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VOL. XXXV AUGUST 1 No. 15
A. D. 1914--A. M. 6042

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CONTENTS

The Way, the Truth, the Life.....................227
The Channel of All Our Blessings.............228
The Reward of True Discipleship..............229
"The Entrance of Thy Words Giveth
Light".....................................229
Our Great Burden-Bearer..........................230
Importance of Little Things..................230
Spiritual Israel's Enemies.......................231
True Courage Vs. the Spirit of Bravado.......232
Instructions for God's Workmen...................232
True Cause of Much Failure...................232
The Wedding Feast................................233
Gentiles Called to the Wedding...............234
The Outer Darkness...........................234
A Day of Questions...............................235
Render Unto God His Due......................235
Photo-Drama Trials and Blessings.................236
The Eureka Drama Outfits.....................238
Pacific Coast Convention.........................238
Interesting Letters..............................239

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PUBLISHED BY
WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY
CHARLES T. RUSSELL, PRESIDENT
"BROOKLYN TABERNACLE," 13-17 HICKS ST.,
BROOKLYN, N. Y., U. S. A.

Foreign Agencies:-British Branch: LONDON TABERNACLE, Lancaster Gate, London, W. German Branch: Unterdorner Str., 76, Barmen. Australasian Branch: Flinders Building, Flinders St., Melbourne. Please address the SOCIETY in every case.

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Terms to the Lord's Poor as Follows:-All Bible Students who, by reason of old age, or other infirmity or adversity, are unable to pay for this Journal, will be supplied Free if they send a Postal Card each May stating their case and requesting its continuance. We are not only willing, but anxious, that all such be on our list continually and in touch with the STUDIES, etc.

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FOR SCANDINAVIAN FRIENDS

It will be interesting to Swedish friends residing in the East to learn that the Svenska Veckobladet has contracted with the Newspaper Syndicate for the regular publication of a full report of the PASTOR RUSSELL SERMONS. This should prove a means of interesting some of your friends in Present Truth. A six-months subscription may do it. The price is one dollar a year. Send your subscriptions to us.

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VOLUNTEERING SHOULD PROGRESS

About six million copies of this year's VOLUNTEER I.B.S.M. have gone forth; but why not as many more? Order all you can use, free. It is excellent for this year. It especially answers those who falsely claim that we are preaching "the end of the world in 1914."

While giving the Drama-Volunteer matter the precedence, because of the Drama date, the regular Volunteering is as important as ever.

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BETHEL HYMNS FOR SEPTEMBER

After the close of the hymn the Bethel family listens to the reading of "My Vow Unto the Lord," then joins in prayer. At the breakfast table the MANNA text is considered. Hymns for September follow: (1) 311; (2) 14; (3) 158; (4) 104; (5) 133; (6) 8; (7) 87; (8) 188; (9) 197; (10) 281; (11) 26; (12) 43; (13) 222; (14) 25; (15) 173; (16) 108; (17) 4; (18) 286; (19) 193; (20) 34; (21) 78; (22) 279; (23) 105; (24) 213; (25) 145; (26) 181; (27) 144; (28) 179; (29) 314; (30) 47.

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r5506 THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE
r5508 OUR GREAT BURDEN-BEARER
r5509 SPIRITUAL ISRAEL'S ENEMIES
r5511 INSTRUCTIONS FOR GOD'S WORKMEN
r5510 THE WEDDING FEAST
r5512 A DAY OF QUESTIONS
r5513 PHOTO-DRAMA TRIALS AND BLESSINGS

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PACIFIC COAST CONVENTION

TRUTH friends on the Pacific Coast have been urging a General Convention. Few of them were able to attend the Central and Eastern Conventions in the Summer, but they hope that considerable numbers from the East will come to the Pacific Coast Convention. There is some little competition between San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and San Diego, but, so far as we are able to judge, there was unanimous agreement that Santa Cruz is the most centrally located of the four and an ideal place for a seaside Convention. Besides, we understand that there are special excursion rates to Santa Cruz from various parts of the Pacific Coast which would convenience the Truth friends of that vicinity.

The dates are Aug. 30 to Sept. 6, inclusive--eight days.

We have no doubt that it will be a very enjoyable and profitable Convention; for we have the assurance of the Lord in advance that where even two or three of His people are gathered, His presence and His blessing will be with them. Nevertheless, according to our usual custom, we urge nobody to attend the Convention. We merely make mention of it, and recommend that each one contemplating attendance shall consider the matter carefully, prayerfully, counting the cost. "Let nothing be done through strife or vain-glory," but with singleness of heart let each seek to know and to do what he believes to be most pleasing to the Lord.

Those not so circumstanced as to be able to attend in person may, nevertheless, sing and make melody in their hearts, and unite their prayers with those of the Conventioners, and thus insure a share of the blessing.

Accommodations have been arranged for at $1.25 per day up, and for lodging at 50c. single, and 75c. double, [page 239] meals at cafeteria. Address Convention Committee, care H. S. Holway, Chairman, Santa Cruz, Cal.

Railway rates can be arranged through local agents. Special excursions from San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.

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r5515 INTERESTING LETTERS

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VOL. XXXV AUGUST 15 No. 16
A. D. 1914--A. M. 6042

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CONTENTS

Four General Conventions..........................242
View From the Tower...............................243
Nations Hurrying to Armageddon................243
The War Cloud's Silver Lining.................243
"The Desire of All Nations"...................244
Control of the Tongue a Necessity.................245
Our Lord's Estimate of Slander................245
How Character is Built........................247
The Importance of Daily Self-Scrutiny.............247
Loyalty Proved by Prompt Obedience................248
Saying, "Give Us of Your Oil".....................249
The Great Commandments............................250
"God Looketh on the Heart"....................251
The Ten Virgins...................................251
Parousia and Epiphania........................252
Eureka Drama--Class Extension.....................253
Some Interesting Letters..........................254
First South African Convention................254
A Voice from Korea............................254
"Times and Seasons"...........................255

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PUBLISHED BY
WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY
CHARLES T. RUSSELL, PRESIDENT
"BROOKLYN TABERNACLE," 13-17 HICKS ST.,
BROOKLYN, N. Y., U. S. A.

