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THE YALE EXPOSITOR, THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 27. 1917.
The Protector of Finance
Tales of Rcsilius Marvel, Guardian of Bank Treasure
By WELDON J. COBB
THERE was no shadow of a doubt
In my mind as I entered the offi
ces of the United Bankers Pro
tective association that Resillus
Marvel was studying out a new "case.
He nodded to ine In an abstracted way.
On the glass-slabbed table before him I
were a dozen or more little rollcdup
wads of paper. I knew they repre
sented puppets ho had been moving
about, Bhaklng up, almost talking to,
almost making them talk , to him
separating, combining, analyzing, In
faet winnowing facts with a sieve of
1 think I've got it,M he said, sweep
ing his mimes from the table with an
air of precision and finality. "You
have come in at the finish, probably.
Ye were in at the start, so you will
have a glimmering Idea of what it Is
al about when I speak one word
Rub &o hi c .
"Tkat Is suggestive," J told Resillus
Jfarvel, "but scarcely enlightening. I
faacied that Alison Ransome was -a
cWsed chapter In the suppressed sen
satioas of local banking circles."
"What! with one hundred thousand
dollars unaccounted for, and the gag
plaeed with all hands around?" de
rided the great one. "Hardly!"
Ransome had been anybody's friend
aad everybody's favorite. He had
broken Into banking about a year pre
vious in the eager, rollicking fash
ion of a college lad full of financial
theories and expecting some day to
grata a presidency In a jump. His un
cle was the big man in the Unity
National bank, and Alison skipped
over messenger service, "the books"
aad tke currency pen in a very brief
period, and had charge of the ponder
ous and opulent money vaults with
three men to help him fill an easy job.
Then one day a big sensation was
born at the Unity National. Ransome
and a bank policeman who had left
the Institution two hours previous,
the former handcuffed to a treasure
satchel, returned, both of them white
faced and scared looking. They bore
the satchel casually enough now, for
oe side of it showed a circular gash
with half the surfaco Sapping loose,
and emptiness where there had been
fifty thousand dollars in neatly packed
and labeled national bank notes.
In a word, this happened: A bank
at Riverton, a suburb twenty miles
oat, had made a special deposit of
the money noted, subject to call and
personal delivery when required. It
was a special fund and a larger sum
la ready cash than the suburban bank
cared to risk carrying. Besides that
tfce transaction was trusted by the
Vnity National. The call of that
Morning had been anticipated for sev
eral days. Ransome was deputized to
deliver the money and bring back a
He never qualified for the receipt
and he and bis guard never got as
far as the suburban bank. Once
aboard the train and occupying one
seat together, in order to rest com
fortably the handcuff was unlocked
and the satchel was set on the car
floor. The guard retained hold of the
end of the chain, and Ransome set his
feet firmly on the satchel so it could
net be budged without his knowing it.
Lo and behold! in spite of all their
precision, as they neared the end of
their brief journey and lifted the
satchel to rehandcuff It to the wrist
' of Ransome, it was discovered empty.
That is, some one occupying the seat
directly behind them had reached
tinder the tilting footrack, had insert
ed a keen shoe blade within the leath
er receptacle and had quietly lifted
out its contents. The train had stop
ped at all local stations, so the clever
thief might have left the train at any
one of six stops.
Not a soul recalled even noticing
the missing passenger. The shoe
knife was found on the car floor. Also
a cane, light and somewhat peculiar
as to Its end fitting of which more
anon. It was now in the possession
of the man who bad reawakened in
ray mind the little history I am trying
te epitomize in my struggling, faulty
Neither money nor thief was found.
No possible blame could attach to
young Ransome. It marked him, how
ever, as an unlucky wight with a big
loss to his record. Then followed a
kappenlng that placed him in the
"koodoo" class. It was in connection
with the bank cash reserve, the real
fdrcngtli and sinew of the institution,
kept sacred and apart within the holy
of koNes of the Unity National. When
foreign capitalists visited the bank,
or It was policy and business to im
press a client, or ruralite correspond
rats were In evidence, it was the prac
tice to show them over the institution,
winding up with a view of the treas
ures of the great inner vault where
real money was really kept.
