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®«S&£#MpT--SUNDAY' SERMON BY ^7^^\^ J « D - BURRELL. 2ga&\?-^-0|asspi» -Avenge ' Presbyterian ^••4^?i^MSS ! ^ ed - t0 us »y the past. ^^Se^taudsrO^fcre pg- in singular <$£ lecullar. It-Is not said friend, but that ho There Is a differ- , the friendship of of course, ltk e the nlr the thought that man God scarcely comes ^^&^F iva $ a * dee P'y totichlng n^ab^that thought. For we usually ^*^*W^^\«a^as sufficient unto Him Hit friends fall away from Hlra. The true friend Is he -who stands by God •when, strange and* cruel things happen that cannot be explained, who main­ tains cdnflrtenc lu the divine goodness •when others deny It, who defends God's name when others impugn It, who says with Job, \though 0e slay me, yet will I trust Him.\ God will never forget stanchness like that. -Generosity is one-of the lovely traits of true friendship. _ It _com.es out In feeling, In conduct and in special toks. hens in the form of \gifts. ' The ancients illustrated this in the story of Damon and Pythias. Pythias was condemned to death, but begged leave to go home and arrange-lils af­ fairs. His friend Damon took his place in prison. In the end in the nick of „ time, Pythias returned and surrendered 's^a^e^VaV-tb^^ spectacle of ..\ ' such a friendship he was pardoned *—g™* ' • 1 ^\~-T1ir*' ,w ' aB! ^^ .... £i.Z -*<±£**aQ**±-*~^**i^ INTERNATIONAL LESSON COMMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 3. , .. j/aiuuucu. But the interest of the story centres In Damon lying In prison while the days of Pythias' absence lengthen .and the time of execution draws near. For not only was Damon content to endure im­ prisonment for his friend, but far be­ yond that he was prepared to die In his place. The story is no doubt a fairy tale, but is gives us a true lesson, and has had Influence upon the civilized concep­ tion of friendship. And as applied to our relationship to God it is suggest­ ive. If our friendship to Him is genu­ ine it will bear the mark of generosity. There have been not a few friends of God ready to die, if need be, for Him. Anil yet- there are many who render to God what they like rather than what He likes. Sometimes presents are given among us on the same irrational basis. You have seen a poor young '~ >^ -One in led to be the friend of another couple receive from some rich ac- * -.fcr\ living hluh - The reason why w e quaintance an absurd wedding present \niay be Inexplicable to our- ° r a e ost, y P' ece ot bric-a-brac which l i no accounting for would be utterly out of place in their ^lUstefj^AlUfrulU are the gifts of God modest parlor, and would divert an v few-#QVmeai#e£sbme we enjoy and others amount of money which would have r 'flre 1 reject All people are children of been % great help in practical form. iGftd, and w e can love every one of The donor consulted his desire rather 'triem'iiit a disinterested and fraternal than theirs »mbj»icti Tli* Cmptlvlty o f Jnrtsb, XX. - Chron. xxxvl., 11-21 — Golden Text, Mum. xxxil., 23—Memory Tend, 19-M —Commentary on tbe Day'* Ittuon, I. - Zcdeklrth's character and \folly (vs. 11-13). 11. \Zedeklnh.\' .He was one of the younger sons.of .the.sniSTVIo- slah and uncle of Jebolacbln. He was a weak king, with no strength of chnr-. acter to do. what Jje knew to be right. Anxionsrto follow the counsels of Jere- mial), but without courage to do so. he \Became tne mere sport or factions, and -—wt—r\~ w \ /u as ounicient unto Him- .Yet.in.this other respect we see S*; : '^'Hlm>'longing for friend*- That desire ^~.^l»icommdn among men, for there are misunderstood, hungry iter a. friendly, word of appreciation. Wow'uilnk of God also as mlsunder- stoodjgrleved by neglect, yearning to , fcejoied.