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A BRILLIANT SUNDAY SERMON BY THE REV. DR. a ALLEN TUPPER. Suttfect: Marrlace and Divorce. New York City.—Dr. H. Allen Tup per, pastor of_the Fifteenth Street Bap- riage and Divorce.\ . The text was Matthew xlx:4-G: \And He answered and said- unto them: Have ye not read that He which made them at tbe .be­ ginning mode thenr male; and female, ana said forMhls cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one fleshy What therefore God hath-3oln,ed^og ©therr4et -not-niatt- put! asunder.\ Dr. Topper said: * 1 Marriage was the first.Institutional gift of God to man; and the family was the first organization formed by God for the blessing of humanity. During all the centuries, amid the changes of governments, ceremonies and dlspensa- Hons, the Impress of divine favor rest' ed upon these heaven-born establish' ments, and when their Integrity has been maintained they have been the sources and centres of light and love; but when their Integrity has been as­ sailed untold sorrows and suffering have come upon mankind. Christ wrought the beginning of His miracles nt a marriage feast, in a gath­ ering of families, and the pen of In­ spiration pictures Him as .the-Bride­ groom and His Church &s the Bride. The holy ordinance of marriage was given, to support social order; to In­ crease human happiness, and t o pro­ vide that through well regulated fami­ nes truth and righteousness might be transmitted from age to age. The vio­ lation of Its vows is the ca-iker at the heart of human progress and civiliza­ tion. In the West Indies, we are told, there Is a timber that has all the ap­ pearance of strength and solidity, but When the test is applied it snaps asund­ er and a fine white powder fills the air. The cause is now apparent; a worm has eaten its way into the heart of tbe wood and slowly but surely devoured Its fiber until a hollow shell only re­ mains. The divorce evil. If not arrested, will tgradually undermine our proud civllixa tton, and when the testing time comes what appeared to be so attractive will prove to be only a hollow sham.' In the discussion of marriage and dl vorce I will call your attention to a divine law, a social disease and a fatal danger.\ First—A\ divine law. Centuries ago the cunning Pharisees artemptedto en trap \the divine Teacher by asking Him the question- \Is It lawful for a man to-put-away his veife_for every cause?' In that day there existed two opposing schools. At the head of one was Shnin- mnl, who Insisted that divorce should be allowed only in the case of adultery at the head of the other was Hil'.el who matnt.-.tned that a man might put away his wile for any cause at all. The tempters of Christ thought that the trap was well set, for if He failed hold strict views on the marriage ques tion they would report Him to the fol lowers of Shammai, and if He held the opposite opinion they would turn upon Him the enmity of the followers of Hillel, one of whose strong adherents was Herod, who had just beheaded John the Baptist. In the words of an­ other \Brushing aside their quibbling, Jesus goes back to foundation princi­ ples and gives His message to the church of nil ages concerning marriage and divorce.\ It is a fivefold message- The mar rln^e of one man and one woman is •divine institution, It is a divine .act; it Jolus husband and wife in a relation •closer and more binding than the rela- legaJlyrannuHea.~- : 5!hls-*attcrnttttTe~ls-l not-oveu raised by Paul la this connect tlon. It .may be properly said, then, that Paul did not advocate divorce for J anything save adultery, though he does, not even indicate this exception save by -implication. This divine law Is set forth In no un­ certain sound on the. pages of Clod's Word; and the disobedience of It must entall> sorrowful results to the indi­ vidual, the family, arid the community, eeond—A • social-disease;—Blverees- are more numerous ' |B the United States In proportion to marriages than In any other country of which we have any record. This social disease is con­ tagious and spreading. In 1870, 3.5 per cent, of marriages ended'in div< In 1880. 