As tn all large banks the Unity Na
tioaal maintained Its actual cash re-
nerve in permanent form. Thus there
were packages representing $10,000,
$40,000, even 1100,000. In these the
aotes were of large denomination,
mostly $100, $1,000, and some $10,000
bills. To facilitate the work of the
bank examiner, these packages "were
rlglnally verified and sealed at the
local sub-treasury and stamped as to
amount officially. When the govern
ment examiner visited the bank he
would simply count the packages, ac
cepting their stamped value, tossing
them aside and aggregating amounts,
even as you and I the small change
for a dollar.
One day it was necessary to use a
large amount of the reserve cash, a
$50,000 package included in the ag
gregate was found to contain, instead
of fifty $1,000 bills, exactly fifty ones.
That package had been passed from
hand to hand for over a year, its
stamped value always accepted with
out hesitation. The cord enclosing it,
duly covered with government seals.
was apparently all right There was
nothing in the exterior appearance of
the package to indicate tampering or
Here was a cold, clear fact, however
$49,950 short. The sub-treasury
agent looked over the opened package,
casually inspected the coverings, and
calmly called attention to three facts
that were incontrovertible: the string
was not government string, the wax
in the seals was not government wax
and the paper enclosing the package
did not bear the government water
mark. In other words, the govern
ment disputed ever delivering the
package to the Unity National. Some
one had substituted the one contain
ing the one-dollar bills a month back
two, three, six or yesterday, or to
day. It was the duty of Alison Ran
some to guess how it could have been
done, for he was responsible for the
deeds and misdeeds of the depart
ment. Resillus Marvel had been called In.
It took him a day to decide that no
body in the bank had worked the sub
stitution. When he came to examine
the wrapper that had enclosed the
substituted bills, he found that it had
been a discarded covering for some
other package at one time, such as
were thrown into the waste room.
The figures had been changed, but the
official stamp helped through the im
position. As to the seals, they had
been broken in opening the package,
so their recent real condition could
not be estimated.
At the time I was a silent lounger
Jn a dark corner in Marvel's private
office when he held a rapid fire col
loquy with this same Alison Ransome.
I felt sorry for the young fellow, for
he was so artless, so distressed, so
clear in his statements, that there was
not a false note palpable in what he
said. 'He had brought the visitor's
register with him. Spread out on the
came glass-topped table where I now
confronted Marvel, the twain went
over it line by line.
There were foreign and Bight-seeing
visitors, soon disposed of. The repre
sentatives of country banks came un
der cynosure with no results warrant
ing suspicion. Every name on the
register was tallied off quite satisfac
torily until they came to a delicate
line announcing Miss Vera Tithenor.
"Credited to whom?" Marvel had
challenged, keeping his finger on the
penciled initials after the name and
looking Ransome squarely in the face,
who flushed like a schoolboy and
I noticed Marvel just there start
"A friend a relative?"
"A friend; yes," answered Ransome;
"well, I might better say an acquaint
ance. I knew the lady only casually
at the time. She expressed a wish to
go through the bank and of course I
had to be courteous. Then she
brought a friend. She was very much
interested in bank details, saying her
father and her uncle had been in that
"Tall, fair?" Insinuated Marvel, and
I knew he was prompted to pursue
the topic by the vagrant thought
"Tall, fair very fair," acceded the
young fellow, with almost a sigh.
"Light blue eyes one disfigured?"
"Why, no!" exclaimed Ransome,
with a hard stare. "What a strange
question to ask, sir!' Blue eyes! Dis
figured! Indeed, no, sir eyes black
as a sloe, and very bright and be
witching. I've got to say It," ex
plained the speaker, with a slight
laugh, "for to tell you the truth, I
fancied I was in love with Miss Tithe
nor at the time."
"And now?" Interrogated Marvel,
"I have not seen her for weeks,
understand she has gone abroad."
The color of the eyes seemed to
settle the matter with Marvel, and he
checked off the name. After that
evening I considered the case aban
doned, for I had not heard Marvel
mention it Since. The bank 'quietly
buried the circumstances, but young
Ransome left Its employ a week later.
