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CHOICE OF RIGHT RATHER THAN WRONG URGED ON YOUTH
' Dr. Walter B. Hinson Preaches on Eight Value of Estimates From Text, "Jesus Said, 'Come, Follow Me,' and the Young Man Went Away."
THE STTNTXiT OREGOXIAX. PORTLAND, TUXE 28. 1914
BY DR. WALTER B. HINSON.
OF ALL. the evil in this world. It
may surely be affirmed that It
Is but the result of wrongly esti
mated values. The ages have echoed
to the controversy surging around the
cuestion. "Whence came eviir If
originated in Heaven once, may It not
nrla-infLte there again? ADd books
that would dam the Willamette River,
and turn this city into a lake,, have
written In exDOsition of that
same origin ot evil. Yet the Question
is a simple one, and demands no liter
ature at all. For evil originated in a
wrong estimate of values. And I rather
think Milton is nearer the truth than
. many a theologian has been, when he
makes Satan say, "It is better to rule
In hell than to serve in heaven. For
Eatan then made the wrong estimate
of values; for all men know, it is bet
ter to serve in heaven than to rule in
helL But may we not sin, though the
pearly gates are shut behind us? For
If sin originated In the presence of Uod
once, why not again? Most surely we
might sin after reaching heaven, if we
went to heaven as we are now. But do
vou not recall how the beloved Apos
tle says, "We shall be like him"? And
na great characteristic of the Christ,
as he walked this earth, was that he
always rightly estimated values, and
everlastingly made the right choice.
This is where man tirst lauea, iu
the non-discernment of the good and
the bad in moral values. There it hung,
the bit of fruit, that in the pictorial
Btory was prohibited by God. And
there stretched the garden, beautiful
and fair; with the smile of God for
sunlight; and with the whisper of God
moving among the treetopa in the twi
light. But our first parents failed to
right'y determine the value of Eden
smd God, and the forbidden fruit; and
lecause of their wrong choice they
walked into darkness and gloom. Poor
Esau, when hungry, saw the birth
right of God. and he saw the meal.
And as the writer of the book of He
brews said, "For the morsol of meat,
he sold his birthright." And afterward,
when grieved, and wanting the birth
right back, he obtained it not; be
cause he once made the . choice that
determined all his life; and let slip
the crown, and preferred the clod.
Balaam Cited as Illustration.
The highest position avails nothing.
it a man is unable rightly to determine
values. One of the poets of the Old
Testament was Balaam. And he moved.
among the prophets, those great seers
arHn .av.ai. the visions of God. But
Balak, the King, offered gold, and God
the eternal, offered eulogy, and Balaam
was unable to see that the "well done"
of God was grander than the glittering
rold of Balak; and so he, too, made the
wrong choice. And. therefore, in the
last book of the Bible, we are warned
against becoming Balaamites, the pe'o
ple who cannot rightly determine moral
values. - "
Association with the best is not pre
ventive of evil, if a man cannot rightly
choose. Gehazi was the servant of one
f Israel's greatest prophets. And he
lived in the very household of Elisha.
But one day he saw glittering raiment,
Bllver and gold in the hands of
Naaman; and he realized how, with a
lie, he might come into the possession
of all the treasure. And so he for
feited the confidence of Elisha, and
violated the moral law, and brought
down upon"hlmself leprosy as a curse
from the God he had offended. All be
cause he was unable to rightly esti
Rich Ruler" Made Example.
When you come down into the New
Testament, numberless illustrations
point to this fact that I am placing
before you. The young ruler moved
along in the even tenor of his life, until
be approached Christ. And then Christ
said: "Choose. There are your posses
sions and here Is dlscipleshlp." And
the young ruler was unable to place
a. right estimate on the Dlscipleshlp,
and fhe Cross, and the Christ: and he
went away to his great possessions.
And you young people can recall from
your "Dante." that in the poet s vision
of hell, this young ruler is spoken of
still as the man who made the "Great
Refusal." And he made It because he
was inadequate to interpret moral val
ues. And therefore he preferred the
low to the high; the materialistic for
the spiritual and the eternal.
