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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
I t( i .,
(fly E. O. SKLLEHS, Director of Evening
Department, The Moody Blblo Institute,
LESSON FOR DECEMBER 14
THE SIN OP ACHAN.
LESSON TEXT-Joshua 7:6-15. Read
foahuix chapters 7-11.
GOLDEN TKXT-'TJo sure your sin wit)
Qnd you out." Num. 32-23.
Dcforo proceeding against Jericho,
Qod, through his servant Joshua, had
given strict Injunctions as regards the
taking of anything from tho city for
self-enrlchmcnt, ch. 6:17, 18. It was
necessary at tho outset of this cam
paign to safeguard Israel against any
such motives. The fruits of their vic
tories must In no way seem to bo the
rewards of, nor to be dependent upon,
the efforts of their own hands. Spir
itual victories are, as we learned last
week, won by means and upon prin
ciples utterly foolish and Inadequate
In the view of human wisdom. Nor
is the Christian dependent upon the
principles of human thrift for his sus
tenance or enrichment. That does not
mean the divorcement of the Chris
tian from those principles.
The story of Achan Is an Ulustra'
tlon. While his sin was Individualistic,
yet it was national In its results (v. 1.)
After the fall of Jericho, Joshua Bent
detachment of 2.000 or 3,000 men to
take possession of tho small town of
Al (literally, "ruins"). The task was
seemingly an unimportant and an easy
ono, but the result was that tho expe
dition was turned Into a miserable
rout (vv. 1-6). .
Achan's 81ns Revealed.
The stages of the sin of Achan are
wonderfully revealed in the confession
(v. 21) which was finally wrung from
"I saw ... I coveted . . .
I took . . . they are hid."
I. Joshua's error, vv. 6-0. It wai
right and proper for Joshua to bring
his difficulty to Ood, but It was not
right for him to lay upon him the
blame for his defeat Moses before
him had made that samo mistake (Ex.
6:22, 23), and it would seem that
Joshua should have profited thereby.
In this, however, ho Is supremely hu
man. Wo of today with far greater
tight are constantly making thlB same
mistake of accusing God, Instead of
finding out and Judging our Bin,
Thero Is, howevor, nn underlying noto
of tho master passion of Joshua's,
heart, that nolo which had so gov
ernod the heart of his predecessor
Hoses. It is expressed in the last note
of his complaint, "What wilt thou do
for thy great name?" v. 9. This comi
plaint and petition sounds very mucbj
Uko those of the preceding generation)
uttered In tho wilderness. For us to
wish ourselves to be "content to dwelj
beyond Jordon," when the testing
times of our Christian life come, when!
the calls come for an advance, is to
doubt his wisdom. No wonder Joshua)
was amazed when he saw Israel turn1
its back upon Its enemies (v. 8). We
must beware lest we, too, bo dismayed
when we see the church of today give
way beforo the world and the devil.
II. The cause of defeat, vv. 10-12.
Joshua's petition is answered by the
TOice of Jehovah in terms of rebuke,
strong, yet tender. In verso two we
are told that Joshua sent men to view
Al. Why? Because in the language ol
verse one "the children of Israel com
mitted a trespass in the accursed
thing." Joshua wanted the people to
know that the sin of Achan and its
results was the Bin of the whole na
tion. God brings the essential one
ness of the nation before us in verse
eleven; for an illustration, see I. Cor.
6:1-7 and 12:12-14, 16.
III. The victory of defeat, w 13-15.
It is a testimony as to the spiritual
condition of this nation that the fraud
was so soon located. The early Chris
tian church had a parallel Incident In
the case of Ananias and Sapphira, Acts
5:1-11. In each case the evil was
quickly judged and reveals the close
ness of God to bis people. In the pro
cess of years Israel passed from that
condition; has the church of today bo
passed? God bad given explicit in
structions as to the spoil (ch. 6:18 IL
V.). God commands Joshua not to
ory unto htm, but to "sanctify the peo
ple." The church of Christ, as woll
as the individual, needs to Judge its
sin and to Bot ltBelf apart unto God.
It was a stern Judgment and the
query arises what sort of bonfire
would the church have today were all
sinfully acquired property to suffer
similar destruction. It is noticeable,
however, that there is no suggestion
of any confession on the part of Achan
until the narrowing circle- of Judge
ment had closed upon him. He con
fessed only when there was no pos
sible escape. This seems like a stern,
bard process, but yet God was deal
ing in mercy with the whole people.
