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The Bow of Orange Ribbon
Author of "Friend Olivia..” ‘*1, Thou end the Other One,” Eto.
Copyright, 1S86, by Dodd, Mead and Company.
CHAPTER VII.—(Continued.)
Now. here was the real Katherine.
Her very presence, her smiles, her
liars, her words, would be a consola
tion so far beyond all hope, that the
girl by her side seemed a kind of
miracle to her.
She was far more than a miracle to
Hyde. As the door opened, he slowly
turned his head. When he saw who
was really there, he uttered a low cry
of Joy,—a cry pitiful in its shrill weak
ness. In a moment Katherine was
dose to his side. She kissed his hands
and face, and whispered on his lips
the sweetest words of love and fidelity.
Hyde was in a rapture. He lay still,
Bpeechlcss, motionless, watching and
listening to her.
Hyde could speak little, but there
was no need of speech. Had he not
nearly died for her? Was not his very
helplessness a plea beyond the power
of words. And so quickly, so quick
ly, went the happy moments! Ere
Katherine had half said, “I love thee,”
Mrs. Gordon reminded her that it was
near the noon.
“Then we must part, my Katherine,
for a little. When will you come
This was a painful question, because
Katherine felt, that, however she
might excuse herself for the unfore
seen stress of pity that all unaware
had hurried her into this interview,
she knew she could not find the same
apology for one deliberate and pre
“Only once more,” Hyde pleaded. “I
had, iny Katherine, so many things to
f ay to you. In my joy. I forgot all.
Come but once more. Upon my honor,
I promise to ask Katherine \ an
Heemskirk only this once. To-mor
row? ‘No.’ Two days hence, then?"
“Two days hence I will come again.
Then r.o more.”
He smiled at her, and put out his
hands; and she knelt again by his side,
and kissed her “farewell” on his lips.
And, as she put on again her cloak
and veil, he drew a small volume to
wards him, and with trembling hands
tore out of it a scrap of paper, and
gave it to her.
Under the lilac hedge that night she
read it, read it over and over,—the bit
of paper made almost warm and sen
tient by Phoedria’s tender petition to
his beloved:
“When you are in company with
that other man, behave as if you were
absent; but continue to love me by day
nr.d by night; want me, dream of me,
expect me, think of me, wish for me,
delight in me. be wholly with me:
ir. short, be my very soul, as I am
“The Silver Link, the Silken Tie.”
If Kataorir.e had lived at this day,
she would probably have spent the
time between her promise and its ful
llment in self-analysis and introspec
tive reasoning with her own con
science. But the women of a century
!go were not tossed with winds of var
ious opinions, or made foolishly sub
tile by arguments about principles
which ought never to be associated
with dissent. A few strong, plain
dictates had been set before Katherine
as the law of her daily life; and she
knew, beyoud all controversy, when
she disobeyed them.
In her own heart, she called the sin
she had determined to commit by its
most unequivocal name. “I shall make
happy Richard; but my father I shall
deceive and disobey, and against my
own soul there will be the lie.” This
was the positon she admitted, but
every woman is Eve in some hour of
her life. The law of trutn and wisdom
may be in her ears, but the apple of de
light hangs within her reach; and,
with a full understanding of the conse
quences of disobedience, she takes the
forbidden pleasure.
There arc women who prefer secrecy
to honest, and sin to truthfulness; but
Katherine was not one of them. If it
had been possible to see her lover
honorably, she would have much pre
ferred it, but she knew well the storm
of reproach and disapproval which
would answer any such request; and
her thoughts were all bent toward de
vising some plan which would enable
ter to leave home early on that morn
hg which she had promised her lover.
But all her little arrangements fail
ed; and It was almost at. the last hour,
of the evening previous, that circum
stances offered her a reasonable ex
cuse. It came through Eataviii3, who
returned home tator than usual, bring
ing with him a great many patterns of
damask and figured cloth and stamped
leather. At once he announced his
Intention of staying at home the next
morning in order to have Joanna's
aid in selecting the coverings for their
new chairs, and counting up th«Ir cost.