4.8 per cent. In 1890, G.2 per cent. In 1900, 8.X per cent. In 1890 the percentage of the divorced to the -married. Wfla 0.5V -JhllSMHUlt Wfl^L 0.7^ husband and wife that they cease to b e two and become one fiesb; and it can be dissolved only by death. When the point was made by the Pharisees that Moses maintained that a writing of di­ vorcement shall be given under- certain conditions, Jesus declared that this was a concession to the hardness of heart of the people. The position of Jesus Christ, .on the subject under discussion Is clearly set forth in His Sermon on the Mount: \It lias been said, 'Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writ Ing of divorcement, but I say unto you that whosoever shall put away his wife saving for the cause of fornica­ tion, causeth her t o commit adultery.\ And Mark records these words < Jesus: \Whosoever putteth away his wife and marrleth another committeth adultery' against her. And if a woman «bali put away her husband and married to another, she committeth adultery.\ And In Luke we have set forth the same law of Christ From His recorded words we are forced to the following conclusions: That Jesus allowed divorce on one and only one ground; namely, adultery, and that He seems to allow the re-marriage of the Innocent parry. In Epheslans v:22-28 Paul gives the, noblest picture of the sanctity an<l dig­ nity of the marriage relation; for he compares it to the mystic union be­ tween Christ and the glorious church of the redeemed for whom Christ died This Is no temporary bond to snapped at Will. Jesus Is to-day the Head of His Church, and i t Is being purified by Him and made without spot or wrinkle. Moreover, In Romanr vii 1-6 Panl argues that the Christian is set free from thp bondage of the law, as the woman can have.a* 1 new husband only on the death'of Vthe former husband. But in I Corinthians vii 1^-16 Paul speaks of the problem in\: family life presented where' the .bug- band Is a Christian and; the .wife * heathen and vice versa. -He Jbasulwo. things to say about this new problem that had not arisen when Jesus spoke on the subject His first word li^hat 'Che Christian must .not- force,* Is,willing to coqt^'ne«4he/rTMdon »>^hei •Christian must \be willing\ to a>- .so? The marriage is le^b3ate-^J;aV-t|i« children,, are legitimate. .But the ^other; -word Is this: Soppose-the 'heath pn .ihnsgandior wffn ft: not-willing to.keep\; vp the marriage relatlourand Insists on separation, k iheh--what?— -WellHetHh'\ not the technical wolrcfc _ It would seem tnat^this is\a casegof \voluntary 8roafgja^^l8F'»^116|cttl^u^ i vorce. If thls.-be * : tfue7 there cbu!dlXot[4he course, be .\noyre^innrrlage* in -such ' - joase^ for the -marriage has jaiSe^ been' |-^o^arln^at^ounrry%4raltowaW8- t? obtain -BeparaTHon for five years, and at the end of that time to apply for tha.jujhi£rsIsffT?f the .separation* into absolute divorce, if tb.e[ parties, have not been seconoiled.. ~- •• The practical results- of--tfie ImperiaLl divorce law' In Germany have been gratifying. It gives four grounds for divorce—namely, adultery, attempt of either husband or wife on the-life of the otfier; malicious, willful desertion ann- cnn.tiniiprt Vlolnfimrfi' \ INjiRNAIlOtiAUlllSSpJi; $0J$AENTS FOR^NOVEMBER 26. According to the census of 1900 there were 2457 divorced Women In the United States under the age of twenty, and 13,175 divorced women between twenty and twenty-five years of age. South Carolina is the -only -State, in the Union which grants no divorce. New York is the only State In the Union which proposes to grant divorces only on Scriptural grounds, yet New York grants, annually, more than a thousand divorces. Illinois gives n fair Illustration of the laws of almost all the States. Af­ ter reciting