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BY THE REV Q O BRUCE The constitutionaht x of the ll'ebb Kenyon bill is the greatest victory ever (joined tor prohibition THE CELESTIAL ESCORT "Surely goodness and merry shall tollow me all ihe da." of my life " I's 23 fi All the days ot my life What days they may be' They come by the week, by the month, by ihe year, by the life time, and they be always good days There are the months of spring when new life is coming into the flowers after a long sleep under the snow, and into the birds return ing with their joyous song of the south, and the lambs of the flock run hither and thither in their glad joy to perform their mission in life, even the air itself seems [Hirer, and sweeter as the sower goes forth to sow Then come the summer days— those long days when God permits man to work to his heart's content summer days for forest growth, for development of grass and grains that man and beast may have wTiereof he may lay by for future use. And the autumn days with harvests of golden giain; when the squirrel with nimble reot scampers about gathering nuts for his winter's supply; when the sunsets seem to vie in the fading of ihe day that those who can appre elate the heavens may know that God desires man to see His handi work in terms of beauty and majesty and peace, when the dying leaves. lest ihe'r mission lie lorgotten. change in all the beauty of a thou sand shades to prove that God's color scheme in like Himself - Infi nite And last the winter days thai say to the aged: "You must stay at home now, as the storms are too severe for your fading years." and to the youth; "You can vie in health provoking pleasures," but to nature it gives a mandate to lie still under the “now until tomorrow. We stand on a promontory and look across the valley and what kind of days are beyond.' We see there birthdays for the millions yet to come; there are the marriage days when two lives flow together as the streams united, or as the perfume 01 the men;, flowers, more beauti ful because of service together; and the days of a dead past that refuse to bf forgotten, laden with that which brings neither Joy nor peace, only warning; and the death days when the windows are darkened, and the sound of the minding has ciased, for man has gone to iiis long home and mourners go about the streets. Yet in all the days goodness and mercy has bt en the c-destial escort. There are no days without good ness and mercy follow along close behind. They are commissioned to attend the believer and brighten his experiences benumbed writh cold, bewitched, with mist, the sheep lies down in his weary search to find shelter. The poor creature has lost his way. The kind shepherd dis patches goodness and ruercy to seek and find the wanderer and gently bring him to the safety of the flock. What man has net experienced such condition? Goodness and mercy may find, but they cannot always compel a return, but they never leave their charge all the days. We never have seen angels like those that came to Sodom tor their duty of bearing news of sudden destruction, but we have seen some that brought similar news. Man's determination has often wrought wreck of him, and even an gels could not prevent it. We have not seen messengers like those who covered the ark, perhaps, but we have known their message and felt its joy as we have drawn nigh to Him who blessed the ark and gave it its significance and use. Good ness and mercy have ever followed thoBe who have tried to worship aright—goodness to supply every need, and mercy to secure pardon David links them together when he says: "The Dord is good, His mer cy is everlasting.” Think of goodness: Ihmk what God has laid up in the hills for the miner! If he will seek down deep he will find the gold that make:! \ business active and the comfort of a home possible, and it may be had i for the digging Yet how many who delve in the earth ever stop to 1 thank the Giver of all good things : for the abundance of His blessings? j We are so apt to takp from His hand and depart leaving Him half insult ed. We would not do this with a business associate. We train our; children not to so do in their so- ! clal relations, yet how forgetful is j man with his God. Soon the travel- ' er will cross the prairies and see | on every bill and dale and level the cattle, the grain, the grass for man and beast What goodness, what mercy' Then passing he comes to the higher hills and the still higher mountains, yet he has not passed beyond the goodnesses and mercies .a a kind Heavenly Father Then he comes into the cities and towns of ihe