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(By E. O. SELLERS. Acting Director of
the Sunday School Course of the Moody
Bible Institute, Chicago.)
(Copyright. 1917. Western Newspaper Union. )
LESSON FOR DECEMBER 9
Blouse of White and Colored Crepe.
The same blouses thnt nre made for
wear In the summer weather of the
Fouth will cheerfully face the snows
of the bleak northern winter. For
blouses refuse to acknowledge winter
end take none of the responsibility of
keop'.ng us warm. Their mission in
life is to look pretty and to be be
coming, and to add to our joys. They
leave it to steam, heat and heavy coats
to protect womankind from the cold,
and are therefore mnch at home any
where. Georgette crepe continues at the high
tide of favor for dressy blouses and
has even appropriated to itself some
of the style features that distinguish
tailored blouses of crepe de chine the
Bhirt-bosom front for instance. A very
striking tailored blouse called the Red
Cross has made its appearance. It is
very mannish, with high collar and
plaited shirt front. It is in fact very
much like a shirt, and is not gathered
In at the waistline, but depends upon
the skirt belt to keep it in place. At
the front of the high turn-over collar
a small cross of red satin takes the
place of a tie. This waist is success
fully developed in white wash satin.
The fair sojourner in the Sovth, pic
tured above, has on a pretty crepe
blouse developed in white and a color.
An underblouse of white crepe is veiled
with a dark overblouse, appearing
darker where it Is full. There is a
square insert of white at the front,
veiling large dots in the darker color
In the blouse that are embroidered on
the underblouse. The white collar Is
bordered with the dark crepe, and the
deep cuffs are made of it.
So far nearly all the new blouses
are open at the throat. The Chinese
collar, rather higher than when it made
its initial appearance, offers variety
in neck finishing. The tailored shirt
waist is always good style with a high
Just at this season designers of
blouses are getting rer.dy to make new
models. These appearing at winter re
sorts have a "try-out" and they may
usher in a new order of things in
blouses. Those that are successful
pave the way for spring fashions.
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This Year's Ribbon Novelties.
The great day of ribbons dawns an
nually about a month before Christ
mas and the sun of prosperity con
tinues to shine on the ribbon depart
ment for a month or more. Up to
Christmas eve everybody at the rib
bon counter is frantically rushed.
Even after the holidays the impetus
given business makes itself apparent
for some time. Every year many
beautiful novelties for personal and
household decoration are shown along
with the ribbons for making them and
they are immensely helpful in smooth
ing the path of the Christmas shop
per. This year there is a furore for
bags, with shopping bags and knitting
bags made of ribbons, In the front
ruuk of things fashionable. No self
respecting woman of today ignores
entirely the call to knitting needles.
Even though she never gets beyond
knitting squares for quilts, she lends
her moral support to the cause that
makes her competent sisters so use
ful. Everywhere the lady goes her
knitting bug is sure to go too.
Many of the new, fashionable shop
ping bags are' made of metal and satin
brocades and they are mounted on
French gilt or silver mountings that
fasten securely like those used for
leather bags. Knitting bags are sup
ported by large rings of celluloid or
glass, simulating jade, amber, jet, tor
toise-shell and other things.
Pretty things for the children are
shown in the picture above. The
group includes blanket bows for the
baby's carriage robe, hair bows for
Uttle girls, small garters for support
lug the sleeves of Infant's dresses
apd a lingerie bow of narrow ribbon
for young girls. The blanket bow at
the left U made of wide pink satin
ribbon and has eight loops, each about
six inches deep after It Is knotted
at the top. The allowance for the
knpt Is three inches so each loop will
require nine inches of ribbon. Tlire
are two knotted ends about twelve
and sixteen inches long after they are
knotted and about four Inches of rib
bon are needed for the knot at the
heart of the bow. About three and a
quarter yards will be an ample allow
ance. A larger bow of wider ribbon Is
shown at the right with loops eight
Inches deep. At the heart of this bow
a rosette Is made of short loops each
three inches deep. There Is one long
end. Three and three-quarters yards
cf pale pink brocaded ribbon will
make this handsome bow.
The little garters shown at the top
of the picture are made by shirring
narrow satin ribbon over fiat elastic
bands and finished with rosettes of
baby ribbon. At the right of the pic
ture a hair band for a little girl
shown at the right of the group is
made in the same way. Next it Is a
pretty lingerie bow of narrow pink
satin ribbon with knotted loops and
ends and finally a bow for the hair
of the young miss who Is under the
"flapper" age, that is not more than
twelve. It is a butterfly bow of bro
caded ribbon mounted in a covered
band of elastic.
