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becoming a spent force. The cry of good health
at the price of the cultivation and training
of all one's powers, physical, mental, spiritual,
by bringing them into joyous harmony with the re-
vealed will of God, is now to the fore. And this mode
of treatment has this further advantage, that it may
include the culture and development of the entire
inner life in a way that taking something out of a bottle
does not. Many of us will live to see the day when
there will be growing on all sides these trees of life
covered with leaves for the healing of the nations.
Strive to reach the point where you can look up and
say, "Thy thoughts are my thoughts, and thy ways my
ways, O Lord," and you will have gone far toward
the realization of the high claim, "As a man thinketh
in his heart so is he."

In the second place, high expectations — "According
to your faith be it unto you." The language of Scrip-
ture is almost always the larfguage of great expecta-
tion, the only condition out upon it being the recep-
tivity of men. "Open thy mouth wide and I will fill
it" — there is no lack of material with the Lord. "Prove
me now herewith, saith the Lord ; make your consecra-
tion complete, and see if I will not open the windows
of Heaven and pour you out such a blessing that there
shall not be room enough to receive it." "Stand up
straight, the ceiling is high!" According to your faith,
your openness, your willingness, your capacity, be it
unto you ! There is nothing shadowy or unreal about
it — men do become very largely what they expect to
become in that hidden faith which does not utter itself
always in words, but shows itself in shaping the aspira-
tions which control the life. Include within the firm
grip of your anticipation this physical nature, and ac-
cording to your faith be it unto you !

The people who are always expecting to catch every
disease that is going, rarely fail — they usually catch
them all. The people who live in perpetual fear and
dread and apprehension almost always realize, not their
worst fears — that would be expecting too much — but
a good working per cent of them. Acording to their
expectation, it is unto them. And on the other hand,
the quiet, serene confidence of the intelligent physician,
of the trained nurse or of the well-poised individual in
ordinary life, is like a steel armor against all the attacks
of disease, as each one goes courageously about his
business. According to their faith it is unto them, and
the result is vastly different. If you could each one
form the habit of going about with those familiar words
from the twenty-third psalm on your lips, in your mind,
deep imbedden in your heart, — "I will fear rto evil for
.Thou art with me!" — I do not say it would enable you
to lie down with rattlesnakes or to drink water out of a
malarial swamp unhurt, but it would add to your pros-
pects for good health, in some cases thirty, in some
sixty and in some a hundred fold. Pitch your expecta-
tion high — look for the best, hope for the best, strive
for the best and according to your faith be it unto you !

In the third place, firm resolution — "O woman, great
is thy faith! Be it unto thee even as thou wilt!"
Here is a mother whose daughter was afflicted with



one of those nervous maladies — epilepsy we call it
now — which baffle the skill of our best physicians to
this hour. It seemed to the people of that day, un-
trained in scientific diagnosis, as they saw her writhing
in her distress, that she was "greviously tormented
with a devil." The mother was an outsider, a Canaan-
ite, but she came boldly to Christ saying, "Thou Son
of David, have mercy on me. Have mercy on my
child." She was not only a heathen, she was noisy and
inconsiderate. The disciples said, "Send her away,"
but she only cried the more earnestly to Christ. Then
Jesus said to her gently, "I am sent to the lost sheep
of the house of Israel," yet she was not repulsed — she
said, "Lord help me." But Jesus said, further testing
her resolution, "It is not meet to take the children's
bread and give it to the dogs." And the woman re-
plied, "Yes Lord, the dogs eat the crumbs which fall
from their master's table — give me a crumb of divine
help." Her determination leaped all barriers of race
and distance, all obstacles which a chronic and painful
illness interposed! And Jesus said to her, "O woman,
great is thy faith ! Be it unto thee even as thou wilt."
Faith expressing itself in determination had won — her
daughter was healed !