land and there are the hos pitals, homes for the unfortunate, places of correction lor the way ward, schools for training and all testify to the goodness and mercy of God Well may we exclaim to every man 'Taste and See that the I.ord is good" lu thinking ot goodness we must also think of mercy, for they travel as companions. As God showers goodness so showers He mercy He delighteth In mercy." "He is rich in mercy." "Mercy is His throne" I will commune with thee from off the mercy seat." You cannot number the stars of heaven, thi drops oi rain, the rays ot the sunshine, the mercies of your Hea venly Father. As tile shepherd goes quietly along w ith the she* p his uogs run hither and thither at his every command. The sheep are thus iimiu easily guid ed. They soon learn the punish ment of d.sobedience and the play fulness of companionship. And these dogs may have been named "good ness and mercy" for the line ser vice they render, lly them the sheep are protected in the rear from sud den attack. The keen scent of the dogs is quick to detect lurking dan gers, and they are eager to elimi nate all harm. So is goodness and mercy in the life of every man. They follow and follow wheresoever we may go. Indeed, the fact that they follow suggests tiiat there are wanderers. We get away front the i flock. Out into the world are pit- j falls of which we know not until j we are entrapped in sudden destruc tion. .Many is the man anil woman j who once walked with the Lord and ; who now has wandered into by and ! forbidden paths, There he finds oth i ers wim have wandered and they j are companions lit wickedness. It is j not an uncommon utterance to hear I a mother whose daughter has mar ried a man of little character and ! less religion say : "1 would give my life ll I could only get daughter back j to the days when she delighted in j the church and all things that are j good.” Influences have led her into uie ways or the transgressor, aim ; those many experiences have taught I her that "the way of the transgres j sor is hard” yet she remains with those whom site knows are drawing I her lower and lower. How kind is i God that He puts "goodness and ! mercy” on her track, who will follow ' her "all the days.” 1 ou can’t get; so far away from God that he does ; not know just where you are, just what keeps you away, and just how unhappy are the moments of calm reflection or sudden danger. It is easy enough to be bold when others 1 are bold, but let one get alone or ; among those who emphasize the bet i ter things, and the heart grows sick ! with it all. The wicked are apt to : boast and praise the days of wicked- j ness and say: "All is well, eat drink I and be merry," but there are calm ! days coming days of serious though; ' and bitter wail, all because "goodness ' and mercy' will not leave the war; derer. The boy runs away from his widowed mother and she puts her prayers on his track. He may go to the wilds of the nonhland, but he can never get away from those pray ers. Visit one of the rescue mis sions of our cities and this fact will be repeated time and again. No man can get away from the love ot a good, Christian mother. Take the daughter who wants her own way and is desperate in her determina tion. leaving home and all good sur rounding* she goes out into tne j city, out in the shadow s, and in the night. Rut mother love, mother ten derness, mother solicitude, follow her all the days of her life. Just as well try to get away front your own ' shadow as front God’s love and care, lie will knock at the door of your heart as long as there is life in your body and wickedness in your heart. 1 as He pleads and pleads for you to I come home again. God will not for get, will not fall, will not forsake | those who put their trust in Him. ; nor will He leave the wanderer with | out "goodness and mercy" constantly ' on their track. With such guides so near, truly the psalmist could say “Burely." By ! ort experiences he had learned that God is "Infinite eternal and unchange j able in His being, wisdom, power, holiness. Justice, goodness and truth." Though man may doubt and distrust Him, yet "He abideth faithful." He will follow us even unto death. It may b«* at a distance, for wo will n<»t permit Him close, but He will follow And why had the psalmist such confidence that he could *a\ “surely0'' Because He had never failed him the years of a busy and dangerous career Hunted by Saul from cave to mountain, yet he was never harmed, but always delivered Surely, for He will complete that which He has begun in every life Surely, for He has pledged Himself by “many exceeding great