He had taken the strips out of hi3
pocket with an air of importance and
complaisance; am. Katherine, glanc
ing from them to her mother, thought
she perceived a fleeting shadow of a
feeling very much akin to her own
contempt of the man’s pronounced self
satisfaction. So when supper was
over, and the house duties done, she
determined to speak to her. Joris was
at a town meeting, and Lysbet did not
Interfere with the lovers. Katherine
found her standing at an open window,
looking thoughtfully into the autumn
“Mijn moeder.”
"Mijn kind.”
"Let me go away with Bram In the
morning:. Batavius I cannot bear.
About every chair cover he will call in
the whole house. Moeder, you know
how it will be. To-morrow 1 raunot
bear him. Very near quarrelling have
we been for a week.”
"I know, Katherine. I know. Leave,
then, with Bram. and go first to Mar
garet Pitt’a, and ask her if the new
winter fashions will arrive from Ijon
don this month. And look now', Kath
erine, peace is the best thing; and to
his own house Batavius will go in a
few weeks.”
“Mijn Moeder, sad and* troubled are
thy looks. Whrt is thy sorrow?’
"For thee my heart aches often—
mine and thy good father’s, too. Dost
thou not suffer? Can thy mother be
blind? Nothing hast thou eaten late
ly. Joanna says thou art restless all
the night long. Thou art fo changed
then, that wert ever such a happy
little one. Hard is thy mother's lot.
The dear children I nursed on my
breast, they go here and they go
there, with this strange one and that
strange one. Last night, ere to our
sleep we went, thy father read to me
some words of the loving, mother-like
Jacob. They are true words. Every
good mother has said them, at the
grave' or at the bridal, "If I am be
reaved of my childrep, 1 am bereaved.”
There was a sad pathos in the
homely old words as they dropped
slowly from I.ysbet’s lips. Many a
year r.fterward Katherine remember
ed the hour and the words, especially
in the gray glooms of late October
The next morning was one of per
fect beauty, and Katherine awoke
with a feeling of Joyful expectation.
She paid a very short visit to the
niantuamaker, and then went to Mrs.
A ci-ach was in waiting, and in a
few minutes they stood together at
Hyde's door. There was a sound of
voices v.ithin; and, when they enter
ed, Katherine saw, with a pang of
disappointment, a fine, soldierly look
ing man in lull uniform sitting by
Richard's side. But Richard appeared
to be in no way annoyed by his com
pany. He was looking much better,
and wore a chamber gown of maroon
satin, with deep laces showing at the
wrists and bosom.
With an air that plainly said, “This
is the maiden for whom I have fought
and suffered; is she not worthy of my
devotion?” he introduced her to his
friend, Capt. Earle. But, even as
they spoke, Earle joined Mrs. Gor
don, at a call rrom her; and Katner
ine noticed that a door near which
they stood was open, and that they
went into the room to which it led,
and that other voices then blended
with theirs. But these things were as
nothing. She was with her lover,
alone for a moment with him; and
Richard had never before seemed to
her half so dear or half so fascinat
“My Katharine," he said, “I have
one tormenting thought. Night and
day it consumes me like a fever. I
hear that Neil Semple is well. They
will make you marry him, my dar
“No; that they can never do.”
“But I suffer in the fear. I sufTer
a thousand deaths. If you were only
my wife, Katherine!”
“Oh, my love, my love!”
“See how I tremble, Katherine.
Life scarcely cares to inhabit a body
so weak. If you refuse me I will let it
go. If you refuse me, I shall know
that in your heart you expect to
marry Neil Semple—the savage who
has made mo suffer unspeakable
“Never will I marry him, Richard,
never, never. My word is true. You
only I will marry.”
“Then now, now, Katherine. Here
Is the ring. Here Is the. special
license from the governor; my aunt
has made him to understand all. The
clergyman and the witnesses are
waiting. Now, Katherine? Now,
She rose, and stood white and
trembling by his side—speechless,
also. To her father and her mother
her thoughts fled in a kind of loving
terror. But how could she resist the
pleading of one whom she so tenderly
loved, and to whom, in her maiden
simplicity, she imagined herself to be
so deeply bounden? And when Rich
ard ceased to speak, and only be
sought her with the unanswerable
pathos of his evident suffering for her
sake, she felt the argument to be irre
“Well, my Katherine, will you pity
me so far?”
