Our Brother in Red. (Muskogee, Indian Terr.), Vol. 6, No. 23, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 11, 1888 Page: 1 of 8
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Christian Education the Hope of the Indian.
MUSKOGEE, INDIAN TERRITORY, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY n, 1888.
Indian Mission Conference
Rev W. B. Austin, Evannvllle, Ark.
'• Young Hwlng " „
14 J. G. I^owery, Ilivckett tit),
'* W. B. Brnnnam, ArkanaasOUy, Kansas.
" T. 0. Bradford, *' ' '
" J. W. Davenport, Lebanon, I. l.
" e. W. Mvatt, Eufaula,
M. A. Smith,Chotcau,
" J. C. Belvally, Lone Grove, (
" J. It. Holland, Leon, ,
<« J. \V. Cowarl, Grand River,
" J. Y. llryce, Muskogee, 4
" T. F. Brewer, " „
A. 0. Pickens, '
" j. 0. shanks, Tahlequah,
•• Lacy Hawkins, '' „
" e. F.MoClanahan, Morrow,
" c s. Jones, Sac and I ox Agency
" u. W. Atkins, Flint,
«' J. F. Thompson, Salina, u
" J. S. Williams, Chelsa,
" F. IS. Shanks, Fort Gibson, (
" M. L. Butler, Atoka (1
" L. W. Cobb " „
" Thomas Little, Econtuchka,
j. J. Metlivln, Anadarko.
«« \V. s. Derrick, Sa sak wa. t|
" E. B. Shapard, Savanna.
" D. 0. Murphy, Pawhuska, i _
" A. 15. Kirkpatrlck
" Gibson Grayson, Wahpanucka ^
" >Vm. Evans, Prairie City.
1,. s. Byrd, Camp ( reek,
D. L. Berryhlll, Okmulgee,
M.A.Clark, " „
" G. S. Yarbrough, ,
" W. F. Folsom, Pocola,
" A. llowan, Oak Lodge,
" .J. L. Keener, Boggy Depot,
" J. T. Hall " .. , „
" J. N. Moore, White Bead Hlll> ^
•« j! k. Florence, 'J
« C. F. Roberts, '
•• A. M. Averyt, Wynne Wood,
« j C. Powell, Webbers Falls,
• J. II. Walker, Nelsons (|
Thos. H. Shannon " „
" C.E.Nelson "
" W. M. Keith, Doaksvllle,
« .J. W. MeCrary, Vinita, u
" L. W. Rivers, " „
" A. j. Culwell, ( „
" Rear Tiinpson, " .
" Lewis 11. Stuckey, Thac ersvllle,
" W. 1'. l'ipkln Oklahoma.
" F. j. Wagnon, Colbert 1 r.
" A. M. Lusk, Purcell, I. I.
Rev. U. T. Lvles. Antlers, I. T.
HANNAH MOORE'S CARPET.
CHAS. HARRIS, M. D„
Physician and Surgeon,
MUSKOGEE, INI). TEB.
TRAVELERS HOME HOTEL,
EAST SIDE RAILROAD TltACK.
Well Furnished Rooms, Good
TERMS, $1 per day or 25 ccnts a Meal
Mrs. N. M. Hendricks and Mrs. Kirk,
A. P. McKELLOP & CO.,
BAKERY AND LUNCH STAND,
MUSKOGEE, IND. Ter.
We keep everything in our lino. Give us a
share of your patronage 1 11
OTTO ZU FALL
BLACKSMITH AND WOOD SHOP,
East Side Rai\c.taJ. Track,
MUSKOGEE, IND. TER.
As at their work two weavers at
Beguiling time with friendly chat,
They touched upon the price of meat,
So high, a weaver sc.'.rcc could cat.
'What with my brats and sickly wife,"
Quoth Dick, "I'm almost tired oi life,
So hard my work, so poor my fare,
'Tis more than mortal man can bear.
IIow glorious is the rich man's state!
His house so fine! his wealth so great!
Heaven is unjust, you must agree.
Why all to him? Why none to me?
In spite of what the Scripture teaches,
In'spite of all the parsen preaches,
This world, (indeed I've thought so long),
Is ruled me extremely wrong.
Where'er 1 l«ok, howe'er I range,
'Tis all confused, and hard, and strange,
The good are troubled and oppressed,
And all the wicked are the blessed."
Quoth John: "Our ignorance is the cause
Why thus we blame our Maker's laws;
Part of his works alone we know,
'Tis all that man can see below.
Seest thou that carpet not half done,
Which thou, dear Dick, hast well begun;
Behold the wild confusion there,
So rude the mass, it makes one stare!
A stranger, ignorant of the trade,
Would say no meaning's there conveyed,
For where's the middle, where's the border?
Thy carpet now is all disorder."
Quoth Dick: "My work is yet in bits,
But still in every part it fits;
Besides you reason like a lout,
Why man, that carpet's inside out."
