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By RIPLEY D. SAUNDERS
Copyright. 1911. by the Bobbs-Mm
Shame of Lottie-May Doggett
and One Other.
rOLOXEL TODHUNTER. and
Mrs. Todhuuter were two of tbe
great throng that attended the
grand reception and ball given
by the Sons of Confederate Veterans
at the Nineveh hotel.
The hotel dining room, festooned In
bunting for the occasion, was doing
duty as a ballroom, the NImeveh brass
band was stationed upon a temporary
platform at one end, and the members
of the Xlneveh Light infantry, all Sons
of Veterans, were there in full uniform.
naif an hour after the ball began
Tom Strickland came to the colonel
with a troubled face.
"Colonel," he said, "that little Lottie
May Doggett is booked for a mighty
unpleasant experience la a few min
utes if somebody don't give her a
"What's the matter with Lottie-May
"Well, sir. it's pretty serious. There's
an ugly story about her that's got to
the ears of the ladies tonight, some
thing scandalous, in which the name of
the man doesn't seem to be known, and
I've just had a tip that she's going to
be asked to leave the ballroom. It'll
shame her beyoud redemption, sir."
"Do you know the story?"
"Only as it's being whispered around,
colonel, about some man being seen to
leave her house at hours of the ulght
or early morning that can't mean but
one thing, folks are claiming. I'm
afraid Lottie-May's in a bad tlx the
way things look."
"You ain't mixed up in this trouble
are you, Tom?"
Tom Strickland flushed. "If I was,
colonel." he replied. "I reckon I'd be
man enough to try and get Lottie-May
out of it myself without bothering any
body else. No, sir, I ain't mixed up in
it But. good Lord, colonel, 1 went to
school with Lottie-May when she
wasn't knee high to a duck, and I
swear I'd hate to see her publicly dis
graced. And you know and I know
It would hurt old Rafe Doggett so. It
would break his heart, sir."
Colonel Todhuuter made no reply.
"1 thought, maybe, if you could get
tbe chance, colonel," resumed Tom anx
iously, "that you might tell her and so
make It possible for her to slip away
before tbe Indies can do what they're
threatening to do, sir. She'll take It
from you. knowing that her grandfa
ther was in your old regiment and that
you're telling her for her own good,
where she might flare up and kick over
the traces tt anybody else hinted at
such a thing. Don't you think you
could work it, colonel?"
"If I do, Tom," replied Colonel Tod
hunter, "it'll be for old Rafe Doggetfa
sake. He's too good a man to be
brought face to face with shame in his
old age. Yes. I'll try to do It. Tom.
But I'd like to wring the neck of tbe
young rascal that's got old Rafe's
granddaughter in such a mess, sub."
In accordance with this promise Colo
nel Todhuuter found opportunity to
speak with Lottie-May Doggett. Very
frankly he told her of tbe danger in
which she stood. The girl, vitally beau
tiful, apparently as conscienceless as
some wild thing of the woods, flashed
her hot resentment of his words.
"I .ain't thankin' you for what you've
just said, Colonel Todhunter," she
criod. "It strikes me you're in mighty
small business to come to me with this
"I reckon I am, Lottie-May," agreed
Colonel Todhunter in all honesty. "But
I wanted to save you and your old
grandfather from shame, and that's
why I done it."
The girl's bosom was heaving with
passionate auger. "I'd just like to
know who it was that got you to
come and speak to me about it!" she
exclaimed. "Who was it. Colonel Tod
hunter? Was it one of them ladles
what thinks I ain't good enough now
to associate with their daughters? I've
got the right to ask you this, and I do
ask it. Who sent you here. Colonel
"It wasn't none of the ladies. Lottie
May," Colonel Todhunter made answer
without tbe slightest hesitation. "It
was Tom Strickland. He heard what
was goln' on. and he felt sorry for
you, the little girl he wont to school
with when ho was a boy. And it
wa'n't meddlin' on his pnrt, either. It
was plumb good heartedness."
