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VOL. X THOMPSONV1LLE, CONN., THURSDAY,"^DECEMBER 19, 1889! NO. 32. Physicians and Surgeons. EF. PARSONS, M. D., PHYSICIAN • AND SURGEON.—Residence and Office No. 45 Pearl Street, Thompsonville, Conn. Connected by Telephone. No. of Call 3. Office hours—8.00 to 9.00 a. m.; 12.00 to 3.00, and 6.00 to 7.30 p. m. Dentistry. EO. WILBUR, DENTIST.—OFFICE • Hours at Thompsonville, 8.30 to 11.30 a. m. and 7.00 to 9.00 p. m.—Saturdays all day. At 26 Pratt St., Hartford, 1.00 to 4.30 p. m., Saturdays excepted. gggp- Artificial Crowns a Specialty. B. H. THORNTON, DENTIST, Mansley's Block, Main street, Thompsonville, Conn. FIRST-CLASS WORK—LOWEST PRICES. Hair Dressing and Shaving. MICHAEL DONLON, HAIR DRESSER. Fred. F. Smith's old stand, under Thompsonville Hotel, Thompsonville, Ct. All branches of the business done in an artistic manner. Please give me a call. Attorney at Law. JOHN HAMLIN, Attorney and Counselor at Law. Sirs.Simpson's block, Main St,, ThompsonTille,Ct. ggP" .Pensions obtained and Government Claims prosecuted. jgp-particular attention given to Increase Pensions. Every pensioner whose disabilities have increased is entitled to an increase of pension. Tailoring. W ANDRE & CO., Custom Tailors. • Gent's garments of every description cut and made to order; also Cleaning, Dyeing and Repairing done. Mrs. Simpson's block, Main St., Thompsonville, Conn. Meat and fish Markets. i""i. BENJAMIN BRIGHT, DEALER IN Beef, Pork, Mutton, Lamb, Poultry, Tripe, Ham, Lard, &c. German Sausage, from the best New York makers, kept constantly on hand. All kinds of Meats in their season at lowest cash prices. Main street, Thompsonville, Conn. Miscellaneous. CHARLES BERBERICH, BAKER, Spencer's Bank Block, So. Main street, Thompsonville. A full line of bread, cake and pies; in fact, everything usually kept in a first-class country bakery. Hot Bread and Rolls every morning. Thompsonville, Conn.; if^ * *AKER* arid EMB 45 AND 47 MAIN STI,". ' . THOMPSONYIIXE, . . . CONN. Telephone connections direct with store. Music, Etc. te&V':-,' PIANOS! Lindeman & Sons, Steinway & S.ons (as good as the best.) The Shubert (a fine medium piano. Also, the JPnenmatic Symphony, two organs in one—two instruments in a single case. T.- r». ABBE tfc SOJNT, Thompsonville, Conn. XHA :E». ATiTiEKT, Teaclier of 3^-asio, Lindsey's Block (Room 1), Thompsonville, Conn. Also agent for the Finest PIANOS and ORGANS sold in this vicinity. Can refer to scores of purchasers. Musical merchandise of every description on hand, or obtained at short notice. DENSLOW KING, —TEACHER OK— Piano-forte, Orpi Playing & Harmony. Address P. O. Box 462, Thompsonville, ----- Conn. Printers and Publishers. c i"> • "*• • r "" - • i|fe. :* -v • ,V ' !HE PARSONS PRINTING COM-pany, Steam-Power Printers, and Publishers of THE THOMPSONVILLE PRESS, opposite the depot, Thompsonville, Conn. T CHARLES E. PRICE, AGENT.—Dealer in Wood and Coal. Wood a specialty— Chips for sale. Moving and heavy teaming done on reasonable terms. Thompsonville, Conn. JAMES WATSON. GRAIN, MEAL and Feed for sale at reasonableprices Custom grinding done at the usual rates 1 full supply always on hand. Main street, Thompsonville, Conn. ggg*»Custom grinding done also at the North mill, on Springfield road. 346 MAIN ST., SPRINGHEX©, MASS. WINTER TERM begins Monday, Dec. 2d, 1889. Application for admission should be made at once, as the entering class is double that of any: previous term. Young men andyoung women,educate yourselves for business that pays. Hundreds of our students are holding* good, paying positions. School of Shorthand and Type Writing. Send for illustrated catalogue. JAMES &F. E. FIRE 1KSURAKCE AGE ST, . . .THOMPSONVILLE,^^* 4^ J CONN. : ' ; insurance placed at the lowest rates, and losses promptly paid by the following first-class companies: £>/:"*= : * .ETNA, HARTS,QBD}PH<fiStJt,NOKl BRITISH and MERCANTILE ; FIBB ASSOCIATION of PhUadelph$a;NIAG- :W& ARA and CONTINENTAL of N. Y. 1 s®—The attention of investors Is called to the Loans of the Iowa Mortgage Co. gmraM^y.oii. Fam Lands in amounts from #300 to *5,000. Also, agent ^6r,;1Cuna?