a long list of grounds upon which a divorce may be granted, the law concludes by empowering the court to grant a divorce upon any pica which It thinks justifiable. The Western States, In order to In­ crease their population, are making open and shameless bids for those dis­ satisfied with the married state to come to them and hare It dissolved. Statistics given by the Chicago Daily News Almanac 1903, show the follow­ ing number of divorces granted in lead­ ing cities of our country In 1901: Providence, 327; Cincinnati, 405; Bos­ ton, 400; Cleveland, 454; Philadelphia, 492; St. Louis, 573, New York, 817; San Francisco, 840; Chicago. \S0S. The statistics of Carroll D. Wright, Commissioner of Labor, for twenty years, from 1867 to 188C, show 328,712 divorces granted In the United States in those years. In 1867, 9937 divorces were granted, while in 18S6 25,535 di­ vorces were granted, making an in­ crease of 157 per cent. Tbe Increase of population was sixty per cent, during the same period. In 1867 Ohio granted 901 divorces, and in 1900 the State granted 3217 divorces—one to every eleven marriages solemnized In the State. Indiana granted, in. 1807, 1096 dlrorcea, and in 1900, 4509—one divorce to every six marriages solemnized In the State. -Only a short time ago the papers v^ere telling of a woman in Indiana who bad eight living husbands, frnm whom she had been divorced, and this same woman was then preparing to be mar­ ried to the ninth victim. Michigan in 1807 granted 449 divorces, and In 1900 granted 2418 divorces—one divorce to every eleven marriages solemnized in the State. A table of divorces in the Christian world in 1885, as given in \Studies in History, Economics and Public Law,\ issued by Columbia University, gives the following Interesting fact: Canada, Great Britain and Irelana, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Roumanla, Russia and Australia grant­ ed a total of 20,111 divorces, while in the same year the United States grant­ ed 23,472 divorces—an excess over all other countries In the Christian world of 3361 Forjy-flve States and several Terri­ tories have various and conflicting laws, and more than 3000 courts have jurisdiction of divorce cases. A learned essayist says of our legislation v..„„ „ . . that It \presents the largest and strang- tion of parent and child; it so unifles4- es t;and perhaps the saddest experiment to vows. Both 'In Ftance and Germany\ attempts are being made to escape threatening - dangers by the«. enforce­ ment of stricter laws on marriage and divorce. - In- New England an^ Wales -there were 176 divorces In 1870s 836 In 1SS0; 384 in'1900, and 727 in 1889; and- the growing evil Is at last attracting tha at­ tention of the lawmakers.' We do not recognize the famuy\-at all\ \In. bur nav tlonal constitution. It appears In out State laws only as an object of somi care, but not as an clement-of political power. Mr. Gladstone declared that his fear for our future centered very largely upon our' ability to protect the family, for weakness here means disas­ ter everywhere. Realizing the perilous position In which we are placed by the increasing social evils resulting from divorces, a number of pnblic spirited men Initiated a corrective movement in 1878, art whpt is now known as the Natioial League for the Protection of the Fam­ ily, founded upon a broad basis, was organized in 1881. TVe results from this and kindred organizations have been marked and encouraging. Radi­ cal improvements are noticed in the laws of New York, New Jersey, Penn­ sylvania and Wisconsin; divorces after residence of only three or six months nre no longer permitted, as they for­ merly were, in North Dakota, Georgia, California and several Territories. Ail causes for divorce but one have been stricken from the laws of the District of Columbia, and commissions on uni­ formity by co-operation of tbe States now exist in no less than thirty-four States and Territories. The