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tenon For the Week Beginning April IT, Comment by Key. W. J. Fates, A. U. Topic, The Keeping Power of God, Sohiptbhe Reading.—I Pet. i, S; Bout, xxxiii, 27; Isa. lix, 19. “Kept by the power of God through faith unto .salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. ” The salvation, though not seen by men in its fullness, is all ready to be unveiled before them. The time for its full manifestation has not come. Plans are complete, the figure of the perfect man has been cast and reared aloft on its pedestal so high that all men and angels and demons can see it, but the covering is still over it. The hour of its unveiling comes on, but is not yet. The people are to be prepared. By faith they are being made ready for the great day. While it delays the power of God keeps them in hope, purifies them in love, perfects in patience, leads in good works and protects in dangers and de livers amid temptations. “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath is the everlasting arms.” Is the present pain so hard to bear? Is the future dark with dread? Are sin and sorrow everywhere? Are you weary and hard bestead ? Do the billow's and tempest terrify? Have the waves gone over the head ? There’s refuge seoure in God’s sweet grace And comfort in His love. His everlasting arms embrace. He rules below, above; He gives His peace to troubled hearts Like the brooding of the dove. Whatever may be the temptation, however great the sorrow or pressing the exigency, when all human sources of help fail and all human reason is baffled, God finds the way. “Man’s ex tremity is God’s opportunity.” With Him is no weariness. Our failures come from our lack of simple trust in God. It is not that the difficulties of life are so great that we fail; it is because we fail to grow strong in Christ and rest in His power. We rely upon our own pru dence and sagacity and fail. What we ought to do is to think clearly and act resolutely so far as we know and sub mit all to God for His guidance never wavering in faith. When the hour comes for decision, some way — the right way—will have opened, often times in unexpected directions. Cast your care on Jesus. Trust Him to the end. Saints, Ancient and Modern. It is not to be supposed that because we call them St. Peter aud St. Paul and St. James, etc., they called each other by this title. At close view Paul saw some things in Peter which he call ed dissimulation and rebuked sharply before the company of Christians met with them. Yet they were both godly men, and we do no wrong iu calling them saints. Perhaps at the present day our uear view of some gives us less regard aud appreciation for their piety than is real ly deserved. Perhaps we are looking for marks of sainthood uot to be found on earth in any age. Even Jesus had uo halo around His head until it was placed there by artists, and then it was only a canvas. Sainthood means the indwell ing of the Divine presence in holy thought and choice and feeling. It meaus the faithful performance of daily duty in uncomplaining patience, how ever humble the task may be. It needs no winding sheet of flame to make one heroic, no striving after the unattaina ble. Sanctity aud saintliness mean now, as they ever meant, loving obedience to the will of God. Earth may uever enroll your name in this calendar and write your name with holy prefix, but if you live rightly God will crown you with His glory in due time and all eternity shall call you blessed. What Are You Reading? No young person can afford to read haphazard whatever comes to hand any more than they can afford to eat and drink anything chance may throw in their way. Some plan should be adopted and closely followed. To read nothing but stories is to ruin tho power of the mind and spoil all appetite for more healthful and valuable reading. Quality should be more considered than quanti ty. If one wishes to improve in mind and character, close attention should be given to tbe selection of the books to be read. Life is too short and time too precious to waste in the worthless. A book which is not positively good aud helpful is inevitably harmful and waste ful of time aud energy. It would be well to have an evening in every chapter when the members shall in turn tell what they have read recently aud recom mend what they have found of value. The Symbol of the Cross. How strange a thing it is that the in strument of most painful and shameful death should become the cherished em blem of purest faith and most devout worship! Early in the Christian cen turies this sign of tho cross was chiseled on the tombstones of tho mftryus and made prominent in tho decorations of church buildings and articles used in religious service. Tho lamb, the dove, the fish, the shepherd’s crook and many other devices illustrative of Scriptural truth and having reference to Jesus were early introduced. All have yielded to the'sign of the cross, apd it remains as the one significant emblem of the Christian faith. Just as God Leads. Just as God leads ^ue 1 would go. I would not ask to choose my way. Content with what He will bestow, Assured Hp will not (let me stray, So as I|e leads my path 1 make, Aind step by step I gladly take, A child, in Him confiding. Just as God leads me 1 abide, In faith, in hope, in suffering true His strength is ever by my sido. i Can aught my hold on Him undo’ I hold me firm in patience, knowing That God my life is still bestowing, The best in Jrindness sending. Just as God leads I onward go Out amid tliorfes and briers keen. God does not yet His guidance show, But in the end it sl|aJl he seen How by a loving Father’s will, Faithful and true, He leads me still. —From the German. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. LESSON HI, SECOND QUARTER, INTER NATIONAL SERIES, APRIL 17. Text of the Lesson, Math. xvH, 1-8—Mem ory Verses, 1-3 _ Golden Text, John 1, 14 — Commentary by the Kev. D. M. Stearns. [Copyright, 1898, by D. M. Steams.] 1. “And after six days Jesus taketh Pe ter, James and John, his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart.’’ Luke says, “About an eight days after these sayings” (Luke ix, 28), doubt less Including the day of the promise and the day of the event, while Matthew and Mark only mention the intervening days. Mark says, “He taketh and leadeth them.” How very beautiful! Does not your heart say, “Lord take me and lead me, and I’ll go with Thee all the way?” Well, be sure that you mean it, and do not question His lovo if He leads you in the valley. These three were with Him when He raised the little girl and when He was In the garden. We cannot go with Him unless we are willing to go apart from the many who follow Him, and we will not enjoy His fellowship unless we have something of His spirit of prayer, for Luke ix, 28, says that He went to pray. As we learn to live alone with Him and for Him, we will find ourselves increasingly given to communion with Him. 2. “And was transfigured before them, and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.” Mark says that His raiment became shining, ex ceeding white as snow. Luke says that the fashion of His countenance was altered and His raiment was white and glistering (Mark lx, 8; Luke ix, 29). It makes one think of Him as He afterward appeared to John on Patmos some 60 years aftor HI* ascension (Rev. i, 12-17). It is to me very interesting to observe that the word trans lated “transfigured” Is used outside of this record in the gospels only in two other places—Rom. xii, 2, and II Cor. iii, 18. In tho one the translation is “be trans formed” and in the other “are changed,” but In each case It refers to the believer and our being changed more and more in to the image of Christ. In Romans it Is shown to be a work from wuthin, by the renewing of our minds, and in Corinthi ans it is said to be accomplished by behold ing His glory in tho glass or mirror of His word. It seems to me that the beginning and development and consummation of the Christian life has but one secret, and that is “beholding Him.” When in that fair morning we shall indeed see Him, then we shall Indeed be like Him. 3. “And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias, talking with Him. ” We know that Moses died and was buried in the land of Moab (Deut. xxxiv, 5, 6), over 1,400 years before this, and Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind and probably in the chariot over 800 years be fore, the only man except Enoch who has as yet ever been excused from tho appoint ment of death (Heb. ix, 27). Yet here they are alive and well and talking with Christ of His death, or decease, or exodus, which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem (Luke ix, 31). Whether tho believer dies or is translated, in either case it means instantly with the Lord in such a life and such bliss as we cannot imagine (Phil, i, 21, 23; iii, 20, 21), but all the blessedness and reality of that life are wholly due to the work which our Lord Jesus finished on Calvary. 4. “ Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here. If Thou wilt, let us make here three tab ernacles—one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.” I think we may con clude from Jude ix that Moses had his res urrection body. If so, then he represented the risen saints, while Elijah represented those who will not die, but bo translated at our Lord’s coming, the two representing the wholo heavenly company of the re deemed in the kingdom when it shall have come, while Peter, James and John, three righteous Jews, represent all Israel, a righteous nation on earth in the king dom, and this revelation is what our Lord promised in chapter xvi, 28. 6. “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and, behold, a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom 1 am well pleased. Hear yo Him.” Ho is the true tabernacle and temple and pillar of cloud. He is the fulfillment of all that Moses was to Israel or wrote for them. He is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. He is the Prophet of all prophets, the Messenger of God as none other ever was or can be, and God said to Moses concerning Hint, “Whosoever will not hearken unto My words, which Ho shall speak in My name, 1 will require it of him” (Deut. xviii, 18, 19). This is the second time that the Father testified from heaven as to His delight in His Son, but now He adds the command, “Hear ye Him.” We are not to hear what men think or say about Him, but to hear Him, and that is to hear God Himself, for the Fa ther told Him what to say (John xii, 49). 