A most tragic illustration is dffered
by Judas. Did ever man, from such
a height, fall to such a depth? In the
school of Christ for three years; listen
ing to the parables of the Master; wit
nessing the miracles of the Lord; hear
ing the Sermon on the Mount; and
yet for two-score and a half bits of
silver forfeiting it all, losing all heaven
for the sake of 20! Why did he do
it? Because he failed where you and
I shall likely fall; unless God keeps
us. He failed to distinguish between
values; between the silver and the
Corse Put Dean,
There is no man In this house named
Deinas. Why not? It is a much more
euphonious name than mine, or possibly
yours. Then why does no mother call
her boy Demas? Because two millen
nlums ago a man spoiled that nam a
For it is written down in a letter from
Paul, "Demas hath forsaken me. hav
ing loved this present world." And
yet he might have been a Timothy, an
Apostle, and he might have written an
epistle to be bound up in the Bible,
only he was unable to rightly estimate
values; and therefore he made the
choice that was ignoble and ruinous.
And so all over this great sea of
life there are the derelicts, who are the
result of a wrong estimate of values.
"God-like"' they said Daniel Webster
was, and the echoes of his marvelous
eloquence fascinates men still. But
there came a crisis in that great man's
career when he had to choose between
values. And he made the sorry choice
that caused the gentle Quaker poet to
look at him and say;
Fallen and lost! From these great eyes
The God has fled;
When faith declines and honor dies.
The man is dead.
Young Urged to Choose Rightly.
And' Webster's fall was the result
of Webster's inability to rightly de
termine between values. I am saying
these things this morning in your hear'
ing, young people, for this purpose
Your life will be determined by your
early choices. And not always will you
have to choose between the bad and
the good. For harder is the choice
between the thing that is good and
the thing that is better. And harder
still, the choice between the thing that
is better and the thing that Is best.
And the great reform movements in
this world are crying out in despera
tion for young men and young women
to line up their defense and advance
ment; and their prayer to you is that
you rightly choose, so that in the de
termining of values you give the assent
of your will and the allegiance of
your life to the very highest thing
God places before you.
And then, secondly, will you remem
ber that all the good in the world to
day is the result of right choice, de
termination and decision In regard to
values? Now sometimes the soul chooses
with -a wonderful deliberateneSs. And
the good and the bad watch while that
slow determination is being matured.
And a hundred things out of the past
may come into that decision. And a
hundred anticipations from out the fu
ture may enter into that choice. And
slowly so slowly one might imagine
destiny becoming impatient is the
choice made, and the decision rendered.
But sometimes, swiftly as the light
ning, does the soul make the life-determining
decision. And in a moment
the whole course of the career is In
fallibly and eternally settled. And
therefore, I bid you this morning, for !
your own soul s sake, bear in mind
how all the good of life is the result
a right choice in view of that apprecia
tion. And here I recall a text of Scripture
that tells how Moses despised the
treasures of Egypt, for allegiance to
the God of Israel. Young man, where
are the treasures of Egypt tonight? In
1314 where are they? But Moses! Be
cause he lived, our Jewish friends built
that synagogue across the street.. Be
cause he lived, Judaism became the
foundation upon which , God erected
Christianity. And because of bis choice
of loyalty to God, rather than tne pos
session of Egypt's treasures, up in
heaven today they sing the song of
"Moses, the servant of God, and or tne
Lamb." The other day I heard a child
singing this very simple little verse: -Do
not fear to tread the fiery furnace.
Nor shrink the Uon's den to share.
For the God of Daniel will deliver.
He will send his angels there.
Wherevdid that verse come from
Why. once three Hebrew young men
stood before a King, who said: v or
ship that image of gold or be thrown
into the burning, nery rurnace. j-.hu
they looked at a life made ignoble by
th worshiDof gold, would tnat ail
American young men could learn the
lennii. And they looked at a lire sac
rifinod in obedience to the God of
heaven. And they rightly estimated the
value of each. And so they correctly
chose. And to Daniel, the other char
acter mentioned in the verse, the King
said: "Pray no more to the wia ot
Abraham. Isaac and Jacob, or enter the
lions' den." And Daniel looked si
life prolonged through cowardice God-
ward. And then ne looaea at tne an
clause of the ages, and at the com
mendation of Jehovah, and he rightly
determined. and made the -Wise choice,
and therefore that child, thousands of
years afterward, -was telling us not to
fear the fiery turnace, nor uni me
lions' den to share.
