The Prague Patriot. (Prague, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 4, 1906 Page: 2 of 8
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LESSON ONE—JANUARY 7.
GOLDEN TEXT. For milo you is born this llay "1C c"y of David a Sav*
•our, w hich ti Christ the Lord.—I-aiko -
I. The Coming One of Promise and
Prophecy.—In all the past ages there
has been held before men a promise
ami a prophecy of redemption, grow-
ing clearer and clearer as the history
moves on toward the coming of < hrist.
The birth of Christ 1h not an isolated
event, but. the bursting into flower of
i tree growing for ages, with its roots
in the remotest past.
It is impossible that any mere man
could have wrought the work actually
accomplished l>\ Christ. The history
of Christianity is the proof that Christ
must have been such a one as the
Gospels describe him, the Son of Clod
made flesh, a mysterious, but true,
union of God and man.
II. The Period of his Coming was
the most fitting time in all the history
of the world.—There was a most mar-
velous conjunction of all lines <>l
Providential preparation, that makes
us wonder at the wisdom and good-
ness of God.
III. Ten Introductory Events in the
Gospels—1. General statement of the
Incarnation (John 1:18). 2. The rwo
Genealogies (Matt. 1:1-17; Luke
3:23-38). 3. The Birth of .lohn the
Haptist promised (I.uko 1:5-25). ■!
The Annunciation to Mary (Luke
1:26-38). 5. The Annunciation to Jo-
seph (Matt. 1:18-25). «. Mary's visit
to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45, 56). 7.
The Magnificat. Mary's Hymn <>f
Praise (Luke 1:46-55). 8. The Birth
of John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-00). 9.
The Beriedictus Zacharias' Hymn of
Praise (Luke 1; G7-79). Id. The De-
cree of Caesar, and the Journay to
Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-5).
IV. The Birth of Jesus, God's Great
est Gift to Man.—Vs. 1-7. The narra-
tive first states how Bethlehem came
to be the birthplace of Jesus, although
Nazareth was his own country, the
home of his parents. 1. "In those
days." The period in general indica-
ted by the events just described. "A
decree from Caesar Augustus, lite
emperor of Rome. "That all the
world." Nearly the whole known
world then was included in the Roman
empire. "Should be taxed. Rather,
2. "And this taxing," etc. Head as
In R. V. and Am. R. "This was the
first enrollment made when Quirlnlus
was governor of Syria."
3. "His own city." The city of lils
ancestors, where tho family records
were kept. '
4. "And Joseph also went up *
* * unto the city of David, which
is called Bethlehem." The mother of
Jesus lived in Nazareth of Galilee, but
the prophet had foretold that, the Mes-
siah should be born in Bethlehem, the
city of David (Mtc. 5:2), and this was
the only fitting place, for he was the
heir of David's kingdom, in whom
should be fulfilled the promises to him
i hat his house and his throne should
be established forever (2 Sam. 7:10):
for the Messiah's kingdom was to be
the completion atul frUjtlon of David's
5. "With Mary," who also was of
the lineage of David.
V. The Earthly Scene from a Heav-
enly Point of View.—Vs. X-12. Heaven-
ly beings who knew infinitety more
than men could conceive both of man s
needs, and of the blessings brought to
them by the Divine Redeemer, looked
on the scene we have just been view-
ing with very different thoughts from
those of the bystanders. Through a
rift in the clouds that hide the heav-
ens we see the angels and the interest
they take In man. If there is joy In
the presence of the angels of God over
one sinner that repenteth, how great
must be the joy when the Redeemer
came to save multitudes from their
8. "And there were in the same
country." In the fields near Bethle-
hem. "Shepherds abiding in the field."
Note that while there is no certainty
as to the time of year, yet there is
nothing in this statement that mili-
tates against Christ's birth being in
December, for "during the month of
December the earth is clothed with
rich verdure, and sowing and plough
ing go on at Intervals."— Schaff.
9. "And, lo, the angel," rather "an
angel," "came upon them," "stood by
them," apparently coming upon them
without their being aware of his ap-
proach. "In classic. Greek also the
verb used of the appearance of heav-
enly beings, dreams, vision*." 'tit.