“All you ask, my loved one, I will
“Angel of goodness! Now?”
“At your wish, Richard.”
He took her hand in a passion of
joy and gratitude, and touched a small
bell. Immediately there was a sudden
silence, and then a sudden movement
in the adjoining room. The next
moment a clergyman in canonical
dress came toward them. By his side
was Col. Gordon, and Mrs. Gordon
and Capt. Earle followed. The cere
mony was full of solemnity, and of
that deepest joy which dims the eyes
with tears, even while it wreathes the
lips with smiles. Bering it, Katherine
knelt by Richard's side; and every
eye was fixed upon him, for he was
almost fainting wit i the fatigue of
his emotions; and it was with list re
ceding consciousness that he whis
pered rapturously at its close, "My
wife, rny wife!"
Throughout the sleep of exhaustion
which followed, she sat watching him.
The baud of goid about her finger fas
cinated her. She was now reslly
Richard's wife; and the first sensation
of such a mighty change was. in her
pure soul, one of infinite and reverent
love. When Richard awoke, he was
refreshed and supremely happy.
The coach was waiting; and, with
out delay, Katherine returned with
Mr s. Gordon to her lodgings, and then
As time went on, without being
watched. Katherine felt herself to be
under a certain amount of restraint.
If she proposed a walk into the city,
Joanna or madam was sure to have
the same desire. She was not for
bidden to visit Mrs. Gordon, but
events were so arranged as to
make the visit almost impossible;
and only once, during the month
after her marriage, had she had an
interview with here husband. For
even Hyde’s impatience had recogniz
ed the absolute necessity of circum
The marriage license had been ob
tained from the governor, but extra
ordinary influence had been used to
procure it. Katherine was under age,
and yet subject to her father's author
ity. In spite of book and priest and
ring, he could retain his child for at
least three years; and three years.
Hyde—in talking wdth his aunt
called "an eternity of doubt and des
pair.” Fortunately Joanna's wedding
day was drawing mar, and it absorb
ed what attention the general public
had for the Van Heemskirk family.
For it was a certain thing, develop
ing into feasting and dancing; and it
quite put out of consideration sus
picions which resulted in nothing,
when people examined them In the
clear atmosphere of Katherine’s
In the middle of the afternoon of
the day before the marriage, there
was the loud rat-tat-tat of the brass
knocker, announcing a visitor. It was
Mrs. Gordon, and she nooded and
laughed in a triumphant . way that
very quickly brought Katherine to her
side. "My dear, I kiss you. You are
the top beauty of my whole acquaint
ance.” Then, in a whisper, “Richard
sends his devotion. And put your
hand in my muff; there is a letter.
And pray give me joy; I have just
secured an invitation. I asked tho
councillor and madam point blank for
it Faith, I think I am a little of a
favorite with them! How is the
young Bruce? My dear, if you don't
make him suffer, I shall never forgive
you. Alternate doses of hope and
despair, that would be my prescrip
Katherine shook her head.
“On my wedding day, as I left Rich
ard, this he said to me, ‘My honor,
Katherine, is now' in your keeping.’
By the lifting of one eyelash, 1 will
not stain It.”
“My dear, you are perfectly charm
ing. You always convince me that I
am a better woman than I imagine
myself. I shall go straight to Dick,
and tell him how exactly proper you
are. Really, you have more perfec
tions than any one woman has a right
"To-morrow, if I have a letter ready,
you will take It?”
“I will run the risk, child. Now,
adieu. Return to your evergreens
and ribbons.” And so, lightly' hum
ming Katherine’s favorite song, sho
left the busy house.
Before daylight the next morning,
Batavius had every one at his post.
The ceremony was to be performed in
the Middle Kirk, and he took care
that Joanna kept neither Dominie de
Rondo nor himself waiting.
