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V » How Wild Animals Are Trained A circus in the daytime. Can you Imagine the scene, boys and girls? It is in winter quarters now, of course, so the scene by day is quite different from what you might picture it to be in the summertime, when the familiar tents are the habitation of animals, performers and all. All is dark and gloomy in the empty auditorium. The rows and rows and rows of seats are all covered over to protect them from dust. It is hard to believe that after nightfall this place will be filled with men, women and children, and all sorts of noise and funmaking. But there is almost always this con trast between fun and the absence of fun. The contrast makes the latter ap pear gloom! Look at a comedian when his face is at rest, and it will look piteously melancholy—by con trast to the expression you have been used to seeing there. Meanwhile, what are the animals doing? And where are all the per formers and animal trainers? Are they out having a good time some where? Indeed, no! They are working, and working hard, too, in the workrooms When circuses first began to so around the country giving perform ances, they sometimes found that the audience became so noisy and inat tentive that even the most difficult and wonderful of tricks failed to im press them in the least. How could the audience be kept un der control and its interest kept up from beginning to end? Ah! thought one manager, music will help us out So he tried the experiment of hiring a lively band and having it play loud and merrily when “nothing was do ing,” and stop short the moment some performance was begun! This brought the audience up sharp and fixed their whole and undivided attention on the performers. So that explains the invariable pres ence of bands in circuses. By far the most interesting men in a circus are the animal-trainers, says the Los Angeles Times. First of all they must have certain qualities—per suasiveness, gentleness and yet plen ty of firmness and ^reat kindliness. These qualities make the people pos sessing them most interesting, espe cially when you behold the wonderful results achieved through them in the The Animal Trainer at Work. and training yards which are down the corridors a little way. ' Here are the clowns. Do they have to work? They do, indeed. Only prac tice makes the really good clowns keep on being good. The tuifiblers, the acrobats, the trick performers—you will see them here, there and everywhere, hard at work, writh serious faces, practicing stunts which they learned and mastered years before, perhaps. But that makes no difference. They must practice daily if they are to feel abso luely sure of -themselves when the time for the public performance ar rives. How long do you suppose it took a first-class juggler, for instance, to master his trick of tossing up bil liard balls and catching them on the point of his cue? It took three and a half years of daily practice! So you can see that circus perform ers are very hard-working people! Life is no fun for them, not if they fail to do their parts perfectly. training of horses, elephants and other animals. You would be surprised if you could see how quickly these animals forget their stunts; how patiently the train ers have to go over their work again. Perhaps you have noticed that at times trained animals quite refuse to perform properly when they are out on the stage. Stubbornness and changeableness of mind are things the trainers always have to reckon with in their charges. And, on the whole, it is simply wonderful how great their coni 1 is over them. The busy artists—tight-ro]>e walk ers, tricksters, trainers and all—prac tice busily until about four o'clock on days when they do not give matinee performances, then they stop for a lit tle rest and supper, for the evening performance will began early and last late, and they will need all their strength for it. Do you boys and girls think you would like so very much to be in a circus, after all? A BOY MUSICIAN. Nine-Year-Old Connecticut Prodigy an Orchestra Leader. We have heard of Mozart’s wonder ful ability as a musician at the age of 12, of Josef Hoffman entrancing audi ences at 13 and 14, and of Kubelik do ing marvels when but a boy. Now we have little nine-year-old Michael D1 Di Vito Leading His Orchestra. Vito, of Waterbury, Conn., who suc cessfully leads and manages an or chestra that plays the most severely classical music. Michael began to study music at the age of four. His father before him was a musician. . At seven and eight the boy could play well on the violin, the mandolin, and the piano. Early he began to show ability in directing other musicians, often showing marked talent in the way of criticizing the work of his el ders. Young Di Vito is now an or chestra director, having an orchestra of his own. He has given concerts in t New Haven, Bridgeport and otner New England cities. He