Gate Valley Star (Gate, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 4, 1918 Page: 2 of 8
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Vive La France
By OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
THE land of sunshine and of song!
Her name your hearts divine;
To her the banquet's vows belong
Whose breasts have poured its wine;
Our trusty friend, our true ally
Through varied change and chance;
So, fill your flashing goblets high,
I give you, VIVE LA FRANCE 1
Above our hosts in triple folds
The selfsame colors spread,
Where Valor's faithful arm upholds
The blue, the white, the red;
Alike each nation's glittering crest
Reflects the morning's glance,
Twin eagles, soaring east and west:
Once more, then, VIVE LA FRANCE!
Sister in trial! who shall count
Thy generous friendship's claim,
Whose blood ran mingling in the fount
That gave our land its name,
Till Yorktown saw in blended line
Our conquering arms advance,
And Victory's double garlands twine
Our banners! VIVE LA FRANCE I
O land of heroes! in our need
One gift from heaven we crave
To stanch these wounds that bravely bleed—
The wise to lead the brave!
Call back one captain of thy past
From glory's marble trance,
Whose name shall be a bugle blast
To rouse us! VIVE LA FRANCE!
(Conducted by the National Worn**'"
Christian Temperance Union.)
I CONSERVE! conserve!
Oh. yea; oh. yea;
Dear Uncle Sam,
We women are willing
To help all we can.
We'll eat lew bread
And save the wheat.
Add flsh to our diet
To save the meat;
We'll use less sugar
And still keep sweet—
We'll save our money and buy a bond
For Liberty's cause the world around;
But, Uncle Ram,
Please, won't you close the breweries?
Oh, yes; oh, yes;
We hear the cry
We'll do or <fie-
We'll talk and try.
We'll skimp and save
And work and slave.
Corn bread for every meal we'll eat.
And give our allies the best of the wheat.
We'll save our money for stamps of Thrift
To iive Liberty's cause a hearty lift-
But, Uncle Sam,
We can't understand
Why you don't close the breweries?
—Margaret B. Piatt.
nirv 'v B. FIT2WATER. I>. X>-.
' Teacher of English Bible In the Moody
Bible Institute of Chicago.)
1918, Western Newspaper
Tb. statue of Lsfsyette. presented to SRSfiS'^ ** C°Urt °' **
Honored by All
slon as major general, although he was
then some weeks 'ess than twenty
years of age.
IMaml under the personal care of
Washington, the great commander In
chief soon becniue attached to the
received more than that, for one of his
legs was so badly wounded by a bullel
that he had to be carried to Bethle-
hem, where he lny for weeks, attended
tenderly by the Moravian sisters.
For a time Lafayette was under Gen
chief soon becniue attacnea to me r... .. ..— - —-
ywnt officer. The feeling of .dmlra-
SEPTEMBER Oth In the 107th an-
niversary of the birth of the
great French soldier who was
America's friend In her hour of
Lafayette was a mere boy of twenty
when be left his young wife In France
nnd ut his own expense came to this
country and presented himself to cou-
gresa aud offered Uls services where
they would be best suited for the
cause In hand.
Lafayette received his first Impres-
sions of the American struggle for lib-
erty while he was statloued at Metz.
Undoubtedly he was led to apply to the
American commissioners at Paris,
among whom wus Franklin, through
bis recollection of the loss of Canada
to France. It was ut the same time
that he, an urlstocrnt. began to under-
stand the common people. Certainly
from the first moment of his landing
Vn America until the end of his days
lie was most democratic lu his deal-
ings with all men.
When he appeared before Franklin
and Deane ami desired to offer his
sword to America he was dissuaded.
He was told that, In the first place,
there was no ship to take him. and to
that ha answered that he would char-
ter a vc8mh1 himself nnd at the sai.ie
time supply It and also take any com-
munications the commissioners had for
Won Commissioners' Sanction.
There was no other answer to a per-
severing, courageous nnd generous
young soldier than to accept Ills offer,
lie gladly embraced the opportunity
to lend his aid and also Invited sev-
eral other dashing young Frenchmen
to accompany him.
lie was as good as his word, nnd In
due time he and his ship urrlved on
tlds side of the Atlantic. Congress
read with Interest his recommenda-
tions from Franklin, and they agreed to
the single proviso In his offer, which
was that he, on account of his posi-
tion, was to receive the commission
as a general officer and he was to be
free to answer any summons of his
king. But at the same time he stipu-
lated that he was to serve without
It waa about the middle of April.
J777, that the young nobleman arrived
tlon was mutual, and Lafayette until
the day of his death regarded his men-
tor and friend us tho greatest Ameri-
Gladly Gave His Services.
