The Prague Patriot. (Prague, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 11, 1906 Page: 4 of 8
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INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS
Published Every Thursday In the Interest
of Prague and Vicinity.
W. S. OYTRSTRtET, Proprietor nod
Subscription Price $I.OO
AdvtrtUinf Rfttert Made Known on Appl e lto
la Per on or by Letter.
Spain Is about to close the library
founded by Christopher Columbus at
Seville. It has just learned that he
was an Italian.
A Chicago doctor says that no man
should smoke more than three cigars
a day. We can almost hear Mark
Twain say, "Huh!"
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LESSON TWO—JANUARY 14.
GOLDEN TEXT.—My sun. give mc thine heart.—Prov. 23:26.
Wonders will never cease. A man
actually had the nerve to come into ye
editor's sanctum and try to sell us
some life Insurance.
Count Witte says the Russian revo-
lutionary party is small but deter-
mined. From this distance it looks
large but indeterminate.
It has cost Boston 16,500,000 for
beans during the past year. It will be
a sad day for Boston when the bean
trust gets things cornered.
With n knowledge of the facts made
public concerning "Fads and Fancies,"
that book ought to sell well as a curi-
ous revelation of assininity.
Martha Craig, who says she was on
earth 2,000 years ago, will probably
turn out to be press agent for a new
bloom of youth at $1 per bottle.
It is a safe guess that the Baltimore
editor who says the prettiest girls In
Arrierica are in his town never was
west of the Alleghenles in his life.
A woman's club Is advocating "fewer
but better babies.' Our own babies
could not be better. The improvement
Is desired on other persons' children.
It is worthy of remark that occasion-
ally there is a man with an income of
more than $1,000 a year who finds it
hard to persuade anybody to marry
Manhattan's drink bill figures up
$135,500,000 a year, and yet the news-
paper humorists still prate about the
bibulousness of the Kentucky col-
Speaking of the way the govern-
ment's policy has been conducted,
Witte says that "to err is human."
This looks a good deal like a knock at
The biggest pipe dream yet was that
of the Michigan student who said the
bowl of his pipe was hot enough
from smoking to brand the flesh of a
Uncle Andy sat between Schwab
and Corey at the Carnegie dinner. If
they entertained him with anecdotes
of their experiences he must have
had an interesting time.
The Russian grand dukes have
probably decided by this time that
"a mere strike" may have all the dis-
agreeable consequences of a revolu-
tion, with a lot of extras added.
When the trousseau makers and
other women folk take possession of
the white house the president may be
surprised to learn how unimportant a
figure in the household he really is.
A Frenchman has invented an appa-
ratus that will enable a man to sign
checks 1,000 miles away. Great
scheme! Our checks are no good if
we sign them less than 1,000 miles
Reading that the latest returns
from Saskatchewan give the govern-
ment a good working majority, our
Russian friends may be excused from
remarking pityingly, "O, those Amer-
IN THi£ GAME OF- LIFE.
Don't forget your Ideals. Your Ideals
determine the quality of your work.
Don't shun failures. Remember
that failures are successes partially
Don't believe in chance. Science
has proven that dynamic energy is
the force that moves the universe.
Don't talk all around your subject.
Speak briefly and to the point. Time
may be hanging heavy on your hand;
but it may be one of your customer *
1. The Wise Men from the East.—
Vs. 1, 2. 1. "There came," arrived in
Palestine. It must have been after the
presentation In the Temple, for the
family left Bethlehem immediately af-
ter the visit of the wise men, and be-
fore April, for Herod died April 1. It
was probably in February. "Wise meu
from the east." Magi, sages. They
are men of rank and wealth and
learning, representing the best in the
old civilizations, the men who were
looking and hoping for more light and
Tradition describes them as three
In number, from the number of their
gifts, and represents them as kings— j
"three kings of the Orient," and named ]
them Melchior, Balthazar and Caspar.
