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3 1 J Em The FAITH IT IPtv Ja i pi e i 1. 1 mm rli:misii on a hero. I ,-vni for June is 4Nattian llc bnUes lavid II Sam. 11:1 to (ity William T. Kill. ! nrte editors were in consultation (, H-Tuing a series of character ...t.'hps of public men. Name after ii iMii was rejected because some one i ti three editors knew of serious rn .' jil burnishes in the man suggest- At length one or tnose present I timed. "Well, -what do you think ib.it for a list of spotted church- . If S. J A 1 v not her maae answer, une oi me h i r 'I st teats of a man's own sanity ,.r judgment, and confidence in reli- 4, , i, i-. his ability to preserve his f,;;!i in men and in goodness and in (.,. after he has learned of the l.w-uii.shes of some of the men who ... leaders in the Church and Na- t..,.. - i,tv once in a while some Chris ty, leader is detected in shamefu s liven preachers occasionally fi' At once, a certain number of hiii.iw thinkers cry. "If that's the V ! of people that are in the church, lh.M 1 do not want to have anything t , I t with the church." Not very I llicit reasoning, that, for if it were universally and rigidly applied it -iM drive everybody away from f.rrv organization professing moral i,- inll.irds; it would depopulate the rtk of business; it would put all fraternal societies out of exis it would annihilate all po l, i. l parties, and it would do away with the institution f the home it .vl livery one of these is marred . .consistent and hyiocritical mem- of u liveth to himself, and none of us dieth to himself." Some day. some where, somehow, the accusing mes sage of Clod is going to be pointed directly at every violator of the di vine law which was" enacted for hu man welfare "Thou art the man.' WHO WF.AIIS Till! LAIIIK1, Ter.-c Comments on tlie 1'niforra Piaycr Meeting Topic of the Young: People's Societies Chris tian Kndeavor. elc. for .In no f: "Btly Under, Soul on Top." I ( or. 9:24-27. slaverv of the pint to th body. When the Good go Had. What are we to say concerning the in : l lapses of Christian men? Cer tii ty we must face the fact, and not tr, to cover it up. The ecclesiastical i nit that lets loose upon the com munity a man, be he minister or lay man. who has been n roved guilty oi crime, is worse than dishonest. Let us jt least be brave enough to refuse to tover up a vile sore with an all-arr-u'ing plaster, like the Chinese doctor-, of the old school. The examples of tb Table's historical passages bbMild be our guide. All such moral lapses of religious leafier should admonish us to hu finlity No man or woman is beyond dinger. There Is no room for spir it, il pride or self-complacency. "Let him that standeth take heed lest hft fa.ll." From the intimate circles of Christ's own companions two of his friends fell foully on a tingle night. The ripest saint never outgrows the need of pray daily, 'led us not into temptation, but de liver us from evil." The other message to all of us from the sins of the saints from David down to the latest preacher whose wrong-doing has got his name into today's paper Is that faith is to be founded upon Christ, and not upon any of His followers. Men tumble; Jesus stands fast. The lioliest come short of being perfect pattern; Jesus shines truer the bet ter He is known. His character and that of the other men are like a pho tograph and an old painting beneath & magnifying glass. The painting fchows coarse and unlovely, mere masses of pigment: the photograph iveals new lines, not apparent to the naked eye. They who know Je sus best see the most beauties in Him. Other examples become inade quate: Jesus suffices to the end. The long stretches of eternity will be needed to reveal His excellencies. 'I I u" Rook That Tells The Truth ue peculiar evidence that the Bi Me u an inspired book is that it Preserves life's Dronortions. It does iiot make its heroes demigods, as do the other ancient sacred writings. There, are only two important char ' fers in the Old Testament who are nt shown to have serious blemishes. We are shown the bad as well as the gl. in this record of a race strug ghag upward toward God. In reading a great deal of current h'Titure one easily gets the impres m mi that all the world is evil. Many f our popular periodicals are pass big through a depressing stage. They present a lopsided view of life, ignoring the vast majority of hus lrid.H and wives, men and women. who are true and pure, and bravely ?rugj;llns toward spiritual excel l uet As I go through the maga zine from month to month, and read aUo the- reviews of the stage, I am reminded of an illustrated lecture I m.oe heard upon Philadelpl ia's hous ;;. The lecturer showed only pic tures of hovels and huts and tene ments and human kennels such as tnrtht of his hearers had scarcely ever sen. ne aid not throw on the screen a single example of the comfortable, tiUary. beautiful homes which bve made the city famous around tho world. A stranger, hearing that lecture, might have got the impres ari that Philadelphia is one vast wvm. Likewise, it U possible to get from the periodical daily, weekly and monthly, the ide:i . K . 