IV. The Golden Text. The words ol
thlB text were uttered by Moses to the
two and a halt tribes who settled on
tho east of Jordan, that In caso they
refused to come to tho holp of their
brethren in tho conflict necossary to
tho possession of Canaan, their Bin
would discover them. ThiBjosson war
rants tho application of this principle.
A sin against God results In Injury to
, your neighbor. It 1b a sin not to help
your neighbor and conversely to In
dulge In any act which results In
tho defeat, moral or otherwise, of
thoao with whom we associate, Is
also a Bin.
INSIDE CONFEDERATE LINES
Two Curloua Yankee Soldiers at Ap
pomattox Saw Rebs Cutting Down
Tree and Got a Twig.
The morning of April 9, 1805, at Ap
pomattox, our battalion (First Divis
ion, Fifth Corps) of sharpshooters wns
on the front line, a half mllo or so
from tho McLean house.
A mounted orderly came down tho
lino and Informed us that a nag of
truco had coino In and tho war was
over, and for us to rest In place until
further orders, or words to that ef
fect. In our front, In a little valley,
was a small body of tho enemy and
several army supply wagons. Having
nothing else to do, and desiring to
seo a rebel camp, I, with Comrade
Gardiner, on detached servlco from
tho 22d Mass., crossed to tho enemy's
line and entered their camp after Gen.
Leo had gone to the McLean house,
writes Osgood P. Martin of Foxcraft.
Maine, In the National Tribune.
We were tho first Union men Inside
tho lines at that point. Wo talked
with the men and officers, but thoy
did not seem to bo In very good hu
mor. I remembered an officer said
to mo: "You have not whipped, only
overpowered ub, and Insldo of 20
years wo will bo nt you again."
- Wo noticed some of tho Johnnies
cutting an apple tree to pieces, which
stood near the fence of a small or
chard. We stood by until several had
cut and split out quite largo pieces of
the tree. I heard ono of them say, as
ho shouldered his portion: "Gen. Leo
may surrender If ho wants to, but ho
Isn't going to surrender mo." Then
ho started off ncross the country and
When tho tree was nearly all cut
up and distributed I asked an nxman.
why they were doing that. He in
formed me that Lee and his generals
had sat under this tree and held a
consultation before the surrender.
1 aBked for tho ax and cut out
several pieces for myself and com
radepartly roots, so nearly had tho
tree already disappeared.
By this tlmo It was wise that wo
were getting back Insldo our own
lines, for two reasons first, tho ene
my, who had gathered around in
great numbers, looked and acted ns
If wo had no business thero; second,
we had gone Insldo their HncB out of
curiosity and without permission, and
had been absent somo time. Wo did
not see another Union man while wo
were Insldo the lines.
An Oratorlssl Boomerang.
Tho Inexperienced candidate had
had a bad tlmo. Ho had been elec
tioneering In the camp .of an Indiana
regiment, and had been severely heck
led and his temper was at breaking
"Gentlemen," ho Bald presently, In
exasperation: "Herodotus tells us"
"Which side Is he on," came a voice
from the crowd.
Herodotus tells us," he went on
firmly, "of a whole army that was put
to flight by tho braying of an ass."
But his triumph was short lived,
for again camo a voice from the
crowd, this time In a resigned tono:
"Young man," It Bald, "go ahead
This army's been tested."
An officer of the navy, In speaking
of the extent to which the lingo of the
,navy is used as slang In the families
,of navy officers, particularly by the
(young women, offered the following as
i Tho youngest girl or a prominent
naval officer was entertaining a friend
!who had called to congratulate the
oldest daughter, who bad lately be
;'como engaged to a captain In the
samo service. Tho friend suggested
Incidentally that the youngest daugh
ter would doubtless miss" her big sis
ter, whereupon tho girl addressed re
"Yes, I shall; but Just think of It, I
am advanced a number."
Robbery by Mistake.