Katherine looked for Mrs. Gordon
in vain; she was not in the kirk, and
she-did not arrive until the festival
dinner was nearly over. Batavius was
then considerably under the excite
ment of his fine position and fine fare.
He sat by the side of his bride, at
the right hand of Joris; and Kather
ine assisted her mother at the other
end of the table.
tTo be continued.)
Sails for Skaters.
Considering the number of persons
in this country that indulge in skat
ing, it Is somewhat of a surprise to
see how few of them have ever used
a skate sail, or in fact have ever
heard of such a thing. However, in
the last few years this sport has be
come better known, and it is not an
uncommon sight to se" dashing hith
er and thither among the dark forms
of the skaters, the glistening sails of
the skate sailors.
To the onlooker it seems at the first
glance that the sailor must certainly
lose His balance and topple over, so
sharply does he lean backward
against his sail; but so strong is the
force of the wind exerted against it
that this expected fall is seldom a
reality. When it does happen the uh
fortunate is usually a novice.
There are but few requisites for the
enjoyment of this pastime. First
and of- the most importance 1b a pair
of sharp skates. A few yards of cot
ton cloth and some small poles fur
nish the rest of the material. From
these any person can with a little care
fashion a sail that will furnish him
with many a happy hour.—Country
Life in America.
The Merest Trifle.
Cholly—I find that it’s the twlfles
that worry me most in the world,
don’t you know.
Miss Pepprey—Yes; I’ve noticed
that you think about yourself entirely
too much, for Instance.
“Must” is a great peacemaker as
well as a peace disturber.
There Will Be No Meddling With or
Emasculation of the Present Tariff,
Whether Under the Guise of Reci
procity or Reform.
Senator Hale cf Maine, one of the
most influential men on the Republi
an side of the Senate chamber,
"Neither this winter, nor the next,
:or the winter thereafter, unless Con
fess loses its head, will any revision
of the tariff he made. The results ot
Jie Dingley tariff act have been so
generally happy that it is difficult to
understand the cry which is set up in
certain quarters, not by the people
generally, in favor of a revision,
"The Dingley act has given the peo
ple of the United States more rev
enue, more business, more trade am.
more prosperity than any bill ever en
acted. The people understand this,
and the late election shows that, with
certain exceptions, entire content ex
ists under present conditions. It would
be the height of folly now' to try to
disturb these conditions.
“The free traders, including almost
all the Democratic leaders and the
jneasy, weak-kneed Republicans who
are howling for revision and reciproc
ity, would do well to take notice of
what will happen provided they get
their way. It is absolutely safe to
say that no tariff revision can take
place except at the end of a long ses
sion, after a bitter and protracted
fight, which in itself will disturb near
ly all and destroy some of our indus
"The outcome will be, if any new
bill Is passed, a practlctlly Democratic
tariff. The combination on important
schedules in the larili between the
uneasy Republicans and tiie entire
Democratic force In Congress will In
sure not a Republican measure, but
a Democratic one. Nor can any par
tial or limited rewision be made with
out entering into the construction of
an entire bill, ar.d, in tact, there can
never be any change in certain
articles without entering upon the
whole subject of tariff revision.
"Besides this, If it were possible,
no concessions on single articles in
the tariff would for a moment stop the
free trade and Democratic agitation
for entire revision. An eminent Demo
cratic leader has said that there will
he no rest until the infamous policy
of protection is broken down and
“I am sure that what I say repre
sents the general sentiment of the
Republican party throughout the
country. It is the fashion of certain
newspapers and a few prominent Re
publicans to say that revision is need
ed, and that we will enter upon it in
the next Congress, but wherever the
issue has been made, whether in New
England or elsewhere, this proposi
tion has gone to the wall. It was
tried in Massachusetts with failure as
the result.
“In the main, a cry for revision
means a new tariff, built on anti-Re
publican linos. Generally speaking, if
you scratch a reviser you find under
neath a free trader.
"Unless the Republican party has
lest heart and faith In its fundamental
policies, there will be no meddling
with and no emasculation of fh<> pres
ent tariff, whether under the guise of
reciprocity or reform. In the long fu
ture, if a general revision Is demand
ed, the Republican parly will not be
afraid to undertake ft.”