The girl shivered as If she had boon
struck. "Tom Strickland!" she re
pented, almost as if speaking to her
self. "Tom Strlckland-of all men!
He's makln' love to Miss Mary Tod
hunter, your own daughter. And he
knows that I'd lay down and die for
him any day be give tho word. And
It's Mrs. Todhunter that's been told of
all this talk about me, and that's goln
to shame me here beforo all Nineveh!
Ob, but It's a line game you all are
playin' to get me where I can't do no
i i urn
I Jrm i
ff'? "U ''V
harm tTToih 'StrlcEland oT'Eo'your
daughter Mary, his sweetheart!"
She stood rigid, her hands clinched.
Then swiftly she spoke again. "They
shan't ruin me this way!" she cried.
"Neither Tom Strickland nor Miss
Mary Todhunter nor Mrs. Todhunter,
nor you, neither! I'll bring you all to
law. I'll make Tom Strickland come
in for his share of my trouble. Since
him and his sweetheart nud his sweet
heart's mother have set the ball a roll
in', he's got to face the music along
"What do you mean?" exclaimed
All color had gone out of the girl's
face as she spoke.
"I'll show you what I mean!" she
half whispered, her fingers fluttering
at her throat. "I'll show you! I ain't
a good girl no more. Colonel Todhuu
ter. I ain't fitten to breathe the same
air with your daughter Mary. Tom
Strickland and the rest of 'em's mighty
anxious to get me out of the way. I'm
a-goln', too. But not till I've said my
little say to Mrs. Todhunter. sir. Not
till then not even if judgment day and
hell itself come to me the next min
"Stop that. Lottie-May!" cried Colo
nel Todhunter sternly. "You can't talk
that way without reason and you ain't
got no reason to say what you've Just
said about Tom Strickland!"
Tor a reply the girl laughed In his
face and the next Instant she bad
darted past him.
Her head high, her eyes flashing, her
little hands clinched at her side, her
frame all a-qulvcr with excitement.
Lottie-May sped ominously to where
Mrs. Todhunter stood with a group of
other Nineveh ladies. Mary Todhunter
standing close behind her mother.
"Mrs. Todhunter." said the outcast
girl, her eyes defiantly holding those
of the person whom she addressed. "I
understand that you want me to leave
this party because you think I ain't
fitten to be here that I'm a bad wom
an. Ain't that so, ma'am?"
Mrs. Todhunter was at first shocked
into shrinking from the girl. Then she
looked at her pityingly.
"Lottie-May." she replied, with a
frank dignity, "I'm sorry you've made
such a scene. It Is true that we think
you should not be here. But I was go
ing to tell you this privately, to spare
you ns much as posslble"-
"Xo, you wa'n't!" Interrupted the
girl passionately. "You was n-goln' to
put all the shame on me you could!
But I'll say my say before you do it.
Mrs. Todhunter. And I ain't denyln'
anything, either, nor 1 aiu't a-beggin'
any of you for mercy. You're goln' to
make me pay for my "sin. ain't you
me. the sinful daughter of a sinful
mother? But why don't you make the
man pay at tho same time, Mrs. Tod
hunter? That's what I'm asking you.
Why don't you make the man pav.
A dead silence followed these words.
"Maybe you don't know who the
man Is?" Inquired the girl. "Maybe
you can't name him? Maybe that's
the reason you ain't doln' nor saylu'
nothln' against him?"
There was no reply.
"Then Til tell you who he Is!" cried
the girl. And at this her voice broke
and her fingers again went fluttering
to her throat. "I'll tell you bis name!
It's Tom Strickland, tho man that
wants to marry your daughter. Miss
Mary Todhunter. ma'am It's Tom
Strickland, that'll who it Is!"
A piteous llttlo cry came from Mary
lodhunfer. Lottie-May Doggett heard
It and laughed
"Now you've got It good and plenty
both of you more'n you bargained
for!" she cried tauntingly. Already she
had moved toward the nearest door.
