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PROPHET Jonah StrWoi to Escape an Unpleasant Duty. 1 STORY BY THE “HIGHWAY AND BYWAY” PREACHER tOopyriglil, 1VU8, by ~Aulaor, W. 8. Kibun j Scripture Authority—Jonah, chap ters 1 and | SERMON ETTE. | v This story of Jonah, indorsed £ X and confirmed by Christ him- $ X self, needs no further indorse- £ v ment of scholar or critic to make £ X it authentic to the minds of the £ X devout and earnest students of X £ God’s word. The easiest and v £ most reasonable way out of all £ X the difficulties of the book is X v just to take it for what it says. £ v It teaches many profound les- £ £ sens, first of all, perhaps, being X X that of the wideness of God’s £ v plans and the narrowness of £ V the conception of God’s serv- £ £ ants. £ While God was concerned X X with ail the world, and his heart £ had gone out in mercy and love X £ to that great city of Nineveh, £ X his servant, Jonah, had so lo- X £ calized himself and so limited £ £ the mercy and blessing of God £ £ to the one nation of Israel that £ £ he could not for a moment con- £ £ ceive of the possibility of its be- £ £ ing right or just to give Nine- £ X veh a chance. X £ Preach to Nineveh! Prepos- £ £ terous! And God’s prophet £ £ was in a rage and sought to £ X escape the discharge of the £ ♦.* L'jmimooiuM ictiu upon nim, v There are a great many run X away disciples of God, it is to be X feared; disciples whose narrow v conception of God's work tempts them to avoid the service which X would take them far from home X and to a psople and nation not ;!j their own. X Jonah needed a larger vision X of God's purposes and plans, and so do we. The prayer: “Lord v bless me, and my wife, bless my X son John, and his wife, us four, X and no more,” must give place X to the prayer which takes in all X the world in that true spirit X which makes one willing to go X and fellow up the prayer, in a v life of service. X “Woe is unto me,” cries Paul, X “if I preach not the Gospel," and thrust out from his own na X tion and his own people he must X needs carry God's world wide X Gospel to the Lattermost parts X of the wide, wide world. X There are two consequences of Jonah's disobedience and at tempt to escape doing what God X had directed him to do. First, X his own suffering and danger, X and second, the great distress X and peril into which his conduct X plunged other people. X But out of this dark chapter v in Jonah's history there shines X the bright light of an unwaver X ing faith in God, and his willing X ness to bear all blame and the £ consequences of his wrong-doing X in order that the innocent might X escape. X Even death in the sea did not X restrain him from trying to X right the wrong he had done to X those innocent sailors, and so he v urges them to cast him out, his X faith in God being strong enough X •#* W O ■ J V* I V, Illlll Lilul V^YIIIC WIIcU *#* might he could only afford to v do that which was right. The v X reward of faith came in his re- X a markable preservation. !;! THE STORY. THE prophecy which the prophet Jonah had spoken concerning the political revival of Israel and the re covery of the coast line which years before had been lost to the hostile na tions round about had proved a pop ular message, as was to be expected, and everywhere the prophet went he was enthusiastically received. His words inspired the people with the one purpose of bringing about that which the prophet had said should come to pass. King Jereboam, who during the early part of his reign was inclined to rest content with the victories which his father had won, and who apparently had no military aspirations other than that of keeping what ke already possessed, was at first dis posed to receive the message of Jonah with skeptical mind, declaring that the recovery of the uttermost borders of Israel was impossible, for their en emies were strong and Israel’s forces weak. Rut as the popular feeling had risen and swept over the land, unifying the nation with the one impulse of re gaining lost territory, he had caught the spirit of the movement, and was soon the most enthusiastic leader of the nation, displaying a military genius even greater than that which his fa ther had shown before him. Jonah watched these deveie^rv,„„*„ with profound satisfaction and grati tude to God. His message to the na tion had been one to which his whole being had responded, for there was no more loyal or devoted Israelite In all the land than he. He knew his country's history, and he knew her needs, and had it not been that the spirit of God had laid hold of his in tense nature and held him for a re ligious life, he undoubtedly would have plunged into the army life and per haps become one of the great leaders of the army of Israel. As it was, however, in his office as prophet to the nation he was destined to play an important part, and he threw himself into the work of reviv ing the national spirit and unifying the forces of Israel. Back and forth through the length and breadth of the land he