she might be, was Isabel
Acton, who married Gilbert Deering
against the will of her people, and
went away with him abroad, where
she died."
"My God!" cried Lambert, turning
ghastly white, "this is incredible!"
He remained silent for a minute, his
hands clasping and unclasping the
arms of his chair, his mouth twitching.
"Ring the bell!" he said at
length to Glynn. "Get me some
brandy and water. I will tell you my
whole story. You look like a good
woman, Lady Gethin. You will not
turn against my girl, though her
father has been a bit of a blackguard
in his time."
"I will not," said Lady Gethin,
stoutly.
"Do you wish me to leave you?"
asked Glynn.
"No; my confession is as much for
you as for my lady here. I must go
a long way back. It was about fifteen
years ago when, after knocking about
in Texas and California, I found myself
at Chile in a very low condition,
both as to money and prospects. Just
at that time a railway had been begun
by a clever adventurer who had
been kicked out of 'Frisco, but persuaded
the Government of Chile to
take up his scheme. This railway
.was to a village up in the mountains,
in the middle of a rich mineral district,
teeming with wealth. The difficulty
was to find ready money to
pay current expenses; they were
never more than a week ahead of the
men's wages. To provide for this
outlay, Jeafferson, the Yankee promoter,
got together three or four
gamoiers to meet me men at me village
where they were paid, and win
back the cash just given out, and
have it ready for the next payday. I
was one of these fine gentlemen,"
bitterly. "We had a percentage on
our winnings, and lots of food and
drink at the bars, kept by the company?that
is, Jeafferson. Among
the employes there was a certain
Deering, a coid, stern Englishman, an
engineer. He was a silent, self-possessed
fellow, proud and plucky as
the devil. He had had a wife with
him, but she was dead. I never saw
her." He paused. Both Lady Gethin
and Glynn drew a little nearer with
breathless interest.
"Well," resumed Lambert, "one
night I met Deering in a hotel in
Lima with a tall Englishman not unlike
himself, only fair, with whom
he was talking over a bottle of wine;
and they had papers and money lying
on the table between them. They
seemed greatly occupied with their
conversation, i naci naa a nara riae
and a hard drink, and I couldn't resist
trying to get up a quarrel with
Deering, so I broke in on him and his
friend and offered to stake as much
as lay there and play him for the
whole at poker, euchre, anything he
liked. He answered me contemptuously,
and rising, left the room. I
was in an awful fury, and swore that
I'd have his life, and a deal more.
The tall friend who remained laughed
and taunted me, and gave me more
drink, ?o we grew a bit familiar. The
upshot was, I went to see him in his
private room; there we got abusing
Deering to dirt, and I swore I'd have
his life. When this man had listened
awhile, ?ays he: 'If you are in
earnest, I know a party as would give
a bigger pile than that' (meaning
the money that had been on the
table) 'to know that he was safe under
the sod, and not only .the serpent
but the spawn, too, for,' says he, 'he
has a child who may prove worse
than the father.' This sobered me.
Ay, you may look hard; it had an
ugly sound, and blackguard as I had
been, I was no cowardly assassin.
"I parleyed with him a bit. HowT
?-?
1 V.UU1U gCl UlllC UUl Ui 111 III., t.\cept
that there was a good sum to be
mine if I would shoot my enemy.
Next day I mounted my horse, and
rode away to find Deering to warn
him against the treacherous devil
that was thirsting for his life. It'*
truth I am telling yost. Do you believe
me?" interrupting himself feverishly.
"I do," said Glynn, earnestly.
"Pray, go on," urged Lsdy Gethin.
