animals, and it is asserted by those who oppose it that no case has been found in which man has been actually evolved from the animal, and we read much about "the missing link." I am not myself so much troubled about evolution in the past as I am about evolution now, because I see it going on all about me, and the uncompleted evolutions that I see before me are what perplex me. It is not an irrational statement to me, that man sprang from the animal in the past, when I see so many men in the world that have not yet gotten rid of the animal. Some men have gotten about as far as the serpent, and they have not evolved beyond that, and hence we speak of snaky men, serpentine men. There are some men who have reached about the point of the bear, and we meet bearish men, and they seem con- tent with their evolution. It is said that the buffa- loes of the Western prairies, when they stampede, pay no attention to any weak members of the herd 74 Outside Losses, Inside Gains who may fall out by the way, but trample them, to death; and I am sure that a good many men have not been evolved far beyond the buffalo, because when I see them pushing and jostling each other, and a weak man falls out by the way, do they not often leave him there to die ? The doctrine of man's development from the animal in the past is not after all so absurd, because a great many men have not been evolved much beyond the animal to this day. The basis of what I mean to say is the spiritual philosophy of life. This spiritual philosophy of life has its axioms. The first is, GOD ; he is a Spirit, subtle, pervasive, diffusive, universal, eternal ; "ow unto him, the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the only wise God, be glory forever and ever.