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.MISSISSIPPI Devoted to the Agricultural. Commercial and Industrial Development of the State’s Inconiparab'e Resources—OCciol Oman of Departniem of Agriculture and Commerce. ^ Ut H. E. BLAKESLKE, Jackson. ^ The matter of keeping a well trained pack of bloodhounds in each county in the state, as much for the prevention of crime as catching the criminal after the crime 1ms keen committed, is gaining ad vocates daily. It is generally conceded that if a pack of reliable hounds were to l>e had within an hour or so of the con* mission of the crime, the criminal would not Ire so apt to commit the unlawful act. There arc in the state now a num ber of packs that have done splendid service in bringing criminals to justice, and the object of tlie races to be run at the fair this fall fs to acquaint the peo ple with what is jrossilrle to be done with the bounds and encourage every county to keep on band one or more packs. The fair management will endeavor to encourage this movement by arranging a number of races to be run during the fair over trails of varying length and diffi culty, ending up always on the fair grounds. In this way the public can be educated as to the possibilities with good dogs on the ground early and ready for action. Several Mississippi owners have given the proposition their indorsement and it is likely that no less than half a dozen packs from this state will compete for the purses. It is desired to give local dogs an opportunity of showing what they can do under varying circumstances. Within the past few days parties out side the state realized the importance of the proposition and have requested that they be allowed to enter dogs for the races. The proprietor of a private de tective agency at New Orleans desires to enter two pairs. Buck and Bill and Rex and Jip, these dogs having made splen did records in the past. A proposition by the management has been made that if as many as three eontestors will enter, a special purse will be offered for dogs from outside the state. It is expected that with Sheriff Tate’s dogs from 1 n ion county, that have tracked down many criminals; Cullen & Hiler’s mag nificent pair of English bloodhounds from Oxford, that have a record unbeaten, to getlier with several other pacKS iroiii the state, the event will prove an edu cational one worthy of consideration. Then, if McMahon’s dogs from New Or leans, Siler’s from Montgomery and oth ers from the outside come in, it will be well worth coming many miles to see. At any rate, the proposition is being strongly indorsed, and the event will be one of the best yet proposed by the state fSu- management. The interest already disjJLiyed insures its success, and it is to be lipped, that others will take the mat ter ap in the future, adding greater in terest as the year grows older. * * * Improved methods of farming are in larger use than ever in our state, the farmer adapting himself to conditions and taking advantage of the near cuts to a large extent. The following from the Maben Press tells of what one man is doing, and with any crop, possibly with the exception of cotton, where the labor for picking is so hard to get, it is practicable: “Mr. J. A. Sanders is farming this year on scientific principles. He has under taken to cultivate fifty acres of land and is doing all of the plowing himself. Mr. Sanders has all of his land broken ex cept about one day’s plowing, and has rebedded all that has been planted. He first bedded his land with a disc culti vator, and rebedded with a plow culti vator and middle buster. The land is in fine condition. He is now running his cultivator over his corn that is just com ing up and is fixing it up right. The good part of his plowing is, that he never gets leg-weary, as he rides and does all of the work. We have visited his farm and know whereof we speak. The old mode of farming would require three men and an equal number of mules to do the work he is doing. The labor saved in making one crop will more than pay for two cultivators.” * * * The following report of road condi tions in Coahoma county is refreshing indeed when it is taken into considera tion that our public roads are universal ly bad at this time of the year: “County Road Commissioner T. Likens reports that our county roads are in ex cellent condition and says that he has one hundred and fifty miles of road that an automobile can travel with ease. A few years ago one could scarcely tour the country on horseback, and this rapid change for the better is due in the main to the enterprise and far-sightedness of our splendid board of supervisors.” Coahoma has spent a great deal of money on her roads in the past few years, as shown by the bulletin on roads issued last fall. Some of it was un doubtedly not well spent, but an effort was made and the result has been grati fying indeed. Other counties take no tice. _ Reward Offered. The governor has offered a reward for the apprehension or information that will lead thereto of the four ne groes, Will, Doug, Ben and Ed Harris, who recently assaulted Will Bates, son of Sheriff Bates, at Liberty, with deadly effect._ Law and Order League. A Citizens’ Law and Order League ^ has been organized at Jackson for the purpose