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" s- '3 , Sixty-(too PRIDE ][actins' in his very being. And as Scripture declares that "Pride goeth before destruction," so we know no By Rev, Wi,liam F. Sauer man remains content in his pride, be- 'file story is tohl that (luring the Moorish War in Spain a brave, Ca:'.- tilian knight, at the peril of his life, while tile Spaniards were besieging a great city, advanced beyond his com- rades to prove his valor and wrote upon one of the city gates "Hitherto came Vasco Fernandez." But upon the following day the pride of the cour- ageous knight was crushed, when an- other hero of superior prowess forced his way still further and wrote in large characters upon another gate "Hitherto Vasco Fernandez did not come." This, my 'dear friends, is the story of huma'n pride.I Pride is generally understood to be esteem and love of our own merits and good qualities. When this conscious- ness is accompanied by the acknowl- edgement that whatever we have or( whatever success we perhaps may have acquired has been given by a di- vine Providence, without whose help we can do nothing, pride then is i praiseworthy and honorable, but on the other hand when we esteem our- elves superior to those about us and deliglt in our excellence, forgetting that we are nothing without God, then our pride is sinful and as Scripture declares, is the loot of fll evil. In other words, pride may be honorable or sinful, in so far as we attribute to God or not the good qualities he has given us. 'there are many thing m our lives of which we should be proud. Who ts not proud of his personal dignity, his rights as an individual made to the likeness of God and created for Heav- en? Who is there that is not proud of the faith of his fathers given by Christ, lived by a thousand saints and preserved by the blond of a million martyrs? Who is there that is not: proud of his dear old parents who be- I cause sooner or later God inscribes i upon his life what the Spanish soldier wrote upon the gates of the walled city. "Hitherto Vasco Fernandez did not come." Tile cure of pride is the practice of humility. Our divine Savior said: "Learn me for I am meek and humble of heart." Christ loves the humble for He Himself was humble. He is the model to be imitated. If we are to work this virtue into our souls we must bring Christ into our lives, first, by prayer, prayer in time of tempta- tion and, second, by a frequent recep- tion of the sacraments. THERE'S NO POCKET IN A SHROUD Spend your money while you're liv- I ing, [ Do not hoard it to be proud; [ You can never take it with you; ' There's no pocket in a shroud. Gold can take you on no further Than the graveyard where you lie; Though you're rich while you are liv- ing You're a pauper when you die. Use it, then, some lives to brighten, As through life they weary plod; Place your bank account in heaven, And grow richer toward your God. Use it wisely, use it freely; Do not hoard it to be proud; You can never take it with you, There's no pocket in a shroud. STANI)ING UP FOR OUR FRIENDS " A great many good people are cow- ardly about their friendships. When everybody speaks well of those we love. we are very willing to link arms and walk down crowded streets and sit redes giving him a world of other .... I beside them, and show in a thousanfl goods, gave him that same faith by! ways that we are proud of their com" word and example and the training in I pany. But by and by a (tay comes, those same divine doctrines in a school  ........ "  pernaps, when nere Is some troume, where the instructors were men and t .., ._, .... ..^n r, .. . .....  no. l't./3LJt U1 Jll;lt:U, t, lll*l.y k/ G* ItOML 11 women whose lives were consecratedt grace, for our dearest do wrong some- to the service of God? Who is there times, as we do; or it may be 0nty that is not proud of this glorious land the shadow Of disgrace, a little cloud of ours, with its beauties innumerable of slander that for a moment hides the from the land of the Northern pines to the garden of the Southern plains, and from the rocky gorges of the great West to.the fertile pastural lands of the East ? Who is there that ]s not proud of the flag of our glori- ous landc, telling a more glorious his- tory as it flies triumphant in the breeze over the home of the brave and the land of the free. This is pride l honorable, justifiable, and mean would be the man whose soul would not respond to such glories-of his church 'and Country. Like