Joseph's Decision Recalled.
" There is no story in the Old Testa
ment American youth needs more to
study than that of Joseph. Yet all the
career of Joseph is pivoted on one nine
five minutes in his life, when in the
house of his master the wife of his
master to him made a black and
hellish suggestion. And Joseph looked
at values and said: "God forbids ine
to do this." And the reason Joseph
had the most wonderful funeral of all
history far exceeding that of .Moses,
of which Mrs. Alexander sings goes
back to the time when the young man
rightly distinguished between moral
values and preferred recitude and Jail
tn a nalace and sm..
There sat two men once menains
their nets by the side of a lake. For
fishermen were they. And up to them
a stranger walked, and said as lie
irazt-d into their eyes: "Follow me and
I will make you fishers of men." And
they looked at the boats and the nets.
and they rose up ana ronowea jesus.
And their , names are written in every
copy of the- Bible under God's heaven
tndav. because they could rightly dis
cern values and rightly make choices.
Loral Citation Made.
Oh. I thought this morning in our
Sunday school of two voung men
once knew. They were brothers, and
they went to school together, ana to
the house of God togetner. dui mere
came the time in the career of these
two men when the great determining
choice was presented. And one com
menced to soar and the other com
menced to sink. If I told you the name
of the young men who went on the
ascent through the right choice, 200
people in this audience would know to
whom I referred. And the other was
burled years and years and years ago
a poor worn-out sot in a drunkard's
grave. And of that ascent and of that
descent it may be -affirmed that each
was the result of a wrong or a rignt
estimate of values, of a wrong or a
right determining choice.
And. young people, I have saia ims
you what your instructor would like to
ave told you, and what your father
would like to tell you, and what your
mother will thank God you have heard.
I want to tell you that the good in
your life, and the good you will ac
compllsh. and the good that will be
laid up in the eternities, for your ever
lasting renown, has got to be the re
suit of your right decision in view of
issues that are moral, and of your right
determination between values that are
spiritual. So do not. I beseech you,
choose the sod when you have oppor
tunity to choose the sky.
' Encouragement Is Given.
And, lastly, is there any word given
me to say tnat will help you in the
hours when these mora values appear
and you will be compelled by destiny
to make your choice? Yes, there is.
Now hear me say it and my task is
complete. You ask the business man
in this house to tell you what is the
best investment and he will tell you
that which gives you the largest re
turns and the longest returns and the
Now, In the hour when the ways part
and the soul must make its choice and
the constraints and restraints begin to
nlav uDon the will, choose you that
which will bring you the largest divi
dends of good and which will bring
them to you for the longest time and
which will most surely produce those
dividends of satisfaction. But, ethically,
one more word should enter into that
definition. And you should so choose
that there may come to you the largest
dividends, for the longest time, and
dividends of the surest character, but
do not forget the quality of those divi
dends. Here Faber has an illumining
line in one of his poems:
"Let us do, then, dearest brothers,
Wot will beet and longest please us.
Adam's Choice Recalled.
O, ask Adam what he thinks of his
choice, as he leaves Eden; and ask Esau
what he thinks of his choice, as he
weeps bitterly; and ask Gehazi what he
thinks .of his choice, as he blanches
with leprosy; and ask Judas what he
thinks of his choice, as he falls, and
bursts asunder. "What will best, and
longest please us." 80 when you are
making these decisions, my young
friends, learn that you must have the
far look. Not what will be a gratifl
WOMAN'S CLUB DOES MUCH
GOOD WORK IN 2 YEARS
Mrs. Elizabeth Eggert Reports on Campaigns Conducted and Conditions
Bettered During Her Administration Many Features Discussed.
of a true appreciation of values, and I also in your hearing, .that I might tell
S RETIRING president of the
Portland Woman's Club, which
office Fhe has held for the past
two years, airs." Elizabeth Eggert de
livered an address at the installation
of. the new officers Friday afternoon
in part as follows;
The standard by which success In life is
measured is service to toe social whole.