of heightening and purifying the moral sentiment of the community, Qiuon^ both white and black. Madison Goes Dry. In the prohibition election held in Madison county the anti-saloon ticket won by a majot Ity of 126. Cantfn has had open saloons lor seventy-five years. Most of the nine saloons have license for a year, the last one expiring on April 24, 1908._ Pythian Convention. The district convention of Knights of Pythias met at Columbus, with about fifty delegates in attendance. There was an exemplification of secret work fallowed by a banquet. V Arrangements have been perfected for the evhihitit n and demonstration of a two-horse road builder at the fair this fall that will likely attract considerable attention. One objection to the ma chines commonly in use is that six or eight stout mules are re juired to puli them while at work, and it is not always convenient to get so many together. This new machine is claimed to do more than half the work with two mules that the larger ones will do with six. The man ufacturers will have a piece of road al ready constructed and the machine in operation on the days set apart for a visit from the supervisors of the various counties and the road commissioners. The success of the venture will be watched with interest by those wres tling with the road problem in Missis sippi. • * * President Bass of the Farmers’ Union and other officials have perfected ar rangements with lhe fair association and will make a comprehensive exhibit of agricultural products at the fair this fall. A large assembly room will be pre pared for union headquarters and kept open during the whole ten days. This room w ill he in charge of union officials and provided with chairs, tables and other conveniences. It will be a pleas ant place for the members to meet, dis cuss matters of interest and rest. Fri day, November 8, has been ’set apart as Farmers’ Union Day and President Bass hopes to see ten thousand union men on hand at that time. * * # In support of the writer’s suggestion as to the use of broader tires for the im provement of our roads, the Centerville Jeffersonian comments on the fact that there is complaint about the saw mills of that section damaging the roads witli their heavy wagons. The Jeffersonian goes on to show' that the broad tires used on the log wagons tend to improve the road except in extremely bad weath er, when it is impossible to draw a load with any kin* of a tire. Broad tires will not make perfect roads, but it is recognized as a /act where experiments have been made that they tend to im prove the road, and that a load is drawn with more ease over dirt roads where nothing but broad tires are used. The United States government has thorough ly tested this matter and in the District of Columbia tires of standard width are required by law. It is a matter worthy of investigation by the people of Mis sissippi. Kosciusko has a canning factory in operation and the prospects for its suc cess are said to be flattering. Straw berries were the first fruit to be canned and the promoters are well pleased with the start made. It is to be sincerely hoped that this project will prove a per fect success, although our people have never yet made the business so very profitable. With a factory to can the surplus fruit and vegetables of a com munity, the people could easily arrange for money crops all through the season, and this is an item to be considered in every community. ‘* * * The people of Tippah county are be ginning to sit up and take an interest in pecan growing. The Sentinel last week records the fact that several citizens were planting trees and would give the business a thorough trial. There is every reason to believe that pecan growing in that section of the state should prove profitable along with other sections that have made it a great success. Tl»?re is no more valuable asset to the ordinary farm than a bearing orchard of pecan trees. # # # Hon. Charles Scott of Rosedale offers $25 in cash for the best ten bales of alfalfa hay shown at the state fair this fall. This is in addition to the $50 mower for the best ten bales to be com posed of five varieties. J. W. Day of Crystal Springs offers $10 in cash for the best display of walnuts and hickory nuts raised in Mississippi. Here is an opportunity for some bright boy to score. Hon. Walter Clark’s $25 in cash for the best ten ears of corn should not be for gotten. These gentlemen take a com mendable interest in agricultural af fairs. • * * Mississippi has sent of her best people liberally to develop the resources of Ark ansas^, Texas, Oklahoma and other West ern states. We need them now, together with compound interest on the loan. At any rate, let’s instill into our young men and women tjie fact that Mississippi is the best state in the Union and prevent further emigration. • # * Write the editor of this department how many tons of alfalfa hay you cut from an acre last year, how many bush els of corn you gathered from an acre, how many gallons of syrup you made, how cheaply you raised some bacon at home, and anything that would be of interest to the public at large. Space will be cheerfully given for such experi ences, as they make the best of reading. Convicted of Murder. Arthur Farrow, colored, was found