The Gotebo Gazette. (Gotebo, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 17, Ed. 1 Friday, December 3, 1909 Page: 3 of 8
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I N architectural anomaly, a beautiful build-
Am lug built from scrap material. Is the pro-
I duct of the genius, energy and inspiration
I of an Omaha clergyman. When completed
■ the First German Presbyterian church will
present an edifice of stable and dignified
beauty, yet all the material that goes into
its construction is discarded junk gathered
from every available source. It represent*
what can be accomplished by a few ear-
nest, hard-working men under the leader-
ship of a preacher full of enthusiasm and
When he first went to Omaha.
years ago. Rev. Julius F. Schwarz
determined that his congregation
should have a new church. The fact that the mem-
bers numbered only 60 and the whole property of
the corporation was about $5,000 troubled him not
at all, and he began to build with as much faith as
If he had the riches of Solomon. Ills plan was to
gather everywhere, whenever he could, all the old
but strong timbers, all the Iron Junk available for
structural use, all the loose and Irregular stone and
all the generally discarded building materials that
■could be found in Omaha and from
them to build a church. It was not to
he a mean and ugly house of worship,
but a well-equipped, well arranged,
ample meeting place for his people.
lie has now extended It to Include
an 11-room house for his own family
and the whole property would have
cost $30,000 if it had been built by
contract. As built by Rev. Mr.
•Schwarz and his fellow laborers It
will cost less than $25,000. The other
$15,000 has been saved to his people
by the perseverance, energy and In-
genuity of the pastor.
The first charge that Mr. Schwar*
took when he left the theological
seminary was at Connersvllle, Ind.
For six years he remained there and
was called to Omaha three years ago
■on a recommendation from one of his
instructors in the theological school.
At that time the First German
Presbyterian was a small frame
■church. As soon as the new pastor
came he announced that the church
• s too small To build a church
with a membership of 60 seemed out
■of the question to all but the pastor.
He thought he knew a way and he
set about it with almost no support,
at first, from the others.
For a year he sought for a suitable
location and finally purchased the lot
the new church Is on for $1,800.
When he bought this tract the fund
which he drew from amounted to $57.
His first move was to sell the old
-church for $1,850. As soon as the lot
was paid for be shouldered a spade.
and replacing bis ministerial dignity
with a grim and effective energy he
began to dig. The first thing that a
church needed was a foundation. He
had no money, but he could make
the foundation himself, and that
would be one step toward It.
He asked for contributions from
friends outside of Omaha and waited
for his own people to contribute vol-
untarily. The dollars came slowly,
hut they came with sufficient steadi-
ness to assure him that be could
make a few purchases for a start.
While walking on the street one day
he saw that in repairing the street
the old curbs were being taken up
"These are good blocks," said the
pastor-builder, and he bargained with
the contractor to take them off bis
hands That stone went Into the
His next lot of material came
when the wall that supported the
yard of the old Rosewater residence
was to be torn down. Men hired by
Mr. Scbwari did the work snd the
brick and stona was taken out snd put into the
walls that were gradually rising on the church
site Some of his congregation began to con-
tribute two or tnree days' work with teams in
The south steps from the old high school
building followed and these made the "water-
table" on both sides of the church part of the
building. The parsonage end was being added to
from the stone that could be picked up around
•' I stone yards for small expense and converted
® Into suitable blocks.
An opportunity came to the builders when the
■driveway was constructetd leading down to the
Union station on the north side. Here was
bought 15.000 feet of lumber that had been used
in scaffolding and a carload of fine red sandstone
was purchased for $20. When, a few weeks later,
a contractor ofTered Mr. Schwarz $70 for that
same carload of red stone because he needed it
to All a contract in a hurry, the minister gave
up his material and added $50 clear to the fund.
This was the only enterprise for profit that was
entered into for the benefit of the cause, except
a little deal In lead pipe which the minister had
with a prominent fraternal order. He bought
some old lead from the lodge for $1.50 and sold
It for $15 to a Junk dealer
All winter long he has been haunting the repair
gangs about the streets, visiting stone yards and
Junk heapB and adding to the pile of materials
that Is being made Into a building by his men.
One of his biggest snd most profitable finds was
a pair of iron pillars in excellent condition which
he bought from the street railway company for
their price as old Iron. The street railway com-
pany also furnished hltn with the most novel use
of old material In the whole building, which Is
the leaking of rafters out of old steel rails. The
rails are more than strong enough and were
bought for the price of Junk.