question of a constitutional amendment and admission of a nation­ al law on tbe matter under discussion have been agitated; but as long as twelve States can be rallied in defense of tbe maintenance of State rights, It is a waste of time to attempt the amendments on marriage or divorce. But the agitation against this evil goes on as. never before. The pnlplt, the press,' the platform, the schools, col­ leges and- universities are awakening to a sense of the moral and social dnn- _ger that tbreatens_ns. JJOA -the* -out. spoken discussion of the marriage re­ lation and the divorce laws must result in_great good. Thirty \years ago none of our high­ er educational Institutions gave any attention to the study of the family, but now the theological seminaries, the law schools and the universities are giving special care to this most im­ portant subject. We may be assured that our boasted civilization, our-proud commercial greatness, our high edu­ cational attainments and our brilliant material developments-will-only hasten the dny of Our disaster unless we pro­ tect the family and honor the God of the home, who Is the Father of us all. In the sphere of family laws which free, self-governing countries have ever tried.\ It was published In a recent journal that divorces were granted In Chicago for the following causes- Snor­ ing, cold feet, oating with a knife, in­ sisting upon going to bed in 'his over­ coat and boots, smoking cigarettes, failure as a cook. During recent years divorce has de­ veloped into an Industry in the United States, the legal profession and tbe bench have done much to encourage this terrible traffic. For 0211 divorces in France in a given period, the United States offers 25,000, the Unltfd Kingdom showing 475 and the German Empire 6078 for the same time. For a period of twenty yearj in Maryland tbe rate of marriage to divorce was 6L94. Massachusetts averaged 31.28 to every divorce. Some of the popular theories are that divorce is due to tbe conflicting and in­ harmonious statutes of various States. Thus as Colonel Wright, in his report informs us, it Is the belief that persons residing in the State of New Yor£, where the law Is strict, are In the habit of seeking divorces In Rhode Island. •But the statistics show that of 446%, divorces granted In Rhode Island only ninety-seven were to parties married In New-York, and of 6020 granted in Pennsylvania, only 765 wore to -parties married In New Tork, while of the 289,546 couples whose place of mar­ riage was ascertained, 231,807 were di­ vorced in tbe same-State In which they .had bfeSn married.. Third—A fatal danger. The attack upon the integrity of the family IS an unmitigated evil and_a. crime against social order, which can'only result* in the desrructlon-of all that is purest, noblest and best In the world. Here ,we find the aecrebcan.se of the decline andjtall of the Roman- Empire. The jaws as to family-life were loose; di­ vorce became epidemic, and the empire -.went down in ruin and disgraced The Reign otTerroriin FrancefonowjNl;the establishment ofe;a law that marriage {couidibe dissolved merely by appllca- 'Cation:.'20OOO\div J < prces were granted in %tlf-)n^ne r '^etr,.-&nd daring, the iam^ tlon. It the heathenhusbanteot^if* -p#ridoV48>00teanlc*M^^ 'ried>mto-found!In )r 'JiospltaIs,,aJid-4ieard ^,'10,0uT)\tte#-Dom;:babies werertaken An Infidel'* Sirmon to m Preacher. Never shall I forget the remark of a learned legal friend who was at one time somewhat skeptical in his views. Said he to me: 'Did I believe, as you do, thnt the masses of our race are perishing in sin, I could have no rest. I would fly to tell them of salvation. I would labor day and night. I would speak with all the pathos I could summon. I would warn and'expostulate and entreat my fellowmen to turn to Christ, and re­ ceive salvation at His hands. I nm as­ tonished at the manner In which the majority of you ministers tell your message. Why, you do not act as if you believed your own -words. You have pot the earnestness in preaching that we lawyers have In pleading. If we were as tame as you are, we would never carry a single suit.