and pre cious promises.” Surely, for if He has set His love for eternity He will not forget in time. Let ever> man take new courage. Those who know Him know that He will ever keep goodness and mercy close behind, to those who know Him jus a Hod of salvation, that He will be with them "even to the end of the age." There are those who have trial5* many and sore, those who have discouragements frequent and harrowing, those who have the peace that passeth understanding, yet all know that “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord" and that “As thy days so shall thy strength be. ’ UNITED STATES MAY DECIDE THE (Associated i'u-ssi WASHINGTON, I). C\. Feb. lfi. The suggestion that an American commission review the leturns of the Cuban presidential election, in order to ascertain that no election fraud is perpetrated, is considered at the stale department as a possible solution of the revolutionary situa-1 tion in Cuba, it is understood to be a certaintj that the administra tion has no intention of intervening; unless the situation becomes more : complicated than it is at the present 1 time. The rebels are in control of San- ' Dago and several smaller towns,, but the government forces control the greater part of the island. The Am erican gunboat Petrel i at Santiago > watching the situation, while the naval repair ship Dixie is at Havana. It Is thought probable that the1 presidential votes which are to be I cast at Oriente on February 20 will j decide the election. COMM ITT KK TO ASK HKI.P 01' KKGIKI.ATURK At the time that ihe corner stone for the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines v. as laid near the government farm on the Fair- , banks-Ester trail, on fuly 4, 1915. i ! Delegate from Alaska James Wicker-| sham, who officiated, made a [ speech in which lie asked the co-ope- | ration of all Fairbanksans in the | matter of securing aid for the es- | tablishment of the coll go from the i Alaska legislature. At the same ] time he named a conn littee for co- j operation purposes, appointing J. H. Groves as its chairman. The others ; named were: Mrs. Anne 1’. Caskey, Mr. O. P. i Gaustad, Mr. Andrew N’erland, Mr. | Richard C. Wood, Mr. Theodpre John : son, Mrs. Harriett 11. Hess, Mr. A. I R Heilig, Mr. Martin Harrais, Mrs. j Isabelle Hall. Mr Robert W. Taylor,; Mr. Adolph Bruning. This committee tias decided that ! the time is now ripe to ask the ter- 1 ritorial legislature to do something toward t He establishment of the school. Accordingly Mr. Groves has called a meeting, which wiil be held at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the office of Attorney A. R. Heilig, lor the purpose of discussing the matter. He has issued a special re quest to all of the members of the committee to be pre-ent at the | tie t ting. NENANA WOMAN OPERATED ON William H. McPhee is in receipt of a telegram from Nenana, dated Thursday, which states that Mrs. Stella Madole was to have under gone an operation for appendicitis at the government hospital yester day. She has been troubled with the malady for some time, accord ing to the wire, and it was only re cently that her friends managed to induce her to submit to the neces sary operation. Mrs. Madole former ly resided in this vicinity, being particularly well known on the creeks In the office of the clerk of court yesterday Emil Edward Kaakinnen made application for his first natur alization papers. Mr Kaakinnen is a native of Finland, and has been a resident of Fairbanks for four years. NEW SUBMARINE ZONE IS PROCLAIMED BY BRITISH (Associated Press) LONDON, Feb. 16.—Announcement was made lrom! the British admiralty office tonight to the effect that Britain lias proclaimed a new war zone to prevent the exit of Ger man submarines from their bases in Germany and Belgium into the Atlantic ocean. The new zone includes the steam ship route north of Scotland and down the Irish coast, to get her with other steamer lanes It is understood to have been liberally strewn with mines, and as a consequence all neutral shipping has been warned to keep on the lookout for them. j SENATE PASSES LIQUOR IMPORTATION MEASURE (Associated 1 ’ress. i WASHINGTON, I). C\, Feb. 10.