Iler reckless eyes were fall of scorn
"Make the man pay, too!" she flung
bnck at the group of which now a
mother and her downward swaying
daughter were the central figures.
"Make Tom Strickland pay along
The next moment she was gone.
Colonel Todhunter saw Tom Strick
land spring to Mary's side, catch her
In his arms, and, thus holding her, face
tbe group of women who had fallen
ack from him.
The next moment Mrs. lodlwnter
had passed her own arms arauiid tbe
girl, letting ber sink into a chair that
had been brought The mother's face
was stern in condemnation.
"For shame!" she said to Tom. "You
i are not tit to touch tier. For shame,
j Tom Strickland's face grew white.
Ills eyes, that bad met those of Mary
In mute entreaty, held Mrs. Todhunt
er's lndignautly. For an Instant be
seemed about to speak. But the elder
lady bent above her daughter, obvious
ly ignoring him. Tbe widening group
of women looked at him with accusing
eyes. Lottie-May Doggett's dreadful
charge seemed still ringing lu the air.
Apparently bewildered, Tom Strick
land turned away, his helpless glance
resting for a breath of time on Mary's
face. Tbe shock and shame of what
the girl had Just heard were shown in
the look that met his. Then she avert
ed her gaze and Tom Strickland left
her side, the women whispering behind
him. lie came direct to Colonel Tod
hunter. "I must see you, colonel," he mutter
ed brokenly. "You beard everything.
The colonel nodded, studying the
speaker closely as they moved away.
"What Is it, Tom?" he asked. "What
can I do for you ?"
Tom Strickland laughed bitterly.
"Nothing." he replied. "But I must tell
you the only thing I can do for myself.
I've got to see Stamford Tucker and
choke the truth mjt of him!"
"What do you mean?"
"I mean that he's got to tell the truth
and face this scandal in my place. lie
is tbe one that's responsible, not I.
God only knows what possessed Lottie
May Doggett to lay her disgrace at my
Colonel Todhunter drew a quick sigh
of relief. "If that's the truth, Tom.
you're all right, and I must say I'm
glad to hear It, because the case looks
mighty ugly for you otherwise. I'll
have to speak plnlnly, Tom, as Mary's
father. If you've got the proofs that'll
call Stam Tucker to time produce 'em
The younger man looked tbe speaker
In the face, n white hot anger in his
eyes Then suddenly doubt and some
thing of dismay took the place of rage.
At last he laughed mockingly, as if ut
"1 haven't got a shred of proof." he
said, "unless my own conviction, from
what Lottie-May herself has told me.
can giveea hold on Stam Tucker that'll
make blm toe the murk. I've got tbe
girl's word that Stam Tucker made
love to ber and that she met him in
"And Lottie-May has Just publicly
accused you." commented Colonel Tod
hunter, a curious expression in his eyes
as they rested upou Tom Strickland's
pale face. "That's mighty poor evi
dence. Tom. The girl bas made It
worthless in advance. Nobody on earth
would believe you."
Tom Strickland lifted one clinched
band and smote it savagely Into the
open palm of the other
"Nobody but Ntnrn Tucker!" berried
"Ile'll know it's the truth and he'll
know that Lottie May tolrl me because
he was tryiiitt to mukr iiih Ins rival
Anil lie'" got to itui !'!-. IIimI it's I be
truth-hy (Sod. I'M kill Mm if he l"ti t "
"Stop right IIihii
inn kin the it-.".:i
'I i-l r !-
i IIU ' on -
i; i l,itil-"fl
that's p'Mp lili- kii -il
man lu your fix. sntr
"root or tii. Ii'oi i
land, "l'lti mil cimiu
lay at my door when
Ml .Mil In
i lu- irut'ty
man. mid know, decides,
uslt nothini: lu'tliv n f-v
Colonel Todliunter's fa. e
rUht. then."' he spoke,
me what 1 wauled to
"And II lelh.