all other honors they are gifts of God and of them we are rightly proud. There is another kind of pride. It is ..... sinful and degrading, offensive to both God and man. What is is? It is crystalized in the story of the self- praise of the Pharisee, "O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest JUST CALL US of men." It is an indPcidual esteem of love of our own excellence accom- panied with the pleasure of thinking WE WILL HAUL IT ourselves superior to what God has nade us and a desire of being es- teemed by others. The Prarisee entered the temple and 0. K. TRANSFER COMPANY /tanding, prayed thus: "O God, I give Thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men; extortioners, unjust, adulter- Fort Smith, Ark. ers. I fast twice in the. week, I give Thee Tithes of all I possess." These Words of the Pharie typify exactly the pride that we find on all sides of us in the world How often do we find persons continually speaking of themselves, of their accomplishments. of their intentions, plans and so on? There are a num.ber of persons, vho if tle first personal pronoun were taken out of the English language would I doubtless remain silent foi'ever more. 1 How often do we heat' others again I enumerating in graphic fashion the l faults of their neighbor, with the ir evitable conclusion that it is impossJ- ' ble to see how men and women can be this way or that way. It is the heart of the Pharisee over again, "O God, I give Thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men." How often do we hear men and wo- men boasting of .their charity, vaunt- ing their good works in the face of the world and thus holding themselves up for the edification of their neigh- bors. This is the pride of the PharL WH00TON CtI0000L see; this is the pride so detesble to God; this is the pride that Scrip- .40 Years Experience With trite declares will be punishes by God. "Ie shall scatter m tne conceit of Real their heart." "The proud one shall fall and there FOR T SMITH shall be none to lift him up." Property "Lhold I :come against, .. thee, 0 lroud one, for the Lord will destroy No. 9 North Sixth Street the house of the proud and will give ffrace to the humble." Phone 2322 "And he that humhleth himself shall Ie exalted and he that exaJteth him- lf shall be humbled." Fort Smith, U. S. A. The proud man is on all sides. His Whichever it is, there is a] sun. chance to show your friendship. Lis- I ten to no bad stories about him, or if you must do your best to disprove and discredit them, and till the very last refuse to believe one evil word that isn't provod. And even at the worst, be true, be loving. Do to your friends as you would like to have a friend do to you. This is the golden rule of friendship. The Soviet government has revived exile to Siberia as a method of met- ing out punishment. ira, "Say It With Flowers GEORGE RYE "SOME FLORIST" Phone 116 The Plaza Member F. T. D. Fort Smith Arkansas x THE GUARDIAN JOKISMS Bug Bands Mary had been greatly interested in ] watching the men in her grandfather's I orchard putting bands around the fruit trees, and asked a great many questions, city Some weeks later, when in the with her mother, she noticed a gen-i tleman with a mourning band arount; his sleeve. ) "Mamma," she asked, "what's to keep them from crawling up his other! arm ?" Selfish Brother When Robert J. Burdette was a boy he called his mother day upstairs one and asked her to "whip John (his brother) and whip him good." "But what has little Johnny been doing?" inquired the mother. "Why, he wants half of the bed to himself," said Bob. "Well, he is entitled to half," said Mother Burdette. "Mebbe he is," whimpered Bob, "but he wants his half in the middle of the bed, and wants me to sleep on both sides of him." Just Like Hubby Weak Charge She entered the department store Rastus and Mose were having a and complained about a lamp she had healed argument. In ply to some re- purchased, &emandiug that it be taken mark of Rastus, Mose said: back. "Guess I know, niggahI ?on't you "What's the matter with it, rmad-, think l'se got any brains?' am ?" "Huh!" Rastus replied. "Niggah, if "It has all the faults of my hu.