Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta
STKANGE "SUPPLY" "Uni lootc kind." won! on ihe spoalu-t'. to open and-receive the sacred message of the dny. As soon as he was ou his feet he took I lie hvnm booh briskly, opened.lt, nitlled the patfi's. bent closi I lint iinlndtH Mr us not milv nil the lovs of ikr-i Mr'.- certainly inifli rip iinil r.Mit In his soildon rags wlius'u I'lil all glory nf liojivrn' lien-nl'li-r mid Unit word lmrc llf anil of sill, tviiosc tlni- i wor Is love! From almost any luiuu of (ho Testament -v j: eye malte It linpossllilo lo (Coprritht, nil. bj-'tbe Xuw Yt ALTHOUGH she IIRS long- been Incapaci- tated and unable to pursuo the profession which originally yielded her fame and for- tune, Morris continues to foil her later Tocntion of authorship u-itb. fortitude that defies severest adversity. The following story is the latest piece of fiction bearing- her muie. It pains added interest from the fact that tho writer not only is badridder.. hns been afflicted with partial blindness. Hiss Morris dictated the tale to her husband, Mr. F. C. Har- riott. Heralj Co. coiifiresratioi to them: tiien suddenly he cast thy book" from him wonderful word tflnws and beams at us. Hill it is L'u> ll0" You could uot a cold du- aiul turnliiK bis head jdmrply away closed lids the Master's own ImipIiiK crv that stirs tlie heart to wnndorer from (he nplhur world! But k after the manner of nitui wi.o has sulTorod fro.., his A the Hush had Hided from his fnce. he V us sins hymn number six J IO hundred and sixteen." and then, as If fearing the hymn might not the smite number iu till sinllcd brightly and clearly sang tho lino. "1 mvd men. Did you _........_............ Thee every nnd Instantly tho organ respoiulL'tl. schoolmaster, or perhaps :ni overstern, i-., u ring People exehanced surprised glances as they sang father, whuse win read, 'Obcv at the. empty pulpit, where Ihe llylitly eloM-d and thought tills Is the clrangcst "supply" yet. as 'Olwy me you must, and love nie If you ran! Keep and hymn hook creatfil nn impression inhospiiable tiioy noted tho tall, boyish the t'Niso cropped, my eniwnaiidmonts and love me! ft was wltii ilie'm ami stern, .softened not by the pn-sente of a singly wavy brown Imlr. the I win 11 ess face. In which Ihe 'ami yuu thorn after --nine sharp reminders, but blood rose and sank seuslMvety, and the hliiivuriiy your love was more, like a fearful sort: of respect or Mrs. Woodward whimpered to a front pew, "There eyes that soonied sternly penetrating in looking from awed (hut was the rule of t'ear.' restless as it sat staring over as a boy havu an mipupuhu- f-'n- tinv'-' yon not felt tlio thrill of that fulnt kuock- "t your heart ere nowV'' Tragedy of the Crucifixion. At th.ij niomenl (lie young- preacher leaned out over Is an accusing 1 HE Her. John Meriinp TVHS nwny on Iris tlon. lit was not a man of many holidays, for Uad heard of any railroad iu-cklent Ihat innrnliitf. T I wag his first In four years of almost cease- I loss labor. Even so. he had raised objections, against leaving his church, nntil Dr. Woodward bnrt In curt, nuthorltntlve words may just choose between n raeatloii ;ir a complete breakdown, sir. N'ovv. not lur'If' 'but' in the matter." And after that the reverend rentlemnn had been overwhelmed with gpod- ._ hys. good wldbfts und niftny hprlhbnnfHl gifts, (lint frere as nnmelosa as they were useless to tlielr em- barrassed recipient, who shortly turned his back upon the church for which he had done so much. When John had entered upon his pastorate he had found everything Ht iiren aod sevens, tin; church, reeling under a load of debt, wns In a veri- table state of disintegration. Its membership cmcMy ita young people ilrftwii rnvay to other nn.w dttraetlre places of worship, but there was fin old tuard of loyal members to back efforts, and so, full of lore and fakh nnd lie had stripped off his and to work. _ Frora the Hrst success attended his