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Bow not before another God,

Unless ye'd feel my chastening rod/*



136 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

10- Third Child.—

God's words are few, but O, how plain-*
" Ye shall not take my name in vain."
Next in the arch ye build, place this,
If ye would gain eternal bliss.

11- Fourth Child.—

I gave you darkness, gave you light,
The sun by day, the moon by night,
God says : Six days for thee and thine.
The seventh holy one is mine.

12- Fifth Child.—

Thy father and thy mother — see,
God plainly says to you and me,
Honor and reverence in all ways.
And I will give you length of days.

1^- Sixth Child.—

I hold the keys of life and death,
" Thou shalt not kill," God sternly saith ;

These words to all below He's given,
" No murderer shall enter Heaven."

14- Seventh Child.—
Of evil thoughts and deeds, beware!
If tempted look to God in prayer.
Put this commandment in its place
And keep it — God will give thee grace.

A5. Eighth Child.—
The one I bring is food for thought.
Its message full of meaning fraught,
To all who hear and think and feel,
God plainly says : " Thou shalt not steal„



THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. 137

!«• Ninth Child.—

The ninth commandment, see, I bring,

The Holy Spirit's offering,

Upon the arch it takes its place,

And, graven on its stony face,

It bears this legend, now beware !
"False witness thou shalt never bear.'*

". Tenth Child.—

This tenth commandment now is mine,

And see upon it, line on line.

Written by God's own hand in stone,
" Covet no more things not thy gwn."

18. All—
With these commandments, for thy feet
A bridge we build —

19- Eleventh Child.—
But not complete.

Till welded in its proper place

20- This keystone stands, and on its face^
Graven in lines that all may see,

We find the Christ of Calvary.

21. All—
Our bridge is done the w^aters o'er,
'Twill take thee to the other shore ;
If in its place is every stone.
Yet in the structure break but one,
Ye ne'er may reach the heavenly goal ;
If one stone falls, then falls the whole.



138 THE DOOM OF KING ALCOHOL.

^The children may hold cards bearing the numerals to ten;
the eleventh card should have the word Christ. The
cards should be held so as to form an arch.']

Lizzie M. Hadley.



THE DOOM OF KING ALCOHOL.

A temperance tableau for eight characters.

CHARACTERS REPRESENTED.

The Ballot. The Destitute Wipe.

KiNa Alcohol. Boy.

The Dead Drunkard. Girl.

The Murderous Youth. Grave-digger.

costumes and accessories.

The Ballot. — A woman dressed in white, the dress
thickly dotted with slips of paper containing the word
" ballot " plainly printed upon them. Upon her head
must be a paper liberty cap on which is printed in large
capital letters the words, " Vox populi, vox Dei." In
her upraised hands a heavy club.

King Alcohol. — A long, loosely fitting black cloak ;
on his head a large crown of black ; chains of various
lengths and thicknesses grasped in both hands.

Dead Deunkard. — Ragged clothes ; battered hat on
the ground beside him.

Murderous Youth. — Ordinary business suit ; a pis-
tol in his right hand.

Destitute Wife. — Ragged calico dress ; head ua-
Bovered ; disheveled or flowing hair.

Boy. — Ragged clothes ; bare head and feet.

Girl. — The same.

Grave-digger. — Working clothes.



THE DOOM OF KING ALCOHOL, ISS

Diagram,

Boy. Youth.

WiFS Girl.

Dead Drunkarix



Ballot. Alcohol.

Grave-digger.

[Front of stage.]

Description of Diagram,

King Alcohol in centre of the stage, his side face
turned to the audience.

Ballot very near him, facing the audience. The
club which she holds is upraised as if about to fall
square on Alcohol's brow. There must be a look of
stern determination on her face.

King Alcohol's hands must be outstretched as if in
pleading, but he must continue to grasp the chains with
which he hopes to bind his future victims. His face
must express passionate entreaty.

The lines A — A represent a thin curtain of gauze
drawn between King Alcohol and his victims.

The Girl is gnawing a crust.

The Wife stands motionless, her face buried in her
hands.

The Youth stands as if about to start off hastily ; the
pistol is held across his breast ; his head must be bare ;
his hair ruffled ; on his face a look of hatred and watch-
fulness-, his face should be flushed ^ he is about to pur-
sue the object of his anger.



140 THE OCEAN OF LIFE.

Boy, extends his hands as if begging.

Grave-digger, with one foot resting upon his shovel,
stands with his back to the audience. His attitude is
one of indifferent waiting to bury his subject. King
Alcohol. The effect will be heightened by having an
opening in the stage floor near him and a pile of dirt
beside it.

Let all the time possible be given to the exhibition of
this tableau in order that its meaning may be fully
grasped. Clara J. Denton.



THE OCEAN OF LIFE.

Various are the appellations given to life, it having
even been called a bubble, but what can be more ap-
propriate than that of ocean ?

It is an ocean, it has its overwhelming waves, its calm,
sweet waters, and it has its counter currents.

The ocean of life ! Oh ! it is a vast one, bounded
only by the shores of Eternity. For ages it has flowed,
bearing its countless legions, and for ages more it will
roll on.

To some this great sea is Pacific water, its calmness
being disturbed only by an occasional storm, dimming
for awhile the sun's bright smiles ; to others it is contin-
ually tempest-tossed, and be what it may, the powerful
counter current, sin, flows under it all. There are many
islands scattered o'er the vast waters, islands of pleasure
and folly — islands that look enchanting to the weary
mariner — so enchanting that many fasten their boats on
those shores, and abandon themselves to idleness.

Poor, deluded mariners I " Like the current of the



STAR EXERCISE. 141

ucean, man is moved by unseen powers " — there is some-
thing within him always whispering " Onward !" How
then can any one carelessly moor his bark on the decep-
tive shore when he might be moving on — on — in the
grand progress of life ! O, this ocean is a wonderful
one I and it is a strange, though beautiful fact — that all
its vast waves flow to one goal — that all its vessels^
barges, and fairy skifis tend to but one port — Eternity t

Laura Rose.



STAR EXERCISE.

1. Children grouped on stage recite together.

2. Each child holds up a small Bible.

3. Point and look upward.

4. Point upward.

5. A pasteboard or wooden star-form may be fastened against the wall,
and on pins or hooks on this the children may fasten their forms, at't«t
reciting their part.

6. All the children recite.

7. Children who held the star-rays recite together,
a All the school recite.

1^ 'Tis said that old philosopher,
To death by Romans hurled,
Cried, " give a fulcrum for my power
And I can move the world."

We come from north, east, south, and west

To'day with flags unfurled.
We've found the fulcrum for our power.

And now we'll move the world.

From Afric's plains, from Arctic snows,
From mountain, tarn, and ford,

To break the bonds of sin we come,
No weapon but God's word.



142 STAR EXERCISE.

2 High o'er our heads His Book we hold.
While down the long dim ages
The star that shone o'er Bethlehem
Illumines all its pages.

'• That wondrous star is shining still.
To you as well as me,
It shows the thorny path He trod.
Who died on Calvary.

If they who sit in utter night
But touch His garment's hem,

A living fire to them appears.
This star of Bethlehem.



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