has something of the mannerisms of Creatore, some times jumping from his platform and running among the musicians, en couraging, threatening and begging. His gestures are often such as result from great excitement. He seems to forget everything but the beauty of the music. His favorite, he says, is Verdi. Hans Saro, conductor of the Connecticut State Sangerbund, says of young Di Vito: “To say that he is a genius hardly expresses it. He is the incarnation of musical enthusiasm and temperament. To my surprise, when I went first to witness his work, I found that he con ducted with great technique and feel ing, with all the skill of a seasoned leader. I expect that the world will hear a great deal of him and his work. Spoil him? Impossible! He is not swayed by flattery. He thinks only of the music, and not of himself or the praise that is showered upon him." Smart Boys. Mr. Samson Biggs is a schoolmaster* whose precept and practice of the blessings of punctuality are, as a rule, faultless. Should a lad be five minutes late in the morning, he is “kept in” ten minutes after school; if ten min utes, a penance of 20 minutes is im posed, and so on. But even Homer nods, and lo! Mr. Samson Biggs was a whole half hour late himself one morning. Among the pupils there was the usual smart boy, who was not slow to remind him of his offence, nor to quote from some of his own lectures on the subject. “Yes, boys,” said Samson, when he had listened to the smart boy. “Nich olson is right, and, as I punish you, it is only fair that you should punish me. So you shall all stay and keep me in for an hour after school this after noon!” Parental Guidance. To be tactful is the only means of parental victory; to be watchful while seeming indifferent, to guide with an Invisible hand.—Lavlnia Hart FARHER AND PLANTER HIGH PRICE OF FERTILIZERS. Th« Farmer’! Duty Under the Present Clrcumitances. The general Increase in price of fertilizer is caused by a number of conditions. The scarcity of labor in the mines and the demands made by the rats has caused a steady advance in the price of nitrate of soda. The price had about reached the top notch when the Chilian earthquake caused another advance of about $5 a ton The disturbance in the meat packing district caused a falling off of the number of animals slaughtered, hence a decrease in the amount of blood and bone to be used as fertilizer and an advance in price. The demand for cottonseed meal by foreign countries, and high price of labor has caused cot tonseeed meal to advance beyond the price of former years. Phosphate rock is becoming scarce and the price is ad vancing. There seems no prospect of the price dropping soon. It is evident that under the present conditions the farmer must grow more cowpeas and clovor^ko supply the ammonia to their crops, and study more closely the value of potash and phosphoric acid to the plants. The winter months could be profit ably employed in hauling leaves and wood’s mold and mixing it with the manure made on the place so as to make a compost for the land. Of course this presupposes some animals kept on the place. Such a compost will go far towards supplying the plant food that is ordinarily purchased in the form of mixed fertilizers. Six or eight loads of this compost worked in well every two years together with the use of 300 pounds of acid phosphate and 150 pounds of kainit will partially solve the problem. It should not be forgotten that deep plowing will add much to value of the compost to the land. When a deep soil is made by plowing deep and incor porating organic matter, the roots feed deeper and are not influenced so greatly by the drouth during the sum mer. The Home Beautiful. Up and down the road in front of your dwelling, as far as possible, the weeds and bushes should be kept cut. The grounds in front should be kept as clear of bushes, stumps, brush, broken-down vehicles, and the like, as if the place were in town. Take all rubbish to the rear, or burn it. or do both. Hove Some Crop Growing All the Time. When a vegetable crop is not grow ing on the ground a leguminous crop of some kind can be planted to good advantage. These crops are beneficial in many ways, and it is best to follow nature closely in this matter and have some crop growing on the land all the time. To grow goo vegetables the land must contain plenty of humus time. To grow good vegetables the and plant food in abundance. In no way can the necessary nitrogen be ad ded so cheaply as by growing crops of cowpeas, vetch, clover, red clover or crimson clover on the land and e’ther turning them back into the land or by growing these same crops, convering them into hay, feeding this to live stock and putting the stable manure back on the land. Pigs on Alfalfa. Alfalfa is one of the best grazing crops for pigs. Young growing pigs until the time they weigh about 100 pounds, give the best results, but brood sows also respond well to alfalfa