Says John: "Thou say'st the thing I mean,
And now I hope to cure thy spltfen,
This world which clouds thy soul with doubt,
Is but a carpet inside out. *
Ami when we view these shreefs a*d ends,
We know not what the whole intends,
So when on earth things look but odd,
They're working still some scheme for God.
No plan, no pattern, can we trace-
All wants proportion truth and grace,
The motley mixturi we deride,
Nor see the beauteous upper side.
But when we reach that world of light
And view those works of God aright,
Then shall we see the whole design
And own the workman is divine.
What now seems random strokes, will there,
All order and design appear,
Then shall we praise what here we spurned,
For there the carpet shall be turned."
"Thou'rt right" quoth Dick, "I'll no more
That this sad world's strange a jumble,
My impious doubts are put to flight,
For my own carpet sets me right.
"I WANT MY MOTHER."
J. S. O'BRIAN,
WATCHMAKER AND JEWELER,
In Post Office Building,
MUSKOGEE, : IND. TER.
J. w. BAILEY,
GENERAL DRAY AND DELIVERY
Goods delivered Promptly and Carefully.
MUSKOGEE, : IND. TER
she asked. "I don't want them.
Go away! Mother! mother! Why
don't you comc? I want my moth-
The poor old daughters, them-
selves trembling on the verge of the
grave, turned away, weeping. Their
mother's love had stood the test till
now, hut in life's last hours she was
again a little child, and as she felt
the chill of death stealing over her,
she longed for her mother's shelter-
"Mother, I amsotircd andffleepy!
I want to be undressed and go to
bed. Now hear me say my pray-
The shrivelled hands clasped
themselves together—as they had
wont to do, oh, so many years ago!
—and the trembling voice faltered
"Now I lay ine down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my -.oul to keep:
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take;
And this I ask for Jesus' sake."
"Good-night!" she added, softly,
after a moment's pause. She closed
her eyes, but opened them directly,
with an eager, happy look. Her
daughters saw her face grow young
0 mother! mother! I am so
glad you've come!"
She stretched out her arms. There
was one brief minute, and then the
weary pilgrim, who c feet had trod
the rough paths of earth for nearly a
hundred years, was at rest—
"Where ihe ciifld s V'iu ind its mother,
And the mother find her child."
NEW BUSINESS MANAGER.
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[Direct all lommunlcfttloiiH for this depart
ment to Miss A. V. Wilson. Muskogee, 1. T.
MUSKOGEE, IND. TER
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An old, old woman lay slowly
dying. Her life had been one of
care and toil, of pain and sorrow.
She had outlived all of the compan-
ions of her youth. Those of her
middle life had long been in their
graves. In her old age, with her
two daughters—themselves decrepit
with the burden of seventy-five and
eighty years—she had been obliged
to find refuge and shelter within
But she was too old to care for
that. Poverty and public charity
had lost all terror for her at last.
She was oblivious of her surround-
ings. Her mind had let go its hold
upon the present, and her thoughts
busied themselves with the scenes
and days of childhood, and in
plaintive tones she exclaimed, "I
want my mother! I want my moth-
The daughters, hearing her call,
went to the bedside, asking, "What
do you want, mother?"
She looked at them with eyes in
which was no gleam of recognition.
All memory of husband and children
had long faded away.
"Who are these old women?"
Dr. Barbee, book agent, has ap-
pointed Mr. David M. Smith busi-
ness manager in place of Mr. L. D.
Palmer, resigned, and the book
committee has ratified the appoint-
Mr. Smith is a working Methodist
of the steady-going, reliable sort.
He is a business man of tried integ-
rity, experience and ability having
been for years the superintendent of
the large mercantile house of
Thompson & Kelly, of Nashville.
He is an organizer and a thorough
accountant. He is endowed with
prudence, energy, piety and common
sense. This is our estimate of him
after an acquaintance of many years
--an estimate that will be endorsed
by all who know him. No man
stands higher in the business circles
A good man takes the place va-
cated by a good man, and the work
of the office will go on, we trust,
without interruption and with in-
Healdon, I. T., Jan. 31, 18SS.
Dear Bro. Brewer:
I will give you a few dots from
my work (Mud Creek Circuit.)
This is a new circuit, and was alto-
gether unorganized when I came to
it. I have four preaching places,
but only two organized churches.
I missed my appointment at
White Sulphur Springs on the fourth
Sunday in January, my wife being
quite sick at the time. I trust that
I shall be permitted to fill all my
appointments in the future, and
bring up a "big" report at confer-
ences. My heart's desire and pray-
er to God is that all our work for
the Master this conference year will
be blessed with the gathering of
many precious souls.
Yours in Christ,
J. H. Terral.
The juvenile societies of the North
Carolina ConferenceW. M, Society,
which met at Greensboro in Octo-
ber, contributed nearly one-third of
the $2700 raised by that society.