went preaching his message and arousing the people. It was from one of these trips he bad Just returned to Samaria, and found the king had caught the spirit of the movement and was wait ing to receive him and ask his counsel concerning the coming cam paign. Jonah gave a careful report as to the conditions all through the land, of the enthusiasm of the peo ple and of the rallying of the fighting men. so that every tribe and every section of the iand had its body of soldiers to throw into the main aimy when the king should be ready to be gin an aggressive military campaign It seemed to Jonah as he departed from the palace after the long confer ence that the prospect could not be brighter, nor the plans more perfectly laid, and when he reached his own humble dwelling he threw himself down upon his couch, not to sleep, but to dream of the glorious future which was opening up before the na tion. But the aet^e brain and bounding heart must needs yield at last to the ' fatigue of the body, and the prophet slept. How long he lay thus he knew not, but as he slept a vision came to him of a great city and the voice of one standing and pointing towards the city sounded in his ear and he awoke. All was still and the vision was gone, but as he lay in the darkness and listened for the voice he had heard in his dreams, and which seemed so real that he could scarcely believe that he had been asleep, he heard it again, saying: “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.” With a startled cry, Jonah leaped from his couch and stood trembling by the open door. Go and preach to Nineveh! Nine veh, the great, a hostile nation, whom Israel had reason to fear. Preach to Nineveh, to strengthen that city against his own. when he had just been going up and down through the land proclaiming the word of the Lord and calling on Israel to war HCninst fhn lmtinnc rnnnH ahmif onrl recover the territory lost years be fore? It fairly took his breath away, and as he strove to control the revul sion of feeling which rushed over him he drove his finger nails into the palms of his hands, so tightly did he clasp them. Go to Nineveh! He could not! Why, is seemed like apostasy! He who had been preaching a message of hope and deliverance to his own nation, to turn to one of the great na tions about and preach a message of warning! Why, it seemed incredible. What would the nation think of him? How would he be able to explain his conduct to the people and to the king? So disturbed and excited was he that calm thought was impossible, and it did not occur to him that in obeying the commands of God it was not neces sary to explain hi-s conduct or offer any excuses. It was his part to obey, and God would take care of the con sequences. But in his present state of mind he could consider only one side *of the situation, and when he found no satisfactory answer to the questions which rose in his mind and was all at sea as to what course to pursue, he did what many another one has done, he fled. It was still dark and the streets of the city were quiet and deserted. As he rushed onward and neared the city gate, he suddenly realized that it would be closed and the wacchman set. Instinctively he felt he must not be seen of any in his flight, and when he was wondering how he could es cape from the city without being seen he recalled a little gate in the wall near his own home, and thither he turned his footsteps. Once outside the city, the troubled thought oc curred to him as to which way he should flee. With the command of God ringing in his ears he could not stay in his own land; to Nineveh he was quite determined not to go. Whither should he go? "At least I wifi get as far from Nin eveh as possible,” he exclaimed, and altering his course he turned off towards the seacoast. and the next day, footsore and weary, he reached Joppa. And now whither, he asked himself, as he waudered through the streets of the city. As though by way of answer, lib footsteps aimlessly led him down to the wharf where the ship ping was anchored. "The very thing,” he exclaimed, as his eyes fell upon the vessel; "I will lose myself upon the sea. My coun | trymen will not know whither I have gone, and perhaps,” he continued, doubt fully, "perhaps I will find that it was not God who spoke to me, after all.” LIKE THOSE IN COMIC OPERA. — Armies of Rival Sultans of Morocco Must Be Unique. According to the correspondent of the London Times both the rival sul tans of Morocco are depending for troops upon each other’s deserters and are otherwise interesting, “I was unable to visit Mulai Hafid’s camp,” he says, “but Mulai Abd-el-Aziz’ army presented certain anomalies. The non commissioned officers in uniform who sold sweetmeats to the soldiers during the march past at a great review seem useful accessories and doubtless the naked lunatic who stood on his head and turned somersaults directly in front of the war minister at the salut ing point served some utilitarian, if rather occult, purpose. Not to of isna me moaesiy or certain Europeans