Two ladles, whilo General McClel
Ian wns at dinner at the Massasolt
Jhouoe, Springfield, MaBB., on his pas
jsago through that city, ventured to
job a military cap, which they sup
posed to bo tho general's, of both Its
buttons, tearing them out in a very
unfamlnlne manner, to be preserved
as memonto'es of that military chief
jtaln. The mortification of their feel
ings and the redness of their faces
can only be faintly Imagined when
tone of tho aids carelessly as usual
put on tho mutilated cap, and tho
general put on his own, which was In
tact. ThOBo buttons wore not pre
served, but tho story has been.
Good Athletic Exercise.
Thero are many methods of "keep
ing fit" besides the Swedish exorcises
In tho early morning between bath and
breakfast. One may kick a ball. Tho
lmplo cxorclBO has come- Into fash
ion on tho southeastern coast of Eng-
land. Each boarding houso buys a
l Imll of India rubber, or any bouncing
variety. Tho boarders como out upon
( tho promonado, throw down tho ball,
' and mon and roaldenB pursue and kick
1 .it from breakfast back to the next
jneal. It Is splendld,exorcIso for the
girls and boys-
IN WESTERN CANADA
THE LATE8T METHODS ADOPTED
.BY THE AGRICULTURAL
Scientific farming can be pursued
with more profit and advantago In
Western Canada, probably than In
any other portion of the continent.
What may bo achieved by it may be
ascertained when it Is known what
has been accomplished by tho thou
sands who havo been following the
occupation for some time and mado a
success of It with not even a theore
tical knowledge They "havo tickled
the lamr-wlth a hoe" and become rich.
But tho question Is how long could
that continue. Tho soil and the ell
mato and every othoncondttton favor
great rcsultB by a pursuit of such
methods us n technical and practical
knowledge will bring. There Ib In
tho writer's opinion no possibility of
failure. Fully nwnro of this nnd also
of the great potentialities that exist
In Western Canada for the following
of tho profession of farming, as it
could be developed nnd carried on In
Western Canada, tho various govern
ments have established the machin
ery, that there may bo developed a
class of farmers, who In tho posses
sion of tho rich soil of that country,
with Ub abundant humus and Its phos
phates and other properties with
which It 1b bo largely endowed, will
make of the country, the greatest
farming portion of the known world.
The Dominion government showed
Its paternalism years ago when It es
tablished experimental farms In Mani
toba and Saskatchewan. The benefits
or these in the matter of practical
education havo been widespread, but
the greatest benefit Is to be observed
in the Immedlato vicinity of these
farniB, where tho occupants have
brought their holdings into a high
state of cultivation, and year after
year sees an added value.
The Province or Manitoba Ib sup
plementing this work by Its excellent
agricultural college, manned by pro
fessors or the highest standing In
their various branches. That this
work Ib appreciated Ib shown by the
large attendance, not only ot the far
mer's sons, but by the farmer him
self and also by the sons or business
men and professors who Intend fol
lowing farming as a profession, and
that Is what It Is fast becoming.
Tho Province ot Saskatchewan,
alive to tho necessity ot a higher and
a better system of farming, had In
connection with Its university an ag
ricultural college and what It Is do
ing today In the matter of education
will be felt tor all tlmo to come, and
it will not bo long beforo It will be an
easy matter to pick out tho farms
manned by graduates of this college,
or tho farms owned by those who
have gained from tho experience
taught by their neighbor.
The same may be said ot Alberta.
The university at Edmonton has a
complete agricultural college. Full
advantage of this Is taken by hundreds
or students anxious to better their ag
ricultural knowledge, and fit them to
take hold successfully or the lands
that they expect to occupy. This
province has also added demonstra
tion farmB In various parts, which are
very successful, inasmuch as farmers
visit them from all parts, and take ad
vantage of educating, themselves for
short periods during each winter.
Dean Curtlss of Ames Agricultural
College, Iowa, says:
"We of the United States think
that we know how to get behind agri
culture and push, but the Canadians
dare to do even more than we do In
some respects. They have wonderful
faith In the future: they hesitate at no
undertaking that offers prospects ot
results. More significant still la the
wide co-operation tor agricultural pro
motion, Including the government,
private Individuals and corporations
and the railroads."
"Canadians are putting great faith
in education for tho development of
their resources not the old education,
but vocational and technical. Prov
inces that have less than half the pop
ulation or Iowa and much less wealth
are appropriating moro liberally tor
colleges and schools. Manitoba, for
Instance, has In tho last two years
provided about as much money for tho
building of an agricultural plant as
Iowa has appropriated in half a cen
tury. It has given In two years $2,
600,000 tor buildings and grounds for
Its agricultural Institutions.