-brain s were dynamite, you couldn't band, and none of his virtues." blow off your hat!" "Please explain yourself." "Well, it is a good deal of brass They All Do It about it; it is remarkably brilliant; "Johnny," said his teacher, "if coal requires a great (lea] of attention; is is selling at $6 a ton and you pay unsteady on its legs, flares up occa- your dealer $24, how many tons will HAPPINESS MAKES HAPPINESS There are few of us who estimate rightly how nmch a happy, sunshiny temperament can do toward lighten- ing the burdens and cheering the sor- rows of those with whom we come in contact from day to day. If we can help in no other way, we can at least turn a cheerful face to the world, for this sunshine of the heart may be cul- tivated. A man who had had many sorrows and heavy burdens to bear. but who was noted for his cheerful spirit:, once said in explanation: "You know I have not had money. I had nothing, so 1 made the resolution that I would never sadden anyone else with my troubles. I have laughed and told jokes when I could have wept. I have always smiled in the face of every misfortune. I have tried never to let anyone go from my presence without a happy word or a bright thought to carry with them. And happiness makes happiness. I, myself am hap- pier than I should have been had I sat down and bewailed my fate." I MAKE THE MOST OF 1,1I,'E sionally; is always out at bedtime, l and is bound to smoke." Go By Signs Down in New Mexico, signs go di- rect to the point. They do not waste any time in wondering how the read- er will feel about it. In a garage at Albuquerque is post- ed the following: "Don't snake around the tank; it' your life isntworth anything, gaso- line is!" Needed Something "Mamma, Ise got a stomach-ache," said Nellie, six years old. "That's because your stomach is empty; you've been without your lunch. You'd feel better if you ha(] something in it." That afternoon the pastor called and in conversation complained of a se- vere headache. "That's Iecause it's empty," said Nellie. "You'd feel better if you had something in it." he bring you?" [ "A little over three tons, ma'am," i This life is too sho] and too fleeting said Jolmny promptly. I To be wasted in frowns and in tears, "Why, Johnny, that isn't right," We must make the most of its hours, said the teacher. If we'd make the most of its years. "No, ma'am, I know it ain't," said I And he will be blest beyond measure Johnny, "but they all do it." Who kindness and cheerfulness lends; Who lives not for selfish enjoyment, Poor liope But lives ad works for his friends. An old negro woman, standing by the grave of her husband, shook her head and stud mournfully: "Poor Ras- tus[ ] hope he's gone where I 'spec he ain't" Keeping Mum Miriam--Bella told me that you toll her that secret that I told you not to tell her. Marion--Cat! 1 tom her not to tell yOU. Miriam--Well, I told her I wouldn't tell you she told me, so don't tell her I did. [] Life is shortened by indulgenee in a nger, ill-will, anxiety, envy, grief, sorrow an d excessive care. i ,, 17 North Sixth" Street SINCLAIR--"REALTOR" CITY, SUBURBAN AND FARM PROPERTIES INDUSTRIAL SITES 16 Years in Business in Fort Smith FORT SMITH, ARK. m [] O'SHEA-HINCH HARDWARE COMPANY Fort Smith, Arkansas FARM MACHINERY, IMPLEMENTS, TOOLS, PLOWS, WAGONS m HERSCHEL HUNT, Proprietor PHONE 134 FORT SMITH ELECTRICAL SUPPLY CO. Electrical Contractors, Construction and Engineering FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS 18 North Seventh Street i J. W. Morton, V.-Pres. PEOPLES Henry Kuper, Jr., Pres. A. N. Sicard, 'P>ec'y. BUILDING AND LOAN ASSOCIATION l{ " OF FORT SMITH, A KANSAS Capital, $1,000,000 m m J. H. REDDICK.-GENERAL CONTRACTOR 417 Merchants Bank Building FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS , , i ,, i , THE ELITE CONFECTIONERY Our Candies Are Made Fresh Daily in Our Own Candy Kitchen Telephone 17 714'Garrison Avenue Fort Smith, Ark. m A LITTLE MORE A little more sunshine Makes a brighter fairer A breeze a little stronger Drives the fitful mist A little more of giving--- How unselfish one would A little more of service The good you ne'er can A little more of praying, Draws the soul to Him above;: A little more of Jesu, And our hearts o'erflow Adelbert F. It is easy enough to living wage for the other live on.--Indianapolis Star. M. H. MARKS THE I READY.TO-WtAI STORE 818 Garrison Avene:, Fort Smith, THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK RESOURCES OVER EIGHT MILLIONS Fol't Smith, Arkansas The strength and experience through over half a century of c( banking places The First National Bank a position to serve the most exacting .ac,_-) count with the most liberal and progressW policy possible. Highest Quality! 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