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Tohu e l° n . the Apocr - y l )hal Book of lobit, chapters 4 to 10. _Tho B s?° k ° f Period of ,he Book. Dlaroilln a° ° f , tle Book o£ Tobit is ' ’ ? T,a ' " hlther Tobit. a Jew. . 1 " b °"' ,le boolc takes Bs name, had r'hl ? ar^ Pd as a ca Pßve by Shalmaneser. Iho book closes with the reported fall ~ <T ° b - 14:13> tlle llate t Which was B. c. 606, and the story in the main this P |Tni U>l , y , „'" it£ ? n 80me time before •do - , But 1,1 opinion of c.rritlve ? ' . tHe Whole ton ” f the naiiatire bespeaks a later age. This is Urn dmt al i ly "‘r'' kPd by 11,0 *" which ho doctrine of the good and evil spirits neri '] JOratW -. a " d wbich Belongs to a Hat vm considerably posterior to the Ktib> lonian captivity. ♦ SERMONETTE. X ♦ £ The Book of Tobias gives us + £ a picture of a true love affair ♦ £ ordered after the will of God. + X ,f more carriages to-day were ♦ thus of Divine ordaining, and ♦ 4- God ’ s law ruled in the home ♦ ♦ set up we should hear less of ill- X 4- matched couples and the di- ♦ ♦ vorce courts would have little ♦ X to do. ♦ ♦ There is no question but that X 4 the matter of marriage is too X £ lightly considered. Motives -4 4- other than those which God pur- ♦ posed when he gave man and -4 4- woman to each other now pre- + £ vail, and as a result disagree- ♦ 4- ments and divisions take place 4 ♦ and the sacred relationship into 4 which the two lives have en- 4. £ tered is cast aside. Such man- ♦ 4- ner of living can bring only dis- X £ aster, not only upon the imme- ♦ 4 diate memters of the family in- X X volved, but upon the nation as ♦ 4 well. 4. £ The bulwark of any nation ♦ 4- must be the purity of its family 4 X Ilf®' and when loose living and ♦ 4- divorce stalk through the land -4 £ wrecking the lives of the princi- ■4 pals and cursing the children, if 4 X hapless in such cases there be + ■4 children, it offers one of the -4 £ most serious menaces to the na- •4 tional life. -4 i There is but one ground of di- + 4- vorce laid down in God’s law, ♦ £ and at least two of the great de- + ♦ nominations recognize only this ♦ £ one basis of divorce, namely, ♦ the Catho'ic and the Episcopal ♦ X churches. That there are vio- 4. ♦ lations of this law of these two ♦ £ churches is only additional evi- 4 4 dence how this social decay is + 4. eating its way into the very 4. + vitals of the nation. ♦ 4. And just as God's law de- 4 f dares that there is but one ♦ 4. cause for divorce, so it also sets -4 ♦ forth clearly and positively the £ one rule which governs in mak- X ♦ ing marriage alliances. * 4- The New Testament warning 4 T is ‘‘Be ye not unequally yoked X 4 - together with unbelievers: for 4 t what fellowship hath righteous- £ -4 ness with unrighteousness? And 4 what communication hath light 4- with darkness?” T ♦ This is the law for the Chris- I -4 tian, and many a life is ship- ♦ X wrecked because it is dis- 4. -4 obeyed. 1 £ In the romance before us of -4 Tobias and Sara we find strik- 4 ing illustration of this loyalty J 4- to God’s law, and of the bless- ♦ X ing which followed. 4 4+ + +♦♦♦♦ ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦•♦▼ THE STORY. IN THE days of long ago when the Jews were suffering deportation from their land there lived an exile in the great city of Nineveh named Tobit. Poverty and blindness had come to this devout Jew. Poverty through change of rulers in the land, which prevented him from going into Media to obtain there a large sum of money which was held by a trusted friend. Blind because of exposure incurred in burying one of his breth ren who had been ruthlessly mur dered and cast outside the walls of the city. The household of Tobit consisted of his devoted wife Anna and his son Tobias. Owing to the blindness of the father the mother was forced to make the living for the family. Bowed with his affliction and the erief of their unfortunate condition, The father looked for death as a re lief But as he thought on death and remembered his son, now quite grown to manhood’s estate, his heart was stricken with remorse that he should leave him so illy prepared to face the hard conditions which were the lot of the poor Jew in Nineveh. m knew ttat >. "■ to care for his mother m her old ag The grief and dejection of Tobit cast a gloom over the home, and SS Ann. and the -on Tobias watched S.,'.nd ttded bt “when m, bllni.s P 0 ? bread winning upon you and the this great and wicaeu l j W *is Jot n tbe°God of our father Abra ventured * U "° f heaven aa d earth?” as SA r “ a - With Altering voice, the msk® and her efforts t 0 finish gaged UPOn Wh,ch she was eu ' lat e *n flU i ed thC room ’ and a little Tnhib f glanced in tile direction of l obit and as she noted his bowed form she whispered to herself; It is well. He sleeps.” A short while later she was startled b> a gi ad cry frcm her