Beaver County Democrat. (Beaver, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 1, 1909 Page: 3 of 8
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BY THE "HIGHWAY AND BYWAY"
ITHIN Ore days!"
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Baaed on Apocryphal Book of Judith,
True piety finds expression in
The heart which beats true
with Qod fears not In the pres-
ence of the power of wicked-
A beautiful physique and a
beautiful heart form a combina-
tion which can work mightily
for Qod among men.
Too often it is true that beauty
proves a pitfall and a snare to
It Is a saying' that "She le
too pretty to be good," and "She
Is too good to be pretty."
But the commonest fsce and
form becomes beautiful in the
reflected light of the beautiful
deeds of heart and life.
However, vanity, frivolity and
wlckedneaa are not necessary
sorollaries of beauty of face and
Adown history's pages have
eome the recorde of beautiful
women who have lived beauti-
fully and wrought magnificent-
Among euch is this fair Jew-
ieh widow, Judith.
The grace and beauty of the
vislbls were but the beautiful
setting for the purity of heart
and lofty Ideala of the life
She knew God and delighted
to serve him, and the beauty
and grace with which God had
endowed her, inatead of turn-
ing her heart from him, became
the bleesed Instrument of dsllv-
erance to her beloved city.
Whether ths story is his-
tory or only fiction, this fast re-
malne that womanhood is here
exalted, and Judith becomes the
expression of all that is purest,
most eublims and heroic.
It la such charactera as this
that the world needs in evsry
age. Judith shines liks a rare
gem from out a dark back-
ground. Blsssed Is her mem-
ory. And blessed ie the mem-
dry of every true woman who in
ths hour of great need, whether
in the national life or the life of
the home, riees heroically and
dedicates her sll for the help
and salvation of others.
Beauty that is only skin deep
Is perilous. Beauty which
reachee to the inner heart and
life ie the beauty which proves
a benediction upon the world.
Truly, the value of a "good
woman la far above rubies."
Judith and the Book of Judith.—The
heroine, or Judith of the atory related
In the Apocryphal book bearing her name
appears as an Ideal type of piety (Ju-
dith 8:6), of beauty (11:21), of courage and
chastity (16:22). Her supposed descent
from Simeon (9:2). and the manner in
which she refers to his crut*l deed (Oen.
84:26), mark the conception of the char-
acter. which evidently belongs to a peri-
od of stern and perilous conflict. The
book, like that of Toblt. belongs to the
earliest specimens of historical Action.
The narrative of the reign of "Nebu-
chadnezzar, kin* of Nineveh," (20, 1:1), of
the campaign of Holefernes, and the de-
liverance of Bethulla, through the strate-
gem and courage of the Jewish heroine,
contains^ too many and too serious dif-
ficulties. both historical and geographical,
to allow of the supposition that it Is
either literally true, or even carefully
molded on truth. There are 18 chapters
In the book.
Determining Each Man's Faith.-
Every life will have Ita religion ac-
cording to Ita development. It Is folly
to look for uniformity in faith until
you have uniformity in the faithful,
until all minds are alike the things
those minds can see must vary. The
religion of the man who thinks In the
terms of the laws of a universe must
be different from that of the one who
cannot think beyond his dinner pall or
his back yard.
If religion is the life of Ideala, the
power within us that pushes out and
on toward the realisation in ourselves
and our conditions of the best we
know and hope for, then each man's
faith will be determined by his vision
and his knowledge; every individual
creed will be conditioned by the indi-
vidual's stage of culture.
It la folly for the trained mind to
seek satisfaction in the Ideals whose
bounds are set by the untrained mind.
Just as it equally is foolish for him to
mock at the vision that cheers the
lowlier life. Nearly all the supposed
difficulties between science and reli-
gion arlae from the attempt to force
lo a common viewpoint In religious
Judith repeated the words over
and over again to herself, and wtth
each repetition the terror of the situ-
ation grew upon her.
Holoiernes, the powerful general of
the great king Nebuchadnezzar, had
many months before surrounded the
city of Betliuiia, and had cut off food
supplies and water, until now the city
is in sore gtraits, and at last the gov-
ernor and officials had given their
word that if relief did not come with-
in five days the gates of the city would
be opened and they would go forth
to become a spoil and a prey to Holo-
iernes and his army.