^ ^and A §g||?ip^^ • - *. —•i Banks and Banking. rjHE R. D. & BOBT. E. SPENCER CO., BANKERS. Commenced business September 8, 1887. , Capital, I - - $25,000 ROB'T. E. SPENCER, CASHIER. J. W. GRAHAM, ASST. CASHIER. OFFICE HOURS, 9.30 A. M. to 12.00 M. ; 1.30 to 3.30 P. M., Transact business similar to any National bank. Deposits received subject to check on sight. Sell Non-Taxable 7 per cent, guar-teed Real Estate Securities. Deposits in Savings Department draw interest from the first of each month. • THE R.D.&R0BT. E. NOTE.—We are doing a safe, increasing, paying business. I am responsible for all transactions, and oversee all negotiations. I respectfully request busines%s relations with merchants and individuals of this town. R. D. SPENCER. Thompsonville, Conn. Tax Collector! SEALED PROPOSALS will be received until 4 p. m. of December 23d, 1889, for collecting rate bill of 1890, consisting of the military commutation,poll and property taxes on list of 1889 of the Town of Enfield. The right is reserved to reject any bids if the interest of the town shall require it. No bidder for collecting said taxes shall be released from his obligation under his bid or proposal, notwithstanding an award made to a lower bidder, until a bond of $10,000 shall have been duly executed by such lower bidder and his sureties, and accepted. L. H. PEASE, "J Selectmen ALLEN GOWDY, [ of F. W. PARSONS, J Enfield. Enfield, Dec. 9, 1889. lOKN^MiRT]! ALL VALVE INSTRUMENTS. RESIDENCE : Lincoln St., - - Thompsonville, Ct. Post-office box, 227. TSf. P. PALMER, PHOTOGRAPHER, Thompsonville, - Conn. PICTURE PEAMES OF ALL KINDS. Views of Residences made to order. Copying, Enlarging and Finishing in Ink, Water Colors and Crayons a specialty. Lightning, and liter processes used daily at my studio. Sittings made in cloudy or rainy we&thtfr. T' HIS IS AN AGE of Consolidation, especially in business matters—and so to keep up with the times, TIFFANY & SON, of Hazardville, have consolidated all the. buildings connected with their business into one. The building formerly used for a carriage shop has been attached to the store about midway of the east side, in the form of a wing, the lower story being used for Groceries, Canned Goods and Hardware, and the upper story for Paper Hangings. The blacksmith-shop has been attached to the extreme south end, in the form of an :L, and, with some additions, constitutes a' shed and stables, living between them a!n open court, enclosed on three sides, .opening to the east, thus greatly facilitating business operations to the advantage of both themselves and1 their customers. They keep a full line of all goods formerly kept, and are constantly making additions. Just received, a very fine line of Holiday Goods— • ' ,if!§ 0. Gf. TIFFANY ^ SON, HAZARDVILLE,§H CONN. SHOW THE BOYS Surely every piarent will want to see our elegant line.,. Of all kinds and prices. We offer, probably, the besfcBLACK WORSTED ; Suit ever offered in the city for $ 10. We also offer 6ome%re&t bargains. I^EN'S ALL-WOOL SUITS at $10 and $12. Look' at our lines dif BLACK CHEVIOT SUITS, the most stylish suit out this season. Youngmen in particular like these goods. Whatabout Overcoats? Nothing except that we excel In, the fit of these garments, and our prides are at-tractive to close buyers. Of course you Will want to try one of onr NEW SHIRTS. The most wonderful shirt tor the' money.. Price $1. - See them In ottr window; - < ^ TWO LITTLE STOCKINGS. Two little stockings hung side by side, Close to the fireplace broad and wide. " Two?" said Saint Nick,as down he came, Loaded with toys and many a game. " Ho, ho 1" said he, with a laugh of flin, " I'll have no cheating, my pretty one; I know who dwells in this house, my dear, There's only one little girl lives here." So he crept up close to the chimney-place, And measured a sock with a sober face. Just then a wee little note fell out And fluttered low like a bird about. "Aha! what's this ?" said he, in surprise, As he pushed his specs up close to his eyes And read the address in a child's rough plan, " Dear Saint Nicholas," so it began :; "The other stocking you see on the wall I have hung for a child named Clara Hall, She's a poor little girl, but very good, So I thought, perhaps, you kindly would Fill up her stocking, too, to-night, And help to make her Christmas bright. If you've not enough for both stockings Please put all in Clara's, I