So wrote one of our Portland editors In
euloelzine the late Jacob RI1&
The year Just closing has not been for
the women of Oregon, and for the members
of this club In particular, the epoch -makln
period which distinguished it predecessor.
in which equal suffrage was granted us ny
the just and generous men of our state. But
in this period has come tho exercise ot
our new duties of citizenship In the sober,
second thought, when the senso of responsi
bility has succeeded and overshadowed the
novelty of our relation to public art aire.
Four Lost by Ieath.
We have this year received -'8 new mem
bers. These, with 32 the previous year,
makes 450 added during this administra
tion, and we now have 32U active ana .
associate members, a total enrollment of
St5. A working force of 320 women band
ed together for .good should be able to ac
complish much. From our midst four have
departed for "tnat bourne rrout wnence no
traveler returns." Early In the year Mrs. M.
A. Dalton. a charter member of blessed
memory, always loyal and true; In her is
years with us she was absent only three or
four times, and in every duty assigned was
ever capable and efficient. l,ater Mrs.
Roderick prince, cj.uiet, unostentatiour-faith
ful to every trust, whose last act was one
of charity "to those that are In prison."
went from us as Christmas drew near. May
Mrs. E. B. Wright, a newer member.
highly esteemed by those who knew her.
died abroad. .Tune A another charter mem
ber, Mrs. Phillip Lawton, went home.
New Plan Works Well.
Our new plan of alternating programme
nd business meetings Is working very sat
isfactorily, and the more careful enforce
ment of the rule for admission by ticket
only has Kreatl lessened the work of our
financial secretary. Our financial condition
was never better. If a good.
Our membership, department and press
committees have faithfully performed their
medal duties. Our calendar committee, un-!
der the capable and resourceful leadership
of Mrs. Harah A. Evans, who Has so ably
served In this capacity for three successive
years, has secured very interesting, enter
taining and instructive programmes. The
social committee, with Mrs. A. Wursweller
and Mrs. J. -'. Hare as chairman and vice
chairman, has been a source of delightful
pleasure In the social fellowship of members
and cordiality to guests.
Conspicuous among our social functions
was the luncheon-reception, August 0, to
lira. William L. Jones, president of the Los
Angeles Kb ell Club, and January 21. our
istn birthday reception.
Through the publicity committee we co
operated with the Manufacturers' Food and
Industrial Exposition, participated in Reed
v onege "fortiand HUG" conference ana
other public enterprises. The philanthropic
committee did valuable work and aided
needy families of unemployed Portland men.
The education committee studied conditions
of our publlo schools and by correspondence
and a personal visit or one of its memoers
the methods of the far-famed school of Gary,
The civic committee baa endeavored to
secure women attendants for women bathers
at the park playgrounds and at swimming
pools on ladles' days, better conditions for
women at Union Depot, better women's
Quarters at new city Jail, more stringent en
forcement of curfew law, and Is now labor
ing for more drinking fountains and com
fort stations In the North End of the city.
It conducted Bed Cross sales at one of the
headquarters, secured and decorated the
Woman's Club -auto for our participation in
the Rose Festival floral parade and di
rected our Rose Festival committee of 100.
The public health committee has directed
Its efforts toward securing better conditions
for the care of Insane women In the County
Jail, for the segregation of women prison
ers held therein, also for the segregation of
third-stage tubercular patients and the en
forcement of the anti-spitting ordinance. Tt
represented the club In the campaign for
cold-storage and meat-Inspection measures.
The hall and Chautauqua committees have
well performed their duties.
Members on Boards.