—Then think\ of Abraham as v \ ^ ^Vihg God- his heart. You see how , much It meant to God that Abraham (W&s his friend; -.One J» led- to be the friend of another W»y. But this does not Interfere with -out .liking some better than, others. — iRven our Saviour felt this human ten- ' dency and was drawn by it to a spe- >\' , clal InOmScy with the apostle John. -. -* -I suppose there never was a person •bout whom people differed more than Charles Lamb. Some could not endure r ^ftuV-perpetual raillery, his bad puns, ..bis stammer. Others knew him to be 4i £fiae _of_the rarest spirits, subtle In in­ tellect, exquisite In taste and grandly • unselfish. ;I Now that liking which makes frlend- -shlp between man and man makes It between man and God. We can pic­ ture Abraham at the close of the day, %°> «mi uevouon sacrinces J iwnen the tents had been pitched and of mone y j ron l genuine love of His *he evening meal eaten. going apart WOr 2f, ot J^S?\ 7 „ _ (from the camp for a Utile space that S ,m - P Db \ c and , P rlvate -„ %TJgZ &e might open his soul to God. We «» Q( * *»* ^° can-Imagine David at night Ume while I ,m £!,! n ° ff £ ™* m *° °fc„ rhP , - -MiTciey slept, mounUng to the roof of ln ^ e ' ourt , e t? th 1 when^ the | tte palace and beneath the canopy of ™>™» and spiritual state of Chrlsten- •tars communing With the Most High. 2.8™°' °. f noble 80nls 1 iWe can see Christ escaping from the crowds that thronged His steps and eagerly hiding for a brief time In the « seclusion of some mountain top that •He might be alone with His Father. •It was because all three of these liked Sod. So Is It often with men's gifts to God; they give Him what they like rather than what He likes. In Jere­ miah's age they offered sacrifices of bullocks and goats. I n Christ's day they performed elaborate religions cer­ emonies and wore phylacteries and fringes. In medieval times they did penance and paid money. To-day they erect costly churches and endow col­ leges. Bnt If we would please God we must consult Hia wishes ln our gifts and not our own. And what does God like best? A pure heart, a humble and contrite spirit, days free from evil, practical thoughts of kindness for oth­ ers, homes of real devotion, sacrifices banded themselves together to strive after holiness. Their headquarters were at Strassburg and Cologne. Their greatest member was John Tauler, the celebrated preacher, whose printed serv mons made a deep Impression on Lu­ ther. The Influence of those men was IUU. uuci. J.UO iuuueuce o i mose men was Itis n question worth asking wheth- performed and abides 4o this day But • W» Ilka Cind 1 An nnt uir I the thins\ to notion- <umnM»iiv «i <ni<> —«r we like God. I do not say reverence . and honor, I do not say submit to and obey. Do we like God? I t is a pecu- \liar-question. Perhaps asking it-makes ns wonder whether our appreciation of God does not lack something of the .warm throb of life. Friendship also involves similarity of tastes. In fact, most of pur friend­ ships come about through our being brought together in tbe pursuit of some common interest, by an ocean voyage, a golf club, a board of directors, a Sunday-schqol class, for example. Peo­ ple whose chief interests differ are not likely to become friends: Emerson and Boss Tweed, for example. •Tliere Is no better field for studying •the laws of friendship than a college. Xoung men or women who have known the thing., to notice- especially about them was their name: they called themselves \The Friends of God\ - -Is-there-not a place for such people ln the life of to-day? Men are apt to become so absorbed ln the concerns of this lite as to neglect God altogether, and when they do think of Him it is often with the desire chiefly to get something from Him. How sordid and unworthy this all is. We ought to have our relationship on a higher level. Is it not possible for us to appreciate His grandeur and goodness for their own excellence? Can w* not like Him for what He Is? As. He looks down upon a considerably Indifferent wor.' . can we not give Him the happiness -it letting Hun see that w e aro His friends? And when trouble beu ilders v™^ nf wnm™ wiin MVO tiown ineuuB i Ana wnen rrouDie De^ iiaers The siege was \full of horrors. The '.TffllX enter to ttie^amo ™ »et ns still believe In Hir-; wlnnr-clty was redoes* to the last extremity. ™ r £££«^te1? ttiJ» ttSJ His good name is assailed, let us de- Fearful pIcturlTare presented by Jer- Si as /^.S? !