feeds. While young pigs are growing and are producing muscle and bene, they need food rich in the constituents which go to build up a strong frame work and alfalfa is valuable in thi3 way. It is more esonomical to feed some grain in addition to the alfalfa though about half of the regular grain feed will be suficient. Alfalfa should be cut for hay the first and second years, but by the third, the roots have become well established, are strong and have grown a good way down into the soil and pasturing may be begun. It is estimated that an acre of alfalfa, when the pigs are fed a half grain ration will produce 200 pounds of pork during the season. The great value of green feed for pigs is not generally so well appreciated as it should be. Plow All You Can in the Fall. In order to get all your land well broken, It Is best to start In the fall and plow on, when the ground Is dry enough, until you get through. Plow all the land you can in the fall. Take your two-horse plow and ridge it up or dry-bed it. Experience proves this to be the best method, since you hold the winter rains and prevent your land from washing, you offer more surface to the freeze. This ridging prevents the land from running to gether when heavy rains come, as it does when broken up smooth. It nev er injures land to plow it—unless it is too wet; and the deeper you plow it in the fall, the better crop you will make next year. When Hogs “Stagger." Hog “staggering” is either the ro-1 suit of kidney worms, or some dis ease of the nervous Bystem. Take some turpentine and rub along the back and loins. Give one ounce of castor oil, into which you have added eight cr ten drops of turpentine. In three days, if not decidedly better, give a tablespoonful of sweet oil, into which put three drops of fluid extract of nux vomica an dfifteen drops of oil of gaultheria; give this for three days. The above is good for any partial par alysis In hogs. _ - - - — ^ Potash and Lime For Peanuts. At present prices peanuts are more profitable than for years. Lime must not be neglected, as it is essential to an average yield. The pods will be full where there is an abundance of potash. Do not allow a bushel of ashes to be poured out at the back yard, when they will do so much in increasing the crop of nuts. Where ashes can not be obtained at the rate of 50 bushels per acre, then buy S > to 400 pounds of German kainit. One ton will be sufficient for five acres, and the increase of crop in value will tar exceed this expenditure. MEN FROM THE NORTH Come Down South and Make Money Farming. We went down to visit our friends, Messrs. Wayman and Rlegel, at Po mona, Ga., says the editor of the Pro gressive Farmer. While there we took a walk. The first farm house we came to was that of Mr. Cook’s. Mr. Cook was reared in New York state. He has only 35 acres, but he runs a dairy and ships milk to Atlanta daily. He has been doing so for 15 years, and has been instrumental in inducing his neighbors to realize the value o£ the cow, until now Pomona is quite a milk shipping point. Any farmer could learn valuable lessons from a visit to his farm; but my—you just ought to see his house and kitchen. His wife does her own work, and that kitchen is better equipped, cleaner and more attractive than many of our sitting rooms or parlors. If we had such a kitchen we would always ask company in through the back door. Our south ern women have got to do more of their work, and we men have just got to do two things—first, fix up our cook rooms more conveniently, and secondly, quit eating three hot meals a day. It is all a habit; cold food is just as good. But we were talk ing about farms and farming. Do you know what follows “the path of the cow?’’ Why, fertility. So Mr. Cook’s land is getting rich, and we not only saw large, fine cotton stalks dead and brown, but we saw fine oats and wheat that were living green. His next neighbor, Mr. A. D. Southerland, who came all the way from Canada. Though from this cold climate, he brought his knowledge of and love for cattle, and he too runs his dairy, though his farm only contains some forty acres. You should see how rich he is making it. He showed us two acres from which he threshed in 1906 70 bushels of wheat, and then cut 10,000 pounds of peavines and sorghum hay. Let’s see, 70 bushels of wheat at $1.25, $87.50; 4 tons of straw at $5, $20; 5 tons of hay at $15, $75. Total $182.50. This isn’t bad, is it? And it did not cost as much as cultivating in cotton. You know there is something inspiring about rich land and a good worker. If you want to do something farming just get your mind on these two essen tional things and the “others shall be added unto you.” SHEEP GROWING IN MISSISSIPPI. Sounds All Right, But Darkies’ Dogs May Change Program. Pickens, Miss.