t'ffort.f. lie won back the youujf people, whose affection and thnsiasm he had need of; his'pulpit work was most ia Us factory to his congregation, and almost as soon ns he wsf warm In his place he had with a sort o( furious energy attacked the debt. It hud boon :i lonir jiull and a hard pull, but lunsmuch as they had nil [Hillwl together they rtnally drnifjfnd ibr, crti.shini: Joitd from Ihe overburdened church jind now It slcoil sij- ciirc. without n fluunnlal stain. TJie increasing no heen niodwralL' but (jonllinious. sei-raiiip I'D show ill? chiirch In a Datum I and honlthy cotulilir.n. And yet rhe eyes of John Mc-rling" were snd ipart of .lolm was bitter within him. The satisfaction of his people was utter and coin- Met c. They liked him; they were proud of ilio "hiiroli. Well lo do, well clothed, well fed. well WHrnnMl, yet some Sunday mornings HS they sprt-ml. mt before him with empty absent but wearing a faint, fixed smile meant a.i nn nsKur- mce of nrtentlon, tlwy seemed to him to be sunk into 1 in almost bovine contentment. And when elderly lien cautiously consulted corpulent gold llnner being still Merlin? felt nt times A passionate resentment nt his failure to hold them, lie longtHl to cry out upon his "1'oa are church members, but you are not ilansl Which of you n-ally loves Kb name or follows His aacred So sorely did these doubts weiph upon him that he pras seized M-lth a desire to aronse, to awaken, to ihake these men and from their contented icnornnue of higher, holier, more rtlTlnely, beautiful things. -Then when, ou-the Sabbath before hln dc- sarturc he had escaped from the crowded vestibule ind the smiles and the compliments and cougTuttiln'- lions upon the sermon, be'aourbt refuge in his dunk? itudy, burled his face in his hands, ami, pale lips." God and my Father, T hare not known bow to knock at the doors'of their hearts rullj and skilfully enough! I am conic from the' pul- wt and have left H cold an the grave! Oh, HOT f missed the way? Show me the light before it la too Wtc, and I be proved an unworthy And that wan why the Her. John Sterling had gone so fcearlly upon his racatlon. though he had been gone but three people were fretting and grumbling, and Beyond all complaining of the quality of the 'sup- plies' provided by the main office to fill the absent pastor's place. mlnlitcrs !n thrtn gronned Sisfor Hanlon. "What irill Brother Merllnff think of "By the way, MM. asked Miss Connie Roberts, "whom will to-morrow's 'supply' dine with, do you "1 can only gnwff, my dwr. If a valiant trencherman .who may enjoy bis food, Dr. and Mrs. .Woodward will entertain him, for certainly the beat cook In town. But If our visitor Is faddy, dlety of perion, of course Mrs. Witaon will him in tow." objected Miss Roberta, "how will know that he "They smiled Mrs. Hanlon, "but Mrs. Wil- ton will; she has had flfteen years' with her huibsnd, who li In that way." "Poor Mrs. Wilson! Oh, Mrs. ran Jo to see mamma an hour ago. She the dear old. elder had gone to the city, in all this heat, to Invite the new 'supply' to come up nnd pans the night at his house, won't be nn unspoiled dinner In the parish if till; goes on "nineli then tho organ suddenly look and sofi nnd sweet tilt.' opening notes of a voluntary mine throbbliiL' thrmiglt the Kllence. Meanwhile two or three of ihu chuivh olliclulx had stolen out. to the vestibule, where they compared timepieces, and wiperlv watched all male pas.sc-rsby. One old gentleman, all hath'ss :i> he was, di'scumlcd the church steps to question n boy us to whether lie a "Hut how Is H with n tin1 pulpit, n black frown on light in his eyes, he sharply tl "Ito V011 MIL- chapters Unit an- the least often lou. ht- (ll All_ pomo you she was such a trustful woman, AM wen! weil till and bedtime came; then with leaden foet you slowly crept ........___ ..._.............