Our Brother in Red. (Muskogee, Indian Terr.), Vol. 6, No. 23, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 11, 1888 Page: 7 of 8
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WOMAN'S I KI*.\It'l'.M KNT.
[ Dlrcct nil onmmunloaUoui fur this depart -
aienl to Mr*. Alice li. Shank*, Tahlequah, I. T
societies reported since septum-
East Texas Conference—Mem-
bers : -Tyler, 43; Jasper, 7.
Yoakley, at Wheeler's Chapel,
Tenn., 13; Liberty Hall, Va., 16;
Ball Creek, N. C.,40; Weavers-
ville, N. C., 27. •
Indian Mission Conference—
Members: Caddo, 7; Eufaula,
13; White Bead Hill, 10.
Little Rock Conference—Mem-
bers : Hot Springs Circuit, —;
Clinton, Ky., 12.
Mississippi Conference — Mem-
bers: Hickory, 32 ; Forest, 5; Se-
repta, 14; Rocky Springs, 12.
North Texas Conference—Mem-
bers: Allen, 23.
South Georgia Conference —
Members: Bethney, 15.
St. Louis Conference—Members:
St. John, —; Caledonia, —; Iron
Texas Conference — Members:
Morning View, 12.
Number of societies reported dur-
ing the quarter, 25; whole number
of societies, 187; whole number of
members, over 3,000.
We can not exactly or correctly
estimate number of members, be-
cause many societies failed to report
number of members; but allowing
any members at all to the societies
not reporting the number, would
carry the total number far beyond
3,000. I hope our secretaries will
note how this failure brings down
our general report.
Our societies are beginning to un-
derstand more fully the meaning of
our efforts to extend the Church in
each pastorate. Bear in mind, when
you use the word "Church Exten-
sion," that the word "Church" is
used in its spiritual sense.
We are to make every effort to
bring those around us to Christ, the
Head of the Church. Invite strangers
to the other church services, besides
trying to bring all you can into the
Sabbath-school. The suggestion
made in a previous report that our
societies should form mission classes
or have Bible-readings for those
who could not be induced to attend
the regular Sabbath-school, has been
adopted in several places. A Sab-
bath-school of forty-seven members
is reported as organized by the Con-
ference Secretary, Mrs. E.D. Jones,
at Midway School-house, Claiborne
Be missionaries at home. Look
after the unconverted of all ages;
but, above all, pity the little child-
ren who are straying from home,
and bring them back to our Father.
what has been accomplished.
We can not now give a full and
exact report of the number of par-
sonages helped, nor of financial
matters, simply because full reports
have not yet been sent in, and it is
best not to make an imperfect re-
port. We can only say two parson-
ages have been helped by the gen-
eral board—at Vinita Station and
the District of Muskogee, in Indian
Mission. The Parsonage Society at
Vinita, besides sending in the dues
regularly, raised, by hard work,
over $400, as a special donation for
the local work.
Several Conferences, where the
work has prospered, have helped
parsonages within their bounds from
the 50 per cent, of the bonds re-
maining in the Conference; but
how many and what places have
been helped we have not yet learned.
All this, with full account of finan-
ces, will be given in our annual re-
port in April. If the Presidents,
Secretaries and Treasurers of the
societies will see that the blanks
calling for reports for the year from
March 1, 1S87 to March 1, 1888,
are perfectly filled and promptly
sent in to the Conference Secretary
they will find the annual report
"the preachers' wives' loan
This fund, which is not to be do-
nated, but loaned, will stand a
monument to our efforts, and should
commend itself to the zeal of every
member of the society. This fund
is to be managed by the General
Board of Church Extension, and
will be loaned to any charge filling
the conditions of the contract. All
money given for this "Loan Fund"
must be sent to Rev. David Morton,
D. D., 520 West Chestnut, Louis-
ville, Ky., accompanied by the
names of those to be made patrons.
The patrons of this fund are to be
considered the founders of it, their
names put upon record and pub-
lished in that connectioif in the an-
nual report. Any one may be made
a patron by the payment of $5, but
we would be glad to have it speci-
fied if the patron be a preacher's
wife. $300 or more make an hon-
orary patron of the loan fund.
Over $1,600 have been subscribed
to this fund; exact reports of the
actions of the Conference not yet
We have heretofore depended
principally on mite-boxes to enlist
the children, but we hope they will
now be thoroughly organized every-
where into societies called "Home
Builders"—each member paying 25
cents per year. I will also send
mite-boxes to all who wish them.
Lucinda B. Helm,
Gen. Sec. W. Dept. Ch. Ex.
1500 Third Avenue, Louisville, Ky.,
Dec. 31, 1887.