We hav representation on the moving-
pictures censorship committee, still main
tain fraternal alliance with the Visiting
Nurse Association and the Prisoners' Aid
KnriMtv w loined the anti-cigarette cru
sade, and have co-operated with the City
Health Department in xne anii-uy ----
patgn, with the Progressive Business Men s
Club in the Public Market enterprise, with
h Rose Festival Association as aforesaid.
and with the Portland Ad Club in the Ore
gon industry league.
w have -united with other womcn'i or
ganisations in the school beautifying plans,
the woman's building project, as also in
the effort to secure a better housing ordi
nance. We labored to save the University
of Oregon appropriations and the club has
put Itself on public record as favoring the
I.lndquist pure fabrics bill, the seamen's bill
and the Works National temperance bill.
As contributing to the financial success of
these enterprises, the club has been placed
under lasting obligation to our three great
dallies, The Oregon fan, the Journal and the
Kvenlng Telegram, for the generous and un-I
stinted contribution of their valuable space
for publicity. I
cation to the palate for the, passing mo
ment; but what will benefit when the
stars scatter like thistle down tn a
hurricane, and the end of the world are
fallen. And you must have the upward
Agassis ranks higher than Kookfel.
ler; and Lincoln Is heavier than Van
derbllt; because Agassis and Lincoln
had the upward look; and were ambi
tious In the realm of the mind, rather
than of the body; and set their affec
tions on things spiritual, not material;
on things eternal, not temporal.
And you will be helped to rightly de
termine, if you remember that you have
only one life to live upon the Earth.
And yet that life Is the determining
life which conditions all our future;
and which future ts as long as the life
time of God. And you must remember
it is the probationary life; and that
youj are now sowing the seed of which
you shall reao the harvest when tho
sun has passed away and time shall be
no more. So how wiujrou cnooeer i
tell you this morning, tn unmistakably
clear language. If you allow Jesus
Christ to determine your choice, you
will make no mistake.
Mosr'i La re Mast be Withstood.
Let him stand beside you when
money pulls a no- fame pulls, and posi
tion pulla, and let him My. "What shall
it profit a man if he gain the whole
world and lose himself.'
Wealth and rule go round with fortune
As her wheel turns round i
He who keeya his faith, he only
Caunot be uncrowned.
Little matters loss of fortune.
Ix of ran It or crown,
But the wreck were pint retrieving
If the man fall down.
lUet Christ come to your belp In the
great crises of your life, the times
when you have to determine between
values. o you know Gilder's writings:
Then you know Gilder said:
If Jesus Christ be a man.
And onlv a man. I MV.
Of all mankind I will follow hlin,
And to him cleave alway.
That decision Is good, for Jesus has
proved himself to be the tallest man.
But Gilder adda:
If Jesus Christ be a God.
And the only ;od I swear
I wlil follow him through heaven and hell,
Th ttarih. th Ma. or the air.
And that decision is wise. For whoso
follows God has a sure road to tread.
and a certain and blessed destlna
With a personal word I close, when
I was the age of some of you young
people listening to me now, I had to
make a choice. And never a week
goes over my head, but I recall that
choice, and live it over again. And
sometimes my brow grows moist even
in chilly weather, as I think of the
momentouHnoss of the decision I had
to make then. I know not how 1
should have fared, but I happened then
to open my Browning, and I read
these four lines, for which I thank
Round the cape, on a sudden, came the sea.
And the sun looked over tne mountain s
And straight was the pall of gold for him.
And tha need of a woId of men or me.
Hymn's Verse Points May.
And 1 said, "God, I accept the need
of the wor.'d of men for my life task."
But I knew rot how to best meet the
need of the world of men, until one
other day came. When I found four
linos that are written down In this
hymn book. And these four lines have
been to me as a polo star In moral
things ever since.
I will go where you want me to go, Lord,
Over monntrln, or plain, er sea;
I will say what you want me to sav, Lord;
I will be what you want me to be.
And I thank God that f have striven
during all these years to live In the
light of that simple truth so simply ex
pressed. . And therefore I say to you this morn,
ing, wheu the hour comes, as It will,
that you have to make your choice be
tween the thing that la bad and the
thing that Is good; or harder, between
that which Is very good and that wMh
Is supremely beat; call to mind. In that
hour, what I have aatt to you In the
name of God this morning. And h
what will bt and lonaest v'' ro,
And have the far look. tiu h Is t
upward look. And remember mir nn
life Is. a probationary life, and a 1 f
that will affect the ears. And lhn
look up Into the eyes of Christ. ao
ask for guManre. And If he shakes,
his head in thtf negative, move to
stept But If he no. is affirmative jr.
move on Into the ultimate victory and
Pretty Dancing Frock It of
Sheer Batiste Flouncing.
