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!. r( r,  His Last l00ill By Jolm B. Kelly In Extension Magazine The passengers in the smoking- room of the Lauretania had become elubby after the usual period of dif- fidence. Business and professionl man, with a few returning tourists, made up the little group. A few hardy feminine spirits completed it. The seyen days to go promised less ennui than the five passed. A game of "Red Dog" had made all sociable. In one of the "time-out" periods be- tween games, a lean( brisk person looked up from the report he was reading and aid, as if musing to him- self, "He'd you like to own the earth 7" James Fraser was a mining engineer returning from Europe, bringing with him a buhdle of papers reporting on foreign metal holdings as compared with America's. "'ne latest statis- tics on our holdings in gold alone," he went on, wholly unconscious of the suddenness of his question, "credit us with about six and a half billions worth of the world's holdings." " "Not for mine," said Buck Johnson, a ruggedly refined gentleman whose business was making friends for big interests. "Too much figuring on the income tax." "There once walked this earth a Character Who counted the universe among the least of His possessions," volunteered a comfortable-looking cit- izen, Rbimond Farreil by vame, whose genial benignity and early grey hairs had made him the papa of the party. He was a philosopher by trade and an educator whose profession hadn't ' made him any the worse for wear. "Lot us in on it," said Johnson, ex- pressing the curiosity of all hands. "Who bore the burden of owning the earth '* "It's only about a billionth part of od's ownings." said Farrell, "and He ence walked upon it. And further- more, He didn't have a place upon which to lay His head." "Do you know I never thought of Christ in that light," said Andrew CLinton, a trpical American product. And then there followed the quiet f embarrassment that usually comes with the introduction of religion into #,he averag conversation. Clinton was a newspaper man on the staff of the Associated Press. :,Here was news! He looked out of the ,smoking-room door meditatively, took n the night blue sky over the distant horizon and gazed at the twinkling stars that seemed to follow the ship like a million hungry gulls, His news- paper ihstinct, alert at the scent of espy, was wide-awake with interest, "There was a Being," he mused aloud, 'Who enoe walked this planet--even the waters of it--and owned it--and all those planets out there .... And didn't have a place upon which to lay His head." Then he awoke from reverie, looked at Farrell and aid: "You're a C-tholic, aren't you?" "rm mak4ng a hard fight to merit e,distinction," answered that gentle- mum, with an inviting smile. I you mind if I ask you a few lUestin8 about your Church ?" asked Clinton. -lve just left Italy with a teelir that either I'm stupidly ignor- 4rot ,af at the Catholic Church aches or that Catholics do things in .]mir churches that are, to say the least, surprising. I covered quite a fw of them in Florence, Rome and Naples, and in every one of them I aw people  down on their knees-- sometimes almost prostrate them- selves before the altars. In one church--I'm saying this without in- Itending to be indelicate--they remind- 1 me of some Chinese I had once seen iia a Pekin Joss-house. It didn't cause me any surprise in China, but when losaw in Italy, white people--tourists from the States, young fellows and girls that you'd see any Fall after- Jeon on Fifth avenue--doing the same as the dagoes, I said to myself, &mdrvw, either you have a lot to mra about your Catholic friends in lew York, or they are a funny lot.' "If it's not too personal, Farrell," went on, "may I ask you if you do t genuflecting when you go to urclh? Do you believe that God is really there--that Christ is there just as He was in Palestine nineteen hun- years ago?" The dence seemed to grow deeper with every passing second. Men had quietly slipped over from neighboring bwnedlea. Clinton flushed when it upon him that he had done all ae talking. But Farrell was quietly PUffing him pipe, his eye beaming with , ......  apprevhtion of his inquisitor's mmet candor.  believe, without recreation, that 4rt i  truly present on the altars  Cholk churches/' he stated. her rm in Rome or in Flatbush | do t what you saw the Ronums. some 'to that env/e. , int in his @11Mn THE GUARDIAN when it comes to religion," suggested Farrell. He was the most comfortable looking gladiator that had ever been called into an arena. "You're a Chris- tian and I'm a Christian ? Have I that correct ?" "Yes, I'm a sort ef Christian," ad- mitted the newspaperman. "My father worked harder at it than I do. But to tell you the truth, I've been compar- ing Christ with the other big fi,ures of history in my mind for the last ten minutes, and I see Him differently now. The more I think on it the more I am convinced that He wasn't just a man." Then he paused in meditatio, a moment longr, shook his head in violent conviction and asserted a res- urrecti faith. "Christ is God," he said with a new reverence in his tone. "Have you a mother living " ques- tioned Farrell. "I have, and she is here with me on this boat." "Suppose your mother came to you tonight and