Crit. Com. "And the glory of the
lyord." The angelic form Is bright
and luminous, throwing all around
them a sort of heavenly halo, In
which even the lustrous Syrian stars
grow dim. This radiant brightness in
all ages has been the best symbol and
manifestation of God's nature, express-
ing wisdom, love, power, purity, mys-
tery, eternity, omnipresence. The
glory showed that the angel was an
authorized messenger from God. "And
they were sore afraid." "The univer-
sal consciousness of sin and of unfit-
ness for 11k; eternal world makes all
mankind afraid of any unexpected dis-
closure of the spiritual world or reve-
lation of the nearness of God."—Ab-
in. "Good tidings." The word from
which our word "gospel" comes. They
announced the best news the world
had ever heard, the news of the Sav-
iour who would fill the whole world
with heavenly glory, like that then
shining on tho field of Bethlehem. 'To
all people." To all ages, all nations,
all classes, all colors. The Gospel is
the universal religion, as broad as
the human race; and the joy is more
intense to each one because it is for
11. "For unto you is born * *
* a Saviour." One who should save
them from their sins, their worst and
most dangerous enemies.
12. "And this shall be a sign unto
you," that the words spoken were
true; and a guiding sign, like tho sign
to the wise men, showing how they
might know what child was the one re-
VI. The Chorus of Angels and
Their Song—Vs. 13. lft. "With
the angel a multitude." "The whole
host of heaven was praising God, not
merely that jiortion of It which was
visible to the shepherds."—Int. Crlt.
GOT MUSIC THAT HE ENJOYED.
Farmer Called for Popular Airs, and
Uncle Joe Rich of Guildhall, Vt.,
was a character, He w as a well-to-do
farmer, and kept open house to his
friends. Rotund and jovial, and dress-
ed in his Sunday suit, blue swallow-
tail coat with brass buttons, buff vest
and black silk hat, he was a noticeable
figure. He attended all the dances,
could cut a pigeon wins to "beat the
band," and was a great favorite with
One fall after the crops were stored
they invited him to take a week's trip
lo Boston to see the sights with them.
One night after supper, which was
washed down with a liberal supply
of champagne, "Uncle Joe" was taken
to the theatre, the party occupying
The old man was at his best. As
lie sat down and looked the audience
pver the orchestra struck up an oper-
atic selection. He wanted to know
"what kind of a cussed tune" that
was, anyway. This selection was fol-
lowed by another. lie wiped his
beaming face and bald head with a
red silk bandanna which he pulled out
of his silk tile, and walked around un-
Finally lie could stand it no longer.
Leaning over tho box, he shouted,
waving Ills hat: "Say, Mr. Fiddlers,
if you've got. those fiddles tuned give
us 'Fisher's Hornpipe' or 'Devil's
Dream.'" This brought down the
house, and the band struck up the
music the old man wanted.
"Bill" Was Out of the Smoke.
in the vicinity of Paris Hill Me t
generation or thereabout ago lived a j population,
man namer William Young, who was
known as "Bill" Young. Although it
was conceded lie was hardly upto par
intellectually, and was accordingly
Fair little head of sun 1 i own hair
Sweet as the autumn glow —
Dear little hands, oh. child of mine,
Lost to me long ago!
Down in the orchard, white with bloom,
Long wondrous hours we spent.
Watching the crimson sun sink low
And dreaming where he went.
Thrilled with the Joy of life and love.
The deep peace over all. .
Fragrance of blossoms newly blown
The robin's plaintive call.
Prayer of the lovelorn nightingale.
And laughter sweet and shrill;
Ghosts ttf the June dusk looming up
Beyond the distant Ijill.
Well did we know the red clouds trailed
The far-off mystic sea;
Dear little heart, the wide, wide world
Seemed Just for you and me.
Fair little head of sun brewn hair
Sweet as the autumn glow-
Dear little hands. >th. child of mine
Lust to me long ago!
—\V. L., in New York Sun.
Curse of Liquor in Britain.
Side by side with the record of
misery stands a record for the United
Kingdom of 6,000 breweries, 108.000 li-
censed drinking-houses, a total con-
sumption of beer amounting to 21.000,-
000 gallons for the year 1904. Each
person in England and Wales is esti-
mated to drink nearly 500 glasses of
beer in a year. Eliminating those
that are too young to drink their
share and those who abstain from
principle or experience, it leaves 53.9
gallons each for the remainder of the
This is more than a gal-
lon a week for each week in the year.
