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ESTABLISHED 1855. YORKV1LLE, S. C. TIJESD-A.Y, AlTGilJSTM), 1910. NO. 63. *** ***** a ***** a ***** i I When a M < I By MARY ? ROBERTS RINEHART I ^ Copyright 1909? J V *<5>3??4? CHAPTER XXI. A Bar of Soap. Late that evening Betty Mercer and Dallas were writing verses of condolence to he signed by all of us and put under the door into Jim's room when Bella came running down the stairs. Dal was reading tin- first verse when she came. "Listen to this, Bella," he said triumphantly: "There was a fat artist named Jas, Who cruelly caied his friends nas. When, altho' shut up tight. He broke out over night. With a rash that is maddening, he elas." Then he caught sight of Bella's face as she stood in the doorway, and stopped. "Jim is delirious!" she announced tragically. You shut him in there all alone and now he's delirious. I'll never forgive any of you." "Delirious!" everybody exclaimed. "He was sane enough when I took him his chicken broth,' Mr. Harbison said. "He was almost fluent." "He is stark, staring t razy," Bella insisted hysterically. "I?I locked the door carefully when I went down to my dinner, and when I came up it?it was unlocked, and Jim was babbling ?".,i with a sheet over his face. He?he says the house is haunted and he wants all the men to come up and sit In the room with him." "Not on your life." Max said. "I am young, and my career has only begun. I don't intend to be cut off in the flower of my youth. Hut I'll tell you what I will do; I'll take him a drink. I can tie it to a pole or something." But Mr. Harbison did not smile. He was thoughtful for a minute. Then: "I don't believe he is delirious," he said quietly, "and I wouldn't be surprised if he has happened on something that?will be of general interest. I think I will stay with him tonight." After that, of course, none of the others would confess that he was afraid, so with the South American leading, they all went up-stairs. The women of the party sat on the lower steps and listened, but everything was quiet. Now and then we could hear the sound of voices, and after a while there was a rapid slumming of doors and the sound of some one running down to the second floor. Then quiet again. None of us felt talkative. Bella had followed the men up and had been put out, and sat sniffling by herself in the den. Aunt Selina was working over a jig-saw puzzle in the library, and declaring that some of it must be lost. Anne and Leila Mercer were embroidering. and Betty and I sat idle, our hands in our laps. The whole atmosphere of the house was mysterious. Anne told over again of the strange noises the night her necklace was stolen. Betty asked me about the time when the comfort slipped from under my fingers. And when, in the midst of the story, the telephone rang, we all jumped and shrieked. In an hour or so they sent for Klannigau, and he went up-stairs. He came down again soon, however, and returned with something over his arm that looked like a rope. It seemed to lie made ol all Kiiuis <>i mings lieu u>fjether, trunk straps, clothes line, bed Congressional Cor Tui Photo by American Press Associutk KEPUESENTATIVE JAM With the control of congress as tl battle of ballots this fall in the vur ley of Illinois is to lead the forces of congressional committee. Both of th days, and branch posts will be establ sional committees are similar to the rather than to a nation wide tight, as k ***** ***** A ***** A *** an Marries ! __________ | Author of % r" The Circular Stc'rcate'' ^ w .. 8 "The Man In Lower Ten ' ff The Bobbs-MerriU Co. ***** T ***** T ***** +** sheets, and something that Flannigan pointed to with rage and said he hadn't been aide to keep his clothes on all day. He refused to explain further, however, and trailed the nondescript article up the stairs. We could only gaze after him and wonder what it all meant. The conclave lasted far into the night. The feminine contingent went to bed, hut not to sleep. Some time after midnight. Mr. Harbison and Max went down stairs and I could hear them rattling around testing windows and burglar alarms. Hut finally every orje settled down and the rest of the night was quiet. Betty Mercer came into my room 'he next morning, Sunday, and said Anne Brown wanted me. I went over at once, and Anne was sitting up in bed, crying. Dal had slipped out of the room at daylight, she said, and hadn't come back. He had thought she was asleep, but she wasn't, and she K tew he was dead, for nothing ever made Dale get up on Sunday before noon. There was no one moving in the i house, and I hardly knew what to do. It was Betty who said she would go up i and rouse Mr. Harbison and Max. who had taken Jim's place in the studio, i She started out bravely enough, but in a minute we heard her flying back. Anne grew perfectly white. "He's lying on the upper stars'" Retty cried, and we all ran out. It was quite true. Dal was lying on the stairs in a bath-robe, with