I understood that he had joined some
small brokerage firm. There was no
imputation as to his honesty, but the
luckless loss of $100,000 to the bank
stood against him on the records.
And now Resillus Marvel, with his
paper wad puppets and his mention
of a half-forgotten name had revived
in my mind the facts I have just stat
ed to prepare me, I was sure, for
the second volume of what I bad ac
counted to be a closed book.
He now said:
"And so we arrived at a reopening
of the Ransome incident. I use the
singular, for the substituted sub-treasury
package and the rifled bank
satchel were parts and parcels of one
plot, schemed out by one master
mind, with more to come."
"I am interested," I said, and pre
pared to listen.
Marvel opened the broad drawer of
the table to take out a long, thin arti
cle. It was a cane, slight in looks,
but I found later on handling It,
Btrong and rigid as a steel bar.
"The cane you found in the car
where the satchel was ripped open,"
I began. .
"No," he dissented: "one something
like it, but this is quite another cane.
Naturally, losing one, the original
owner supplied his equipment with
"Equipment?" I repeated.
"Kit is better," added Marvel. "See
He held it so that the lower end
was directly towards me. He manipu
lated some clutch or screw in the
handle. There protruded then from
the hollow bottom of the cane a slop
ing piece of metal about half an inch
"It looks like a screwdriver point,"
"Yes," nodded my friend, "this cane
is a masked screwdriver. About three
months since a man, later giving the
came of William Goldsmith, started.
to leave a street car. In doing so his
foot met an obstruction. He plunged
forward, struck the floor and was lift
ed out to the street to await the am
bulance, having suffered a dislocated
shoulder. The company was glad to
settle with him for fifteen hundred
dollars. Investigation showed that a
screw holding a metal plate to the
bottom of the car had come loose and
worked Up nearly its length. The
charge of negligence against the rail
way company, therefore, was patent.
I heard of the case quite incidentally,
but when I did two points suggested
immediately interested me. I had on
my list an ambulance-chaser worker
who had been an acrobat, and who
had the power of throwing his shoul
der or hips out of joint to order. His
graft was to work accident, street car
1 MUST SAY
'SHE WA VERY ATTRACTIVE , BUT
MORE IN MANNER THAN
and Insurance companies, and when
the cane was shown me I guessed that
its end had been used to lift the screw
in the car floor so as to give the
schemer an opportunity to stumble
over something. When I ran down
this alleged William Goldsmith and
had a look at him, I recognized him
as an old-timer long off the local
books, but now apparently returned
to his former harvest fields. He had
come back, it seemed, with a new
repertoire. His former prize dodge
was the lost eye."
"The lost eye?" I queried in amaze
ment. "Yes. It Is a trivial element in the
great aggregate, but to explain briefly
William Goldsmith, alias Tod Fer
ret, originator of quite a clever
scheme for raising the wind when in
need of funds. He would approach a
fruit stand and make some slight pur
chase. Suddenly he would put his
handkerchief up to his eye and ap
pear greatly distressed, while pulling
over the stock in a frantic search, fie
would inform the proprietor of the
stand that he had lost his glass eye,
and after a search would tell him to
make a closer look and he would call
again and gladly give twenty-five dol
lars if he found the eye. In about an
hour an accomplice would appear,
also make a purchase, pretend to find
the eye, disclose it, and the stand man
having in mind the reward offered
for It would bargain for it at ten or
"And this Ferret?"
"This glass eye specialist," pursued
Marvel," is also the owner of that
cane. He is the man who stole the
$50,000 from the satchel young Ran
some and the bank officer carried on
the suburban train."
"Oh, you know that?"
"And considerably more." ,
"I can realize that, for you never
waste time on preliminaries that have
not a final Important focus. I pre
sume this Ferret has retired from his
professional duties to enjoy life a a
man of wealth and leisure?"
"Not at all. He acted for others,
and others, or rather one other, re
ceived the bulk proceeds of the clever
satchel robbery. This same person
received also the $50,000 from the sub
treasury package. The work was
done by another of his efficient aids
Miss Vera Tlchenor."
"The man who holds the strings In
this double looting of the Unity Na
tional," continued Marvel, "is Malachl
"The head and front of the combi
nation is Purvols," he re-asserted.