°.?^5 -- f ^A -r™_'_ fl -? fend Him; when He wants some one to do His work, let us say, \Here am I, send me.\ We are familiar enough with the Ides that God Is our friend. But the ques­ tion is who are willing to be friends of God? gradually, without any ill feeling what­ ever draw apart In order to form other combinations. This shifting is gener­ ally due to the dominating power of some common Interests-French, boat­ ing, editing a paper together, member­ ship In the same fraternity and the like. The same principle holds true in the -friendship between-mon-and-Godt It la brought about by similarity of tastes and-interests. Supreme ln God Is the sense of order, whose moral side is righteousness. How can He have any friendship with a man who lacks this sense of order? Who does not mind being a glutton or a drunkard or im- pure^or telling a lie or taking what Is ndt'ms? A s Paul says, \what fellow- at last was brought into ruinous c6n- fllct with Babylon against his own bet­ ter Judgment. 12. \Humbled not him­ self \ Although Jeremiah repeatedly entreated Zedeklah to obey the word of the lyord, yet the king through the pride of his heart and for fear of of­ fending his princes would not listen to the prophet's advice. 13. \Rebellad etc. This was the height of folly. Had he possessed wis­ dom and courage enough to obey the words of Jeremiah and'remain true to his alleglauce to Babylon. Jerusalem might not have beeu destroyed. \Mnde Uini swear.\ Nebuchadnezzar had bound Zedeklah by u most solemn oath to keep the peace by fidelity to the •onqueror who had set blm on the throne. In Jer 27:3 we find messen­ gers from the kings of Edom, Monb, immon, Tyre and Zldon consulting with Hezeklab, perhnps concerting a plan to throw off the Babylonian yoke; and ln Kzek. 17:15, Zedeklah is repre­ sented ns sending his ambassadors into Egypt that they might give him horses and much people. Thus h° seems to have laid broad plans for his rebellion, and in all this be was encouraged by the false prophets of his time (Jer. 28). II. God's effort to save His people (Vs. 14. 15). 14. \Trangressed very much.\ Here we see the vile depths Into which Ju- dah'had fallen. All classes were cor­ rupted. Restraint was thrown off and the people openly practiced all the heathen abominations, even polluting the house of tbe Lord. 15. \The Lord—sent to them.\ God *Id everything He wisely could to pre­ vent His people from rushing down to their own destruction. He laid upon them several lesser evils as warnings. These were devastations of the country from which a few years would suffice to recover. Then Jerusalem was cap­ tured and part of its treasure removed, but the city was not destroyed, nnd the temple stood. Kings were made cap­ tive ns a warning to coming kings. Prophets were sent to warn and en­ treat. III. Judah utterly rejects the Lord (v.JWi. 16. \Mocked.\ etc Jeremiah was Imprisoned, beaten and threatened with death; Urijnb was put to death (Jer. 28:20-23). \No remedy.\ The na­ tion had gone beyond all bope^ The body was hopelessly corrupt. It is possible to sin too long, to sin away the day ot grace. O sinner, awake, repent. IV. Jerusalem destroyed (vs. 1T-21). 17. \Therefore.\ Because of their great wickedness. \He brought—tbe .Chaldees.\ The siege lasted about one yeacand six months. The fortifica­ tions were strong, nnd the defense was brave nnd skilful. The thud of the battering rams sbook tbe wall* day and night; archers made the dr -nse in- crer singly hard by constant showers of an- .ws from the high wooden forts; cr.apaults of all sizes hurled stones I- lo the town with a force as deadly .ts that of modern bullets, and darts tipped with fire kindled the roofs of the houses: mines were dug under the walls, nnd attempts at escalade by ladders were renewed nt every favor^ nble opportunity. \Who slew,\ etc, The Abundant Life: How Get It? How Use It? John 10: 7-10; Rom. 5: 19-21. Everything outside of Christ tends death-ward, everything with which Christ has to do tends Ufeward. t The overflowing life of nature shows that God loves abundant life, and