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lee'is grafting. It has always been
distasteful "to me and I've decided to.
stop it. I have just told my congref
gauon so and they seem to like the
"Other ministers, though, don't
take to it readily. I haven't been
able, so far, to persuade any of them
to join me in this reform. Some
preachers even try to drum up trade
by encouraging engaged people to
come to them for the wedding cere
mony and by having license clerks,
etc., steer couples to them.
"If the church proposes to regard
the marriage rite as a religious func
tion peculiarly jts own, it must make
the rife free to all to preserve the
self-respect of the ministry and dig
nify the rite itself.
"It should be as much the minis
ter's duty to perform marriage cere
monies as to visit the sick, -conduct
prayer services, perform baptisms
and preach at funerals.
"No minister should accept a fee
for any of these services. If he
doesn't need it he should be ashamed
to take it, and if his salary isn't big
enough for him to live on without
such graft his congregation should be
ashamed and make it adequate.
"Everything savoring of the- com
mercial spirit must be removed from
the marriage ceremony if we would
have it attain the proper dignity and
solemnity. And when parties ta a
marriage feel that tHe minister is
present solely as the Representative
of the most high God the ceremony
will be rdore sacred" than if the bride
groom is- thinking of the greenback
to his vest pocket"
The pastor is also a pioneer in his
community in his efforts to insure
the moral and physical fitness of
brides and grooms. He declares
positively that, while he will many
people free of charge, he must be
satisfied, in every case, that they are
free from disease or taint that shouTd
bar them from wedlock.
He has also written a new mar-j
page ritual that he .wUTusejhereaf ter 1
for his tipless, hygienic weddings, v It4 a
is simple, straightforward -and digni
fied and expresses divine approval of
the union based on such moral and od
HE FOUND IT
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"Hey, you no count nigger! Whut
you messin'Tip dat cu'bud fo'? 'Whut
"Ah ain't lookih' f nythin', Man
dy." "You ain't? JDen Ah reckon yoll
find i in dat jug whah Ke whisky
Daily Healthogram. .
A section of Boston is trying a
new sort of garbage sanitation. The
garbage cans are closely fitted with
oiled bags. The garbage is put in
them. When the collector comes
around he takes out the bag and.
carries it away. The can Is left clean
instead of in-a conditioii to attract
"Why 4? yu set such atoUgh
chicken before me?" indignahtiy
asked a young' lady In a restaurant
the other day. ' 'Age before Beauty'
alwavs. vou know, maain!" rnlietf
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