shall not care." Saint Nicholas brushed a tear from his eye, And, " God bless you, darling," he said with a sigh, Then softly he blew through the chimney high, When down came two of the ftinniest mortals That ever were seen this side of earth's portals. " Hurry up," said Saint Nick, " and nicely prepare All a little girl needs where money is rare." Then oh, what a scene there was in that room! Away went the elves, but down from the gloom Of the sooty old chimney comes tumbling low, A child's whole wardrobe, from head to toe. How Santa Claus laughed, as he gathered them in - And fastened each one to the sock with a pin. Right to the toe he huug a blue dress, "She'll think it came from the sky, I guess," Said Saint Nicholas, smoothing the folds of blue And tying the hood to the stocking, too. When all the warm clothes were fastened on, And both little socks were filled and done, Then Santa Claus tucked a toy here and there, ~ And hurried away to the frosty air, Saying, " God pity the poor, and bless the dear child Who pities them, too, on this night so wild." The wind caught the words and bore them on high Till they died away in the midnight sky; While Saint Nicholas flew thro' the icy air, Bringing "peace and good-will" with him everywhere. you can sleep in the barn, if you want ;to. The floor of the hay loft is loose, and you'll have to be careful, or you'll fall down amongst them cows and horses,that you helped to feed and 'most went crazy over. The hay is sweet, and I'll give you a blanket." • - "Oh ma'am, that will be nice, thank you; *•< I love cows, and horses; and the barn is warmer than some places I've had to sleep in." ' V ; The boy took his blanket and went off whistling toward the barn, leaving Mrs'^ Merrick with the pleasant conviction that she had been doing a noble act, "Shec&uld never imagine that a boy in rags had Any feeling about where he slept, as long as he was wai'm,and beside Mr. Merrick was not at home, and how did she know but that the boy belonged to burglars ^who would steal all they had before mornings She thought she had done remarkably' well to let him" sleep in the barn, and she never did expect to see the blanket again. The boy climbed carefully up the ladder and as the moon was shining brightly he was able to pick his way to the hay loft, which was quite lighted up by the moonlight streaming in through the chinks. He made a nice little nest in the hay, and wrapping himself in the blanket," was very soon sleeping soundly. As he slept his face softened into that pure and peaceful look that makes mothers love to kiss their sleeping children. The animals below made soft, low, peculiar sounds, and stirred restlessly about, as if they knew a boy was near them, a boy who loved cows, horses, and all brute things. We who write stories have a way of not only knowing what the children of OUr brain do, but what they think, and what they dream; so, of course, there will nobody doubt the rest of this story. It seemed to the boy that he awoke at midnight, just as some far-off bell was striking, as if something unusual were going on. Creeping down from the hay, he peered at the aimals thro' the cracks in the floor. In the stable there Shone a light like burning of wax candles; the animals were gathered about a large white ox with a red star in his forehead. It didn't seem strange to the boy that the ox was talking, and that he could easily understand his speech; then the other animals would make remarks, all of which the boy perfectly understood. " ^ " y "The story I am about to tell you," said the ox, "has been handed down from our honored ancestor, who was housed in the Stable where the -Holy Babe was-bora-.'