who were present, one of the sultan's bandsmen was divested of his cloth ing and the madman continued his eccentricities in uniform, while the bandsman played a trombone arrayed in a short white shirt.” For Penny-a-Word Telegrams. It is hoped that a conference of the postmasters-general of Europe will be held this year in London with a view to introducing penny a word tele grams throughout Europe. The Brit ish postmaster-general estimates the diminution of revenue through the adoption of this measure as not ex ceeding £120,000, which would not in volve any actual loss, the present profits exceeding that figure. Easy to Peg. Gunner—Those are resourceful chil dren. Guyer—I should say so. They are using Brother Bill's loud checkered vest to play checkers on. Gunner—But what in the world are they doing with Sister Sue’s peeka boo waist? Guyer—Oh, they are using the pen foratlons as a crlbbage board. MILLINERY FANCY White Chip, Trimmed with Black Velvet and Tea Rose. BEST FORM OF EXERCISE. Boston Girls Enthusiastic Over the Use of Dumbbells. There is a good deal of enthusiasm lately over dumbbells among the girls who are always up on the latest for keeping one's self in good trim. They say that dumbbells are better than plain calisthenics without any ap paratus, because they give you some thing definite to do. These girls have found it a great temptation in the ordinary exercises simply to wave the arms and legs about without any par ticular object. Dumbbell drills are better than raising chairs with one finger and standing-on-your-head stunts, because the average girl can do them, while she often loses her courage with the impossible exercises. In one boarding house in Boston, where a number of business girls live, there is a dumbbell brigade, which meets in one of the girls’ rooms every night. Each girl comes in a kimono and armed with a pair of light-weight dumbbells. Then they go through a number of simple exercises, which one of the crowd, w’ho used to be a college girl, learned in the gym. The girls all say that they are having a little trouble in refitting their clothing, as a result of their dumbbell drill, but they are wonderfully im proved in figure and carriage since they began work some wreeks ago. Their five exercises are worth know ing, especially to girls who are get ting a bit round shouldered from bend ing over their desks all winter, so here they are: Stand erect with the right foot slightly in advance. Grasninsr the dumbbells firmly, stretch both arms up as high as possible. Breathe deep ly. Rise on tiptoe if you can. Place the left hand with dumbbell against the waist. Raise right hand with dumbbell over the head. Bend the head and upper part of body to the right. Reverse the motions and repeat them several times. This exercise gives flexibility to the waist; also lengthens and tapers it. First, stand erect. Then bring the upper part of the body forward, the arms holding the dumbbells extended. Let the head drop forward. Inhale deeply. Then with ;:low exhalations all the wTtile bring ihe body to an up right position. With dumbbells grasped tightly, stretch both arms upward horizontally. Bend the arms at the elbows, and bring the dumbbells back to the shoul ders with a quick and very strong mo tion. Clutch the dumbbells tightly and bring them vigorously down against the waist. Then thrust both arms down, then out, then up with at least a dozen repetitions. After each move ment, return the hands and dumbbells to the first position at the waist line. Of course, one should be careful to use only light dumbbells and to avoid the temptation to create knotty mus cles.—Boston Herald. Ingrowing Nails. An ingrowing nail may be readily cured by the use of peroxide of hydro gen. Apply it on a bit of antiseptic cotton twisted on the end of an or ange wood manicure stick. Insert the point of the stick as far under the nail as possible, then after carefully cutting the nail leave a bit of the moist cotton under it in Iippm it fmm t*o flesh. Have Plants Souls? The day is drawing nearer when scientists will clearly establish that plants _ have some sort of a “soul.” Proofs of their sensitiveness and the analogy of hundreds of them with cer tain animals are rapidly increasing in number.—Neuvelle Revue, Paris. Bead Dress Trimmings. Glass and colored beadwork on gowns Is one of the novelties of the season and one which can be turned over to the owner of the costume by the modest little dressmaker who does not begrudge letting her patrons help with the ornamentation and thus re ducing the expense of the gown. Beadwork is interesting to do, and women love to watch the pattern grow or the edging increase as they sew on bead after bead of the dull glass kind or some of the more attractive ly colored ones. Sometimes the em broidery is done in patterns with beads, as was a gown worked in a dull red berry design, with a flat bead effect. Tulle gowns are embellished with this same form of trimming, while jet beads on a black mousseline or chiffon cloth are exquisite. It