Sim, I'm goln' to nk you If you cau l
contrive some pluu that'll take Stum
Tucker uway from Nineveh and seep
him away for a few days ut least. If
we can do that, Sim, we may be able
to prevent the trouble altogether."
Sim Birdsong looked tit the speaker
with something of helpless bewilder
ment In his honest eyes. Then, sin)
denly. his face brightened.
"I-crackey. I've got It!" be exclaim
ed. "Some of tbe boys was arrangin
this very night for a tishln" frolic down
on Black Bottoms lake, and they plan
ned to start before sunrise day after
tomorrow. I'll make 'em count Stam
Tucker In on the deal, and I'll go out
to tho Tuckers' and give him their In
vitation myself tomorrow and see that
bo consents to go. Then, colonel, all
we've "got "lodo1s Just "keep him and
Tom apart for one day and night and
we've turned the trick I"
"Bully for you, Sim!" approved the
colonel. "It begins to look like we can
see this thing through to a sensible
finish, and thnt's a blamed sight more
than It looked like to me a few minutes
ago, I can tell you!"
I'o m Continued.)
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"WOE" TO YOU RICH"
"BLESSED YE POOR"
Hi9 Philosophy of These, the
Master's Words, Is Shown
by Pastor Russell.
Are the Woet and the Blessings Pres
ent or Future? God Is Very Rich.
Many of God'e Servants In the Paat
Were Rich Why Classify at All?
Why Contrast Rich and Poor? What
Blessings Have the Poor? Riches of
Wealth, Riehes of Honor, Riches of
Education, Do These AH Bring Woes?
Poverty of Education and Earthly
Goods and Earthly Fame, Do These
All Insure Blessings?
Axueville. X. C.
July 20. A large
tion of tbe Inter
Sri' dents Associ
ation Is being
held here, with
students of nil
and giving every
evidence of growth
in grace and
knowledge of the
Scriptures. T h e
program calls for four discourses daily
for eight days. Amongst the speakers
are some noted Bible students. Pastor
Russell was one of the speakers of to
day. We report his address, from the
text, "Woe unto you that are rich! for
ye have received your consolation.
And He lifted up His eyes on His dis
ciples, and suld. Blessed he ye poor:
for yours Is the Kingdom of God."
Luke 0:21, 20.
Think not. my dear brethren, said the
Pastor, that my address Is Intended to
stir up class animosity. The tribula
tions and disappointments of life come,
not through heeding the Divine Mes
sage, but through neglecting it. Al
though not rich myself. I can sympa
thize with the rich in their position, as
well as with the poor in theirs. (!od,
Himself very rich, is able to sympa
thize with both the poor and the rich;
so is the Savior, who, being rich, for
our sakes became poor, that we
through His poverty might become
rich in the truest sense of that word.
Some of God's faithful servants in
the past were very rich Abraham, for
Instance. Nevertheless, the Lord fore
warned us that not many rich, great,
learned, or mighty would receive the
highest blessing promised during this
Age. On the contrary, recipients of
the greatest favor will be chiefly the
poor of this world, rich in faith. These
will be heirs of the Kingdom.
The Master evidently Intended to in
clude riches of every kind learning,
influence, honor of men, etc., as well
us tlnanclal wealth. This view broad
ens the text to signify that all who
now possess greiit privileges and bless
ings above the average of mankind
will, by these blessings, be more or
less hindered from obtaining the best
things of God's favor, and more or less
subject to woes.
We are not to take the views of the
darker days, and to suppose that the
Master meant that the rich at death
would be thrown Into everlasting tor
ture. The woes of the Bible, on the
contrary, apply to tbe present life.
The rich, the influential, the learned,
the great, addressed by the Master In
the words of our text, were living in
the close of the Jewish Age. but re
alized it not. And we might have no
occasion whatever to apply our text to
day, but might consider it ns already
fulfilled In the past, except for the fart
that the Jewish nation and its expe
riences at that time typilled the Gos
pel Church and the experiences of
Christendom in our day.