"This Is for private use only, of
course, as we want no premature ex
plosion. Now, then, a social end comes
into this affair. You know bow far
I am away from that phase of activity.
I have sent for you as an empirical
co-efficient. You will cultivate Pur
vols, you will be invited to some so
cial function, you will meet Miss
Tichenor, possibly Ferret, in a new
guise, certainly Alison Ransome."
"When you have visited the inner
social circle of the tribe Purvols," pro
ceeded Marvel tersely, "report to me.
I especially expect a close study and
analysis of this Miss Tichenor's eyes.
Particularly note how far this foolish,
but ingenious young Ransome is in
fatuated with her. This is all new to
you. It will be very old to you in a
week, after the mine is exploded."
I left Marvel, feeling somewhat
thoughtful. I knew I left him just as
he would wish. He had given me a
mission to perform, with explanations,
if necessary, to come later. I knew
his methods so well that I accepted
directions and prepared to follow
Now as to Malachl Purvols, this
much was interesting to me: he
cleared his small private bank through
our institution. He was a new-comer
in the local financial community, but
so precise, prompt and reliable in all
his dealings that he had won consid
erable notice as a coming scalper on
the outside of the legitimate banks.
Some of his dealings had been large.
His balances were not bad, he collat
eraled everything securely and
seemed to have ample capital. So
far as I could surmise he was too
shrewd and going a man to commit
the folly of even knowing a Tod Fer
ret, or seeking as an Intermediary a
female bank looter, or having any use
for a bank disappointment like Alison
But Marvel knew he always knew.
There was a zest In collaborating with
that great man, for In the end there
was a gratifying blaze of discovery
and fruition so far out of the ordinary
that it was worth effort and was an
enjoyable event to participate in.
It was not difficult to follow out my
friend's advice as to cultivating Pur
vols. He had an eye to business, and
a specious professional call from my
self, the secretary of his clearing
bank, led to a cigar, then to lunch. I
made a pretense of wanting his opln
ion as to some Russo-SIberlan bonds.
It was natural that Purvols should be
familiar with these, for he had orig
inally come, I understood, from a part
of the czar's dominions where such as
he had been baited and driven from
pillar to post for generations. At the
end of a week. In a cordial way, he In
vited me to a small social function at
There was my wedge. Behold me,
one evening, in the reception room of
a gaudy apartment floor. Everything
suggested the ephemeral, just as-his
banking quarters had a furnishment
easily convertible into cash, readily re
moved, of light compass and light
value, but glaring and impressive in
a popular sense. There were some
twenty guests present One was a
leading scrap iron nabob of his class.
Another borrowed at the bank on bills
receivable discounts. A third was an
Insurance adjuster for the assured
all men of some means at the tip-top
of what was best in the commercial
-I had a care only, however, for the
persons Marvel had named. I did not
meet Ferret at all. At the table I
sat next to young Ransome. He
flushed at the first Then I fancied I
detected a sort of appealing eagerness
to be friendly. At his. right sat the
lady Introduced to me as Miss Tlch
enor. I must say she was very at
tractive, but more in manner than in
beauty. There was a sinuous, dallying
softness to her smile that wrapped
about the casual observer Invitingly,
though to me in a measure warningly.
As to those eyes, I saw them
not. Until the end of the evening not
once did I find the opportunity to meet
them, much less to scrutinize closely.
She had long lashes and a way of
peeping through them sideways, an
evasive trick of shifting and conceal
ing their expression. They were black
jet black. I learned that much, but
- But I made a discovery, an Impor
tant one, I learned not much later.
Purvols had pressed me to remain, in
timating business It was when most
of the guests had departed that he
took my arm, nodded to Ransome, and
we three were soon ensconced in a
little bijou of a boudoir, temporarily
in use as a smoking room. On top
of the lighting of the cigars, in his
usual quick business way, Purvols
spoke to me promptly:
"You know Ransome?"
"Very well. I am glad to say," I re
sponded, and caught a grateful gleam
from the eye of the young man in
"He has told me his history," pro
ceeded Purvols. "I do not care to re
traverse it, but you of all men, from
the same bank where he served, can
answer one question finally he is
strictly honest, if unfortunate?"
