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a dish of some kind of cereal, is a
poor foundation for the beginning of
the business of the day, whatever its
character. Many children, naturally
bright and active, are classed with
the stupid, when they are only poorly
nourished. The brain-worker, as
well as the physical laborer, cannot
possibly do justice to themselves, or
to. their tasks, without proper foods
to begin the day on.
A little fruit or coarse, fibrous
food, or a bit of whole wheat bread,
is a better laxative then cathartic
medicines, and will leave no bad after
effect. All children crae sour foods
in some form, but a pickle is not to
be advised. Sour fruits are far more
digestible and palatable, and at the
same time harmless.
Woman's Inhumanity to Herself
When we think of the habits of
many women in regard to their
mealr, we should not be surprised to
know that they are always worn out
and feeling "draggy." Many a wo
man does not eat at all at noon un
less some one drops in to eat with
her. If she is alone, she will either
not eat at all, or just take a cup of
tea and a crust, or whatever comes
handy. Too much can not bo said
in favor of regular meals, and the
"meal" should be something sub
stantial not a sip and a bite as she
passes by. Very few housewives are
kind enough to themselves to feed
their bodies properly at the break
fast table, and thus they take up the
duties of the day with a practically
empty stomach, and thq noon
luncheon is always a "pick-up;"
when night comes, they are so Tvorn
"that they do not eat enough, or eat
too rapidly, or of unsuitable food,
"nervous exhaustion" is much of
the time only the result of a starved
stomach. This is too often what
"light housekeeping" amounts to
where the woman or girl lives alone.
Starved stomachs are responsible
for starved, nerves, and there is no
end to the trouble a set of starved
nerves can bring about.
THE MODERN MISSIONARY
The philosophy of Kipling that
"West is West and East is East and
never the twain shall meet" was chal
lenged in the news of yesterday. In
St. Louis Archbishop Harty, speak
ing of his experience in the Philip
pines, said ho felt "as if in a cate
chism class, so earnest and anxious
were the natives to learn about
Christianity." Ai.J in Kansas City,
addressing the student volunteer con
vention, Dr. Kato of Japan told of
conditions in his country; how "the
old faiths are losing their hold, but
as yet nothing has taken their place."
From Latin America came a similar
message, voiced by Dr. Speer and
Bishop -Kinsolving, emphasizing the
needs of more missionaries there.
As laymen we may not fully share
the religious enthusiasm of him who
wears the chasuble or of him who
carries the cross into pagan lands;
but the practical point of this strik
ing array of testimony adduced, with
out design, by the day's news is the
tremendous fact that the world,
humanly speaking, is a very small
place; that the problems of the
brown man and the yellow man are
about the same as those of the white
man, and are solved, or may be
solved, by the same agencies.
What, then, is our duty?
Our missionaries make answer. In
the same way the enlightened
stranger, like Dr. Kato of Japan, re
plies. They tell us that the fellow in
Tokio or Manila or Rio Janeiro is
much the same sort of chap as we
here in St, Louis. He has ihe same
desires, the , same needs, the same
measure of strength, the samo weak
ness, the samo kind of fight to make.
He knows the same joy at victory,
the same remorse at defeat. In short,
wo are all members of God's great
family, and if one branch of the
house has discovered a bettor way
of living it is incumbent upon it, for
the honor of the name of manhood,
to give the other members of the
family the benefit of our knowledge.
The modern American missionary
is not solely concerned- with substi
tuting o'he ritual for another. That
change is necessary and justifiable
because of the changes that accom
pany it the cleaner, higher, more
hopeful ways of living, thinking and
A 'religion muBt be judged by what
it doos for its followers in the very
practical business of everyday . life.
In the acid test of comparison Chris
tianity comes out with colors flying
as high and bright as the stars. It
is on that proposition, and that it is
aB practicable in the east as in the
west, that the Amer'can missionary
asks for our support. St. .Louis Republic.
THE ATTACK ON METCALFE
Springfield, Mass., Republican:
The moment T.ichard L. Metcalfe,
former associate editor of the Com
moner, vas made a member of the
Panama canal commission he became
a target of widespread attack. Ho
had incurred all of the enmities long
felt toward Mir. Bryan. To slam
Metcalfe became rather fashionable
in Philadelphia, New York and
Boston. Now he vas introducing
the spoils system on the isthmus;
now he was maliciously thwarting
Col. Goethals in his great work. But
Col. Goethals has lately written a
letter that affoids Mr. Metcalfe
sweet vengeance. He testifies how
friendly and helpful Mr. Metcalfe has
been. But, most devilishly ein-
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