If you will stand up, your mind and heart made
right with God to the fullest extent you know, and in
God's name say "Let there be health," and keep on say-
ing it resolutely, trustfully, hopefully, it will work
wonders. I do not say that no disease can stand be-
fore you, for you are not omnipotent, but I do say that
you will set in operation one of the great healing forces
of the world. All about us there are people who have
stopped talking about their ills, stopped thinking abouf
them, stopped pitying themselves, who are saying in
the way indicated, "Let there be health" and there is
health ! It is done unto them at last even as they will.
When people fix their eyes on something high, fine,
useful, linking their determination with the purpose
of God for them, and say bravely and steadily, We will !
We will ! We will ! they are putting themselves in a
position to come off more than conquerors through
Him who loves us.

I have tried to practice what I preach in this matter.
I have never been one of those people to whom Ian
Maclaren refers, who are "so brutally and offensively
healthy as to feel no true sympathy for those who are'
fighting ofr their very lives." I was not born a very
robust baby and many of my years have been years of
physical struggle ; and with some of those ills I strug-
gle yet. But some eighteen years ago I learned better'
how to fight — I gained some new weapons ; I began to
parctice a different formation. This has meant a long
series of victories. I have been in the active pastorate
now over seventeen years, and in all that time I have
never missed any kind of an appointment on account
of sickness. It is sixteen years this winter since I first
began to hear people discuss the grippe, which had then
become epidemic under that title. I think I could write
a natural history of the grippe, giving all the symptoms
in order and all the results of it. This endless dis-
coursing upon it was not beneficial to those who did it
— it is never wise to talk without a purpose, and unless
one is talking to his physician or his nurse or his pastor
or some member of his family about his ills for a pur-
pose, he had better not talk about them at all. But
with all the cases I have visited and with all the dis-
cussion to which I have listened, I have never had the
grippe myself; I never expect to have it, and I do
not rap wood when I say so, for there is nothing magic
in it. Some honest attention to God's laws of health

which are as sacred as the ten commandments; some
ability to cherish right thoughts and maintain a serene
confidence, and some power of resolution have been
sufficient thus far. Insist on being well ; go to bed with
that idea and get up with it ; carry it about with you
as you. carry your own face and hands — and somehow
you are apt to find that it is unto you even as you will !

And finally, faith in ' God — "Have faith in God,"
Jesus said to his trembling disciples. In an eastern
city there is a certain hospital, which I used to pass
and repass, and it always did me good just to look up
at it. The building is brick, but set in the front of it
is a broad marble slab, and on it in letters of gold are
these words, "HAVE FAITH IN GOD." It is a Chris-
tian hospital as you might imagine. Hundreds of suf-
ferers borne thither in the ambulance or assisted up
the walk by loving friends, have looked' up at those
words as they passed in at the door — I am sure the
words gave an added courage to many an anxious
heart ! Hundreds of sufferers have there been cured
as human intelligence and love co-operated with those
healing forces which are divine — and as they walked
away perhaps they looked back at those words of gold
and were deeply grateful to Him who had wrought
with his servants for their recovery ! Have faith in
God — they are good words to have on a building devot-
ed to healing, or in a home, or in one's heart ! They
will always help !

We have often been afraid to aim boldly for that
simple, original, spiritual potency of early Christianity
which in the days of the apostles healed the sick at
the same time that it was saving the soul from sin.
But even if we tried and failed, it would do us good to
aim high. And under the blind leadership of certain
fanatics, many people have been led to feel that if they
undertook to exercise faith in God's power to heal di-
r ectly, they were estopped from using any material
remedies. This is all nonsense. The Almighty is not
so touchy as to withhold his spiritual aid, because the
patient is also using some material remedy which He
Himself created for the use of his children. Those
narrow-minded people ought not to think that God is
another such an one as themselves !

But we are told, with an air of finality, that there is
no record that Jesus ever used drugs. That is true —
there is no record that he ever did. There is no record
that he ever used an elevator or a telephone, but he
would be a foolish man who would insist upon climbing
the stairs to the top of a high building or doing his
errands on foot, because Jesus never used an elevator
or a telephone. Sometimes a drug, which God made
and men have learned to use, .will accomplish a certain
result more easily and quickly than it could be accom-
plished (if indeed it could be accomplished at all) by
purely mental and spiritual forces. He would be a
foolish man, indeed, who would lightly decline its help.