—I have a piece of poor upland that I have recently pur chased at $5.25 per acre. I thought of raising sheep on the land. About how many sheep ought it to pasture, and how many lambs the ewes aver age per annum? About how many times can they be clipped in a sea son, and what is the average number of pounds that a sheep should pro duce? Anything that you may say about the sheep industry would be appreciated. FRANK MACKEY. Cheap lands, and if the Agricultu rist is not mistaken, the value can be increased 50 to 100 per cent during the year. Turn the 40-acre tract as soon as the soil is dry enough to be plowed. Put a number of kinds of plants upon it, If the food is not in the soil for one it may be for another. Don’t be afraid to pay out a few dol lars for seed—they will return the same fourfold. Here is a list and quan tity to each acre; multiply these to suit the 40 acres: Tall oat grass, 2 pounds; alsike clover, 2 pounds; Es sex rape, 1 pound; orchard grass, 4 pounds; white clover, 3 pounds; red top, 10 pounds; Italian rye grass, 3 pounds. Mix these and put into the soil in good condition. This combina tion will keep sheep in fine flesh. This should keep 8 to 10 sheep in good con dition per acre. Ewes average one lamb per season. The lambs at four months of age should sell at $3.50 to $4 per head. Some ewes drop two lambs each year, and all lambs from such ewes should be saved as breeders. Purchase a thoroughbred ram from some reliable breeder ana the progeny will be doubled in value. As a rule sheep are clipped but once a year, but as far south as your place is two clips may be made. The yield Ui WUU1 IS 111 piupuuiuu cue puinj of the breed, from 4 10 8 pounds for mature animals; price running from 20 to 30 cents per pound. Each ewe will produce enough wool to pay foT her keep and give a net profit of 75 .cents, and the lamb, in addition, worth *3. * Wool and lamb growing will pay * much larger profit in Mississippi than cotton culture, even at 10 cents yet pound. Inclose the 40 acres in a wire fence six feet high, and one single barbed wire eight inches above the main fencing. The lambs will pay for these investments and leave a good dividend above them.—Southern Agri culturist. Rape Plant For Hogs. If you were to travel from Canada to Florida hunting for a feed to Seep pigs and hogs in a healty condition there is nothing that can be found That will equal the rape plant. It will grow in a cool climate. It will be neady for stock in fifty to sixty days from time of sowing seed. Seed can be sown in drills and cultivates. Cull the Flock. Cull the flock and send to the table or boarding houses all hens that are not good layers and good mothers. The Garden. In selecting a garden choose a dark soft soil with full access of sunshine and good drainage. Lay it off sensibly and prepare the ground thoroughly. Make your rows straight, and don’t plant too soon. Use papers or brush to protect young plants. Keep the Boll soft and free from grass or weeds. . How to Kill Willows. Any time after the sap rises (on the full moon is the best) cut the bark about waijlt-high and peel it down, let ting it hang to the root of the sapling or tree, it will die and never sprout. I Supt. W. H. Smith of Holmes county has cause to be proud of the auspicious beginning given the movement for the promotion of corn growing among the boys of the public schools of that county. The meeting held at Lexington on the 23d ult. was a splendid success. Near ly two hundred boys, besides an equal number of ladies and gentlemen, were present. Addresses were made by Prof. Perkins of the A. A Mg^A. Meharg of the U. S. department of agriculture, State Supt. Henry Whit field and the writer. Unusual interest was shown by all concerned, and there is little doubt of the success that will attend the venture being made by Supt. Smith. His is the first club of the kind . to be permanently organized in the State, but a number of others will closely follow. It is a movement signifi cant of a great deal. Interest in a bet terment of conditions in general along agricultural lines is fast growing in magnitude and the result will no doubt be gratifying in the extreme. Our people are awakening to the necessity of an education to make good farmers and are demanding increased facilities from year to year. The proposition for an agricultural high school in each congressioaal district will be strongly backed when the legislature meets again, and it should be. With the es tablishment of such schools, the edu cation of our farmer boys in the right way and improved methods employed, Mississippi would bloom as a rose. Then, too, it promises to take away from farm life the drudgery that has characterized it for years and make it more inviting. Farmers will even tually be just as well educated as law yers or doctors, and as able to look out for themselves, a condition that is fast coming about. When this is a fact the farm will be more inviting than the crowded professions and more than crowded commercial fields. Speed the day. J * * * Outside of the vexed labor question