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The Draught of Fishes v By REV. JAMES M. CRAY. D. D. Dm f Moody B1U fakititnte . TEXT "Launch out Into the deep, and let down your nets (or a draught." Luke 6:4. .. . , The story of the great draught of fishes Is orig inal to Luke's goBpel., and Is one of the most beau tiful of Its kind In the New Tes tament. Jesus was by the. lake of Gennesaret some times' called the Sea of Galilee, and the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God. There were two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. He entered into one, , which was Si mon's, and asked him to thrust out a little from the shore, and he sat down and taught the people. It was when he had left off speaking that he said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets." Simon replied that he and his partners had toiled all night, and had taken noth ing; but "nevertheless," said he, "at thy word I will let down the net" And when they had done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes, eo that their nets brake.. And then they beckoned to those who were in the other boat ' to come and' help them, and as a' matter of fact both the boats were so filled with fish that they began to sink." The effect on Peter was an over whelming conviction of his sinful ness, and he said, "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord." Nor was he less astonished or impressed than the others who were with him. But Jesus comforted him by saying: "Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men." "And when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all. and followed him." A Good Paymastsp. (1.) We learn from this charming incident that Jesus is a. good pay master. He borrowed an empty fish ing smack, and repaid the owner of It by filling it with 'fish! In one of his discourses to his disciples on another occasion he had said. "There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, but he shall receive an hundiedfold now In this time; . . . And in the world to come eternal life." In the present instance he seems to have been showing his disciples, and showing us as well, just what he meant by these words, and giving a demonstration of their truthfulness. (2.) We learn in the second place that Jesus Is a wise counsellor. He told these fishermeu- Just where the fish were, and just where to let down their nets with the most beneficial results. We ell need advice every day in our business affairs, our do mestic affairs, and the countless prob lems that are coming up continually In our existence. Some go to clair voyants, some to palmists and spirit ualists for such advice, but others "who know him go to tke Lord their God. He has said in the 37th PBalm. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; . . I though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down." George Muller, the saint of Bristol, England, wrote in the margin of his CHURCH AND STATE SEPARATE Vehement Protest Against Surrender of Principle Which Has Been Held Inviolable. In this time of pressure towards so cial service in churches It. is interest ing to hear what is said by way of protest. A .committee of a Lutheran synod calls a federation for good citi zenship intolerable. It regrets that it cannot' indorse the federation, but says that 'such a federation is 't'p our minds utterly intolerable," as "it in volves the sacrifice of the principle of the complete separation of church and state, a principle so vital to our civil and religious welfare. Civic improve ment at this price Is too costly, a price that denatures" the church and so destroys the very safeguard from which the best mpOses o citizenship mu6t ever go forth. By a mixture of the church as church with the state as state both must, suffer, and neither can be Improved, - These istates have different lights of guidance. The church is guided by the light of reve lation: the state is guided by the light "Artificial Rain. The shallow draft passenger steam ers built by an English shipbuilding concern for river service In the trop ics are equipped with "artificial rain." Up through the awning forming the roof of the upper cabin project two water pipes, each of which is fitted with a spray head. These fountains throw Bprays of water over the awn ing, and the rapid evaporation under the hot rays of the sun keeps the cabins cool. Popular Mechanics Mag azine. .- ... v - 4' - -- I few ) m, Bible beside these verses the words'. His stops too." In other words, he had experienced the fact , that the "stops" of a good man were as much ordered by. the Lord as hi steps, and many another saint of God has prov en thir to be true. Think how both the "steps" and the "stops" of Joseph were ordered In the land of Egypt, and later on the "steps" and the "stops" of Daniel In the land of Baby Ion. These are two of the greatest statesmen the world has even known and they came to their greatness through their counselling with God. . A Great Benefactor. (3.) We learn also that Jesus Is a great benefactor. They who were simply fishers of fish now became fishers of men. What would Peter have amounted to had he remained in Capernaum? But what did he now become? Not only Is his one of the three greatest names In the history of the Christian church, and not only la he now In felicity with his Lord and Master, but that same Lord and Master said to him and his fellow apostles, "Ye which have followed me. in the regeneration when the son of man shall sit In the throne of his glory,' ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones. Judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Is this promise likely to come true? Yes. Just as certainly as the Bible is the word of God, and Jesus Christ is the Son of God. But there are corresponding promises for ail who know the true God and his Son, Jesus Christ, and who serve and trust , him in the life of faith. He lifts the beggar from the dunghill to sit him. among princes, an experience that has come to many a child of God in all the centuries long. But what was the attitude of Pe ter that brought all this to pass In his case? The answer is simply, 3ieldedness of will. Christ asked him for his boat and he gave it to him; he told him to launch out into the deep for a draught and he launched out; when he was satisfied with the ma terial result, he was asked to follow Jesus, and he left all and followed him. To apply this to ourselves, we are to remember that the first step in the yielding of our will is the accep tance of Jesus Christ as our Saviour and the public confession of him as our Lord. This should be definite, in telligent and Irreversible on our part, trusting God to fulfill his word as written In the Gospel of John. 1:12 and 34. But once having accepted Jesus Christ, the whole attitude of our life thereafter is expressed in the'words of Mary to the disciples at the wedding feast in Cana, "Whatso ever he saith unto you, do it." It is easy for his true disciples to act on these principles because his holy spir it is given to dwell within them. Whose office and work it is to take of the things of Christ and show them unto them, and to lead and guide them into all the truth. Such as these never fail to find in Jesus a good paymaster, a wise counsellor and a great benefactor for time and for eternity. His Presence Always Near. "And lo, I am with you always." If only this experience of the nearness of God were always ours, enwrapping us as the air or light, if we could only feel as the great apostle put it on Mars' Hill, that God is not far away, that "in him we live, and move, end have Our being," then we should know what David meant when he spoke of our "dwelling in the secret place jof the Most High," or of our "abiding under the shadow of the Almighty." Then, too, we should acquire the bless ed secret of. the spirit-filled life. Faith Alone Called For. Cheered by the presence -of God. I will do, at the moment, without anx iety, according to the strength which he shall give me, the work that His Providence assigns me.' I will leave the rest; it is not my affair. Fenelon Sincerity is simply the foundation of life. Edward Howard Griggs of human reason, good common sense. Keep these estates separate and the state will not harm the church and the church incidentally will benefit the state. Mix them and we harm both. We must as a church adhere the more to our calling as followers of the lamb of God for sinners slain, determining as ministers not to know anything among men save Jesus Christ and him crucified." Christian Register. The Ideal Life. "The ideal life, the life of full com pletion, haunts us all. We feel the things we' ought to be beating ' be neath the things we are," says Phillips Brooks. Sometimes its "beaiing .in spires us, and we strive to be our best and utmost; sometimes it irri tates and discomforts us, because we want to be left In peace on a lower level with some sin we are unwilling to give up. But however it is wheth er aspiration or conscience so long as it will not let us rest, we know that it is the, voice of God calling us to higher things. It is tfce "love that will ot let us go.' ? Have a Puroota. . The first great rule is that we must do something that life must have a purpose and an aim that work should be not merely occasional and spas modic, but steady and continuous. Pleasure is a jewel which will only retain Its lustre when it is in a set ting of work; and a vacant life Is one of the worst of pains, though the Is lands of leisure that stud a crowded, well-occupied life may be among the things to which we look back with" the greatest delight -Leckj. Ir", T r .. . . , I J GOOD SILAGE WILL PRODUCE MORE-MILK The silo affords a most economical mean of assuring a succulent food in winter, and efficient and palatable food to supplement the dry pastures in summer. - - ' ; ' ' (By R. B. RUSHINO Am I doing as well with my cows as I ought? Am I producing milk as economically as I might? Is it pos sible, with such feed as silage, my cows may be kept in a more healthful condition, because this feed having in It the natural juices makes it more easily digested and a cow is able to do more and better work? Many farmers who have recently built silos and many who did not build are asking themselves the above ques tions, and well they may. Those who have built and have good silage are now getting their eyes opened, and those that have no silos are now be ginning to see "the handwriting on the wall." A natural feed of this character which has the natural juices ail re tained in it keeps the digestive organs of the animal in a cool, laxative condi tion and permits us to feed more heavily of other feeds, and thus, we are able to increase her c.apacity for 'producing milk In a far greater degree. ' I 1 . . . . L t- things about the silo. When I put up my first one I was taught that almost anything would do for a silo, and that almost anything could be put in it The first year I planted a late-maturing corn that grew and grew as though it had all the time in the world to get ripe in, and when the time came for the silo filling