guilty of the murder of Myrtie Scott, a young white man, in the northwestern part of Tate county. The Farmers’ Union plan for ware housing cotton is a sensible solution of the cotton holding proposition, and is gaining in popularity with all classes el business people. The merchants, bank ers, professional men and everybody would be benefited by the success of this movement. Their interests should be and are, identical in this important ma't ter. _ Time is the price of eternity; if you spend your time well, you purchase an eternity of happiness; if you spend it ill, you purchase an eternity of woe. The United States provisional govern ment is still running the affairs of the Cuban republic. And the backbone of the provisional government is the United States army, commanded by Brigadier General Barry. General Barry is in his fifty-second year. He graduated from West Point in 1877. The progress of an army officer in times of peace is slow. In 1891 he had risen to the rank of cap tain. The war with Spain gave General Barry an opportunity, with many other officers. He served in the Philippines with distinction and on the China relief expedition. The sendee brought him quick promotion and he rose to tbe tjost of brigadier-general. MAIL ORDER EVIL ITS RISE IS NOT THE RESULT OF LEGITIMATE DEMAND. DUE ENTIRELY TO GREED And It Feeds Upon the Prosperity of the Country Towns—A Menace to the Nation. (Copyrighted, 1808, by Alfred C. Clark.) As the years go by we are more than ever brought face to face with the vital question of trading at home. During the past decade the habit of buying goods abroad has grown to such proportions that the country merchant may well feel alarmed at the probable outcome unless something is done to forestall the great calamity which will surely result therefrom. Trade conditions 25 years ago were satisfactory. At that time catalogue houses were entirely unknown and country merchants were “monarchs of all they surveyed,” so to speak, in the lines represented, and the people were prosperous and happy. Perhaps not so much because they generally had money enough to meet their wants, but because of the contentment that prevailed throughout the country at that time. The farmers raised good crops, generally, and received good prices for what they had to sell. They sold their surplus stuff to the local merchant and bought what they wanted; and this was the height of It seems that It could be easily pointed out to him that if thero was uo town near him and he had to drive 20 or 30 miles to take his produce to market and haul his groceries the same distance home, he could easily see that his land would greatly depre ciate in value and the disadvantages he would encounter on every hand would be very disastrous to his time and he would gladly spend his money at home to divert this calamity. One of the most potent levers with which to control trade in country lo calities is the liberal use of printers' ink, coupled with intelligence in ad vertising the wares of the merchant. The catalogue houses employ the best talent obtainable to write their adver tisements and spend large sums of money in this way. Besides advertis ing judiciously they advertise on a large scale and consequently get the business. The old saying that “You must fight the devil with fire” will ap ply in this case. The home merchant must advertise. He must do more than say: "Come to Smith’s to trade, cheapest place on earth.” He must describe his merchandise as he would Jm private conversation over the coun ter to a customer, and then quote the price. This will nearly always act as a clincher and will at least put him on a standing with the catalogue house. In fact it will give him an ad vantage over the catalogue house, for in almost every case he can sell the same grade of merchandise cheaper than the catalogue house can sell it. This is not mere theory but a state ment of fact, for the reason that the country merchant's business is oper ated at a very much less expense than that of the mail order merchant. I :: -w~ Are you, Mr. Resident cf This Community, feeding to the mail order hog the dollars of this community? Are you pouring the money that should stay in the home town into the trough from which the gluttonous hogs of the city feed? If so you are doing not only the town, but yourself, an irre parable injury, and one that you should stop at once. their ambition, hence the contentment that prevailed. But in after years, when cities grew and trade expanded, the mer chants of these cities not being con tent with conditions of trade, devised plans by which they might reach out for more business. Advertising in the newspapers being a cheap way of putting the merits of their goods be fore the people, this plan appealed to them and it was adopted. At first they operated oil a small scale; then, as the merchant saw the opportunity for making it pay, he added to his adver tising fund. And so it has continued until to-day millions of dollars are annually sent to mail order houses by the people of the United States. The best and most effective way to throttle the catalogue house has been a question uppermost in the minds of country merchants for several years past; some advocating one plan and some another. There are several