— With its drastic prohibition amendments which nullify the laws in certain dry states which permit the importation of limited quanti ties of liquor for personal use, the postal appropriations hill passed the senate today. Alter passing the senate the bill was immediately carried to the house, which had pre viously passed it without the provision regarding the pre vention of liquor importation into certain states. It is un derstood that the house will ask for a conference on the amendment. CENERAE STAFF IS ATTACKED BY REPRESENTATIVE. (Associated Pi ess i WASHINGTON. D Feb 16. In a speech delivered on the floor of the house of representatives today, Congressman Ashton P. Shallenber ger, of Nebraska, one of the Demo cratic members of the house military committee bitterly arrai; tied the man agement of Lhe United States army, lie said that the army was misman aged at present, and that it always had been mismanaged. He places the fault on the general si aft of the army and the war depai tinent in geji oral, some of the high r officials of the deparement coming within the scope of his critical 1 emurks. Representative Shallenberger thinks that our army costs t 10 much. At least, he so stated in h s speech. He said that he had painfully looked over the plans of the general staff for the coming year, and he pre dicts that, if the plan, are carried out, the army will cost fully one billion dollars per year. The speech of Representative Shal lenberger was made in opposition to the army appropriation bill which is now being debated In the house. The bill, as it stands at present, carries with it appropriations for the vari ous branches of the at my aggregat ing $247,000,000. CHURCHMAN IS OFF THE PRESS The regular quarterly edition of the Alaskan Churchman, a publica tion of the Episcopal church and missions or Alaska, is just off the press. It is a particularly good num ber, the articles to be found within its covers being of a nature which will undoubtedly be pleasing to all who see them. It is also a particu larly well illustrated number, the cuts used having arrived In Fair banks but recently from the Outside and being taken from photographs secured in all parts of Alaska MAI.ONE MUST PAY BIG SUM (Associated Press) SEATTLE, Feb. 16.— Judge Gilliam, of the superior court of King county, today overruled the motion for a new trial in the breach of promise case of Margaret Strand vs. Peter Malone, which case comes from in terior Alaska and which some time ago was decided in favor of the plaintiff. At the time of returning the verdict the jury recommended that the defendant Malone pay the complainant the sum of $20,000 as a balm for her injured feelings, and Judge Gilliam signed a judgment to day, following his overruling the mo tion, in that amount. E. C. THRASHER GOES OUTSIDE One of the passengers on the N. C. stage leaving this morning for Chitina will be Fred C. Thrasher, who is on his way to the States. Mr. Thrasher has resigned his position with the Alaskan Engineering com mission at Nenana to accept another job on the Outside. He was a timekeeper on the Happy station construction job near here last summer, and when that work was closed for the winter he was in the resident engineer's office in Fairbanks for some time, leaving here in December to work in the Nenana headquarters. Scratch pads for sale at The Citi zen office. '(.IRI. 14 YEARS OLD MOTHERS AN 8-POLAND CH1J.D 1 hsti i<i Attorney It. K. Roth re ports the receipt last night of a tele cram in.m Ruby emit ining intelli gence of tie birth ol n eight-pound b: b girl to l.ila I,ink . the fourteen y. ...r- lrl daughter of . r. and Mrs William Links The littl girl mother and her child are reported to be I getting along nicely. "1 he birth took place on February 13 at the Links home on Long creek, in 'he Ruby dis trict, according to the wire. The Links child is (he underage girl who is alleged to have been victimized, by Charles S. Knutson, ■••.ho is now in jail at Ruby awaiting the action of the grand jury under a barge of rape. The crime is alleged to have been committ'd here earl} last summer while th Links girl was living at the Knutson home. POSTAGE NY11.I. REMAIN SAME I (A csuciated WASHINGTON. I). (\. Feb. 16. Tile amendment to the postal ap propriations bill, providing for the reduction of postage on drop letters lo one cent and the increase of sec ond class mail rates, was defeated in the senate today cn i point of j order. As a consequem ■ thete is no j likelihood of a change i:i postal j rates, for the present at least. BRITISH 1,0 AN GRKAT Sl’CCKSS (Associated I’rcss) LONDON, Feb. 16. It is unofficial ly reported here that the new llritish loan is meeting with far greater suc cess than was anticipated. If is understood that an aggregate of a thousand million pounds has already been subscribed and that more sub scriptions in large amounts are com ing In daily. BUNNKJ.l. l.KAVKS JUNKAU .MONDAY J. E. Clark, clerk of district court, yesterday received a telegram from Judge C. E. Bunnell stating that he would leave Juneau