* ^ereiUlthe ajUmals bpwedjhel^hej Late in the afternoon of the day before Christmas Mrs. Merrick saw a shadow pass by the south kitch^p window, rand presently there sopaded a timid rap-at the door. Mrs. Merrick went; to i the door, and on opening it found a poorly clad boy of perhaps ten or eleven standing in the little back porch. ||pe seemed to be shivering with cold, and Well he might, for his thin ragged garments were but scant protection against the cutting December blasts. Mrs. Merrick's voice was a trifle sharp as she asked, "Well, what is it you want?" "Please, missus, would—would you like to hire a boy?" "What do I want to hire a boy for, I'd like to know?"" "I don't know, ma'am, but if you would only take me you would see I was real handy and I'd do anything so's I could earn my living." The poor little fellow's teeth chattered as he spoke and he stuffed his blue hands in his pockets and shifted his half naked feet as if he were very cold. "Well, I don't want to hire any boy." The boy, with one longing look at the comfortable kitchen fire, turned slowly away. "I guess you can come in and get warm if I don't want to hire a boy. I ain't such a heathen but what I can give you a bite of something to eat and a chance at the fire." "Oh; thank you, ma'am, and perhaps you'll let me briDg in some wood for you." The boy's face brightened as Mrs. Merrick placed a chair by the stove and proceeded to put something to eat on a plate, which seemed^to him like a Christmas feast; and .with the contented and peaceful look which stole over Wis face as he sat warming himself and eating his lunch, he was. re&ljy pleasant to look at. Mrs. Merrick watched him narrowly— "How does it happen you are on the road looking for work such a cold day as this?" she asked him presently. "Why, I ' couldn't get nothin' to do in the city, and the folks I was stayin'jwlth couldn't keep melno longer." ^Mother dTedttiree j'fears a|o; just after we came to tldk'^pan^, and fether died a month ago. - Wtf used to own a nice little farm when we lived in- Sweden, and we had a horse and cow, and a flock of sheep; and a lot 'of chickens, and geese, and turkeys. After father died 1 thought' I'd rather be in the country, where I could see ^orses and cows and such things,than stay; in the city ^They're awftd hardon little fellers like me, them city' folks, and' besides there wasn't nothin' to do'cept' to shine boots, ortsell' p&pers,1 and ';^tfyer " '-'Now sbme wood.or do something, ma'am, tq pay for my supper." Mrs. Merrick gave iffoi some little odd jobs to do, and bj,t|i|ty|in|e £fyyflj$er twilight'had m gf 'J ' " ie inhablters of earth.' thick In Ms • Mae he brushed mm m, like a cradle carved out of silver; -i,; My father told it to mej with an^in-junction that I should transmit it to m/ sonand here the white ox looked toward a beautiful cream-colored bullock, who was standing beside a milk-white donkey. "This is the story. The travelers were thronging into Bethlehem in great numbers. Women, and men, and children, on donkeys; sometimes riding in huge carts drawn by Syrian oxen; many came on foot with staves in their hands and sandals on their feet. From Galilee, from the hill countries, and crossing the valley below Jerusalem, they filled the city. Being of the lineage of David, they came to the city of David to be taxed." "Taxed?" murmured all the animals together. _ "Yes, taxed. I don't know what it means myself, but it's one of the doings of kings, those fierce two-legged men-kings." "Well, it grew to be evening. The khan was flill, and belated travelers were glad to find even a shelter in the cattle court. I stood lazily chewing my cud, when through the archway came an elderly man, and with him a fair young woman, whom he called Mary. They were weary, and she, called Mary, sat down op the stqne step of one of the mangers, with her head resting low upon her hand. "The doves flew in from the walls, and circled, round her in white fluttering crowds. The milk-white donkeys ridden by some great dignitaries gathered softly beside her, and laid their heads gently by her dress. "We oxen, being large and unwieldy, bided our respectfkil ways, but we were, fain to watch the meek loveliness of her fair, young face. , . "I must have fallen asleep, for suddenly opening my eyes I beheld a great light, whibh shined about; little babe, who lay in a manger, wijth Mary beside it, and the man Joseph keeping guard; 'Ah, this' is . wonderfttl#-' I thought. • 'I have seenmanrbabes. bufe never one like this,',?! . ' The animals pressed close to ,the white ox, who continued—"My .masters babe Elnathan was beautiful but he ivas nothing beside this lovely infant cradled in light, with his head ringed about in starry fays, lying asleep in Mary's bosom.-.