1.. .. i !- numan 'sooierv is irr t tha. dogs, and that nobodv is think-in-- upon "whatsoever things are true. whatsoever thiners are honorable whatsoever things are just, whatso ever thines are nnrv whatsnvr things are lovely, whatsoever thinks are of good report." Not so with the Bible. It pre serves DTODOrtions ami iprsriwtivA It tells fearlessly the story of King David's shameful sin and also of his spiritual aspirations. He is shown in his fall a marred man. punished in soul and estate for his sin and also in his penitence and forgiveness. uespite tne normal lapse which he so oitterly repented, and which hung as a clanking: chain to his lif until the end, David was a man whose dominant passion was a vearning after God. A Modern Sin in Olden Times. Modern photographers can soften a negative so as to eradicate blem ishes in their subject. There is no retouching in the Bible's picture of David's sin. In strong, clear .lines the king is shown idle on his house top when he should have been off at battle. He saw Bathsheba, the wife of a brave soldier. Uriah, who was off at the front: and he let his eyes have free reign. He was thereby, ac cording to the dictum of Jesus, an adulterer before even he possessed the woman he desired as truly an adulterer as the foul-minded men who loaf along our city streets, ogling women and grils. David yielded to his vagrant wish es ana took 5atnsneba. men. by a base plot, he put noble Uriah, whose conduct shames that of the king, at the battle front where he vrould meet sure death. After a period of hypo critical mourning for Uriah on the part of David and Bathsheba David made the woman his wife, it looked as if the horrible strategem had suc ceeded perfectly. But had it? Does any scheme succeed Cod and the moral inevitable retribution reckoning? Head the classic tale of how sinful self-complacency of the terious king was pierced: "And Jehovah sent Nathan David. And he came unto him, and said unto him. There were two men in one city; the one rich and the oth er poor. The rich man had exceed ing many flocks and herds; but the poor man had no thing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up; and it grew up togeth er with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own morsel, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. "And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him, but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come unto him. And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan. As Jehovah liveth, the man that hath done this is worthy to die; and he shall restore the lamb four fold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. "And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man." The Probe For Today. Timelier story could not be studied by mature minds today. Here is ex posed the greatest weakness of our generation. Most that the social evil worse ought upon even strong drink. see a growing laxity with respect the Seventh Commandment. The commonest of current philoso phies is that which defies desire into duty. Do as you please if you would attain highest happiness, says this de vastating teaching. The simple fact that a person wants a thing makes his getting it right. Unbridled desire is exalted to the throne of life. The old words. "Duty," "Self-Pvestraint," "Self-Denial" seem to have gone out of fashion in certain circles. The marriage tie rests as lightly as a sum- By William T. Kllis. Billy Sunday one day outlined i. me a new sermon, which he meant to call his ".Tekyl and Hvde sermon." and he traced for me the growth through famous fiction of this idea of the dual uersonalitv. "And it all coe back." he concluded, "to what I'au.' said about the two natures which he found in himself." This topic car ries us straight to that subject. Uvery one of us is two. We are all of us perambulating battlefields. The war above all other wars is that rag ing within tne