Down John Bull's throttle go 38,000
glasses of his favorite beverage every
minute day and night. Although
"Glory to Clod." For the coming of
Jesus was the highest expression of ways witty and sure to provoke laugh-
God's glory, the fulness of his nature,
his love, his goodness, which passed
before Moses when lie asked to seo
God's glory. "In the highest." In the
highest heavens, In the highest rank,
in the highest strains, in the highest
God's is the glory, for ho is the
source of alt the good that Jesus
brought to men. And the hearts that
worship God, and love to praise him
are the ones which both receive and
carry to men Ihe peace and good will.
"And on earth peace." Peace with
God; peace with nature by a life in
harmony with Its laws; peace with
other men; peace in the Individual
soul, all its faculties and powers work-
ing together in perfect harmony;
peace with conscience by forgiven sin;
perfect victory over sin which is the
destroyer of peace. It Includes all that
makes heaven be heaven in outward
and inward joy. This peace is the
fruit of the Gospel in each sould that
receives it, and the ultimate result oi
the Gospel in all the world. "Good
will toward men." That was nothing
new. II was a commonplace even
among the heathen. What the world
needed to know was that God had
good will, a gracious purpose, toward
all men; that the holy God loved this
sinful, rebellious, unworthy world, ly-
ing in darkness and the shadow of
death; that the Father loved liis wan-
dering. prodigal children, all defiled
with sin. To bring tills message, to
publish the glad tidings that "God so
loved the world that lie gave his only
begotten Son that whosoever believ-
eth in him should not perish, but
have eternal life." this was worthy of
the whole host of angel messengers to
bring to man.
VII. The Shepherds Find the King.
—Vs. 15-20. 15. "Let us now go." At
once, without delay. So should we
ever seek tin- Savior. The shepherds
had so much t'alth in the angel's mes
sage that they proceeded to investi-
gate and see for themselves.
10. "They came with haste." Show
ing their zeal and ardor, as well as
faith. We can never find tho Savioi
too soon. "And found," everything just
as the angels had told them; and they
then knew that the angel's message
was true—the Savior had come.
17. They made known abroad."
Whosoever has truly found the Savioi
burns to "proclaim to all around what
u Savior they have found."
IS. "All they that heard it won
dered." it was indeed marvelous
news, so good thai many find it hard
to believe that it is true.
19. "But Mary," in contrast witt
kept all these things" if
the butt of jokes, his replies were al- some fellow who is handy at figures
has calculated that it this beer were
run into a basin of proper depth it
On one occasion, in celebrating a
presidential election, it is said, the
boys decided to put up a poke on the
old man. They had an old "muzzle
loader," whirfi they filled nearly half-
full of black powder, wads, etc., and
informed him he must fire it. "Bill"
demurred, on tho ground that the
charge was too heavy, but on being
told it was the only way lie eoyld
show his loyally to the • Republican
party he consented.
Taking the gun somewhat gingerly,
lie fired, and was, of course, bowled
aver and over by the recoil of the
One of tho boys, a safe distance
nway, and doubled up with laughter,
managed to gasp: "Say, Bill, what
are you down there for?"
"Huh! To got out th' smoke," re-
torted "Bill," slowly and painfully
picking himself up out of the dirt.
The Southland boasts its teeming cane
The prairie West its heavy grain.
And sunset's radiant pities upfold
Uti rising marts and sands of gold!
Rough, bleak and hard, our little State
Is scant of soil, of limits strait;
Her yellow sands are sands alone.
HeV only milieu are ice and stone!
From Autumn frost tn April rain.
Too long her winter woods complain;
From budding- (lower to falling leaf,
Her summertime is all too brief.
Yet on her rocks, nnit on her sands.
And wintry hills, the sehoolhouse stands;
And what her rugged soil denies
The harvest of the mind supplies.
The riches of the commonwealth
Are free, sirong minds, and hearts of
And more to her than gold or grain
The cunning hand and cultured brain.
For well she keeps her ancient stock.
The stubborn strength of Pilgrim Rook;
And still maintains, with milder laws.
And clearer light, the Good Old Cause!
Nor heeds the skeptic's puny hands.
While near her school the church spire
Nor fears the blinded bigot's rule.
While near her church spire stands tin
—John Ore.onleaf Whittier.
To Start a Balky Horse.