said: "Son, my days are over. If I leave you now I can make sure that you are well provided for. I have an estate of fifty millions. I'm going, but you'll have that to take my place. Wouldn't you be thrilled at the prospect ?" Andrew Clinton took anoth- ment to absorb the points of this con- tingency. His mother's face came be- fore his eyes. He had the average man's terror of a show of sentiment, but his mother and he were pals as well as mother and son. "There'd be no thrill in that propo- sition. If my mother came to me now," he said gravely, "and offered me fifty millions to take the place of herself, I'd be disappointed in her .... But what has that to do with the question, anyway ?" "It has just this to do with it," re- turned Farrell. "It brings home to us the fact that dollars, or any of the things they buy, have no value when compared with the ties of flesh and blood. If you think I'm handing out mere sentimentality, take up a census of opinion on this boat. Ask Mrs. Dana, whose baby plays about this ship, what she'd take for her little boy." "Aren't we insisting on the obvious and wandering from the question of. Catholic belief in Christ on the altars] of their churches?" asked Clinton,] with a suggestion of restrained impa- tience. "Bear with me, brother Clinton," besought Farrell. "I'm just trying to get an agreement on the second point. We both agree that God once walked the earth as Man. We both agree that no material consideration has any value when compared with the pre- cious possessions of our own flesh and blood. Now we come to the point of the Eucharist. "The work of the God-Man was done at the age of thirty-three. He is about to make a will giving to His children the best God has. Lie is about to make known His last will and testa- ment. Put yourself there at that sup- per table. Three years in His cam- pany had revealed the lowly Carped- ter as One Whose estate embraces the wealth of the universe and the infin- ite beyond. Every nugget of gold is His, every stalk of grain in the fields, every flower that bleoms, every living creature on the land, in the air above it or in the waters beneath. You your-: self had seen Him prove His title. Yeu were with Him when a raging sea heard His voice and cowered into silence at His word. You saw life leap into dead bodies at His command. You had heard your own mystification ex- pressed when a bystander, stunned by His power to do all things, said, "What manner of man is thief" "And now He is facing the greatest moment of His life. At the same hotr tomorrow He will be laid away in the tomb. He sees a thousand generations left orphans if He goes without mak- ing provisions for them. He is Lord of the world and has infinite wealth to dispose of. You wonder what be- quest He will leave to His children." The newspaperman's imagination ran riot. He thought of interviews with such a Being. Croesus became a pauper. A stillness reigned that was a tribute to Redmond Farrell's placid eloquence. "I give up," said Andrew Clinton. "A God that dies for love of His chil- i dren might make any bequest without  surprising me." Farrell had the attention of every one in the smoking-room. "Christ, the God-Man, left what a mpther would leave to her brood if she could," he ammunced gravely. "He left Him- self, body and blood, soul and divini- ty. He answered the call of blood to blood, and flesh to flesh. He made a great, lavish, godly bequest. He left all of Himself under the form of bread and wine." It was a hushed group of merry- makers that listened to this exposition of the Eucharistic doctrine. "How did He do this great act?" asked Clinton pensively. "He changed substances He had once crzated into the substance of His own flesh and blood. He left it to each child to determine how much of the inheritance he individually should share in. In giving His own flesh and blood He made it possibile for all man- kind to become one royal family, tracing its blood lineage back to the King of Kings." "That's a new idea to me," said a new voice in the discussion. "Do you mean to say that Christ made all men members of one family connected by blood with the godhead?" "I mean to say just that, with the reservation that God uses His pre- rogative of selection. Those whom He brings into His house as members of His family, He raises above distinc- tion of birth, caste, and social rating. He places the members of the true Church on the highest conceivable level of democracy--the democracy that makes all divine aristocrats." "I'm going to leek into that doc- trine," said the-embryo Socialist, in- tensely. Andrew Clinton was submerged in a swirl of thought. "It's easier to un- derstand than it is to believe," he said wistfully. "Say a little prayer," suggested Redmond Farrell. "Say, 'Give me ARKADELPHIA MUSIC CO.' Everything Music Arkadelphia, Arkansas MILLER COUNTY BANK AND TRUST CO. @ TEXARKANA, ARK. W. M. PAUP & CO. COTTON Telephones---Local 947; L. D. 4 Member Texas Cotton Association Texarkana, Ark.-Tex. THE YULE LOG AND THE HOLLY TREE in a lumberman's mind are bound to be; especially so at this happy season, when Christmas furnishes an ample reason. So, our wish toall is Merry Christmas cheer, and our hope for all A Prosperous New Year. 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