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riculture.)
Most farmers have, at some time or
another, given some thought to the
question of raising cattle and hogs.
Sheep, however, are a less familiar
idea to many,
have an important place on southern
farms. By keeping a flock of six to
twelve ewes, the farmer can provide
himself with meat for the table, have
a few lambs for the market and se
cure additional revenue through the
sale of wool.
Southern farmers who would like to
get a start raising sheep may obtain
interesting information from certain
bulletins which may be had free of
charge of the United States depart
ment of agriculture, Washington,
D. C. The following may be applied
for:
Nevertheless, sheep
Farmers' Bulletin 576—"Breeds of
Sheep for the Farm."
Farmers' Bulletin 509 — "Forage
Crops for the Cotton Region."
The first ewes can he native ewes,
purchased from nearby sheep owners.
Go into a flock and pick out vigorous
ewes with compact bodies. Get young,
healthy ewes. If you must buy old
ones, do not take those having spread,
broken or worn-off teeth. Such ewes
cannot eat well and will make no
money as breeders for their purchas
ers.
Do not use any hut good rams of a
mutton breed upon your ewes.
Southdown, Shropshire, Hampshire or
Dorset Horn ram will prove most de
sirable. He should be about two years
of age, healthy, and carry plenty of
mutton. Such a ram will cost, deliv
ered, from fifteen to twenty-five dol
lars, and can be bought by a half doz
en farmers clubbed together. He will
breed from forty to sixty ewes.
Sheep do not require closed build
ings for protection from cold, as their
fleeces do that if kept dry. A low shed
built on dry ground and opening to
the south, is sufficient. Such a shed
need cost but very little, as scraps of
lumber about the farm can be utilized
in building it.
Place your flocks within a dog-proof
fenced inclosure at night, as dogs
often attack and destroy sheep. A
fence that will turn a dog must be at
least fifty inches high, have a barbed
wire stretched flat to the surface of
the ground at its bottom and three
barbed wires seven inches apart
stretched at its top. The space be
tween the barbed wires can be filled
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A Choice Lot of Spring Lambs in Tennessee.
In with old boards, poles or any other
fence-building material, provided it is
iso built as to keep the dog from
crawling through.
Often ewes become "taggy" or have
dungy locks collect on the wool about
the tail and between the hind legs.
Such locks should be cut off and the
ewes kept clean about thia part of the
body.
Ticks and lice frequently Infect
sheep. Gnard against this by dipping
once each year in dips sold for this
purpose. A rain barrel or tub can he
used to held the dip. Pick the sheep
up bodily and work it around gradu
ally in the dip until all parts are sub
merged and drenched to the akin.
Keep salt before the flock at all
times. Sheep require a great deal of
«alt and it la essential tor them.
Give the sheep access to all har
vested sad vacated fields, bnt do not
depend entirely upon such forages.
The ideal way ia to provide lots of tor
_ of such ata» as will pasture the
flocks for only two-week periods dur
ing wann weather. By changing the
.pasturing ground of lambs every two
weeks there is little danger of toes
worms, as
tores do not infect sheep. Rapa, cow
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peas, oats, vetch, crimson clover and
soy beans should constitute the princi
pal forages used. During the fall and
winter permanent pastures can be
used. Even regular fields of winter
wheat and barley can be pastured
without Injury to them.
When pasture is not available feed
hay or fodder to the flock. Keep up
the appetites of the ewes by adding
small quantities of rape, collards,
chopped cabbage, or roots along with
the hay. Do not feed roots to your
rams or wethers.
Begin feeding the ewes a little grain
about two weeks before lambing and
gradually Increase the amount to one
half pound dally at that time. After
lambing, slowly increase the amount
to one and one-half to two pounds
dally, and continue this ration during
the suckling period. Ewes need not
be grained when dry if good pasture
is provided.
Give the ram just enough grain to
keep him in good condition. The
amount fed should be increased dur
ing the breeding season.