husb!ind and ' ne ? see t* lat he was standing, and gesticulating wildly, while at the same time he cried: Send for Tobias! Send for To bias!” And w i,en the young man had come in the old man told his vision, or dream or whatever it was in which there had been brought to his remem brance a debt of the long ago. How years before when wealth was in his possession he had placed a goodly sura in the hands of a certain trusted li lend named Gabael of the city of Rages in Media. “And now, my son Tobias, thou shall depart lor that distant city and bring hither those ten talents of silver.” So it was arranged that the young man should depart, and with many misgivings they bade him good-by. “My son, be mindful of the Lord our God, and take not a strange wom an to wife, but a daughter of thy fa ther’s tribe.” That I can remember the Lord and serve only him 1 am certain," thought Tobias to himself after he had depart ed, “but whither shall I look for such a wife as my father hath spoken of?” He was roused from his reverie by the appearance of a stranger before him with whom he fell into conversa tion, and finding that lie knew the way to Rages, he besought him that he would go with him, and was much cheered when he gave his consent. Now Tobias knew not that it was God's angel who had come to guide him on his journey, but as they pro ceeded Tobias and his companion, Raphael, conversed together, and the former unburdened his heart to Raph ael and told him of his perplexity in obeying the admonition of his father regarding the seeking of a wife. “But is not God, who would thus have you remember his law, able to guide thy feet and bring thee to the one whom thou shall wed?" ques tioned Raphael. "Yea, verily,” exclaimed Tobias, reverently, and that night as they made camp by the side of the Tigris river his mind was absorbed with this new thought. He had gone to the river to wash and as he bent over the river's brink a great lish leaped forth, and he was upon the point of tleeing, when the voice of Raphael sounded out sharp and clear: "Flee not! Capture the fish and bring it thither.” This Tobias was able to do after a fierce struggle. Raphael cut open the fish and took therefrom the heart, the liver and the gall, and placing them securely in a wrapping, gave them to Tobias and cautioned him with many solemn words not to let them leave his possession, “tor,” said he. “the heart and the liver shall give deliverance from the evil spirit, and the gall is good to anoint a man’s eyes that lie see." Tobias’ heart gave a great leap as he thought of his father’s affliction. What joy he would bring with him upon his return. The gall should not go from his possession, but of the liver and the heart lie knew not what need lie had therefor. “Yea, let the strangers abide under our roof to-night. They be weary with the long journey,” exclaimed Raguei, a prominent Jew of Ectabane, in response to his wife’s query re garding two strangers who had ap peared ot the door. And as the words were spoken Raguei came forward and greeted the men. “Why,” he exclaimed, excitedly, as he looked closely into the face ot To bias, “thou lookest much like my cousin Tobit." “And Tobias is my father,” ex claimed Tobias, now equally sur prised. Sara, the daughter, came running into the room at that moment. Y'oung and beautiful she was, and as the eyes of Tobias fell upon her lie loved her. But as her eyes mot his a look of anguish and sorrow spread over her countenance. As the days passed and Tobias pressed his suit, for, said he, "Is not Sara such an one as my father would have me wed being of my family?” he became conscious of some mystery surrounding the beautiful girl. He knew she loved him, and yet often as they were together a shudder would pass over her as her eyes would meet his. On the day in which he asked for the daughter’s hand in mar riage, the father unfolded to him the awful truth that an evil spirit rested upon his house and had claimed al ready seven young men to whom the beautiful Sara had been wedded. And In every case this had happened upon the wedding eve. "The heart and the liver of the fish,” like a flash came the thought into Tobias' heart. "Surely. God hath preserved Sara for me against my coming." And so it was that when they were wedded, and the evil spirit reached forth to touch Tobias, he made a smoke of the heart and liver, and thus escaped, and next to the joy of the homecoming of the son, Tobias with his bride and the money for which he had gone in quest, was the joy of the restoration of sight to the blind Tobit. The moderate drinker, whose mild craving led him to drink more, little thought that he was daily adding fuel to the Are which was to consume him body and soul. The only safe course is total abstinence '-~ ~ - State Capital Notes Weekly Budget of State News Items Gathered by Our Special Correspondent at