^It, was no common babe, and I felt If it? should speak a word to me, I should, obey: as when God speaks, "As we all, milk-white donkey#, oxen,., sheep, lambs and doves crowded 'around the / child# eager ,to look upon its sweet# new-born fade.-with gray-bearded^ men knd children1 and wondering women gaa^ 4|ig. aboye, or between.^, jo, there : aR without a sound as of men walking, " lnto~ the court came * coinpaijy of h herds^ each ,with staff ii ing a little sleeping lamb in'his bosom »'Where teethe Babe?-; saidthey aJl* •As we watched our flocks on the hlUsfd^ to-night, we saw a vision *>f angeW, the child's face and he awoke. His eyes were ' large and luminous and full of a strange, pu^e .light; and seeing the lambs thrusting their faces toward him, he reached up and stroked their white wool his beautiful hands. r^s'^Then like the'voice of many waters foiled forth in full harmonies the songs of the shepherds, and the great chorus of all the animals, and above all what must have been the angelic choir, fainter and fainter, igUtil the distant sounds were lost' in upper sipace. Old men with long white beards, citildfen wondering and bright-eyed, and women wita the mother-beauty full upon pem, joined in the triumphant strains, j|id amidst it all the heavenly Babe lay shilling. x'.'Then up rose the shepherds and spoke thus to Mary: 'The Babe which is born of t|ec this night is Messiah, God with us. He of whom the prophets spake has come and here he lies in cradle, bed of light and lowliness. Born in the night, it is He Who shall turn the night into the brightness of noon-day. Cradled" with animals, His love for created things would gather even the fowls of the air and the beasts of the field within the covenant of His promises. The day spring from on high hath visited us. The clear and morning star hath arisen, and the morn of Israel's deliverance is at hand.' V 'Hail, sweet Babe of God! Hail, Mary Mother, highly favored and blessed art t|pu among women! And ye, brute creatures who crowd around, here lies your Lord God, a new-born babe in a manger. -And ye, white-haired men, and weary women, and little ones, who could find no place in the inn, what honor has God done to you this night that you might share with the little Lord of Glory, the place made sacred by His birth and shelter. Praise the Lord, oh my soul, and bless His holy name!' 'As the shepherds turned towards the archway one snow-white lamb leaped lightly from its shepherd's arms into the sunlight bosom of the smiling Babe, and there lay with its innocent face pressed close to the innocent face of the Babe. Then all the children, eager to stroke the lamb and kiss the Babe, gathered round about the manger and caressed the lamb With their little hands and kissed the Babe with their pure rose-red lips. 'i'Beautiful trinity of innocence! The babe, the children and the little ; , lamb!"' fiHere the doves cooed and the animals One and all breathed deep sounds of adoration and Dressed, up closer, to the iteox. etful of his shifting^fooH ubcCr the planks, moved excitedly o* bending^furiously oVer hinaf; sanfl then "h^'seemed to sleep. 3.^ n the night Mr. Merrick returned home,: aifd being told by his wife of the boy who c£\me for "work and whom she had allowed toj sleep in the barn, he took his lantern and went out to see how it fared with the lad. , . y ,, - The unusual noise" and stir of the animals attracted him to the yard, and there undir the very nose of white-faced Bess, the grandmother cow of the yard, lay the boy, unconscious. : v "Fallen thro'the hayloft! Might have known it! Poor little fellow! The simplicity of women!" He muttered many other things as he lifted, the boy and carried him into the house. The hoy through careful nursing got well of his fall ; he was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Merrick as their own; he had many nice Christmdses, but he will always regret not having heard the end of the Christmas story; and he is always wondering what became of the star-faced ox, the cream-colored bullock, and the white donkey and doves he saw that Christmas night through the floor of the hay loft. mm, Christmas Presents. hristmas°is th•e fes-tival of the year, and churlish indeed.are they who do not find pleasure in the glow and brightness of its manifold enjoyments. It is pre-eminently the one day of the year when young and old meet together on an equal