And the very people who declaim so loudly against
the use of drugs in time of sickness, all use soap. Soap
is a drug; it is sold at the drug store; its action is
chemical. If a person were given plenty of hot water
and time enough, he could wash his hands, his face or
his clothing clean, without soap, but it can be done
more quickly and easily with soap ; and for that reason
all sensible people use this drug we call soap. The
very people who become so agitated over the use of
drugs in healing disease, constantly use soap without
realizing, apparently, how very funny they are making
themselves by their inconsistency.

Have faith then in God, with no fear whatsoever
that you are discrediting your faith in Him by employ-



ing all those useful aids which He has created and ap-
pointed for our benefit ! Have faith in God, and gather
to yourself all the mighty aid which you can claim out
of the Unseen for your perfect restoration !

Take these gospel ingredients, right thoughts, high
expectations, firm resolution, faith in God! Mix them
together, shake them well, use them freely ! You need
not measure them out narrowly with a drop tube or
a teaspoon — there is nothing in them which will hurt
you — take as much of them as you can contain. They
will do you good and only good. I do not offer them
as an infallible panacea for all the ills there are — I am
not crazy either. We cannot, even with these aids,
banish all suffering, disease and death. One whose
right thoughts, high expectations, firm resolution and
faith in God, utterly transcended anything we can hope
to attain in this present world, suffered. "He learned
obedience by the things that He suffered," the Bible
says. If any enthusiast in his presence had claimed
that there was " no reality in sin, sickness, disease or
death," He would have regarded such an one as not
altogether in his right mind. When wicked men drove
nails through his feet and hands, and when they pierced
his side with a spear, He suffered and died. In like
manner if you are overtaken by cruel accident, or if
you are loaded down with more work and care and
necessary anxiety than you have strength to bear, you
will suffer and it may be you will incur some painful
illness. And the time will come when we shall all
suffer and die. I make no unreal or extravagant claims
then for this gospel of good health, but I know from
the Word of God, from long years of experience, and
from wide observation, that right thoughts, high ex-
pectations, firm resolution and faith in God, are for
our health. They are leaves on the tree of life and they
may be used for the healing of the nations.

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Vacaville. — The Rev. H. H. Coontz has been in-
vited to supply the church for the next three months.

San Francisco, Lebanon. — At the communion last
Sunday, six persons were received into the fellowship
of this church. Congregations are growing steadily.

Berkeley, Grace. — At the last communion twenty-
five were received into membership of the church, nine
of whom were baptized, and united upon confession of

Calistoga. — The Rev. W. D. Kidd has resigned the
pastorate here, to take effect the 31st of October. Mr.
Kidd has had a call to the church at Sterling City,
Butte county.

Petaluma. — This church rejoices in the coming to
the pastorate of the Rev. Edwin B. Hays, of La Grande.
( tregon. Mr. Hays is a nephew of the Rev. G. W.
Hays, of Petaluma. He has spent five years in Ore-
gon, and was the retiring Moderator of the State.

Berkeley, Westminster. — A boy's club has been or-
ganized in the church and already fourteen members
arc enrolled. One of the qualifications of membership
is, that each boy shall attend Sunday-school three Sun-
days out of each month. The club has the name of
"The Knights of Westminster."

Berkeley, First. — It is expected that the new audi-
torium will be completed by November 1st, and that
at that time the new organ will also be installed and
ready for use. The church will have a seating capacity
of 2,000, with wide galleries running around the main
auditorium in the form of a horseshoe. The entire
cost of the edifice when completed will be $80,000.

San Anselmo, Cal.

Dr. and Mrs. Wicher are rejoicing over their first-
born, a son, who was born on Thursday evening, Oct.
10th. Their many friends are rejoicing with them.

Rev. Edwin B. Hays, '95, of La Grande, Ore., has
received a unanimous call to the church at Petaluma.
He has also been invited to take charge of the Pied-
mont church, Portland, Ore. r but will probably accept
the call to Petaluma.

