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A SIMPLE SIMILITUDE, THBBB is a little old red grist mill that stands within half a mile of where I used to live down in the oountry. I call it red, meaning that the wooden part of it was red once, and still shows patches of that oolour where time and weather have spared them. More than half the mill, oonsideriog it perpendicularly, is of stone, for it was made in those times, and haply in one of the spots, when England could still afford stone as a building material. Oh, I suppose that old mill has stood there for sixty-five or seventy years. I remember we spoke of it as quite a historical struoture when I was a boy, and that's longer ago than I like to think of it sometimes. If I make no mistake there are two "run" of stone in it; quite out of comparison with the great steam grist mills which I hear are to be found in Arnerioa, that grind out hundreds of barrels of floor in a day. But it served its purpose all the same, and what more can anything do? The farmers of the country round about, for seasons and seasons on end, brought their wheat, rye, and barley to the old red mill and carried away their grist in the regular order of things, and so did their sons after them, and thtw son after them. On rare oocasions, when the water was very low, the mill would have to wait for & rain; and once in a while something would have to be done to the machinery. But oommonly, taking it by and large, it was as much to be depended on as any other human contrivance. Now I have written all this about the mill for the sake of using it to make plain to my gentle readers an important fact. If, for instance, all the flour, of every sort and kind, that has been ground in that mill for the past seventy yeara were in sacks at this blessed moment and all piled up together, how much do you think there would be of it ? Would the heap of flour be bigger than the mill itself ? Would it be several times bigger ? If you have a head for figures you can cipher out some reasonable answer to this question while I oopy a letter that a woman writes about her son. Afterwards we will see what the old mill and the young man have to do with each other. For many years," she tlays, my son Alexander suffered from a bad stomach. He had no relish for food, and after eating had pains aoross the ohest and sides. He suffered a deal from asthma and had difficulty in breathing. He was often so bad that he bad to fight for his breath. He got very weak, and for weeks he was confined to his bed. For four years he was a puir weakly laddie,' and barely able to get about. He took medicines and had applica- tions to the ohest, but got no better. In January, 1S94, he read in a small book left at the house about Mother Seigel's Curative Syrup, and got a bottle of this medicine. After taking it he felt that it was doing him good. His breathing was easier and all food agreed with him. He oontinued with it and after a time was strong and hearty. He has sinse kept in good health and can do any kind of work. You can publish this statement as you think fit. (Signed; (Mrs) Ann Smith, East Bellehiglasb, Ballindallooh, Elgin, N.B., July 8th, 1897." The relation between the mill and the young man is probably now clear to you. Still we will traoe out the likeness so as to have it on record for future reference. Not only Alexander Smith, but every- body else, has within him an organ whioh may be likened to a mill—namely, the stomach. As the mill turns grain into flour so the stomach turns flour and other food into the sum and substanoe of the human body—the latter by far the more com- plicated and wonderful operation. When the mill turns slowly for lack of power, or the stones are worn smooth through neglect, the mill grinds less flour and of a coarser quality. And when the ► tomaoh gets out of order, as that of Alexander Smith for some reason did, it does poorer work and less of it. This is what we call dyspepsia—a word which in plain English means difficult digestion. Now if the water should run out of a pond faster than it runs in, the surfaoe would become low, and the sodden, unsightly shores the breeding ground of malaria and other unwholesome influences to people living near by. Bad epidemics of fevers have often been started that way. Similarly when the stomaoh is unable to supply digested nutriment the latter becomes first weak and 'then deceased all over, because instead of being ground or prepared by the stomaoh mill the food stops insidt and rots. *he ailment of which Mother Seigel's f Alexander Smith. It repaired his sodow havl.u8 made our point, we end our parAI, r













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