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VOL. THE REFORMERl BRATTLEBORO. VT.. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6. 1901, 3 I BLACKSMITH'S STORY, Bl, t1i Vital fllny Happen to a Strong .l.lll Willi IIUIH .TaUBeiVB. ' i.r to tlio spring of 1898," he says, ' I tv.isail riK' ;- sw,m mV uiS sledge as I jwuiiKl ii tin-k hummer. Then I begun to lie cut i f sorts. After every meal I had ,iu uii'l distress, uud I began to loss Wti,-bt mul strength. Oi:e il.iy a man came along to have his j0r,e -lied, and I told him huw I felt. He yid 1 oifht ' " tr-v ' u0 new wei''l;iuo named (.,), uru .Solvent, discovered by Dr. David k T-n (l". 'Weil. I nt a bottlo the next dav. WVu 1 l'"'l "S,,1 ,ur,' bottles I could eat i!h no trouble to follow. Then I picked ,.(iivstnnt;tli, ana nave Kept riint nloncr witli'iKV work ever since. My stomach aiidliv' r are all right, and a heart trouble tlt u-cil to botlu-r mo with short breath tli ii is ''cue too." l,,iltli himI hard muscles nra not always fi.mid t.i.L--i iber. Athletes are likely to be iriiik in the stomacn, uver, kidneys and lii-.irt. A man may lift COO pounds and ,'rM, ili ml the next minute. Look out for vour digestion ami your general health, , t vour strengiu tone care ot itself. If voiir druggist is out of Calcura SoJ. .i.t. snid 1.00 to Dr. David Kennedy. K.i.n. dy j:..w. Kington, N. Y. ; express j,rt;uiJ. nto tor tree sample bottle. L -I ' . t J SWEET REVENGE By C&pt&ii? P. A AITCHEL., Author of "Chattanooga," "Chickamaaga," Ktc Copyright, 18OT, by Harper & Brothers. ItTM'T K"I"!"1"1-1"1"1 I 1 1 t"M-Mi 1 l-I-I-I-I-l-t t I I I H 1 1..M..M-H.mJ 1 R. J. PAINE Proprietor of Hollywood Hen Yards, Paine's Egg Producer and Paine's Egg Preserver. I HATTER X-C'O.NTISUKD.) A dozen yards-fifty-a hundred. The music of Ginger's banjo dies as sudden ly ns the clnng of a bell on a passing engine. Will one minute or five puss before I am missed? A distant burst of applause God bless the dear little dancer! Before me Is nn open spnee, then a dense clump of trees. If I can reach that thicket I can make a oulck digression, and this may throw my pursuers off my track. A confusion of yells, a bullet whis tling by my car. I reach the wood and push on through It, not daring to lose distance by digression with an enemy close behind me. My feet becoming entangled In a vine, I stumble and fall. A weight comes down on me, crushing the breath out of me. It Is all over. Pantiug, bleeding, white as a cliost. I am led back to the guerrilla camp. "Shoot him!" . 1 "Gimme a rope offen that pack mule!" "Tie him on a critter an send hlra down the mounting!" A babel of brutal suggestions came from the different members of the band, sounding to me, 6tunned as I was, like final random shots at the slaughter of a "forlorn hope." Amid the clamor I saw but one sight Helen and Jack locked In each other's arms, paralyzed with terror. "Stand back, men!" cried the cap tain, pushing bis way toward me "Have yo' forgot the money?" "Stand back!" roared Halllday. "lie belongs to me an Tom Jaycoxl We tuk hi ml" The captain's authority, thus support ed, saved me from Immediate death. HOW to make Hern lay c.n Abundance of Eggs and how to preserve them until you can obtain the Highest Prices. Send for Booklet giving all the particulars, Please write your name and address plainly and er.cios: stamp. Address R. J. PAINE, Mansfield. Mass. S. F. PETTS & CO. ESTABLISHED 1880. WHOLESALE LIQUOR DEALERS. BOSTON. MASS. '.'37 Friend St. and 144 V 148 Canal St. itcHalite Hoods For Family Use, Per gal Esi'Ort Old Miur Majh Bourbon, Pen'.- old l!i'.-ervp. Sherwood Pure live Mult, Iefferon Club Bourbon, Parkland Old Hourbon, Pitt X X live and Bourbon, IVtl! X live 'and Bourbon, Pure torn Whi-kev, Til re Hay Mow Whiskey, Lawrence's Old Meilford Euro, CaMwell's I'ortorleo Rum, American Gin, RveGln. Ho! Gin. 5 Bottles California Wines (assorted) California Wines, all kinds, $5.no ii.Ou 4.00 4.00 3.0C 2.30 2.00 1. 1.50 1.50 1.75 200 3.00 4.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 1.00 .00 ,50 ,00 OruuBl.ts Pure Alcohol. 