Wrath to the Uttermost Upon the
St. Paul, referring to the same woes
which Jesus predicted, hut living near
the close of the Jewish Ago, when the
woes were being poured out, declared,
Wrath has come upon this people to
the uttermost that all things written
In the Law and the Prophets concern
ing them should 1m? fulfilled. (I Thes
salonlans 2:1(1.) If all the woes pur
posed of God upon tho Israelites in the
conclusion of their Age were fulfilled,
as St. Taul declares, then none of those
woes belong to the future.
That' woes and tribulations are asso
ciated with the present life, for both
the rich and tho poor Is undebntable.
All acknowledge these woes. But the
most terrible forebodings are associated
with Imaginary woes of the future life
-quite contrary to the Scripture teach
thgs. If we must speak of tribula
tions In the present life. In order to bo
faithful to our commission, we are
glad to be able to set aside nnd nullify
the nightmare of the Dark Ages re
specting eternal torment for any.
The Jews, whom Jesus addressed,
lie declared "knew not the time of
their visitation." They realized not
that they were living In the end of
their Age, nnd that a great settlement
of matters was pbout to take place.
Similarly, we are now living In the end
of this Gospel Age-another great set
tlement day In the Mvlne arrange-
! ment. The Intellectually, politically,
socially nnd financially rich at that
time, addressed by our Lord, were very
, self sntlsfled. very prosperous, and
! looked for the Messianic Kingdom lu
an opposite direction from that which
1 Jesus taught. So today, the intellee
tual and the rich In various ways are
satisfied as never before, nnd merely
wishing 'that nothing might disturb
their wonderful progress for the future,
and these are looking for their bless
ings and prosperity lu a direction the
reverse of that indicated by the Word
Jesus prophetically foreknew and
foretold the crisis of the Jewish nation.
His Message gathered out of that na
tion the "Israelites indeed, m whom
was no guile." Then the in Jon was
given over to itself. The Divine Hand
which had guided It safely iii the past
let go the rudder; and human passion
accomplished the wreck In the anarchy
which overthrew the nation In A. D.
70. Similarly, we may understand that
now has come the Harvest of this
Gospel Ace: that now God Is gathering
His Elect; and that ns soon as this
work shall have been accomplished, the
Almighty's Hand which has held In
rheck the powers of human passion un
til now, will release its hold.
Then mankind, left to themselves.
will wreck their present civilization.
As the rich of Jesus' day suffered most
keenly in their time of trouble, so the
rich will suffer most keenly in the time
of trouble now near. Thank God. how
ever, that these woes, both upon the
Jews and upon Christendom today, are
not woes of eternal torment!
Compensations In Nature.
Who has not been struck with Na
ture's compensations? The rich, the
learned, the favored, have trials and
difficulties, perplexities, cares, doubts
and fears, which the poor, the unlearn
ed, know nothing about. The clerk,
the mechanic and the laborer may fin
ish their toil under certain hours and
be care free, while the employer often
faces perplexing problems which hin
der sleep and undermine health.
In matters of grace the some rule to
some extent, prevails. The rich have
lore on which to set their hearts,
more to occupy their time, more to cul
tivate self-will, more opportunity for
self-gratification, more riches for which
to be responsible, more education bv
which, under present conditions, errors
are more likely to be gained than truth.
The rich in Influence have more to di
vert them and to cultivate their pride.
The naturally noble, contrasting them
selves with their Inferior neighbors,
are Inclined to resent tho Idea that
they are sinners, and ns much depend
ent upon the Lord's grace as the hum
blest and the meanest of their fellows.
No Partiality With God.
We are not to understand that God
Is partial to the poor, the mean, the
Illiterate, the Ignoble. The Scriptures
assure us that God Is Impartial. All
other conditions being equnl. riches,
honor, nobility of character, would
make the possessors more esteemed In
(Sod's sight. But other conditions aro
not equal. During this Age God is
choosing a special class. He puts
faith first, then meekness, gentleness,
patience, brotherly kindness and love,
In their order.
