WHAT TO DO WITH A BAD TEMPER.
Starve it. Give it nothing to feed on. When something tempts you
to grow anygry, do not yield to the temptation. It may for a minute
or two be difficult to control yourself; but try it. Force yourself to
do nothing, to say nothing, and the rising temper will be obliged to
go down because it has nothing to hold it up. The person who can
and does control tongue, hand, heart, in the face of great provocation,
is a hero. The world may not hold him or her such, but God does.
The Bible says that he that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh
What is gained by yielding a temper? For a moment there is a
feeling of relief: but soon comes a sense of sorrow and shame, with a
wish that the temper had been controlled. Friends are separated by
a bad temper, trouble is caused by it, and pain is given to others as
well as self. That pain too often lasts for days, even years-sometimes
for life. An outbturst of temper is like the bursting of a steam-boiler;
it is impossible to tell beforehand what will be the result. The evil
done may never be remedied. Starve your temper. It is not worth
keeping alive. Let it die.-"Exchange."
CRUELTY TO CHILDREN
According to the annual report of the Massachusetts Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which has just been published,
the cases of 5,033 children, alleged to be cruelly treated, suffering from
privations or being reared under debasing influences, were investigated
by the society's agents last year.
In 517 cases cruelty was so evident or conditions were so bad that
it was necessary to go to the courts for prosecution: The society takes
this latter course only as a last resort, when permission fails or where
cruelty has been shown.
The extent of the society's work is evidenced by the statement that
during the year 1,639 children were placed by it in homes or institutions,
some taken from unfit environments by order of the court, others sur-
rendered by parents or guardians, not wishing to face prosecution.