H e come to earth to fill men as fUll of Llife as He fills the earth with every sprlng> _ . . Seeds of weeds fly everywhere, and SEPTEMBER THIRD. the only safety from them is an even greater abundance of seeds of grass When the sin comes Into the heart, it reigns, it sits on the throne and governs, nor will God's grace accept any lower position. Suggestions. No life can abound for yourself that does not abound for your neighbors. If there is an abundant life, there is also possible for you an equally abund­ ant death Wherever there is fuller joy. it is because of fuller life, joy means life and life weans Joy. Never think of Christ as being languid, pale, and feeble He was the incarnation of vigor and power Illustrations. A machine Is of nse only through Its overflow of power. How much would men care for a machine that merely kept Itself running' Said the poor woman when she saw the ocean for the first time, \At last here Is enough of something'\ And Christ is such an ocean. Question*, Is your Christian life languid or Have yoc life enough for others, or Just for yourself? Has Christ become the only scurce of your joys? Quotations. LIfo may be deepened, made rich, not only by broader areas of culture, but by priceless mines beneath the soli.—T. Starr King There is nothing of which men are so fond, and withal go careless, as life.—Bruyere. Monthly missionary meetings may easily be made the best meeting ot the month. Try to bring every mem­ ber into each meeting; but at tho outset divide the society into bands, each of which will be leaders of one of the twelve meetings. Do not try to crowd too much Into the meetings—an outline of a book, for instance, into ten minutes. Better take up fewer points at a time and make them ef­ fectively. ILL-FORTUNE FOLLOWS OFFI ­ CERS WHO FAIL I N TE8T O F ACTION. WORTH LEAGUE LESSONS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3. The Abundant Life: Ho w to Get How to Use I t John 10: 7-10; Rom. 5: 19-21. K. Fonder Tills Tact. ^Take \your Bible, an d carefully count, not only the chapters or tho verses, but the letters from the be­ ginning of Genesis to the 'Amen' of tho Revelation; and when you have .accomplished the task, go over- It again nnd again—ten times, twenty, forty times—nay, you must read the very letters of your Bible eighty times over -\7 *\•** ;•*\•• *~y-\ before you have reached the requlslto •hip hath righteousness with unright- sum> it would take something like the -epusnessr-' And another character!^ letters of eighty Bibles to represent the ;*lcof God is His spirit of charity. But suppose a mania \Indifferent hard and • selfish, prone to cherish.grudges and to .\-da unklndnessea, -how~ Is friendship .•jBOMlble between^hlm and God? \He tnree tnousana wm ps rr?? a ^ 0 T e ^l ° ot Ws'brother whom\ he ever your rench< ---;totirseen, how can lie love God whom. „';Despalch._yo.ur._ ; mjj.slg.narx. t&raor» tiff hath not-seen?\ <•> -to W i andline million anl a quarter of 1 ' 1 9 important, tten, for us to ask If immortal souls, for whom Christ died, r i&j*fci Jlk0 what God likes, it we vajue wm jj avo pa8Sed away to ^eir flnai aa WA rlnps thi*-son!, the fimrlt> t,;* i. . ich_ .thclt touch US mo u.c i»u«™; ™ . ajj^j tMMUhey OUght-tO moveTOUC heaven ffncTearth.. Pearls. • iUaenough to make an angel of friendship Is OT^4 w( 6dp.vi^.;SU»lster^WWtdiead. LlBifetoyalty how far? Through bad re-^ ~ as through good report? friendship that will men r wemen and children, of that old and wondrous empire, fourteen hun­ dred of them have sunk Into Christian graves during this last hour; thlrty- three thousand will pass 'to-day for> _... pictures — . j — emlah ln bis prophecy \and ln the La­ mentations. The destructive fire of the besiegers wa s aided by a severe famine (Jer. 38:9). and all the terrible expedients bad been tried to which tbe wretched inhabitants of a besieged town are forced to resort ln such cases. Mothers boiled and ate the flesh of their own Infants (Lam. 4:10; Ezek. ladles ln magnificent robes wan­ dered about searching the refuse heaps for a morsel of food (Lam. 4:5-10). \No compassion.