Foreign Agencies:-British Branch: LONDON TABERNACLE, Lancaster Gate, London, W. German Branch: Unterdorner Str., 76, Barmen. Australasian Branch: Flinders Building, Flinders St., Melbourne. Please address the SOCIETY in every case.

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ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION PRICE, $1.00 (4s.) IN ADVANCE.
SEND MONEY BY EXPRESS, BANK DRAFT, POSTAL ORDER, OR REGISTERED.
FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES BY FOREIGN MONEY ORDERS, ONLY.
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Terms to the Lord's Poor as Follows:-All Bible Students who, by reason of old age, or other infirmity or adversity, are unable to pay for this Journal, will be supplied Free if they send a Postal Card each May stating their case and requesting its continuance. We are not only willing, but anxious, that all such be on our list continually and in touch with the STUDIES, etc.

==========
ALSO FRENCH, GERMAN, SWEDISH AND DANISH EDITIONS.
SAMPLE COPIES FREE.
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ENTERED AS SECOND-CLASS MAIL MATTER AT BROOKLYN, N. Y., POSTOFFICE.
ENTERED AS SECOND-CLASS MATTER AT THE POSTOFFICE DEPT., OTTAWA, CANADA.
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FOUR GENERAL CONVENTIONS

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SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 6

For particulars of this Convention see our August 1st issue. The Convention is to be held at Santa Cruz, on the Pacific Coast. The arrangements made are very economical. About fifteen speakers will participate--amongst them Brother Russell. Arrangements are being made for showing the "PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION" during four of the evenings of the Convention.

There is great enthusiasm amongst the Brethren of the Pacific Coast. We learn that Los Angeles alone will send five carloads to the Convention. For reservations, etc., address Comfort Committee, care Mr. H. S. Holway, Santa Cruz, Calif.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, SEPTEMBER 18, 19, 20
EXCURSION RATES--FARE AND ONE-THIRD ON SALE, 17th
AND 18th.

A three-day Convention has been arranged for, to be held in the Chamber of Commerce Auditorium, which has a seating capacity of twenty-five hundred.

The Committee on arrangements has been appointed locally. Everything possible will be done to make this Convention very interesting for all attending. It will be convenient for a considerable number. Brother Russell hopes to be present on the evening of the 18th and a part of the 19th. Several Pilgrim Brethren are scheduled for this Convention. All contemplating attendance at the Convention are requested to send applications for accommodations, stating what they desire. Favorable terms have been arranged. The Comfort Committee can be addressed care of Mr. M. J. Adams, 1120 Seventh Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas.

The Photo-Drama of Creation will be exhibited evenings only, September 17, 18, 19, 20.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, SEPTEMBER 24,25,26,27

A Convention especially convenient for many of the Southern friends has been arranged for Atlanta, Ga. All sessions of the Convention are scheduled for Convention Hall, Kimball House, centrally located. Some able speakers will be present. A profitable season is expected. Brother Russell expects to be at this Convention on the 25th. Desirable and economical arrangements have been made for the accommodation of the friends. All who desire accommodations should write in good season, addressing the Comfort Committee, care of Mr. W. S. Stevens, 328-1/2 E. Georgia Avenue, Atlanta, Ga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 4
EXCURSION RATES--2c. PER MILE, ON SALE 25th to 27th.

We have accepted a very cordial invitation from Saratoga Springs, with use of large, fine Convention Hall. This location will be favorable for the Eastern friends. Able speakers will be on the program. Brother Russell expects to be at this Convention September 27th and 28th. A refreshing season of fellowship in the Lord with many of like precious faith is anticipated. No one should count on less than $1.25 per day expense, board and lodging. Higher rates are, of course, obtainable. Address I.B.S.A. Comfort Committee, Convention Hall, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The Photo-Drama of Creation each evening.

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We do not urge attendance at these Conventions; we leave that for yourself to decide. Those who attend, we believe, will have a special spiritual refreshment. But it may not be convenient for all, financially or otherwise. We must seek to use the best judgment we possess, asking wisdom from Above. If you should attend, be sure it is with a heart overflowing with gratitude to God and prayerful for blessing to yourself and others in attendance. If you cannot attend, you can surely remember the Conventioners and ask for them rich blessings from on High, and thus share the blessing.

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I.B.S.A. BEREAN BIBLE STUDIES
FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
Questions from Manual on Series Second of
"STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES"
STUDY V.

Week of September 6..Q. 13 to 18 Week of September 20..Q. 25 to 30 Week of September 13..Q. 19 to 24 Week of September 27..Q. 31 to 36

Question Manuals on Vol. II., STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES, 5c. each, or 50c. per dozen, postpaid.

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r5516 VIEW FROM THE TOWER
r5517 CONTROL OF THE TONGUE A NECESSITY
r5519 THE IMPORTANCE OF DAILY SELF-SCRUTINY
r5520 LOYALTY PROVED BY PROMPT OBEDIENCE
r5520 SAYING, "GIVE US OF YOUR OIL"
r5521 THE GREAT COMMANDMENTS
r5522 THE TEN VIRGINS
r5523 EUREKA DRAMA--CLASS EXTENSION
r5524 SOME INTERESTING LETTERS