\ A decade of years has passed away since that remark was made. I bless God It was addressed to me. It put fire into my bones which I hope will burn as long as I live God preached a stirring sermon to me that dny by the mouth oil 4hat Infidel lawyer.—Peter Stryker Life is ConstrtictlY«. A certain evangelist is using a card on one side of which is the question. \What must I do to be saved?\ and following It are the Scriptures which point out the way of salvation. On the other side of the card is tbe question, 'What muBt I do to beflost?\ and the answer follows, \Nothing.\ The reply is simple bat wonderfully impressive. Many think that in order to be lost they must run the log gamut of vices and be aggressively bad. Not so. We are all bad enough to miss the kingdom in spite of the good points we \may have. Life is an active, constructive force. It is likened unto a living temple or unto a vine.-.It must therefore be bjiilt up, and unless there is activity there is no building. Unless there Is active goodness there Is nd character, and Un­ less- there is character there is no sal­ vation.—Brethren Evangelist Paul. -He^ses-tbe^ roVd^pufea^y?*, Jp^rorter^ ;BTOe,\'the : deiiiai ;pf God,an'd!She jdese= DpirltuI Pvrnty. Professing Christians sometimes at­ tribute their splrituaf poverty-to na­ ture. One Is penurious, another cow­ ardly, and they say i t i s because they have been less^generonsly endowed\by nature than others and cannot help it It would be quite as reasonable for one whose father's table, to\.whieb. lie has free _ access, is daily ^loaded with wh^leeome food,,to go'abpntthe stpeels with. gaunt, bony'- flhg^r#anct ghastly countenance, starvlnjro t'cfci ae »tn, v and, \sayiqg U X catmot'.help^it^i'^Ggd'.'it «bie-.to-:ma^a^nnri6u«^a^4tb«^tl; generong-;ki>d beneydlent^.OT^k'V^'tKl Iiaifi'5£lenlle~a~sncla i p^^ gnhiocti u Ab>tln«.n£e Fo r tbe Bake of Others, I. Cor., Xr, I2S-33—Goldon Text, 1. Cor. x„ J8—Memory'Vorirti, 31-33 —'Commenrirr oj-th « UST'I Xemok. --'in verges 14-22-PanLyesumes the die? cusslon from chapter 8:fSTtoiaefiinK4hei eating of meats which .had been-offered in'sacrifice'to idols.\ In the lesson bje- fore us-w*-bavte-som'e practical dlrec- _Upna on this subject ' I. The duty of living for others (vs. 23, 24). 23: \All things are lawful.\ I may lawfully eat all kinds .of food, but all are-not-expedlent.- It-would -not -be-be~- coming in me to eat of all, because I should by this offend and grieve many weak minds. Though it may be ad- mltted that it i s strictly lawful, t o eat meats offered to idols, yet there are Etrong reasons why i t i s inexpedient, and those reasons ought to have the binding force of law. \Not expedient.\ And so, being unprofitable and injur­ ious, may thereby become unlnwful. \Edify not.\ All things do not tend to build up ,the cause of Christ, and therefore are not expedient. 24. \His own.\ Let no man consult his .own happiness, pleasure 1 - or convenience, but let him ask what will be for the good of others. No rule is laid down nhout eating or not eating any kind of food as a matter of Importance In it­ self With such thiugs the gospel hns no concern. What Paul does prescribe relates to the effect of Our,conduct upon others. Let every man live not for himself, but for every part of the great human family with which he is sur­ rounded. \Another's wealth.\ \But each his neighbor's good.\—R. V. Thjs will cause true happiness. II. The duty of guarding the weak, (vs. 25-30). 25. \Is sold.\ The meats of Idol sacrifices were often exposed to sale In the markets especially by the priests, when they had o n hand a sur­ plus. To the Christian this was aa lawful as any other meat \Sham­ bles.\ The meat stalls In the market \Asking no question.