Teach the lambs to eat grain as
soon as possible after birth, and con
tinually feed them what they will eat
cleanly -until ready for the market.
Feed them twice daily, using creeps
to keep out the ewes.
The following grain ration, general
ly available on the farm, Is suitable
for sheep: Corn, two parts by weight;
cottonseed meal, onè part by weight.
Probably August and September are
the best months for mating, as this
will bring your lambs in January and
February. Do not leave the ram with
the ewes continually, but take the
ewes to him for a few minutes each
morning. Allow only one service to a
ewe during each period of heat, but be
certain that the ewe gets in lamb be
fore dropping breeding operation.
Watch the ewes carefully during the
lambing season, but do not interfere
with them unless necessary. After
lambs are born, see that they are
promptly dried and suckled. Frequent
ly ewes disown their lambs unless
forced to nurse them.
Give the ewes little, if any, grain
ration for two or three days after
lambing. At the expiration of this
time it can be gradually given her
until the full ration is reached.
In small flocks the fleeces can be
most economically removed by using
hand shears. After the sheep is shorn
remove all tags and burs from the
fleece, carefully roll it up inside out.


aud tie neatly with cotton or paper
string. If only a few fleeces are had
they can be placed in clean gunny
sacks and sold to local dealers. If
there is a woolen mill in your vicinity
perhaps it will make your wool into
cloth for you.
Now let us summarize the returns
to be expected from six head of prop
erly handled eyres. - Such a summary
will appear thus:
1. Four fat lambs ready tor the table
or market and weighing from 70 to 85
pounds when three and one-half or
four months of age.
2. Two ewe lambs to remain in the
flock.
3. One old ewe, culled for the
butcher.
4. Six fleeces, giving 40 pounds of
wool.
5. Increased valuation in flock due
to Improved breeding.
6. Increased fortuity of soil dge to
forage crops and manure produced.
7. ' A new source of income provided
for the form.
Let the Flock Run.
The flock should he given the chance
to ran la the open yard on all fine
days.
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Never forget that food is of
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IS MADE A WIFE *
ON HER DEATHBED
Mother of Nine Is Cleared in Ex
traordinary Marriage in
North Carolina.
ELOPED 20 YEARS AGO
Told Friends They Were Married Ac
cording to South Carolina Law—
Honored and Respected by
Their Friende.
Salisbury, N. C.—A most extraordi
nary death bed marriage was solemn
ized—that is the word—at Woodleaf,
N. C.
Usually such marriages take
place when one or other of a young
and loving pair, who have plighted
their troth, ip about to pass into the
unknown. After such a marriage the
one left feels a firmer, if invisible,
bond to the one who has departed.
Just before she breathed her last
Miss Lucy Litker was married to A.
C. Gibbons. Yet in the eyes of the
world they had been man and wife for
twenty years. Dwelling together hap
pily, nine children had blessed them.
But knowing she had only a short
time to live, Mrs. Gibbons yearned to
free her soul of its stain, to clear her
conscience and, not least, to legiti
matize her children. Gibbons, weep
ing and remorseful, instanly complied
• with her request.
Beginning of Romance.
Gibbons and Miss Litker were
sweethearts twenty years ago; he was
twenty-five then, she a pretty girl of
nineteen. They "eloped" to South
Carolina where, in those days, it was
not necessary to take out a marriage
'license. Returning, Gibbons and his
• "wife," told their relatives and friends
they had been married in strict ac
cordance with South Carolina law.
Everybody believed them, everybody
received them, for the girl was re
garded as a model of propriety, the
young man was industrious and self
contained. They lived well, and as
the years passed educated their chil
dren and brought them up to be reli
gious.
Nevertheless Mrs. Gibbons—to call
her by the name she longed to hear
rightfully—had been in failing health
for some months. It became plain that
she had tuberculosis of the lungs and
soon, that she was doomed. As the
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disease progressed the thought of her
false marriage preyed upon her mind
more and more, gnawed her con
science.