The church, which consists of a basement
with a beautiful fireplace and an auditorium
which will seat 300, measures 44x73 feet The
roof exttnd back over the parsonage, making it
a full three stories high, with one room In the
•ttlc. The house part Is 24x50 feet in grouud
basement, and after that the money
will come in faster. In the meantime
the minister is watching everywhere
for anything that will make his I
church more commodious or hlB home
"The reason for my doing all this,'
said Rev. Mr. Schwarz. as he laid
aside the tools with which he was
helping the workmen, "is that I be
lleve that right here is the best field
for work among the Germans tha/.
there is in all the northwest. My
life occupation Is missionary wo-k
among my German people and the
only reason why I want to stay here
and put up this big church for my
small congregation is because from
here I can reach so many Germans. I
was born an American, but came
from German parents and am thor-
oughly German in thought and feel-
ing. When I decided to become a
minister I saw that the greatest need
was among my own people, so I
studied at a German seminary. My
RULED BY A CHILD
Czar of Russia Slave of His Own
Despot Over Millions, He Is Governed
with a Rod of Iron by the
Little Grand Duke
St. Petersburg.—Now that the czar
has safely reached home again
through the avenues of steel that lined
Ills way to and from Italy. It may be
interesting to note that, while the em-
peror Is generally pictured as the
tyrant of slavish subjects. It is not so
generally known that he himself Is
the slave of a most unscrupulous
This despot of despots Is the little
Alexis Nicolaievitch, the heir to the
Russian throfce, who Is the only person
in the empire to Ignore the sacredness
ot the emperor. Often when the czar
is occupied by the most important
business little Alexis manages to es-
cape from the nursery and, arriving
on the scene, demands that his father
ride him on his shoulders. The czar
accepts the mandate and drops affairs
o! state until his son Is surfeited with
the pick-a-back pastime.
The favorites of Alexis are an old
tion-commissloned officer, Stepan by
name, and his nurse, Maria Ivanovna.
•vho puts him to bed and makes him
say his prayers. These prayers are
the cause of frequent quarrels as Al-
exis insists on mentioning old Stepan
breaks cold in a day.
This prescription is one of the very
best known to science. The ingre-
dients can be gotten from any good
druggist, or he will get them from his
Mix half pint of good whiskey with
two ounces of glycerine and add one-
half ounce Concentrated pine com-
pound. The bottle Is to be shaken
each time and used in doses of a tea.-
spoonful to a tablespoonful every four
hours. The Concentrated pine Is a
special pine product and comes only
in half ounce bottles, each enclosed
in an air-tight case, but be sure it is
A Kneeling Proposition.
"Pony" Moore, the once famous min-
strel, is dead at the age of 80. He
was one of the last of his kind.
"Moore," said a veteran Chicago
manager, "used to make up his Jokes.
Once, when he played here, he had
his toes run over, and limped on that
night with a foot that resembled a
" Wh s ez tendah-hoofed as Lize
Johnslng,' he said to the audience,
with a chuckle. 'Yo' know 'bout Liza?
Young Calhoun White, he sez to her,
Whaffo' you make a face like
dat when I propose, Miss Johnslng?"
Well, Cal," says Liza, "Ah kain't
give yo' offah propab consideration
less'n yo' takes yo' knee off'n mah
Boy's Essay on Clothing.
Here is an extract from an essay,
written by a boy In a London school-
"Clothing Is an article which every-
body should wear. The least of this
article is worn by savages or natives,
which is a piece of cloth or a f«w
leaves or feathers round the waist, in
cold countries, same as Eskimos, the
people wear more clothes than we do.
count of the icy cold out there. They
can skate all the year round, except
about one thaw there Is In summer.
If they walked about like natives they
would catch cold directly and die of
bronkitis. We put clothes on which
are nearly like our bodies, some have
caps, coats and trousers, but women
and girls wear hats and frocks to tell
who they are."
"You seldom see a Are escape on
"But. come to think of it, that is
what the whole building is for."
Getting whipped when a boy hurts,
but it doesn't hurt half as much as
the wearing out process that he ex-
periences when he is old.
Rev. Julius F. Schwarz.
dimensions and has
11 fine rooms.