2.' Imported Port and Sherry Wine, $2.50, $3.50 soil S4.H0. All goods carefully packed and shipped to "w allure in any part or ew juigianu. We make no charge for packages or packing Send P. O. order, Registered letter or Ex press Monet- order and vou will receive your KioJ by return express. Price Lists sent sent by mall on application. For reference juui iucai oanK. w outs Panting and bleeding, I am led back to ine gucrrtiia camp. The men who were crowding nround me gave way, a cord was brought, and my wrists and tinkles were securely hnund. No one seemed to susneet that Jack's dance bad anything to do with j "slit disk over a bush pocket and, cocking It, moved toward them with her eyes fixed upon them, calm and steady. Whether It was that they were cowed by the weapon or ad mired this evidence of woman's pluck, they opened a way. The captain, seiz ing the opportunity, quickly took Jack by the hand and led her after her cousin. Once beyond the ring, he as sisted the girls to mount, then, mount ing himself, the three rodo away, fol lowed by a cheer. As for me, I breath ed one long sigh of relief. "Well, Ginger," said Buck, "reckon ef we uus air goin to git to Sparty to morrer we'll have to travel all night" "Is the nigger takln yo' to Sparty or air yo' takln the nigger?" asked one of the men. "Dat nln't gwine to mak' no differ'," said Ginger. "Mars Buck an I don never had no trouble. Mars' Buck, he's my mars' till I gits to de new oue." Buck led his horse to the log and mounted, giving me a significant look, as much as to say, "I won't desert you," then rode away, followed by Gin ger, with the remark: "Goodby, yo' fellers. Much 'bilged fo' the good time." The restraint of the girls' presence being no longer felt, the men's behavior changed In a twinkling. The captain's absence left Pete Halllday, the worst man In the gang, free to foment trou ble, and he began to do so by sneering at his chief for being brought, as ho expressed It. 'under petticoat govern ment. There appeared to be two fac tions In the baud the one headed by Halllday or Jayeox and the other by Captain Rlngold. nalllday set about Instigating the guerrillas, or, rather, his adherents, to go after Helen and Jack and bring them back for another dance. To make matters worse, one of the men found some applejack, and It was not long before the gang were half drunk. Meanwhile the captain returned and received a hearty cursing from Halllday and bis adherents. Sev eral of them started to bring back the girls, but Rlngold drew upon them and threatened to shoot them unless they returned. They staggered back, grum bling, and the captain adroitly pro posed another pull at the applejack. This diverted them, and after tin Is ti In g the liquor one after another sank Into a drunken slumber. It was midnight. Every member of the band was asleep save the man who was deputed to guard me. He was sit ting on a piece of firewood, so placed that he could watch lue ncross the flame. I lay on my back looking up at the stars and feathorlike clouds that now and again floated ncross the great blue dome, the only motion apparent save the tree tops bending under nu oc casional breeze. The fire flickered, the guard nodded, and an owl in the dis tance gave an occasional hoot. I heard something stir In the under brush. Glancing aside, I saw a small It was the faco gether and make a defense. I must tell Ginger to get some ammunition, But with a guurd looking straight ut me it is no easy tusk to convoy an order by signs, and thut to a stupid negro. Catching sight of n small stone beside me, I put out my hand, yawning to conceal my Intention, let It fall on the stone and soon had It between the knuckle of ray thumb and the point of my forefinger, as a boy holds a marble Watching till the guard's head Is turn ed, looking meaningly at (linger, I lire the stone a short distance, hoping he will understand the word "ammuni tion." His face Is a blank; it is evi dent that he does not know what I mean, and there Is no prospect of his getting It through his thick skull. Ginger turned away, and I knew that he- was speaking to his young master; then Buck's white face showed Itself inquiringly behind the negro's black one. I looked meaningly at Buck and repented the motion of firing. He caught my meaning and, taking