"Within Ave days!"
"Nay," exclaimed Judith, her dainty
sandaled foot coming with a sudden
emphasis to the ground. "Nay, it
must not be."
Then calling her maid she directed
that Ozias, Chabria and Chamls, the
men in authority in the city, be sum-
moned to her presence. And with no
little wonder on their part they
obeyed, for the beauty and virtie? of
Judith were knowu to all In the city,
and her influence was great, not only
among the poor to whom she minis-
tered, but among the rich and power-
ful as well. Something over three
years before her husband had been
suddenly stricken while overseeing his
workmen during barley harvest, and
from that time she had not ceased
to mourn for him, and delighted to
use the gold and silver and the rich
estates which he had left her for
the blessing of those about her, for
she was a devout woman and sought
with all her heart to serve the Lord
her Qod. So when this report had
reached her ears that the governor of
the city had agreed to surrender the
city to the enemy she lifted her heart
to God in prayer, knowing that he
could deliver. And When Ozias, Cha-
bris and Charmis appeared before her
"Who are ye that have tempted God
this day, and stand Instead of God
among the children of men? And now
try the Lord Almighty, but ye shall
never know anything. For ye cannot
And the depth of the heart of man,
neither can ye perceive the things
that he thinketh. Then how can ye
search out God, that hath made all
these things, and know hia mind, or
comprehend his purpose? Nay, my
brethren, provoke not our God to
anger. For if he will not help us
within those Ave days, he hath power
to defend us when he will, even every
day, or to destroy us before our en-
emies. Let us wait for salvation of
him, and call upon him to help us."
"All that thou hast spoken with a
good - heart, and there is none that
may gainsay thy words, for this is not
the first day wherein thy wisdom is
manifested; but from the beginning of
thy days all the people have known
thy understanding, because the dispo-
sition of thine heart is good," respond
ed Ozias, earnestly. "But the people
were very thirsty, and compelled us
to do unto them as we have spoken.
And this oath which we have spoken
unto them, saying that if deliverance
came not within five days that then
we would open the gates of the city
and surrender to our enemies—this
oath we cannot break. Therefore,
pray thou for us, because thou art a
godly woman, and the Lord will send
us rain to fill our cisterns, and we
shall faint no more."
"Hear me, ye rulers of the city,"
exclaimed Judith, as a sudden resolve
formed within her heart, "for I will
do a thing which shall go throughout
all generations to the children of our
nation. Ye shall stand this night In
the gate and I will go forth with my
waiting maid, and within the five days
that ye have promised to deliver the
city to our enemies, the Lord will visit
Israel by mine hand."
"Nay," she exclaimed, raising her
hand with an emphatic gesture, "in-
quire not ye of mine act; for I will
not declare it unto you till the things
be finished that I do."
The puzzled looks upon the faces of
the men before her gave place to one
mtnds that dwell almost a whole uni-
verse apart in all the rest of their
of confident expectancy as she fla-
shed speaking, and Oziaa aald:
"Go in peace, Judith, and the Lord
God be before thee to take vengeance
on our enemlea."
Having thua spoken he, with the
other princes, bowed themselves out
and returned to their homes.
Then Judith fell upon her face and
put ashes upon ner head, and uncov-
ered the sackcloth wherewith she was
clothed, and about the time of the
evening sacrifice in the temple at
Jerusalem and the burning of Incense
she lifted her voice In piayer and
"Ob, Lord God of my father 8!meon.
behold the Assyrians are multiplied
In their power. They are exalted with
horse and man. They glory in the
strength of their footmen. They trust
in shield and spear, and bow and
sling, and know not that thou art the
Lord that breakest the battles; the
Lord is thy name. Smite by the deceit
of my lips. Break down their state-
liness by the hand of a woman. Make
my speech and deceit to their wound
and make every nation and tribe to
acknowledge that thou art the God of
all power and might, and that there Is
none other that protecteth the people
of Isreal but thou."
The prayer ended, peace and confi-
dence came to her heart, that confi-
dence which cornea from Inner faith
that God has heard and will answer.
She arose and, calling her maid, she
went down Into the house wherein she
had abode during the glad aeaaon of
the feast days. And she put off the
sackcloth which she had on and laid
aside the garmenta of her widowhood.
