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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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this season, according to a decision
made by the board of control at its
meeting yesterday.' The weights
agreed upon are featherweight, limit
115 pounds; lightweight, limit 130
pounds, and unlimited weight Re
quests were made by several.schools
for a 100-pound division, but the
board ruled such a strenuous game
as basketball wasn't the proper thing
for youngsters so light Thirty-five to
forty teams are expected to enroll
El Roi Tans knocked 2,876 pins to
reach second place in city bowling
tournament Kemman and Dipple
hold the doubles lead with 1,244, and
J. Brichetto tops the singles with 662,
ten ping better than W. Brown.
BILLY SUNDAY
BY THE REV. CHARLES STELZLE
It may seem presumptuous to say
that some day Billy Sunday and the
evangelists who follow his methods
will be put out of business and this;
isn't said with any intention of being
disrespectful to the evangelist, or be
cause of a conviction that they are
not doing much good.
The evangelists will meet their
fate because another and what is
undoubtedly a better method will be
found better for the churches and
better for the people whowill be won
to the" churches.
A Billy Sunday campaign in a town
like Kansas .City will cost about $40,
000, besides what the evangelist gets
something like $30,000 more., And
the members added to the church as
a result of the campaign will num
ber perhaps 8,000. N
But in Indianapolis, about the size
of Kansas City, the ministers- decid
ed they would not have, an outside
evangelist, preferring to conduct
their own meetings, being organized
through a live church federation
the whole thing run by "home folk."
The first year, the churches re
ceived 3,500 members, the second
7,000 members, the third 8,000 mem
bers, and this year they are making a
drive for 10,000 members! And the
church federation cost them only
$5,000 for the whole ear!
There was another advantage in
the Indianapolis plan the new mem
berg came in normally and gradual
ly, so the churches could take care
of them, directing them into various
.kinds of practical work. This is al-
MAY LOSE HIS JOB
ways difficult in an ordinary evan
gelistic campaign, because the work
of the church becomes so congested
that few men can successfully han
dle it
Furthermore, when the average
big evangelistic campaign closes
there is a slump in the feelings of
many of the "converts" who had be
come accustomed to the "sawdust
trail," and who are disappointed
when they walk down ordinary
church .aisles, without accompani
ment of the singing of the big cho
rus. The regular preacher can't get
away with the stunts of the Vvangel
ist if he tried it he'd lose his job!
There is still another considera
tion. The thousands enrolled by the
evangelist had for the most part re
ceived the training of Christian
mothers and faithful minister,' which
had its effect when the evangelist
brought the "sinner" to his senses.
The credit doesn't .all belong to the
evangelist!
Also, the local people helped the
evangelist by working hard for
months before he came.
Healthy, permanent reform meas
ures were worked out in Indianap
olis by these churches; the ministers,
in the course of their regular work,
got bigger and better results than
an evangelist could possibly get And
the. plan " has been successfully
worked in other cities in Cleveland,
for example.
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London. Government puts ban on
hairpins made of metal. Metal need
ed for war purposes.

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