Note—Do not fail to read in the
societies the report above ; also that
to the children.
I left the meeting at Atoka on
Monday, and took the train for
Denison, Texas. My final destina-
tion was Rockdale, Texas, to see a
sister whom I had not seen for eigh-
teen years. The train I took at
Atoka was three or four hours late.
It did not make connection at Deni-
son, and I had to stay at that place
all night. The next morning at 4
o'clock I stepped into the passenger
coach on the Texas Central and de-
posited my valise and overcoat on a
vacant seat. Soon after taking my
seat I was made aware of the pres-
ence of two women and a man oc-
cupying seats just in the rear of me.
While they said nothing openly, yet
I thought I could detect by the tone
of their conversation that they were
people who had led a disolute life.
The question came up to my mind,
shall I have to sit here and listen to
the talk of these people that is con-
tinually suggesting evil to my mind ?
If I am compelled to do so, God
will help me to resist the evil. I
immediately raised my heart to Him
in prayer for help. I then walked
to the door and out on the platform
to get rid of hearing the conversa-
tion carried on by the persons
named. On coming back into the
car I noticed a vacant seat far back
in the rear of the car. I moved my
baggage to it, and so was rid of my
unpleasant company. They got off
at Sherman, the next station.
Soon the newsboy came round de-
positing paper back books on the
seats near the passengers. I glanced
over at those he placed near me,
and saw from the title and general
appearance they were the sensation-
al novel. The thought occurred to
me this is forbidden fruit, and you
ought not to allow even your - yes to
dwell upon it.
The best avenue thatSa': > iiAtf to
the soul that is cleansed from si 1 is
through the natural senses; seeing,
hearing, tasting, smelling and feel-
ing. These are certainly the princi-
pal avenues of the Arch Fiend to
the cleansed soul, if not the only
ones. It was through the ear. the
eye and perhaps the appetite that
he approached the soul of Eve in
the garden of Eden. Satan told
her. "Ye shall not surely die: For
God doth know that in the day ye
eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil." And
then, again, the Record savs, "When
the women saw that the tree was
good for food, and that it was pleas
ant to the eyes, and a tree to be de-
sired to make wise, she took, &c.
It is not the right use of the facul-
ties, but the perverted use of them
that is sin. God gave Eve eyes to
see, but not to look upon forbidden
fruit only long enough to see that it
was forbidden fruit. He gave her
ears to hear. She could not help
hearing the words of Satan, but she
could keep from entertaining them
only just long enough to refute them
by the word of the Lord. She could
not help seeing the fruit, but she
could keep her eyes from dwelling
upon it until she began to crave it
Right along here is the line of
danger. Right here he overthrows
many a soul by leading it just across
the line. The wrong use of right
things is Satan's greatest hold.
Now, back to the experience. I
did not touch the books. I would
not allow my eyes to linger upon
them. Soon the newsboy gathered
from all the other seats and piled
them up there before me. I did not
discern the title of but one, that was
the first that was put there.
These books suggested me that I
had the life of Bishop Parker, writ-
ten by Bishop Galloway, in my va-
lise that I had brought along to read
on the cars.
I took it out and began to read.
I had not read much over a page
of the introduction by McTyiere
where Psalm cxii, last four verses,
was referred to. I wanted to look
the passage up, but now think I
was under the impression that my
Bible was in a small trunk of books
I had with me which was in the
baggage car. I read on, but the
desire to see the passage of Scrip-
ture increased, I began to think
where I could get a Bible. Then
it came to me that my Bible was in
my valise by my side. I got it and
read the verses referred to. After
reading these the thought was sug-
gested why not read the Bible in-
stead of the life of Bishop Parker.
(All this time the paper-back novels,
the forbidden fruit, was lying there
My eyes turned to exxi Psalm.
He will see how adapted it is to the
time of temptation, and especially
this particular time. In the mean-
time the newsboy had come along
and placed a smaller, better bound
book on my valise, near the satige
of my eyes. It looked like a small
Testament in i ts general appearance.
I did not read the title. "Mine
eyes were lifted up into the hills,
from whence cometh my help."
My soul was feeding upon His
After reading and meditating up-
on the word for some time, a man
moved across the isle, took a seat
beside me and asked if he had ever
seen me before. We could trace
no former acquaintance, but were
both walking in the light and there
was fellowship one with another.
He soon had to leave the cars.
Glancing on the seat behind me I
saw the brakeman taking medicine.
I talked to him about the great med-
icine for his soul. I was impressed
to move across the isle to a young
man sitting alone, whom I took to
be a Jew. I Ifound him to be a
Greek and a Catholic. He told me
some things about the Catholics he j
did not like, and I told him some
things about my Christianity he did
I moved back to my own scut and
had not been there many minutes
before a nice looking • young man I
had noticed on board of the train
took the seat just in front of me.