"Deeriug lived away at ^ne of the
stations in the mountains *-?th a lot
of Indians and half-breeds around
him. The railway was pushed so
far, and the next payments were to
be made there. So men were busy
rigging up a bar and a gambling saloon,
with logs and what not, when
1 rode in and found Deerirg kicking
up no end of a row, wanting to prevent
the saloon being finished and
opened. I spoke to him, as I Lrtpe,
full of the best intention?. 1 asked :
Jjim to come away out into the open j
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with me a bit. Then I tried to speak m
friendly to him, but it was no use. g<
He turned on me and abused me. He n<
stung me to the quick. I lost all rc
control of myself, and pulling out my m
revolver. I challenged him to fight tl
there on the spot. Just then a boy fc
?oh, of about nineteen or twenty, gi
a factotum of Jeafferson's?came up. tl
We both asked him to see fair play. D
Oh, God. it was soon over! He fell pi
at my first fire. Vexed with myself, I ai
threw away my revolver, and knelt ai
down beside him, calling to the boy hi
to help; but a confused sound of tl
shouting and a loud hum came from D
the village or camp, and the boy said: sj
'They are up to mischief there,' and lc
away he ran. Deering seemed to st
hear it; he opened his eyes and mut- ki
tered something?I could only make h<
out the word 'destroy.' Then he tl
caught my hand, and with a despair- ei
ing, imploring look in his eyes?I
see it still?groaned: 'My child? hi
save her.' And holding his hand, I
Rwnrp T'rt take rare of her so lone as L
I had breath. He pointed to a ring
on his little finger, and muttered: ni
'Take;' then he said: 'My child,' sc
turned sharp, as if in pain, and was cl
gone. I took the ring (I'll show it vi
to you presently), then I made away sc
to his shanty. The devils of miners, w
and navvies, and half-breeds had w
risen to revenge themselves, and were di
wrecking his place. One fellow called u]
out that there was a pile of money it
in the house, that Deering had got li<
down in the town yesterday. The b<
lot of them were raging like furies tt
and had just set fire to the hut, when tt
I got up. There wasn't a sign of the
child. I hunted through the place. "I
The men all thinking I was dead cc
against Deering, didn't interfere with
me. At last, crouching in a corner si
behind a door, quite stupefied with cl
fear, I found a little golden haired hi
darling of three or four years old? bi
all alone." pi
"Had she no nurse?or did the in
nurse forsake her?" asked Lady ai
Gethin, as he paused. "How did he es
come to keep her in such a place?" pi
"That I cannot answer. I think I
Deering must have been desperately tc
poor, or he would not have taken si
service with Jeafferson. Anyway, I D
took the child, who screamed at me o!
in an agony of terror. I told her I d<
would take her to her father. I ir
wrapped a cloak that hung on the 01
wall round her, and got out. She was G
quite still?so still that I feared she ci
was dead. So I managed to saddle D
Deering's horse, which was fresh, and b<
as night was falling I rode away, hi
while those mad devils were shout- P
ing and dancing round the burning se
wreck." He stopped, quite exhausted, m
"You had better not go on now," h(
said Glynn. "I begin to understand
your position. Lady Gethin will, I "5
am sure, return to " D
"I must go on," interrupted Lam- st
bert. "I can't rest till I have finished;
and there's a lot more to tell." b<
"He had better get through it,"
said Lady Gethin. t\
"When I got down to Lima, I went
to an out-of-the-way eating house, tt
The woman that kept it was a good V
soul when sober. I got her to take r<
care of the child for a day and a pi
night. Then I thought what to do, m
for I was at the end of my cash. It di
struck me as a grand 'play' if I could gi
get the price of poor Deering's life m
out of the long fellow at the hotel, n
and build up a fortune for the child, fr
So I went to him, ana told him what c'r
had happened, and a good deal more ri
?faith! I said I found the child ot
suffocated with the smoke, and just m
squeezed my hand round its throat to n
make sure. 'You are a handy scoun- cc
drel,' he said; and I answered, 'You II
are an unhandy one. Now, are you E
going to keep your word, and give n<
me over what you wouldn't give poor hi
Deering?" d<
" 'What he wouldn't take,' says he. di
'How do I know you are speaking the a
truth?' hi
" 'Send and see,' said I. 'If you
cheat me, I'll raise the hue and cry
against you.' G
" 'Who will believe you against
me?' said he, with a sneer. 'Come ^
here to-morrow.' di
"To make a long story short, the as
woman who had had the care of the
child came roaring and crying to this w
man, who was another Deering?he w
never disguised his name?and said tii
the child had been killed, or at any Of
rate burned to death, and Deering 25
was killed, too, while she was away sc
taking some food to her husband. P'
Anyhow that long devil was satisfied
and gave me the money. 3i
"I had agreed to quit South Amcr- lu
ica, and so I took a passage to Mel- m
bourne. I never thought the child tr
would Hvq; she pined and seemed ca
silly. There was a good woman on n(
board the vessel we sailed in who ri
took to my little darling. She had
lost her baby and her husband. She
was wonderful fond of Elsie. I called n;
her Elsie after a little sister of ray ta
own; I never knew what name she cr
had been christened. This good
woman is Mrs. Kellett.
"Well, the upshot was. that she
agreed to take charge of Elsie. I
paid well; and then I took to break- el
ing horse?, and saved?Lord, how I tb
saved! I left off drink. If I could co
only make tip to that child for all I w
liiid robbed her of!?and she began or
lo know ine. The day she first put di
her little arms round my neck, and al
stroked my face, end cried. It was "(
then I went over to California. It ni
was there 1 fell In with you. Glynn.
I seemed a penniless adventurer,
didn't 1? Aha, my boy'?I had nigh in
a thousand pounds'worth stitched into
my belt. I kept out a liltle just to Pc
throw away and keep up with the pc
others, but did you ever see o>o for- P?
get myself in diiDk?" P?
"J -vas always struck by your extreme
teajperance," returned Glynn.