From the first he was convinced of
the Justness of the American cause,
and he fought for it as If It were his
own. He not only served without pay,
but actually lent assistance to the
struggling colonies out of his own pri-
vato means. In all, he advanced about
$140,000 to the American cause, and
In those days that was an Immense
sum of money.
service. When the Rhode Island cam
puign was drawing to a close aid
D'Estslng's fleet and 4,000 French
troops were withdrawn, It became evi-
dent to those who thought on the sub-
ject that the patriot army was In a sad
quandary. It needed supplies nnd If.
needed assistance In men, and It need-
ed the alliance of a powerful nation.
It wus true that the badly clothed and
sadly supplied little straggling army
of the colonists could hold out for a
long time; but It was evident that
help was needed If a peace was to be
signed that would guarantee their lib-
Lafayette was one of those who saw
that the patriots must have help. He
had been absent from home and hla
young wife for two years, and he asked
for a leave of absence to visit France
Toward the end of the year 1778 h«
returned home and congress, although
It was j>oor In resources, did prove Its
gratitude by ordering Franklin, tliec
American envoy In France, to have e
sword made and presented to the dls
tlngulshed young soldier.
Made Victory Sure.
Lafayette returned again, nnd thlt
time France sent over an army and,
what was more valuable, a fleet to co-
operate with It. and with these new
forces in the Held against her the Brit-
ish began the flnnl chapter of the waT.
After the war Lafayette visited the
United States and was everywhere re-
ceived with welcoming hands.
Toward the evening of his life the
great Frenchman was In need, having
lost his property and having been oth-
erwise deprived of his patrimony. It
was at this time that congress voted
him money nnd lands, which he sold for
$100,000, nnd at the same time Invited
him to revisit the scene of his youth
Ills tour of the country lasted four
teen months, during which period ho
WHAT LIFE INSURANCE RECORDS
The Life Extension institute, of
which Prof. Irving Fisher of Yale is
chairman, nnd ex-President William
Howard Taft Is president of the board
of directors, published a report of the
actuaries of 43 American life Insur-
ance companies covering a period of
25 years from 1885, showing the In-
creased mortality of moderate users of
alcoholic liquors. These records were
kept without any reference to the pro-
hibition Issue, and reveal that:
1. Very moderate users of liquor
Increased their death rate by 18 per
cent over the normal rate.
2. Moderate' users of liquor with an
occasional excess, Increased their
death rate by 50 per cent over the
3. Those who drank more than two
glasses of beer or more than one glass
of whisky per day and yet were con-
sidered acceptable standard risks for
Insurance, Increased their death rate
by 80 per cent above the normal rate.
These three classes of Insured mod-
erate drinkers Increased their mortal-
ity by an average of 51 1-3 per cent
The death rate recorded by these
companies Includes only men suffi-
ciently temperate to secure a life In
surance policy. If we add the thou-
sands of heavy drinkers who cannot
get life Insurance the death rate from
liquor will be largely Increased.
The comparisons In this report are
with the average mortality of all In-
sured men, Including the users of
liquors. If It had been made with the
total abstainers the difference In mor-
tality would have been even greater.
nm of money. . visited each of the then twenty-four
Le lion two month, from the d. | " ™ „ml c„
o received hi. commlMlo. he « .] «! •' . w,lton,,.
lie died In France In 18114 nnd there
In command of a body of troops In the
army that engaged the British at the
battle of the Brandywlne. The Amer-
icans numbered lu all about 11,000 ef-
fective troops, although their total
number was about 15,000, while the
1 British confronted them with an army
I of 18,000 tralued men.
Then, on September 11, 1877, when
was general mourning nnd many trib-
utes to his memory In the United
The present war has caused his nanx
to be illuminated again, for once uion
France and America are fighting a com
mou foe, but thia time the countrj
which France helped to free la return
TT, that the young nobleman arrived he had Juit P*"** JL!Tto Vsat'at htr lo freeing the warW
In youth Carolina, and it vac In July day, young Lafayette, • tall •trtpllog, ing to as
fWfW vi Ms Mi owwl* Wg WU «l in,
THE LUMP IN HIS SIDE.
A worklngman, almost ruined by
drink, was Induced to sign the pledge
for a year. When the year was out,
he went nnd renewed It for life. He
had Just received his wages, and had
the money In a bag In his Inside pocket,
when he met the saloonkeeper at
whose place he used to drink.
"Well, old fellow," said the saloon-
keeper, "how do you do?"
'Pretty well," the worklngman an-
swered, "only Tve got a hard lump
here on my side."
"Oh!" said the other, "It's cold water
does that; If you'd drink some good
liquor, it would soon tuke the lump
'But," said the man, "I have Just
renewed the pledge for life, and I
can't do It."
"Then, mind what I say," said the
saloonkeeper, "that lump will go on In-
creasing. and very likely before an-
other year you'll have another on the
"I hope so," said the worklngman,
taking out his money bag and shaking
it. "It's cold cash."