Rev. A. Roy Thompson, who studied here for two
years and who has been at Nooksack, Wash., for the
last year and a half, has gone to Stites, Idaho, to take
charge of the church there. A new church building
has been erected at Stites and the work brought to a
vigorous condition under the leadership of Rev. James
Thompson, Jr., '06.


The visit of Secretary Taft- Japan and his great speech
at Tokyo last week will go a long way toward allaying the
sensational report of the commercial newspapers of Amer-
ica. In referring to the San Francisco incidents the Secre-
tary assured Japan that the matter would be honorably
adjusted and that to the entire and reasonable satisfaction
of Japan. Concerning the talk of war Mr. Taft goes on
to say:

"Why should Japan wish for war? It must stop or
seriously delay the execution of her plans for the reform
of Korea. Why should the United States wish for war?
It would change her in a year or more into a military na-
tion. Her great resources would be wasted in a vast
equipment which would serve no good purpose, but would
tempt the nation into warlike policies. Why should she
wish for war, in which all the evils of society flourish — and
all vultures fatten? She is engaged in establishing a gov-
ernment of law and order in the Philippines, fitting those
people by general education to govern themselves."

Concerning the Philippines Mr. Taft recognizes that Ja-
pan has all she can do in the Orient and that the obliga-
tion of America is such that no thought of selling the
Philippines can be entertained. The suggestion of war be-
tween America and Japan is wicked and infamous. There
is no cause for war. This talk of war must be traced in
both countries to irresponsible sources. The people as a
whole do not remotely dream of such a world-wide calam-
ity. He concludes his great speech as follows:

"It gives me a pleasure to assure the people of Japan
that the good will of the American people toward Japan
is as warm and cordial as ever. The suggestion of a breach
in the amicable relations between them finds no confirma-
tion in public opinion in the United States." That is pre-
cisely the attitude the Advocate has taken from the first.
That is the attitude taken by Bishop Harris. Far away
be the day when the present delightful friendship between



Japan and America shall be disturbed! So long as such
broad-minded and clear-seeing statesmen as Roosevelt and
Root and Taft are at the helm no trouble will arise.


Bishop Matz of Colorado thinks the Carnegie libraries
are "sinks of corruption," where Voltaire and infidel and
sensational reading is doing much damage. If Bishop
Matz would tell the whole truth he would say that these
libraries refused to be expurgated by the Roman hierarchy
and hence war has been declared. The public libraries
in many places are under the dominancy of the hierarchy.
If any fuss is made about it the trustees are turned out.
The public school text-books, the public libraries, the pub-
lic press, in fact freedom of any kind unless it has been
passed upon by the hierarchy is not tolerable. We have
no doubt but that there are books in the Carnegie libraries
unfriendly to the Christian religion. That is to be re-
gretted, but Rome must learn at some time that she can-
not control the thinking of the world by an edict directed
against free libraries.

The good town of Stockton is waking up to the damag-
ing presence of the saloon. The police and fire com-
missioners of that city have recommended to the city coun-
cil that the saloons be closed on Sunday. They go on to
say that the sentiment of the country is in favor of a
stricter regulation of the liquor traffic. They strongly
recommend that all saloons and tippling places be closed
on Sunday. All the territory in San Joaquin county, in-
cluding the city of Lodi, outside the city of Stockton, is to
have a Sunday closing law and the prohibition of the sale
of liquors on Sunday. They say, "We, the Board of Police
and Fire Commissioners of the city of Stockton hereby
earnestly and sincerely and deliberately recommend to the
mayor and city council that it would be wise and expedi-
ent and for the best interests of Stockton and for the
welfare of every tax payer and lover of peace and good
order, to pass a Sunday closing ordinance prohibiting the
sale of liquor either by wholesale or retail within the limits
on Sundays." The Board of police and fire commissioners
have the sincere thanks of every decent man in Stockton.
We sineerely hope the recommendation will be adopted.