On the front of
the church will be
a tower which will
be Just as high and
substantial as It
can be made from
what Is left of the
stone after the rest
of the structure Is
The plans for all
of It were sketched
by the Rev. Mr.
Schwarz and made
exact by an archi-
tect. There are no
specifications in use.
The plans are fol-
lowed not by get-
ting material to fit
tbem, but by con-
forming them as
nearly as possible
to material that can
be cheaply bought.
The work went
slowly, because Mr.
Schwarz could not afTord to put on a large force
of men Ills foreman. Fred Slather, is a German
stone mason The wages of the men are the one
debt which Mr. Schwarz does not intend to neg-
lect and hiB inen are paid every Saturday as it
thVv were working for a wealthy contractor who
had thousands to back his operations. To do this
the builder has had to rely upon the kindness of
his other creditors, who have helped the cause
by not pressing their claims.
That $6,000 that has already been put into the
work was gathered mostly from the contributions
of friends all over the country. Other pastors
have taken up benefit collections, a friend in In-
diana sent $200. nnd the congregation has con-
tributed far beyond what might be expected from
their means. Mr Schwarz made a house-to-house
campaign of four days down in Riley, Kan., and
raised $200 In that way. One of the church trus-
tees. who declared when the project was begun
that he would not do anything to aid it. has al-
ready given $100, and others have given $100 and
$2<>0 contributions. Churches have promised
contributions that will probably average $25 each
and several hundred dollars more Is expected
from that source.
"If I Just had $6,000 more I could finish It,"
says the minister, and he seems not to lack faith
that the $6,000 will come as it is needed.
Mr. Schwarr.'a unique undertaking has attract-
ed considerable attention and promises of finan-
cial assistance have come In from various parts
of the country. These donations to a most wor-
thy cause are for the most part In small amounts,
but are none the less appreciated by the ener-
getic pastor and the encouragement thus re-
ceived has bad no little part In helping nlong the
good work. Rev. Schwarz has announced that all
outside contributions will be gratefully received
and promptly acknowledged.
The biggest addition to the fund that has
come so far was the $2,50<> got from selliug the
old parsonage, which the pastor advised as soon
as he saw the possibility of making a home for
himself as a part of the new building. It is be-
lieved that enough more can easily be raised to
put on a roof so that services can held In the
position makes it possible for me to reach many
who are in need of help and many who are stran-
gers and I want to stay here and make my work
effective in helping the German citizens in this
It is because of this sincere desire to be of help
to bis church that Mr. Schwarz has labored with
his hands and brain to build the new church. It
has arisen out of what seemed to be insurmount-
able difficulties. Not only the cornerstone, but |
every stone in It was once refused by the builders,
but when It is finished there will be no fault found
with Its smooth, gray walls. Its modern equipment
and its generous dimensions.
In connection with his pastoral and building
work Rev. Mr. Schwarz devotes nine hours a
week to teaching in the University of Omaha,
where he has charge of the German classes. He
Is also stated clerk of the presbytery of Omaha,
and the compensation received from this additional
work be considers providential in that it helps to
secure him sufficient salary to bring his work to
a self-supporting basis.
Rev. Schwarz' father was a practicing physician
In Franklin county. Mo. He balled from Heidel-
berg. Baden. Germany.
Rev. Schwarz was left an orphan at the age
of 11 months. He was taken Into the home of a
kind-hearted couple who had already raised eight
children of their own
As a tribute to the memory of bis foster par-
ents and as a token of appreciation of the kind-
ness received at their hands, the churcb parsonage
has oeen turned Into a sort of a home for the
friendless aud a refuge for the destitute. Many
have partaken of the parson's hospitality until
work or other assistance had been offered. Should
this sort of hospitality require more space. It Is
possible that an old people's home may be estab-
lished after the financial obligations of the new
church edifice have been met.
tfia: wh.-n y«.u slip, mnun or hrui«* yf.urH. if
perry IfciviV Painkiller. The bum*? remedy 70 year*.
SCIENCE AND FAITH
Is It true that the greater the knowledge the
less the religious interest? Are these two persons,
the man whose zeal tor religion Is equaled by his
bigotry and ignorance and the other in whom sci-
entific study has dwarfed spiritual sensibility, fair
types by which to judge the relations of religion
Is Intelligence incompatible with real piety?
