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ning services held by the Men's Christian and Civic Association, is not abating in the least, and a large crowd gathered at the New Grand last Sunday evening to listen to an address by Rev. Field on the subject "How Read est Tho.V" These words are found in Luke 10:26 and the answer to the question is to be found in the incident told in Luke 10:25-37 which was read by the speaker. The question asked by the law yer "What must I do to obtain eternal life?" or how to live long and be happy has been the ques tion of all ages, and will always be a topic of paramount interest to all men at all times. Now a lawyer in Jesus' time was a man who was versed in the scriptures a man whose duty it was to in terpret the laws of the Old Tes tament and apply them to the lives of the people. The lawyer may have asked the question in order to trap Jesus by the reply he might make, but in all prob ability his question was honest and sincere, and it was an im portant one, the very one Christ had come into the world to ans wer. Jesus replied to his ques tion in the way that it is some times said one Yankee replies to another, and that wast by another question "How readest thou?" A question which confirmed God's word as a revelation of truth, and as authority on the relation of man to God, and Cod to man. The reply to this ques tion of Christ's is an answer which will solve all problems of civic life and religion. These words, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind and thy neighbor as thy self" ought to be a guide to every individual who seeks a long and happy life. The reply given by the lawyer showed that he had been a reader of the laws -of the Gospel and that he had read them aright. We too must read and know the laws of life, and the good we get out of such reading depends entirely on the motives back of our reading. If we truly desire to know the right answer to all our perplexi ties we shall find help and satis faction in the Bible. On the other hand ignorance, prejudice and superstition will always hamper the individual and will prevent his living a happy, heal thy, well rounded life. The lawyer wished to justify himself, as man has ever tried to do when he felt himself guilty of any wrong, and put the ques tion to Jesus, "Who Is my neigh bor?" Jesus answered the question kindly and politely, not by pointing at the faults and the misconduct in the lawyer's life, but by the parable of the Good Samaritan, the teachings of which were as plain, simple and straight-forward that they could not be misunderstood by the lawyer and which are clear to all who read it. The speaker then explained the story of the good Samaritan, showing the dangers of a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, where the road among the moun tains, bordered by rocky cliffs, afforded many hiding places for How Readest Thou?" Talk of Rev. P. A. Field for Men's Christian and Civic Association on Sunday Evening. robbers. Down this road came a traveler, he was beset by the robbers, beaten until he was half dead, stripped of his cloth ine and left there. Two persons came along, first a priest and later a Levite, each one of whom as a devout man of God ought to have rescued him. But the man remained there in a half dead condition until rescued by the good Samaritan who bound up his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his being kept there until he was able to go on his way again. When Christ had finished the parable he asked the lawyer which of the three was neighbor to him that fell among thieves, and he said He that showed mercy on him." Jesus' answer "Go, and do thou likewise" is one for all to follow. Our neighbor is the one whom we can help. All around us are the down-trodden, the discouraged, the sick. Prof. Fisher says that six hundred thousand deaths occur every year, many of which might be prevented by proper care, and that there-is on an average from six to thirteen dayi of sickness for each individual per year. Such statistics show there are plenty of people to whom we can. be a neighbor. The robber bands which infested the mountains between Jerusalem and Jericho might have been men who had been building the temple at Jerusalem and who had been discharged by the Roman gov ernment. We have robber bands today. We find them in the penitentiaries and out. One of the greatest robber bands ex isting in this land of ours is the saloon, a robber of manhood, de cency and good sense, and it is the duty of every citizen to help to get rid of this great evil, not by persecuting the men who are engaged in the business for the incidents connected with Christ's death on the cross showed that he could love robbers and thieves, but by showing up the evil of the liquor traffic and blotting it out, root and branch. When we have the love of God in our hearts back of the love of neighbor we shall solve all problems. In closing Mr. Field said that out of every address and sermon the only thing that helps is what we carry away, keep and trans late into our lives. He advised a systematic, careful study of the bible, and urged the audience to keep uppermost in their minds the desire to be clean. The ad dress closed with the words re peated by the speaker and the audience, "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee." The special music of the eve ning consisted of two solos by Mrs. Field which were greatly enjoyed by the audience. Mrs. J. C. Knapp was her accompa nist The speaker next Sunday eve ning will be Edward W. Peck of Minneapolis who will talk of religious matters as seen by him on a recent trip around the world. His talk will be illustrat ed with colored slides and al together will prove of great in terest to all. Mr. Peck will also speak next Sunday morning at the Presbyterian church. For special music it is hoped to have a mixed quartet. i, Vol. 21 81 SSETUN, ROBERTS COUNT*, S. D„, FRIDAY, MARCH 13. 