"From the east." East here is plural,
designating the eastern regions, prob-
ably Persia. "To Jerusalem," the cap-
ital of the country, these strangers
would naturally come to find the king
of the country in the royal palace.
2. "Saying, Where is he that is born
King of the Jews?" "Where is the
"For we have seen his star in the
east." Seen by them in the Eastern
countries, or seen in the eastern sky,
or both. "And are come to worship
him." To acknowledge his worthship;
to do homage to him.
Why should the star lead them to
think of the Messiah? Such appear-
ances were continually regarded by
the sages of those days as signs of
some great event. The astronomer,
especially the religious astronomer,
sees many things to which untrained
eyes and hearts are blind. The
general expectation of the Great King
at this time would cause the wise men
to think of him when they saw the
wonderful star, especially if they con-
nected it with the promised "star out
of Jacob" (Num. 24:17), or thought of
the morning star that heralds the
The Star in the East. This must
have been a supernatural star, some
light set in the heavens by God, or
some natural phenomenon controlled
by God to gnlde the wise men.
II. The Interview with King Herod.
—Vs. 3-8. 3. "When Herod the king
had heard these things." Eager to
find the object of their search, they
would go through the streets asking,
"Where is He?" at the same time
telling the story of the star. "It is
a simple question, but the quiet voice
gathers velocity and volume until it
sweeps over Jerusalem like a cyclone,
or a rushing wind of Pentecost." "He
was troubled," agitated, disturbed, lest
he should lose his throne and his
i power. He was old, and feeble, and
wicked. His life had been full of
crimes. He knew he was hated by his
subjects. The least disturbance would
inflame his conscience and arouse his
fears. He dreaded a rival. "And all
Jerusalem with him." A new king
might involve the nation in a conflict
with Rome. It might interfere with
their luxuries, their tyrannies, their
schemes of greedy gain. The cure of
her sin might be too costly.
4. "Gathered all the chief priests
and scribes." The authoritative teach-
ers and students of the law. "He de-
manded" (rather "inquired") "of them
where Christ," in the original, "the
Christ," not the proper name, but the
Messiah, the official title of the prom-
ised Deleverer, "should be born."
What do your Scriptures say? What
Is your belief?
5. "It Is written" (Mlc. 5:2).
6. "And thou Bethlehem." This is
quoted freely from the Septuaglnt (the
Greek version of the Old Testament),
just as such quotations were popular-
ly made at that time, for there were
no Bibles In circulation, and quota-
tions must be made chiefly as remem-
bered from hearing them read. "Beth-
lehem, In the land of Juda." Distin-
guishing it from Bethlehem in Zebu-
Ion. "That shall rule;" or, more cor-
rectly, "shall be the shepherd of," in-
cluding the whole work of the shep-
herd, guiding, feeding, defending, fold-
ing, ruling; a perfect picture of what
a good ruler should be.
7. "Then Herod . . .privily (pri-
vately) called the wise men." Pri-
vately, for he was already hatch-
ing, still more privately, his malicious
plot to destroy Jesus. "Enquired . . .
finest point, referring to the informa-
tion, rather than diligence of inquiry.
"What time the star appeared." How
long ago, within what time, was the
birth of the king made known by the
appearing of the star. He would thus
learn the age of Jesus.
8. "He sent (or directed) them to
Bethlehem," a short six miles from Je-
rusalem. "Search diligently." Better,
as before, accurately, carefully. "Bring
me word . . . worship him." He lied,
bacause if he had told his real ob-
ject, they would, of course, not re-
port to hi*. "It was like the kiss of
Little Bethlehem became glorious
because Christ was born there. Our
hearts, too, can become Bethlehems,
and be transfigured by the presence
of Jesus in them.
III. The Wise Men Find Their King.
—Vs. 9, 10. 9. "And, lo, the star,
which they saw in the east," the same
distinguished star, but now in the
south. It is uncertain whether the
star appeared only at the first, and oc-
casionally, or all the way, as is repre-
sented on the journey from Jerusalem
The star guided them to Bethlehem,
and "stood over where the young child
10. "When they saw the star," guid-
ing them, and pointing out the place.