Apparently the life experiences of
the poor and ignoble are as favorable,
or more so, than the conditions of the
rich and the talented. All of their ex
periences tend to develop faith, while
those of the rich tend rather to de
velop self-reliance, self-assurance. The
experiences of the poor and Ignorant
tend to develop meekness, teachable
ness, whereas the experiences of tho
learned tend naturally toward self-conceit.
The experiences of the great in
dealing with subordinates tend to be
get arrogance and self-assurance;
whereas if they become disciples of
Christ, those qualities are serious hand
icaps and interferences. Thus we see
why not many rich, wise, great and
noble are amongst thoso upon whom
the Gospel Message tnkes serious ef
fect. Not only have the poor many
advantages in respect to hearing and
obtaining the Gospel Message; but
their being more numerous than tbe
rich would be another reason why they
would predominate among the Lord's
Not All Poor Are Blessed.
Our text, however, does not refer to
poor people in general, but to n special
class of poor. "Blessed be ye poor:
for yours Is the Kingdom of God."
Some poor, instead of being drawn to
God by their poverty, cultivate a spir
it of anger, malice, hatred, strife, and
are thus not only embittered in spirit,
but have their faces turned in the op
posite direction from the one In which
Coil's blessings come. Alas, how true
this Is today!
The class described by Jesus as "ye
poor" is composed of those who are
hungering after righteousness, and
who have npproached the Fountain of
Blessing, the Almighty, and hnve been
received as children of God. The poor
include all of God's people, whether
or not poor as respects earthly goods,
earthly honor, fame, etc. Whatever
earthly blessings they may have had,
they gave up, sacrificed, that they
might thereby become heirs of God,
Joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Of the
Redeemer it is written, "He was rich,
yet for your sakes He became poor."
As the Master made a full surrender
of His will and talents, and all, so also
must all who, hearing the Master's
voice, become His disciples, or foot
step followers.-2 Cor. 8:0; Matt. 10:2-1.
This does not mean that the Lord's
people must of necessity throw away
or give away their property and be
come penniless. It does mean, how
ever, that whatever property they once
called their own. by the terms of their
consecration became' the Lord's prop
erty, and they merely Ills stewards in
the administration of thnt property
and the use of It In harmony with tbe
Neither does this mean that, If they
had riches of learning, they must Ig
nore their knowledge, nnd speak and
act Ignorant ly. It mentis, however,
. that their leamlnir is no Ionizer theirs.
I hut the Lord's. It Is no longer to be
! nsed for self gratification, self-honor,
self praise, but to be used in tbe serv
ice of their Redeemer, to show fortS
His praises, no matter how unpopulai
Ills cause In the sight of men no mat
ter how fwlish it may cause them ta
appear in the eyes of those who mto
blinded to the Lord's arrangements. .
This poverty and sacrifice does not
nieau the giving up of noble senti
ments aud high Ideals; but It means
the bringing of these ideals, etc., into
the Lord's service, for the su;,ort and
advancement of His Message of Truth,
for the blessing of mankind along the
lines which His Word Indicates.
This sacrifice, or surrender, does not
mean that honor of men will be dlsea
teeinod thereafter; for It will always
be true that "u good name Is rather to
be chosen than great riches." It means
that worldly reputation will be held
secondary to the Lord, the Truth, and
service for the Lord's cause, so that
whatever honor of men they may pos
sess will lie turned ns wisely and as
prudently as possible into the channels
which will glorify the Lord and honor
His Message, regardless of the fact
that so using It will gradually consume
It; for the world knows not the follow
ers of Jesus, even as It knew Him not.
and appreciates not the true honor
which coineth from Above, but merely
the honor which Is of men.
Worldly Wisdom Vs. Heavenly Wis
dom. The Scriptures distinctly point out
that there are two kinds of wisdom,
radically opposed to each other the
earthly wisdom and tho Heavenly Wis
dom. The wisdom of this world is
foolishness with God, and the Wisdom
of God Is foolishness with this world.
