The Oklahoma Christian. (Mulhall and Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 15, 1901 Page: 2 of 4
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; OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN.
THE OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN,
I'iiWished weekly in the interests
ill I lie ('li u relies of Christ of Okla-
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Killtur »nd Publisher
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Single <'u|iiBH 60 cents per year
Tllt'ltSDA Y, AUGUST IB, 1001.
Kiiternl In the postoftlre nt Mulhall. O. T.,
Hh second class mull matter.
l'lucr of 1'ubllcatlon: Woosley Itrotliem,
Mulhall, o. t.
Dirk T. Morgan President, Perry.
V11 Lea Williams
<'ni responding Secret ury, Stillwater
■I. E. Brewer Treasurer, Guthrie.
M KM 11 KIM OK BOAltD.
\V. A. Humphrey Guthrie
J. T. Ogle Gul lirie
C. II. Everest Oklahoma City
O. D. Halsell .Oklahoma City
Dale Lvtton Stillwater
John Km tilling Norman
C. M. Jackman El Reno
Superintendent of Bible School Work
H. L. Hutchinson. Perry
Superintendent of Christian Endeavor
Miss Nellie F. Whitfield, Kildare
President Christian Woman's Board
Mrs.J.M. Monroe, El Reuo
Don't parade your troubles before
the world, says an exchange. Bury |
them as a ring does old bones and
growl if anvlKtdy offers to dig them up.
whirl] they labor. Help your church-
es get hold of the children. The chil-
dren of today build the churches of
tomorrow.—Central Christian Regis-
EATEN UP BY LITIGATION.
Some years ago a millionaire on Long
Island, by the name of Samuel Wood,
died, leaving a provision in his will for
the establishment of a college of mu-
sic in New York City, setting aside
over half a million dollars for this
purpose, expecting that the fund
would be greatly increased in a few-
years, thus affording means for a line
institution. As time passed the mat-
ter dropped entirely from the
minds of the people, until lately, when
it was found that the entire property
had been consumed by the prolonged
litigation over the estate, so that no
school of music can lie founded. Had
the donor given his money while he
was living his wishes would have been
carried out. The best time to do
one's work is before the night comes.
— Union Gospel News.
Wk regret to report that there is i
still a loss in the receipts for Foreign
Missions. During the week ending
August h the loss amounted to ♦.147.£1
and thirty contributing Sunday schools
as compared with the corresponding
time last year. Brethren, we are
much distressed over this. Will you
not come to the aid of the Society at
once ? The end of t he year is fast
approaching. Whatever is done must
be done quickly.
Thk books of the Foreign Society
close September 30. Churches that
have not sent in their contributions
should send them in before that date.
Hundreds of churches failed to make
their offering at the usual time.
Special effort should be taken to pre-
vail upon every church to do its duty
in this matter, this, t he first year in,
the new century. We cannot afford
to do less. This year should see a
marked increase both in the number
of contributing churches and in t lie
The Primitive Methodists have just
had their conference in England.
They report a membership of U»8,874.
This is an increase of 2,4tiii, or a lit tle
over one per cent, for the year. They
also report 400,763 in their Sunday
schools. This is certainly most re-
markable. For every ten members in
the churches of the Disciples of Christ
there are six scholars in the Sunday
school. Forevery ten members in the
Sunday^ school of these Primitive Meth-
odists there are twenty-tour, hi ot her
words, in proportion to their niember-
bershlp they have four times as many
Sunday schools as we have. There are
good reasons why our Sunday school
attendance should lie largely in-
creased. Many of our ministers are
not proving the help in this direction
that they might be in the churches for
THE EVANGELISTIC METH-
ODS OF OUR FATHERS.
In the American Home Missionary
we find the following excellent article
by Brother George Darsie, of Frank-
We must bear in mind that our
fathers were evangelists, and not pas-
tors. We had at that time few
churches, and none of them were
strong enough to sustain regular min-
isters. Moreover, the work that
needed to lie done was pre-eminently
evangelistic work to sow the good
seed, to arrest public attention, to
break down opposition, to win favor,
and to make and baptize disciples of
the Lord Jesus. And our fathers did
that work witli wonderful wisdom and
success. We owe to them what we
are in the world today—a growing
and mighty people over a million
And the methods they used were all
their own. They preached the prim-
itive gospel with power and unction.
They relied on it and it alone, as the
hope of saving men.
1. They generally went forth two
by two, as did the seventy disciples of
old, as did also Paul and Barnabas.
Peter and John, Silas and Timothy,
An old preacher would take a young
preacher and train him, as Thomas
Campbell did Aylctt Raines, as Sam-
uel Rogers took Winthrop IJopson, as
Father Sweeney took his son, John S.
Sweeney. The two would sometimes
alternate in preaching, or one would
preach and the other exhort. It more
than doubles the power of an evangel-
ist to have a second evangelist with
2. Their preaching was uncompro-
mising and aggressive. They did not
minco matters or speak soft words.
They called a spade a spade. It was
a time of bitter sectarianism. It was
a time of creed bondage. It was a
time when the commandments of God
were made void by the traditions of
men: when visions and dreams and re-
ligious ecstacies were allowed to dis-
place the public confession of Christ
and the sure promises of the word of
God. Our fathers smote all these
things with might and main. They
cried aloud and spared not. Raccoon
John Smith generally followed three
heads in every sermon: First , to show
people where they were In error: sec-
ond, to convince them of the truth;
third, to urge them to obey the truth.
How successful this method was may
be inferred from the fact, that in six
months'evangelizing he had 2,000 ad-
:t. They preached long sermons.