"They rejoiced." Because their jour-
ney was now ended, their search was
IV. They Honor the King with Wor-
ship and Gifts.—V. 11. "They saw the
young child." The wonder is that in
a little child, in a small village, in
humble circumstances, they could see
the King. But every child is a proph-
ecy. "And fell down," in the Orien-
tal manner of showing homage. "And
worshipped him." "Three acts are
hero—falling down, worshiping, and
offering: the first, the worship of the
body; the second, of the soul; the
third, of our goods. With these three,
our bodies, our souls, our goads, we
are to worship him. Without them
all, worship is but a lame and maim-
ed sacrifice, neither fit for wise men
to give nor Christ to receive."—Dr.
Mark Frank. "Opened their treas-
ures." The caskets or chests in which
the gifts were brought. "They pre-
sented unto him gifts." "According
to the Oriental custom in paying vis-
its to royalty. Setting forth greater
truths than they knew, they offered,
to the Son of Man and Son of God,
myrrh, hinting at the resurrection of
the dead; the royal gold; and frank-*
incense that breathes prayer—'myrrh
to a mortal, gold to a king, frankin-
cense to God.'"—Upham in The Wise
Men. "Frankincense" (pure incense).
A yellowish aromatic gum used for
burning as incense in religious ob-
servances. "Myrrh." "An aromatic
gum highly prized by the ancients,
and used in incense and perfumes. It
is Nature's salutation of her Lord, as
she so early puts the crown upon His
head. Her three kingdoms are here:
the vegetable world sending its most
precious things, the sweet frankin-
cense, the everlasting myrrh; the min-
eral world sending its best and high-
est—gold; while the animal world
sends ... a worshiping humanity."
V. The Flight Into Egypt—Vs. 12-
23. 12. "Being warned of God." In
a dream, in the same manner as God
may have spoken to them before. The
verb means, to give a response to one
who asks or consults. The word there-
fore implies that the wise men had
sought counsel of God.
- Joseph, Mary, and the child, being
warned of God, fled into Egypt to be
safe from the power of Herod. Recall
the famous French picture, The Re-
pose in Egypt, in which all t^e light
radiates from the child Jesus, and pen-
etrates far into the darkness of the
Herod massacred the infants of
Bethlehem in the hopes that the child
Jesus would be among them. Herod
died the following April, and the three
returned to Palestine and their Naz-
"In this story we have types of four
classes of men which exist still; name-
ly, (1) those who earnestly seek the
truth; (2) those who rest in the let-
ter of the truth; (3) those who are
fearfully alarmed at the truth; and
(4) those who are affectionate guar-
dians of the truth. The Magi repre-
sent the first, the scribes and Phari-
sees the second, Herod the third, and
Joseph and Mary the fourth."—Ab-
Note that the narrative does not
state that the wise men saw the stai
shining all the way; never in the day-
time, and apparently not at all in Je-
rusalem; but it came on the road to
Bethlehem and hovered at last over
the King himself. God guides us
"with his eye upon us," but he does
not "light up the path on to the goal."
He sends his guiding star when we
need it. He often tests our faith to
make us stronger. Even in the dark
we can keep straight on In the way
"unseeing but not unseen," and at last
we will surely find our King.
Note that "there must have been
a light In the heart, or the light in
the sky had been of no use. Nay, the
sky may become one burning star, but
if there be no light in the soul, no
power of vision, the light itself will
be but darkness."
"Make me, O I/jrd Jesus, like the
Star of Bethlehem, a guiding light to
men, that they may find thee and re-
So fallon! so lost: the light withdrawn
Which once he wore!
The glory from his gray hairs gone
Revile him not—the Tempter hath
A snare for ail!