Would Spoil Prosperity and Cause
General Business Depression.
(Special to New York Times.)
Washington, Nov. 25.—Senator
Frye of Maine does not sympathize
with the agitation In favor-of tariff
revision. Speaking of this question to
day, he said:
“Talk of tariff revision is absurd.
The country is in the midst of great
prosperity. Why should we spoil it
by entering upon legislation which
would disarrange business relations
and certainly cause depression over
the country? There is no demand for
it in New England. I suppose there
may be people in Massachusetts who
want some changes, but they always
have a few cranks in Massachusetts.
The Republican who ran for Congress
on a revision platform was twice de
feated in a Republican district.
“It is equally absurd to propose tar
iff revision as a means of regulating
the trusts. Suppose we should at
tempt to reduce the tariff on articles
made by trusts? Smaller concerns
engaged in similar business would
be affected by the new rates just the
same as the trusts themselves. What
would be the result? Small concerns
would be most severely harmed and
some of them would bo driven out
of business entirely, while the trusts
could better stand under tne new con
ditions and would have a greater mon
opoly than ever.”
Senator Frye thinks it probable the
Senate will complete such amend
ments to the Sherman anti trust law
as to correct the most obnoxious of
the evils connected with the trusts.
“I like the ideas put forth in the
Pittsburg speech of Attorney-General
Knox,” said he. “There is no hope
of restricting trusts by an amendment
to the constitution. If such an
amendment should receive the neces
sary votes in the Senate and House, it
could never be ratified by the states.
It would be regarded as too great an
Invasion of the rights of the states.”
It Is Democratic Doctrine.
Again we see the Democrats, aided
by the free traders and tariff tinkers
within the Republican party, trying to
jverthrow the protective tariff. They
cake the attack indirectly by claim
ing that t.rey reek to kill the trusts by
utting oft protection from trust made
;oods. " Feeding free trade poison to
ure the trust evil." as Speaker Hen
Urson rays. That protection fosters
rusts is Democratic doctrine, which
is not borne out by the facts, but
which, nevertheless, is being cmbrac
'i! by certain Republicans, thus play
ing into tho hands of the Democrats.
They seek to feed the trusts free
trade poison, but the most of the poi
son would get into the system of
American industry and make the
American workman sick or kill him.
The President says we must be caro
ful to leave ample protection to the
workingman and see that industry re
elves no sudden jolts. He must that constant c ianges or threat
ened changes in tariff schedules will
.Tighten manufacturers and cause
them to curtail their product, thus
throwing the workman out of a *ob.
Free trade and tariff tinkering is
Democratic doctrine and should be
left to the Democrats.—Portland
(Ore.) Chronicle.
important Expression by the Ex
Speaker on Trusts and Tariffs.
In an article contributed to the
North American Review for Decem
ber ex-Speaker Thomas B. Reed adds
materially to the sum of human
knowledge and assists greatly to
ward a clearer understanding of the
tariff and trust problem. No man
who writes for publication surpasses
Mr. Reed in the faculty of logical
analysis and the plain presentment of
facts and conclusions. Certainly no
one succeeds better in the avoidance
of the hysterical and the adherence
to the sane and level-headed method.
The spirit of prudence, moderation
and conservatism rules throughout.
Mr. Reed is not a believer In quack
ri medies for a condition that calls
for nothing more radical than pa
ticnce and common sense. Trusts are
with vis. So have they always been
in one form or another. It is only
because we are more prosperous than
ever before that the trusts are more
numerous and bigger than ever be
fore. Mr. Reed is of the opinion that
the trust problem will solve Itself;
that those will survive which deserve
to survive, and those will perish
which deserve to perish; that legis
lation of any sort at present offers no
solution of the problem.
Least of all, tariff legislation. On
this point Mr. Reed is most convinc
ing. Tariff tinkering as a trust rem
edy could not possible prove any
thing but mischievous and hurtful. He
closeB by saying:
"We ought to let the tariff alone;
we ought to defend it against all com
ers for the good of the nation. We
are doing more than well and need
not hunt for disaster. That will come
in due time.’’