it was scarcely in good roasting ear condition. What was the result? A watery lot of stuff in a very acid condition that had to be fed in a very limited way to keep the cows from scouring and getting off feed. This was certainly discouraging; but a man who makes a success with cows must have grit enough to meet discouragements. I found out that year that to have good silage I must plant a kind of corn that . would mature early and get it out in time so that it could mature that I had better sacrifice some on quantity and have better quality. From that year the silo has been filled with the same kind of corn that was raised for field purposes, and there has never yet been a single failure. There is no secret having good, sweet silage just plain, common sense. First the silo must be made in such a way as to exclude all the air. Then too, the foundation must be good, to prevent settling and cracking. The material used may be either wood, stone, brick or cement Iron or steel cannot be used, as the moisture and acid in the silage would soon rust through. All stone, cement, brick silos, etc., must be reinforced with wire or rods to insure strength. . A wood silo made rough is, of course, strengthened by the hoops, and that is the only kind that would be built of wood.. The size of the silo, of course, de pend on the amount of stock you wish to carry, as a certain amount must be fed each day to keep the top layer from spoiling, and the deeper the bet ter, as each added foot gives added weight to the silage and helps to make it more solid and exclude the air. If a silo Is made too large in diame ter, and this I believe to be a very fre quent error, one of two things will happen either the silage will be moldy all the time, owing to the inabil ity to feed It down rapidly enough, or else the cows will be fed more than they should have, in an attempt to keep ahead of the molding. ; I strongly favor the use of good silage in summer to hold the cows to their work and not allow them to shirk in the milk, flow during the short pas ture of July and August. I think many cows may be made to add 25 per cent to their year's production by tiding them over this period. I have tried soiling, but nevcr found anything so cheap, so good and so convenient as a well filled' silo. - A few feet in the bottom of a deep silo will go a . long way for summer use and there the conditions are most favorable for the preserving of the silage, as the enor mous weight of the silage in a deep silo has compacted it, and its being down near the bottom away from the circulation of the air helps very mate rially in Its preservation; The quality of the silage may be materally bettered , by using care in taking it out Don't put the fork down five or six inches deep, as though you were' pitching manure, but use a fork with tines close together and ekim off the top, only loosening what you need for the day's feeding. Keep the surface level, and perhaps a little lower near the outer walls. Silage cannot be handled as carelefiB- ly as ordinary roughage. The cows in eating will sometimes throw Borne out of the mangers and some may be scattered in feeding unless you are very careful. If this is allowed to re main there it will soon cause a bad odor. . The man that uses the broom freely along the feed alleys is the one that has a sweet smelling stable a condition worth while, for milk takes up a foreign odor with surprising rapidity, and unless everything Is sweet smelling the milk will tell it. and eventually the custodier will find It out and take his trade elsewhere. PECULIAR POINTS OF A FANNING MILL There Are Many Profitable Ad vantages Gained by Opera tion of Machine. ' (By M. COVERDELL.) The mere seDaratine of weed-seeds and other foreign objectsNfrom small grain should not be regarded as the single benefit derived from the use of the ftnning-mlll. This is essential, but there are other profitable advantages gained by the operation. Cleansed grain will present a much better appearance on the market, and also command a higher price, since it actually delivers more pounds of good, pure grain than does a like quan tity of uncleansed, just as it came from the threshing machine. Uncleaned grain contains more dust and other non-nourishing material than most farmers suppose, and - the fan ning-mill removes these, making the grain actually healthier for stock feed ing purposes, and consequently better adapted to nourishing and developing the tissues of the body. Grain that has not bet n cleaned by the fanning-mill, but fed to the stock just as It came from the threshing ma chine will pass through the animals with a part of it remaining unchanged. and where there are weed seed im purities, these are transported back to the fields in the manure as it is haul ed and spread for fertilizing purposes. Many of these seeds do not have their germinating qualities impaired .. by passing through the animals, and by being scattered with the manure, they find a rich seed bed in which to sprout and develop a bounteous crop of weeds the following season. The use of the fanning-mill .would avoid this seeding down of the farm to weed pests. Ranking still above the importance of cleaning grain to guard against seeding the farm to weed pests, comes that of improvement in both the quan tity and quality of the crops produced. The cowing of carefully selected see grain from a supply that has been passed through the fanning-mill will, if persisted in from one year to anoth er, work wonders in the small grain crop. It wi'.l mean a plumper, heavier and