consciousness oi and women, between the higher the lower nature. Character and tiny are both determined by which one of. these two-fold elements wears the laure-1 of victory. When spirit keeps body in subjection, then all the graces of the Christian life are pos isible: but when bodv is on top when appetite drives conscience, and indul gence spurns intelligence then all the woes of indulged sin lie in wait. Th clear techint? of the New Tes tament is that Chrivt maks mn fre from tho law of the flesh. All whu with Him. heoime sons of (Sod are given a spiritual sceptre which m sure the rein of spirit over hody I very successful church and rescue mission can point to illustrations of slaves to lower animal passions drunkards, drug-victims. iecher - who hav- Ueen emancipated by Christ, s that they nw reveal a nc nes of life sustained by the Spirit of Christ So ereinty over one's lower sHf is a sin and e;i of sainthood. Moinly used to done nothing for done nothing for say. "If relion has yur temper, it has your soul." men and des- which leaves law and its out of the the adul- unto observers agree is at present a humanity than All about us we to mer robe. "I stituted for "I want" has been sub- ought." upon this the Bible thesinful- suffering of un The sovereign laws of Jehovah swing into view, uoa is concerned in the moral order, and He holds men accountable for their sins. The Nation itself is involved in the moral misdeeds of men; for none Bearing down strongly contemporary evil comes story of David. It shows ness and folly and restrained passion. LADIES $1Cv? fo&srd poi kirelr guaran tee bit arreat uc- cewf ol Ergo-Bole Safely renev of the very longest, moat obstinate abnormal in Twee to rive Day without barm, pata or interference with work. Orders filled by return mail. Single Strength $1.50. Double Strength fS.OO. Testimonial and Booklet FREE. "Shadow boxing" is a fad in ath letic circles nowadays. But Paul would have none of it. In our lesson, with its forceful figure from the box ing arena, he cries. "So box I, as not beating the air; but I bruise my body, and bring it into bondage." All of which is only one way of saying that the supremacy of the spirit is so im portant that it is worth suffering for. A price must be paid for emancipa tion from the thralldom of the flesh. Spirituality comes not by mere aspir ation, nor piety by pining: stern work is needed. Self-denial is the route to soul-supremacv. m Our luxurious age speaks cynically of the hair shirt and penai.ces of the ascetics. Our sensual cultivation of voluptuous tastes removes us as far from the monastic type oi religion as Iiucullus was from Simeon Stylites No sweemns indictments are ever true, but it is not far wrong to say that our modern fashions hail from decadent Rome rather than troni rig orous Sparta. The styles of apparel which women have of late accepted eertainlv intimate that the claims of sniritualitv and aestheticism are sub ordinated to those of sense and ma terialism. God send us prophets, wo men as well as men. who will first nractice. and then preach, the holy urgency of the claims of a life lived in the spirit. For the rocks on which ancient Rome went to shipwreck are now visible ahead of the ship of our modern life. Christians should be among the first to confess the sin and shame ol the recent action of British church men in refusing to endorse the gov ernment's suggestion of the prohibi tion of the sale of intoxicants. At two ecclesiastical convocations, held in England in April, the members re fused to abstain from alcohol. One eminent ecclesiastic, flatly declared that to do so "impaired his health." What a deadly parallel this narrative makes with the writing of the Apostle Paul, who, for his brethren's sake, was not only willing to forego meat, but also to be accursed. Are the marks of the Lord Jesus the stig mata of the cross no longer to be found on the church? When Chris tian leaders put appetite above spir itual duty, then we must with bowed heads accent such strictures as this caustic comment from an editorial in The Philadelphia North American: "Clergymen in a flutter of agitation lest they be asked to stop tippling, and a dignitary of the- church putting the state of his precious health against the safety or the empire surely these spectacles make one re- cret that Gilbert and Sullivan have passed away." n of the SDirit insures the appetites. Heaven has no crowns tor wills sur rendered to wishes. Everv day, in the gymnasiums of the great cities, one may find classes of men busily