plane. The pains and achings of old age are forgotten in the joyousness of "the day, and Tiny Tims are everywhere among the happiest of God's own children. Depressed in spirits, itideed, must be that person who cannot be happy on this festival day of all the world! Wherever civilization extends, there mirth and good cheer reign supreme, and. if M is winter outside, it is summer lh£ide the home and within the hearts- of alt Innocent joy and exultation triumph over all, and hearts old' with years and burdens, are made again young and light by the air of sociability • that pervades everything. While to all of Us, Christmas has its charms, its significances and its pleasures,' -it-is essentlally^the feast of the children. Their young hearts long for its <^itiing, while their little feet keep time t<^4^mirth and music. The mysteries philosophy and religion have unrav-as bearing upon the outward ob-i& rvance of the day have no meaning ta Hdr6n. : • Trthi'te;1y'' -•k noAw noJ-kftr.: .' of - • ithhieimm . A for them to believe in the reality i Christ-child, in the merry-eyed and -bearded patron saint that comes to "ftfein $o hea^r the jlngie:df the ells, to picture the ahadotir of Ss.'as'they life half atirike and ring, flit across their cozy little then rise in the morning t^sge, i that love and midnight brought ! \HiM>py- iBdeed Is that childteh he cblidtehflrstj.and then for eg. Let the bells ring, l® the holly gleam.on the w*ll» Mmm Simple Christmas Decorations. C Plenty of material for Christmas decorations of thf home and church can be found in most parts of the country. Autumn leaves can be used with good effects in the construction of wreaths, festoons and crosses. If these are used •in combination with ivy leaves or some of the lighter evergreens, a contrast will be secured which Will bring out the bright colors of them vividly. . Dried ferns can be colored and combined with them finely. A very pretty and artistic cross can be made of ivy leaves mixed with berries of the mountain ash, dogwood or Euonymus. Ears of wheat or oats can be worked in with good results, especially if they are first dipped into a solution of alum, strong enough to leave a deposit of crystals on them. One of the most charming crosses I ever saw used in Christmas ddtorations was made of ivy leaves with a wreath of crystalized wheat and red berries thrown over its arms. In most localities in the country,ground pine can be found. This is a rich green in color, and works up well in most any design. Running pine can be gathered in long strings, and is very useful for light work where a simple tracery of green is required. Bitter sweet berries combine with it charmingly. "Now, vy vas Dat?" The Interior tells this story of a Pennsylvania Dutchman who was not very learned, but who was never ashamed of his religion : In his neighborhood was a skeptic, who said: "You can't believe anything you can't understand." And so some of the better class of people asked the Dutchman if he would have a conversation with him. He said, "Yes, if you tink best." So they made the appointment, and everybody was there. The old gentleman came in, and laid by his hat, and was introduced to the skeptic, when he began suddenly by asking: "Veil, now, look here! I pleefs the Bible; vat you pleefs?" Said he: "I don't believe anything I can't understand." "Oh, you must be one very smart man! I vas mighty glad I meet you; I ask you some questions. The odder day I was riding along the road and I met one dog, and that dog he had one of his ears standing up in this way, and the odder he stands down so. Now, vy vas dat?" Now/that was very unhandy just then, very unhandy. He either had to explain^ why the dog had one ear standing up and ^e..