He had not sat there but a minute
when he walked to the front of the
car, picked up a paper-back novel
he had been reading, came and took
the same seat. I held up my Bible
to him, and asked if he ever read
that. He replied in the affirmative
and further conversation took place.
The spirit of the Lord will lead if
we put ourselves into llis ham
Glory be to the Father, and to the
Son, and to the Holy Spirit!
Milton A. Clark.
Rockdale, Texas, Feb. 3, 1888.
les o holi ; s, preach 1 ire on that
sul>jec; n. rain lnv, ren and sisterK
from exuviiies in en 0 condemn-
ing them in that which . good.
I write the above because of an
experience a few days ago. A num-
ber of the preachers of the Indian
Mission Conference met at Atoka.
Some of them belived in what is <fe-
nominated the second blessing,
while a majority of them could nol
accept that term. We talked,
preached, exhorted, praised God,
argued with sinners and christians.
For five days we were together.
We talked of justification, regener-
ation, consecration, sanctification
and such doctrines and divine influ-
ences as accompany these, but at no
time as a body could we concede the
distinctive term "the second Mess-
I do not think that any person's
opinion was changed upon this
point, but as we were Methodist
preachers we could take the doc-
trines and expressions of Wesley
Fletcher, Watson, &c., and preach
them, profess them and resolve to
go forward to renewed and more
earnest work in the Lord's vineyard.
We had nothing to conceal but what
was truly Methodistic, and therefore
scriptural we could endorse and
The result was everybody was
benefitted by the meeting; the spirit
of God was with us in power. Every
preacher preached with unusual ef-
fect, because the spirit was with
him. When they returned to their
homes, there was left a fine revival
influence at Atoka. Numbers of
sinners have b^en converted, the
church strengthened, the faith in
God increased. I suppose Bro.
Butler will give to you a full account
at the proper time.
As an exhortation to preacher®
and all: Preach more earnestly
and understanding^ the < ctrines
of our church; oppose sir. aid the
works of sinners. We as Metho-
dists have a wide field in pi aching,
the doctrines upon which we all
agree in theory and terms to be used
in expressing without hunvng for
the few points in which v\ e may
differ in terms.
Many had a clearer understanding
of the doctrines of our church in its-
teaching' sanctification than they
ever had before.
E. R. Shapard.
February 4th, 1888.
To the Brother in Red:
Does God, in a special manner,
take care of his children?
A man who was in the late war,
said he was in at least seven regular
engagements, and many times he
was in places it seemed utterly im-
possible for a snow bird to escape
alive, yet he came out of the war
without the marks of a bullet on his
person. lie said he believed in the
special providence of God.
My father, some years ago, while
on a bear hunt in the Allegheny
mountains was caught in one of
those fearful storms that often occur
in those mountains. On seeing a
dark, frightful cloud rising in the
northwest, and hearing the terrible
noise ot the wind and thunder, while
the forked lightning played upon
the bosom of the awful cloud that
rolled up with the velocity of a hur-
ricane, he sought refuge under
large leaning tree. But seeing that
the wind was changing, and that the
tree he was under did not lean the
right way to shelter him from the
storms, and seeing another tree
about one hundred yards distant
from him which seemed to lean the
right way, he took his old flint-lock
gun under his arm and ran for dear
life through the pelting rain and
storm and reached the tree in safety.
He turned around somewhat facing
the one he had left. Just about that
moment the lightning struck it and
split it into a thousand pieces. He
said that he believed in the special
providence of God. J. A. R.
The Atoka Meeting.
I do not believe in "the second
blessing." I believe in many bless-
ings. In fact the christian who lives
as God requires him to live is blessed
every day, and is better qualified to
do the work which God calls upon
him to do.
Many christians achieving just as
I do, have opposed the work which
those who are enthusiastic for a sec-
ond blessing engage in.
I recognize the fact that the great
difference between the representa-
tive ones and other good persons is in
an improper use of expressions by
one or the other.
One great objection that is urged
is the extreme fanaticism which the
profession of holiness leads many
persons to. While we are ready to,
and consider it our duty to oppose
fanaticism—should we place a veto
upon the whole profession because
of the fanaticism of the cautious
One hundred years ago John Wes-
ley and his followers were opposed /C\ T t? > \ • • ..
, , (Opposite J. E. Turner .s) i:as ,.ist
"in toto by many good men—their, r ,ceived from John KeIj.% of New
opposition aroused by some fanatics
who were incidentally associated
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but an abuse of the revival.
Would it not be the better policy
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