Jackson. —— - Jackson. Presentation of Silver Service. The Mississippi silver service commis sion has completed the programme for the presentation of the silver service to the I nlted States battleship Mississippi, to take place at Horn Island on the morning of June X. The programme is as follows: Introduction, Gov. K. F. Noel. Presentation of silver service, Mrs. Kunice M. Lockwood, of Crystal Springs. Acceptance, Capt. John C. Fremont. Presentation of library of Mississippi history, Dr. R. W. Jones, of Laurel, pres ident of Mississippi Historical Society. Acceptance, Capt. John C. Fremont. It is expected that there will be a number of minor presentations of gilts to the vessel, but those will not be on the ofticial programme. It is expected that Adjutant General Fridge, on behalf of the Mississippi Na tional Guard, will present the battleship with the State flag, and in this connec tion it is rather singular that there are very few persons who know what the State flag looks like. The Legislature of 1880 passed a bill adopting as tlie State Hag a French tri-color with the banner of the Confederacy in the upper right hand corner. Reward for Lynchers. Gov. Noel lias offered a reward of S2OO for the arrest and conviction of the party or parties connected with the lynching of the negro, John Hist, at Summit, recently,, one of the quietest affairs of the kind that can be recalled. There are those who arc conversant with the facts and interested in the discov ery of the parties guilty of doing tins negro to death who would not stand and await the offer of a pecuniary re ward, who have strong suspicions as to who the guilty parties are, and these parties are now prosecuting a careful and diligent inquiry on their own ac count. Mississippi Odd Fellows. The session of the Mississippi Odd Fellows’ Grand Lodge at Columbus came to an end after having selected West Point as their next meeting place. The progress of the Grand Lodge under the administration of Hon. P. W. Maer, the retiring grand master, lias been most gratifying, and the members showtd their appreciation of his work not only by electing him representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, but by adopting practically every suggestion offered in Ids report. There were nearly thirty of these suggestions, and nil uqve one were adopted. Among the most important suggestions was one to the effect that the body have an official organ, and it was decided to continue the publication of the Mississijipi Odd Fellow under the auspices of the Grand Lodge. Anxious for Hickman’s Job. There arc' a dozen or so applicants for the position on the State Board of Health made vacant by the resignation of Dr. Hickman, upon which the Gov ernor will act in a few days. There are more applicants after this one position than have been known to apply for the choicest of judgeships. New Telephone Company. After a long period of canvassing and negotiations, and awaiting the first fa vorable opportunity to launch an act ive prospectus, the Mississippi Home Telephone Company has at last been practically organized, the final details having been completed at a meeting held specially for that purpose. Three-Cent Rate Stands. There will he no disturbance of the present passenger rates in Mississippi, so far as the present railroad commission is concerned. By a vote of two to one, the commission first declined to put in effect a 2-cent maximum ticket or train rale order, which was made as a formal motion by Commissioner Scott, Messrs. Loo and Webb voting no. Directly af terwords Mr. Scott moved that the maximum be fixed at cents, which was also voted down in the same way. Negro Enterprise Chartered. “The Negro Manufacturing, Commod ity and Supply Company” is among the newest concerns to be incorporated in Mississippi, its charter having just been approved by the Governor. The con cern is domiciled at Greenville and is capitalized at $230,000, the shares being placed at $1 each, and its purpose is to do a general cotton manufacturing and commercial business. Royally Entertained. The citizens of Vicksburg royally en tertained the forty-fourth annual ses sion of the Mississippi Press Associa tion, which convened in that city. The Hill City was lavish in its hospitality, and the moulders of public opinion in Mississippi are highly pleased with their reception and entertainment. Lumber Suit to Supreme Court. The celebrated suit in which the Re tail Lumber Dealers’ Association of Lou isiana and Mississippi is involved with the State of Mississippi, in an action brought to oust the corporation from the State on the ground that it was an or ganization in restraint of fair trade, which has been won by the State in the Chancery Court of Hinds county and later in the Supreme Court, will go high er. Upon the application of Hon. Ed ward Mayes, of counsel for the appel lant