6, 7. “And when the disciples heard It they foil on their face and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them and said, Arise and be riot afraid. " So He or Ills angel did to Daniel, and Ho Himself surely did to John on Patmos,(I)an. viii. 18; x, 8, 18; Rev. i, IT). He gives His people no cause to fear. Why is It that we have so many fears? How we must grieve Him! Ho says'that lie " ill never remem ber our sins. Itshows great lack of coin ihlenee in Him for us to fear or to think that Ho will. He says that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Ilim. it is suirely dishonoring to Him for us to ques tion it. Ho tells us that since He so loved ns as to give Himself for as lie can there fore withhold no good thing Faith just believes it, and is happy because Ho says so. 8. And when they had lilted up their eyes they saw no man save Jesus only." What a powerful life word this is, alid what peace and victory to see Jesus only in redemption, and in sanctification, as we will see Jesus only as the center of all the glory of heaven! In redemption and I daily life our temptation is to see feelings and experiences and people- hut thus there is no rest. We must see that His finished work is all that God asks and that we need, and His word all the assurance that is necessary, and learn to sing always “Uphold, God is my salvation, i »■ “And as they came down from the 1 mountain Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man until the Son of I Man be risen again from the dead. " Even if we may not fully under-mud, we may I be sure that there was some very good ! reason for this charge (trek- xiv. 33). It is not always for us to nu(tm>mud, but al ways to'Obey (lsa , pj) The other die | ciplos ut the foot of the mount with their difficulty is suggestive of many difficulties that shall not he solved till lie shall come: but more faith might solve more. Mean time we must pay taxes cheerfully lest we givo offense. CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR, lopic For tlie Week Beginning April 17, Comment by Kev. S. B. Boyle. Topic.—Lessons from great missionaries.— Acta xiii, 1-a, ia-8k, 42-52. Christianity is essentially a mission ary religion. The mission of the Chris tian church, as marked out by its Head and bounder, is a worldwide mission. All nations are to be led to Christ, and the only way by which this can be done is for the disciples of Christ to go as missionaries and tell all men the story of Jesus and His love. This has been done from the earliest days of Chris tianity. This thirteenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles tells the story of the origin and beginning of the first great missionary movement under the Holy Ghost and Paul, by which the Roman empire was to be led to Christ. Paul was the greatest of the early fol lowers of Christ. He consecrated his life to missions. Many of Christianity’s great men have done the same thing since. From their lives we may learn useful and important lessons as to what is necessary to successfully carry for ward God’s work, whether at home or abroad. 1. From great missionaries we may learn to submit ourselves to God. This is characteristic of all great mission aries. They submitted themselves en tirely to God. They were guided by the Holy Ghost. In the origin of Christian missions the Holy Ghost said to the church at Antioch, “Separate Me Bar nabas and Saul for the work whereuuto I have called them. ” The church sub mitted. Barnabas and Saul submitted. After fasting and prayer and the laying on of hands Barnabas and Saul were sent away. After listening to a mission ary address when a young man in Eng land Robert Moffat, the great mission ary, went home to his room and prayed that if it were God’s will he would send him forth to preach the gospel to the heathen. He found it was God's will and gladly went forth. Entire surrender to God is a necessary prerequisite to successful work for God. 2. From great missionaries we may learn to be willing to labor in new and uncultivated fields. Barnabas and Saul carried the gospel where it had not been before. Paul afterward declared that he built upon no other man’s foun dation. It is recorded in tho life of Liv ingstone that early he showed “a fixed determination not to labor in more ac cessible fields, but to strike out be yond.” To strike out beyond requires courage, self sacrifice, willingness to do hard work, but it pays in the end, and we should be willing to do it. In his first striking out into the inland of Africa Robert Moffat lived for six months alone in a rude hut. “In this hut,” says the historian, “Reremained, exposed to the sun, rain, dogs, snakes and cattle, doing bis own sewing and cooking and often having nothing to cook, consoling himself with his violin and Scotch psalms, but with all bis hardships maiutaiuiug regular day schools aud preaching services.” Aud God blessed his arduous, self sacrificing toil. God will bless us if we are will ing to do the hardest work for Christ. Bible Readings.—Isa. lii, 7; Nab. i, 15; Math, v, 11, 12; xxviii, 18-20; Bom. ix, 1-5; x, 14, 15; Acts i, 6-14; viii, 26-40; xv, 25, 26; xvi, 8-12; I Cor. iii, 5-10; ix, 19-22; II Cor. xi, 23 83; II Tim. iv. 6-8; Heb. xi, 36-40. Common Sense In Doing Good. We want more common sense in do ing good. Oh, how many people there are who want to do good and they are dead failures! Why is it? They do not exercise the same tact, the same in genuity, the same stratagem, the com mon sense in the work of Christ that they do in worldly things; otherwise they would succeed in the other. There are many men who have an arrogant way with them, although they may not feel arrogant in their soul, or they have a patronizing way. They talk to a man of the world in a manner which seems to say, “Don't you wish you were as good as I am? Why, I have to look clear down before I can see you, you are so far beneath me. ’’ That manner al ways disgusts, always drives men away from the kingdom of Jesus Christ in stead of bringing them in.