sollder grain for seed one that will possess strong germinating Qua! ities find propagate a sturdy, vigorous plant. . Under such a system, it will re quire much; less seed to sow than if light, weak seed were sown. Neither will the shriveled, split and broken grains be sown and waste, the ground by not propagating a good stand of plant It also takes a less quantity of seed grain "to seed a field ; while the stand of plants is sure .to be of uni form size, vigor and productiveness i NOTE. The - screenings secured from cleaning grain should be careful ly saved and stored away for the poul try, since it contains such a variety of seeds and grain that it makes a fine ration for them, being either scattered in the scratching shed for the layers to scratch around for, or worked into their mash three times a week. Where there Is a considerable quantity of screened seeds and small or shriveled! grains, these will make a good feed for the live stock, as most weed seeds are not at all injurious to the animals. Of course, if the weed seeds are in excesn to the refuse grain,-It. is not advisable to feed them, as this would again establish the danger of seeding the fields to weed pestB. : Orchard Must Have Care. Many farmers pay little attention to the ti-ees until time for the harve&t; and then they wonder at the unsatis factory crop. No orchard can be ex pected to produce results without good care. ' ' . . POWER ABOVE ALL Gospel of Jesus Christ Supreme Now as It Was in te , Beginning. SHAME goes through the world with bowed head and a furtive step, and shrinks from notice. Sname Is the acknowledgment or some Inferiority or defect, mental, mor al or physical. Pride Is an- upward looking quality, and though it has been listed as one of the seven deadly sins. yet it is proper that a true man have pride in that which is praiseworthy. In St Paul's day the Hebrews were a proud nation. They were proua oi their religion, of their wonderful his tory, of their great men such as Abra ham and Moses, of their city of Jeru salem and Its magnificent temple. Their pride would not allow them to have any dealings with their own cousins, the Samaritans, because they had Intermarried with the Canaanltes. The Greeks were a proud people in those days. They were proud of their learning, of their mellifluous language. and of their classic literature which we study after all these centuries. They were proud of their works of art which have never been surpassed. If equaled and they were proud of their general culture and polish, and they looked upon other nations as barbarians. Defied Greatness of Rome. The Romans were a proud nation In Paul's day. They considered it the highest honor to be u Roman citizen, and, in fact, Paul speaks of his own citizenship as a matter of no small importance. Rome had eclipsed Egypt, had absorbed Greece, while Palestine was only an obscure prov ince In a corner of the empire. Rome also had Its great men orators such as Cicero and Hbrtensius; poets such as Virgil, Horace and Ovid; historians such as Tacitus and Livi; generals such as Caesar, Pompey and Titus. Men from the provinces were over awed by the city's greatness and glory, and felt that indeed all other places were Inferior, and that here dwelt not only riches and pomp, but also culture and wisdom and power. Paul understood all this; and yet he would stand In the forum and say. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; make the most of your city, of your institutions and laws, of your literature, and your world-power. There Is greater power in Christianity, for It is the power of God unto salva tion." .When Nathaniel Hawthorne first went to England and contrasted the cathedrals and museums and man sions and literature of the mother country with our small beginnings, he did not feel ashamed of being an Amer ican. But he appealed .to the future and said that America would give to the world men to match her boundless plains, men to match her great rivers, men to match her snow-clad peaks which rear their heads into the sky. Even so Paul appealed to the future to prove that though Rome's power was great, yet it was puny compared with the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Gospel Supreme Over All. Since that day nineteen centuries have come and gone. The gospel has performed great exploits, its empire has grown far beyond the borders of ancient Rome, and it is difficult to be lieve that there ever was a time when any strong, man was ashamed of unristianity. looking backward we behold the atmosphere of history roseate with glorious associations of the gospel. , It has always been the power of God unto the salvation of mankind. It has never dwelt In thieves' dens or brothels, it has never filled jails or poorhouses, or fostered schemes of vice or avarice. Evil men have often used Christianity as a cloak to cover their wickedness, and many crimes have been committed in the name of the gospel, but after all these centuries It remains pure and unsul lied as it came from the life and the lips of Jesus of Nazareth. Tet are there -not some today who call themselves Christians, and yet go about, the world, apologetically, always ready to deny their allegiance, and would never stand up and say in the face of ridicule, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ" What poor specimens of humanity they : are; neuner nesn nor nsni There, were some people like that in Laodicea of old.