\ So hideous were the cruelties practiced by -Oriental vic­ tors upon their captors that, were It not for tbe most convincing evidence in sculpture and inscription, where the perpetrators glory Jn their deeds, w e should hardly believe It possible for men to treat their fellow creatures with such barbarity. When the assail­ ants were once masters of the place an indiscriminate slaughter appears to .have succeeeded, and the city was generally given over Jt& the flames. The prisoners were either impaled and subjected, to horrible torments or car­ ried away as-Slaves. \He gave them,*' etc— God permitted the TJEaTdeans\ \to rtiras destroy'Jerusalem. He might kave done'to Nebuchadnezzar's army whatjaeJicttQ_8ennacherlb's host. 20. '\Carried: he. away.\- When the Ohaldeans^flnally-enteredThe city the -king and.his men of war fled, but they S *^_-.pursnedr.isJid', captured. Zede- ah's sons v Wereiilaln. before his eyes: 'Ids «yea.w.ereltn_^3p1at out and he was , <arriedHff^Kbyl«n^chains. He was ^ot^ta^tl^^Ii^^dC-Iite death ^tJerl,r^-W).;OT^n1m:*nd^his .sons,\ ^it^isaf';)^^«^!C^nw^is^ttllsIied ;jn*nd fed^them^ Jo wfet<th*tf^l*nd?'resr *?er3*Iev,enth^^ >b«di:rl61atedithJs;e6^ r pised^tf;ilT^ -Af £-'%eeph^s-^ Our lesson Is from that beautiful parable of the Good Shepherd. Jesus is the door and the shepherd aa well. He draws a sharp contrast be­ tween the thief, the hireling, and the wolf, on the one hand, and the Good Shepherd, on the other. These all bring death. But the Good Shepherd brings life. And he not only brings life, but the fullness of an immortal, heavenly, glorified life. H e gives the more abundant life. The second se­ lection tells us how we may get this life. It Is through the merits and obedience of Christ. Sin reigns In us to death, but Christ reins ln us to life. \And this life Is an abundant, that is, a sufficient life. The life spoken of ln our lesson Is tbe spiritual life imparted to us by the Holy Spirit through the atoning merit of Jesus Christ. It is called an \abundant\ life because It has in it all the essential elements of salvation and Immortality It la called ln one place \more abundant,\ as If tbe life Imparted by Christ might be realized In a superlatively large and satisfy­ ing measure. Consider: This Is nothing more nor less than tho spiritual life imparted to us at \the\ regeneration of our nature through the power of the Holy Spirit It Is that life which we re­ ceive at conversion. An imparted and not an Imputed holiness. It may be realized ln a more abundant measure, but Is the same divine life which is given to us by the Spirit. It Is the free gift of the Good Shepherd to his Lsheap. • It Is the regeneration and sonctiflcatlon of our nature through the Holy Spirit. It is the Inheritance of all God's people. —The plan of salvation Is easy and simple. It Is by tae~ personal sur­ render ot the soul to Christ, and ap­ propriation of this life by faith. It Is not to be \earned nor \wrought out,\ nor \purchased.\ It I s to be ap­ propriated by the Individual soul. Jesus has paid the debt; - he has wrought out salvatlori^-ne ias pro­ vided the life and^sidvatipn. I t is ours only to t*k* ,It;;'Jo1'rec«lve tt as a gift, AsT^the^.Cr00dif'; She P ner d \ga>o\- his life Jor.jthe.vs'beep.'so he no?*! V >glves\ the^tftfjmote .abundant * WA .foam ^ninl.^i^.^:- 1 '-''-^ The Land of the Grsat Bear Has Sel­ dom Permitted Defeated Leaders of Her Army and Navy Long to Survive Their Downfall, Russia has several beaten generals at the present time, and the question ie what will eventually become of them. The land of the Great Bear Iras sel­ dom permitted the leaders of ner ar- my and navy to long survive their downfall,- notwithstanding statements to the contrary, and there are several Instances of Russians, once shining lights In barrack rooms and naval dockyard*, who have taken leave of life both obscurely and tragically. It was not so very long ago that a famous general, at one time honored all over Russia, died by his own hand at a German gambling spa. He had erred during the Russo-Tuvklsh War of 1877-8, and