Mississippi is enjoying a period of pros perity that is nothing short of wonder ful. However there are those who continue to complain although such are not so common as formerly. The ine qualities can be rubbed out by judicious and persistent effort, and it is the duty of every man to qualify himself for a part in the rubbing process. The writer listened to two distinguished gentlemen not many days since addressing public meetings. Both outlined the inequali ties and proposed a remedy. One said that it was to educate our people and the other that it was to vote. Both were unqualifiedly correct. Educate first and then vote right. A few years of intelligent, educated voting will right all that is not right just now. • • • Mississippi is still furnishing a large crop of suckers to bite at fake schemes of every description offered by slick artists who should be doing time in the penitentiary. Fertilizer receipts by which valuable composts may be made for one-tenth of what they are claimed to be worth, histories of the country which are enabled to be sold at panic prices on account of the collapse of some mythical publishing firm, bio graphical compendiums of great men whose greatness is assured and space given upon the subscription price of the book, etc. It would be well for our people to steer clear of all solicitors along these lines and quit trying to get something for nothing, as in nine cases out of ten they are fakes pure and sim ple, and the subscriber gets little or nothing for his money. * * * As has been stated in this depart ment time and again, the building of the Panama canal means a great deal to the South and to Mississippi. Evi dences of the truth of this are fast coming to the front. Only last week announce ment was made that a Mississippi lum ber concern was expending a million dollars on its plant for the purpose of supplying the facilities for furnishing an enormous amount of lumber for which contract had been secured. The next few years will see a great change in the railroad map of the country, numbers of the great commerce carry ing lines that now go from East to West being changed to the South. • • • P Truck farmers in Mississippi will look more closely after the home market this year than ever before. Too many times they have overlooked the fact that they could get more for their stuff at home than after taking out the cost of transportation to Northern markets. Of course, the home market would not consume a considerable quantity, but its demand is well worth looking after by the truckers. J * • • Waynesboro is not satisfied with the recent installation of a telephone sys tem, but is now clamoring for the erec tion of an electric light plant to be own ed and operated by the municipality. Both are great conveniences and fast becoming necessities. • • • Laurel parties are promoting a com pany to plant -sugar cane and make syrup for the market. It is a proposi tion that is well worth investigating as the success of those who tried the experiment this year can testify. * * * The corn clubs being organized prom ise to show an increase in this great staple crop that will be worth millions of dollars to the State. An increase of ten bushels to the acre would add $20, 000,000 to our wealth in a single year. More corn means more hogs, more stock of every description, and increased prosperity along all lines. The canning of sweet potatoes for the general market is a fast growing in dustry with the truck growing sections of the State. In thorough accord with the spirit so prevalent for the betterment along agricultural lines, the management of the State fair to be held in Jackson from Nov. 5 to 16 have arranged for an experiment station to bo located on the fair grounds. The thousands who will at tend the fair this fall will have the oppor tunity of learning something practical concerning cutural methods, fertilizing and seed breeding. A tract of land in the fair grounds has been selected and preparations are under way for putting the project into execution. It was first broken during the fair last fall by a traction engine of thirty horse power pulling ten big plows. It has been broken again and harrowed smooth. The demonstration plats will be some thing like half an acre in area. Nearly a dozen different varieties of corn, cot ton and other crops will be planted; some without fertilizer, some with a moderate amount, and others with a great deal, and also with combinations. Cultural methods, approved by various authorities, will be used, and he who comes to the fair tjhis fall can visit a model experiment station as well. Placards will be placed on each plat giving information concerning the va riety, method of preparation of the soil and planting, cultivating, fertilizing, etc. This move will no doubt be pro ductive of great good as the immense number of people who will see it dur ing the fair will be more or less inter ested in agricultural