1914 W. C. T. U. COLUMN The local ladies of the \V. C. T. V. are solely responsible for whatever appears under this heading. To Our Dear Sisters in Sisseton and Vicinity, Greeting: Our union is a band of devoted, earnest, loyal, praying women, and we beg you, dear sister who have not as yet joined with us, to please come and help us to make a stronger and more pow erful organization. Union makes strength, and we plead with you to help us both by your pres ence and by your endeavors and by your prayers. Our aim is that of every devoted Christian woman, to do all we are able to, towards the uplift of humanity in every way possible. Your joining us will broaden our vis tas, and we will help you. Our mutual aims and asperations will thus be strengthened, and we will have more energy, ambition and perseverance to lead us on to higher and nobler plans. Plan to attend the next meeting. The ladies of the Temperance Union met at Mrs. Magnus Stavig's last Monday evening, and two important matters of business were acted upon. One was the resignation of the pres ident, Mrs. Swenston, and the other was the making of plans for entertaining the district con-' vention. Mrs. B. M. Hanson was. made acting president until the regular meeting on the last Fri day in March, when a new pres ident will be elected. The dis trict convention is to be held in this city April 7 and 8. Commit tees were appointed tq^maker de tailed arrangements for tins con vention. We expect to have some good speakers and some interest ing meetings. One is to be a suffrage contest in which the women will contest for a medal. The entire program will be pub lished later. At the above meeting a com mittee was also appointed to look after the matter in this column, and they have already com menced their duties. SUFFRAGE PLANK The South Dakota man is one of the finest of the works of the Creator. For chivalry and good sense commend us to our hus bands and brothers who are so ably developing our young state. To be a man in South Dakota means something. It means a personal struggle. In other states the fortunes of bygone generations are handed down to sons and heirs but with the droughts and other business ad versities that beset the denizen of this fair region, it takes back bone just to live. And our hus bands, fathers and brothers are giving their families the com forts and luxuries which are the accomplishments of our modern homes. The luxury-loving and spine less vertebrate of the genus homo incident to the large city would be blown to atoms in no time by a vigorous South Dako ta zephyr. Hence, when the majority faction of the republic an party adopted the following planks it shows that the suffrage movement is surely progressing rapidly. "We further declare in favor of the enactment of laws giving greater security to the health and lives of employes engaged in the industries, for the abolish ment of child labor and the en franchisement of, and a minimum wage for women." I The late republican legislature having submitted a constitution al amendment of the right of suffrage to the women of our state, the thoughtful attention of $* rv~v WWchW 'w. the electorate is invited the consideration of this important measure to the end that an in telligent and fair settlement of the question may be reached." The sisterhood of our state who are earnestly seeking the ballot talce occasion to thank you through these columns, and when we get the ballot we prom ise to deal fairly with you as you have dealt with us.—Alice M. A. Pick lei. in American Issue. Topekii. Kas. —Although $", 000,00(1 worth of intoxicating liquors was consumed in Kansas last year, Kansans are saved more than §29,000,000 a year by prohibition. This is the story told by figures secured by Gov- Hodges from the county clerks and made public today. The reports were compiled by the Methodist tem perance Society of Kansas- The state, according to the re port, consumes an average of three and two-thirds gallons fox each resident while the average consumption in the United States exceeds twenty-two gal lons. Zenith Club Hie Zenith club met Thursday afternoon, March fifth, at the home of Mrs. John Swenston. After the usual business meet ing and critic's reportjMrs. John Spackman took charge of the history lesson which was on the first,part of the reign of William and lifary in Scotland. Mrs. Spackman's questions, brought out th6 problems of government which confronted the king and queen,the uprising led by Dundie, the final settlement of the war between Kirk and State which had raged for nearly 120 years, and the massacre of Glencoe. During the intermission dainty refreshments were served by the hostess, following which came the literature lesson on Act III, Scenes 1-2 3-4 of Mac beth led by Mrs. J. O. Andrews. This interesting act of the play shows Macbeth becoming more deeply involved in crime by plot ting the death of Barquo, re morse beginning to lay hold on Lady Macbeth, Macbeth growing morbid and brood ink? over crimes past and future, the second crime accomplished and Mac beth mastered by his supersti tious fears to such a degree that even fear of detection cannot re strain him from yielding to them. Got Cold Feet After speaking here last week Royal C. Johnson, who is trying to wvest the nomination for con gressman away from Frank Mc Nulty, got a bad attack of cold feet and failed to keep his en gagement to speak at New Ef fington the next night. He didn't even notify the committee up there of his intentions in the matter. An automobile was sent down here for him only to find that he had taken the train in an opposite direction. The crowd gathered at New Effing ton and were disgusted at the treatment accorded them. This will only make votes for Mc Nulty. There was not room at the city hall for the crowd that came in to the dairy meeting last Saturday, so an adjournment was taken to the court house, where some interesting talks were given and a demonstration made of a milking machine. 