one of Jim's i Indian war-clubs in his hand. AnJ he was sound asleep. He looked somewhat embarrassed when he roused and saw us standing around. He said he was going to play a practical joke on somebody and fell i asleep in the middle of it. And Anne ! said he wasn't even an intelligent liar, j and went hack to bed in a temper, i But Betty came in with me, and we i sat and looked at each other and didn't say much. The situation was beyond i us. The doctor let Jim out the next day, i there having been nothing the matter 1 with him but a stomach rash. But Jim was changed: he mooned around Bella, of course, as before, but he < was abstracted at times, and all that day?Sunday?he wandered off by i himself, and one would come across him unexpectedly in the basement or along some of the unused back halls. Aunt Selina held service that morning. Jim said that he always had a ; prayer-book, but that lie couldn't find : anything with so many people in the house. So Aunt Selina read some re- i ligious poetry out of the newspapers, and gave us a valuable talk on Decep- < tion versus Honesty, with me as the illustration. I Almost everybody took a nap after luncheon. I stayed in the den and read Ibsen, and felt very mournful, i ' And after Hedda had shot herself, I lay down on the divan and cried a lit- ; tie?over Hedda; she was young and it was such a tragic ending?and then ' I fell asleep. i When I wakened Mr. Harbison was < standing by the table, and he held my book in his hands. In view of the < armed neutrality between us, I ex Ito see him how to me curtly, turn on his heel ami leave the room. nmitteemen Prepare I of War For Seats jj-?^ -A ' v v < - - *+ <- '''> f; '* 4 J '<?*' ' . ..?= . . O ></ V v >u. ES T. LLUV1? KEritESEXTA leir prize, the leaders of the two great i>ai ious states where elections are to he held, the <J O. I*., and James T. Lloyd of Mis e leaders will open headquarters in the A ished In the states where contests are con: Rational committees, except that their elT Is the case when a presidential campaign Indeed, considering his state of mind the night before, I should hardly have been surprised if he had thrown Hedda at my head. (This is not a pun. I detest them.) Hut instead, when he heard me move he glanced over at me and even smiled a little. "She wasn't worth it," he said, indicating the book. "Worth what?" "Your tears. You were crvlng oveiit, weren't you?" "She was very unhappy," I asserted indifferently. "She was married and she loved some one else." "Do you really think she did?" he asked. "And even so, was that a reason?" "The other man cared for her; he may not have been able to help it." "Hut he knew that she was married," he said virtuously, and then he caught my eye and he saw (he analogy instantly, for he colored hotly and put down the hook. "Most men argue that way," I said. "They argue by the book, and?they do as they like." He picked up a Japanese ivory paper weight from the table, and stood balancing it across his linger. "You are perfectly right," he said at last. "I deserve it all. My grievance is at myself. Your?your beauty, and the fact that I thought you were unhappy, put me?beside myself. It is not an excuse; it is a weak explanation. I will not forget myself again." He was as abject as any one could have wished. It was my minute of triumph, but I can not pretend that I was happy. Evidently it had been only a passing impulse. If he had really cared, now that he knew I was free, he would have forgotten himself again at once. Then a new explanation occurred to me. Suppose it had been Bella all the time, and the real shock had been to find that she had been married ! "The fault of the situation was really mine." I said magnanimously; "I fpiite blame myself. Only, you must believe one thing. You never furnished us any amusement." I looked at him sidewise. The discovery that n-iio onri Tim were once married must have been a great shock. "It was a surprise," he replied evenly. His voice and his eyes were inscrutable. He returned my glance steadily. It was infuriating to have gone half-way to meet him. as I had. and then to find him intrenched in his self-sufficiency .again. I got up. "It is unfortunate that our acquaintance has begun so unfavorably," I remarked, preparing to pass him. "Under other circumstances we might have been friends." "There is only one solace," he said "When we do not have friends, we can not lose them." He opened* the door to let me pass out, and as our eyes met. all the coldness died out of his. He held out his hand, but I was hurt. I refused to see if"Kit!" he said unsteadily. "I?I'm an obstinate, pig-headed brute. I am sorry. Can't we be friends, after all?" "'When we do not have friends we can not lose them."' I replied with cool malice. And the next instant the door closed behind me. It was that night that the really serious event of the quarantine occurred. We were gathered in the library, and everybody was deadly dull. Aunt Selina