re quires a close scrutiny to discover that the handsome decoration is really made of glass beads. Pearl beads of 3mall size are used on the more clas sic style of gown which is affected by many tall women. The pierrot ruff is fluffy and saucy and petite. MAKE OVER LINEN SUIT. Last Year’s Costume Will Do with a Little Remodeling. Have yoir a last year’s summer suit of linen, white, tan, or colored, which needs remodeling? The styles of this year differ from those of last year by but a few points, which it is easy to change. The latest idea from Paris, and one which bids fair to take firm hold of the American fancy, is using colored cretonne for trimming. Just a touch of it is sufficient to change an old style suit to one which is up to date and nobby. If your suit is a last summer's one, all you need, probably, is a new set of cuffs, with one of the new adjustable shawl collars which can be put on and taken off at will. Or, if the coat has a turndown collar and mannish revers, cut them off and finish the front and neck edges with bands of the cretonne, and if the skirt needs a new touch or freshening up, finish the lower edge with a band to match the coat. Probably the jacket of your linen suit happened to be short and loose, and has grown tight in the hips. If so, open up the seams and slash the coat, both front and back, to the depth of about six inches, and finish the low' er edge of the coat with an Inch wide band of colored linen and run the bands up along the edges where the coat has been slashed to finish them. The appearance of the coat may be improved by changing the buttons. Rip off the old buttons and buy some but ton molds. Cover with cretonne and sew on to the coat. Buttons are sewed to dresses, coats and skirts not only where they are needed, but also where they are not needed, and where they simply serve as a trimming. GIRL’S DRESSING GOWN. Dressing gown material of any de scription would make up in this style; pale blue Viyella is chosen here; it is trimmed with embroidered strips of the same. The effect is that of a kimono, but the sleeves are sewn in just under the outer tuck, which stands out over the top of the sleeve. Material required: Four yards Vi yella 36 inches wide. Remnants for Trimming. Probably, in buying the material for your own and your children’s sum mer dresses you bought too much of one certain material so that you have several good sized pieces left over. These pieces may be used now for trimming other dresses. If the ma terial is plain colored it can be used to trim one of the figured dresses and if It is plaid or figured it may be used on some dress with which it goes nice ly. The material may be used for collars and cuffs and for the narrow bias band trimmings which are so popular nowadays. Comfortable Way of Drying Hair. Every woman knows the benefit of sunshine in giving sheen and luster to newly washed tresses. I take a ten-cent sun hat (the stiff kind) and cut off the crown to within an inch or so of the brim, binding the cut edges with several thicknesses of cheese cloth. After washing my hair I put on the crownless hat and draw my hair through the opening, spreading it over the brim. The hat keeps the glare from my eyes and makes it pos sible to read or work during the dry ing process.—Good Housekeeping. DO GREAT DAMAGE RATS THE CHIEF PEST OF THE CAPITAL CITY. Their Increase In a Year Is Numbered in the Millions—Bold and Fearless Fighters When Cornered. The rat is now regarded as a most dangerous proposition in every coun try, anti the esti mate of the dam age done by ro dents during the course of a year is not less than $1,000,000. The only material immune from these pests are stone walls and iron. Not withstanding the fact that Washing ton is regarded as the cleanest city on the American continent, a census of rats would show that the national capital has about as many of these pests as most of her sister cities. It is said that the surroundings are peculiarly adapted to the preservation of the rodents, and there are mer chants around the Center market who are willing to make affidavit that there are rats in that vicinity fully 20 years old, and that they have thwarted every effort to exterminate them. The rat has probably more out and out enemies than any other four legged thing on earth. Its persecutors, animate and inanimate, come in the form of poison, traps, cats, dogs, fer reis ana men. some or un ui mese agencies are at work constantly, and yet the Washington rat thrives, waxes fat and raises a large family. Rats are repulsive at best, and near ly everybody is afraid of them, espe cially the great gray fellows which seem to have taken possession of some sections of the city. These monster rodents put up a game fight when cornered, and they are cruel-toothed, sharp-eyed creatures. They are by nature true gamins—sharp, cunning, and, when necessity requires it, bold and fearless, fighting any and every thing with a savageness seldom equaled. There is no question that the Norway or wharf rat—the