THE BUSINE8S VIEW.
The time is aot far distant when
a prohibition tone will surround mills
and factories, even as schools and
churches are now protected, within
which no liquor will be sold. It Is big
business that Is now talking, not mere-
ly preachers and reformers. Large
financial interests are at stake. Com-
petition is so close that the very ex-
istence of factories In the race for
trade and maintenance Iq threatened
unless the field be a clear one with no
mill discounted by lower standards of
efficiency than another. No business
will tolerate the drink habit today.
Trust companies presided over by
boozers are tabooed by the Investor.
Time was when the brilliant alcoholic
could hold his place In almost any
Job or profession. That time la post.
Industry and education have come to
realize that dependability Is better
than brilliancy Itself and that bril-
liancy la more common with men of
clear heada than with thoae whoae
bratna are muddled with alcohol,—Tar-
LESSON FOR JULY 7
BEGINNING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
LESSON TEXT-Acta 16:13-84.
GOLDEN TEXT—Whosoever will, lot
him take the water of life freely.-Revel*-
11 DEVOTIONAL READINO-John
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FOR
t£aCHER^AcU 2:37-47 ; 8:26-40; Roman.
' primary TOPIC-LovlnK and tntftinf
"JKwRT VElSi-W, 1... h,
first loved u«.—I John 4:19.
I. How Lydla Began the Chrlatlan
Life (w. 13-15).
Lydla was the first convert to
Christ In Europe. Hers was a typical
conversion. Note the steps therein:
" L Attendance at the place of pray-
er (v. 13).
The accustomed place here was ac
the river side. The accustomed place
today is In church. God can and does
save men and women without any
seeming connection with places of es-
tablished worship, but he appears to
most people at such places. The very
fact that he has established and sus-
tains churches here and there Is an
urgent call to all men and women to
place themselves In the way of salva-
tion. While no one can save himself,
yet all can put themselves In the way
of salvation by attending church, read-
ing the Bible, etc.
2. Listening to the preaching of tho
Word of God (vv. 13,14).
Paul took advantage of the oppor-
tunity which was given him by the
assemblage of this group of devoted
women to preach Christ to them. He
was alert for and prized highly the op-
portunity to tell the people about
Christ. He knew also how perilous
It was to neglect to witness for Christ
at a time when unsaved people are
together. The opportunity is God's
call to preach Christ.
i. Her heart was opened by the
Lord (v. 14).
The individual may place himself
In the way of salvation by coming
near to the means of grace, and the
preacher may preach the Word of God,
but there Is no hope of salvation until
the heart is opened by the Lord (John
6:44, 45). While the salvation of
every one Is dependent upon this sov-
ereign act of the Lord, yet we can be
sure that he is willing at all times to
do this for those who, like Lydla,
place themselves In the way of his
4. She was baptized, (v. 15).
This ordinance follows belief In
Chirst. The invariable rule In the
early church was for believers to be
baptized. While there is no salvation
In the water of baptism, yet hearty
obedience should be rendered In this
respect (Acts 2:38-41; 8:12; Mark 161
16). Lydia brought her household to
Christ This Is us it should be. She
showed signs of the new life, in that
she expressed gratitude toward those
who had been Instrumental in her con-
version (v. 15) by constraining them
to share the hospitality of her home.
II. How the Philippian Jailer Be-
gan the Christian Life (vv. 25-34).
1. The occasion (vv. 25, 26).
The casting out of the spirit of di-
vination from the damsel landed Paul
and Silas in prison. The pain of bleed-
ing backs, and of feet in stocks, kept
them from sleeping; but not from
praying and sluging. The Lord heard
their prayers and sent an earthquake
which shook the Jail, opened the doors
of the prison, and loosed the bonda
from the prisoners' hands.
2. The method (vv. 27-34).
(1) Visitation of the supernatural
(vv. 27-29). The Jailer was awakened
from his sleep by the earthquake. This
earthquake was unusual In that it
loosed the bonds from the prisoners'
hands. In his desperation the Jailer
was about to commit suicide. This
was avert d by Paul's assurance that
all were safe. The fact that the doors
were opened and the prisoners frea
and yet no one escaped, showed him
that something unusunl had occurred.
Therefore, he came trembling and
prostrated himself before Paul and
(2) The great question (v. 30). In
the presence of the supernatural he
cried out, "What must I do to be sav-
ed?" One's salvation la not far off
when he utters this cry with sincerity.
(3) The vital answer (w. 31, 82).
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,"
Is the only way to be saved.
(Acts 4:12). Though the way
of salvation is restricted. It Is simple
nnd easy. No one who haa believed
on Chrlat has failed to recelvs it The i
Jailer's faith waa not blind faith, for
they apaks unto him the word of th«
Urd, and to ail that wtrt Id his bout*
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