said she had been reared to a strict observance of the Sabbath, and she refused to go to bed early. The cards and card-tables were put away and every one sat around and quarreled and was generally nasty, except Bella and Jim, who had gone into the den just after dinner and firmly closed the door. I think it was just after Max proposed to me. Yes, he proposed to me For In Both Houses. \^|^SWBBBp^y^pr J , " '* z , ' ' ' ' <v '? ' ,:#f; - , - - "' ; * *,' - TIVE W1LMAM B. A1K1NLEY. rties are carefully preparing for Il?o Representative William It. MeKinsnuri is chairman of the Democratic uditorium hotel in Chicago in a few sidered serious. The national cougresorts are confined lo the several stutes is to be made. again that night. He said that Jim's illness had decided him; that any of us might take sick and die, shut in that contaminated atmosphere, and that if he did he wanted It all settled. And whether I took him or not he wanted me to re mem her him kindly if anything happened. I really hated to refuse him?he was in such deadly earnest. But it was quite unnecessary for him to have blamed his refusal, as he did, on Mr. Harbison. I am sure I had refused him plenty of times before 1 had ever heard of the man. Yes, it was just after he proposed to me that Flannigan came to the door and called Mr. Harbison out Into the hall. Flannigan?like most of the people in the house?always went to Mr. Harbison when there was anything to be aone. He openiy auorea nun, anu? what was more?he did what Mr. Harbison ordered without a word, while the rest of us had to pet down on our knees and hep. Mr. Harbison went out, muttering somethinp about a storm coming up. and seeing that the tent was secure. Betty Mercer went with him. She had been at his heels all evening, and called him "Tom" on every possible occasion. Indeed, she made no secret of it: she said that she was mad about him, and that she would love to live in South America, and have an Indian squaw for a lady's-maid, and sit out on the veranda in the evenings and watch the Southern Cross shooting across the sky, and eat tropical food from the quaint Indian pottery. She was not even daunted when Dal told her the Southern Cross did not shoot, and that the food was probably canned corn on tin dishes. So Betty went with him. She wore a pale yellow dinner gown, with just a sophisticated touch of black here and there, and cut modestly square in the neck. Her shoulders are scrawny. And after they were pone?not her shoulders; Mr. Harbison and she? Aunt Selina announced that the next day was Monday, that she had only a week's supply of clothing with her, and that :io policeman who ever swung a mace should wash her undergarments for her. She paused a moment, but nobody offered to do it. Anne was reading De Maupassant under cover of a table, and tbe rest pretended not to hear. After a pause, Aunt Selina got up heavily and went up stairs, coming down soon after with a bundle covered with a green shawl, and with a white balhriggan stocking trailing from an opening in it. She paused at the library door, surveyed the inmates, caught my unlucky eye and beckoned to me with a relentless forefinger. "We can put them to soak tonight," she confided to me, "and tomorrow they will he quite_ simple to do. There is no lace to speak of?Dal raised his eyebrows?"and very little flouncing." Aunt Selina and I went to the laundry. It never occurred to any one that Bella should have gone; she had stepped into all my privileges?such as they were?and assumed none of my obligations. Aunt Selina and I went to the laundry. It is strange what big things develop from little ones. In this case it was a bar of soap. And if Flannigan had used as much soap as he should have instead of washing up the kitchen floor with cold dish water, it would have developed sooner. The two most unexpected events of the whole quarantine occurred that night at the same time, one on the roof and one in the cellar. The cellar one, although curious, was not so serious as the other, so it comes first. Aunt Selina put her clothes in a tub in the laundry and proceeded to dress them like a vegetable. She threw >., ., 1, ? ,1 T. . 1 ..< ..nit oil and a little ammonia. The result was villainous, hut after she tasted it ?or snuffed it?she said it needed a har of soap cut up to give it strength ?or flavor?and I went into the storeroom for it. The laundry soap was in a box. I took in a silver fork, for I hated to touch the stuff, and jabbed a bar successfully in the semi-darkness. Then I carried it back to the laundry, .and dropped it on the table. Aunt Selina looked at the fork with disgust; then we both looked at the soap. One side of it was covered with round holes that curved around on each other like a coiled snake. I ran back to the store-room, and there, a little bit sticky and smelling terribly of rosin, lay Anne's pearl necklace! I was so excited that I seized Aunt Selina by the hands and danced her all over the