And pitving tears, not scorn and wrath,
Befit his fall!
O! dumb be passion's stormy rage,
When he who might
Have lighted up and led his age,
Falls back in night.
Scorn! Would the angels laugh, to mark
A bright soul driven.
Fiend-goaded, down the endless dark,
From hope and Heaven?
Let not the land, once proud of him.
Insult him now;
Nor brand with deeper shame his dim,
But let its humbled sons, instead,
From sea to lake.
A long lament, as for the dead,
In sadness make.
Of all we loved and honored, nought
Save power remains —
A fallen angel's pride of thought,
Still strong in chains.
All else is gone; from those great eye
The soul has tied:
When faith is lost, when honor dies,
The man is dead!
Then, pay the reverence of old days
To his dead fame;
Walk backward with averted gaze,
And hide the shame!
—John (Ireenleaf Whittier.
Temperance Instruction in Hungary.
During the past two years the Hun-
garian government has been actively
propojating temperance teaching in
the public schools of that country.
The work has been prosecuted un-
1 der the direction of the Department of
Religion and Public Instruction. This
work took active form in April, 1903,
when the minister of this department
of the government issued a circular
addressed to the Inspectors of Second-
ary Schools, the Higher Schools for
Young Girls and the Commercial and
Industrial Schools, warning the pupils
to avoid intoxicating liquors. It was
somewhat of a preliminary nature, the
opening paragraph reading:
"The ravages caused by alcoholism
become day by day more appalling in
the midst of our people. Everywhere
we see this scourge arising, and in its
train comes misery, the deprivation of
soul and body, apathy, decreased apti-
tude for work, the loosening of the sa-
cred bonds of family life, which are
the only solid foundations of the state
and of social order, the decline of re-
ligious conviction; in fine, a general
decay in morals and physique."
"I have judged it right to enjoin you
by this circular to take every possible
care that in the schools under your
care the pupils of both sexes be suffi-
ciently instructed as to the injurious
effects of alcoholism, and with this ob-
ject, the teachers are to seek the aid
of choice articles contained in man-
uals showing how injurious alcohol-
ism is to morals and public prosperity.
Be pleased also to exhort all the mem-
bers of the teaching corps in village
schools, and in towns, to neglect no
opportunity for forming temperance
j societies, and signify to them that I
will not fail to take count of their ac-
tivity in this matter.
The following month, the minister
sent out to the inspectors of all ele-
mentary public schools another circu-
lar, in which he again discussed the
ravages of alcohol. In this circular, he
"It is a gulf that swallows up the
health of the body and the soul, de-
stroys the forces physical and moral,
leads to the overthrow of the nervous
system, troubles the peace of the do-
mestic hearth, and ends in the ruin of
families. The habit of alcohol
amongst the young inevitably leads to
intemperance." It then asks the Gen-
era] Councils to see that children un-
der fifteen (the age of compulsory
School attendance) are forbidden to
frequent taverns, or to be present at
dances given in public halls.
On the first of last September the
same minister addressed another cir-
cular to the General Inspectors of Pri-
mary Schools, in which they are ex-
horted to see that the societies formed
of scholars "are habituated to polite-
ness and sobriety through efforts to
turn them away from frequenting tav-
erns and places of that character; for
it is intended that these societies
should take an active part in the fight
The inspectors were enjoined to
"Enlighten the scholars first on the
injurious effect of alcohol, prevent
them frequenting the said establish-
ments, inspire them with a salutary
fear, and also give them a good exam-
"In order that the efforts made by
the schools in the fight with alcohol-
ism may be crowned with success, it
is above all necessary that the teach-
ers and the professors themselves
should know all the dangers com-
prised In this scourge, and all the rav-
i ages It causes, physically and moral-
: ly; it is necessary also that they
! should know the greatness of the
I struggle, and the results of scientific
i investigation which have constrained
| the civilized world to take part in this
j noble fight, In which knowledge Is es-
sential to conviction."