engaged in trying to ketp their bodies "fit." They spend time and effort in the duty of pre servins: their health. Because of the fear that their muscles will grow soft and their arteries hard, they put themselves into the hands cf physi cal trainers. Only in like manner can souls be kei.t in condition. There must be vigorous and sustained drill, maintained by conscious purpose. If one neglects the reading of the hicrhr forms of literature, the Bible especial ly, and the regular use of prayer and meditation upon spiritual themes, then of a surety one's soul will grow flabby and unfit. In the old ter minology of religion, the forms of worship, public and pricvate, were called "exercises." That is the right word. They "exercised" the faculties of the spirit, and kept them in good condition. It is more important to discipline our souls- than to cultivate our bodies. Any habit, however harmless in itself which says to the will, "You cannot control me." is a sign of the Moslems observe th month of Ramadan ty abstinence from food. tobacco and other indulgences, from sunrise t sunset. Mohammed made this a reuuirement of all who follow him. But anions the wealthy classes a usage has grown up of spending the nights of Ramadan in revelry and feasting, and sleeping through the greater part of the day. Thus they obey the letter of the law, but violate its spirit. The fast is really turned into a feast. We cannot throw stones at the Moslems for this, because w live in glass houses. The idea of fast ing has departed from us. Our occa sional calls to a day of prayer no longer add "and fastini;." The spirit of self-denial is not characteristic of tne i nurch m our time: although it is a sure mark of tbe Gospel of Christ. Not denial, but discipline of in body is the Christian urogramme. The body is a tool for one the spirit is trained for two world; worlds. Si:Vl'.X SKNTKNCK SF.IIMONS. i s the soul of ct. Thought Browning. Human improvement is irm within outward. Frond-. What is fame? an empty bubble; Gold? a transient shinning trouble. --James Grainger Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed. Henry Ward Beecher. shall be ashamed words in this adul generation, the So be ashamed of him. in the glory of his holy angels Mark For whosoever of me and of my terous and sinful of man also shall when he cometh Father with the round 8:38. Live, there are manv Needing thy care; Pray, their is One at hand Helping thy prayer; ight for the love of Govt. for renown; but in His great strength, in thine own. -Cowen. Civility may be truly said to cost nothing: if it does not meet with a good return, it at least leaves von in the most creditable position. Beau Brummel. Only the the reining of Not Strive. Not BF.IilKVKS TYPHUS FFVFR CAN i: KXTKKMIXATKD. Gen. Gorgas Says It Remains Only to Know Amount of Antitoxin to Administer. Washington Star. Prediction that typhus as a menace to armies will disappear just as ty phoid fever has done was made by Surgeon General Gorgas of the Uni ted States army, who has been offered the post of commander-in-chief of the sanitary forces in Serbia under the Rockefeller Foundation. He said it remained only to show by actual ex perience the right amount of anti toxine to administer. Gen. Gorgars statement was made to the Serbian agricultural relief committee of Amer ica. The campaign against typhus in Serbia, Gen. Gorgas declared, might cost only a few hundred thousand dol lars or it might run into millions ,de pending on the progress made. One of the most necessary moves, he point ed out. was the return of the families now held i" congested districts to their fams. for little progress could hbe made where the people are hud dled together infested with vermin. With the people distributed over a larger area he said the problem be came one of extermination of the ver- nun wmcn carries tne iever, ana whose only habitat practically is the human body. WILLS CFNT TO IIACH CHILD. Parental Blessing Goes With Bequest From $15,000 Itate. New York World. Dr. Tyler G. Cooke, of 40 Elm street, Richmond Hill, and his sister. Mar garet CJordon Cooke, a nun in St. Mary's Convent. Peekskill. received by the will of their father. William J. Cooke, I cent each and the parental blessing. The remainder of the prop erty, estimated at $15,000, gos to the testator's widow, his second wife. The will, filed with Surrogate NobI in Jamaica, explains that the children were provided for before the will was drawn. Dr. Cooke said his father had made generous provision for him In his lifetime.