THE money spent every year for tobacco, opium, and hasheesh, is said to be more than one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000). 

This sum is so large that boys and girls, and even older people, are not able to comprehend it. But let us see how many pairs of boots, suits of clothes, and barrels of flour, it would buy; then, perhaps, we can better understand what a vast amount of money it is.

At $3 a pair, it would buy 333,333,333 pairs of boots, or a pair for every man and boy in North and South America, Europe, and Africa. It would buy a pair of shoes for every lady and little girl in the world. 

And at $10 a suit it would pay for one hundred million warm suits of clothes. At $5 a barrel, it would buy two hundred million (200,000,000) barrels of flour. 

If you should set these just as close together as you could, they would cover twenty square miles. If put on wagons, driven tolerably close together, they would reach from New York City to San Francisco twenty-six times, or around the whole world nearly three and one-half times.

If the flour was made into bread, it would give every man, woman, boy, and girl in the world twenty-eight loaves a piece. Boys, resolve never to have a part in wasting so much money.



AMONG the Vaudois the guides of travelers in the night are indicated by strips of white cloth, or by pieces of decayed wood in which there is bright phosphorescent light. 

All that the followers have to do is to watch the white sign of the guide. We are pilgrims in the night, marching through this world. Only one guide can show us the way. This guide is the Lord Jesus, and he Shines with an everlasting light. Follow him!

SOUNDS are distinct at twice the distance on water that they are on land.