—Dr. Tal mage. |A Plea For Egypt. Egypt is parched and dry. The Nile is low and practically useless for wa tering the land. The farmer looks in dismay. There can be no harvest unless the seed is watered. Is there no supply for liis need? Yes. On the snow capped mountains of Africa there is all he needs, but it is snow, and so useless. But the fiery sun arises, the snow is melted^ the lakes are filled, the rill overflows, and the land is refreshed, the seed grows, a harvest is sure. Men are as the snow. They need the Holy Spirit to bless the world.—Preachers’ Magazine. The 'Difference. Responsibility is a word of six sylla bles, love is a word of but one. Vet the distance between them is very much greater than the difference in time it takes to write them.—Lutheran. Endeavor Jottings, Cincinnati proposes to send a large delegation to Nashville, 1898, to work and talk for Cincinnati, 1899. There are in Wisconsin and Illinois 29 Welsh Christian Endeavor societies, with 1,000 members. They have formed a Welsh Christian Endeavor union. The railroad rate to Nashville, 1898, has been definitely decided by several railroad associations, it will be a one fare rate from all points and return. Secretary liaer has been invited by the British council to cross the Atlantic and to attend the next British national convention, which will bo held in Glas gow in May. It is significant of tho growth of Christian Endeavor in Ireland that at a county rally, the mid-Ulster rally, there came together recently more than 500 visiting delegates. ; REMARKABLE RECOVERY. New York Man Declares His Life Has Been Saved by Dr. David Kennedy’s Favorite Remedy. 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Several days ago it was announced that the company had chartered for on* year the Boston steamer Sterling and the barges J. P. Merry and Ringleader, owned by the same parties, and it is now ascertained that the company has chartered the entire fleet of barges owned by the Boston Towboat cora pany, besides that concern’s steamef Orion and tugs Underwriter, Storr.j ICing and Taurus. The towboat com pany’s bargessare the Daniel I. Tenney, Sumner R. Mead, Lone Star, Monarch, Antelope, Oakland, ^McCauley, Merci dita, Mary Whittridge, Navesink and Escort. The new company has als 1 chartered the whaleback s earner City of Everett. Other Boston vessels chartered by tha Atlantic company are the steameT Shawmut and the big fotr masted barga Atlas, the tug Mars, a powerful ocean going boat; barges Delaware and Juni ata, and George M. Winsl»»v’s barges Annie W. Weston, Chalmette, P. J, Carleton, Mystic Belle and Woodside. ME. GLADSTONE DYING. 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It is alleged that Isaac Mitchell, a 16-year-old color ed boy, fired the shot which killed Kane. Mitchell was in the employ of Pidcock, and it is charged that the su perintendent, participating in the fight* as is alleged, became an accessory. Miss Willard’s Body Cremated. Chicago, April 11.—The remains ol Miss Frances E. Willard were cremate I yesterday at Graeeland cemetery. Al though little if anything had been sai I In advance as to the cremation of the remains of the celebrated president ot the Woman’s Christian Temperama union, it is stated that such a proced ure was in accordance with her re peatedly expressed wish. Miss Anna Gordon, Mrs. I,. M. N. Stevens, the nev* president of the Woman’s Christian Temperance union, and a few other* were present. The ashes were taken t® Rose Hill cemetery, where services were held. The ashes will then be in terred in the Willard family lot at Ros* Hill. _ Absorbs Its Third Bank In One Tear. Philadelphia, April 11.—The Commer cial National bank, an association which dates its origin back to 1814, ami which has been one of the leading bank* of Philadelphia under the national banking system, will be absorbed by the Fourth Street National bank and the association go into liquidation. This i» the third bank absorbed by the Fourth Street National in a year, and, with the failure of two other banks, the People’s and Chestnut Street National, the bank ing capital of Philadelphia has been contracted to some extent lately. The Commercial National bank has a paiJ up capital of $810,000. Rubber Works to Resume. New Haven, April 11.—Notices have been posted in the big Candee rubber shop that work would be resumed April 15, The boot and shoe makers, who number over 1,300, are called back to work, and the fitting up will commence next Friday. The factory has been shut down since March 5. during which time extensive improvements have been made. 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Fourth Class Postmasters, Washington, April 11.—The following fourth class postmasters have been ap pointed: New York—Fire Island, Loueretta C,'. Oakley; New Salem, Jacob E. Erwin. Pennsylvania—Dietrich, H. H. Sny der; Redington, E. S. Bishop; Zolars— ville, J. M. Horn. A Royal MUslonary. Berlin, April 11.—Prince Bernadottit* of Sweden has decided to resign froms the navy and devote himself entirely t«. missionary work. The Weather. Cloudy; local showers; southwesterly winds.