"Ah! wej!, Ihoss Tver* fe^appy days," yO
sasagfc????^BBaggs?
sumed Lambert. "After that spurl
wen., back to Melbourne. Presently
rs. Kellett wanted to go home; her
other was a widower and wrote for
is sister to keep his house; so 1
ime with her and left my precious
lild there, where she throve like a
ly for near five years. I settled in
aris. I declare to God, I used to (
irget she wasn't my own child. 1
7hen she was, as I reckoned, about (
reive, 1 put her into the convent and (
sed to have her out on holidays. .
be never enjoyed them more than
did, and she grew fonder and fonder (
! me. Then I made a snug little
est for her, and took her home for
Dod. Then .1 met you, Glynn, and
dw I'm coming to the trouble. You
.'member Vincent. Well, when I first
et him in Paris, I was puzzled with
le notion that I had seen him be
ire, and I told him so. Then ne
Tinned and said that he was the boy
lat had witnessed rny duel with
eering. We agreed to bury the
ist. Then he proposed for Elsie,
3d I refused him; still he hung on,
id asked a second time; after that
e got spiteful. You know all about
lat time, Glynn! You were at the
avilliers' the evening I came in, and
iw Deering talking to my El9ie and
loking at her. By heaven, I underood
his looks! and if I had had my
nife in my belt, as in the old days,
e'd have looked his last. I thought
le sight of me would have frightled
him."
Lambert paused, and lay back in
is chair.
"Did he recognize you?" cried
ady Gethin, with breathless interest.
"Ay, that he did. Ke came the
ext day to call, and sat talking so
>ftly and elegantly to my blessed
lild. At last he begged for a priite
interview with me, said he had
miething of importance to say. I
as obliged to go to his hotel, there
as no use refusing. As soon as the
Dor was closed he asked me to come
p by his writing table. Then lookig
straight at me he exclaimed, 'You
ed to me. You did not strangle Gil?rt
Deering's infant! I recognized
le girl's likeness to her mother at
le first glance.'
" 'What's that to you?' said I.
'here's a crime the less on your
)nscience.'
"He laughed harshly. 'I confess
le was worth sparing; she is a
harming creature. You seem to
ive brought her up remarkably well,
ut I think you have done enougn. I
ropose to assume her guardianship
future.' I saw his infernal scheme,
id I burst out in a fury. I threatled
to expose him. 'Try,' he relied,
'and see what will become of It.
shall simply tell my story. I went
> Chile to find my cousin, who had
icceeded to the family estate of
enham. I had a considerable sum
! money with me for his use. A
asperate scoundrel sees us discusstg
business matters, and the money |
1 a table before us. He follows poor {
ilbert, murders and robs him; in- !
tes the ruffians of the place to fire
eering's house. In the scuffle Gil?rt's
little girl is supposed to be
urnt?years after I discover her in
aris. I denounce the murderer,
ive my young cousin, unveil the
ionster on whom she has lavished
2r filial affection?and "
" 'Lose your estates,' I interrupted.
rou didn't want to murder Gilbert
eering for nothing. How would my
ory tell against yours?'
" 'My good friend, not a soul would
slieve your word against mine.'
" 'You would need a witness or
vo,' said I.
" 'I might find one,' he said. I
lought of his strange intimacy with
incent. 'I'll give you a few days to
;fiect,' he went on. 'This is my
roposition. Hand over the girl to
iy custody. I'll give you two hunred
a year while you are above
-ound. Refuse, and I'll lodge inforation
against you in consequence of
ivelations made to me by your
lend Vincent. Now take your
loice. Of this I am resolved?to get
d of you.' He would not say an;her
word, and I left him, feeling
ore than half-mad with helpless
tge?ay! with terror. I am no |
>ward. I could face death as steady
as any man; but to leave my j
Isie at the mercy of such a villain? I
I could not face that. Then to
md her over to a wretch who would
?scroy her if he could; that idea
rove me wild. I appealed to Vin>nt.
Vincent coolly told me that I
id shot Deering in the back.
To be Continued.
rrmnn Literary Production in 1906.
Ar-mr^inc to a recent issue of Die
roche. the number of literary projctions
of Germany in 1906 were
> follows:
General bibliography, literary
orks, encyclopedias, collective
orks, publications of learned sociees,
universities' works, 409; theoljy,
1214; legal and political science,
J13; medical science, 1626; natural
ience, mathematics, 1233; philosoly,
theosophy, 307; education and
struction (juvenile publications),
558; science of language and literate.
1365; history, 9S1; geography,
aps, 135S; military science, 620
ade, manufactories, intercommuni-'
ition, 1435; architecture and engi;ering,
720; domestic economy, agculture,
forestry, 816; polite literaire
(plays, popular tales, etc.), 2,11;
art, 733; directories and anlals,
604; miscellaneous, 582. To.),
23,715. The total shows a deease
of twenty-four over 1905.?
tiiladelpliia Record.