Watermelons may be kept some time
with a fair degree of success by seal
ing the end of the stem, where It Is cut
from the vine, with wax
EZRA AND NEHEMIAH TEACH
LESSON TEXT Nehemlah 8:1, 4, 6, 6.
8-12. Read entire chapter.
GOLDEN TEXT Thy word Is a lamp
unto my feet, and a liglu unto my path.
The first day of the seventh month
(8:2) was about October 444 li. C.
Seven days feast (vv. 15-18) was the
feast of the Tabernacles beginning
the loth of the seventh month (Octo
ber) and continuing for seven or
eight days (Lev. 23). Nehemlah was
the governor; Ezra the scribe, chief
priest; and Artaxerxes, king of Per
sia, ruler over Palestine. It would be
interesting to look up the sudden in
terjection of Ezra's name Into this
discourse; also the special reasons for
teaching the Bible. There is in this
chapter a record of a full week and
of the dally events of that week.
I. The Preparation. Go back to
verse 70 of the preceding chapter, and
you will find that the temple had just
been receiving some large gifts. The
task of finishing the wall was also
completed, all of which gives point to
verse one, where it says that the peo
ple gathered themselves together as
one man. This was an ancient open
air meeting, one we do well to study.
The people requested Ezra to "bring
the book." It needed no catch-penny
operations to draw the crowd togeth
er. The writer of Nehemlah calls the
book "the law which the Lord hath
commanded unto Moses." (See v. 1
cf. v. 14.) This, of course, would In
clude Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuter
onomy, an indication as to the Mosaic
authorship of the Pentateuch, which Is
in line with the statement that Jesus
Christ made that It was God who had
written it as he had commanded
Moses. It was not a mob ; there was
organization and equipment. (See v.
3 and 4.) The Bible was also read so
that the people could understand it
(v. 2) ; certainly something that is in
demand in our present day. Ezra
opened the book in the sight of all the
people, for he stood on an elevation
above them (v. 5) and read "dis
tinctly." II. The Reading of the Word. They
read the book, not from some com
mentary or quarterly, though these
have value in their place. The read
ing began with reverence. Reverence
for but not a worship of the book.
The Bible is not a fetish or a charm
against sickness or accident. The
verse "caused the people to under
stand the law," (v. 7) probably means
that is was translated into the ver
nacular, the language of the common
people. While God's word Is a plain
book and easy to read, nevertheless
men of spiritual understanding are
needed to "rightly divide" it unto the
people (v. 7). However, the great in
terpreter of the Bible given by the Fa
ther is the Holy Spirit himself (John
10:12-15; I John 2:20-27). ffhls
method of beginning the study of the
word and its continuance as presented
In these verses is a good suggestion
for modern Sunday school workers.
III. The. Hearing of the Word. (vv.
9-17). As Ezra and Nehemlah and
their associates and Levites taught
the people, there was a five-fold result.
First: There was conviction and
mourning. The word of God always
convicts of sin, but the people were
told not to mourn over the past, nor
were they to weep, for all the people
wept fv. 9). When men hear the
words of the law there will be con
viction of sin. (See Eph. G:7; Ileb.
4 :12.) Weeping may not, however, be
conviction (2 Cor. 7:10). Weeping
weakens, but that was not designed,
rather the exhilaration of joy. More
over, they were to seek the refresh
ment cf food and drink. Indeed, the
joy of the Lord was to be their
strength (v. 10). "And there was very
great gladness" (v. 17). In verse 11
we are told that the Levites exhorted
the people to hold their peace, that
the day was holy and that they should
be grieved. To this the people re
sponded (v. 12), and made great mirth,
because they had understood the dec
laration of the word cf the Lord. No
tice that joy and gladness came after
obedience, also that Nehemlah, the
governor, had a part In the teaching.
It is a great thing for any people when
their civil rulers nre genuine, intelli
gent, and spiritual leaders. The peo
ple were instructed to show their grati
tude as well as their piety by remem
bering "those for whom nothing had
been prepared" (v. 10). The fourth
result was peace (v. 11; the peace
of right relation with God (Kom. 5:
1; Phil. 4:7).
Fifth Result: Service.
Mourning can very easily be con
tinued too long, and, therefore, it was
necessary to employ the emotion of
mirth and the exercise of work that
the people might enter Into this peace.