And when she had bathed ahe anointed
herself with precious ointment and
braided the hair of her head, and pot
thereon most gorgeous raiment,
wherewith she was clad during the
life of her husband, Manaaaes. And
she put sandals upon her feet and put
about her her braceleta and her chains
and her rings and her earrings, and
all her ornaments, and she decked her-
self bravely, to allure the eyes of all
men that should see her.
Then calling her maid she com
manded her that she should bring a
bottle of wine, and a cruse of oil,.and
fill a bag with parched corn, and
lumps or figs, and with fine bread.
Thua adorned and accompanied by
her maid, laden with the proviaions
for their Journey, they set forth and
came to the gate of the city, where,
according to appointment, she found
Ozias and the other princes of the
city standing. And when they saw
her, that her countenance was altered
and her apparel changed, they won
dered at her beauty very greatly and
said unto her: s
"The God of our fathers give thee
favor and accomplish thine eater-
prises to the glory of the children of
Israel, and to the exaltation of Jeru-
And following this benediction upon
this lovely and devout woman they
fell upon their faces and worshiped
"Command that the gates be opened
unto me," she directed, simply.
And when they had done so Judith
passed out and her maid with her
And the men of the city looked after
her until she had gone down the
mountain. Then, with straining eyes
they watched her cross the valley and
at last fade from view Into the hazy
mist of the far side of the deep valley.
"She is gone," they said with rev-
erent upward look. "There is naught
we can do but wait."
A certain young maa'a frienda
thought he was dead, but ha waa oaly
In a atate of coma. When, la ample
time to avoid being buried, he showed
algna of life, he waa asked how It
seemed to be dead.
Dead?" he exclaimed. "I waant
dead. 1 know all that waa going on.
And I knew I wasn't dead, too, bo-
cause my feet were cold and I waa
But how did that fact make you
think you were still alive?" aaked one
of the curious.
Well, this way: I knew that If I
were In heaven I wouldn't bo bun-
gry. And If I was In the other place
iy feat wouldn't be cold."
la Tired of Praying.
A little girt In 8t. Loula the other
evening waa going through the usual
form of prayer: "God bleaa mamma,
and papa and make me a good, girl,"
and so on. when all at once she
semed to come to a decision. "Now
that is the laat time I am going to
say that prayer," she said, very grave-
ly, looking at her mother. "You are
older than I am and it Is your place
to aak for all those things and I dont
see any use in two people's aaking
the same thing." Since then she has
firmly refused to pray. Inalstlng that
It Is her mother's place to ask God
Fidelity to God.
Our destiny God has placed in our
hands, despite all that our environ-
ments may be. Compare John with
Judas Iscarlot, Paul with Demetrius.
The difference 1 n these, and the dif-
ferent In their fame, ia all deter-
mined by the difference in their high-
est ambitions. Joseph's first and high-
est ambition was to be true to God,
and it led him up to the premiership
of Egypt, although the way did He
through a dungeon. Daniel's higheat
ambition was to be true to his con-
victions of duty to God, and it led
him to the premiership of the Baby
lonlsh empire. So it la.in all nations
and in all conditions.
These are but striking Instances of
how truly God takes care of those
whose highest ambition Is fidelity to
truth and righteousness. And this le
aa true in the case of the humblest
as It Is In the case of the greatest
of God's children.
Have Faith in God.
You have a shepherd of your souls
who, while you are surrounded by the
heavy cloud and darkness of severe
trial or bereavement, is far more sul-
citous for your welfare than you can
possibly be. Why, then, allow the
trial to overcome you? If God be for
you who or what can be against you?
The eternal God, the loving Father, is
at your side waiting to help you. O,
believe It, and in that faith the
radiance of heaven will drive from
your .heart the cloud and darkness.
Your grievous burden, may still be
there, but, oh, how transformed!
Rest In the Secret Place.
Amid the restlessnoss and In-
quietude of life the soul needs a re-
treat where it may regather strength
and be restored. David In the Psalms
tells us of his own blessed retreat,
saying: "Rest In the Lord and wait
patiently for him." Why was his
soul so quiet and content? Because
he- had sought his soul's reconciliation
with God and had found it "The
wicked,[' says Isaiah, "are like the
troubled sea when It cannot rest.