up a gun, made a motion as If ramming a cartridge, looking at me Inquiringly. I Indicated that be wns right. He went away anil after a lung atisonce came back and held up four cartridges, two In each hand. Then, putting down the boxes, he held up three lingers, and I knew that they had secured three guns. He next held up four fingers of the other hand, pointing to the sleeping guerrillas, and I knew he proposed to get one more gun. Buck was a long while capturing the fourth gun. One of the men awoke, yawned, sat up and looked Into the fire, yawned again, lay down and was soon snoring. Then the guard got ur. from where he wus sitting. There was a slight sound In the bushes, and he listeued attentively. Then he put sonu wood on the tire and sat down again He had scarcely seated himself before Ginger held up the fourth gun. j I moved slightly, showing my friends by my manner that I was about to try to get away. They appeared to under- msmmm mmmm IP it RAILROADS. CENTRAL VERMONT RAILWAY CO Southern Division. Corrected to June ill, 1901. GOING SOUTH, Trains leave Bratlleboro as follows: MO a. m.. liaiiv for Snrlnirilfild anil New York. 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I Hi: 1 V If T . B 1 ll.anl W. LV MMINiJS. 3. A.. St. Albans. JJOSTON AND MAINE R. R. isaucetlrut and Pasanmnste Division Summer arrangement, 1HII. TRAINS BOUND SOUTH. '''"HVik.ws Falls. ?n lr.utleliuro. nth Vernon, . Orei-nricltl. in STll.giiei,, a. m. 4.40 '5. IS '.1 45 A.m. S 20 40 p. IB. p. m 10 7.S5 ll a. m. a. m. l.sj 1.40 2( 2.SU S.30 p. m. p. m my flight, except that I bad taken ad vantage of the relaxed vigilance to make the attempt Having tied me, they threw me to the ground, Halllday giving me a parting kick; a man was deputed to watch me, and the band, ac customed to such episodes, left me to turn again to what was far more Inter esting to them. CHAPTER XI. STEALING TUB QUNS. AQUELIXE once more became an object of undivided Interest. The men crowded about her, staring at her, uttering exclamations of admiration, vainly seeking a way to do her honor. I'resently they cut sap lings, out of which they constructed a rude chair, decorating It with twigs, and one 111 favored bandit, to whom nature had Imparted a spark of art, gathered wild flowers with which .to put oo finishing touches. When the seat was completed, the men looked awkwardly at Jack, and the captain, presenting the tips of bis fingers, led ber to her Improvised throne. Helen. who at the first sign that I wns to be temporarily spared had recovered her equanimity and had Infused some of her restored courage Into Jack, saw at once the ad .-antage of keeping up her cousin's popularity. Seizing some of the flowers, she wove them on a frame work of green twigs Into a circular gar land and Insisted on crowning the fa vorite, not queen of May, for Slay had j not vet come, but queen of a mouth far more appropriate April. Bv this time night had come on, a roaring lire was lighted, and the guer rillas, forming a ring of which Jack wns the com. threw themselves on the ground and listened to her chat, ber songs, her stories, their fire lighted faces standing out of the gloom la grim contrast with her refined beauty. The captain, vith his superior breed ing, served as a link between ner anu his men, keeping them In check and timnl.itlncr their admiration oy ui rurn. If Jack flagged for a moment be tween her stories and ber songs, Helen ma milck to suctrest new ones, and oc- n casionally both were relieved by little Buck, who would throw in some quaint TRAINS ROUND NORTH. Allows Tails S.32 s. 12.10, .1.0, T.O0, l.e,ve r o 1 n ,n Arr i indwir 7.50, 1.05, S.M, 7.W), 1IJ; p. TRAINS NORTH BOUND. lirfield, 'ri-Hniicid. 'UU'l.,.ro. ' Falls, 4rr P,t, a.m. a.m. n.m. p.m. pm 7 IS SIS 1J.3T 3 VI .!' T-Mln-i 1ST 4 5i .J4 11 io sjs s.sn 'in.! 11.54 8.0U S.40 ll.os a.m. a.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. TRAINS SOUTH BOUND. Wind. -j si. 7.24 a. m.. 12.10, 12.25, m:c.i , n m. :' Kails, 't&. '10, 12.J0, 1.17, S5I, m, . ' r- m. .