place. Then 1 left her, trying to find her hair-pins on the floor, and ran up to tell the others. I met Betty in the hall, and waved the pearls at her. But she did not notice them. "Is Mr. Harbison down there?" she asked breathlessly. "I left him on the roof and went down to my room for my scarf, and when I went back he had disappeared. He?he doesn't seem to be in the house." She tried to lauerh. i mi t her voice was shaky. "He couldn't liavi- got down without passing mo, anyhow," she suppleinenteil. "I suppose I'm silly, hut so many queer things have happened, Kit." "I wouldn't worry. Hetty." I soothed her. "He is hi^ enough to take tare of himself. And with the hest intentions in the world, you can't have him all the time, you know." She was too much startled to he indignant. She followed me into the lihiary, where the sight id' the pearls produced a tremendous excitement, and then every one had to go down to the store-room, and see where the necklace had heen hidden, and Max examined all the liars of soap for thumh prints. Mr. Harbison did not appear. Max commented on the fact caustically, hut l>al hushed him up. And so, Anne hugging her pearls, and Aunt Selina having put a final seasoning of washing powder oil the clothes in tju* tub. we all went up-stairs to bed. It had been a long day. and the morning would at least bring bridge. I was almost ready for bed when Jim tapped at my door. I had been very cool to him since the night in the library when I was publicly staked and martyred, and he was almost cringing when I opened the door. "What is it now?" I asked cruelly. "Has Bella tired of it already, or has somebody else a rash?" "Don't he a shrew, Kit," he said. "I T don't want you to do anything. I only 1 ?when did you see Harbison last?" 'if you mean 'last,'" I retorted, "I'm afraid I haven't seen the last of him yet." Then I saw that he was really y>< worried. "Betty was leading him to * ' the roof," I added. "Why? Is he missing?" "He isn't anywhere in the house. Dal .and I have been over every inch W! of it." Max had come up, in a dressing-gown, and was watching me insolently. " "I think we have seen the last of him," he said. "I'm sorry. Kit, to nip the little romance in the bud. The fellow was crazy about you?there's no ..e i* r>..i T?..^ uwuiu ift it. nui i \ c urrn wniL iiiii^ him from the beginning, and I think I'm upheld. Whether he went down the water-spout, or across a board to the next house?" "I?I dislike him intensely," I said n' angrily, "but you would not dare to t*1 say that to his face. IP could m strangle you with one hand." s*'1 Max laughed disagreeably. d( "Well, I only hope he is gone," he wl threw at me over his shoulder, "I wouldn't want to be responsible to " your father if he had stayed. " I was speechless with wrath. They went away then, and I could hear them going over the house. At one o'clock Jim went up to bed, the last, and Mr. Harbison had not been found. I did not see how they could go to bed at all. If he had escaped, then Max was right and the whole thing was heart-breaking. And if he / had not, then he might be lying? I got up and dressed. The early part of the night had been I cloudy, but when I got to the roof it 1 was clear starlight. The wind blew through the electric wires strung H across and set them singing. The or- ] casionul Meat of a belated automobile on the drive below came up to me raucously. The tent gleamed, a starlit ghost of itself, and the boxwoods bent in the breeze. I went over to the parapet and leaned my elbows on it. I had done the same thing so often before; I had carried all my times of stress so infallibly to that particular place, that instinctively my feet turn- ^ ed there. mi And there in the starlight, I went over the whole serlo-comedy, and I loathed my part in it. He had been perfectly right to be angry with me and pj with all of us. And 1 have been a hy- ta pociite and a Pharisee, and had thank- su ed Clod that I was not as other people, ' when the fact was that I was worse a than the worst. And although it dt wasn't dignified to think of him going down the drain pipe, still?no one ar could blame him for wanting to get th away from us, and he was quite mus- to cular enough to do it. I was in the depths of self-abase- w ment when I heard a sound behind me. pr It was a long breath, quite audible, th that ended in a groan. I gripped the ? parapet and listened, while my heart pounded, and in a minute it came again. 