Finally she could conceal the secret
no longer, and, calling her closest
friend, whispered to her:
"Before I go into the presence of
my Maker I must make a confession
to you. We, my dear husband and I,
were never married. I will die happy
if-he will marry mi
his lawful wife."
-if, at last, I am
"Poor dear," said the friend strok
ing Mrs. Gibbons' forehead soothing
ly. "Her mind is wandering. She has
been married for twenty years," and
the friend told Gibbons, adding, "I'm
afraid she will not live until morn
ing."
Her mind is not wandering,"
She speaks the
truth. We »were never married. I
sobbed Gibbons.
could not have loved her more if we
had been married a thousand times,
t could not have tried harder to make
her happy. So her Wish shall be
granted. We will be married at once."
There was need of haste. A mes
senger was dispatched for a clergy
man; two of Gibbons' friends speed
ed in an automobile to Salisbury and
secured a marriage license. As the
minister pronounced the last word
that made her a wife Mrs. Gibbons
smiled happily, circled her husband's
neck with her wasted arms and whis
pered:
My husband, my own, true hus
band—-at lasL"
Soon, still smiling, she ceased to
breathe.

JILTED, BREAKS HER FINGER
South Nonealk Man Sent to Jail After
Tearing Engagement Ring
From Fiancee.
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Booth Norwalk, Conn.—Edward An
terson, 1 a well-known young man 0 Ç
his place, catted at the home of Miss
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TO GET FORTUNE
If Man Proves Sobriety to Court
in 1917 Estate Will Be Re
turned to Him.
New York.—If on Mardi 2,1917, Os
win Jerome O'Brien, who lives at the
Fairmount hotel in Jersey City, is able
to convince the supreme court of New
York county that he has been sober
for two years, he can recover a for
tune he voluntarily placed in trust for
the benefit of his wife, himself and
their son.
Early in February Mrs. Ethel D.
O'Brien caused a commission td be'
appointed to inquire into her hus
band's sanity. The evidence showed
he drank heavily, and during these
periods was so liberal with his money
that Mrs. O'Brien feared she would
be impoverished.
She therefore appeared before Jus
tice Page and asked that she be ap
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pointed conservator of her husband's
property and person.
O'Brien agreed to place his entire
estate in the hands of the Empire
Trust company. He said this con
sisted of a bungalow at Lake Hopat
cong, N. J., and securities valued at
upward of 3125,000.
He offered to instruct the trust com
pany to pay to Mrs. O'Brien for the
support of herself and son 34,500 a
year, and to himself 33,000 a year. He
suggested that if at the end of two
years he proves he has given up drink
he is to get the property back. If he
fails to submit proof he can make a
second attempt in 1919.
Justice Page thought the arrange
ment a good one.
Thereupon
CANNED MUSIC KILLS DOG
Held Before Machine and Forced to
Listen to Music, Animal Dies
From Fright.
Hagerstown, Md.—Held before a
canned music machine, a big collie be
longing to Miss Jane Detrick of New
Market was called to dog heaven. The
dog died in an hour after being forced
to listen to the music. Miss Detrick
had just purchased the machine, and
was trying it out. She wanted her pet
to hear the music, and held the ani
mal before the instrument, and finally
wriggled from the arms of his mis
tress.
After getting loose the collie raced
through the house, chewing its paws.
Thinking that the dog had gone mad,
Miss Detrick sent for a veterinarian,
who announced that the dog, which
was a high-strung animal, had died
from excitement and fright.
WILD HOG TREES HUNTERS
Two Big Razorbacks Killed, One
With Ten Shots, in
Arkansas.
Mountain View, Ark.—An exciting
wild hog hunt was made in the Round
Bottom hills recently, and after an all
day chase two of the largest wild hogs
seen in that section this year were
killed. The hogs were the property of
Newt Wade and had been in the woods
for nearly three years. After shooting
one of the beasts seven times with
shotguns it turned and fought, forcing
Fred Lancaster and Grant Lawson,
two of the hunters, to climb a tree.