In consequence the troops under hts command bad met with an unexpected disaster Af'er the war the general left St. Petersburg in disgrace and, under an assumed name, took up his residence ln Oermany He dissipated bis for tune at gambling places, _ and when he had come to bis last penny he be­ came a \handy man,\ eking out a .bare existence by running errands doing odd jobs and distributing bills Befng unable to recover his self- respect and manhood he sought re­ lease by suicide. He shot himself at a gambling spa, and when his body was searched not a single coin was found upon Elm. Again, a leader of the Russians during the Crimean War died in att- Ject poverty ln an attic in the Latin Quarter of Paris. He had lost fifteen thousand men at Inkerman, and his commission was taken from him He went to France and led a bo- hem fan life for many years, making a good income by composing musical pieces The money he earned he spent in riotous 'living, and one morn ing he was found dead In his attic after a heavy drinking bout. According to the Echo de Paris, Captain Klado, who was tbe cMef Russian witness bf-fore the \North Sea Commission, has been deprived at St Petersburg of all his appointments and functions, except that of profes­ sor at the Military Academy It would be Interesting to follow the future fortunes of this gentleman, for it is certainly doubtful w'jether his colleagues at the Military Acad emy will permit blm to long survive bis downfall Japan is very harsh on her de­ feated officers both naval and mili­ tary During the present war in the Far East a naval lieutenant, who failed to Carry out a task set him was politely told by his chief to cover his disgrace Jjy committing suicide. A shee£.-was sTfTiyg on the derk of the lieutenant's gunboat, and behind -this was placed an armchair and a table On the latter was a sharp knife, wrapped In a piece of clean paper. The\ lieutenant bowed to his comrades, went behind the sheet, sat In the chair and picked up the knife. Tbe official reports stated that the lleurtenant had died distinguishing himself ln action, and the Emperor granted him a posthumous medal After our troops had entered Pekln and sacked the Summer Palace of the Emperor, a Chinese general known as the Chief of the \dragon- slayers \ who allowed his troops to be badly beaten, had hhs commission taken from bim and was publicly de­ graded For a long time his wretched figure was to be seen In the streets of th* capital, with gyves on his limbs and a board round his neck as a punish­ ment For many years a shabbily-dressed elderly man wandered aimlessly ^irotrt Madrid. At one time he was Due of the most migUty of the French marshals, and his tunic blazed with gold lace and jeweled oi^ dem He had risen from the ranks, but misfortune came to him when he rtarted out to meet the Germans, as leader of half a million men. Accom­ panying- him in. jtha .front, .were -In-., numerable valets, grooms and secre­ taries, yet be came back to Paris?] not as a mighty conqueror, but as a broken, friendless man. He *iad. In the eyes- of the Repub­ lic, disgraced himself, and popular prejudice drove him from his native country. He went to Madrid, and fell lower and lower down the social scale, until he became a beggar, both In language and habits. Another general who became .a tar- ber was the Reader of the. jB.e'rslans, whom' Sir James Outrm„cr«s^d^Ju8t- >efb : re' the Iridlan^utli^'bfoke^ out Society and Art. - Even ln tbe days of peace we shall find that so-called encouragement was by no means a boon to Art. The solf- complacency of Society Is apt to make Itself believe that patronage Is every­ thing. On the contrary, the word \patronage\ Is In Itself an insult. W e want sympathy, not condescension. If Society really cared for good Art it would approach it with the respect due to all the noble functions of life. As it is, painting has been often called to the degrading service of So­ ciety. It was this that made the great Tang painter Yenrippen tell his children that he would disown them [^rtbrey eWr \learned to paTnt. Maeter- Jinck has said