In still another circular of Septem-
ber last, the various school authorities
are enjoined to lend their schools for
temperance meetings as often as it
can be done .without interfering with
the requirements of the school curri-
Misuse of the Grape.
While the bee is industriously con-
suming one of the most valuable food
properties of the grape of the use an
all-wise Creator intended it, men are
planning to convert it into native
wine, so-called, by courtesy. To do
this they carry it through a process
of fermentation, by which its food'
property, if not absolutely destroyed,
is reduced to the minimum.
Like the bee they kill two birds
with tne stone, i. e., in making wine
they spoil the grapes for food pur-
poses, and wake to life the "serpent of
the still," that insinuates Itself into
cur homes and coils its slimy folds
around the bodies of our young men,
blighting and blasting their young
manhood, dragging them down to the
dungeon of doom, changing them
from engines to power to uplift, up-
build and enrich, and beautify the
homes and the state, into engines of
destruction, to pull down, to destroy
to blight, and to kill. Grape culture
may be a blessing if pursued alonjf
legitimate lines; but when it is used
to debauch and degrade our young
people, and native wine-shops,
(which are but so many kindergartens
to prepare our boys for drunkards),
are resorted to, to put dollars in tho
grape-grower's till, and add tears and
broken hearts, and wrecked lives, and
desolated homes, to the sum of so-
ciety's woes, and inmates to the in-
sane asylum, and convicts to the pen-
itentiary, as a part of the state's divi-
dends in this unholy business, it be-
comes a curse.
Query: Who Is serving best tho
purpose of his creation, the men en-
gaged in this questionable traffic, or
the tireless bee, which in its daily
toils is unconsciously adding to the
sum of the world's wealth and happi-
Every man is bound by the highest
obligations that can appeal to reason,
to make the world richer in material
wealth, in thought, and purer in life
because he has lived in it.—Christian
Liquor Power a Political Menace.
I am not a fanatic in temperance re-
form. I am, I hope, a level-minded
politician on that and on all other
subjects, but I cannot but be struck
by the pathetic urgency with which
the appeals of dealing with this ques-
tion came from every part of Eng-
land, Scotland and Wales; and though
I say that I am not a fanatic on this
question, I view the uncontrolled con-
dition of our liquor traffic as a serious
danger for two reasons.
In the first place no one can deny-
that there is too much drink in this
country, and that much of the crime
and much of the pauperism and al-
most all the degradation prevalent in
this country are attributable to the
curse of drink. But the second, on
which I regard it as a danger, is this,
that it is becoming too great a power
in the state. I go so far as to say
this, that if the state does not soon
control this liquor traffic, the liquor
traffic will control the state.
Then there is that great contest
with respect to alcoholic liquors. That
is a twofold contest. In one aspect it
is meant to promote temperance, and
in that respect it has my heartiest
sympathy. But in another as-
pect It has still more—my enthusi-
astic interest. That is the aspect in
which it threatens to become a politi-
cal ring. Even more, it has be-
come a political ring already—
a political ring such as we have not
heard of in other English-speaking
countries, and which threatens to
throttle and control the common-
I see the danger coming nearer and
nearer, that owing to the enormou?
influence, wielded directly and indi-
rectly by those who are concerned In
holding up the drink traffic, we are
approaching a condition of things
perilously near the corruption of our
political system.—Lord Rosebery.
Setting High Example.
Gen. Sherman Bell, a member of the
governor's staff in Colorado, was
Miss Helen Gould's escort at a bril-
liant reception at the opening of the
St. Louis fair. The general declined
champagne, and the next morning
Miss Gould sent him the following
note: "I cannot refrain from sending
you a few lines to tell you what a
comfort It was to me last nigh* that
you did not take champagne, for one
feels rather odd In refusing, when al-
most every one takes It. And I nm
also sincerely glad that this Is your
usual custom, and was not simply an
act of courtesy to a lady."—Christian
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