Ewing Lancaster crept up and killed it
only after shooting it three times be
hind the shoulder with a rifle.
The other hog was killed while be
ing held at bay by a pack of dogs.
One of the hogB weighed 242 poundr
and the other 250 pounds.
BABY'S WILD RUNAWAY RIDE
Sleigh, With Child aa Only Occu
pant. Barely Misses Long
island Train.
Riverhead, L. I.—The two-year-old
son of Harold Young of Baiting Hol
low narrowly escaped colliding with
a Long Island railroad train while on
a wild ride in a sleigh behind a run
away horse.
The horse had been hitched in
front of a store, and the child's father
had Just untied the strap when the ani
mal, frightened by a passing auto
mobile, bolted.
With the baby alone in the sleigh
the horse ran down the reed, ac ross
the tracks, barely missing a train.
The baby seemed to enjoy the ride,
which terminated when William A.
Terry stopped the horse after it had
run a mile.
One Arm e d Man a Fighter.
RnshvUle. Ind.—That a one-hi
man cannot put up a light was
proved here when Hays Stafford's lag
In a Aght with Rdward
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ENTIRE FAMILY
DROWN IN RIVER
NEGRO PERISHES WITH WIFE
AND TWO CHILDREN WHILE
MAKINO NIGHT TRIP.
BOMB UNDER HIS HOUSE
Columbus Attorney Believes Effort
Was Made to Destroy His Home
and Kill Him—Received
Threatening Letters.
Columbus.—An entire family of no
groes was drowned in the Tombigbee
river near Pickensville. Ala., Imme
diately south of Columbus, Aplrl 26.
The negroes were Emmanuel Eggle
ston, his wife and their two children.
Details of the accident are lacking,
but it appears that the negro had been
visiting a relative and was taken ill.
His wife and children went after him
with a wagon, and on the return trip,
which was after dark, the negro lost
his way and drove into the river.
Blackhand Leaves Bomb.
Columbus.—The climax of a series
of threatening blackhand letters re
ceived by W. C. Meek, a local attor
ney, was reached when he discovered
a dynamite bomb under his home. A
heavy rain is believed to have prevent
ed the fuse being lighted, as several
struck matches were found nearby.
Mr. Meek during the past several
months received threatening anony
mous letters, and on one occasion he
fired several shots at a prowler on his
premises.
'Referendum Election Ordered.
Meridian.—A special election has
been ordered by the city council for
Thursday, May 20, when the repeal of
the slaughter house and meat inspec
tion law will be submitted to the
voters of Meridian. Another measure
will be submitted at the same time,
an old ordinance regulating the lib
erty allowed chickens, which measure
is actively urged by ladies of the city,
who complain of neighbors' chickei
destroying gardens and flower beds.
Jailed on Old Charge.
Hattiesburg.—Arrested in connection
with the assault on December 28, 1912,
on J. T. Williams, formerly a Hatties
burg policeman, which nearly two
years later resulted in the death of
the latter, Herbert Blakely, a well
known Hattiesburg man, has been
lodged in the Forrest county jail,
pending a more complete investig&tior
into the affair.
Blakely was arrested In Bogalusa,
La.. He denies any knowledge of the
assault.
Escape Jail on Blanket.
Hattiesburg.—Climbing down from
the third story on a blanket ladder,
Johnny Pace, alleged hold-up man, now
in the Forrest county jail awaiting the
action of the grand jury on five or six
charges of highway robbery, made à
daring and successful attempt to break
from the county Institution April 2L
He was recaptured three hours after
his escape.
Negro Shoots Officer.
Yazoo City.—While City Marshal
Dalton of Louise, in the northwestern
part of Yazoo county, and Deputy Sher
iff John Purvis were attempting to ar
rest John Montgomery, a negro, the
negro fired on Purvis as he entered
the house to make the arrest, and shot
away a part of his face with a shotgun.