\ The Jews were - Vexed with innumerable scruples with respect to their eating and were accus­ tomed to ask many questions about their food, as to where It was obtained, how prepared, etc.; all of these scruples and questionings the gospel abolished. 26. \Earth is the Lord's.\ See Psa., 24:1. This meat belongs to the Lord and ls_made for man's use. It does not beTEbng to-'the-idol, even though it- has been offered to \it It may therefore be pastaken of as God's gift 27. \Bid- feast\ Tula referato jufeast in, a pri­ vate house. In verses 14-22 the apostte severely-*ebukes the practice at eating at feasts in heathen temples, because this was one pnrt of idolatrous wor­ ship. If a pagan friend invite a Chris­ tian to his home to dine he should eat what is set before him without vexing his host with questions about his food. But there is nothing here commanded which would require a person to eat or drink that which is harmful. - 28. \Say unto you.U That is, if one of your fellow guests should display scruples of conscience, or a heathen should be Hkel£ to draw the inference tha,t you approved of idol worship, this altogether alters the case. Yon are no. longer simply eating with thankfulness the food .set before you as the gift of God, but the question of idolatrous worship of idols as permissible to a Christian. 29. \For why,\ etc. This vers? and the next as a little obscure. The meaning seems to be that \no man has. a right to luterfere with the liberty enjoyed by another, save so far as his own conscience and conscientious eon- dictions are likely to be affected there­ by.\ We must guard the point of yielding to another's conscience, for we may by obeying a man's false con­ science confirm his self-conceit, or es­ tablish a false morality. 30. \If I by grace.\ \If I partake with thankful­ ness.\— R. V. III. The correct rule of conduct (vs. 81-33). • i 31. \Eat or drink.\ The glory -of- God Is to be the end of alLour actions. In themselves eating and thinking are things indifferent, but there are cir­ cumstances in which they may be mat^_ ters of the highest importance. In. our own day, for instance, the question- of using or abstaining from Intoxicating liquors Is one which onght to be dealt with on the same principles which Paul has laid down In this chapter. Such a question should be decided on one ground alone, namely, whether by\ us­ ing them or abstaining from them we shall best promote the glory of God; \Do all.\ This requires that We should' plan and order our whole life In ac­ cordance with God's law. \Glory of God.\ To live to God's glory should be the high aim of every individual. This is a sufficient -rule to regulate every man's conscience and practice. , 82. <'Giv.e none ojtepse.\ See B. V. Though you may be iw> better or -worse for eating meat or not eating, yet if your conduct injures others and leads them Into Slu you should abstain en- 'tlrely. it-.is'far more important that your brother should not be\ led into sin than that you should partake of meat which yon acknowledge la In ItseTf of no importance. This la a general prln-' ciple which should regulate Christian conduct at all time. \Jews.\ The apostle ever avoided offense to his kinsmen after the flesh. \Gentiles.\ Crossing none of thetrprejudlcei where God's law does not require it . . _ S5. \Please all men.\\ He did thi« so far a* he could'righteously.\ \May :be saved.\ His main object was to seek the salvation of all men. This was <ihe end i n view. 8alratioa emi; ;ble« jnen-toAfi.t-.sald> their wn< way*, in order ,to*upUft another. Strife over non-es»entisi».' destroys-;rather\than; bul^»up^j*orkof.God. . - -..''iffife 't-' Japan's, purchsseii fjrom^the United? ^onnfeu ^©r*5r ,724 ,m^r-' God's Wonderful Works.—Psa, t 1-11. Thanksgiving Service.\ 40; It is eminently proper \tnat -oaoa u ,.year the 'entire nation - pub).lcly> nc- Irn 'nWletlafe^ tta-.obltgfttj[6tt.-j<>:» lt l^^'-!S'^: •and pralserhlnr fOR ^persenal-aud pub- ^Trrr-^^4.-_it;j =r ?^---jjrT.