1 was terribly frightened. Then?I don't know how I did it, but I was across the roof, kneeling beside the tent, where it stood against the chimney. And there, lying prone among the flower-pots, and almost entirely hidden, lay the man we had been looking for. His head was toward me, and I reached out shakinglv and touched his face. It was cold, and my hapd, when I drew it hack, was covered with blood. [To be Continued.] ^ MICROSCOPE IN KITCHEN. Recommended By Food Experts For Detecting Adulteration. The food experts of the department of agriculture recommend a powerful microscope as a necessary kitchen utensil for large establishments, says Popular Mechanics. The use of such an instrument in detecting adulteration in various common food products w requires some amount of knowledge, ' but this is readily gained with a little it experience. The characteristics of the t? different starch products, for instance, ^ under a microscope with a magnifying e, power ranging from r>0 to 4011 diame- <> ters are easily learned. "To the naked eye all these starches appear as a fine, white powder," says the bureau of p chemistry, "but under the microscope w grains or granules are seen which vary J1, more or less in shape, size, rings, etc. In the case of potato starch, for exampie, the grains are large, with smooth js outlines, while rice starch has small rt grains with angular outlines. Potato starch adulterated with cornstarch can j be easily detected, as the grains of the (.f latter have an angular form. In the tli case of spices, most of the substances a ol used for adulteration have a structure j1( very different from the genuine arti- jp cles. Although pepper adulterated r? with ground peas or beans may not always lie detected, even by means of the chemical test of the expert, espe- ai dally when olive pits or pepper shells " have been added to counteract the ex- jj cess of starch present in the peas, the |1( microscope will reveal such amtitera- w lion ill once by showing the presence of large starch grains characteristic <>f certain legumes. tr "The microscope is also a thoroughly efficient detector of adulteration of coffee and chocolate preparations. In n, the former, roasted chicory, cereals w and peas, and in the latter starchy material and cocoa shell are sometimes !. used. Coffee, being the seed of ii plant, ,,, has a structure whicli is very different T from chicory, which is it root. The cell walls of coffee have a beaded appear- fl( ance, which is present in but few nth- ri er seeds. Kven iifter roasting and c< grinding these beads can be easily distinguished. while chicory contains sap ,,| vessels which can be just as easily d< - tt tected. Artificial jellies, jams and 's some kinds of confections are often *j thickened with gelatine, starch, gum ji; tragacanth and gum arable. A thick- ol ener of cream often used is a subSi stance composed of corn starch and ;|| gum tragacanth. The corn starch, under the microscope, appears as the angular particles, while the streaky :! substances near the center of the Held u " f trill,1 " if art* swollen iiUKonut.-. ... .... i.t?' Jonah was the lirst man on reeord to acquire inside information. m Mrs. Dollarsworth (inspecting tl eminent artist's latest work)? "Charming. It suits the frame so j well."?Exchange. is HE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD hat It Stands For And Also What It Means. HERE MEANING OF LIFUS TAUGHT. eiations of the Church to God and Men?Where Members Learn Their Duty to God and Each Other?What the Church Will Do For Those Who Give It Their Loyal and Unselfish Support. The sermon in connection with the >dication of Flint Hill church last jnday was preached by Rev. E. S. eaves, a former pastor, now pastor the church at Honea Path. It is a nuphtful and able discourse, from a an who not only believes what he ..vs. but knows why. and a careful, 'liberate study of it, is well worth hile. The full text of the sermon folws: uSSfc '* ' MHk Rev. EDWARD S. REAVES, "These things write I unto thee * * * at thou mavest know how thou ighest to hehave thyself in the house God, which Is the church of the ring God, the pillar and ground ofi e truth."?I Timothy iii, 14-15. It is a happy occasion when a peoe have undertaken a great and noble sk and have carried it through to a iccessfui completion and then assemp themselves together properly to lebrate their success. Rut it is even greater day when a people have un rtaken to do a noble thing for God, build a house to his praise, and for s worship, and when after sacrifice id struggle they have assembled emselves together to give their work God. We have come together today such a service and for such a pur>se. This building was not erected ithout effort, sacrifice, tears and ayers. But the joy of this day is all e sweeter, because of what it cost WW* . : " . FLINT HILL Bfi The Flint Hill Baptist church, in t as completed more than two years a riate exercises on May, 24, 1UU.S. It w ause of the fact that at that time th uilding and it was considered best to r this debt had been liquidated. Th unday last was formally dedicated to eople liave a right to l>e proud of the usily the handsomest country church f about $12,000. During the lis years ion of the Flint Hill Baptist church, hurch, it has day twenty-two pastors, il more than 2,000 names. Several s membership, and with the new hat promises to lie a period of broad istory, although it has long exerted gious upbuilding. The present