Purvis will recover, but will be badl?
disfigured.
Hay Growers Organize.
Aberdeen.—A preliminary meeting
of the alfalfa hay growers of the prai
rie belt of Monroe county was held
to effect a permanent organization.
The purpose of this organization is
to establish a co-operative marketing
association and build warehouses at
all the principal shipping points in the
prairie section of the county.
Quick Run Failed.
Alligator.—After a week of suffer
ing, G. G. M. Stamps, Jr., died here
April 25. A record-breaking run of
88 miles in one hour and 40 minutes
by a special train on x the Y. & M. V.
railroad was made to bring an emi
nent Memphis physician and two
trained nurses to his bedside in ar
effort to prolong life.
Special Carries Teachers.
Jackson.—More than a hundred
Mississippi educators went to Chatta
nooga on a special train that left
Vicksburg April 26.
passed through Jackson. The teach
era will attend the Southern Confei
ence for Education and Industry.
The special
Will Tem Cotton Seed.
Hattiesburg.—One thousand pounds
jf cotton seed have been sent through
the Hattiesburg postoffice by W. E.
Bobo, secretary of the Forrest County
Truckers' association, to the farmers
of Forrest county. They will give the
new seed a test.
Big Lumber Order for Export
Clarksdale.—Two solid train loads
of Mississippi red gum lumber sad
timber were recently shipped from
thU place to Gulfport. The shipment
<s destined for Italy.
Army Officers inspects A. A M.
Agricultural College.—Maj. Moses oi
the coast artillery, who is also attached
to Inspector general's department of
the United States army, recently made
inspection of thé regiment and her
racks of the A. mid M., college.
Letter Carriers Will M eet ,
Gulfport.—Secretary Lowther of the
ccmmereial union has "
mit the Rural Latter Carriers' asa
held their elate
5 and 6.
HEROES OF SOUTH
ARE REMEMBERED
MEMORIAL EXERCISES HELD FOR
CONFEDERATE DEAD DU RIED
m JACKSON. *
DEATH PENALTY AFFIRMED
Dapreme Court Holds That Huntsr
Jenkins. Negro, Must Die for Hie
Mother's Murder—Execu
tion Det for June 14.
—Jackson.
Confederate Memorial and Decora*
tion Day was observed here April 26
by the Confederate Veterans, Sons of
Veterans, Daughters of the Confeder
acy and the Grandchildren of Vet
erans.
At 4 o'clock a detachment of the
Capital Light Guards, under CapL C.
L. Beachman and First Lieut. J. B.
Carney, with drum and bugles in at
tendance, marched to the pavilion in
Smith Park, where the participants in
the exercises were assembled. Capt.
S. B. Watts was master of ceremonies.
A choir of children, under the leader
ship of Mrs. H. A. Carleton, rendered
"The Bonnie Blue Flag," which was
immediately followed by a memorial
address by John W. Crisler, Jr. After
the oration. "Dixie" was sung by the
juvenile chorus under Mrs. Carleton.
Following the program, the graves
at Greenwood cemetery were deco
rated. The exercises were completed
by firing three volleys and sounding
taps.
A legal holiday was declared in Mis
sissippi and banks and public offices
generally were closed in accordance
with the usual custom.
Must Hang for Mother's Death.
Justice Cook has handed down 7
decree affirming the conviction ant
death sentence of Hunter Jenkins, a
young negro from Marshall county,
who, lu company with another negro
who has since been hung, murdered
his own mother for purposes of rob
bery. The case was a most revolting
one, and the court found neither ex
tenuating circumstances nor judicial
error in the record. The case was af
firmed and Monday, June 14, set aa
the date for the execution.
The court reversed the circuit court
of Lauderdale county in which a judg
ment for 35,000 had been rendered
against the Alabama Great Southern
growing out of the death of William
Shannon. Shannon had gone to sleep
on the tracks of the defendant com
pany, and his death was due to his
own fault.