^h|^ston^^^w^^^^e say he "Oh," then -you are: not so very smart after all. I ask yoii anodder question. I saw in John Smidt's clover patch, the clover came up so lilce! And I ^looked over in de fields and dere vas John Smidt's pigs, and dere come out hair on deir packs; and in the very same clover patch vas his sheep, and dere came out wool on deir packs. Now, vy vas dat?" Now, this was as bad as the other because the same perplexity arose. He had to explain why there was hair on the back of the pig, or wool on the sheep, and as he could Dot tell why, therefore he had no business to believe it. Finally he said, "I don't know." "Veil," said the Dutchman, "you are not haff so smart as you think you are. Now, I asks you anodder question: : "Do you pleef dere is a God?" "No; I don't believe any such nonsense." "Oh, yes! I bear about you long ago. I hear about you; my Bible, he says, 'The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God,' but you, big fool, you blab it right out." A Hor se's Broken Heart. The emotional life of the horse is remarkable. There are instances on record where the death of the horse has been traced directly to grief. .One instance is called to mind which occurred more than twenty years ago. A circus had been performing in the little town of Union-ville, Pa., when one of the trained horses sprained one of his legs so. that he could not travel. He was taken to the hotel and pat in a box stall. The leg was bandaged and he was made as comfortable as possible. He ate his food and was apparently contented until about midnight, when the circus began moving out of town. Then he became restless and tramped and .whinnied. As the caravan moved past the hotel he seemed to realize that he was being deserted, and his anxiety, and distress became pitifhl. He would stand with his ears pricked in an attitude of intense listening, and then as his ears caught the soqnds.of the retiring wagons he would rush, as best he could with his injured leg, from pne side ;of the stalL to ; the other, pushing at the door with his .nqse^and,making eyery^goi^to escflpe., . „ j i The stable man, ,who was, a atrapger to him, tried, to soothe him, but to no purpose. He would noUbecomforted. Long after all sounds of- the circus had ceased his agitation continued. The sweat poured from him in streams and he quivered In every part of his ljody. Finally the stableman went to the bouse, woke up the proprietor and told him he believed the horse would die if some of the circus horses were not brought bacfc to keep him COOK pany.> At«bdat daylight the proprietor a horse aiid rode she* the circus. . . . returned THE CLOSE OF THE REIGN. LESSON XII, FOURTH QUARTER, INTERNATIONAL SERIES, DEC. 22. Text of the Lemon, I Kings xi, 26-43. Commit Varies 49, 43—Golden Text, Ceclea. xil, 13—Commentary by the Rev. D. 91. Stearns. [Compiled from Lesson. Helper Quarterly by per mission of H. S. Hoffman, publisher, Philadelphia.] 26. "Jeroboam the son of Nebat." Over twenty times is this man, whom we now meet for the first time, thus mentioned in the two books of Kings, and in most places it is as "Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin." He became the first king of the ten tribes and set up the two golden calves at Dan and Bethel for Israel to worship. (Chap, xii, 26-30.) His name, according to Young, signifies "Enlarger," and he was certainly an expert in the way of enlarging the sins of Israel. ^ "Even he lifted up his hand against the king." At the beginning of Solomon's reign it was written that the Lord his God had given him rest on every side, and that there was neither adversary nor evil occurrent (chap, v, 4), but now all is changed. 27, 28. "And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king." The most of our lesson today is an opening up of this sentence, shewing that Jeroboam's rebellion was of Johovah. We are first told that as Solomon built and repaired various works he observed that Jeroboam wa3 an industrious young man, and he therefore promoted him to be ruler over all • the charge of the house of Joseph. 29-31. "The Prophet Ahijah, the Shilonite, found him in the way." Here is another man whom we now meet for the first time; but what a contrast to Jeroboam, for Ahijah is twice called by that exalted name, "Serv ant of Jehovah (chapters xiv, 18; xv, 29), and he bears the word of Jehovah. As to Jeroboam, he is found in the way, no doubt in the way of industrious service in the position in which Solomon had exalted him, little thinking that he was also in the way to a kingdom. Literally he was in the way out of Jerusalem, and probably on the way to oversee the work appointed to him. He is clad in a new garment, and as the prophet meets him he seizes the garment, rends it in twelve pieces and hands ten of the pieces to Jeroboam, by this rather startling but