Will the growth of knowledge bring about the dis-
solution of religion? Is the life of religious aspi-
rations and feelings out of date in a scientific age
such as we are constantly reminded this one is
to-day? Science has overcome superstition; ts
faith so bound up with superstition that It, too,
We can be sure of one thing, at least; that, no
matter what our feelings, theories or ideals may
be, we cannot turn our backs on the great world
ot fact as it ts laid before us. The faith that fights
facts is committing suicide. Appeals to our fears
cannot to-day make the facts less real to us and
we know that by them we will have to stand or
If you stop to think about It, there is a striking
significance in the fact that this question haa
arisen. Is there a religion for the Intelligent, edu-
cated, scientific mind? It suggests another ques-
tion: Can any other mind fully comprehend the
riches and meaning of religion? The unthinking
cling to custums, traditions nnd forms that are the
vestiges of truth. The trained mind distinguishes
between the garments of truth and truth itself.
before praying for his father and
mother. Maria corrects him, but un-
"Millions are praying for my fath-
er." he says, "while I alone am pray-
ing for Stepan, and Stepan Is very
much in need ot the Lord's blessing.'
He is perfectly cognizant of his high
position and the little czarevitch is
greatly offended if he is not saluted by
the soldiers with due honors.
"What is the use of being a grand
duke If the soldiers do not salute
you?" he asks. He is just beginning
to read and write and the first use he
made of the accomplishment was tc
sign some degrees to Cossacks, as by
birth he is chief of all the Cossacks.
His overwhelming military ardor leads
him to prefer the coarse brown bread
01* the barracks to the delicate food
of his nursery.
Alexis, with his sisters, has been
spending a delightful holiday at the
1 zar's Crimean castle of Livadia, where
no word reaches them of the serious
condition of their mother or the cares
of their father The little grand duch-
esses. like Alexis, are not pampered
They are healthy, charming girls, liv-
ing principally out of doors. The czar,
•vho rigorously upholds the etiquette
t4f the court, shows a peculiar demo-
cratic trait toward his children, and
by his orders they must be called by
Ihelr Christian names—their titles of
Imperial highnesses can be used only
on state occasions.
The czar Is a very early riser. He
I enerally takes breakfast, consisting
ot tea, eggs and ham. at seven o'clock.
The meal Is served by an English
:00k. the czar and czarina both having
u preference for English food. Imme-
diately after breakfast the czar
I mokes a Havana cigar. His majesty
extremely fond of cigars, quite un-
jike his father. Alexander HI., who
enly smoked Russian cigarettes and
objected to cigar smoking among the
dignitaries of his court.
After a long stroll in which he Is ac-
companied sometimes by his children,
the czar takes lunch, which consists
of several courses. The conversation
with the czarina and children is gen-
erally in English, as his majesty does
not like to be overheard by the serv-
t'hts. who speak French, but not Eng-
lish. After lunch the czar generally
makes an excursion by motor car. spe-
cial roads being laid down for his
use. Dinner Is served at six o'clock,
nnd often a few intimate friends—
never more than five or six—are in-
After dinner a bridge or other card
party is arranged Play Is always
for low stakes. The czar is an excel-
lent card player. Sometimes artists
tire invited and a concert is offered the
Every man has his gift, and the
tools go to him that can use them.—
ALL lT-TO-n TE ROt 4F.KF.EPERI
Use Red Cross Ball Blue. It makes clothes
clean and sweet as when new. All grocers.
The less a man knows about wom-
en the more he thinks he knows.
Positively cared by
these Little Fills.
They also relieve Dis-
tress from Dyspfpnia.lu-
d tgest Ion ami Tir> Ue art y
Ealing. A perfect rem-
edy tor Dizziness, Nau-
sea, Drowsine**, Bad
Ta U in the Month. Coat-
ed Ton«nie. Pain tn the
Side, TOUPID LJVEK.
They repuluU) the Bowels. Purely Vegetable.
smXll fill, small dose, small price.
Genuine Must Bear
Measured by the Human Standard.
"Those people on Mars must be a
very stupid lot."
■What makes you think so?"
"Why. If they haven't time to flash
us a signal or two, they might at least
drop us a picture postcard."
The Utmost in Stencils
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Aahms, Bronchitis and acnous t Hi oat and
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