Word and Way from Kansas City, Missouri on December 20, 1917 · 14
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Word and Way from Kansas City, Missouri · 14

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14 THE WORD AND WAY. THURQDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1917 Frequently bring the wisest, most cultured, most honorable and inspiring guests you can to your table. The value both to parents and children of such visits is incalculable. The guests will unwittingly introduce themes that are new and impelling to the children. Upon the mother, as upon no other member of the family, rests the responsibility of adroitly guiding the conversation. The wisest, wittiest, most tactful guest, unless thus guided, may touch upon a theme that is painful to some one; or, at least, may not use the occasion most wisely. A mother's wisdom is never more thoroughly tested than it is in constantly directing table-talk wisely for the whole group, especially when most of them are immature. If she succeeds in this she is a capable mother in the truest sense. But, what is the nature of wise table-talk? Food for the soul is not confined to prayers, psalm-singing and discourses on the decrees of God. Much spiritual harm has been done "by only thinking and speaking of religion in terms of the judgment and hell fire. Whatever will lead us to refined thinking and wise consideration of spiritual values is religous. Whatever helps us to think and act more kindly, generously and benevolently toward men and exercise greater faith in God is religious. Such should be the ideals of table-talk. Definite Plans The wise mother plans every meal with the family health in view. Why not, then, plan the conversation with care in proportion to its relative value? The wisdom of this is readily seen by any person of ordinary ability. Whoever undertakes this will put the ban on all scandal, tale-bearing, vic- "CHRISTIANS' DUTY TOWARD CIVIL GOVERNMENT AND CARNAL WARS" (Third Edition) Price, ten cents. Address Wm. J. Miller, R. F. D. No. i, Box 12, Lometa, Texas. Points for Emphasis By a Baptist, But Good for Anybody A Vest Pocket Commentary on the International Sunday School Lessons Improved Uniform Series for 1918 HIGHT C. MOORE, D.D., Editor Lesson Setting and Survey; Les son Text and Outline; Analytical and Expository; The Lesson of the Lesson; Gold in the Golden , Text; Teaching Topics; Home Daily Bible Readings; Also Calendar and Maps. Price, 25 cents BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL , BOARD Nashville, Tenn. ious criticism, captiousness, pessimism and coarseness as intolerable. Sme themes are wholesome, but too heavy for the occasion. So far as practicable the tabl-talk be within the comprehension of all the circle. Parents, the mother in particular, should be alert to note signs of poison in the conversation and shrewdly turn it aside, and introduce a new theme if need be. Parents should studiously gather material during, the day for discussion at the table. The habit once formed will be exercised without effort and to the advantage of all concerned. Bring to these occasions your very, best thinking. Narrate' the most charming, amusing and inspiring incidents of the day. A little persistent care will spon make meal time the happiest and most helpful of all hours in the home. The old idea that children should be seen and not heard is abominable twaddle. You had just as well say they are to be educated but never taught. Train them to bring to the table-talk their contribution of events, incidents and queries both to ask and answer questions. It will then be a pleasure to see and hear them. Parents are responsible for a great deal of the rudeness and crudeness of children. If they are persistently trained in the art of conversation they will soon converse to the pleasure and profit of all the group. Guard against excessive seriousness. Make a wholesome vein of humor run through all that is said on these occasions. There is a marked distinction between silliness and sparkling wit, humor and wholesome repartee. When one has learned to wisely see the really amusing things in life he has mas- . tered an important lesson. This element in conversation adds to the occasion what the flowers do to the garden. Use table-talk to strengthen the family bond and consciousness of unity. In too many homes the husband is an autocrat and selfishly directs all the business of the home. This is