New Companies Formed.
The following new corporations have
been formed in the state during the
past few days, and will shortly sub
mit their charters to the governor for
approval:
Morehead-Blumer company. Laurel,
Jones county, capitalized at 36,000;
Natches Oil mill, Natchez, Adams
county, capitalized at 375,000; Jackson
Dry Cleaning company, Jackson,
Hinds county, capitalized at 310,000;
Harris Brothers company, Jackson,
Hinds county, capitalized at 325,000;
Home Brick company, Vicksburg,
Warren county, capitalized at 310,000;
Conner Mercantile company, Semi
nary, Covington county, capitalized at
310,000.
Arrested for Old Murder.
Adolphus Crum, a negso, will face a
jury on a charge of murder which he
is alleged to have committed fifteen
years ago near Thomaston, in Hinds
county.
The negro was brought to Jackson
from New Orleans and lodged in the
county jail recently by Deputy Sheriff
McNeal. Crum, of late, has been por
ter on a railroad train.
The negro denies that be killed Sam
Martin, another negro, at a festival
near Thomaston.
Over a Million in Treasury.
With a deposit of 3247,840 in the
state treasury by the penitentiary
trustees, the proceeds of the winding
up cotton sale for the current cotton
crop season, added to the amount
which was already on hand and In
the state depositories, the treasury
balance on April 26 was on the right
side of a million dollars—upwards of
31,038,000.
Emmett Seward Is Pardoned.
Gov. Brewer has granted a condi
tional pardon to Emmett Seward, con
victed in Choctaw county in August,
1913, of manslaughter, and sentenced
by the court to five years' servitude.
Seward must obey all the laws of the
state of Mississippi.
Want Mississippi Canned Goods.
Jackson.—Miss Susie V. Powell,
state agent for girls' club work and
home economics, has received a com
munication from Walter Baiser, com
missary agent of the Illinois Central
Railroad company, Indies ng a desire
to open negotiations with the club
women and girls of Mississippi for
supplying the company's commissary
with their canning output.
Copies of the letter will bo sent the
county agents with the request that
complete information be furnished at
once.
Luther Manship Dies.
Luther Manship, statesman, lectur
er, author and one of the best known
»ui most lovable men in Mississippi,
died here April 22 at the age of <2
years. He began hla political career
in 1885. His last public service was
la 1908 to 1912, when he was lieuten
ant-governor under the Noel admtati»
tratlon.
The funeral services and Intermsnf
of the remains waa held on the follow
ing day. Out of respect the stats and
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LESSON FOR NAY 2
•AUL TRIED TO KILL DAVID.
LEMON T SLk.Tr—1 Semin] 19:1-IX
GOLDEN TEXT—Whoso
trust la the Lord shall
putteth hie
Although anointed by Samuel, vic
torious in arms and promoted at court,
David was many years in reaching his
throne. At first both court and army
did him honor (ch. 18:1). yet he con
ducted himself with great modesty.
(18:18, 23). He also obeyed the king,
explicitly though he knew fully that
k® waa the God-appointed
of SauL Escapes as wonderful and
providential as David's occur in the
lives of most of us if we aould but
know them.
successor
Gxvld and Jonathan, w. 1-S. Tho
story of the love of David and Jona
than Is a classic. With such close
family relations and a son-lq-law so
successful at arms it is strange that
Saul's anger should vent itself
David.
tached to David but the admiration of
the people for David aroused his Jeal
ousy, (ch. 18:8) and jealousy is pecu
liarly a soldier's disease. The slave of;
jealousy never has peace. As sin and
disobedience developed in his life Saul
became subject to fits of Insane rage
during one of which, as David played
upon his harp and endeavored to quiet
the monarch's spirit, he hurled a
javelin, which served as his scepter,
at the harpist (ch. 19:10). Saul felt
that David was divinely protected and
he knew that God had departed from
his own life (16:23; 16:14). Saul did
not keep his grief and rage to himself
for Jonathan and the nation alike
knew all about It Jonathan gladly
accepted God's decree, willingly gave
np his rights in the kingdom yet he
was loyal to hla father. It is a tender
and touching story of Jonathan's love
for his friend David, and at the same
time his loyalty to his father SauL
He "delighted much in David" (v. 2),
gave full, explicit warning to David,
and also sought to intercede with Saul.
