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ABOUT THE f WAR WAN THE 7 th WAR LOAN May 14. Americans, as individuals, are taking on their biggest quota to date—7 billion dollars, 4 billions in E Bonds alone. You may be wondering, “Why this biggest of all individual quotas now? Haven’t we al ready reached the peak?” A fair question—requiring a straight answer. The Money Is Needed for War The Battle of Japan has just begun. It must be backed up, paid for, fought for by a free people, intent on sweeping the Pacific clear of fascist hate—forever. With the war in the West our first and major concern, we have not yet been able to go all out in the East. But neither has the Jap. The war to crush Japan will be bigger, tougher, and longer than most Americans expect. The Allied Military Command has estimated that it will take years, not months. The destruction of Japan’s armies has not yet reached the annual rate of normal replace ments—between 200,000 and 250,000 men a year. And the Jap, as our men in the Pacific know, fights to the death. As far as Japan is concerned, the outer Empire —and the men who defend it—are expendables. The Jap will fight the Battle of Japan from inside the inner Empire, of which Iwo Jima was an outpost. And Iwo Jima, according to Admiral Nimitz, was a pattern of the resistance our forces may expect to meet in future offensives. New Tasks, New Needs The single greatest obstacle to our crushing of Japan is distance. While in the Battle of Europe supply ships from our bases in England had only an overnight run to make, ships in the Pacific have long-readi round trips taking up to 5 months to make. To crush Japan will take time, heroic and back-breaking effort, overpowering equipment. Millions of fighting men—freshly outfitted and equipped—wifi have to be moved from ALL OUT FOR THE MIGHTY 7 th WAR LOAN N F. P. KEPPEL CAMERON & McCOY Rising Sun Mills CONOWINGO POWER CO. H. W. EWING Rising sun, Md. THE MIDLAND JOURNAL Rising Sun, Maryland CHARLES RITCHIE Rising Sun, Md. s CURTIS DEMPSEY BROWN & SHALLCROSS Hi * h Q ualit y Coal Dealers in Pork Products . Phone: Rising Sun 129-M Rising Sun, Md. MIDLAND JOURNAL, RISING SUN, MD. Europq halfway around the globe and supplied day-in, day-out by hundreds of new ships now building. More of everything will be needed. More B-29’s. More tanks, half-tracks, jeeps, and trucks. More rockets, mortars, airborne radar. A whole new air force is in creation—huge new bombers dwarfing the Superfortress—fast new jet-propelled combat planes, the P-80 or “Shoot ing Star,” coming off the lines by thousands. These are just some of the 101 ways in which your dollars are needed more than ever to bring America’s might to its full strength—so that we may crush our foe the faster, make an end of killing, and bring our men back home. And Last We Forget The sick, wounded, and disabled will require medical attention and care. Many millions of dollars will be required for mustering-out pay and benefits voted by Congress to help our veterans get started again in civilian life. That’s the least we can do in return for what they’ve done for us. Winning the Peace There are other weighty reasons for supporting the 7th War Loan—reasons that take us from the present to the future. By investing in the 7th War Loan, the pa triotic American is safeguarding his ownjfuture, his country’s future. By putting every dollar over rock-bottom expenses into the purchase of War Bonds, he is delivering a body blow to wartime Inflation— thus putting a lid on the cost of living and maintaining intact the purchasing power of the yi dollar.' At the same time, too, he is insuring the coun try and himself against the catastrophe of a possible postwar deflation—with its IRwH /Sag depression, unemployment, jHEjE2jES| misery, and heartache. VjUiiiitiill So save for your country—save for yourself. In helping your country, you are also helping yourself! Come peace, we’ll all need money for education, replacements, retirement, newhomes, a new start—and we’ll need a lot of it. And there isn’t a better or safer highroad to your goal than United States Saving Bonds. Making 2 = 3 This year there will be only two War Loan Drives, not three. But in those two drives the Government will have to raise almost as much money fiom individuals as in the three drives last year. That means bigger extra bonds in the 7th. Because only by buying more can we make 2 take the place of 3. The 26 million Americans who buy bonds on payroll savings are already off to a flying start! These patriotic men and women began their buying in April. And they will keep on buying extra bonds through May and June! It’s now up to the rest of us. It’s our turn to swing in line. To raise the vast sum needed, every American will have to dig deeper into current income—dig deeper into cash reserves. Only by buying bigger extra bonds can we stretch 2 into 3! Let all Americans do their part—for their own sake, for their country’s. If you have an income—whether from work, land, or capital—you have a quota in the 7th War Loan. Find out what that quota is—and make itl