"Saskatchewan Ib building a plant
for Its university and agricultural col
lege on a broader and moro substan
tial plan than has been applied to any
similar Institution In this country. Yet
neither province has more than half a
"For public schools equally gener
ous provision Is made. They are be
ing built up to give vocational and
technical training as well as cultural.
They fit the needs of the country ex
cellently and' should turn out fine
types of boys and girls. Thoy do this
with a remarkable faith in the value
of right education.
"Dean Curtlss was much Interested
In the many other ways tho Canadian
government aids agriculture, aside
from appropriations for educational
purposes. Thoy aro aiding In solving
marketing probloms; they aro encour
aging better breeding of livestock by
buying sires and reselling them at
cost, and thoy aro doing many othor
things ot Uko character,
"I found that tho government is ad
vancing from CO to 85 per cent, ot
the money necessary to build co-operative
creameries and elevators," said
Dean Curtlss, "and it is doing It at a
low rate of Interest and on long time
payments. Where) cattle need breed
ing ,up, the government buys bulls of
dairy, Shorthorn, or special dairy
breeds and sends them In nt cost price
and on long time payments."
The yield of grain in Western Can
ada In 191 H was excellent but not ab
normal, wheat going from 30 to G
bushels per acre, and other small grain
with equally good averages. Advertisement.
What Could He Do.
"I hale to lie conlradloted," she
"Then I won't contradict you," ho
"You don't love inc." she asserted.
"1 don't," ho admitted.
"You are a hateful thing!" she
"I am." he replied.
"1 bi'llevu you are trying to tense
me," she said.
"I inn," he conceded.
"And you do not love me!"
For a moment she wns silent.
"Well," she said at last. "1 do hate
a man who's weak enough to be led
by n womnn. He ought to have n
mind of his own and strength."
He sighed What else could he do?
He Was Real Nasty.
A darky employed as an office-boy
came to work one morning with a
faco that looked as though It had
been run through a meat-grinder.
"Henry," demanded his surprised
employer, "what in the world happen
ed to you?"
"Well, sub, boss," explained Henry,
"I got Into u ll'le argument las' night
wit another nigger, and ono thing led
to another twell I up nnd hat nt him.
Well, nub, It seemed lak dnt Irritated
him. He took and blacked both of
mah eyes and bit both of mah years
mighty nigh off, and split mah Up nnd
knocked two of mah teef loose; nnd
den he th'owed mo down and stamped
me in de stomach. Honest, boss, I
never did get so sick of a nigger in
After Ood had finished the rattle
snake, the toatl and the vntnplre, ho
had some awful mibntance left, with
which ho made a knocker. A knocker
Is a two-legged animal with a cork
screw soul, a water-Bogged brain and
a combination backbone made of jelly
and glue. Whero other people havo
their lirnrtn he carries n tumor ot rot
ten principles. When tho knocker
comes down the street honest men
turn their backs, the angels in heaven
take precipitate refuge behind their
harps and the devil bar-locks thcates
of hell. Missouri Drunswlcker.
Something the Public Misses.
"They wcro picked up In tho open
sen," Fnys the Times, "Jusl after their
vessel, tho schooner Mnrjorle Urown,
which had sprung a leak, wiib about to
sink." That's tho trouble with an un
illustrated paper. Tho public' Is de
prived of seeing a picture of a vessel
Just after it is about to sink. Now
Important to Mother
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Infants and children, and see that It
in use tor over so Years.
Children Cry for Fletcher's Caatoria
' " 111! - M
Dlx My lawyer tells mo I have a
Dlx Ho probably means that it Is
one that will last for years.
Men always say moro evil of women
than there really is; and there is al
ways more than Is known. Mezeral
tible than even
sters wve tnem
pocket wnen you
without bread's large
the extra 'large
This Little World.
"When he married the world was all
"Now he can't even find ground for
a divorce!" Judge.
"Is that servant of yours modo of
"No; maid or all work."
Tlean'n Meat liuln ted Coiiuh Drop effec
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Many a man pats himself on tho
bnck who Isn't a contortionist.
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