plans which might be presented to induce the farmer to buy at home. In the first place his pride might be appealed to. There are very few farmers who own their own farms but that would be interested in building up his own locality. He realizes the fact that if his farm is to be valuable it must be farmed in the most scientific manner and all buildings, fences, etc., must be kept up in the best possible shape, and above all the farm must be lo cated not too far from some good town, for we all know that farm land brings a much better price when near to some good town or village. It is not hard to get the farmer to realize this, for if he ever sold any farm land or tried to sell any, he knows this to be a fact. Well, then, after he has realized this fact, the thing for him to do is to patronize his home mer chants,and business men, so they may be able to build and maintain a good town. Public s'-nools are much better in the towns than in the country for the reason that where the population is most dense, there is more taxable property to the amount of territory covered, hence there is more money collected for school purposes, and as a result more and better teachers are employed. All this is of the highest importance to the farmer, as most farmers who are of any importance in their profession are interested in giv ing their boys and girls a good educa tion. And right here is where the gbod town proposition comes to him with great force. He knows he can send his children to the village school at a great deal less expense than to send them away to college, and that in most cases better results are ob tained. If the farmer seriously desires all these good things he must of necessi ty help to build them. Let him under stand that he is one of the main spokes in the great wheel of com merce in his vicinity and that he can ill-afford to send abroad to purchase even the smallest item of merchan dise, though it may seem to him that he is saving a few cents by doing so. There are a thousand and one items of expense which the city merchant lias to meet that are entirely unknown to the country merchant. The time is rapidly approaching when people who patronize mail order houses will be looked upon as “soon ers" by the solid and influential citi zens of all commonwealths and will suffer ostracism at their hands. Cities and towns are built by com bined efforts of the residents thereof; not by foreign capital. So too are our churches and schoolhouses built. It may be true that in many instances eastern capital has been employed to make improvements in the west, but always with good round interest to the lender of the money. No one ever heard of a case where an eastern man or firm contributed to western enter prise for the fun of the thing. Nor did you ever hear of a case where any mail order or catalogue house ever contributed to any church building fund. Nor yet did they ever build or help to build any of our schoolhouses, You never heard of a case of this kind and you never will. All these eastern sharks care for is your dollar, and you know it, and when they have got ten that they have no more use for you. Then why should you patronize them? You can go to your home mer chant any day in the year and if you are short of change, he will extend you credit. If you are sick and un able to work the home merchant will see that your family is provisioned until you get on your feet again. He will do all of this and at the same time furnish the same grade of goods at the same or even at a less price. Will the catalogue merchant do this? A society could be organized and designated as the “People’s Protec tive Association.” An organization of this kind could be perfected in every town and hamlet in the coun try. niercnants ana Dusiness men would push these organizations for the reason that it would be to their interest to do so. After the organiza tion is formed and things are running smoothly questions of the day may be discussed, and also matters pertaining to the welfare of the immediate local ity may be brought up which will in clude the important question of trad ing at home. Of course it will be ad mitted that this question will have to be handled with gloves on. But there are men in business in every town who are equal to the emergency and no trouble is anticipated in getting the farmers and others who buy of mail order houses to listen to reason. Teach the farmer to love his coun try, his town and his people; make him realize that they are bis; that they.are a part of his being, his life. Teach him that it is to his financial, moral and social interest to buy his goods in his home town, and if he be a man he will do it. J. P. BELL. * ' I Burden We Would All Assume. Rich may be a burden, but few of us are willing to kick at a burden of i that kind. SAMSON’S HEROIC DEATH A STOHY OF THE PERIOD OF THE JUDGES IN ISRAEL By the “Highway and Byway” Preacher (Copyright, 11)07. Py the Author, W. 8. KUxun.j Scripture Authority:—Judges 18: 21-31. 444444 4444444,4444 444444 444 * SERMONETTE. | 7 4 4 The Triumph of Evil.