The fifth result, therefore, was serv
ice (v. 12). Notice that their thanks
giving portions and thlr service were
based upon an Intelligent knowledge
f God's word. If there is anything
that present-day social service needs,
It is the illumination which comes
from a knowledge of God's word. Last
of all, worship (vv. 13-18). Worship
Is a compound of "worth" and 'ship."
HE paper birch is an especial
treasure, but we never cut the
bark from a living tree, even
when deep In the woods, un
less we know that the wood
Is doomed to be cut at once.
Too many ignorant or
thoughtless people do not hes
itate to strip ihe beautiful
papery bark from the living
tree, not realizing probably
that the bark is needed to
protect the running of the
sap and that the outer bark,
so smooth and silvery, will
never renew Itself. So, even
if death does not immediately
follow, the beauty of the tree
is gone, said Orra Parker
Phelps in the Housekeeper.
Once I found a dead tree
from which I was able to slip
several feet of bark in rings.
This only needed to be sep
arated into convenient sizes,
fitted with tight bottoms,
sewed in place by raflla or
sweet grass, and lifting lids
attached, to make boxes ready
to fill with Christmas sweets.
In making laurel wreathing
or garlanding we have found
that by taking small twigs
and winding one on to an
other, using light picture wire
as binding, the wreathing
makes very rapidly and easily.
When the white p.ine cones
fall we gather bushels of
them. And such treasures as
the cones are! In the open
fira they make a glorious
blaze fit background for
wonderful fire castles and
as for kindlings they are ab
Remembering that the two
little cousins living on the
Pacific coast once sent a bar
rel of the Western cones to a
much loved poet, greatly to
his delight, we tried sending
a sack of cones, gayly decked
with laurel, to a city friend
who loves an open fire. In
the very bottom was a small
"chunk" with a paper bear
ing these words: "N. B.
This Is a Yule Log." An
other time an armful of the
cone bearing branches of the
red pine were sent to a friend.
But our especial Christmas
gifts, the ones we send to the
nearest and dearest, are our
little Christmas trees. We
take a- day and go up to the
mountain swamp where grew
the cranberries, and there we
choose wee, little shapely
trees, getting them, so far as
we can, from the deep shade
of other trees, for these are
doomed to an early death
anyway. We fit each little
spruce securely to a board,
covering it with moss and
trailing vines. Then we deck
the tree. Of course the gifts
must be tiny and varied to
suit those to whom they go.
This Lad Had a Real
''TMIE question of how to meet the
needs of the education we
wanted our boy to have was
with us from his birth, and It was my
love of all kinds of trees which solved
our problem," said the mother of a
"He came near the Christmas sea
son, and I wanted to do something to
mark the wonderful event My mind
turned to trees. What could be more
appropriate than to plant a tree and
let this child of nature grew up with
"Then came the thought, 'Why not
choose a fruit tree, something that
will yield a tangible profit to be laid
aside asthe beginning of a fund for
the boy's education?' And so the plan
took shape, and as we live in a warm
climate, a fruit tree was planted each
year on Christmas day for the little
"Soon the lad was taking an active
part in the ceremony, and by the time
ihe first fruit appeared he was old
enough to take a real delight in the
proceeds of its sale, which went Into
hia bank A few years more found
aim in entire charge of a small or
chard His ever growing bank ac
count has always been his own, sub
ject to the inspection and advice of his
father, who keeps before him the pur
pose for which it was started"
If you live where the climate pre
vents tres planting on Christmas day
could you not give your son the price
of a fruit tree and let it be planted
when the proper season arrives?
Christmas Mystery Plays.
On their return from the Holy Land
the pilgrims and crusaders brought
new subjects for theatrical representa
tion, founded on the objects of their
devotion and incidents In their wars,
and the early mysteries and other
plays of Christinas, among them that
f St. George and the dragon, which
'las survived to modern times, prob
ably owe their origin to this period.
A Christmas Carol of
fOOB King Wenceslas
7 looked out
On the feast of Stephen,
And the snow lay round about,
Deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that
Though the frost was cruel;
When a poor man came in
Oath'ring winter fuel.
"Hither, page, come stand ly
If thou know'st it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwell
"Sire, he lives a good league
Down beneath the moun
tain, Close against the forest fence
By St. Agnes' fountain."
"Bring me flesh and bring me
Bring me pine logs hither;
Thou and I, we'll see him
When we bear them thith'
"Sire, the night is darker
And the storm grows
Fails my heart, I know not
I can go on longer."