-. -ces- up the stairs And to bed. sheepishly nr-gloKting'lo sav boss, not between here and tlie city. They snrily be soumwhai abbreviated, but if our thoughts your usual brluf prayer. How you tossed nnd turn- moment's Ijait. riien he faced his lira re1 si-rvlee to-day may nercs- He Said, "There is the Empty Pulpit Waiting for You." -strains .your nerves, hurries the of youi- hearts. 1 know the justificaiiuu you offer tt> need upon tluit pplsodc? know the price our Lord ;fcMls for rtiir rede.mprlon; we know His passion and apony: dwell upon it now? It JK nil passed and if one forever! Kor Him there renmins only Liie rinus rnlnbow Ihi-one, and a or pain ngnin all That you you He! Un- consfionsl.r yot. you lie, I sav! For HB suirers Slranfieiy no nnpry jrhinccs were "exchnnjftl'ti, but every eye was fixed upon ihe. speaker's worlrinpr luiiiid faee nnd tho twistiiiL' hands thai: wriinir other lit f.iteous plea. In tho sllffht pause that fol- lowed soft sobbing was plalnlv heard, while :i heavy I icronn hroke snnie man's lips. "Shall our swed Lord find closed here lo- And a wppplng fc'lr! cried, ".No, im! Oh. 'Then draw lite holts, open wide your hearts and receive your glorious Ami in (fiat innnieiit of ft'elhijr there was enniinoiiun at I he swiniiinjr A jfroup of men e.n-. i'M-'-il. preceded by a stocky man. rod fnc.ed, gray' haired, nnd ovMeinJy from his yarb a mililstiT. Iic-i hind him himiii'd two fellow.s in brass buttoned, I'lue suits. With n pasture Ihe mau In checked j i In- niiier's ailviinee. Mioujrii one whispered loudlv, "Thafs him all .Ali-aiuiine there was silernv In ihe pulpit, the or- cupaiK slaiidhiK lijrhliv erect. Krmn the fixed' "ii tin.' Intruding men. Die light of exaltation hud! faded, while n wave uf dull, dark red swept over face from dun it, for a mnment. Then, sud-, ilenly. ihe iliscoinniure disappeared, and, re-j his self-possession, he. moved quickly to Umf' ami. with modest dignity, greeted the ap-! si ranker in the rlcnvly spoken welcome, sir; perhaps you will lead us in (he offered hand the cider man pushed pnm. the lad. nnd, taking his pinct; ilu- desk, In voiro of itistiiiri limitation said, 113 pray." Sn sotin us heads liowfcil and jirayer beyan wet.' waldil'n! t-yes saw a witli low bent head and painfully Hushed face. liprne down the aisle. men ndrniK-ed to incei, him, e; ell wiili a hand C-i'tPndeil, fOiflii nf wliich in- drew I nick, sayjiiff. in a ili.-it. It was purely accldontnl. not; nn iiiiemiefi twcape. I'ome. Carter, f'i! walk with vou.'1 And so passed droopiisitiy out of slsht the Htranpe "supply." closely liy nne K'tard, white Ilia oiher. in answer lo n from Doacon >Vhitc, loitered Afier i iic .sinaliiy of n brief doxolosy and a somr- wlial curt lienL-dietion tliu begun to pcrs-M. ivlth a marked the usual jf ret tings nnd shorr chats. Friends bowed Bravely to one an- other :utd icissed out, while many women down their veils to ludn their streaked faces. Ifrawn n bit lo one. side Doacon stood'epeak- v.-Jtli the mnn in bine, and thoen passing neat L-itiiirht such II In in inn tiny sentences us "Theolojficfl 1 siiuk-nj; nverrftnily; eomplote breakdown. Slow- very slow getting along1 now. Sight; .restored partly; in, as, vrrivet imlws sonnt sny.s l-linrcli or he's off.' Thia'i-v floor, 8iood wido opou, as dhl the windows, it k" xt KMfr hnve .-iMVta tft th. I Ills Contented and Prosperous. "I Imp ncvor MWnilhls cliurch iHTY.re. Inu I! h Ijoautlftil iinrl Ii hours n'f IOV'JIM- care' anil lavish I'ljjurnHvpIv tnviktKK, UJiriii Ihla cmlri.' liilllitln'f upon t.bt tiaurKi'ft ,Ills' onnip Irum JPMIX' liclcht lincl .depth, irelit vvllli rontnnipt Ih'is unmclras onr. iviio Hiul hrfj.'idrh luh'i-r yel hi'pn liild. uiir so Kltrcly llip oni. rellirn Mini we ran niafco Is-tu five And Ihit Itpv. .lolin Morlhlj; (nnipd nish-klv nnd ourai-lvw in Him! laiJliL- Imlli uf hpr hands, fei-vnnllj- "'Conw unlo inr." [rlcads, iinil when .it lanl you i-hlld, I Inivo hut lids lo s.ir. and' It Mini's MrnlghV hoiv do yini t.'ome? too from my Oml lili'ss ;uul soon rosloix1 innny wny or oi' .full honKh iniijiiyi''