—“Our 4 X god hath delivered Samson our 4 4 enemy into our hand,” was the 4 boast of the Philistines. They 4 4 saw in the downfall of their ^ 4 powerful enemy an evidence of 4 7 the favor of their god Dagon, ^ X and a proof of their own prow- 4 7 ess. And that is as far as they ^ 4 could see or understand. Evil 4 7 always is half blind. Its vision * 4 is limited by the horizon of the 4 7 physical and temporal. It elimi- X 4 nates the true God as a factor 4 | and places superstition and 4 7 pride upon the throne of rea- 7 4 son. Evil does not recognize 4 4 God as a controlling factor in * 4 the affairs of life; it does not 4 7 understand that it overreaches 7 itself and brings about its own 4 7 destruction. X 4 But from the Divine view- 4 X point, evil triumphs over the ^ 4 good because sin is permitted 4 !*** to usurp the place of God in the 4 heart and life. The fortress of 4 the heart is impregnable until 4 the little side door of sin is f opened to admit the enemy. 4 Samson was a defeated man 4 4, from the moment he let the 4 ^ earthly love usurp the place of £ 4 God, and the final yielding to ♦> 4 the importunities of Delilah was ^ 4 but the inevitable outcome of 4 4 such unholy alliance. 4 4 “Let no man say when he is 4 f4 tempted, I am tempted of God; £ for God cannot be tempted with J* 4 evil, neither tempteth He any X ?man; but every man is tempted 4 when he is drawn away of his 4 4 own lust and enticed. Then 4 4 when lust hath conceived, it 4 4 bringeth forth sin; and sin, 4 4 when it is finished, bringeth 4 7 forth death.” £ iiltvvvucu guciiyin. uui «*» while evil in its blindness was X X glorying in the fall of the X f* mighty Samson, the mercy and X forgiveness of God were being X bestowed upon a repentant sin- X ner. What evil can do to a man X X is nothing to what God can do % X for him. Samson shorn and X X blind and in the power of the X enemy may yet rise above the 7 X miserable conditions into x X which his sin has plunged him. T X He may again become the in- X X strument of righteousness to X a the condemnation and judgment X X upon evil. 7 X “If we confess our sins He is x X faithful and just to forgive us X Jour sins and cleanse us from all x unrighteousness.” The prison X f house at Gaza became Samson’s X confessional. The Philistines X X could shut out the light of day X X from his eyes, but they could X X not shut out God from his X .j. heart. They could bind his X X limbs with fetters of brass, but X X they could not chain down his X 7 spirit and prevent it from X X reaching out and finding the X X forgiving and restoring God. X X After all, how circumscribed <♦ X are the powers of evil. How X X the servant of God ought to rea X lize the possibilities which lie X X within him as he links his life X with that of God. 7 X To fall into sin is grievous, X X but to remain in the condition X X where sin has cast us is inex- X X cusable, unpardonable. Here is a X where Samson’s faith, spoken of 4* X in the eleventh of Hebrews, X X shines out the brightest. Though X the physical eyes were never to x X see again, not so with the eyes X X of the soul. Faith touched the x X blindness which had come from X X sin and the soul looks up and X X sees the God that giveth X X strength to the humble and re- £ X storeth them which be of a X X contrite spirit, and so we find X the latter end of this man Sam- X X son was better than the first; X Jthat he rose above defeat to X win a crowning victory. So X a may it be with every child of X X God- X X X THE STORY. <<QAMSON blind and in fetters!” 0 was the message which spread swiftly throughout the land of the Philistines, and into the borders of the land of Judah. “Samson blind and in fetters!” “Surely, Dagon, the god of the Phil istines, hath heard our cry and hath delivered him into our hands,” ex claimed the Philistines. “Surely,” bitterly cried the Israel ites, “our God hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the power of the enemy!” And Samson, the erstwhile cham pion of Israel and Israel’s God, and the unconquerable foe of the Philis tines, sat in anguish of body and spirit in the prison house at Gaza grinding, grinding, grinding; while the clank of his chains kept doleful, heartless time to the movements of his hands. Yes, the agony of those moments when, in fiendish glee his captors had pierced his eyeballs with their red hot iron, wes almost enough tc drlvf him mad! Yes, the humiliation and despair as he heard the clankinp chains and felt the brutal blows which welded the heavy fetters on hands and limbs cut to the very depths of his soul! Rut all that excruciating ordeal was as nothing now to the anguish oi soul he endured ns the accusing voice of conscience cried out in his heart and condemned him. He, the Nazarltf to God; he, the chosen one of God tc deliver and judge Israel; he, the mighty champion who had never known defeat during all the 20 yeare he had judged Israel, come*at last tc this! Could it be possible? He shook himself to see if he were awake, and it was not all a hideous dream, but the clank of the chains came as an answering voice. He lift ed his trembling hands to the sight less eyes. “Oh, God!” hfr cried, “how could 1 have done this thing?” And in the agony of his despair he beat upon his breast until the ring of the rattling chains echoed and reechoed through the prison house. Like a flood there swept across his soul the memory of his wrongdoing. How he had allowed himself step by step to