"I think no one has ever doubted
"He has applied to me for the cash
iership of my bank," went on Purvols
in a rush of words. "1 know he is un
trained, or rather too quickly trained.
It Is only a question" of plasticity as
to my suggestions, and trustworthi
ness. I am about to handle large
sums as trustee for a Russo-American
syndicate. They require heavy bonds,
and this young man must qualify for
a large surety."
"Any liability company would fur
nish it, I think," was my reply to
What was working, and how far was
my candid opinion of the honesty of
young Ransome helping the planB of
Resillus Marvel? I asked myself as I
reached home that night. When I re
ported to him the next day he did not
enlighten me any further than to ob
"Very good. I see the light, and
"The end" did not seem to material
ize very rapidly. In fact, at the end
of the month I began to suspect that
somewhere in the skein of mysteries,
a strand had knotted, somehow. In the
meantime I had received a blank from
the Guaranty Indemnity company as
one of the references of Alison Ran
some, who desired, it was stated, to
obtain a $100,000 surety bond as cash
ier for the banking house of Purvols
& Co. I had, showed this to Marvel.
"Answer it in the usual way," he
It was five weeks after this, one
evening, that Marvel flashed past me
on the street with two men whose
guarded way of looking forward told
me they were in his company with a
"Tomorrow," he said, simply, In a
Tomorrow It was the crisis, though
not the final climax. Only a part of
my breakfast was complacent. The
rest of it, after I had taken up a
morning paper, was ruffled and unsat
isfactory. In glaring headlines the print told
of an enormous embezzlement the
cashier of the banking house of Pur
vols & Co. had disappeared two days
previous, carrying away with him
over $200,000 in cash and securities.
No trace of him was suggested. The
past record of. young Ransome was
renewed, at some pains it seemed to
me. To the public the Incident
seemed a fitting climax to the career
of a young man who had left another
bank "under suspicion of being in
volved in two Inexplicable $50,000
losses" so runs the world away.
Great unction In behalf of the de
pleted banker was exercised in stat
ing that no possible loss could accrue
to Purvols & Co., nor to their deposi
tors, as the missing cashier had been
bonded by the Guaranty Indemnity
company for an amount equal to the
amount of the defalcation.
I had just reached my room that eve
ning, when a telephone call announced
my friend at the other end of the line.
"Come at once to the Cafe Majes
tic." he said.
He led me three squares away when
I had joined him. I noticed that we
passed the pretentious gilt and glass
plate front of the Purvols banking
house. Then, where a court intersect
ed the street just beyond the place.
Marvel took the lead toward a gloomy,
boarded-up structure that had once
been a warehouse.
Four men sprang suddenly Into view
as Marvel pushed open a door, but
drew back as they recognized my
guide. Then up two flights of stairs
we went and into a lighted room.
Its door was as well guarded as be
low. Again Marvel was in himself a
password. As we came into the room
I noticed two professional looking men
standing near a cot Upon It white
and motionless, lay Allison Ransome.
I could not control the wave of pity
that Involuntarily swept over me.
The rigid calm of that handsome
young face was apparently that of
death. Then I knew more, for my
friend asked one of the physicians:
"How will it end, doctor?
"He will live, I think," was the re
sponse, made guardedly. "Some de
pressing narcotic, subtle as the old
aqua tofana, has been administered.
The purpose seems to have been to
reduce mind and body to a permanent
condition of lethargy, rather than to
produce a distinct toxic effect."
"You have diagnosed It rij.bt,"' as
sured Marvel. "Within an hour 1
shall probably know the properties of
"That will aid us .materially," was
There seemed to be a great many
ramifications to the operations of
Resillus Marvel. I was beginning to
understand conditions. The alleged
embezzlement was a subterfuge on the
part of Purvols to secure a new $100,
000 from the surety company. The
plan was to cause the disappearance
of the unsuspecting Ransome until
the conspirators were ready to em
bark with their loot for parts un
known. I further knew, as Marvel entered
another room, that he had discovered
the men whose part it was to keep the
man denounced as the absconder out
of the way. Three men were ranged
on a bench along the wall, hand
cuffed, and three men guarded them.