Kewftt Kaaalaa Tnat 4tv-a Mmrm
Meader lMerte Tkeu t ail
ing; 'roan U ilit l.lae I'aaaasae
la IHnay fthaaea.
CHAUHINGLT pretty dancing frocks
are built of sheer batiste flouncing
with a machine embroidered edge In
pale pink. The flounces are attached
to a foundation skirt of net which falls
over a slip of pink daphne silk the
soft, thin silk which Is excellent for
such use, A surplice bodice of the em
broidered flouncing Is drawn under a
wide sash of pink ribbon, tied In an
Immense bow at the bark, and the short
sleeves may be ot frilled lace, caught
up with pink ribbon 13 match the sash,
e e e
Fan am a hats are as popular as erer
with the advent of midsummer. Thev
come in all aises and a ha pea, from chic
little affairs trimmed smartly with up
standing white wings or ribbon 1
broad-brimmt'd, shady models which
may be garnished with a wide band of
crushed pussy willow taffeta pure
wh.te--araint which are od eorn
trtcally elautcd white wings. 1 he whit
hat Is smart only with a w hite costume,
ind this must Include white panuiol,
gloves and reticule, as well as the but
toned boots or pumps rf white buck
skin, which complete tha snowy en
The very newest of the new Russian
tunics are set on at the hip line which
gives a more) slender silhouette than
the tunic falling from tha waist line.
The longer such a tunic la. the bMtr
for smartness, 8m of them show only
an Inch or two of klrt beneath, these
skirts being;, of course, extremely nar
row and short enough to show the but
toned boot at the ankle Un. Ipocillv
modish are tunics that contrast In ma
terial with the skirt beneath, and In
such cases the bodice may uisl'h skill
or tunic. If there Is a ton h of the con
trasting material Introduced In rufT,
collar and vest.
DEATH SEIZES LAKE HERO
Captain Xnplcr, Who r-rd Many
IjlTrw, Flntintl rad In IWtf.
HT. JOSKril, Mlctv. Juns ;:.
(Bin Joseph A. Naplrr. who .!
llvc 1rln hi, 4 yprs s sutler nl
m, titer on th prt fniin.
dead In brd rcrentl)'. ! was M y.ar
In 15I Captain Naplor rrmrn4 ,ln-
Kl-handx1 3 2 of th, panr n1
rrw of tha aohonnrr Merchant, whtdi
foundi-rwl off fMciti), Knr this ai t of
hTolHin tha cltlnnns of Chlrsao a
him a K"ld wati h and rhaln. which h
carrlivl until diath.
In 187 fcinnrss "fotrd htm a nid!
for bravery In savlna Tirsl Hv In
thi wro-k of tho mrnirifr I. ri. Will-
lams, off this port In rffwtln thia
rescue Captain Kaplsr sufffr-d n la
the thing that la good and tha thtna jury to his spine t.sulllna In rmi.
that la better: or harder still, botwei n I nmit disability.
PRETTY EMBROIDERED NEGLIGEE DESIGN FOR THE SUMMER BRIDE
satn7 era let: an
The accompanying Illustration is of
a charmln-f Summer negligee, made up
of some coo, lacy material, and hand
somely embroidered In satin, eyelet,
and outline stitches. There are two
ways to apply the design to the ma
terial upon which it Is to be worked.
Tf your material is sheer, such as lawn,
batiste, and the like, the simplest
method is to lay the material over the
design and with a sharply pointed
pencil draw over each line. If your
material Is heavy, secure a piece of
transfer or Impression paper. Lay it
face down upon this, then draw over
each line of the paper design with a
hard pencil or the point of a steel
knitting needle. TJpon lifting -the pat
tern and transfer paper you will find a
neat and accurate outline of the de
sign upon your material. '