' Only Two in Office.
A man in a certain township was
ected constable. The members of
>e family were much elated and
iuld scarcely contain themselves
ith their newly acquired civic hons.
At last one of the smaller cliII en
said to the wife: "Ma, are wo
1 constables?" The mother replied,
Jwan, child; nobody's constable but
e and your pa!"?Atchison Globe.
Norwegian butter is rapidly' grow
O 1U puijujai lavui, III
agland. In 1905 the amount exirteH
from Stavangar was 600,000
iunds, an increase of nearly 200,000
iunds over 1906, and 325,000 i
iunds over 1903. '<
ft
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There are no apples <ln China be- 1
n<3 the small crab apples. (
% Household f
I Matters, f
Maple Frosting.
Cook one pint of maple syrup an<
one-fourth a cup (two ounces) o
butter to 24 8Q on the syrup gauf
or unui a inue win lorrn a pieit
consistent "soft ball," tested in col
water. Just before the syrup an
butter are cooked enough add thre
or four tablespooufuls of boilin
water to half a pound of marshma!
lows, and set them over hot watei
When the marshmallows are parti
melted, beat them into the syrup mij
ture, and continue beating until th
whole is smooth and cool enough t
remain upon the cake. This wi
make a thick icing for a large she*
of cake. It will be found soft an
creamy, and will cut without cract
ing.?Boston Cooking School Mag?
zine.
Outing Lunches.
For the outing lunch cheese sane
wiches are very appetizing and easil
made. Grate the cheese fine and ru
it to a paste with melted butter, ses
soned as liked with salt and peppe
and spread on the slices of bread. .
lettuce leaf between the slices (
bread makes a nice addition to th
filling. Brown brea-J, cut in ver
thin slices, make delicious sandwich<
when filled with any filling suitab!
for white breads.
Meats chopped fine and used fc
filling sandwiches are much mor
convenient than put up in slices c
"chunks," and chicken, boned an
pressed, then sliced, makes muc
more dainty handling for the coi
sumer.
Old-Fashioned Indian Pudding.
Scald a quart of milk. Beat
scant cupful of cornmeal with a cu
of molasses and a teaspoonful of sa
and stir into the boiling milk. Let
cook ten or fifteen minutes, then si
aside to cool. Add half a pint of col
milk, a heaping teaspoonful of bu
ter, a little allspice or clove and cii
namon and two well beaten egg
Pour this mixture into a well bu
tered baking dish and cook in
steady oven three or four hours?tl
longer the better. "When the puddle
has baked nearly an hour pour ov<
it half a pint of cold milk, whic
must not be stirred, but allowed 1
soak in gradually.
The pudding requires in all thn
pints of milk, and should be allowe
to stand nearly half an hour after
is taken from the oven before it
served. In baking, if it should h
come too brown, cover with a pan <
thick plate.?Religious Telescope.
Oysters and Macaroni.
if you have never served oystei
and macaroni do try this recipe ju
as soon as an opportunity affords i
self. It is such a tempting hot dis
to serve with cold sliced meat, or
may be well introduced into any sin
pie home luncheon or supper. It
an excellent way to make use of
pint of oysters if one has not a larg<
supply on hand. If people were moi
careful in cleaning oysters thei
would be less discomfort in eatir
dishes made from them. Put oystei
in a strainer placed over a bow
Pour cold water over oysters, alio?
ing one-nan cupiui 10 ea.1.11 quart ?
oysters. Carefully pick over oyster
taking each one separately in ti
fingers, to remove any particles <
the shell which adhere to the toug
muscle. Cook three-fourths of a cui
ful of macaroni, broken in one-inc
pieces, in salted boiling water unt
coft; drain and rinse with cold wate
Put a layer in the. bottom of a bu
tered baking dish, cover with oyster
sprinkle with salt and pepper, dredi
with flour and dot over with two ac
one-half tablespoonful3 of butter; ri
peat, and cover with one-half cupfi
of buttered cracker crumbs. Bat
twenty minutes in hot oven.?Won
an's Home Companion.
IttlNTS FOR, THE
(Housekeeper^
Hot water,"and it must be hot ii
stead of lukewarm, sipped quickl
will banish nausea.
uvereaung, overneaieci ana insun
ciently ventilated rooms and lack <
exercise in the open air is very pri
ductive of colds.
A cup of hot water sipped befoi
breakfast will soon make you fe<
like wanting your breakfast, if yc
have no appetite.
If corks are too large for the mout
of the bottle soak In boiling water
short time and they will soften ?
they can be pressed into the bottle.