I. soon knew, too, that the end one was
Tod Ferret My friend brought a let
ter from his pocket and extended it
with a pencil to this man.
"It's understood that I'm to get the
benefit if I sign?" said Ferret
"You will go free, unfortunately, if
Purvols comes to time," replied Mar
vel. "I promise nothing." ,
He dispatched a man with the let
ter. Within half an hour Purvols
came into the room. He was pale,
breathless,, cowed and crushed as Mar
vel placed him on the rack.
"Your course can be plain or
crooked, as you choose," advised my
friend. "What I demand is the $100,
000 you secured from the bank in your
clever raids. The surety company
will protect itself. I advise you to
close up business and depart for new
fields after that I regret that the
policy of the banks is to avoid pub
licity, or you and your friends would
have a long spell of rest from business
activities including my Lady Vitriol."
"Ha!" exclaimed Purvols with a
spasmodic jerk of his head "you
"She was a bold woman, with her
foreign record so well known, to ven
ture into prominence again," said Mar
vel. "She is waiting for you after
you have settled your bill with the
It was a foregone conclusion that
the prime mover in the plot, Purvols,
should see his way clear to turn over
the $100,000 belonging to the bank.
With a knowledge of the action of the
drug administered in their possession,
the physicians knew how to cope with
its deadening effects, and Alison Ran
some was soon out of danger.
"You gave me my cue the night you
advised me of the intention of Purvols
to employ the young man as his eash
ier," Marvel told me. "I was ready
then to spring the trap as to my Lady
Vitriol, but I fancied giving them a
little more rope might close me net
more securely. At her first visit to
the bank our Miss Tichenor managed
to get possession from the waste pa
per of a rejected sub-treasury wrap
per. On the second occasion she
made the substitution. As to the
satchel episode, she utilized what she
had learned of the bank routine from
Ransome, and posted her ally, Ferret"
"Ransome's uncle will be glad to
see the affair cleared up," I remarked.
"And a certain young lady with
whom Ransome has faltered In his
fealty will be glad also," added my
friend. "He will find his way back to
her, I am sure, a wiser and better man
for his severe lesson."
"And Lady Vitriol?" I asked Resil
lus Marvel the next morning.
The great one drew two thin, Tttre
ous objects from his pocket They
were delicately carved disks, exquisite
ly constructed and tinted.
"My Lady Vitriol," he enlightened
me, "was a famous Berlin beauty five
years ago. She got into trouble try
ing to blind a grand duke or some
thing of that Bort out of jealousy.
The corrosive vitriol struck her own
eyes Instead. All she won was ban
ishment, notoriety and the name as I
give it to you. It took me a week to
account for the missing eyes of blue
another to secure these duplicates
of the filmy disguise she now wears."
I looked long and interestedly at the
filmy shells. They represented no
"It must have taken an artist to
make these," I submitted.
"Yes, and my Lady Vitriol Is a real
artist herself in her line, as you have
seen," was the reply of Resillus Man
Wanted Her for Himself.
There are some good stories ef Anglo-Indian
life in Lady Login's newly
published volume of Recollections.
One particularly amusing one hinges
upon the marriage of her brother. Gen.
Charles Campbell, to a Miss Wemyss
The bridegroom (writes Lady Login)
appeared to take a very languid Inter
est In the ceremony, being very stack
iu answering the responses.
The Eurasian clerk thereupon took
upon himself to prompt him In his
part; but when it came to the ques
tion "Wilt thou take this woman to
bo thy wedded wife?" and the zealous
official replied for him In a lond nasal
chant "I I will," General Campbell
electrified the congregation by turning
round in a towering passion, and
shouting at him:
"I II be hanged if you do, sir!"
The effect to put it mildly, was de
cidedly disconcerting to everybody;
but anyway, It put more life Into
Campbell's participation In the rest of
Good Humor Appreciated.
"Good humor may be said to be one
of the very best articles of dress one
may wear In society." Thackeray.
(By REV. P. B. FITZWATEU, D. D.
Teacher of English Bible ia the Moody
Bible Institute of Chicago.)