be drawn into the power of that wicked woman. How he had sought his own ease and pleasure and had forgotten his high calling and ob ligation. And, worse still, how he had fallen so low as to reveal the sacred secrets of his God to the heart of a profane and profligate Philistine woman. During thdse meditations, when it seemed as though his very soul would be crushed by the burden of his guilt and his God had forsaken him forever, there came into the prison house a company of the lords of the Philistines, whose elation was mani fested as they looked down upon their old enemy and taunted him with the humiliation of his position and gloried in his weakness. At last they tired of this diversion and turned to go, saying as they did so: “We must needs offer a great sacri fice to our god, Dagon, for see how he hath delivered into our hands our enemy.” The words aroused Samson, and long after they had departed he kept repeating them over and over and saying to himself: “Nay, it was not the god Dagon, but my sin that brought me to this place. Shall Dagon, indeed, receive the glory?” And he buried his head low between his knees as he realized how grievously he had compromised the cause of his God. And even while he was thus bowed there came whisper ing to his soul that with his God there was forgiveness and mercy. “Oh, God!” he cried, as he lifted his sightless eyes toward heaven, “let this thing come to pass that I may yet show that it is to God that victory be longeth! Let not these uncircurii cised Philistines forget that the God of Israel and not the god Dagon rul eth!” From that moment something like peace came to Samson, and as the days came and went the repentant heart of Samson reached out in faith and took fresh hold upon the God to whom his life had been consecrated. Thus there grew up in his heart anew hope and confidence, and the old thrill of his strength and power came back to him. At last tne great aay or tne least and sacrifice to Dagon, the god of the Philistines, arrived. Multitudes crowd ed into the great amphitheater, and other thousands filled the roof over looking the arena. Then came the cry for Samson that he might make sport for them, and while they waited impatiently a messenger was dis patched to the prison house to fetch him. What a shout that was as they saw the form of their old enemy come groping into the arena before them! How different from the old Samson who had withstood the armies of the Philistines and had, single-handed, slain thousands of their strongest men. There he was in their power, forced to make sport for them, and right royally did they cheer his every feat and shout in his ears: “Now doth our god Dagon find pleasure in Samson! Now are we avenged for all that Samson hath done unto us!” And while the tumult was at 'its height, Samson turned to the lad that had led him into the arena and said: “Suffer me that I may feel the pil lars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them.” The shouting ceased as he reached a position between the two main pil lars which sustained the weight of the roof. Eagerly his hands groped about until they touched the great wooden piers. All eyes were turned upon him now in wonder to see what next he would do, and a breathless ex pectancy filled the place. Suddenly upon the stillness which had fallen rose the voice of Samson as he lifted his face towards heaven: and the eager multitudes leaned for ward to hear what was said, while the crowds in the rear, realizing that something unusual was transpiring, pressed toward the front. “O Lord God!” rang out the words, clear and loud, “remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” A shout of derisive laughter rang out from the people as they cried: “He prayeth to his God!” But the sound thereof was quickly drowned in the noise of crashing timbers as Sam son bent himself between the pillars, and they went down like bits of straw. And the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein *so that the dead which Samson slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. PECULIARLY APPROPRIATE. “And now,” said Mrs. Porkenham, after the expert in heraldry had ar ranged a suitable device for her coat of-arms, “I think we ought to have a motto of some kind lettered across the field.” “Yes. That would be a good idea. Let me see? How would ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ do?” “That’s very nice, but don’t you think we ought to have something that would be peculiarly appropriate for our house?’ “I think, madam, that is as appro priate as anything we coaid find. Did I not understand you to say that your husband had made his money in the hog-killing business?”—Chicago Rec ord-Herald. True to Her Sex. Tom—Miss Peach has a secret charm about her that I can’t under stand. Jack—Oh, don’t let that worry yon. She won’t keep it any more than any other secret.—Chicago Daily News. JOSEPH FORGIVES HIS BROTHERS Sunday School Lesson lor May 12,1907 ; Specially Prepared fcr This Paper. LESSON TEXT.—Genesis 43:1-15; 50:15 21. Memory verse*, 4, 5. GILDEN TEXT.—"Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even ns God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you."—Eph. 4:32. TIME.—B. C. 1707, according to Ussher. Second year of famine and 22 years after Joseph was sold Into Egypt. PLACE.