After using a scrubbing brush i
water it should be laid back dowi
otherwise the wood will soon crac
and rot from the water standing in i
Do not wash linoleum or oilcloth i
hot soapsuds. Wash them in tepi
water and wipe with a cloth dam]
cued in equal parts of cold milk an
water.
If the layer cake burns on the bo
.om, try setting the plate which coi
tains the dcugh mixture in anothe
!;iate exactly the same size; this wi
make it cook evenly.
Jf you have a dull headache froi
indigestion, refrain from eating on
meal at least, and take a teaspoonfi
t' table salt and drink water copiou:
cither hot or cold, but preferabl
ii is said turpentine will clean ta
leather boots. Pour a few drops c
ihe turpentine on a woolen cloth an
nib the boots with it. Also, that bi
/.ana peel will clean them as well z
regular dressing.
Baked milk is a drink often re(
>mmended for invalids. Put the mil
.nto a stone jar. Closely cover i
Let it bake several hours, when :
should be thick and of a creamy cor
sistency. The flavor is uDique, au
reminds one somewhat of Devonshir
2ream. Jt may be served with frui
n merely alone as a cuetard dessert
' THE WARFARE AGAINST DRINK 1
TEMFERANCE BATTLE GAT ITERS
STRENGTH EVERY DAY.
One of the Marvels of the Age is Ex
d pressed in the Phrase, "Kentuckj
' is Going Dry"?The State Maj
'' Become Prohibition.
y
d "Whisky, whisky, all around; buf
^ not one drop to drink!" The words
of the Ancient Mariner, thus paraphrased,
are appropriate to-day ir
8 100 of the 119 counties of Kentucky,
I- CTi ,J.
1 otrauge its it wajr occrn tu a jjuuh.
r. educated in its notions of the Blue
y Grasg State by the jesters of the
c- comic press Kentucky, the home oi i
e fine whisky, is in imminent oanger ol
0 becoming a prohibition State.
? At the present time, d::pite hej
253 distilleries, turning out thousaflds
of barrels of the fluid (o fill the
" "cup that cheers," Kentucky has but
four counties sufficiently irrigated tc
i- be classed as really "wet" counties
Prohibition leaders say that Appellate
Court decision in pending casea
will make entirely dry the four oi
the counties now classed as partially
, wet.
" Even in the nineteen where liquoi
^ Is sold it is in most cases in but one
b or two precincts. Anomalous though
it may seem, Bourbon, the county
r, from which one variety takes its
A name, has but one place?Paris?
)f within its limits where whisky may
,e be purchased.
The four counties which are large10
ly wet are Jefferson, Kenton, Camp- |
bell and Meade. All, with the exle
ception of Meade, are still wet because
they contain large cities. Jef>r
ferson has Louisville, Kenton haa
e Covington and Campbell has New>i
port. The latter two are directly
c] across from Cincinnati, with its Ger,jj
man beer drinking population, and
j, possibly, it sets the example.
While the anti-saloon forces have
been making a steady fight for ovei
thirty years, it is within recent years
only that rapid progress has been
made. The passage of the County
a i Unit law by the Legislature last win|
ter put the most formidable weapon
]( in tneir nanas. vvun tnis mey nave
it been able to carry county after county.
Their efforts have to this time
been confined to counties having no
ld large cities because of a compromise
t- amendment of the law excepting from
a- its provisions all counties containing
s. cities of the first, second and third
t. classes.
a The prohibition leaders already
have given notice that at the next
session of the Legislature, next win18
ter, they will seek the amendment
5r of the law, so as to cover all coun:h
ties. They will then invade some of
Lo the counties containing larger cities,
among them Fayette in which is Lex;e
ington.
^ Though they have given this city
litHe attention, the Prohibitionists
call attention to the fact that there
s are even two dry precincts in Louise"
ville itself.
>r The sweeping change which has
come over Kentucky on the liquor
question first came home to most o?
the people during the recent Democratic
Senatorial primary. Both
Beckham and McCreary made their
rs fights on the Prohibition platform,
st The move was a shrewd one, it
t. proved, for the vote of the country
districts in the State Is overwhelming,
.. compared with the city vote, which
might be expected to be against prohibition.
Js The campaign was a novelty for
a Kentucky, where, according to tra;r
dition. candidates in the olden days
*q were in the habit of knocking in the
e heads of barrels of whisky and allg
lowing voters to help themselves with
tin cups.
With 100 of the 119 counties in the
State dry, and 253 distilleries turnIng
out their endless stream of
}f whisky, the question naturally occurs
s, where all this product Is going. Kenie
tucky is rapidly putting herself in a
jf queer position. She is forbidding her
own ^ons to drink that which she is
manufacturing for the rest of the
world.?St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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jl* Who Wr.nts the Liquor Saloon?
tl Who wants the saloon legalized in
our communities? Who wants the
r' liquor traffic to become a factor in all
our State, county and municipal affairs?
