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THE CALL OF CULPEPPER HAZZARD
BY CLINTON DANGERFIELD
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
The new preacher, busy nailing up
several notices for tiie edification of
the Wolf Passites, gave-himself an
impatient hitch as he stepped on the
edge of his long and flowing robes,
and then yanked two feet of them up
through the leather holster belt he
ha'd buckled around his waist.
After a last touch on a corner tack,
the minister descended sedately by
the steps and went his way, totally
ignoring the stares of a dozen loung
ers. The tallest of the idlers, Crandall
Felock, headed for the notice as soon
as the preacher was out of sight.
He read the few lines, and then
slowly and thoughtfully ejaculated':
"Vy you not read him alout?"
quavered old Hasenstab.
"Spit it out!" urged an impatient
chorus behind Hasenstab.
' " 'Notice is hereby given,' read
Crandall, 'that the church for select
Cristians will open in the Warren
Building tomorrow. The gallery will
be for scrubs, the first two floor lines
in the rear for old people, all the rest
is for select Cristians only.
" 'The common heard will be ad
mitted' to Any seat tomorrow for the
first and last time. After that, a Man
will either Prove up, or rise to the
Gallery, unless he is old enough to sit
in the back lines.
" 'Full explinations given on Sun
day Morning next, from my pulpit at
" '(Signed) Culp Hazzard, D. D.' "
The listeners stared at each other.
Then Crandall said fiercely: "What
the devil does he mean by provin'
up? And what makes him think he
can jam anybody up in his infernal
Scrub Gallery! Explain! I reckon he
This last sentence voiced the unan
imous opinion of Wolf Pass. They de
cided in a bo!dy, much to the disgust
of Al Lester, the saloonkeeper, that,
merely to understand the situation
thoroughly, they would attend
church en masse.
"My hearers," he began in a round,
resonant tone (I do not say friend's,
because a stranger don't know which
are to be his friends at first), you
probably expect me to remark that I
am glad to see you here. But I ain't
going to say that either. For I ain't
got you assorted out yet, and I reck
on there's some amongst you that
will never get no gladness connected
"There was a time," pursued the
speaker, with a rich, confidential in
tonation, "when I was just a plain,
ordinary sinner. Some was even so
unkind as to. put extra before the
ordinary. Then I had a call, an illumi
natin' call, bustin' full of joy and
light. I was revivified, and it became
my duty to revivify others.
"Before doin' that I had to belong
to some church. A preacher that
doesn't belong to no church is no bet
ter than a measly Maverick. So I
consulted a jestice of the peace.
"I want something which stands
the test of time. I think I'll be a
" 'High or low?' says he.
"Certain qualifications," continued
the preacher, "is expected of them
as go into public service. We are
mighty particular about our public
servants, but when it conies to the
service of the Lord any old thing
"Well, I let you know this church
is goin' to run on a mighty different
"As soon as the doxsolgy is sung,
and the people dismissed, we will
meet outside. Every man . what can
exemplify that he is able to hold his
ground agin me while I wrastle with
the glory of the Cause will have made