mem ? to build it. And I believe that God honored and pit-used, because it rep sents our best. There is no New estameut precedent for the dedicnon of a house of worship. The teme, when it was completed, was dediited, with solemn services. And in ie Christian churches, there lias been feeling that some formal services ight to make the completion of a use of worship. That feeling has rown into an established custom, in -spouse to which we are here today. In thinking about the services of the ay it has seemed to me right and propr that we should think of the church ml Ms mission, unu our rt-iauon o> o. I'heti Paul wrote this letter to Timoly, after giving him practical direcoii as to the management of affairs, f* said, "These things write I unto lee, that thou mayest know how thou ighest to hehave thyself in the house I' (Soil, which is the church of the livig Cod, tile pillar and ground of the nth." Now, Timothy was a preacher, lit Paul thought that lie was in need r instruction as to how he ought to 'have himself in the church. Is there il need that we shall consider how c ought to hehave ourselves in the uise of Cod? There is a persistent Tort in some ipiarters to underrate ie church ami to consider it as just' te of the human organizations, hole is a tendency on the part of lany church members to consider far >o lightly the claims of church niciniTship. In order that we may get ght conceptions of.the church let us msider: I. The Nature of the Church. In speaking of the church let me exlain that I do not use the term in a rritorial Imt in a local sense. Here a church. What kind of an organi11ion is it? Is it entitled to any spent consideration at our hands, or is it ist one of the ordinary organizations f the world? We can perhaps best t right conceptions of the church by 'eking to see it in its relations to Cod id to men. I. Its relations to Cod. Kvery church sustains vital relations > Cod, and out of that relation to Cod iero are binding relations to men. annv the church which appreciates s relations to its (Sod and hutnldy and mostly seeks to till its mission un r him. The text speaks of the church i the house of the living Hod. Be it inh rstood that this does not refer to ie building, but to the congregation hich worships in the building. Now, this church is the house of the livig God, what are the relations exting between it and Him? (1) There is a charter relationship. Jesus Christ is t *? founder. Lord and head of the church. It is divine in its origin. It has no right to exist save by His authority. His word is its constitution and law. By all the considerations of honor, it is hound to yield obedience to Him. This relationship both differentiates the church from other organizations and defines its aiihore el' action. It is not lust one of the human organizations. It stands apart from and above all o*her organizations. Because of this, we who are its members are hound to give to it our highest allegiance. If then- is a question of precedence, I do not hesitate to say that the church has a right to the first place, and claims our highest allegiance. The charter relationship also defines its creed. Christ said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Our charter, given us by Him, determines for us what we shall believe and what our activities shall be. And if any church shall fail, either in doctrine or in deed, to recognize the New Testament as its only rule of faith and practice and shall depart from its teaching, it thereby forfeits its right to exist as a church. We need then, diligently to study the word and faithfully to follow its teachings. (2) There is an instrumental relationship. The church was brought into existence to carry out the will of Christ on earth. In the nature of the case, our Lord's ministry was confined to a very small part of the earth and to a very few of its inhabitants. And yet, that he intended the salvation which was procured by His death for all lands and for all peoples, no one can for a moment doubt who studies His parting directions to His followers. In His wisdom the church was brought into existence to be the conservator of His truth and the executor of His will. It is the divinely chosen instrument for saving the world. To His followers who formed the nucleus of the first church, He said, "Ye shall be wit lU'JWN ii111 < i lilt; imiiii ill jri u.iuiriii, anu in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Happy the church which understands its high mission, and faithfully seeks to fill it in the fear and in the love of its risen Lord. (3). There is a protective relationship. Christ said of his church that the j?ates ?f hell should never prevail against it. His promise to His disciples was that as they went to do His will, that He would he with them through all the days. And in the beatific vision which John saw, when he was exiled for preaching the word of God, and when the future looked exceedingly gloomy for Christianity with