Who wants the rumsellers to
e- set themselves up as bosses in ward,
ul town, city and State management?
;e Who wants the degrading inliuence
a. of saloons to offset the influence of
our churches and schools? It is easier
to tell who does not want it. No
good citizen wants it. No man with
3 a family of growing boys wants it.
No one with the good of the community
at heart wants it. No man
with a business which the profits of
the saloon would interfere with wants
It. No man who loves his fellowmen
3 wants it. No one who hopes for the
5. welfare and happiness of the rising
a- generation wants it.
yf Even the man who has an appetite
for strong drink and who realizes the
harm it is doing him and his family
would be pleased to have no temptation
put in his way. It is simply a
o- question of greed rather than of appetite.
The rumseller is the real
?e party who wants the saloon, and he
. wants it solely for the money it will
bring him. Shall he have it??Chris,u
tiai^ Work and Evangelist.
h Abominable Liquor Dives,
a A good deal has been said of the
;o horrible passion inflaming pictures
of nude white women and nude NeI
gro men found in the abominable liq1
uor dives of Atlanta, Ga. The indiga?
nation of the community has been
justly aroused to know that these
t. things have been going on in the
n Negro dives of Atlanta and of -jther
cities.
Pd
Temperance Notes.
Chaos reigns among the liquor in
t. terests of Georgia to-day.
i- In Mississippi only a dozen places
?r now sell liquor. Meridian, with a
i] population of 25,000, boasts an empty
jail. Jackson, the capital, has long
had prohibition.
;n Dalla?, Texas, wants the National
ie Prohibition convention in 1908. An
'1 invitation, backed by the Commercial
s- Club and busiuess interests of the
y city, will be forwarded to the Prohibition
National Committee.
n The new residence district option
jj bill passed by the Wisconsin Legisla,
ture provides that there can be but
one saloon license granted hereafter
l" Xor every 250 of the population.
LS Oklahoma has joined hands with
the Southern aud Southwestern States
> Luw trying to limit or abolish the
k liquor traflic as a breeder of disorder
t. and a clog on Industrial progress,
it For twenty years Mississippi has
i- | had a local option law. On petition
j of one-third of the electors of a coune
ty, the Eoard of Supervisors must
t order an election, whether any liquor
ur aiuuuuiu; Jiquuis tuaji ue &vju ur
v given a>vaY therein
sf
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
INTERNATIONAL LESSON COMMENTS
FOR DEC. 15 BY THE
REV. I. W. HENDERSON.
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Subject: The Roy Samuel, I. Sam. 8:
1-21?Golden Text, I. Sam. 3:0
?Memory Verses, 8-10?Read I.
Samuel 1-4.
The prophet Samuel, 6ays Rev. W.
G. Blaikie, D. D., in his commentary
on Samuel, like the the book which
bears his name, comes in as a connecting
link between the Judges and
the Kings of Israel. He belonged tc
a transition period. It was appointed
to him to pilot the nation betweec
two stages of its history: from a republic
to a monarchy; from a condl
tion of somewhat casual and indefi
nite arrangements to one of mor<
systematic and orderly government
The great object of his life was tc
secure that this change should be
made in the way most beneficial foi
the nation, and especially most bene
ficial for its spiritual interest?. Can
must be taken that while becomins
like the nations in having a king
Israel shall not become like them ii
religion, but shall continue to stant
out in hearty and unswerving alle
giance to the law and covenant o
their father's God.
Samuel was the last of the judges
and in a sense the first of th<
prophets. The last of the judges
but not a military judge; not rulinj
like Samson by physical strength
but by high spiritual ties and prayer
not so much wrestling against fiesl
and blood as against principalitie
and powers, and the rulers of th<
darkness of this world, and spiritua
wickedness in high places. In thi
respect his function as judge blend
ed with his work as a prophet. Be
fore him, the prophetic office was bu
a fcasual illumination; under him i
becomes a more steady and syste
matic light. He was the first of i
succession of prophets to whom Goi
placed side by side with the king
and priests of Israel to supply tha
fresh moral and spiritual force whicl
tho nrpvailinc wnrldliness of the on
and formalism of the oth?r renderei
so necessary for the great ends fo
which Israel was chosen. With som
fine exceptions, the kings and priest
would have allowed the seed of Abra
ham to drift away from the nobl
purpose for which God had calle<
them; conformity to the world i:
spirit if not in form was the pre
vailing tendency; the prophets wer
raised up to hold the nation firml
to the covenant, to vindicate th
claims of its heavenly King, to thur
der judgments against idolatry an
all rebellion, and pour words of com
fort into the hearts of all who wer
faithful to their God, and who looke
for redemption in Israel. Of thi
order of God's servants Samuel wa
the first. And called as he was t
this office at a transition period, th
importance of it was all the greatei
The first thing that engages ou
special attention in this chapter i
the singular way in which Samu?
was called to receive God's messag
in the temple.