One of the physicians in Chicago thinks embalmed
beef is about the same as smoked bacon and pickled meat.
He thinks the use of boric, benzoic, and salicylic acids not
so injurious as the active ingredients of smoke and vinegar.
"Should any one try to get a law passed," he said, "for-
bidding the use of vinegar or smoke in the curing of food,
he would be laughed to scorn. And yet no chemist, edu-
cated physician or physiologist can deny the fact that, dose
for dose, the active ingredients of smoke and vinegar are
much more dangerous than the acids named. Vinegar is
eight times more potent than any of the preservatives
which have come under the ban." The dear people are
very much in the dark on the whole food problem. We
think it still pretty safe to eat fried chicken and corn
cakes, maple syrup, and California fruits.

Governor Hughes has signed a bill making it a misde-
meanor and punishable by fine to solemnize a marriage
unless a license has previously been obtained. Formerly
in New York the parties made an ofllcial statement to Ore
minister and upon that statement the minister was au-
thorized to solemnize the marriage. The runaways not
only in New York but from the surrounding states will be
no longer possible.

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My heart is tired, so tired to-night —

How endless seems the strife!
Day after day the restlessness

Of all this weary life;
I come to lay the burden down

That so oppresseth me,
And shutting all the world without.

To spend an hour with thee,
Dear Lord,

To spend an hour with thee!

I would forget a little while
The bitterness of fears,
The anxious thoughts that crowd my life.

The buried hopes of years;
Forget that mortal's weary toil

My patient care must be.
A tired child, I come to-night

To spend an hour with thee,

Dear Lord,
To spend an hour with thee!

A foolish, wayward child, I know —

So often wandering;
A weak, complaining child — but O,

Forgive my murmuring,
And fold me to thy breast,

Thou who hast died for me,
And let me feel 'tis peace to rest

A little hour with thee.
Dear Lord,

One little hour with thee!

—The British Weekly.


The bringing up of a family is a velry serious piece
of business, and how to start writing on the subject is
somewhat of a puzzle to me this morning. To begin
with, a home to be a perfect one must have several
children in it.

The first thing to teach the children is implicit
obedience to the commands of father and mother. To
give a child its own way is fatal to its future happiness.
When father or mother says "No!" that ought instant-
ly to end the matter. All further discussion is out of

Give your children all the education that your cir-
cumstances will permit, and use all the judgment you
can concerning what to do with your boys. Some will
run to one thing, while others will show a liking for
other pursuits in life. It is very difficult to decide
what trade or profession to put your boys at. My ob-
servation in life has been that it is best for boys to
take their own chances as to what vocation in life
they will follow. Success in life is generally "up to

The girls can be better handled. It is well to bring
them up, at first, to be good housekeepers. It has al-
ways been my plan to have one do the cooking, an-
other to be the nurse in time of sickness and one to be
the business one of the household. I think I made the
mistake of not having one of my girls make it her
duty to be a good reader, so as to interest the sick ones
in the family when illness knocked at the door and
demanded admission. I have felt keenly the omission
in fhis respect lately. You may smile, but I tell you
to be a good reader is on mean art. I am a poor one



myself; but too old now to take lessons or practice the

While each member of the household should be per-
fectly free to express his or her views, it is generally
best not to cultivate home discussions of public ques-
tions, as such disputes often end in unpleasant wrang-

Let each member of the household greet the others
every morning with sweet smiles and welcome words.
Brothers and sisters especially ought to be agreeable,
and strive to make the family circle all that it should
be as far as peace among them is concerned.

Each member of the family have their peculiarities.
Some are naturally smarter than others, and the smart
ones should be very careful not to take advantage of
that fact to the detriment of the others. Those of the
family who are musicians should do all they can in that
line to amuse the others. Those gifted with song
should never refuse to use that gift for the benefit of
the others who are not.

Some are more passionate than others, and their
defect in that way should be daily overlooked by those
of a more peaceful nature.

The intellectual portion of the family should be-
ware of calling those who are not, "stupid" or other
terms that have about the same meaning.

On one thing all the boys and girls should be unit-
ed, and that is in striving to do all they can, by words
and actions, towards showing father and mother that
they love them with all their hearts. For, after all,
love in the family circle is what cannot be left out if

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