8aul and Jonathan, w. 4-7. It
took courage and self-sacrifice on
Jonathan's part to speak on behalf of
David.
combined in Jonathan's plea,
who envy Include in their hate and
anger all who speak kindly in behalf
of their enemy. But Jonathan's argu
ment (w. 4, 6) Is unanswerable.
David had not sinned against Saul; it
was Jehovah who "wrought a great
salvation for all Israel" on the day
David took his life in his hand and
overcame Goliath. Jonathan pleads for
God as well as for his friend. He
called to Saul's memory his former
Joy at seeing Jehovah's victory
through David and for the time being
Saul was persuaded (v. 6) and made
another of those Impetuous promises
which proved so fleeting. Ushered by
Jonathan (Matt. 5:9) David returned
to Saul's presence, entered once more
upon the discharge of his duties and
desisted only when he saw that his
presence only aggravated the king and
that he was uselessly exposing his life
in Saul's presence. David was faith
ful to God and to God's anointed king.
III. Mlchal and David, w. 8-12.
Saul's hatred was too deep to be per
manently overcome. David went out
and won a great victory over the Phi
listines and as he followed his courtly
duty, Saul hunt out with a fresh at
tack (vv. 8, 9). David had married
Mlchal when about twenty-one years
of age and Saul's attacks occurred dur
ing the next three years. The evil
spirit mentioned was a demon (18:10;
Acts 16:16-18; Mark 1:23-26), a mes
senger of Satan permitted by God for
Saul's discipline (II Cor. 12:7). God
permits evil to come upon men not to
tempt them—solicit them to do wrong
—but to bring them to repentance of
to refine them as pure gold. Thus evil
may be said to do God's work (ch.
4:1) "to be sent from Jehovah."
On the other hand if men will not
have the good spirit, the spirit of
truth, then God gives them over to
error and evil spirits (II Thess. 2:10
12). Doubtless David was on his
guard for when his Insanity caused
Saul again to attack him he fled (v.
10). Messengers were at once dis
patched to his house (v. 11) and
Mlchal lowered David from a window
at some unguarded point, and as the
spies escaped from Jericho, and Paul
from Damascus, so he escaped from
his dangerous position. There are
suggestions in the Psalms which
would indicate his grief over these
experiences.
Michal's stratagem (vv. 13-17) was
one not necessarily sanctioned by
God, though he bore with it for it oc
curred at that 'time of ignorance'
which 'God overlooked. **■—Edershetm.
IV. 8ummary. All who envy are
murderers at heart (Matt, 27:18; I John
3:12, 15). The present day murderers
hurl their Javelins of slander, lying
and vituperation against the reputa
tion of the men whom they hate. Or
else they hurl unfair and unjust busi
ness methods at others that they may
perpetuate their power or else build
themselves up upon the ruins of those
whom they envy. 8aul missed David
a murderer. Satan
always overshoots the mark when he
assails one of God's anointed, chosen
ones. Saul could not harm David
though he wished to ever so much
(Ps. 37:32. S3; Isa. 54:17; Luke 4:30;
10:39). Saul's hatred stopped not even
at the threshold of David's house bnt
Invaded the sacred precincts of his
home. Envy is blind, it assails all
that a man has, spares none with
whom he la connected and colon ev
ery act and relation of life even to tho
relations of father and child. Sanl
was frustrated by hla own children.
Jon it ban and Mlchal David's danger
was laminent, hence hl« speedy
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