"Mark my steps, be brave, my
Tread thou in them boldly;
Then thou'lt find the winter's
Freeze thy blood less cold
ly." Page and monarch on they
On they went together.
Through the rude wind's wild
Through the bitter weather.
In his master's steps he trod.
Where the snow lay dinted;
That was in the very sod
Which his foot had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be
Wealth or rank possessing.
Ye who now do bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing.
Had To Giye Up
Was Almost Frantic With the Pain
find Suffering of Kidney Com
plaint. Doan's Made Her Well.
cME" V,dia, Suiter, 1838 Margaret
fet., rankford, Pa., Bays: "A cold start
ed my kidney trouble. My back began
to ache and got sore and lame. My
joints and ankles became swollen and
puimui ana it leit as a
needles were sticking in
to them. I finally had
to give up and went
from bad to worse.
"My kidneys didn't
act right and the secre
tions were scanty and
distressing. I had aw
ful dizzy spells when ev
erything before me turn
ed black: ona tine T
couldn t see for twenty minutes. Aw
ful pains in my head set me almost
frantic and I was so nervous, I couldn't
stand the least noise. How I suffered!
Often I didn't care whether I lived or
"I couldn't sleep on account of the
terrible pains in my back and head.
Nothing seemed to do me a bit of good
until I began taking Doan's Kidney
Pills. I could soon see they were help
ing me; the backache stopped, my kid
neys were regulated and I no longer
had any dizzy spells or rheumatic pains.
I still take Doan's occasionally and
they keep my kidneys in good health."
"Stcorn to before me.
F. W. CASSIDY, JR., Notary Public.
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Sore at Grandma.
Betty always hated the early to bed
rule. This evening her grandmother
was hurriedly putting her to bed..
When she finished tucking her in, in
stead of the "great big kiss" she asked
for, Betty indignantly looked up and,
giving her a cold kiss, said : "I love
mos' everybody, but it's a wonder I
GREEN'S AUGUST FLOWER
Has been used for all ailments that
are caused by a disordered stomach
and Inactive liver, such as sick head
ache, constipation, sour stomach,
nervous Indigestion, fermentation of
food, palpitation of the heart caused by
gases In the stomach. August Flower
Is a gentle laxative, regulates digestion
both in stomach and intestines, cleans
and sweetens the stomach and alimen
tary canal, stimulates the liver to se
crete the bile and Impurities from the
blood. Sold In ail civilized countries.
30 and 90 cent bottles. Adv.
Lansdowne, Pa., new St. Vincent's
home for orphans cost $3,000,000 or
One Historic Christmastide.
The crusades had a wonderful Influ
ence upon the literary taste as well as
the national manners and festivities
It was at the Christmas festival of
1214 that the barons demanded from
King John the document which as the
foundation of English liberties is
known by the name of Magna Charta.
John's tyranny had become intolerable,
and the hopes of the people hung on
the fortunes of the French campaign,
in which he was then engaged. After
his defeat and return to England the
barons met secretly and swore to de
mand the restoration of their liberties
by charter under the king's seal. Hav
ing agreed to assemble for this) pur
pose at Christmas, they separated. On
the feast of the Epiphany the barons
asked of the king his confirmation of
the laws of Edward the Confessor and
Henry I. John met the barons with
an absolute refusal, but, finding them
firm, pleaded for time to consider. This
was granted, and in 1215, knowing It
to be Inevitable, he called the barons
to Runymede and there signed the
V Christmas Song f
TV TOW is the time when
2 V holly sprays
Light all the barren, (5y
And every bell, it sounds
A paean in the Master's I
Aomj is the time when ivies
LiiKe oeryi tn tne morning
And every bell, it sounds
And makes the Master's
praise its theme.
Now is the time when mistle-
Is glossy in the noonday glow,
And every bell, it sounds fi(s
To praise upon his name be
stow. Now is the time of ingle
The blessed day of Christ
And every bell it sounds
To ring his praise throughout w
VUnton Scollard in Atns-
Keep a bottle of Yager's
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6pavin, curb, splint or any
enlargement, for shoulder
slip or sweeny, wounds, galls,
scratches, collar or shoe boils,
sprains and any lameness.
It absorbs swellings and en
largements, and dispels pain
and 6tiffness very quickly.
35c Per Bottle
At All Dealers
Each bottle con
tains more than the
usual 50c bottle of
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f Every Woman W ants
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A healing wonder for nasal catarrh,
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Early Jersey and Charleston Wakefield, Stt.
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