-, ' '' l-ive Bellows F.ills 1.30 Arrive fioro ;.;;. Leave Brnleloro S.IO. Ar ; m-tCei,! j.),,. ,4r (rtemieM s.40 a, m. Ll ' KLi -J,iKf, Gen Fs cd Ticket Agt Air remark typical of that peculiar crea ture, the American boy. So long as the songs and stories last ed there was nothing to precipitate trouble, but the entertainment couio. not go on all night, and I began to dread the moment when the girls should attempt to take their departure. Tresently Helen in a firm voice said: "Come, It's time for us to go." Shouts of "No!" "A dance:" "A songr im-eta-d the proposition, and the guer rillas L?gan to form In groups to resist an exit. Helen, selecting the noisiest knot f men. drew a revolver from ber of little Buck Now, In the name of all the gods, will those devoted friends never give over risking their lives in these useless at tempts? What Is to happen now? I scowled an order to the boy to go away, but he paid no attention to it. Something came sliding along the ground and lodged against me. The guard heard It, started, cast a quick glance at me, then about htm, but, seeing nothing, relapsed Into his for mer quietude. I felt for what had struck me and clasped a Jackknlfe. Meanwhile Buck disappeared, but, soon appearing again In his place, held up a carbine. He had doubtless stolen It from one of the men who slept on the edge of the circle about the fire. Again be disappeared, and I watched eagerly for bis return. The guard was still awake, though nodding, but had tie been more watchful bo would not likely have discovered Buck, for the nnderbrush, both where the boy ap peared to me and where it skirted the sleeping guerrillas, was so thick thit In passing nround the camp he wis comparatively safe from observatim. Besides for most of the distance Btck traversed In bis gun foray the gual's back was toward him. I watch the point where Buck's lead appeared, expecting to see It aaln, but In its stead presently see two fhite points. Straining my eyes, I dcern the whites of two eyes, then attack face. It Is Ginger. A white line fppears direi-tly below the eyes, and he show ing his teeth in a smile. He rJses his ann, and. behold, another gun Again a white line of teeth, and hefiuts the weapm down. Five, 10, 15 minutes elapse. Ginger holds his grottd. Has he gone to sleep? No. Anther Ave minutes, and he hold up anher gun. Ah. I see. Little Buck. wjh catlike tread. Is gathering in the arts. That's well. He Is far better littel" for such delieutc work than a stiff ol negro. The little pantomime bepns to take shnjie In my mind and brit anticipa tions of more than a light fr my own life. If I can escape ami Buck and Ginger secure sufficient alns. It may be possible for all our paly to get to- Thc guard opened hfs eyes and (oofcee cftrcfijhtut me. stand and ggtlured up the guns. Burl taking one and Ginger three, doing al so silently that liti sound reached evet me. I waited, watching the guard in tently till he should nod. I hud no ex pectiltJon of his going to sleep. 1 onl Imped to free myself from my thong, before he should discover my move incut. He uodilcil, I moved. He open cd his eyes. I snored. He uodded ngaiu I L'lasped the knife. Thoughtful Buck lie had opened the blade. Drawing ill my knees, 1 cut the ropes that bourn my ankles, then felt in my boot leg fo the revolver. I was about to cock I when I reinetnlieiid that the guurt would hear the click. I thought '. would conceal the sound by a sneeze but a sneeze might Jisturb some of tl.i band. The owl, which had for soni. ' time been silent, Looted. It usuall; j gave thn-e hoots in luccessiou. I count! ed -one, two and at the third cockev my revolver. Through my half closet , lids I cast a glance ut the guard. III. I eyes were shut. I looked signltlcantl, I at Buck aud Ginger to show them tha I I was ready, then motioned them ti pi. Waiting long tuough for them til put a few hundred yards between then! and the camp aud noticing that thij guard's eyes were ttill shut, I prepare! to follow. j Rising slow.ly and silently, keeping my eyes fixed on the man by the fin: raising my revolver and taking as goot' an aim as possible with bound wrist.