association, Chief Justice Whitfield ha* granted a writ of error to the Unit ed States Supreme Courtr. Call for Walthall’s Brigade. Official notice has been issued by Thomas Spight, commander of Wal thall’s brigade, requesting that all sur vivors of the famous fighting body meet at the Mississippi headquarters in Mem phis, June 9. The meeting of the brig ade lias been set for 10 o’clock in the morning. Commander Thomas Spight requests that inasmuch us no meeting was held by the brigade last year, all who can will attend. At the first meet ing of the brigade the time and place for a business meeting will bo an nounced. The present headquarters of the brigade is in Ripley. Bishop in Hall of Fame. Bishop Charles B. Galloway should oc cupy a niche in the Hall of Fame, is the opinion of the Mississippi I’ress Asso ciation. Resolutions to this effect were adopted by the convention in session at Vicksburg. Shortage in Tax Collections. There will be a shortage in the State privilege tax collections of this month of $119,000, due to the elimination of the privileges of the saloons brought about by the statewide prohibition law. If there is to be a recoup to make up for this it will be from a general in crease in collections, and not from any single source. In the meantime, the amount of cash on band in (lie various State depositories is steadily going down ward, to tie swelled only by the money collected from privileges this month and paid in during the early days of June. These usually amount to about $.'500,000, but will be this year less than $200,000 unless there is a natural increase in the taxes collected from other lines of busi ness. The treasury can boar the loss of the saloon licenses, however, and still have more money on hand than during the cor responding period last year, since the present balance, us shown by Hie books, is $589,219.07, against $450,3112.20 on the same date last year. Singer Company Must Pay. United Slates Circuit Clerk Moseley has received the linal decree from Judge Niles in the suit styled the Singer Man ufacturing Company vs. Wirt Adams, State revenue agent, the purpose of which was to restrain the revenue agent from the collection of back assessments from that corporation for a period ex tending back several years. The com pany was levied upon for privilege li cense fur the business done through its various agencies throughout the State, and being a foreign corporation, domi ciled elsewhere, it sought relief through the federal courts. Under the terms of the decree, tiro State revenue agent is entitled to recover prior to 1901 privilege assessments on the business done by the Singer Manu facturing Company through its estab lished agencies in the State, and it hap pens that practically every county in the State gets a share in the accounting. Inland Waterway to the Gulf. .V gigantic plan will bo presented at the next session of the Mississippi legis lature to form an inland waterway from the far-famed Mississippi delta to the Mexican gulf. The plan is inspired by the successful drainage work which is now under way in the delta. Briefly stated, the idea is to form a continuous waterway from Moon lake to Yazoo Pass, thence to the Tallahatchie river, down the river a distance of about fifty miles, thence via Durant and through several deep crock bottoms to Pearl river, intersecting that stream above Carthage, in the northern part of Leake county, thus giving an outlet into the Mississippi Sound. The plans contemplate having the State legislature indorse the movement, and give it liberal financial aid, and then in duce the federal government to make an appropriation to supplement this. Pleased with Silver Service. Mrs. Kunice Lockwood, treasurer of the fund for the purchase of the silver service for the battleship Mississippi, and whose efforts were responsible for the raising of most of the money, has returned from Philadelphia, Pa., where she has been conferring with the man ufacturers and arranging for the ship ment of the service. She declares the service is tne handsomest she has ever seen, and is greatly pleased with it. Normal at Brookhaven. An erroneous report has been in cir culation in educational circles that plans for the normal at Brookhaven have been canceled, and that the usual gathering of educators at that place will not be held this year. Will Curtail Output. A campaign to bring about a curtail ment of the lumber output is being waged in South Mississippi. All of the manufacturers who belong to the Yellow Pine Association have agreed to reduce the output one-third, but this organization docs not represent all of the lumber mills in the pincy woods section, and the missionary work now in progress is being carried on among the non-association mills. It is contended that curtailment is im perative in order to sustain the pries of the commodity at a