matters. It is bound to teach a valuable, practical lesson. • • • The education of our people along seed breeding will cause a large part of the seed corn purchased next year to be in the ear. Two selected ears of the same variety of corn from the same field will not produce corn of equal amounts. Then, if we are to test it be fore planting it must necessarily be bought in the ear. Then, too, in select ing on the farm, it would be better to preserve the ears until spring and test them before planting. Corn in the shelled state is not nearly so easily judged as- when in the ear. The best is none too good for our people, who are becoming so wide awake to im proved methods in everything. # * * Mrs. C. W. Howell, who farms near Greenbrier, Linco'n county, killed three hogs that were less than ten months old and averaged 262 pounds each. It is safe to say that this amount of meat did not cost Mrs. Howell two cents per pound in money. The hog3 were raised largely on the refuse from the table and farm. There is no excuse for fail ure to supply meat for home consump tion by our people. Quit depending upon Kansas City and Chicago to pro vide your smokehouse and raise at least the meat for your family right at home. • » • The immense quantities of fertilizers being hauled out to the farm again makes it pertinent to admonish the peo ple to study the analysis and select the one that is best suited to their needs. What is the necessity for paying $20 for a ton of fertilizer that contains only $10 worth of available ingredients. Combine common sense with this pur chase, as with others, and the result will be gratifying. * » * Friend Brown of Guntown sends the writer a corn cob that very much re sembles a flagstaff or telegraph pole. It is fourteen inches in length and seems a perfectly formed ear of corn. It reposes peacefully beside Anderson’s gigantic pipe and is admired by all who visit the office. It becomes necessary to draw the line somewhere, and notice is given that in future no cobs will be accepted unless covered with corn. Will accept all of that offered. * * * It is very important that owners of stock give in to the assessor the total number so that the same can be record ed. They are not taxable, but as an indication of progress, a complete enumeration would be worth a great deal. Have your list ready before the assessor comes for it. • • * There should be a telephone in tho home of every farmer in the State. It is no longer a luxury but has become a necessity. The arbitrary price being charged for the service will greatly re tard, if not altogether prevent the ex tension of this service to the rural communities. Elect a legislature (hat will correct the evil. • • • The New Albany Box Manufacturing Co., a new concern for the manufacture of complete fruit and packing boxes, has been exempted from taxation by the auditor. Such exemption is only applicable where the completed arti cle, ready for use, is made. # * * $; The government is at last recognizing the splendid fertility of our soil by tak ing an interest in the drainage of vast areas of swamp land. Some districts have already been surveyed and others will be soon with the view of having them biought in o cultivation. » • • Are you proud of the fact that Missis sippi is one of only five States that are free from graft? If so, let everybody possible you know that you are. • • • The United States Department of Agriculture has a number of able men assigned to Mississippi for this year and several hundred demonstrations will be made on farms in almost every section of the State. Valuable results will be shown from this demonstration work. • • • When the experiment stations are in proper condition for the reception of visitors it would be well to inaugurate a series of excursions to bring Ihe peo ple to them. Let everyone go and see what is being accomplished by im proved methods of farming and stock raising. * * » A general movement on the part of the farmers to plant more cow peas, raise more stock and rake up more “home mixture” around the lot, would soon put the fertilizer trust out of busi ness. i ISAAC A LOVER | | OF PEACE I Sfl ■ 2 | Sunday School Lesson for March 10, 1907 fcj >4 2 =!!= Specially prepared for this paper. LESSON TEXT. — Genesis 26:12-25. Memory verses, 16 and 17. GOLDEN TEXT.—“Hmesed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."—Matt. 5:9. TIME.—According to time given in Bible margins Isaac was born about 1896 B. C. and died 1716 B. C. at the age of 180 years. PLACE.—Born In Beersheba, he spent most of his life in the south, including such places as Hebron, Beersheba, Gcrar, Beer-Lahal-Rol. SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES.— Prophesies and promises concerning Isaac: Gen. 17:16-21: 18:10-14; 21:12: 26:2-5, 24; Ex. 32:13; 1 Chron. 16:16; Rom. 8:7; Gal. 4:28. Comment and Suggestive Thought. A Long, Simple Life of Peace.