-l I stood on my feet. One step back ward, then another, a third, a fourth a lifth, a sixth. I bad rout-lied th bushes where Buck and Ginger ha been concealed and was about to tak one more step which would secure con cealmeiit when the guard opened hi eyes nnd looked straight at me. Surprise was his last emotion, ui, figure the Inst slgl:t he ever saw. , shot hint through the head and befor the report had ceased to reverberot was in the bushes. ID' CHATTER XII. A DAYLIGHT ATTACK. ESflTE the thickness of th surrounding underbrush, " made quick progress. Jumf ing clean over bushes, dartin around trees nnd under low limbs, afl er running some 200 yards from tb guerrilla camp l came to a compara tively open space. Seeing a figure standing within it and surmising It to be one of my friends. I was ntxmt to call when a woman's voice cried "Halt:" I knew that I was covered by a weapon and stopped short "Are you" "Yes, and you" ..'' "Helen. This way." She darted away like a deer. I soon overtook her, and together we ran per haps half a mile, when she began to climb an ascent leading to the base of an overhanging cliff. I saw through the gloom a large and a small figure climbing Just ahead of us and knew they were Ginger nnd Buck. Helen led the way up to u recess In the cliff, nnd I saw at once a position that we could hold against a dozen men so long as we had food anil ammunition. "Hello!" It was Jack's cheery voice, "Goody! Ain't I glad to get out o' the wilderness!" "I'm glad enough," I said ns soon as I could get breath to speak, "but you women" There was no time for words. We set about rolling a big stone into a gap between two others, and us soon as it was In position had a continuous breastwork. The guerrillas were call ing to each other In the woods below, but they did not seem to know where we were. I picked up one of the guns Ginger had thrown down, Buck had one in his hands. Ginger kept one, and Helen seized the remaining one. "Where do I come In?" chirped Jack. "Here." I handed her the revolver, In which there were five loaded cham bers, and told her to hold on to It, as she would doubtless need It. We all took position behind our breastworks ready to repel uu assault, at the same time seeing to the condition of our pieces. They were cavalry carbines, all loaded and capped ready for use. "Where are your horses?" I asked. 'Ticketed down there," Helen re plied, pointing westward, "In a thicket not far from the road." "Have you anything to eat?" She glanced at a parcel on the ground. "I got that In a cabin. There's some corn pone and pork." "Barely enough for one meal. Any water:" "There's some water trickling be tween the rocks back there." "That pone and pork means a chance, but it's n slim one." Helen set her lips, Jack turned pale, Ginger showed no emotion whatever, while Buck remarked that he'd be "darned if he didn't plunk one of 'em. anyway." As for myself, I was aghast ut the terrible fine that threatened those who hnd so nobly and so bravely risked all in my behalf. "What brought you here?" I asked, Impatiently, of Helen. "When you were taken from oui house I resolved to follow. Buck came In just as I stinted, and insisted on Joining me. We traced you to Colonel Rutland's plantation" "I see. It wns you I heard coming in after I went up stairs." "Ginger took the horses to the stable nnd was returning to the house when he saw two men climb a tree near your window and enter your room. He watched from a distance and saw them bring you out, but he could not tell whether they were taking you away by force or assisting you to es cape. Coming Into the house, he told us what hud happened. "Jack started to awaken Captain Beaumont, but I stopped her. If you bud been assisted to escape, this would be fatal. Besides, from what Jack had told me of the captain, 1 judged he would huve his night's rest before stsirtlng In pursuit. I told Jack I would follow you myself, nnd she was wild to come with me. Ginger had seen you leave the plantation and knew the di rection you had taken. We sent him nnd Buck ahead, and they soon came near enough to you to hear your horses' hoof bents, then waited for us to come up. Soon after we lost track of you. but. hearing something come crashing down the mountain" "A stone." "we followed the direction of the sound. In the early morning Buck and Ginger came upon you unexpectedly. As soon as you had gone they rejoined