We, who are accustomed to hear only
thirty-minute sermons, would have
thought one of theirs would never end.
Walter Scott, one of the most eloquent
of all of the fathers, thought nothing
of preaching three hours. Thomas
Campbell was known to have preached
sermons live hours long. The first
sermon Raccoon Smith over heard
Alexander Campbell preach was two
hours and a half long. The venerable
Philip S. Fall, who organized many
churches in Kentucky and was one of
tiie noblest pioneers, seldom preached
less than an hour and a half and two
hours. In that early day people want-
ed to hear. The message, though old
as Pentecost, sounded new and fresh,
preachers were scarce, and preaching
was a rarity. The demand was for
long sermons, for full Bible instruc-
tion, elaborate argument and fervent
exhortation. Would that the people
were as hungry for the gospel now !
4. Protracted meetings were seldom
continued for more than a week or
two. The usual name given them
was "a meeting of days." Often they
ran only four or live days. There was
no religious indifference to overcome.
Public sentiment was already aroused.
People everywhere were anxious to
hear, and results began with tne very
tirst sermon. John T. Johnson, one
of Kentucky's greatest evangelists,
used to Hit from point to point, hold-
ing great meeting everywhere, and
having an average of ten confessions
a day. The number of disci pies he
made in a year, and the churches lie
organized would astonish us beyound
In short, the evangelistic methods
of our fathers were thoroughly adapt-
ed to the times and the people, and
they wrought mightily for the spread
of the primitive gospel and the res-
toration of the primitive order.
THE TRANSPORTATION OF
The problem of the proper transpor-
tation of cattle is, like many other
questions connected with the treat-
ment of dumb animals, essentially a
modern question. In times when each
country must feed its own, and the
only wav of getting cattle or sheep or
horses from one place to another was
to drive them in herds, in the care of
a drover, the problem was in one way
simple. The animals could not travel
more than a certain distance each day
without definite injury, which would
probably be visible to the prospective
purchaser when they arrived at their
destination. It was to the interests of
the drover, therefore, to he very care-
With the advent of cattle-trains,
however, it became possible to trans-
port all sorts of live stock round the
world, if necessary, in less time shan
It used to take to cross a state. The
railway takes the Texas steer and
lands him in Chicago in a space or
time which must seem to his bewil-
dered brain an eternity, but is really
but a few days. His treatment en
route cannot well be so cruel as to de-
preciate his ultimate value in any way
which tiie purchaser can see; more-
over, in such eases the purchaser often
buys in faith, and pays without seeing.
So long as most of the cattle get
through all right, if a few die of neg-
lect, or lack of water, or some other
cause, tiie seller's reputation is good.
The property interest cannot be relied
upon in this matter of proper treat-
ment of dependents, It was estimat-
ed in tiie old days of slave-trading that
if half the cargo got through the
dreaded Middle Passage alive there
was a profit. The property interest
was no safeguard there. It never pro-
tected any creature which could be ill-
treated by a thoughtless or cruel per-
son witli no immediate punishment.
It is one of the characteristics of the
callous and cruel man, as a rule, to be
short-sighted. He seldom sees that in
the long run humane treatment is
In this case the trader and the rail-
way men do notsuffer much even when
their treatment of cattle is absolutely
cruel. It is tiie public which suffers,
and it is the public which will there-
fore have to take the matter in hand.
There is a great d fference in the sys-
tems of various railroads and dealers
in their treatment of cattle and sheep,
and some are so more humane than
others. But it is not so very long
since sheep were packed like sardines
in close cars, without a drop of water
during long journeys, in the hottest
of weather; and cattle were subjected
to the same treatment.
Such conditions breed tilth and dis-
ease: and diseased meat is not safe for
anybody to eat. It will probably
never lie possible to ascertain t he num-
ber of deaths which have resulted from
the eating of impure or diseased meat,
and for every death from this cause
there are many victims of disease.
Sometimes the ailment is obscure and
insidious, but it is nevertheless there.
Some time ago there was a scare about
trichinae which resulted in many
people becoming Jews or Mohamme-
dans where pork was coneernrd, but
much of the beef which comes from
cattle-trains where the animals are
packed together in tilth, discomfort
and thirst is not a bit more tit for hu-
man consumption than measly pork.
In these days no man can tell where
his butcher gets his meat which is
confidingly bought and eaten by his
customers. It may be good, or it may
not. It is time that tiie treatment of
cattle, on trains of transportation and
in sheds, during the time before tliry
are killed, should be regulated by law,
and that every one concerned in their
transportation and care should be re-
quired to see that they are in condi-
tions as nearly healthful as the dilll-
culties of the case a'low.
It has developed, said the StateCap-
ital recently, that the W. C. T. U. is
behind the scheme to start a woman's
town near Anadarko. Miss Agnes
Peet, a prominent member of that or-
der front Michigan, is at the head of
the movement. The Missouri and
Kansas W. C. T. IT. organizations are
also interested. That order wants to
demonstrate that a town can thrive
without a drop of liquor in it. For
five years no man can even hold office
in it. They will conduct the munici-
pal machinery, the stores and own all
the property. Mr. Kriwards, the en-
gineer employed to lay out the town,
says that 100 women of the W. C. T.
IT. have agreed to put up the money to
buy the townsitc and establish the
The next state convention of the
churches of Christ of Iowa will be
held at Cedar Itypids, Sept. 11-13, 1001.
The brethren at North Platte, Neb.,
will probably erect a church house at
no distant day.
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Hazelrigg, Charles. The Oklahoma Christian. (Mulhall and Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 15, 1901, newspaper, August 15, 1901; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc305831/m1/2/: accessed December 10, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.