And St. Augustine, judging from his
own painful experience, says: "The
human soul is restless until It reposes
If we faithfully seek and find this
safe retreat In the grace of the
reconciled God, then the cause of all
our restlessness will be removed and
It will be fulfilled what the Saviour
says: "Come unto me, all ye that
labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest.'
The moth of sloth eats the fabric
A foolish son maketh a aad father.
Laundry work at home would bo
much more satisfactory if the right
Starch were uaed. In order to get the
desired stiffness, it Is usually neces-
sary to use so much starch that the
beauty and fineness of the fabric la
hidden behind a paste of varying
thickness, which not only destroys the
appearance, but also affecta the wear-
ing quality of the goods. This trou-
ble can be entirely overcome by using
Defiance 8tarch, a# it can be applied
much more thinly because of Ita great*
or strength than other makea.
Whole Nation la Aroueed.
According to the fifth annual report
of the National Association for the
Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis,
at Its convention held In Waahlngton,
May 13-15, there were In the United
States on May 1 over MO assoclatlona
whose special objects are the preven-
tion and relief of tuberculosis. ThreO
hundred sanatoria and hospitals are
devoted to the treatment of tubercu-
losis. Besldea these, there are 225
special tuberculosis clinics and dls-
pensarles, where tuberculosis patienta
may receive medical advice and homo
Adrian, Ga.—"I goffered nntold
misery from a female weakneaa and
disease, and I could not atand mora
than a minute at a
time. Uj doctor
■aid en operation
waa (he only
I had. anrl
I dreaded It almost
aa much sa death.
One day I was
reading how other
women had been
cored by Lydia E.
HYyl decided to try
it Before I had taken one bottle I
waa better, and now I am completely
cured/*—Lena Y. Hurt, Route No.
* Why^lll0women tales chancea with
an operation or drag out a sickly,
half-hearted existence, missing three*
fourths of the Joy of living, when they
can find health in Lydia E. Pinkham's
_ _ thirty years It has been ths
standard remedy tor female Ills, snd
has cured thousands of women who
have been troubled with such ail-
ments as displacements, Inflammation,
ulceration, fibroid tumors, irxegnlari.
ties, periodic pains, backache, indices.
wUlbe absolutely <
and the advloe f roo.
TENDER* BUT NOT LOVINO.
"How mrfBy children have your
said the tourist affably.
'I dunno exactly," eaewared the
"You don't know?"
"Not for certain. Willie's gone
flshln'. Tommy's breakin' In a colt
Georgia's borrowed his father's shot-
gun to go hunting' an' Esmeralda Ann
Is thlnkln' of elopln*. I never know
how many I've got till supper Ume
comes, so's I can count 'em."
Her Blue Kltohen.
"You are alwaya talking about your
lovely little blue kitchen," they said,
"but we see you dining out every
night Do you never cook In It?"
"Not enough to get tired of It" he
aald, "and that'a the reaaon I like
Nebuchadnezzar waa eating graas.
"Yes," he remarked. "I have come
down to being a consumer."
Herewith he regretted hla lost es-
*■- — . * h
Walter (to customer, who had com-
plained that hla steak Is not tender
enough)—Not Under enough! D'yoo
expect It to kiss you!
TSo Ceptalo'S Mepoftoew
Tbe captain of a trans-Atlantic liner,
having become Irritable as a result of
some minor troublea In the ship's
management and the unuaually large
number of rldlculoua inquiries made
by tourists, was heading for the
"bridge" when a dapper young man
halted him to Inquire the cause of the
commotion off the starboard side of
the ship. Being oa the port side, the
captain politely replied, with some
sarcaam, he waa not certain, bat
thought It poealble that a cat fish had
Juat had klttena.—What-to-Eat
Men Can Care for Themseivee.
A coal company In the Hocking val>
Icy, O.. employa both men and muleo.
One mule costs $200, and In point of
work equals six men. The company
has this order standing on Its books,
"When the roof gets weak, take oot
the mulea."—Vancouver Mining b
For food which promotes a prompt flow of the
in addition to
is a most
It is, at the
same time, full of
White Corn, and
toasted to,a crisp
"Hm Taste Lingers."
Popular pkf iocs Largo Family size 19c.
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