us. we shadowed you and yesterday afternoon laid a plan for your escape." "A wild, impracticable scheme. One circumstance bus led to another, each involving you more deeply. My God, what a load of obligation! We can't stay here. We'll starve. Buck, couldn't you slip out in the darkness nnd find help?" "No. siree; I'm not goin out o' hynr. I'm goin t' stny un tight with the rest." "But you muy save ull our lives." "Why don't you go, Mr. Brandy stone?" "I ? I must stay with your sister and cousin. Besides, I'm big and couldn't get through as easily as you." "Well, I ain't a-goin to sneak away If I am little." "Bucky," said Jack, "yo' needn't go. I'll go myself." "Yo' don' do nnffin like dat, Missy Jack," cried Ginger. "Dem grillers shoot yo'! Wha' mars' say ef I go back on tell 'em de apple ob he eye go down 'mong grillers fo' to git shot? I gwine, mars'," lie added to me. But this time there was more call ing among the men below, a streak of light appeared In the east, and I did not dare let any one attempt to evade the enemy. Besides, I could now see by the lay of the land that it would be Impossible. Something must have given the guer rillas an Inkling of our whereabouts, for as soon us it was light we could see them standing, looking up ot our position. I told every one to lie low. hoping that some of the outlaws would climb up fo investigate and we might pick them off. For more than an hour we remained concealed, only speaking In whispers; then we saw the knot of men lielow divide, three going to the west, three to the east, while three be- RELIGIOUS WORLD. " CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR. Toplo For the Week DeKlnnlna; pt. 8 Comment bj- Ilev. S. II. Doyle. Tone, Heavenly helpers. II Klnps vl, 15-17, The Scriptural incident illustrating the topic Is from the record of the great expedition of BeiA'idad, king of Syria, jjito the lund of Israel, during which Occurred the famous siege of Samaria in the time of Ellslia, the prophet. The morning after the eu eompassment of the city Elisha's serv ant went out early to recounolter. When he saw the greatness of the be sieging host, ho was alarmed, and, hav ing returned, said to his master, "How shall we do?" Elisha replied, "Fear not, for they that be with us are great er than they that be with them." He then prayed for the Lord to open his servant's eyes, "and the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw and beheld the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." And, later on, at the sound of this Invisible host, the Syrlnn fled, and Israel was delivered. Thus Israel was helped by heaven helpers. 1. Heavenly helpers are real; these IS EPWOKTH LEAGUE. Topic For the Week HeRlnnlna; Sifpr. ( "Heavenly Helpera" Text, y II KIiik vl, 15-17. ", "And ho saw, and, behold, the moun tain full of horses nnd chariots of lire round ubout Elisha." We see but a smull part of what takes place in this world. It Is not because we have never traveled much or spend much time in sleep that we see so little. Much occurs directly before our eyes, but wo are gazing on something else and never behold It until some power touches us und we look and see. Some things can only be seen after long con centration of attention. But, once seen, these sights richly repay ull the ex ertion aud wuiting. One cause why life seems so dull and monotonous Is that we look almost wholly on the commonplace and rarely penetrate be neath the surface and behold the fas cinating play of powers which move and mold life in all its Infinite varieties of form. We are closed In at many times by forces which seem resistless and which t,n,., n.- nnln..i.l.