— Va. 12-25. Isaac lived with his father in the great encampment of “The Oaks,” near Hebron, till Abraham’s death, B. C. 1821. He Inherited his father’s property and position, and continued the same kind of life as a farmer chieftain. Moving towards the well of Lahal roi, “The well of the Living One that Seeth Me.” George Adam Smith and Henderson in Hastings’ Bible Diction ary place it about 50 miles south (and a little southwest) of Beersheba, on one of the caravan routes to Egypt. Here it was that Ishmael’s mother Hagar found a resting place and a fountain of water after her hopeless wanderings in the desert. Alexander Whyte thinks that Isaac was attracted to this place, and pitch ed his tent toward Beerlahal-roi, be cause he had heard from his nurse Hagar’s lips her wonderful story of this place. “Isaac could never walk round that well, or sit down beside It, or drink out of it, but his tears would come fast for poor, ill-used Hagar and poor, outcast Ishmael, till he wished again that he had never been born rather than that they should both be outcast from their proper home on . . i •« * _ n—i 8/v4 ins actuuui, turn ***#»w» Isaac also.” 24. The Lord Appeared Unto Him.— In what way we know' not, but prob ably as in other appearances to hi3 people. “The God of Abraham.” "God i3 not the God of the dead, but of the living.” “Therefore he is assured that Abraham is not lost by death, nor God’s covenant with him lost.” “Fear not.” As a man of peace, un willing to strive or light, he may have feared that his enemies would take advantage of his go d disposition, and injure him. God forbids him to have no fear so long as he is serving God and doing right. He is assured against any doubts or fears he may have had, or any feeling of unworthiness from his having so different a career from his father, that the covenant with Abraham, with all its blessings, is continued to him, the son and heir. The Man of Peace.—The only way to overcome evil is with good. Pull ing up weeds never, alone, makes a good garden. It is true that so long as there is evil in the world there will be conflict and commotion. Peacemaking does not mean that we are not to oppose that which 13 wrong or disturb the quiet of corrup tion and crime. Nothing is settled till it is settled right. There can be no peace to the wicked. Our first duty, therefore, is, at any cost, of dis turbance, to get things where peace is possible. Character Study of Isaac.—There are two kinds of men useful as exam ples: First. There are those who do he roic things, great, grand, and visibly glorious, who are ideals set before us, mostly far, far beyond our hope of at taining, but yet visible illustrations of spiritual greatness and heroism, without which every life and the whole world would be poor indeed. Second. There are those who live our common, every-day life with such nobleness, such sweet and holy spirit, doing everything from the highest mo tives, “living,” as Starr King once said, “all the beatitudes daily,” that they are a perpetual inspiration to us every day of our lives. They touch our character, not in special emer gencies, but in every act of every day. Jesus Christ embodies both qualities. His coming to save, his death on the cross, and, ia a sense, all between were the utmost heights of heroism and self-sacrifice. But his daily life was, in many ways, like that of the or dinary man brought up to the perfect ideal. And this kind of life, touching _ J » : 1.. M aaAm nnd onron on/1 /Inti n CJ UU1 UUJIJ UVVV.W ---'--* was essential to our best welfare. Now, Isaac was an example of daily living, such as belongs to us, filled with the spirit which should pervade, inspire, and elevate our dally lives. His life was uneventful, almost mo notonous. He has been called “the Wordsworth of the Old Testament.’* We find in him "those refined, sensi tive, pleasant, passive virtues which make tender and helpful the home re lations, and which are the grace of all social intercourse.’’ Practical Points. We are apt to underestimate the value of commonplace, uneventful lives. On the contrary we should “thank God for putting some very or dinary, commonplace men in his gal lery of Scripture portraits.” The unseen powers of the world are far mightier than the visible mani festations of power we see around us. In a single dTop of water there is electricity enough to kill a man. ~ * The great battles of life, the Mara thons, the Waterloos, the Gettysburgs, are often fought on the silent battle fields of the heart To Prevent Choking. When a fishbone is swallowed and lodges in the throat, pressure on the root of the tongue will induce vomit ing, which will in many cases dislodge the bone. If not, a mustard emetic should be given and the patient made to swallow a large piece of bread or potato. Inconsistent Woman. Why is it that so many of these wronged ladies get married again as soon as the courts release them from the brutes who made their lives mis erable?—N. Y. Sun.