vicious. Planning for the family is the concern of all, and each one should have his say even if it must be overruled in the end. In no other way can children be trained to be home makers or the unity of the family established and maintained. Frequently recount happy incidents in the family' life, studiously avoiding any reference to unhappy ones, and in the privacy of the home magnify the graces and talents of each member judiciously. ' , It is impracticable for some homes to have as guests men and women of genius, or even distinction. But this deplorable condition can be'very largely overcome by a little thought-fulness on the part of the parents. Read the books that tell of great char-, acters and discuss them. Gather print copies of the masterpieces of art and study them. By this means these characters will become the treasures of the family and sources of never-failing inspiration. "Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind Footprints on the sands of time." Dogmatism is valuable, but when one dogmatizes freely he incurs dangers. But to be unflinchingly insistent on good table manners is dogmatism worth while. Good breeding is an invaluable asset. It is the purpose of every gentle heart to give pleasure to all and pain to none. This end can only be attained by rigid discipline in courtesy. Nothing is more inexcusable than for one to grab and gulp food. It is not only . impolite, it is grossly immoral and socially degrading. Such conduct is wicked because it robs life of much beauty that God intended we should enjoy. If parents seek to maintain a high standard of conduct at the table and elsewhere it will become natural to the children. ' Orderliness, gentleness, neatness and though tfulness are means of grace; and it is incumbent upon parents to maintain them in the home. This is a responsibility that can not be shared, avoided, excused, or neglected without resulting in serious loss to all concerned. FACTS IN FRAGMENT Love never stays at home. Small talk often starts big trouble. A sour face is a mask from the devil's factory. People who give advice are seldom stingy about it. The man who is always right is always a nuisance. The longer you look at gains the bigger they grow. ' The man with a lofty aim is sometimes a very poor shot. The way to keep religious enthusiasm is to give it away. ' I know a man who scorns to blow his own trumpet, but somehow his trumpet gets blown. Some people never pray for a thing until they find out that they cannot get it any other way. . If long-range sympathy would cure the ills of humanity, we would have a happy world tomorrow. The, young man who sits down and waits for fortune to . cpmeT would better prepare for a long session. You cannot remember the preacher's text, did you say? Perhaps the sermon was about something else. The fact that a man puts a mortgage on his house is not always a sign that he is going to buy an automobile. Do you want to know who are the meanest people in your town? They are the proselyters people who argue Christians into doubts about the doctrines of their own church, coax them to join the proselyter's church, and then sing the doxology over the poor sinners' coming home. Bishop Berry, in New York Christian Advocate. KANSAS CITY CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC . Miss Bertha Hornaday, of the faculty of the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, is playing the organ of the Wabash Avenue Christian Church in the absence of Mr. Cooper, who is in the East. , Mr. Henry D. Ashley, chairman of the committee which is promoting the Christmas Carol singing by all of the niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 1 : - : t 1 1 THE CROSS IN CONGO LAND A new series of missionary lessons for Baptist Sunday Schools for the foreign mission period January to Easter Sunday, 191 8. - v Note These ' Important Features 1. 2. 3- Graded for Kindergarten, Intermediate, Junior and Adult departments Brief only a few minutes each Sunday necessary Illustrated pictures, charts, posters and photographs of missionaries - Adaptable to every school, large or small, city or rural Fine Easter Concert Program .' One set of supplies free to every Baptist Sunday School' AN ORDER BLANK WILL BE SENT TO EVERY SUPERINTENDENT ' ... , ( ' Send Your Order Early to r V PUBLICATION DEPARTMENT, W. A. B. F. M. S. 450 EAST 30th STREET, CHICAGO, ILL. , 3 3 P P E2 nillllhhlllMlllllllllilillllll1llllllllllllM-liiiiifiiiiiiiin mlillllinnilt " iniUimillliiui.liiuiiiiiimlilLUIIL.ilJllliimillilMiiiuuuiilliiMiM.iiiiiuiiiaiiiyiii... 