-lln We. n i-.i hosts of God were real though invisi-, hc q mo; r,iiKuu s servuiu uiu uoi nee tneiu, i . . nor realize their presence, but Elisha undoubtedly saw them by the eye of faith. By faith he was conscious of the presence of God's hosts, though he had not sevn them, and what Elisha saw by faith the young man was al lowed to see by sight. The reality of the spirit world cannot be doubted. It is a doctrine of God's word. "The angel of the Lord encampeth nround about them that fear Him to deliver them." Human experience corrobo rates the testimony of Scripture. By faith men have seen and been helped by God's ministering angels. As they have been, so may we be. 2. Heavenly angels are a necessity. God's people are in constant conflict with His enemies "the world, the flesh and tlie devil." These enemies ure shrewd and powerful; man alone could not stand against them; he would ap pear In contrast with them as Israel appeared when compared with the army of Syria. Hence arises the neee&'jity of help from God from the heavenly world. It should be our cus- ! torn to depend upon this help nnd not upon our own strength In meeting the temptations of life. Our enemies are real; our weakness is great. Our need of divine help Is imperative. Above all should we look unto Jesus for grace to help in time of need. He, above all others, is the liest heaven helper. 3. Heavenly helpers help. Many so called helps In life are not very help ful. Some hinder and harm rather than help. Not so the help that comes from heaven. It actually helps. God's "grace Is sufficient for us." We "can do all things through Christ, who strengthened us." The angels of God do encamp around about us to deliver us. Let us depend upon these divine helps more and nion ourselves less. "Ixx.ik ever to Jesus. He'll carry you through." THE PRAYER MEETING. Have a Bible reading on the topic. IllUI.E READINGS. Gen. xlx. 1-3, 15-17, xxxll, 1, 2, 24-30 I Kings xlx, 1-8: II Kings xix, 32-3H I's. xci. 11. 12; Dan. ill. 19-30; Math. iv, 1-11; Acts xii, 1-11; Heb. I, 14. ItlKht Conceptions of God. Right conceptions of God, then, arc only to be gained In the manner in which God Himself has indicated and made possible. But when they have been formed the perplexing features of His character aud government mostly fall naturally into place and find explanation. We see how He is compelled to maintain the dignity of His law because He loves us too much to cxiHise us to the peril of it law less life. Each of the different atti tudes which He adopts toward us, as our conditions shift. Is justified, and we learn. If we are willing to learn, to love and trust and obey Him. He who has an Idea of God which Is repellent may be sure that the trouble lies with him, not with the truth about God. C'ongregationalist. Endarlnr Peace. The peace which the world gives Is not enduring. Disease of body or new convictions of mind or a change In worldly circumstances may and gen erally does destroy it. But the peace which Jesus gives nbldeth ever and finds Its full position only In the life to come. True, for loving and chasten ing purposes God often suspends the sensible enjoyment of this peace for a time, but It is only that our languish lug love may thereby be rekindled and our communion with Him may become more close nnd confidential. This peace Is founded upon the conscious love of God and is lasting as that love. t'ulted 1'resbyteriau. Alas, how shall we do?" Is our cry. Well for us In such an hour if we have some teacher of experience to pray for the opening of our eyes nnd to greet our fears with his faith. Happier still if some of his insight Khali be granted us and ns we look more intently at the beleaguering hosts we see beyond them the encompassing ranks of the chariots aud horses of God. How do these Invisible allies help us? Most frequently their presence is unknown to us by any physical sign. Wo neither see their banners nor hear their bugle calls. The rumble of their chariot wheels and hoofbeats of their horses do not sound along our hills. We do not know when or where they close their battle lines around our en emies. Only in some rare moment of vision we catch the sight of the moun tain camp, and forever after the surety of protecting guards abides with us. We know as we never realized before that "the angel of the Lord encamps around them that fear Him and deliv eretb them." Our vision has not made the fact of divine protection more certain, but has increased our certainty of the fact. We saw only a glimpse just for a mo ment. Such eight Is not sufficient data for a scientific conclusion. One In stance cannot establish a general law in the realm of material things, but such a glance is all that is needed in the realm of grace