This means that there are two differ
ent ways of viewing nearly everything.
The world's viewpoint Ignores tho fu
ture beyond the grave, lives for the
present, thinks for the present, strives
for the present. The Heavenly Wis
dom looks chiefly beyond the grave,
for that eternal condition which God
declares may be attained by all obe
dient to Him. Frouw this viewpoint
the things of the present are tempo
rary, transitory, fickle, uncertain, in
comparison with the future blessings.
St. Paul declares of these thnt they are
not worthy to lie compared with the
future glory to be revealed In the
Lord's people.-Romans 8:1S.
Those who follow the earthly wis
dom are subject to the frailties and
Imperfect Ions of the human mind with
which they were born-born in sin,
misshapen in iniquity. "In sin did my
mother conceive me." More than this.
they are to a large degree susceptible
to the evil influence of Satan and tho
fallen nugels, and tbe "doctrines of
demons" with which these seek to en
snare and mislead all who have not
put themselves under Divine protec
tion by lM'conilng disciples of Jesus.
This Includes the grent majority of
humanity, of whom the Apostle de
clares that the god of this world bath
blinded the minds of all those who be
lieve not, lest the glorious light of
God's goodness, shining In the face of
Jesus Christ, should shine into their
henrts.-2 Corinthians 4:4.
Of these again the Scriptures de
clare. "The whole world lleth in the
Wicked One." Not intentionally and
knowingly, but Igorantly, through de
pravity and deception, they nre servants
of sin. Their only hope lies In the
promise of God that eventually the
time will come when Messiah shall
take Ills great power, exult His
Church, and institute a rule of right
eousness in the world, which will bind
Satan and break the shackles of igno
rance and superstition, and bring In a
clear knowledge of (Sod and the Truth.
Meantime, many in the world are
considerably swayed by the spirit of
Satan anger, malice, hatred, envy,
strife. When circumstances are favora
ble, these evil qualities are not brought
Into activity; but under other circum
stances, no evil work Is too vile, if It
will minister to their selfish propensi
ties. Thus today we see people not
naturally bad. In the sense of prefer
ring evil to good, but deluded and with
out Divine guidance, and thus ready to
do anything and everything, under
stress of necessity, for the mainte
nance of the present order of things.
Not knowing of (Sod's Plan, and not
having the Wisdom from on High, they
ure not waiting for Messiah's King
dom, but are bent upon attaining their
own ends, In harmony with their own
According to the Bible testimony,
these ure the ones who nre about to
bring upon tbe world tbe great time of
trouble, the like of which never was
since there was a nation. (Daniel 12:1.
In that great time of trouble the world
ly rich will have fulfilled upon them
our Lord's words In our text, in accord
also with the words of St. James, "Go
to now, ye rich men, weep and howl
for your miseries that shall come upon
you." (James 5:1.) Miseries will also
come upon the poor, but will be felt
especially by the rich, because of the
wealth, luxury and comfort previously
enjoyed by them.
On the contrary, the poor in spirit
those who bavo given their little all to
the IiOrd, and hnve nothlug to lose fur
thercan look with equanimity upon
any experience which may come to
them. Having nothing of their own,
they an lose nothing. "Blessed be ye
poor: for yours is the Kingdom of
God," aud as Inheritors of thnt promise
they are rich with the wealth which
moth nor rust cannot corrupt, and
which thieves cannot destroy or steal.
The wholo matter, then, is one of
wisdom. Shall we give our affairs into
the hands of the Lord, nnd allow Illtu
to work out our best Interests for us
and to give us His very best blessing?
Or shall we seek to hold control of our
selves and of our own wills, and thus
miss the greatest blessing that God has
to give, and obtain the Inferior one?
Or by wilfully choosing sin, shall we
deliberately reject everlasting life, and
come under the penalty of the Becoaid
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