profitable figure. ELDERLY PEOPLE HELPED FREI The last years of life are the sweet est, and yet the most difficult to pro long. It is then that the greatest can is exercised in maintaining botlilj health. But the chief care should al ways be with regard to the food yot eat and whether you are digesting h properly. You should not allow your self to become constipated. No doubt you have tried salts and cathartic pills, purgative tablets, etc. and have come to the conclusion that they are violent in action and do bui temporary good. Listen, then, to th voice of experience with regard to s wonderful and mild laxative. Dr. Cald well’s Syrup Pepsin. It is not new only wo are trying to And new friends tor it. A. A. Foils, of Johnston City. 111., suf fered from stomach trouble for six years and found his cure in Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin. His wife uses it too with success. We could name hundreds ol others. Some heard of it first through neighbors or friends; others through the doctor’s offer to send any sufferer from a stomach, liver or bowel complaint a fres sample bottle for trial, without charge. It you will send your name and addresj he will send you a trial bottle direct to your home. If It proves Itself as he claims then continue the treatment by buying a 50-cent or |1 bottle of youi druggist, as all of them sell it. Old peo ple. like children, should look for purity, and it is well to mention that the purity of this remedy is vouched for with the U. S. government. Also, though a free bot tle 1s sent to prove its merits, results ara always guaranteed from the regulai bottles bought of druggists, who will re fund your money if It does not satisfy you. Send at least for the free test bottla If there Is anything about f your ailment that you don’t understand, or if you want JO any medical advice, write to the doctor, and lie will |HtV answer yon fully. There is DRmJL no charge for this service The address is hr, W. B. i ’.ildw ' 11. 1 Caldwell bldg,, RECRIMINATIONS. She—You have now more than a dozen shirts, and when we were mar ried you had only one solitary one! He—Yes, but that one didn’t need mending! “All Bets Off!" The wife of a retail merchant, whose name is withheld for obvious reasons, was irritated by the non-arrival of certain articles she had ordered from the butcher. She called up the butcher shop, and the flip youth who drives the delivery wagon answered the ’phone. “Did you attend to that order for Mrs. X?" she asked, indignantly. “You bet your silk sox I did,” came the reply. “What's that?" she gasped. “You can go and bet all your lingerie (pronounced as spelled) I attended to everything." “Do you know to whom you are talk ing?" "Surest thing you know; I’m talking to Kitty.” (The maid.) “You are talking to Mrs. X,” she declared, sternly. “Oh, well then," In apologetic tones, " all bets are off.” Our Wonderful Language. “Out of sight in that gown, isn't she?” observed a gentleman in the balcony, pointing to Mrs. de KolTay, who occupied a front seat in one of the lower tier of boxes. “Out of sight? Well, hardly. It strikes me It is the other way about," responded his companion dryly. Which goes to show the elasticity of the American language, which says one thing and means another. It also shows—but, upon second thought, wo must respectfully but firmly decline going into any further details. —Bohe- mian. THINK HARD It Pays to Think About Food. The unthinking life some people lead often causes trouble and sickness, il lustrated in (he experience of a lady in Fond Du Lac, Wis. “About four years ago I suffered dreadfully from Indigestion, always having eaten whatever I liked, not thinking of the digestible qualities. This indigestion caused palpitation of the heart so badly I could not walk up a flight of stairs without sitting down once or twice to regain breath and strength. “I became alarmed and tried dieting, wore my clothes very loose, and many other remedies, but found no relief. “Hearing of the virtues of Grape- Nuts and Postum, I commenced using them in place of thy usual breakfast of coffee, cakes, or hot biscuit, and in one week's time I was relieved of sour stomach and other ills attending indi gestion. In a month’s time my heart was performing its functions naturally and I could climb stairs and hills and walk long distances. “I gained ten pounds in this short time, and my skin became clear and I completely regained my health and strength. I continue to use Grape- Nuts and Postum for I feel that I owe my good health entirely to their use. “There's a Reason.” “I like the delicious flavour of Grape- Nuta and by making Postum accord ing to directions, it tastes similar to mild high grade coffee.” Read “The Road to Wellville,” In pkgs. Ever rend the nbove letter? Anew one ippenrn from time to time. They nre ifennlne, true, and full of human Intercut.