to give firm assur ance for fulfil, and we conclude unerr ingly from this one instant of revela tion that we have had a momentary flash of recognition of on eternal real ity. We ask no surer basis of confi dence. "They that be with us are more than they that be 'with them." Faith in God's protection casts out fear of anything man can do to us. All dread of Syrian captivity vanishes, and with cool audacity we plan to capture the host of the enemy. Without blood shed or panic we lead them to the very center of our own camp, feast them in all our capital cities and send them home unharmed and with all their weapons of war. And. lo! we have con quered, for "the bands of Syria come no more into the land of Israel." Elisha conquered with the weapons of Christ and for allies had the divine Father's legion of angels. If all the forces of hell are closing you round and It Is night, you still need not fear. This Is nn opportunity such as you never before met to learn of God's heavenly helpers. Open your eyes nnd see against the background of mountains and midnight the chariots and horses of fire. Your falntness shall give way to faith. Friendship of Cbrlit. Any man, any soul, may have the friendship or His words are without meaning. His heart aches with pity for our loneliness and for the poverty that we misname riches, ne will listen to what we have to tell Him; Ho will take what we have to offer Him, how ever simple the story, however humble the fare, aud He will give to us the heavenly food wherewith His earthly life was sustained the meat that men know not of. They who have set wide the door of their being to Him have caught from the presence of this di vine guest their first hint of the possi ble rapture of living; they have had in the face of Christ their first true glimpse of God. Lucy Larcom. ran to climb toward our fortress. One remained below, and as the light in crcajed I saw it was the captain. CONTINUED.! mmim iui ink i Tuesday' $1.50 a Year REFOB. FRIDAY. Christian Life. The more heart one puts Into the Christian life the easier it Is to live it. Most of our difficulties in connection with It arise from a half hearted prac tice and enjoyment of It. He who can sing when a burden is Imposed upon him or can rise on faith's pinions when things seem dark or can find content when duties run against nature Is sure to have a cheery, hopeful and blessed experience of the Lord's favor and service. Presbyterian. To Short. Life Is too short to nurse one's misery. Hurry across the lowlands, that you may spend more time on the mountain fops. Phillips Brooks. The Comfort. Rov rmg ihmll we iro weeping loud. For dear ones laid away 7 Hw Ion ro mcurmna; to the Stan And crying all the dart Cntil In deep sincerity We lift our hearts shore Arid sav, "Thy comfort on t. Lord. Wc trust Thy heaiinc love!" PhilaJelphis Ledger. Onr Limitations. The lesson of all true living In every sphere Is to learn our own limitations. It Is the first lesson In art to work within the essential limitations of the particular art. But In dealing with other lives it Is perhaps the hardest of all lessons to learn and submit to our limitations. It Is the crowning grace of faith when we are willing to submit and leave these we love In the hands of God, as we leave ourselves. Hugh Black. The Spiritual Life. The spiritual life is a spirit led life. It has new Impulses, new sensations, new deeds. It Is a life which no lon ger goes Its own way. It has surren dered Its way to the spirit's belter way. By submission to the spirit's direction it escapes the dominion of the flesh. The spiritual life is a life yielded fully to the control of the mighty spirit of Cod. Episcopal Recorder. Mr Portion. To count no cost In time or will. To simply try my place to fill. To do LecauK the act is ritrht. To lire aa living in Uia sight. To try each day Ilia will to know. To tread th way his will may show. To regulate each plan I make. Each hope I build or hope I break. To please tha heart which pleases ms Through daily tireless ministry. To lire lor Him who gars me life. To strive for Uim who Buff red strife And sacrifice through death tor me Let this try Jij, soy portion be. Christian Work.