big gray ones—drove off and killed the small black rat which was so common In Washington two decades ago. A rat exterminator in Washington is authority for the statement that when a rat is attacked he will first make a break to scamper out of the way of the enemy, but if he sees that success ful retreat is out of the question then he boldly and defiantly tries to put up a winning fight for freedom and lib erty. Rats have been known to attack human beings in many instances where they were not first assaulted. Large rats are often rendered bold through force of numbers and when hungry through enforced abstinence. The large gray rat is a cannibal, the male rat not hesitating when hungry to make a meal off his young. This, however, he never does without first having a battle with the mother rat, who always fights for the babies. A Louisiana avenue commission man says that about the fiercest battle m? trvei wiiucs&cu uciweeu auiuuus was a few weeks ago, when he saw a large gray rat kill a young one. The mother rat went to the rescue, and for 15 minutes the two rodents en gaged in a combat which for ferocity would rival almost anything ever wit nessed in the arena. A large crowd of men and boys gathered around the fighting rats, but their presence did not stop the battle, and it was not ended until one of the rats was killed by the other, the mother rat receiv ing a bite in its throat which re sulted in almost instant death. If any one would wonder why it is that despite all their enemies the city rats manage to increase in number, he may satisfy his curiosity and gain wisdom at the same time by knowing that the gray rat sends forth three broods a year to begin their predatory existence. Seldom it is that each fam ily numbers less than ten babies and frequently it exceeds 16. Taking 12 nestlings as the average family, each good, healthy pair of whis kered gray rats will present to the world each year 36 of its kind. Now, on a basis of 1,000,000 pairs of rats it will be seen that each year there are added to the rat population of Washington 12,000,000 young rodents. Rats send out sentinels to signal danger, and they act as soldiers on the alert while other rats hustle around for something to eat. When things are quiet during the day around the market it is not an unusual thing to see a rat quietly walk out and take a view of the situation—walking around among the stalls, and if every thing is satisfactory for a foraging ex pedition he will stand on duty while others come out and begin pilfering. Should a person go near the sentry rat he will give a loud squeal and the entire rat horde will disappear in stanter. Boyish Goodness of Heart. A tiny boy in steel spectacles was sitting on a carriage step watching other boys play ball in the street, says a Washington correspondent. He was rather a pathetic little figure, but he didn't seem to know it, for when an oldish man paused to ask him if he was enjoying the game he answered: “Yes, sir. I’m the umpire.” “That’s an important position,” re marked the oldish man. “How did they come to give it to you?” “Because I can’t see straight, sir.” The cldlsh man said it was an excel lent reason, but the woman thought perhaps the boys in the street had a better one. Maybe they didn’t want him to feel left out because he wore glasses and couldn't play. Appearances Deceptive. At th neckwear counter: "I have such a hard time getting ties to suit me.” There was nothing noticeable about this wail except that it came from a big, red-blooded man who looked as If ralroad ties were more in his line than the soft blue satin thing he was .holding in his huge, masculine hand. » IMPORTANT ITEM OF NEWS. Representative’s Care That Informa tion Should Not Be Garbled. Representative Thomas of North Carolina is a sure-enough southern statesman. He is the type. He em bodies it; is it; lives it. And having made this flat, unequivocal statement, I'm pretty certain that about 17 other southern statesmen will quit speaking to me, says a writer in the Washing ton Star. Mr. Thomas is a legislator. He legis lates in his sleep. Never does he slip a cog and relax the strain under which he labors. To him life is one awfully serious grunt. T'other day, or maybe ’twas t'other week, Mr. Thomas telephoned up ta the press gallery that he desired to see the representative of the Evening Star, as he had a piece of important news to impart for publication. This was a bit out of the ordinary, for us ually when a southern statesman has anything to impart in the line of per sonal publicity he comes around with the goods and delivers with much back-slapping and rib-tickling and many expressions of regard and es teem. But, anyhow, I chased down to see Mr. Thomas, full of anticipation and news instinct, and sent in for him. In the course of a quarter of an hour or so he came out, placed his hand upon my shoulder in a patronizing manner and smiled seriously upon me. “Young man,” he inquired, “you are, I take it, the Star representative here?" I admitted it. “You are their regular man?” “Yes." i 1 t uouil 1. 