next Mon day, enroute to Fairbanks. He will very probably arrive in town about March 1. As far as could he learned. Judge Bunnell has made no appointment for jury commissioner yet. It is thought that lie will probably not appoint one before he arrives here. MAX AT NENANA DIES SUDDENLY According to information received in town yesterday, A. Nelson died suddenly at Nenana Thursday night. The immediate cause of the death could not be ascertained. He was taken sick late Thursday evening and rushed to the railroad hospital there at once, where the trouble was diagnosed as appendi citis, and an operation was consul ercd necessary Whether the opera tion was performed, or whether Mr. Nelson died before it could be per formed, could not be learned. He had been in the employ of the Engineering commission since last summer, when he started work as timekeeper on the Happy station con struction work. When this work was completed he went to Nenana as a timekeeper on a Job near there Once I saw Approaching toward my flivver on the highway, A heavy truck and a speeding bike And an ice-cart, too close to dodge. WOMAN’S DEPARTMENT THE "DRESSMAKERS' DRESS" IS LATE8T vOOOOOOOOOOOO o o O THE "DRESSMAKER 8' O O DRESS" IS LATE8T O a o o o c* o •:> <-..•? o o o o v The "dressmakers' dress," which is heralded as the incoming mode, cannot fail to win over admirers when it is presented in models as chic Jiiv thcsG co'm . hov.n in the nsw suit departments, says an exchange. Nothing less than genius ever suc ci eded in making a one-piece dress of such originality and beauty, that is equal to doing the duty of a suit. There is a double skirt, with the overskirt full and tho bodice opens over an embroidered vest. The vest and overskirt provide as much warmth as the coat in a coat suit. lilt- underskirt seems narrower than il really is This effect is more a matter of straighter Hues than scant material. It is full enough for comfortable walking. The overskirt is laid in four plaits at each side of the front and in box plaits across the back. It is bor dered at tbe front w'ith six narrow folds of silk, and they give it a very slight flare at the bottom. The bodice is an affair for an ex pert dressmaker to describe, and the uninitiated fashion reporter can only marvel at it. It is draped away from the vest at the waistline and ornamented with folds of silk that extend themselves to the skirt. A tab of embroidery lends a line of bright color to the sedate tones of the cloth and silk folds and repeats the design (of which there is a glimpse) that covers the vest. The bodice appears to be In one piece, with the skirt at the back. Full straight sleeves are shirred in at the wrists and bordered with fur. and a soft muffler collar of fur protects the throat. Any of the soft wool fabrics might be used in a dress of this kind, and it is more than likely that we shall see It made in satin. The hat worn with it is a Russian inspiration of satin embroid ered with colored silks. This is the last word in costumes. Hats have been matched up with muit' and neckpieces, with bags and frocks, and now it remains for them unlv to be matched up with blouses. A BIT OF VELVET. Narrow black velvet edges many of the flounces introduced on the skirts of gowns. Wit ill applied is a dangerous w’eapon. Pouring oil on troubled waters often sets the river afire. OLD HATS MADE NEW. There is no need for faded hats, either felt or straw, for hats will come out of the dyepot as good as new by following the general dyeing directions. A big dishpan is a con venient vessel to do the boiling in, and a saucer placed on top keeps the 'nat under water; of course, there being no folds, the dye does not need to be stirred, and 15 minutes is generally long enough for the boiling The crown has to be dried and shaped over a bowl or tin pall, whichever fits best, and the brim should be propped up into the shape in which you wish to dry It. When >ou are going to change the shape of a straw hat and sew It on a more modern frame, It Is best to rip the straw apart. RARE OLD BOOK. Many rare old books are worth main times their weight In gold, hut the most valuable modern book has recently been completed for an 'merican millionaire. This remark able book is a volume of Keats' poems illuminated on vellum and illustrated throughout with hand painted miniatures. The cover la composed of more than 4,4011 sepa rate pieces of colored leather, form ing an intricate design, which in turn is completed by 1,000 precious tones The value of the book is, el i ours-, enormous SEPARATE SKIRTS. The separate skirt, like the shirt waist. seems to