FIND YOUR QUOTA ... AND MAKE ITI „ I YOUR PERSONAL MATURITY WAR BOND VAIUE OP *kb R QUOTA ISt 7H. WAR lOAN PER MONTH ISi (CASH VALUE) BONDS BOUGHT $250 $187.50 $250 225-250 150.00 200 210-225 131.25 175 200-210 112.50 150 180-200 93.75 125 140-180 75.00 100 100-140 37.50 50 Undtr $lOO 18.75 25 ,MPR OV ED UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY I chool Lesson By HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST, D. . Of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Released by Western Newspaper Union. Lesson for May 13 Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se lected and copyrighted by International Council of Religious Education; used by permission. THE TRAGEDY OF THE .1 NORTHERN KINGDOM \ LESSON TEXT—I Kings 12:38-30; 19:I-j 13b-18; H Kings 17:1. 8. GOLDEN TEXT—O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.— Psalm 34:3. j Nations as well as people come to crossroads in their history, and taking the wrong road then means future disaster. Solomon had built up a great national prosperity, but at the expense of heavy taxes. He had forgotten God, and was suc ceeded by a son who followed in his footsteps. Offered an opportunity to ease the burden of the people (I Kings 12-14), Rehoboam in his folly made it great er, and the nation was divided. The ten northern tribes, which were henceforth to be known as Israel, followed Jeroboam, and the two southern tribes under Rehoboam be came the kingdom of Judah. Jeroboam started with God’s favor, and might have led his people aright, but instead he became the king whose name stood for'wicked ness (see II Kings 15:18). The story of that downfall is a sad picture of unbelief and failure. I. Religion Meets Politics (I Kings 12:28-30). Jerusalem, now in the rival king dom of Judah, was the center of Hebrew worship. While the people of Israel were free to go there to worship, Jeroboam saw that it might lead to their being led away from him. It was a shrewd political deduction, but it left God out of the picture. He established new centers of worship, where calves of gold were set up. They were probably in tended to be a symbol of God, but they bespeak the folly of mixing worldly things with the things of God. They become an abomination and a snare. The people responded to the ap parent interest of the king in their welfare, and worshiped at the most convenient place. Religion had met politics, and had let politics take the upper hand. Someone has suggested that when we begin to find Ways to make our religion easy, we can be cer tain that it is the enemy of our souls who is at work. When Satan begins to be solicitous about our welfare and suggest that it is too far to go to church, or that the weather is too cold (or too warm), etc., etc., we should be on guard. Religious ease was a big step downward for Israel, and it can be for any other nation. Where does America stand in that important matter? H. A Queen Meets a Prophet (I Kings 19:1-4, 13b-18). Elijah under the mighty hand of God had defied the wicked king, Ahab, aid his more wicked queen, Jezebel; yes, and all the prophets of Baal, and had been gloriously victorious (I Kings 18:17-41). The queen, who was devilish in her wickedness and determination to destroy the worship of the true God, threatened the prophet. He who had met the challenge of the hundreds of prophets fled in fear before the relentless hatred of this venomous woman. The prophet felt that all was lost, but God revealed to him that even in that dark day there were many who were still true to Him (v. 18). It is a precious and encouraging bit of light in an otherwise dark scene. Our main interest in this lesson is not the experience of the prophet, but in seeing the cause of Israel’s downfall. Here we see one great reason—every king of Israel was a wicked man. Some were better and some worse, but all of them forgot God. A nation is on the downward path when its rulers forget God. What about our own nation? What about the elected representatives of the people? Do we choose men for pub lic office because of their Christian faith and character, or sn the basis of political expediency or af filiation? in. A Nation Meets Its Doom (II Kings 17:7, 8). The hour had struck when God’s heavy hand of judgment had to fall on Israel, the northern kingdom of 10 tribes. Verse 6 of this chapter relates their carrying away into cap tivity to Assyria, and verses 7-9 tell us ttie reason for that judgment. Ingratitude for God’s blessing (v. 7) led to the worship of other gods (v. 8). They knew God’s hatred for the sin of idolatry, and His judgment upon those who walked in that way, but they went right on. Note in verse 9 that these things were done “secretly." "The same thing is true today of many who profess to be the people of God. The line of demarcation between the church and the world is not clearly drawn. We do well to note care fully the outcome of this course of procedure on Israel’s part (w. 0, 18). The fact that Israel did these things secretly did not hide them from the eyes of Jehovah (Ps. 139: 1,2; Heb. 4:13)" (John W. Brad , bury).