0.0 IV, LU11U11UCU i»ll. Thomas, “is merely that I continually have trouble with unreliable members of your profession. For there are many unreliable ones, are there not?” I pleaded guilty, being plumb crushed. "So in order to get this item of news just right,” continued Mr. Thomas, “I have had it written from my dictation. You assure me that it will not be changed?” “Oh, yes,” I whispered, in deep de jection. “You may add to this if you wish,” continued the light of the North Caro lina delegation, “some of my leading achievements both here and at home. Take this and pray see that it is pub lished to-day.” When I got up in the gallery again I unfolded the slip of paper which Mr. Thomas had handed to me. And this W'as the item of news it contained: “Mrs. Thomas, wife of Hon. Charles Randolph Thomas, representative in congress from the Third district of North Carolina, and who has been in the house since the Fifty-sixth con gress, has returned to Washington from a visit to her folks.” HE DIDN’T KNOW PATRICK. But the Washington Cabman Made a Bluff Which Satisfied Him. The genuine old Washington cab driver is as unlike the New York species as an orange is unlike a lem on. He is a genial and companion able creature, with a pronounced tal ent for conversation. He sits sideswise in his little open ing over the side, devoting himself enthusiastically to his passengers and their edification. He considers it a moral obligation to know the answer to every question that anybody’s fertile imagination can suggest, and he disseminates more misinformation in an hour’s drive than will be corrected in a lifetime. During the D. A. R. convention one of these omniscient jehus was pilot ing two or three women about Wash ington. Apropos of some historical reference one of the women spoke of the newspaper account of the proposed burning, just about that time, of the Patrick Henry house because it was infested with bats. The women, com mented on it and said it was a pity it had to be done. “Yes,” said the driver, taking the part in the conversation which he felt to be incumbent on him; “yes, it cer tainly is too bad. An’ Mr. Henry's jest be’n to a heap of expense too. I reckon he’s spent as much as $10,000 the last few years puttin' that house in order. It certainly is mighty hard on him.” Game of Precedence. Precedence, with its thousand grad uations, is more discussed in Wash ington than in Vienna or Madrid, and in the capital of democracy where such things are ostensibly decried, snobbishness and struggle for social place are marked by the abandonment of all ideas of democracy and even decency. Senators and renresentatives lausrh at our “Vanity Fair,” but the question of social precedence seems a serious one to their wves, many of whom are obsessed with the idea that as each one climbs the social ladder, it is her imperative duty to put obstacles in the social path of the ones just below. The game is cruel and heart less. It has nothing in it of morals or the brotherhood of man. The new and strange standards of royal etiquette which have been es tablished at Washington mean strange and unmilitary duties for army and navy officers, which are not only fool ish, but abhorrent to old-fashioned democratic ideas.—Boston Traveler. What the Boy Wanted. A boy picked up a bit of dried orange peel from the pavement. It was an action that must have ap pealed to the tender sensibilities of a stout lady, who was passing with a man, presumably her husband, for she stopped to exclaim: “That poor child's hungry! Wait, pa, I’m going to give him money to buy one good meal, anyhow.’’ She opened a silver-meshed hand bag blazoned with gold initials, and went toward the boy. She didn’t give him money, however, for just then he fitted the peel into a bean shooter and sent it whizzing toward another boy a few yards ahead. The really beautiful pity died out of the stout woman's face, and as she joined her companion she shut her bag with a snap. “That little rascal doesn’t want food. He wants a whipping.*' But pa just laughed. LESSON TEXT. — Ephesians 5:8-0. Memory verses 15, 16. GOLDEN TEXT.—“Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.’’—Ephesians 5:18. SCRIPTURE REFERENCES ON TEM PERANCE.—Gen. 9:21; Deut. 21:20, 21: 1 Sam. 25:36; 1 Kings 16:9; 20:16; Esth. 1:10, 11; Prov. 20:1; 21,: 17; 23:20, 21, 29-35 ; 31:4, S; Isa. 5:11, 12, 22; 28:1, 3, 7; Dan. 1:3-21; 5:1 6; 11 os. 4:11; Amos 6:6: Neh. 1:10; Hah. 2:15: Matt. 24: 48-51; Mark 6:22; Luke 21: 84; Rom. 13:13; 1 Cor. 5:11; 6:10; 9:25-27; Gal. 5:21; Eph. 5:18; 1 Thes. 5:6-8; 1 Tim. 3:2. 3, 8; Tit. 2:2-4, 6, 12; 1 Pet. 1:13; 4:7; 5:8; 2 Pet. 1:6. TIME.—Paul visited Ephesus twice, the second time remaining more than two years. This letter to the church he founded was written from Paul’s prison In Rome, A. D. 59-61 or 60-62. PLACE.