—Heliopolis In Egypt, on the Nile, near the head of the Delta; or Zoan, near the outlet of the tanltlc mouth of the Nile. About 250 miles from Heb ron, Jacob’s home. Comment and Suggestive Thought. We are now to trace the steps by which Joseph’s brothers were trans formed from haters into lovers. We left them, a set of bitter-hearted, cruel men, with virtual murder on their souls and their brother's bloody gar ment in their hands, telling their old father a lie that meant, they knew, his lifelong sorrow. Yet those same men were to be the ancestors of God’s chosen people. The Pressure of Famine.—Gen. 42: 1-3. Some of those who greatly ad mired the character of Joseph have been compelled to think he did wrong irf not notifying his old father of his safety during those nine years when as prime minister he certainly had power to commu\iicate with him. In view, however, of the yearning affec tion which Joseph afterward showed, we may well believe that he realized how little good would be accomplish ed by such a course while hi3 broth ers hearts remaii^ hard. Joseph’s Rough Dealing.—Gen. 42: 4-6. Even in his old age, Jacob’s en ergy shows itself, and It is he that proposes an expedition to get food from Egypt. The youngest, Benja min, was alone retained at home. Imprisonment.—Gen. 42:17-24. Jo seph's dramatic reminders of what had passed continued. As they had thrust him into the pit, he thrust them into the horrors of an Egyptian prison. The Mystery of the Money.—Gen. 42:25-38. Sometimes consciences that are not aroused by adversity are awakened by strangeness and mys tery. This also was added for the bet tering of his brothers. The Sorrowful Father.—Gen. 43:1 14. However reluctant the sons were to face again the terrible rule of Egypt, and however Jacob dreaded to part with his sole remaining consola tion, Benjamin, the pressure of hun ger was too great for them. With a sinking heart, Jacob agreed that Ben jamin should go, being a little as sured, perhaps, by Judah’s manly promise to be surety for him. Benjamin Honored.—Gen. 43:15-34. A new surprise awaited .the brothers in Egypt. Instead of being received roughly by the prime minister, they were invited to dine at the great man’s house. Benjamin’s Peril.—Gen. 44:1-13. The affair of the divining cup was the most severe test of all. It was part of the plot to make out that Benjamin had stolen something very valuable and precious. The penalty applied to common thieves by Egyptian law was perpetual slavery, and that was the fate which confronted the horri fied Benjamin when the cup was dis covered in his sack. Judah’s Appeal.—Gen. 44:14-34. The examination before Joseph is a fit climax of the wonderful story. “Ju dah had thirsted for the blood of Jo seph; it was Judah who now became the spokesman for the rest."—Sayce Joseph’s Disclosure of Himself.— Vs. l-"4. Joseph’s severe tests had abundantly accomplished their pur pose; they had shown his brothers, even the worst of them, to be changed men, whom he could trust. Therefore he no longer hesitated to disclose himself. Joseph's Disclosure of Providence. —Vs. 5-8. The surgeon’s task is not complete if he leaves an open wound. Wise dealing with sinners never ends when they repent. They must next be comforted, strengthened, lifted into a new confidence. This is what Joseph now does for his humbled brothers. “I can forgive, but never forget” is as far as many Christians of to-day go in regard to an injury. How small is such a position as we stand beside this Hebrew, who could not ohly forget, but could strive to make the wrongdoers forget! Joseph Sends for His Father.—Vs. 9-13. The best way to help a re pentant sinner is to give him some noble task to perform; and If it helps to undo some of the wrong he has done, so much the better. Such a task Joseph next gave his brothers. The Reunited Brothers.—Vs. 14, 15; Gen. 50:15-21. A moment more saw him and Benjamin locked in each oth er’s arms, their tears freely flowing. And he kissed all his brethren. Sim eon? Yes. Reuben? Yes. Those who had tied his hands and mocked his cries? Yes. He kissed them all And after that they talked with him.” —F. B. Meyer. Practical Points. The chief characteristics of this re markable man Joseph were: (1) filial devotion; (2) absolute purity and honesty; (3) unselfishness, and readi ness to help others; (4) humility; (5) a cheerful faith in God and in his destiny; C6) faithfulness in little things; (7) resolution and enterprise; (8) patience and perseverence. These qualities are within the reach of any man, and they will make any man’s life successful. “These dealings of Joseph with his brethren are the very pattern of God’s dealings with men.”—Trench. Turned the Tables. In a crowd waiting for a car at Eleventh street and Grand avenue the other day was an old negro, who was inclined to be discursive, says the Kansas City Times. Two high school boys believed they saw a chance to make fun of him, and made several remarks at which they themselves laughed heartily. Finally one of them said; “You’re a preacher, aren’t you, uncle?” “Yes, sab,” replied the negro, bringing forth a card. “Ah’m a under taker, too. Ah don’t wish you no bad luck, but Ah’d lak teh have yo’ buai aeu."