(Copyright, 1J17. Western Newp4p r Union.)
LESSON FOR SEPTEMBER 30
THE GOODNESS AND SEVERITY
T-.K8SON TEXT Daniel :S-19.
GOLDEN TEXT The Lord 1 merciful
and gracious, slow to anger, and plen
teous In mercy. Psalms 103:8.
A profitable way to spend the hour
would be to make a study of Daniel's
prayer as recorded In the lesson as
signed for our reading today, and have
the lessons of the quarter as Illustra
tions of the goodness and severity of
God. Announcement of the plan may
be. made the Sunday before, and the
different lessons of the quarter as
signed to different members of the
class to tell how they bear upon the
topic of the lesson for this week. A
brond analysis of Daniel's prayer Is as
I. Confession of the Nation's Sins
(vv. 3:15). The circumstances of this
prayer were extraordinary. The crisis
was so serious that Daniel sought after
prayer to the Lord with fasting, sack
cloth and ashes. In his confession the
people's sins are placed in contrast
with God's righteousness. He acknowl
edges that their sorrows and sufferings
justly belong to them. Daniel, the
holy man against whom there Is no
record of wrongdoing, Includes himself
with his people.
II. Supplication for Mercy and For
giveness (vv. 1C-10). lie pleads for
God's anger and fury to turn away, and
his remembrance of tho Holy City and
his chosen people. The Lord's honor
was at stake. He confesses that Israel
had no merit, were utterly destitute of
rlghteouness, and pleads consideration
on the ground of covenant relationship.
Another way to conduct the review
would be to ask different members of
the class to report on the different les
sons by giving the vital and central
teaching of each. The following are
suggested as vital teachings of the
Lesson 1. God Is absolutely holy,
therefore those who have been sancti
fied by fire from the heavenly altar are
qualified for his service.
Lesson 2. ne who turns away from
the Lord shall be Judged by the Lord.
. Lesson 3. In Hezeklah's reformatory
work the Passover Feast was restored,
showing that the only way to get peo
pie to return to God is to gather them
around the Cross of Christ the Atone
ment by Blood. '
Lesson 4. Though our unfaithfulness
and cowardice have shamefully humili
ated us, we should turn to God In
Lesson B. God's gracious Invitation
Is extended to all without money and
Lesson 6. No matter how wicked one
may have been in his appstnsy from
God, if he sincerely repents, God will
be found of him.
Lesson 7. Regardless of one's age
and experience, God can use him la
doing mighty work if he will but open
his heart unto him.
Lesson 8. The Word of God found
and read will mightily convict of sin.
and transform one's life and environ
ment Lesson 9. God's predictions as to the
captivity of Israel were fulfilled to the
letter. Nothing shall fall of that
which God has said he will da
Lesson 10. Jehovah is the shepherd
of captive Israel, and will surely gather
them out from their wanderings and
Lesson 11. One should be unflinch
ingly loyal to God under all circum
stances. Lessons 12 and 13. God Is able to de
liver those who trust him, from fire
and from wild beasts.
When God Probes.
God loves us too much to let what
would hurt us stay with us. So, be
cause of this love, he himself Is will
ing to hurt us In order to save us from
the greater hurt. Probing is done In
order to get rid of something that
would injure. And so, as Prebendary
Webster has said: "Do not be afraid
of God's probing. He never wounds
except to heal. He never humbles ex
cept to exalt Do let God deal with
you ; do not be afraid of his probing."
Most of us have been afraid of It ; we
may be dreading It just now. We shall
not fear If we remember what kind of
love Is back of it: that all-sacrificing
love that died for us on the cross. So
we can safely, gladly let ourselves go
utterly into his hands and ask those
nail-pierced hands to do with us what
they will. Then he can begin to show
us his love as we may never yet have
known the meaning of love. Sunday
Need to Catch Vision of God.
When we are content to live on the
lower levels of life it Is because we
haven't caught the vision of GocL L.
Christianity has made martyrdom
sublime and sorrow triumphant E. IL
The Mother's Influence.
There never yet was a mother wh4
taught her child to be an infidel. lien
ry W. Shaw.