-ti'«i;'>' or,,*' *-«thahls£ HIcTft^»l|^7; ( '^fh^^and;. ?are closely' 'TOjatea\.'in'bbth\:language; and\morals.- Counting our\•- > will logicallyS'iekd^o?^ \Consider at-ftiis service:' - : _. Thanksgiving is as^old as the- race v .. -A..spesiai \Sine set apart tp publicly, give tbankB'\ is nearly as'~oldr \-Thr * Jewish nation 'had' Its feast, whicETyaii a close type an,a t iorerjunner or do? annual Thanksgiving-.\ 'tney.. Pilgrim .Fn_thers_ jnstltuted tho custom- -hero.^ During .th 'C 'jaayB \of the civil war it became a national custom. It is th,e universal \home day\ Jot scattered families. It has its origin in the nat­ ural gra.tlt.ude which one feels who thinks oMJbe wonderful works of God. It is the proper and appropriate ser­ vice of a rational creature in view ol the mercies of his Creator and Pro- • vlder. It has a special significance to the Christian in view of his per­ sonal salvation. Reasons for Thanksgiving. These are numerous and to most people ob­ vious. We are dapendept on God for our dally bread. The prosperity of the year and the bountiful crops of the fields lead to thankfulness. Tbe joys- of life, health, friends, and fam­ ily lead to gratitude. The spiritual blessings of the year have been numerous. To some who read these lines' the salvation of children land loved ones during the year are causes of'thanks. The revifal that has visit­ ed your church and League, the uplift that has come to you and yours, is a special cause of gratitude. To each and to all Thanksgiving comes with some special, reason for joy and glad­ ness. Write out a list of personal blessings this year, and you will be surprised at the number of them. Expression of Thanksgiving. This should be both with voice and life. David opened his mouth and -gave praise to God. So ought we t o do. -In -] the League service -and in the church prayer meeting let us this week praise God in song. In testimony, and In prayers of praise. Then let us live arthankfnl-tifc aa wolt as-talk thank a- I giving. Show mercy and help to some needy family. Give a special offering to soma worthy causes Express- In every possible way the gratitude of your heart for \God's wonderful works.\ It Is well to feel thankful; it is better to express our thanks fre­ quently and constantly CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR NOTES NOVEMBER TWENTY^SIXTH. shop the other day iooktaE-fo;ri|Qme- - thing to give a man.whq>;waajof ^.thB Just 'tnV^lhV^jp^^^jJli ^^t^B^ ,spot TEe w ifflfl'eAcost^ late station on theV 'Shij ^Js ;^^|^;Val)out- twenty-seven- mries^oiia^iBitotyi ;e, la British Ctentr ^^Jaa^^^a %UT^ carriers aM '^ox ^^^^^i ^.^i ^r ' loads of produce toPtne^S^Hfl^inar. kets have gone }n g^^'fefe ^'\o |,thelf lives. Native. oxen,\ r \c1i^iyV^ra^lng. loads of cotton Jt<ff\^«''l^Q3i ^f ^itti. cashlre have suffered ^^st^isaji- one transport company has'htd5aa ':m»oy as six cattle ldlle ^'lnyp ^^.si^lanlgat on the journev to Ba^y ^e|(r^^ even­ ing, just about du8k ,?a |TanKbet?bfcat.r tie at Katungas were ^Uw^'ipr^MLte- ty in a yard whiclr*id^b«^|^u)rrouha. ed by- high fences, |.JW^^-^ii ')niess set In it was founA-ttat^i^TOber of Hons were lurking,'''only ^'^w ^yai ^s away. Fears were/ 'ente^aisBii. lest the cattle might ^aWiatst*mp ^Te In­ to the crocodile infss^ftj^^ej^f^oia- lng, but by me \ans .pij ;4 ^M ?:*3ji 'sua shots at intervals theilon^/vrere^kept at a distance.—Londc^D&^Mail. Lost Her -Baby. Tfie sheep IF usually, set down for a model of stupidity, .but' a/ gentle­ man who has- just returno^ from a three years' trip in the Wpif^eUs the following story: \I was ^.^lorse- LnacTtL -A «Tfint purfr of thfl j \tj ,iijft and often visited large— sJieep'^irancbes. One day, while rldlnlf-kl6.nJirj;-*|mother Bfceep netted up.toinT^iorse-hleat- ing pitifully. At last I m'ad'e\put that there was something .wrong off, toward the lett.