the ruling powers arrayed against it, there was a glorious one who walked among the candlesticks and tended them. And he was assured that the mystery of the golden candlesticks, with the glorious personage walking in their midst, was none other than the seven churches of Asia Minor and the Lord of glory moving among them. How the thought must have cheered the heart of the aged apostle! And then the letters which John was commissioned to hear to these churches showed most conclusively that our Lord has intimate knowledge of His churches and of their work. Here is a thought to stimulate and to encourage. When I put my life into the accomplishing of the task which Christ has assigned to His church, I am identifying myself with an enterprise which cannot fail, and if the church is obedient in doctrine and deed to its Lord, I come into the most intimate relationship with him and have the assurance S ^ <4&fcflH ffii|^~f Bp| yylBj 9h^?BH nra PTIST CHURCH. he upper edge of Fort Mill township, go, and formally opened with approas not dedicated on that occasion, be re was a considerable debt upon the dedicate the church building onfy afis has been done and the church on the service of God. The Flint Hill handsome editiee and they are. It is in the county and represents a value that have elapsed since the organizaoriginally known as Sugar Creek and in all its membership has includother churches have been organized by church dedicated on Sunday, it begins er influence than ever before, in its a powerful influence in moral and rebership of Flint Hill i:? about L'?o. that He will be with me through all the days. These relationships which the church sustains to timl and |o Christ, forever, set it apart from and above all other organizations. We need to come back in this day of many societies and many organizations to these primary conceptions of the church of Jesus Christ. If we only could, how it would change our attitude to the churches of which Jfl >4jS A Rev. S. P. HAIR Who has been pastor of Flint Hill Uaptist church since November. 1909. we are members! 'J. Its relation to its members. The church as a whole sustains relations to its own members which we need to consider. The church is a foster mother, caring for young and tender lives and seeking to nourish them until they shall come to the glorious maturity. The church is a training school to develop character and etliciency for service. And it is this service of formative discipline which I wish to present now. The church must seek: (1). The conversion of those who are to lie its members. The church, according to New Testament ideals, Is composed only of those who know Christ in a regenerated life. This kind of a membership it must have, if It is to be true to the ideals which we have already set forth. And if it shall have this kind of a membership, the church must seek to prepare it, by being an evangelizing agency for those who are within its reach. This church is then to be a spiritual birth-place. You are to seek to win souls to the Lord. (2). The growth in grace and Chris tian knowledge of those who are already members. To be an effective instrument of Christ every church must seek the spiritual development of its members. We are born into the kingdom of God not strong men, but babes. And the church is the foster mother to whom these babes are intrusted, that they may grow into strong, spiritual men and women. What the young people who are now in this church shall mean to the kingdom of God as moral forces, will depend upon the inliuences which this church shall bring to bear upon them. The shaping of precious lives is committed to Its care. (3). The training for service of those who are members of the church. If there are to go out from this church men and women, who are trained for service, then the church must train them. If there are to be liberal givers in the future, if there are to be trained Sunday school workers, if there are to he those who will be soul-winners and leaders of public meetings, this church must train them for such service. The inefficiency today in all of our church-* es is due to the fact, that in the last generation this work was neglected. The reason why the church is no more effective instrument in tearing down the strongholds of Satan and building up the kingdom of God at home and abroad, is that this work has been neglected. (4). The corrective discipline of those who are members. In every church there are those who go astray. And here the church has the task, un der Christ, of winning such ones back to a life of consistency. This is a much neglected work in our churches. And the church has suffered and been shorn of its strength because of the neglect. It is both a privilege and a duty thus to be mutually helpful to each other, to warn and to admonish each other, and in the name of Christ with tenderness and love to seek to win back erring ones, considering ourselves the while, lest we also be tempted. Exclusion