very significant act assuring him that the Lord God of Israel will rend ten of the tribes from Solomon aq£ give them to him. 33. "Because that they have forsaken me, • • * and have not walked in my ways." Passing over, for the present, the verses referring to what God will do for David's and Jerusalem's sake, we continue the story of Jeroboam, and here is the reason why ten-twelfths of the kingdom is to pass from Solomon to him. Wisdom and her ways give peace, prosperity and true happiness; but if we forsake wisdom and give ourselves to folly we must expect to reap as we sow. We wonder how Solomon, who had been so exceeding abundantly blessed by the Living and Truo God, could turn from Him to the abominations of the worship of idols, but we have already, been told that it was because he loved many strange women. Woman is GodVbest earthly gift to man, but God's beeom| cura^s^ ^tead of.bless-hand and will give 7 it unto thee, even ten tribes." As I notice the ten or more "I wilis" of God in this lesson and wonder why God should select Jeroboam, I can only think of the words of the Spirit in Dan. iv, 32, 35: "The Most High ruleth iu the kingdom of men and.giveth it to whomsoever He will: He doeth.according to His will iu the army of Heaven axid among the inhabitants of earth; and none can stay His hand or say unto Him, What doest Thou?" It is no power of Jeroboam that is to wrest the kingdom from Solomon's 6on: it is all the Lord's doing from first to last. 37. "And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.". Here is a secret of the heirt laid open by the great searcher of hearts, who is often pleased to give us what our hearts desire that thus He may prove us to see whether we will walk in His ways or not We read that Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all her desire, but here is a greater than Solomon granting to Jeroboam his soul's desire; and the same Lord is saying to us: "Whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will 1 do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." 38. "If thou wilt hearken, * * * I will be with thee." Not only is the Kingdom promised to Jeroboam, but God offers to make it permanent if he will only be obedient. The Lord Himself is the true King, and He will establish any one who will truly represent Him by obeying His commands, walking in His ways, and doing right" in His sight. 32, S4, 36. "For my servant David's sake." We return now to the reason why the whole kingdom was not to be rent from Solomon, and we find this as the first reason: Four t.im«g in this lesson Jehovah speaks of him as "David ray servant," and twice we find the expression "For my servant David's sake," and it is also said, "because he kept my commandments and my statutes." This was the murmur of David's life, taken as a whole, and his love for the statutes and commandments of the Lord is fully told forth in Psalm cxix. "And for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel" See also verses 13, 36; Israel was a chosen people, Jerusalem a chosen city, David a chosen servant, and all to magnify the Name of Jehovah; when they failed to do this He delivered them to their enemies to be chastened. 39L "I will for thisaiBict the seed of David, but not forever." David and his obedience brought blessing; Solomon and his sins brought affliction, but inasmuoh as God's covenant with David is forever (II Sam. vii, 12-16), therefore there will be a restoration and the lungdmn shall be established in the True David in due time (Isa. ix, 6,7; Luke i. 40. "Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam." Thus did.&laul to David, but not thus did David to Saiil, not even , to Shimer . when he cursed and threw stones. . 41.-"i?bei Book of. the Acts of Solomon." Ip} II Chron. ix, 29, three books are men-flfmfd aff 1 record of his acts; but trass witl^ hiv lv$5 songs (1KL tv, 33) are hbT-fbund. W# have hls Songr 'of Songs, many - of hfa- proverbs, 'and ms book, as preacher; arid if his acts liad been as good as Wtttirds we might like to read tbem, but firom what we kiwrw of him condude^we lose nothing by not having them, fa.tne Gos-p^ T^SiActaoftheApoaties^ehavethe mooid -df the acta, Imd.words ctf a greater-ffiwit Solomon. 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