\ I followed the -steep-in that direction- and soon found,; the/ cause of her 'distress. Her;lsmbjhid fallen into a shallow piran'd'obuld not get ont. I lifted the little- thing-up, and the gratitude of the mother sheep's ^yes^wlll^always-ba ft n aolirgiL 0 f ^P - , solatlon to me.\ '• X--; •(% -?'•'• -' mm -fA/bimk p^e^depfc^centl^^dl^^i God,'« Wonderful-Works,—Ps. 40 (Thanksgiving Servlct.) - Onr trust h> God i s not complete until we cause others to trust, nor our praise until We -cause others— toH praise. A man i s blessed In proportion a? he does not trust in what is not trustworthy, and does trust in Him who Is worthy of confidence: Our blessings from God cannot be numbered, but God likes to have, us try to number them, and the' enum­ eration does UB good. God evidently delights to serve His children; shall- not His children de­ light to serve their God? Suggestions. Nothing that God does for us but is wonderful and the more we under­ stand it, the more wonderfu) it seems. _ - It is a man's duty to learn all he can about God's creation, becanaa thug he learns more about God. \ The worshipping spirit sees - God everywhere, and adores the Almighty in the gift of a slice of bread as- It It were a golden cfown. No thoughts of praise . are long without worda.of praise. Good Books. , Our societies have a mission in the -matter, of reading. In what better way can we influence lives than by setting oUf members to reading good books? Where a public library is accessible, appoint a .library committee whose member's will each week speak in the J society about some noble book'to be found in the library. Set up a liuII«H5 .Tjoara\ bn\\wHicn the good-literature committee will post notices of-.the brightest.' books and magazine articles accessible to •the Endeavorers. Where T there is no library, organize a nook club or society llbrary._ Ton could make no better beginning-than with noble biographies of Christian -heroes.. * . > ' ' Get the members of. the society .-to, . agree to rend an average of half an hour a day, and o«er a prlxe-.for 'theV best list\ of books so read, Ihl^the course.of a.-year. ,r \' .\- Call at some ..social for'lists - of books read during the 'year,-\elch; 8& deavpretjto : audc«,;«at •'ffie -iist \from. .memory.. Appoint a committee to fudge, ^which, iBJbest • ~\ ^d, £&to!how ?ti^ The \No-Hat* Fatf. A Sunday j>r two ago 1,-happened to traverse We miles of one of the main roads leading; ^put o* London, and was much Impressed by -the num­ ber of cyclists traveling- wiftrotrt^hatSr-- I was given to understand that- they are the visible result of the \no-hat\ movement\ As the day was dry and the dust was churned up in a suffocat­ ing cloud by an incessant procession of motor cycles, ordinary cycles and horse-Tehtcles, it struck me that the movementln question might equally well be called \the dirty-head move ,ment. By the time they had'done twenty miles on that-road these per­ sons heads must have been in a con­ dition to compete with the doormats In any railway 'station or public li­ brary!—London Truth. v Shjc* .iuTy.! the '*renoh-have es- j -tabllBhea\ » ^tesmhoat^js^rjiice from KulikOTo, in the western\ \Sudan to Timbucteep' - PASSING OF PORH,ltJCE. KtkM Way For th« B*tt«r 7o*d IHtttr XHHT. . _ of ''Porridge is no longer nsed for jreakfast in my home,\.writes a loyal 3rlton from Hnntsville, Ont. This was , tn admission of no small significance :o one \brought up\ o n the) time-hon- ired stand-by. \\ , \One month ago.\ she conOnnes.-\I sought a package of Grape-Nuts food 'or my husband, who\ hM Ween an in- ralMpfpr over a yam TtA>h«a paas«d\ nfougT^ 5 sever »7attacir ind la grippe comblned.^and was left 'JI a very bed condition!' when they_ sassedaway. 1 \I tried every.thlng./fo^^iiU ..benefit . but nothlnjl seemed \to'fqo; him «W•:. good. Mo^-foliow^^nfontn^and hf.-jf \itlll r*maifle^:a>^«k/^->v>R;iI iimost .&scouraW ?ot tb «'.<r$ii^M6 ^b ^^ien4t, b«l compensated tne^forniy ; .«n3di?ty;' - 7lr„ mXittk: *y>m *. 'It ^r-h'di-

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