The word of God was rare In thos
days; there was no open vision, o
rather no vision that came abroat
that was promulgated to the natio
as the expression of God's will. Froi
the tone in which this is referred t(
it was evidently looked on as a wan
as placing the nation in a less d<
sirable position than in days whe
God was constantly communicatin
His will. Now, however, God is t
come into closer contact with th
people, and for this purpose He i
to employ a new instrument as th
medium of His messages. For Go
is never at a loss for suitable instrv
ments?they are always ready whe
peculiar work has to be done. I
the selection of the boy Samuel a
His prophet there is something pair
ful, but likewise something very ii
teresting. It is painful to find th
old high priest passed over, his ver
erable years and. venerable offic
would naturally have pointed to him
but in spite of many good qualities
in one point he la grossly unfaithfu
and the very purpose of the visio
now to be made is to declare the oui
come of his faithlessness. But it i
interesting to find that already th
child of Hannah is marked out fo
this distinguished service. Even i
his case there is opportunity for ver
fying the rule, "Them that hone
Me I will honor." His entire devc
tion to God's service, so beautiful i
one of such tender years, is the sig
of a character well adapted to becom
the medium of God's habitual con
munications with His people. Youn
though he is, his very youth in on
sense will prove aa advantage. ]
will show that what he speaks Is nc
the mere fruit of his own thinkinf
but is the message of God. It wi
show that the spiritual power tha
goes forth with his words Is nc
his own native force, but the fore
of the Holy Spirit dwelling in hin
It will thus be made apparent to a
that God has not forsaken His pec
pie, corrupt and lamentably wicke
: though the ycung priests are.
We cannot but remark what a dar
gerous position, in a mere huma
point of view, Samuel occupied. Th
danger was that which a young ma
encounters when suddenly or earl
raised to the possession of high epir:
tual power. Samuel, though littl
more than a boy, was virtually th
chief man in Israel. Set so high, hi
natural danger was great. But Goc
1 V, 4- V> Arn 1
wnu jjirtteu uiiu uicic, uu^>vu..u^v. .
him the spirit of humble dependent
After all he was but God's servant
Humble obedience was still his dut}
And in this higher sphere his caree
was but a continuation of what hai
been described when it was said
"The child Samuel ministered to th
Lord in Shiloh.''
An Ancient Sepulchre Found.
A curious sepulchre containing th
bodies of many children has been dis
covered near the Pyramid of the Su
at San Juan Tesi Huacan, Mexico
The sepulchre was covered by a hug
tombstone, on which is carved th
face of a woman, surrounded by man
hieroglyphs. The body of one of th
children was well preserved. This
with the tombstone, will soon be tak
en to the National Museum.
$11,200,000 to Reclaim Zuyder Zee
The Government has presented t<
the Dutch Parliament a bill for th<
reclamation of a portion of the Zuy
der See at a cost of $11,200,000. Th<
work will occupy seven years anil wil
yield about 4 0,000 acres of fortih
land.
Sahara May Not Be Irrigated.
Proposed schemes to irrigate th<
Desert of Sahara are said to be im
practicable because of the great deptl
of the overlaying deposit of sand.
Anstralia Has Most Churches.
Australia has more places of public
worship in proportion to populatior
than any other country.
>
M k^t-UAKit/4 fvtft* f?Urt ft.
1 ti^ucicu Jw" ?"c |
j QgDETHoUI^I i i
SOUL'S PARADISE. *
\ ..
All zones I searcted?in pain?in glee?
In Paradise, street Paradise.
Its stately towers I ne'er could see:
Faint Paradise, far Paradise.
I Still on I toiled courageously, _
Toward Paradise, dear Paradise.
I As I approached, its walls would flee:
Sad Paradise, fool Paradise.
i '
I X ceased my quest! It then found me! *
i Close Paradise, self-Paradise!
Now hourly, where I go or be
Is Paradise, soul's Paradise. ?
?James H. West, in the Christian Reg
, ister.
j The Bright Side of Things.
5 A merry heart Is a good medicine,
r Proverbs, 17:22.
A noted lawyer when asked the
; secret of his success, replied: "I al>
ways tried to make people believe I
was In deadly earnest. I would look
i and act as though the other side had
I not the slightest chance to controvert
my arguments. In a word, I did my,,
t best to create an atmosphere that ~
would be the means of helping , me
, win my suit."