53-^ Vi'-t'j* The Sisseton Saloon It is probable that some of our citizens do not understand the plan on which the saloon is con ducted in our city, owing to the false statements sent out by the Associated Press service and the lack of any statement in our local papers. The understanding is not helped by matter published by the local W. C. T, U., which contains considerable violation of the commandment, "Thou shalt not bear false witness." WWMUDWBW & «4 5^5 I« Though this may be innocently done, the effect is quite apt to be saloon, not by injunction, but by resentment on the part of enough of our voters to make the city voting right. again go wet.' The saloon is an evil, I always vote against it and probably al ways will. But a year ago, cit izens exercising their legal right to choose between liquor sold privately in places not known generally, and liquor sold in a licensed saloon, voted to put in a saloon. We than had no choice but to accept the application of some one or two persons for license. With license, every citizen became a beneficiary of the money paid in. Private citizens had made a contract be tween themselves whereby they agreed to pay into the city treas ury and good roads fund all profits of the business. The city was not a party to this contract and could not be. Nor Ms- the city ever received a dollar mpte than the license for two saloons (while only one is maintained.) The result aimed at was to in augurate as near an approach to a city-owned saloon as the law would permit. But the city never put a dollar into the busi ness and could not collect a dol lar above the license if the owners saw fit to keep all the profits. My opinion is that these pro fits will be paid in just in time to influence the election and help continue the saloon. Before, with the saloon, every dollar was spent and taxes increased. Un der prohibition, the rate of tax was somewhat lowered, despite the increase of school taxes. This time, you need not look to see taxes lowered. If this money is ever paid in, it will probably be used to build a city hall and jail, with possibly an auditorium. The question before us right now is, shall we have a saloon of any kind the coming fiscal year? If the church members of this town believe that their God meant it when he said "Woe to the man who puteth the bottle to his neighbor's lips," then the town will go dry. If they put mammon before their God, the town will go wet. I do not be lieve it pays in dollars and cents. Men spend their money for something and if they do not spend it for booze, they will spend it for food, clothes, etc. The money will circulate, but in To the Voters of Roberts County: NO. 38 lines that will build up and ulti mately pay better. One orator used to offer his gold watch to anyone who could tell of anyone really benefitted by the saloon, a hearer told him "the undertak er," and he was about to give him the watch when the under taker rose and said that while liquor probably did cause more deaths, it did not help men to pay for the services of the under taker, that he had lost hundreds of dollars through the saloon. It does not pay. Every citizen can do his part to get rid of the Bating busy right now and then One more thing, the aldermen have only to carry out your dic tates at the polls and it may make a difference whether the temperence people insist on having candidates for every of fice. This matters little. The saloon matters much. No kind of a saloon is a good thing. The present kind may not do quite as much harm, though that is open to grave doubt. E. F. ATWOOD. 4. Royal Johnson Speaks^ Royal Johnson, attorney gen eral of the state and candidal^' for congress on the majorif^' ticket, made a speech in tjhie opera house Tuesday evening to a smp.ll audience. Mr. John son's address consisted of a dis cuse^pn of the popular issues of the Campaign' from his stand» point, and as any lawyer should,' put up a very nice plea for his side of the case. He believes' the individual should be the secondary consideration in elect ing men to piiblic office party being first. In other words Mr." Johnson thinks that the ,fact that .Frank McNulty is better qualified for the office of con* gressman than himself should not be taken into consideration by the voters, but that he should be elected because the principles of his party is good. Our opinion is different. We believe in the best man for the office, and we also believe that every man present at the speech will admit that Frank McNulty is head and shoulders over his opponent, Royal Johnson in fact, Johnson admitted it himself. Roberts county owes McNulty its sup., port in his candidacy for con« gress, and we believe he will get it.—Wilmot Republican. Advance Clothes Are for men who want to stand alone in style and freshness, yet who don't care to pay more than a reasonable price for high class clothing. We are ready to show you. Golden Rule Clothing Co. In Golden Rule Store. Sisseton, S. D. If you have an item of news— tell the Standard about it. Some of my friends have asked whether my name will ap pear on the primary ballot. No. Such was not the intention, for such nomination would be a party nomination and bring the office more into politics but, as previously announced, believing that the office of County Superintendent of Schools should be in no manner a matter of politics, but that the ^officer should be chosen and the work conducted for the best.interests of the schools and patrons, and ultimately for the betterment of the lives of the boys and girls, regardless of political factions, I will be an independent candidate for the office at the fall election. -K With the aims given above, the work has been conducted by the present superintendent. Those who have been connected with, or have watched the growth of the schools, in the past three years know what the adherence to these principles has meant to the schools of Roberts county. If I am chosen as the County Superintendent of Schools» Bonnie Andrews will be the legalized deputy and the work will progress as before. Very truly yours, ,s. V* LIZZIE ANDREWS.