return every season, lake perennial flowers, it is sure of a welcome. Among the new models for winter there are many made of plaid and barred woolens, a good nunibet in plain fabrics, and few stripes. This is simply a reaction from the all prevailing stripes of mid summer. As a rule colors are sub dut-d, by comparison with the bright and often violent color-contrasts In summer skirts. ilut this does not signify that they are dull. The introduction of cross bars of white or black on fabrics that show color contrasts in plaids or checks gives them life and sparkle. Pipings ot a plain color, matching the cross bar, add a happy touch in the finish of their skirts. A pretty model is made with the front cut on the straight of the goods and the back on the bias. Both pieces are attached to a fitted yoke eut on the straight and piped with plain white to match the cross bar The yoke is extended into a tab at each side, defined by large white pearl buttons. The waistline is slightly raised, dispensing with a belt of any kind. A skirt recently shown w-as cut to instep length, but this greatly added length is an innovation that is in the experimental stage. It detracts from the skirt both in comfort and smartness. The chances are that skirts will make some concession to the new mode as to length, but good sense will not extend them below the ankles. The shorter skirt is cleaner and better looking. Harold Lockwood and May Allison, Producer Fred J. Balshofer and the balance of the Yorke-Metro players who have been appearing in Harold McGrath’s "Pidgin Island," have fln islied their work at Monterey and re turned again to the Los Angeles studio. Five thousand feet of film were required to make the picture. RAILROADS TO HELP WILSON IN EVENT OF WAR NEW YORK, Feb. 16. At a meet ing of the American Railway Asso ciation's executive committee today plans for the railroads of the coun try to enter into a national defense plan in the event of war, were dis cussed at great length, and it was decided that the railroads will at all times co-operate with the govern ment in the matter of moving troops or supplies from one coast of the country to the other or to any part of the country. Following the meet ing the railroads, through their rep resentatives congregated here, in formed President Wilson that the resources of their organization are at the disposal of the government at any time in the event of war. A special committee ot railroad men, consisting of the presidents or other officials of eighteen railroads, was appointed for national defense purposes. it will be the business of this committee to keep in touch with the government at all times and to work in conjunction with government officials in the matter of national defense in the event that the United States goes to war. BABE IS SMOTHERED. According to information received in town recently, a six-months-old baby boy was smothered to death near Fort Yukon during the latter part of January. "Jimmie” Carroll and his half-breed wife were camp ing out one night while making a trip into Fort Yukon, and during the night, in her sleep, the mother lay on the baby in such a manner as to smother it. MANUKACTURERS OK MAN S PRINT CRYING QUITS WASHINGTON, I). 0., Feb 16. un account of the fact that they are facing prosecution in the federal courts on the charge of effecting combinations in restraint of trade in bolding up the price of their pro duct, the. news print paper manufac turers have proposed to the federal trade commission that the commis sion fix a reasonable price for the output of the principal manufacturing plants and mills of the United States and of Canada, it is believed that the commission will accept the pro posal, for, aftei a rate is once fixed it will have attained its object in starting legal proceedings against the manufacturers. If the proposal is accepted by the trade commission the acceptance will mark the ex pansion of the functions of the gov ernment, according to the officials For their part, the manuiaciurer* seem willing to see the paper war, which has been going on in this countr>' for the past six months, come to an end. They assume that if the commission accepts their pro posal. the grand Jury Investigations commenced at New York will be dropped and that there will be no further prosecutions. ONE DAY’S TOLL OE SUBMARINES (Associated Press) LONDON. Fob 16.-Reports re ceived at the British admiralty of f;ce are to the effect that five steam ships. one sailing vessel and one trawler were sunk today by German submarines. All of the vessels were of British register Their aggregate tonnage was 9.536.