- and to them the risen Lord said I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would that thou wert cold or hot. So because thou A. . an luaewarm, ana neitner cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth." Sweetest Things of Life. The best things are nearest: Breath a a. 1 1 t in your nostrils, ngni in your eyes, flowers . at your feet, duties at your handv the path of God just before you Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain common work as it comes, certain that daily duti.es j and daily bread are the sweetest things of life A night s sleep,; what a miracle of mercy It is; and ' new day with the waking up of heilth to face it; aye even a pleasant meal with one'a house hold, ia not that worth a thanksgiving? Or an interesting book, an hour with an old friend, a, Sunday's ; quiet rest ing after a strained and weary week; or some new light of interest or mean lng in one's, favorite line of study It Is such things as these for more than great special blessings, which make up the jsum of happy life; and it is such things, if one would but think 'of them more, and not always be taking them as a matter of course, which would fi out days with thanksgiving.' Brooke Herford - 1 (Conducted by the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union.) DID NOT MINCE HER WORDS State Secretary of Iowa W. C. T. U. .Tells Liquor Men Just What Peo ple of' City Think of Them. At a meeting of the Iowa Retail Liquor Dealers' association In Cedar Rapids, the state W. C. T. U. corro tpondlng secretary contributed to on of the daily papers an address of "wel come" which, according to the local press, was one of the chief topics ot conversation among the liquor men. It said: It is quite usual In greeting a body to enumerate Its accomplishments anil tell of its worth and standing. Cour tesy to the individual somewhat em barrasses us here. Shall we greet you. as those who wreck homes, debauch manhood, prostitute womanhood, dis grace and impoverish childhood? Shall we greet you as those who place upon the taxpayer the heaviest burden in caring for the results of your traffic? Your position In a community Is quite peculiar. We fail to find a city that enumerates among its advantages ts saloons. The commercial club of our city advertises our manufactur ing plants, our churches, our schools and colleges, but never once have the 32 saloons of the city been urged as reason for Industries to locate here. . . . Any business is Judged by its re sults. Some time since Cedar Rapids had a manufacturer's week. Every business in the city save yours ex hibited its wares. Yet your ambition is to be classed as a line of legitimate business. The pump manufacturers and wood finishing concerns exhibited their contributions to comfort andt esthetic pleasure. The clothing manu facturers gave evidence of prosperity. Did the saloons of Cedar Rapids uso their windows or were those of other places loaned to exhibit their finished products? No, you find these in the penitentiary, where 85 per cent, of the inmates are your graduates. Seventy per cent, of the insane are others. Ninety per cent, of pauperism is an other class. The great burden of private charity is due to the saloon. Ah, no, gentlemen, you are not wel comed to Cedar Rapids by its home and social interests. . . . Not many more times will you be accord ed a welcome to any city. The Wom an's Christian Temperance union. with men and women of sober, earnest purpose,, is steadily working for that day when the God of heaven shall say to you, "It is enough." You know, with us, that the time is near. In the name of humanity, In the name of our God, the 7,000 members of the Woman's Christian Temperance union of Iowa lead in this protest against your welcome to any city of the state. SOME VERY PERTINENT FACTS Town or County Never Known to Llet Among Its Assets the Number of Saloons It Supported. Nobody ever saw a town or county listing among Its assets to which it calls public attention: "So many sa loons." Everybody has seen listed among the asBets: "And no saloons. Nobody ever saw an employer ad vertising for help with the stipulation: "Drinkers preferred." Everybody has seen and may se thousands daily the "help wanted advertisement which stipulates: "No boozer." Nobody ever say an instance of the saloon being thrown open at a tima of public crisis, when peace and good order were threatened. Everybody has noted among the first acts of riot conditions, or of oth er occasions where good citizenship was severely tested, the announce ment: "The saloons are ordered closed." Battle Creek Enquirer. TWO VICES ARE INSEPARABLE Fact la Noted That Always in Connec tion With White-Slav Traffic Liquor la Joining Link. "It should be known that In all re ports thus far made by the vice com missions the fact is noted that always in connection with the white-slave traffic is the liquor traffic. In no houBe where vice is tolerated or housed is strong drink forbidden. The two are Inseparable. Smite one and you wound the other. Slay one and the other will perish. A physician recently said to a friend: "The liquor traffic is eternally linked up with im purity. ..Destroy that and you practi cally settle the vice problem. "From Report of the Cleveland Vice Com mission. - Uncle Sam's Partner, "Uncle Sam Is our partner!" Such are the words boldly and defiantly emblazoned by some western liquor dealers on their advertising and cam paign literature. And the disgraceful part is that it Is true. ' ; Don't Argufy. When 1 see a snake's head com ing out of a hole, 1 don't stop to argufy wjth that there snake; I just hit it with all my might. Don't ar gufy with the liquor traffic Artemua Ward.