1HHIWimtWWmWMmitlltliyHIIWtllWtMtHtMIIMfHMHMMIUmtttlttIIMMMIIHtl1tWIWW)HtWtMttll1IIIIMIIIIIHltt lHIHWUUIMI(ltlHinHIM.nl.w.HMIIH.tiUHHIIMHMIIllHmRMUUtlHlllll UHlimiltMUlUiMMmM school children and vocal students of Kansas City for the Red Cross wind-, up on Christmas Eve, has issued a -call for all music teachers to bring their pupils, and all singers to come " x ii. - 1 f t' a. Tt... -tAnr 10 me grana renearsai nci xuuiouaj - 1 evening, December 20, in the newj' ditonum of the Kansas City ucitserr x vatory of Music, 1515 Linwood Boulevard. The vocal teachers of the. city are asked to take a leading part in this , movement. Mr. Carl Rosenberg will conduct the rehearsals. ' ',r V;2?v-' It is hoped to get together aband of two hundred singers who will" go ... to the largest hotels and ' sing these " carols in the lobbies on Christmas -Eve. From the hotels they will go to the Union v Station, and there sing . . in the , grand lobby. Miss Dorothy M. Clair, of the Ex- : pression Department of the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, will give her introductory recital in the auditorium of the Conservatory on Friday evening, December 14. Tickets for this recital may be had at the office oi the Conservatory without cost. Miss Clair, will read an abridgment of the third act of Joseph M,. Patter- Fourth Estate," and the third and A) fourth act of Josephine Preston J?ea-f"0: body's "The Piper." ' T COCA-COLA case snL.E.u JB X CONSENT DECREE . .By mutual consent and to the mutual satisfaction of the U. S. Govern- '. ment and the Coca-Cola Company their litigation was finally and amicably settled by a consent decree, ; which was entered by Judge Sanford of the District Court of the U. S., Southern Division, Eastern District . of Tennessee, November 12, 1917. This litigation, which has attracted widespread attention because of the many fine points of law involved, -was i: commenced in October,': 1909, eight years ago, when the Government filed, a libel proceeding, alleging adultera-'.. tion and misbranding. - The Government's charge, of adul-7 teration was based on the admitted fact that Coca-Cola contains caffein, which is the active principle - of re- . freshing element of tea. But the Coca- . Cola Company produced evidence that ;: their product contained much less caf- , fein than an ordinary cup of . tea, as -commonly prepared, ; and that the source of caffein in Coca-Cola is from tea leaves; that the caffein in Coca-Cola is the same in form rand effect as that of tea, and that their product was not, therefore, adulterated within the legal interpretation of the pure , food law. The Government's charge of misbranding was based upon 'the claim that Coca-Cola did not contain any ' Coca and little, if any, Cola, and that, therefore, the name Coca-Cola was misleading and that the product was therefore misbranded. The Coca-Cola, Company admitted that their product-does not contain the active principle of Coca, but they produced evidence . i,.. : Anne rnnlain tfip flavoring X- tracts of both Coca and ColaVt2 that the name Loca-L,oia was, xirer fore, not misleading and that "lejVj, product, therefore, was not misbrand- ed. , . . . ' V ; Many fine points of law were involved in the litigation, which was decided in favor of the Coca-Cola' Com- pany-by the U, S. District Court at Chattanooga in 1909, atter a trial lasi? ing three weeks. The Government, at the expiration of a year, appealed the case to the Court of Appeals sit-; ting in Cincinnati,' which 'court confirmed the verdict of the lower court. The Government then appealed to the Supreme Court, which over-ruled the lower court on the points of law involved and sent the case back to the lower court to be re-heard as to the facts involved. ' ' ' In the meantime, the Coca-Cola Company, during the nine years of litigation, had made certain technical improvements in their processes of manufacture, which not only resulted in improving the flavor and qutllty of their product, but also reduce J amount of caffein to about, one-foe. -X the quantity contained in an average cup of tea. Thus, by mutual consent a settlement was reached in the long litigated case without ths necessity, of a re-hearing in the courts, thv noints of law having lcr.T since b::v decided y the Suprerr.; Court. f

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