The account of a driver's brutality
to a balking horse in a recent issue
leads n.e to write you the following:
Some years ago in Cincinnati, dur-
ing the noon hour in one of the busi-
est streets, a horse attached to an ex-
press wagon became balky. Many
remedies wore tried without effect.
Presently one of Cincinnati's host
known horsemen came along. When
he saw the trouble he smilingly ask-
ed for a stone, which was given to
him. Then he asked the driver to
lift up one foot of tho liorso and with
the stone he struck the shoe a ntim-
the others, "kept all these tilings if ; l3e|, ()f )|n„.s.
her memory. They wore treasures "Now," ho said to tho driver, "got
whose value the following years re Up ()U yOU1. K,,;1| un,i drive off."
vealed to her. "Pondered them. Kepi TliU the driver did, amid cheers of
revolving them, comparing them wiO j (|ir bystanders. The horseman said
the promises of tho Old Testament, J |)e |ui(| m) w(,y this made a balky
and what had been announced to her. ■ j,orge g0i hut he had found it an un-
20. "The shepherds returned. loi f.,j]jns remedy.—Letter in New fork
their duty R'< shepherds, but with a . Times
new life and blessing In all their daily-
work. Feeding sheep could never Not Enough Present.
again be coiiimonplaee toll lo them ' "111, there, youse two!" yelled the
After our holiest communion with j stevedore; "handle that gunpowder
God, our views from the Pisgahs ol careful!"
life, our insight Into the Word and "Why?" demanded the two handlers
heaven on the mounts of transfigura- j in chorus.
tion, we must return to our daily du- i "Don't you know some o' that same
ties, but with a now lift- in them, a powder exploded a couple o' years ago
new blessing otf them. "Glorifying" an'hlowed up ten "men?"
expresses the feeling of the greatness | "Well," replied one of the workmen,
of tlio work. "Praising" refers to the , "shure thot couldn't happen now.
goodness displayed in IL ' There's only two of us here."
would float the whole British navy,
thai impressive statement is far from
telling the story in its most impres-
sive form. It is when you estimate
the cost of all this drink in a land
where misery abounds that its full
j force is borne in on you. The bill for
j drink ip the; United Kingdom comes to
! $10,000,000 a week. It is $500,000,000
I a year. Every minute clay and night
$1,000 pass from the pockets of the
people over the bars of the drinking
places and into the treasuries of the
But even yet the full import of these
figures has not gone home to our
minds. It is not the rich who pay
these sums over. The figures deal
with beer alone, the beverage of the
workingman. The classes who enjoy
! large means drink spirits and wines
j for the most part. The $500,000,000
come mostly out of the wages of the
laboring classes. If we could only
trace effect and cause we should find
I that a good deal of the misery afflict-,
j ing the people of England comes di-
I rectlv from those copious millions of
| glasses of beer consumed during the
year. The working people of England
•pond on beer an average it, $55 per
1 year for each family. Out of every
I sovereign gained by toil, 2 shillings
and 3 pence go for beer. After this if
we count what goe3 for spirits the
working people of the kingdom spend
i on an average one-sixth of their in-
I comes on drink. The average wage of
i a miner in England is about £400 a
year. If the miner spends one-sixth
i of this, £66, in drink and then when
! out of employment comes to want,
i surely cause and effect were never
more easily traced than in this-—-Los
1871 was called on to pay to victorious
Germany. But only once! Not much
less (four millions) must Germany,
overcome and bound hand and foot,
pay to alcohol capital not once merely
but every year! For we drink up
every year fourfold the amount our
navy and army together costs us."
And what does alcohol capital give
us in return for this tribute? It gives
us a gigantic number of crimes, at
least 180.000 per annum—Crimes of
violence and lust. It gives an army
of sick. It gives us a degenerate pos-
terity. It gives us a population made
ugly and repulsive in its personal ap-
pearance. One has only to walk
through Munich, a city lying wholly
in the brewers' chains, and to notice
the faces and the bellies. One has
only to compare the typical German
student with the beautifully supple
and shapely strong youth of Oxford
and Cambridge. Alcohol capital
makes us the laughing stock of the
foreigner. You remember the words
of President Castro, of Venezuela,
"We have only to provide the Ger-
mans with enough beer and they give
us all we want." Alcohol capital re-
duced our powers of defense, and it
causes an enormous impoverishment
of our people.
But the alcohol capital provides
many people with a livelihood! Yes,
and what kind of a livelihood? The
mortality of those who work in alco-
hol trades is three to four times the
average mortality in other trades.