—Ephesus was a splendid city on the western coast of Asia Minor, south of Smyrna, on the Aegean sea. It was the capital of a Roman province, rich, idolatrous, luxurious, with the immorali ties of Rome. It had an amphitheater which would hold 24,500 persons, and a magnificent temple to Diana, one of the seven wonders of the world. Comment and Suggestive Thought. “The specific note of this epistle is its idea of the church as the body of Christ, or, in other words, of the new humanity created in him.”—Ex positor's Bible. The first three chap ters teach the theory of it; the last three, in which the lesson lies, teach the practice of it. The argument of the first three chapters is that Christians are to live, move and have their being in Christ; the aim of the last three is to show how this union with Christ n ,ln 111, mnlb a ml /Mill fillet The key-word of our lesson is, there fore, "Walk,'’ and its analysis is: 1. Walk in love (vs. 1-5). 2. Walk in light (vs. 6-14). 3. Walk in wisdom (vs. 15-21). To “walk in love,” means to go on errands of love. Let your daily “walk and conversation” be in the atmos phere of love. Rejoice in the pros perity of others, and seek in every way to increase it. That is what God does, and living thus is imitating him. The temperance applications: 1. No one can “walk in love” of his brother man and not be a total abstainer. 2. Intemperance is closely and in evitably associated with the three great sins which Paul names: Impur ity, covetousness and foul speech. Houses of evil repute have always saloons connected with them. The saloon is kept up quite as much by the greed of the proprietor as by the ap petite of his customers. The profane and indecent language of drunkards ii a matter of common observation. “When the wine is in. the wit is out.” Paul gives many answers how we may walk as children of light. 1. Seek the “fruits of the light” (R. V. verse 9), which is “all goodness and righteous ness and truth.” Have high ideals, drawn from the Bible. 2. Prove “what is acceptable (R. V., 'well-pleasing') unto the Lord" (v. 10). Take as your standard of pleas ure the actions that give God p’eas ure. This is the test to apply to all “doubtful amusements” — could yon take Christ into them with you? 3. Do nothing that you would wish to enneeal T.ive in the nnen. Ask vnur self every night whether you would be willing for God to publish the en tire history of your day. 4. Let your light shine into the dark places (vs. 12-14). Publicity fc one of the most potent remedies for evils. Take down the saloon screens, and the young man will hesitate long be fore he will be seen there. Turn the search-light of public opinion into the ways of the saloon lobby at the state house. Cause the railroads to publish their accounts, and the insurance com panies, and the trusts. All evil loves darkness rather than light, as fungus and mold luxuriate in dark cellars, and disease germs multiply in dark bed rooms. Let in the light! 5. Remember that the light is not in you: “Christ shall give thee light.” Paul is not quoting literally, but is translating into the terms of Chris tian experience several passages of the Old Testament, sucu as Isa. 60:1. Walk in Wisdom.—Paul has been speaking of "love” and “light” as re gions through which the Christian should walk; now he passes on to con sider the manner in which the Chris tian should walk: “See then that ye walk circumspectly.” R. V., “Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise.” “Drunkenness may come from any thing wherein is excess; from over-in dulgence in society, in pleasure, in music, and in the delight of listening to oratory. Fullness of the Spirit calms; fullness produced by excite mcmt anfiates and exhausts The world of fashion either is or affects to be proof against surprise and to have lost all keenness of enjoyment. We want the vision of a calmer and simpler beauty to tranquillize us in the midst of artificial tastes; we want the draught of a purer spring to cool the flame of our excited life; we want the fullness of the Spirit which can never Intoxicate!”—F. W. Robertson. Practical Points. “Alcohol is a mighty magician. The tired laboring man by its aid can leave aching limbs and dull care behind, and taste, if It be only for a feverish mo ment, of the joy of bounding life. The removal of temptation wrill accomplish little, unless higher tastes are formed. "Drink was not the curse in the east then which it is with us now. But I cannot forget that this same tolerant Scripture, with its ample rec ognition of the genial side of human life, contains some of the most urgent warnings that can be written against the horror of Intoxication. Bismarck Memorial. The Walhalla at Regensburg, which contains the statues of many men who have contributed to the greatness of the German people, will receive an addition next July in the form of a Bismarck memorial. In his order to the Kulturminlster directing the addi tion, the prince regent of Bavaria sayB that the step would have been taken sooner but for the rule which pre cludes such recognition until ten, years after the death of the great one. The Bismarck memorial will be un veiled on the tenth anniversary of his death.