They call themselves "Bright Jew-
els," and number nearly three thou-
sand. Here is hope indeed for the
Three thousand children in North
Carolina, who are learning while
young to take upon their souls the
burden of the salvation of the earth—
as we write the thought of the pre-
cious little Jewels God has all over
this land, and in other christian
lands—come to us and the army
grows stronger, till we seem to see
the day when every false religion
will be blotted out of the world, and
Jesus shall have the heathen for his
inheritance and the uttermost part
of the earth for his possession.
Another thought, a joyful thought
of the elevating, christianizing influ-
ence of these societies upon the minds
and hearts, so upon the whole char-
acter and life of these children.
Why can't parents see that every
meeting their little ones attend, with
its hymns, prayers and readings, all
conducted among themselves and so
made a personal, therefore interest-
ing matter, is worth to them as an
educational factor more, far more
than their monthly dues.
Their own meeting, especially if
so conducted that each in turn may
take a part, is entered upon with an
enthusiasm that we older folks
would be glad to command in our
often lifeless services.
Help these little ones; give them
their pennies, or better, contrive
ways for them to earn or save them.
Teach them the joy of working or
practicing self-denial for the Gos-
They will enjoy the work, but not
many of them are fertile in devising
expedients. Find something for
them to contribute to the interest of
their meetings, a song to recite, a
story to read, some experience to
relate, Your own soul will be
warmed, and you will come to your
own meetings prepared to be a
blessing to us. God speed the
children who are in the right path.
could not stand such a long journey.
We hope and pray God for the best,
but if it is His will to take her we
have no right to. complain; we can
say "God's will be done" and leave
it all in his hands. You may be
sure that we will not cease to pray
for all, and may God help you in
your trouble. If we do not meet
our dear daughter any more on this
earth, we hope to have the blessed
privilege of meeting her in heaven
where there will be no more part-
ings, 110 more tears. So if the worst
comes let us know at once. We are
extremely anxious about the dear
children. Hoping to have better
next letter, we remain
Your Father and Mother,
Edward & Margaret Cjwmley.
Died:—February 4th, 1888, at
McAlister, Ind. Ter., Mrs. Sarah J.
Jackson, wite of Mr. R. II. Jackson.
She was thirty-eight years old, hav-
ing been a consistent and exemplary
member of our church for a number
of years. She leaves a husband,
four children (one of whom is only
a month old) and many friends.
She retained her consciousness to
the last, her experience was clear,
her faith being without a doubt.
To the family we would say com-
fort yourselves with the assurance
that she is with the Angels.
E. R. Shapard.
Earlington, Ky., )
February 3, 1S88. j
Dear Son, Daughter and Grandchildren:
We received your very sad news
to-day, and we are very anxious and
uneasy to know how Sarah is, but
hope and trust God that she will get
out again. We are both feeling bad
to know that we are not able to
come and see her. Your mother
Jane C. Bertholf was born Dec.
She was a daughter of one of our
pioneer preachers, Thomas Bertholf.
of blessed memory, and from her
father's lips she heard of Jesus and
his love, At an early age she was
converted and became a member of
the M. E. Church, South, and con-
tinued a faithful member of the
same until God callcd her to the
Church triumphant in Heaven.
We have not been able to learn
much of her life during her early
womanhood, but we have learned
enough to know that she was dis-
tinguished for the purity of her
Christian life, and he'f iriflugjta'v.-e was
always wielded on the side of God
and his cause.
She taught school a number of
years before her marriage, and by
her many estimable qualities of the
heart and head endeared herself to
her pupils, and doubtless accom-
plished much good for the Master.
She was married to Mr. Bray,
and one has only to visit the be-
reaved husband and his boys to be-
come aware of the great loss they
have sustained. Sister Bray was
conscious to the last, and died sing-
ing praises to God.
While no doubt her family and
friends feel that they have great
cause for grief, yet they should not
"sorrow as those who have no hope."
It is but the natural ending of a
good and useful life. And when
Sister Bray's spirit, in obedience to
the command of the King of Kings,
took its flight from earth Jan. 13,
1888, it but ended its existence here
to enter into life eternal. Thank
God it can be truthfully said, "the
Methodists die well."
And may the many friends and
relatives of the dear departed learn
the important lesson, that the way
to die well is to live well, and thus
meet the loved one in Heaven.
A. C. Pickens.
—The Methodist church has passed
through two weeks of a very impressive and
successful meeting. The reverend gentle-
men who have conducted it deserve a great
deal of credit for the manner in which they
have devoted their time and energies, and
no doubt will plentifully reap the reward
they so earnestly desire. It will be gratify-
ing to Christian people to learn that so many
have joined the church. The Rev. M. L.
Butler, our pastor here, cannot receive too
much praise. He is a true, sincere and
energetic Christian, with the welfare of his
fellow-man at heart.—Atoka Independent.
Dr. Guthrie says: "I have four
good reasons for being an abstainer:
my head is clearer, my health is
better, my heart is lighter and my
purse is heavier.
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