3 This answer has a profound truth
, in it. It was the deliberate action
I of a man of the world to bring about
, tne success or nis own ena8. jt wm ^
; the result of an entirely selfish mo- I
1 tive to effect one's own aggrandize- I
s ment. j
e And yet the explanation can touch j
I us who acknowledge the supremacy
s of Christ very deeply; for truly the
children of this world are in their
- generation wiser than the children of
t lirht. The successful lawyer always
t tried to create an atmosphere in
- c i der to make an impression for pures
ly selfish ends; the Christian, the fol3
lower of the faster, ought also to
e strive to create an atmosphere by
t carrying the spirit of the Lord Jesus
Christ around with him, to upbuild '-j
e the kingdom of God among men and
II advance the cause of his Saviour
1 among the nations of the earth.
A simple, buoyant, merry, trustful
3 disposition will do more good in the
* world than tons of sermons, wagon?
loads of supercilious criticisms, car- 4
a loads of biting and sarcastic comD
ments. No one but God knows how
'* far the influence of one personality
e reaches in this world. We shall never
y realize until the day of judgment how
e much we have damned or blessed our
j! fellow men. Therefore, it is of vast
d Importance that we carry around with
l' us an atmosphere of health, not dis?
ease; of light, not darkness; of life,
g not death.
How can men and women secure a
* merry heart, a cheerful disposition, a
sun illumined soul? Well, to begin
f wich, we must have faith in God.
" This lies at the root of all our thlnkQ
Ing. We cannot face life bravely and
,, unshrinkingly without belief in Prov'
Idence. "To see life steadily and to
see it whole" we must have some
conception of a power outside our
selves, vhat guards us, guides us and
'T protects us. ~Y
l> If we have faith in God, a strong
D conviction that there is a heavenly
a Father who knows and cares for His
children, then the next ingredient
[l for a merry heart is to work?to lose
one's self in some enterprise, to labor
D 2arly and late for the accomplishg
ment of some great end, to be a crea0
tor in a small way and thus be like
e God, who made the universe.
3 What will be the gain of a merry
f heart? The Bible says it will be-a^
u -- ?j -.AJIaUA TUaf <o frt DOV if will
gUUU U1CU1UUC. ilitti. to I.V LJU.J , .. .....
l' enable a man to look on the bright
? side of things, and surely this will be
" of the very highest benefit. We have
' been placed here by a great Being to
do a certain special work?a work
g that can be done by no one else bat
by us to whom it has been intrusted.
~ Therefore, anything and everything 1
. that will ascist a Christian in his life
work is a gain and an advantage; and
j' most truly a merry heart is a good
' medicine, a brave determination to
l look on the bright side of things will
' make a man a blessing, not a curse to
e his fellow men.?Rev. George Downing
Sparks, Rector of Christ Church,
n West Islip, in the New York Herald.
i
,r Pitiableness of Self-Pity.
)- Desert life has its dangers as well "
n as its blessings. To one man, dlsapn
pointment and affliction bring onl}^ I
e smallness of soul. He spends hi^^^
i- time, when hs cannot get some pajjM
g tient person to listen to him, in quiet*--'
e ly pitying himself. His own pain is
[t given such big piace that he forgets
>t j his brother's fight. God pity the man
j, ! who pities himself! He'loses the lesil
| sons that life should teach, and helps
it ' make those about him miserable. .
>t j Rather should we have the spirit of
a | tne liens giri wuo guj. dbycisi scicm
i. falls while learning to ride the bicj-II
[ cle. When the gallant of twelve, who
>- was teaching her, expressed synid
j pathy, she replied with a smile, "You
i must just take little knocks like
i- that." Let us pity ourselves only for
n I our lack of courage to
e "Welcome each rebuff
n That turns earth'.s smoothness rough."
,y ?Sunday-school Times.
e %
e A Cause of Waste.
s Think of the millions of horseI,
power of energy that has been going
n to waste these centuries when man
i. did not know how to put on the elect.
trie harness. And think of the in\
comparably greater amount of energy
r that is still going to waste because
d men have not learned to wear thv?
1, harness of the will of God instead of
e rushing down the precipice of selfwill.?Brethren
Fvangelist.
An Evening Thought,
e Certainly, in our own little sphere
' it is not the most active people tc
D whom we owe the most. Among the
' common people whom we know it is
e not necessarily those who are busiest
e not those who, meteor-like, are ever
y on the rush after some visible charge
e and work. It is the lives like the
l; stars, which simply pour down on us
the calm light of their bright and
faithful being, up to which we look
and out of which we gather the deep.
est calm and courage. ? Phillips
5 Brooks.
Gold Leaf as Covering. ' '
a Richard Swanger, of Baltimore,
1 who was unconscious for eleven days
> from a depressed fracture of the
6kull, caused by a tree falling upon
him, is recovering from a remarkable
surgical operation as a resultof which
t he \vill*carry a quantity of gold leaf
in his head. The surgeons at Mary'
land University Hospital found a part
of the brain covering and a part of
the brain itself adhered to the dura
mater. The brain covering and the
gray matter were separr^d and the
; gold leaf was placed between the ^
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