The surest way to hasten disaster is
to tinker the tariff in any way or in
any form whatsoever, whether by di
rect legislative action, by swapping
trade privileges, or by the creation of
a tariff commission. All these are
good things—if let alone.
A Dangerous Flirtation.
Coincidence to Be Avoided.
Democratic papers are calling at
tention to the fact thdt since 1837 Mc
Kinley was the first president to have
a Congress in sympathy with him dur
ing the middle of his presidential
term, and now President Roosevelt
has the same advantage. Of course
they give us good advice, and we
can neither be too thankful for the
same nor too careful not to follow it.
it might not be amiss to say to
them, in a spirit of kindness, that if
the people ever forget the hardships
of 1893-90 and again entrust Demo
crats with the government, they
should be careful not to get at the
same time a Congress composed of
calamity howlers and a President
who hates the, industries of his coun
try. They then might expect to live
long enough to see another Democrat
In the White House.
The Alternative.
The Helena (Mont.) Record of Au
gust 11 quotes Mr. Leonard Lewis, a
leading stockman of Meagher county,
as saying: “In my opinion the pres
ent year has been one of the best and
most successful from a live stock
man's point of view which we have
ever had in this country.’'
We are asked to abandon tnls condi
tion and return to the days of tariff
reform conditions of 1892-96, when
the New York newspapers were giv
ing out free food to he starving and
the governor of Massachusetts was
listening to mobs of unemployed.
They were not then concerned as
to the price of beef. They had had
enough money to buy bteatf.—Boston
Commercial Bulletin.
Golden Text—“Rejoice in the Lord AL
ways”—Philippiane 4:4—The Found
ing of the Church in the Chief Citp
of Macedonia.
Subject: Characteristics of a Citizen of
Ihe Kingdom of Heaven. Jewels In Paul's
I. "Therefore." Accordingly, connected
immediately with Phil. 3:20,21, which de
clares that the Christian Is a citizen of
» heavenly commonwealth. "Beloved
and longed for.” Paul had been driven
away from Philippi by the persecution
of the Jews, but the church there was
greatly beloved by him. "My Joy” (tho
source and fountain of Joy) “and crown.”
The Philippian church was the outward
expression of Paul's success In his work
and his victory over the powers of evil.
Their character and conduct were Jewels
In ills crown.
!. Steadfastness —"So.” As T have ex
horted you before In the previous chap
ters. “Stand fast In the Lord” Jesus.
The expression "stand fast ' Is used six
times in Paul's Epistles, stand fast In tho
Lord, stand fast In tho faith, In liberty,
in fellowship, in truth.
II. Unity of Spirit.—Vs. 2. “I beseech.”
The Greek word means to entreat, to
exhort. “Euodlaa” (“Euodla.” a female
name) “and ; . . Syntyche.” These
were two prominent women of the Philip
pian church who seem to have been at
variance. “The same mind.” Not neces
sarily opinion, but love, accord, harmony
of disposition and feeling.
“In the Lord.” Christian unity Is a
unity of life under Christ as the head.
.It Is a unity of purpose, a unity of love,
a unity of principle, the unity of one
kingdom with one law and gospel; one
government under one Invisible King.
III. Mutual Helpfulness.—V. 3. “I In
treat thee also, true yokefellow.” “Help
those women” (Euodla and Syntyche)
"which” (rather, "for they") "labored
with me." A third party can often be
of great service In harmonizing those
who have differences.
IV. Joy.—V. 4. "Hejolce." The Chris
tian may be and should be the happiest
person on earth. Every source of true
Joy belongs to him. “Rejoice in tho
Lord.” In Ihe Lord God. manifested to
us In the Lord Jesus. This shows the
nature of Christian joy. It Is a joy that
endures, a joy that will be the same In
heaven, only more complete. “Alway."
Under all circumstances, in all places,
at all times. "Again I say. Rejoice.”