that if the flowers had wings they would fly away at the ap­ proach of man. I would not blame them if they ever flew away from the cruelties of floriculture. Art, ths flower of thought, has also no wings. Its roots are bound to humanity It is painful to think bow it has b«en trimmed, cut and tortured by un­ feeling hands to be confined ln a ves­ sel for temporary admiration Soto- ba, a Sung poet, has remarked, ' Men are not ashamed to wear flowers, but what of the flowers'\' If the Buddhist idea of retribution is to be believed in, the flowers must have committed terrible crimes In their former Uvea' Let us hope for the painters a better Incarnation In their next —Interna­ tional Quarterly. A Happy Thought. \What are tbe suggestions of the day?\ The greatest philanthropist of the age turned anxiously to his private secretary \Remember he said, half-severely, \we must give away ten millions more before the week is over I simply can't stand It to have money accu­ mulate in this reckless manner W e must get rid of It.\ The secretary did not Immediately reply \I am afraid it's hopeless,\ said the great philanthropist. \The National Theatre says they can't take another cent. Every missionary society ia black with cash. The old sailors are smoking dollar cigars Universities are storing bonds in barrels in their cellars. Speak, loan, your face Is lighting up. Have you an Idea\\ \I have, indeed,\ said the private secretary ' Have no fear, all will be well Here's a man who has given me a clew \ And with a glad smile of relief the philanthropist read from some un­ known correspondent as follows \Why not endow a good comfortable home for decrepit millionaires who have given away all their money'\ — Father and Son. Kidnapped twenty years ago by his nurse, James M Leydon. formerly a driver for the Adams Express Com pany in Chicago, found his father while standing in front of the post office at Aurora. Leydon learned some time ago from friends at Au­ rora that the name ' Sly,\ by which he was known, was not his right name and, satisfied that be had been the victim of a kidnapping plot, he deter­ mined to find his parents. He con­ sulted the city directory of Aurora and tramped the streets for a week, when he saw an aged man enter the Aurora post office. A gleam of recog­ nition passed between them and the elder rushed toward the youth, and after a pause inquired his name Tne elder Leydon then explained how he had placed his son in the ' family of Mr and Mrs. John Sly. of Aurora, who had afterward disappeared with the boy James went home with his father and there found his brothers and sisters. Then he learned that he had lived for twenty years <vlthin forty miles of his kin —< It$».\je«ni„ ^ii^SSi ^sS ^^VKU^ &Ee; N Shah -degraded nlmB'-Bi'dVafter ages'of 1&'&Qfa$M>t&^jWXt»i ^Tersi^ort'-ftr less \eTCil^Tadven- ji^the ^<»^g0 ^m40^0^ jlures 4»4<^V^own'^^MKi»V»r- Great Writers Not Correct Writers. There Is not a single great author in our literature In whose works num­ erous errors have not been pointed out, of thought to be pointed out. They are charged with violating rules involving tho purity if not the per­ manence 'of the language. A some wnat depressing Inference follows from the situation thus revealed. The ability to write English correctly does not belong to the great masters of out speech. It is limited to the obscure men who have devoted themselves to the task of showing how far these vaunted writers ,have fallen short of-- the \ideas of linguistic propriety en­ tertained by their unrecognized bet­ ters. A s a result of the critical cru­ sades there is no escape from the dismal conclusion that the correct use of the language Is not to be 1 found in the authors whom every one reads with pleasure, but Is an accomplish­ ment reserved exclusively tor those whom nobody can succeed in reading at all.—Professor R. Lounsbury, In Harper's Magazine. ^ Music a« Medicine. . Place the tips pt* theAflrst, Jsecond and \third Angers .-of your, -rlifit ^and on 'f^stx^y^ki^u'^^Jit^t.^ba Tp^a&r'ittne^jl^

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