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a list of his fraternity brothers so as to avoid violating his solemn obliga
The good that comes out of these fraternal organizations is in giving
meri their first lessons in brotherhood.
Golden Rule Sam Jones, formerly mayor of Toledo, used to tell a story
on the stump that illustrates another narrow Idea of brotherhood. It ran
something like this: """ -
An honest man and good citizen who lived ia a small town was out of
work and could find nothing to do in his home town. He was without
money for railway fare, and started ou.t to walk to the next town, hoping
to find work there. "
But work was scarce in that town, and he walked on to the next Bye
and bye he got hungry, and for the first time in Tils life found he had to beg .
for something to eat. It so happened that a preacher lived in the first
house he tackled and the preacher himself came to the door.
While the man himself hadn't come to realize it yet, still he was iuBty
and travel-stained, and In the eyes of the preaches was a tramp. But he
told the preacher his story and asked for something to eat
The preacher asked him a lot of questions about himself, and finally
this one: "Do you pray?"
"No," replied the man-out-of-work,' "but I am willing to. I have no
objection to prayer, but I haven't been used to praying and don't know
much about it.
Then the preacher told him about prayer and why the man should pray
to the good Lord to deliver him from temptation and give him this day his
daily bread, and the rest of it. Having given the poor man a free sermon,
the devout preacher finally said:
"Well, brother, if you will go around to the back door, I will give you
something to eat"
And the hungry man went around to the back door. The preacher
came to the back door and handed him a sandwich. The hungry man held
it in his band, looked at it and then at the preacher. ;
"I would like to ask you a question," he said. "When you told nie to-
come around to the back door and said you would give me something to
eat you called me brother. Why did you do that?"
"Why, because you are my brother," said the good preacher. "We are
all-children of one Father, and in His eyes you are my brother."
"But am I really and truly your brother?" asked the puzzled man-out
of-work. And he hadn't yet bit Into the sandwich.
"Why, certainly you are my brother," replied the brotherly preacher.
"Why do you doubt it? And why do you look at me as if you couldn't un
derstand?" ,u " was tninkin&." said the hungry man as he Iopked up at his brother, ,
that it would be awfully nice to have a brother. And I was wondering if
you, as my brother, didn't think you were giving YOUR brother a mighty
cold deal when you sent him around to the backdoor to get a handout when
the brotherly thing to have done would be to ask your brother In. to sit down
at the family table for a square meaL"
This story doesn't need any explaining. I imagine there are some peo
ple, however, ho really believe they are good Christians, who will find that
their Sunday idea of brotherhood Is much the same a3 that of the good
preacher who gave a free sermon with each handout.
Sam Jones liked to tell that story because he "believed in the real
brotherhood of men. And he didn't have to Join any oath-bound" rganiza-
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