Thus, if 100 is taken as a standard,
the mortality among brewery employ-
es is 245, among saloon keepers 257.
and among bartenders and waiters
397. So the poison destroys those
who prepare it!
Problems of the Unemployed.
In the course of an address deliver-
ed at. i^icestor, England, recently, Mr.
David Shackolton, M. P., pointed out
that, notwithstanding a decrease of
five millions last year, 160 millions
were spent in drink, which was more
than the entire cost of governing thp
country from St. Stephens. This
amounted to t'3 19s per head of the
population, or, taking out the children
under fifteen and the teetotalers, £1"
3s 7d per head. If this money were
spent in other direction he thought
it would go a long way towards solv-
ing the unemployed problem Only
seven and one-half per cent, of the
value of the output in the brewing
industry wont in wages, whereas in
mining the percentage was 55, and in
tlie cotton trade 29. It was because
the people of the country had not
been taking as much interest as they
ought to have done In the great ques-
tions before them that they had had
during the last ten years a set-back,
not only in temperance, lint In other
important matters, and a sober nation
could have obtained reforms much
quicker than the present rate of pro-
A German Judge's Arraignment.
Judge Popert, one of the able new
men who have come to the front in
recent years in the legal profession in
Germany, a short time ago in an ad-
Iross, spoke of the corrupt influence
•lie great capital invested in breweries
has upon the German nation, in the
"Five million francs (one billion dol-
lars) was the amount which France In
Drunkenness in the Middle Ages.
The wretched condition of the tav-
erns in Ihe middle ages is described
by Erasurus of Rotterdam; and a cen-
tury later Albertinus says that they
are rightly called "Hell holes," nur-
series and schools of every earthly
and hellish vice, with which country,
town and city are overrun. Day is
changed into night, and men into rag-
ing beasts and swine. Every species
of crime and of criminals may be
That general wretchedness resulted
need hardly be affirmed. Literature
was debased—even the religious mu-
sic was eclipsed by the songs of de-
bauch. Princes fell into base public
wrangles and street quarrels; family
life was invaded, and to speak dispar-
agingly of women was esteemed man-
ly. Idleness and beggary increased,
and the civil authorities were not
strong enough to cope with either.
Hans Sachs prays God lo send a Ger-
man Hercules lo deliver,Ihe land from
robbers, murderers and other crimin-
als; for "from these no man is now
secure." Crime was in its blooming-
lime (Blutezeit I. The peasant Peter
hanged in Silesia in 1615. had already
murdered sixty-nine persons, robbed
twelve churches and burned many
Norarlus bemoans (1572) the
wretched condition of the country:
"No steadfast peace, no good fortune
no blessing, no star of hope in tht
world; bad in Bavaria, worse still it
Suabia; war, not peace." Polycari
Leiser, in 1605, laments: "The stables
are empty of cattle; the waters oi
fish; the air of birds; citizens and
peasants are poor; food fails; taxes
increase; in drunkenness and gluttony
we are at the lowest stage." Diseases,
too, had multiplied. Luther complains
that the world is dying of "surfeit, not.
of age." Seldom could one be found
who had reached the age of seventy or
eighty; most died before forty; at fifty
and sixty one was already accounted
old; not one person oil} of every thirty
had sound digestion. Very many died
in drunkenness.—Christian Standard.
The Dethroning of Alcohol.
Another potent factor in the de-
throning of alcohol has been 'he spirit
of scioniific research of recent
years. In the great laboratories scien-
tists have been carefully stundying
tho effects of alcoholic liquors upon
the various organs of the body, and,
although they differ in their conclus-
ions upon some points, the result is
that those phsicians who have most
closely followed these investigations
have, almost or entirely, abjured al-
coholics. as iuiecegsary part of their
therapeutic outfit. Those elaborate
studies of alcohol have convinced
many that the nourishing and
strengthening properties ascribed to
alcoholics existed only in the imagin-
ation, and belong to the errors of an
ago which had no facilities for ac-
curate observation. The food quali-
ties of the grains and fruits. It is
now believed by many authorities, are
destroyed in the process of making
alcoholic drinks. Even the stimulating
qualities ascribed to alcohol are de-
nied by many, who class it among
sant effect —From an Open l.etter In
the narcotics because of its depres-
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