He wishes to emphasize this duty, to
Impress It on their minds, so that in no
trial, or trouble, or persecution they
shall forget their blessed privilege of
\. Forbearance in Love.—V. 5. ' Let
your moderation." K. V'., ''forbearance.”
"Fnto all men." EVen to perspeutora,
and to those who exercise no such for
bearance to you. “The lx>rd Is at hand."
us he promised, “Lo, L am with you al
waj s."
VI. Trust In God's Love.—V. 6. “Ha
careful for nothing." And exact repeti
tion of our Lord's command. “Take no
thought,” in Matt. 6:25, 34. “nut.” 11a
now shows us how we may conquer anxi
ous cares. “In every thing." In great
things and small: in things religious
and in matters of dally life; In trials and
in Joys. “By prayer and supplication."
“Tho former applies rather to the out
pouring of the soul, the casting off the
load of care upon God: the latter to the
requests which wo feel prompted to make
unto him.”—Shnff. "With thanksgiving."
This must always be the Christian’s tone
towards God. “Let your requests be
made known unto God.” With generous,
filial, unreserved confidence. It is tho
means of our becoming acquainted with
VII. Peace.—V. 7. “And the peace of
God which pusseth all understanding."
The mysterious dealings of God present
problems which mere reason cannot
solve. “Shall keep.” Rather, “shall
guard." It defends us from fears and
unxietles which assail our peace.
VIII. Noble and Uplifting Thoughts.—
V’. 8. “Finally." As a closing exhorta
tion, and one of great Importance.
“Whatsovor things are true.” In accord
ance with the realities of things, In ac
cordance with the nature of God. Tho
Christian's first aim Is to learn, not what
Is popular or what Is pleasant, but what
is true. “Whatsoever things nre hon
est." That is, “honorable." “Just . . .
pure." “Under purity are obviously In
cluded temperance, chastity, and mod
esty."—Butler. "Whatsoever things are
lovely." The things that are lovely com
prehend everything that is fitted to con
ciliate or express the sentiment of af
fection and esteem. “Of good report.”
This is a word of peculiarly religious
meaning, “well-omened," '‘auspicious.’'
“If there be any virtue." Any excellence
of any kind, although not mentioned hero
by name. "Any praise.” Anything praise
worthy. “Think on these things.” Not
the common word for "think," but the
reckoning, counting up, dwelling repeat
edly on these things.
iX. I he Power or Example.—V. 9.
"Those things, which ye have both
learned, and received, and heard, and
seen in me, do.” Knowing: how much
more telling example often Is than pre
cept, the apostle points to ills own teach
ing and life as they had known them.
“And the God of peace shall be with
you.” The God who enjoys peace, tho
God who brings peace, whoso laws ant
the way to peace. All they have to do
Is to receive this peace by receiving and
loving and obeying him.
X. Christian Contentment.—V. 10,
“But I rejoiced.” And still do rejoice
"In the Lord.” It was the Lord’s gift,
though it came through the Phlllpplans,
which had given him such Joy. "Now
at the last.” What if the church who
had shown so much affection should
have grown cold in their love!” “Your
care of me hath nourished." Literally,
ye have caused your thought for me to
bloom again. “Wherein ye were alsu
careful." They wore careful und thought
ful for him; their love had not waxed
cold. *but It had not had the opportunity
to manifest itself. “But ye lacked op
portunity.” The tree cannot be in fault,
which has not known the season yet for
putting forth its blossoms.
11. "Not that I speak In - respect of
want.” The mere supply of my wants
Is of little account: what I care for most
is your affection, and the Christian char
acter expressed by your giving. “I huvo
learned." Christ was Paul's teacher.
"To be content” is to have the repose
that comes from perfect trust In God.
Build on Sure Foundation.
Live as long as you may. tho first
twenty years form the larger part of
ycur life. They appear ao when they
are passing; they seem so when we
look back on them, and they take up
more room in our memory than all tho
years that come after them. Take
good care of the first twenty years
of your life. On the use which you
make of them your happiness and use
fulness in after years will largey de
pend. See that they are spent in
learning right habits and cultivating
gcod tastes.