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Boomer, North Carolina, November, 1922. Number 7. THE VALLEY OF TEARS Once, when' the world was folden Heavy with unshed right, Hidden and unbeholden Of God's piercing sight, Thou didst awaken and borrow Time from the unborn years, Sorrowful mother of sorrow, O Valley of Tears. Thy unmade hills wore shaken, Thou yet-unbuilded earth, And brooding Space was taken With pains of cosmic birth With pains that went before thee, Abreast with nameless fears, When laboring nature bore thee, 0 Valley of Tears. Slow as the feet of .the ages, Treading the grapes of wrath; Having such wine for wages As no mortal hath ; Born of such bitter crying As no mortal hears, Thou earnest, doomed and dying, O Valley of Tears. Then we, like insects breeding Within some" stagnant fen, Game forth of thy blind leading, A blinder race of men; Of men whose voice of wailing Is loud in heaven's ears, But barren and unavailing, O Valley of Tears. Nursed at the breast of passion, Rocked in the cradle of. pain; Eating, with lips turned ashen, AH things bitter and vain. Here where no star hath risen, Here where no light appears, Faint we in thy dark prison, O Valley of Tears. James Larkin Pearson. ON PARADE These things"' I see, passing in endless file: Night with her mantle, tread ing he beefs of Dawn; Love with a kiss, Hate with a dagger drawn: Death with a mask, and Beauty with a smile. And these go marching, march ing, all the while: Faint-hearted, crouching Fear, and timid Hope, And weeping Sorrow, holding in her scope All things that be, of every name and style. But I have seen the end of this parade The goal of every pilgrim on the way And I shall journey, too, as far as they, Till all shall reach the Valley of the Shade, Where I shall meet, in some sure Afterwhile, Death with a mask, and Beauty with a smile. James Larkin Pearson. A SERMON ON COLUMBUS The Providence Journal wants to know where we-unses would all have been now if Columbus hadn't discovered America. Oh, I guess if Chris hadn't done it somebody else would. As big" a thing as America couldn't have remained lost forever. The reason it wasn't found sooner was. because the people of old times were ignorant and didn't know how to look for anything. The people of the old world pro bably knew thousands of years ago that America was lost, but thiey didnt seem to cape. If anybody had wanted to find, it at an earlier date they could easily have done so. It was right here, and so far as we know it made no effort to get away. It was not a bit wild when Col umbus and his men arrived. America hadn't done anything then to be ashamed of like she had now, and there was no need for her to run and hide like Adam and Eve did when Gcd came " walking in the garden about five o'clock one evening. My honest opinion is that Columbus has always been given too much honor for what he did. He has been treated just as if he had done something that was very hard to do, like find ing a needle in a haystack or a Democrat that didn't want office. But what h did wias nothing like that. He started sailing west, and all he had to do was to just sit steady in the boat and come right on. Here wras America stiletchedl right across his path for about five or six thousand miles, and even if he had come with his eyes shut he was bound to have hit it somewhere. He couldn't pos sibly have missed it, unless he had turned around and gone some other way. So I can't see that Columbus is entitled to so much credit, af ter all. Now if he had found an honest politician, or discover ed some sense in this-here "new poetry," it would have been something to brag about. But just discovering America good Lord! Anybody could .have done that. . - - rm. T i f xxiere are plenty oi sure cures- for every disease known to man. They are perfectly nice, respect able cures, and the only objec tion to them is that they never cure anything. DISILLUSIONED I clip the following editorial from the pages of Charity and Children, a Baptist paper pub lished here in North Carolina. The writer seems to be one of the disillusioned; but having lost his illusions he hasn't found any thing to take their place. He believed all the flowery propa ganda they f eoT him on during the -war. He expted every thing to turn out just like the official lying-machines said it," Propnecies intelligent y would. It never once his minoVthat the whole nation j But the popular orthodox teach- i. . 1 1 ! . . . and the whole worm was Denuding about the prophecies is. so. 'strung" And so when the bot tom dropped out and he saw what sort of fruit the fine pro mises had borne- well, he was all upset about it, and he had J way. .And there is no better! to get the disappointment out j proof of which is the right way? of his system in the manner f ol-1 o0mplre tem wit, thef ww. EVENTS as they happen. There lowing. lis just one system of Bible study; The world isT deeply disappointed x that has fitted the events ex at the results of our victory over jactly, and thus it has proven hV Germany. Millions of our bravest self correct. You will not find, and best are sleeping in bjoody : any member of the Internation graves, and the nations of Europe al Bible Students who has ta are looking forward already to the put up such a hopeless wail of next war. We thought we were disr'ucn 7rt as Charitv and giving our boys in a holy cause that Children has uttered. They un of putting an end to war. Has that. j derstood years ago just how it been done? We thought we were:was sroinsr to be. and nothing breaking the shackles from the hands of the weak nations. Has that Deen done? We. were" told that we were disarming the oppressors of man-' kind, but the infamous Turks are busy killing Christians and bidding Where are the fruits o our sacri fice? For what did our boys suffer and die? We find the isame old greed among the nations of Europe that brought on the war. They are! tbat brougnt on tne war. iney are, still clamoring for commercial jad- vantage. Broken and bleeding as I""" ns they are, the old spirit of selfishness ; the religious world by the ear seems to be as rampant as ever. The j and making it turkey trot all United States made a great 'contri-1 over the place. In a recent bution of treasure and of blood to j A fa fe end the reign of autocracy m the j . T , TT . world, and now refuses to lift a;m London Harvey raises .the finger to hold the advantage we won question as to "whether women at so great cost. We are less united, less brotherly and friendly than we were before the great conflict. We are allies no longer, but' each nation is fighting for itself. What is to be the final outcome of it all ? Is it possible jthatit- will take another world strue-erle to brine: universal ? We do not believe war will peace ever settle any thing. If we cannot live in peace without fighting for it civilization is doomed. The only hope "for us in the world is in the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ. If that fails us there is no other way. Well, now, that is too bad, ain't it? Just to think of a I shore-to-goodness great editor being balled up like .that ! His first big mistake was in being too much of an easy-mark and (letting them string him along with all that bunk. I don't claim to be very smart, but that stuff didn't catch me. Not for riary single minute. I knew it was propaganda and -hot air 'and would alt fade out in the wash. But the editor of Charity and Children" is voicing the thought of many millions of srood peo ple who were caught in the same trap and who feel just like he does about it. And it is to these disillusioned millions that I would like to say afew words. it people would study the l i n . T-V 1 . ....... wide of the mark thnf. if rnW makes the confusion worse. There are many ways of inter preting tlje Bible prophecies. out there is just one RIGHT .'that has happened has come as : a surprise to them. The Whole j Truth is too big for me to try; ;. to tell in this little old paper, 1 1 can oniy repeat here what I j have said SO many times: READ RUSSELL, THE FEMININE "SOUL."' Our Mister George Harvey; functionates offidalIy at - have "souls." And nobody seems able to answer. ? Great problem! Awful stunner ! Mighty hard question! Yes-sir-ee! But, sakes alive, how easv i j would be if they would only ex- ercise a nrae common sense. If they could only get it through their terra-cqtta noggins that men haven't got any "souls" either. But that solution of the problem is so simple that they have never thought of it. The swell-headed scions of Spook ology prefer to dabble-in myst erious and foolish guesses about impossible theories Instead of coming right out and facing the plain facts.