l_s the admission of the church that it has failed with that individual. It is therefore to be resorted to only when everything else has failed. But if nothing will restore, it is plainly the duty of the church to withdraw fellowship from those who walk unworthily. These are duties which rest upon the church toward its own members. It thus has relations to God and there are mutual relations which exist among the members, all of which we must consider if we would know how to behave ourselves in the church of God. .1. Its relations to the sinning, suffering world. The church is in the world and has a mission to it. As the instrument of Christ, his mission to the world Is the mission to the church. When He spoke in the synagogue at Nazareth, to His own people, Christ declared His programme in this world. Following is the passage which He quoted from the prophecy of Isaiah, saying: "This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." This was His grogramme. In His prayer in the upper room on the night of His betrayal he said, "As thou hast sent me into the world, even have I also sent them into the world." The mission of Christ is the mission of His He left behind, it' the task which He assigned to His church. Thus we see signed to his church. Thus we see that there are obligations of binding duty which rest upon the church with reference to the sinning, suffering world in which He left it. And now. having seen what manner of organization the church is, as it is related to tioa ana to men, we are ready to consider the more practical question of how we ought to behave ourselves with reference to it. Let us seek to find ljow we can help it the better to do its work. II. Our Conduct in the Church. The honor of any church is in the keeping of its members. What the world shall think of it will depend on how they live. What it shall accomplish will depend upon their services. This being true what can we do the better to enable the church to do its work ? 1. We ought to acquaint ourselves with it. Knowledge is the secret of efficiency. The chief reason why so many people are so little interested in the church of which they are members is because they know so little about it. Let me urge then that you know what your church stands for. It stands for something distinctive. It has a peculiar message and mission, and it is your duty to know what its message is. Every member ought to know the general and the distinctive doctrines for which his church stands. Conviction lies back of all human action. And there can not be either loyalty or strength without it. Let me urge, then, that you carefully read your Bibles to find what they teach. Make yourself acquainted with the doctrinal statements of your church, and diligently compare them with the Word of God to see whether they are well founded. Believe something with all your heart, and then be ready to stand for what you believe. 2. Study the work which your church is doing. Know what it is seeking to do at home and abroad, and acquaint yourself with the agencies through which it is working. This seems a very commonplace and a very needless thing to say; and yet there are many of the members of our churches who do not know the simplest things about our denominational interests. And vet. this knowledge is not diffl cult to acquire. If you would be more than a figurehead In the church. I urge you that you acquaint yourself with every phase of Its life. In this way alone can you be an efficient member, and help it to do its work. 3. Attend upon the services of your church. This Is necessary for your own good. In the development of a religious life, we need just the stimulus and help which church attendance gives. The religious life Is not a native plant in earthly soil. It is an exotic, transplanted from the heavenly world. It 'needs the shelter and warmth of anfother clime. And the church is God's ' hot-house, created especially for its needs. And here only, can it find that genial warmth which Is essential to Its growth. Regular church attendance Is necessary for your own good, and you can not neglect it without personal loss. Then your attendance is necessary for the good of the church. The life of the church is dependent upon the meeting for worship. There may be pastoral visiting and the work of various other agencies and societies; but if the services for worship are neglected the church cannot prosper. When, therefore. members absent themselves from the worship of the Lord's house, without good reason, they are Interfering with the work of the church. Your church needs you in the pew every time the doors are opened for worship. Then, you ought to attend for the pastor's sake. There is a contract between you and him by which you have pledged your support to his services. His work is in the nature of the physician's. He Is to bring the remedy out of the Word of God to cure the spiritual ills, ami ir tne memDers ao[Continued on Fourth Page],