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UKiTTKN rOR THE SUNPAY BEriUHC.
'Courtesy clashes' are now being held In
nil th car sheds of the various Transit
Company divisions, where conductors con
erecate for their day's work.
These courtesy "class's" are necessary j
by reason of the amlsnlttlnir ordinance
which went Into effect last Monday
"The kind word that turneth away wrath"
Is to be the order of the day. The conduc
tors who assemble at De Ballvici'.) avenue,
as welt as those of file extreme North and
South Knd shcds. where moro trouble Is
expected than In the West ilad. are all
cnarged by tuelr dlwsion superintendents to
use only the most polite language In put
ting mo nonspitting embargo on their car
In every case trouble Is to bo averted.
Only the most flaprant ofienders aru to be
turned over to the ponce autnorltiej.
herever it Is possible, tiie conductor will
use persuasion ratlijr than command lo
have the spltter cut Lair the habit while on
MEN WILL HAVE
LEARNED BY 1904.
Under the late ruling of Superintendent
Grant politeness must be acquired by all
The enforcement of the antlsplttlng ordi
nance by the conductors of the Transit
Company is looked upon by the manage
ment as a sort of primary department, in
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WTUTTnN- FOR TIIH SUNDAY RBPUBI.IC.
The mule's sharp hoofs slipped and
scuffled among the loose stones of tb,e de
scending mountain trail, and Bob Ed Tin
ney. the honorable representative of the
United States Government as its carrier of
malls over the "star route" of Pepper's
Corners and Kettlevllle. swore at the beast
In the slow way that Is the general habit
of any conventional citizen in East Ten
nessee. Something caught his eye as a gap in
the trail-side shrubs jlelded a view of Pep
per's store In the narrow valley below. He
atopped swearing at the sight and urged
the mule into a Jolting shamble by kicking
his tough sides. He had seen two black
lads coming down the trail from the direc
tion of "old man" Lowrey"s place bare
headed, and running In an exhausted
fashion. They had vanished Into the store
door. Bob Ed h A not begun to kick the
mule until, a moment after the disappear
ance of tho two boys into the door, a stream
of the occupants had come pouring out and
scattered to the many and varied mounts
tethered about the Corners, while the own
ers awaited the great dally event of life in
the valley the arrival of the mail.
There was an Intense excitement and
bustle and a considerable display of arms.
Pepper came last, bearing a double-barreled
shotgun and a Winchester, which he
handed to Major Brown Ed Potter. Tin
ney's mule was by this time galloping wild
ly down the trail. This was what had
gone on in the store:
' Major Brown Ed had Just been expound
ing his views, as he sat on a cracker bxrrel,
of the ultimate attainments of Pepper's
Corners If old man Lowrey rebuilt the tan
bark mill, the valley's one industry, burned
m. year before. It would be fine, thought he.
If the new mill were built just across the
way from the store on the creek bank. By
having at least two buildings within a
Btone's throw of each other it would begin
to lock more like a town. If old man Low
rey had enough money to put up a real
"cut and sawed" frame house he could sure
ly rebuild the mill.
"Yes, it 'pears to me him and me could
git it around foh yoti all." Pepper had re
sponded, as he straightened up the few
straggling letters protruding from the box
of pigeonholes set on the front end of the'
counter and which stood for the Post Of
fice of Pepper's Corners.
Just then the barefocud blacks had burst
Into the door and dropped down, trembling
end breathless, on the floor, their eyes roll
ing with Iright.
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three brothers, all of whom made a
for politeness on St- Louis street
which those who do not already know
them are to learn the rudiments of that
more advanced erade of suavity that Is to
characterize the St. Louis Transit con
ductor when the World's Fair arrives. It
Is a very pood school In which to start
An exceedingly bright young girl from
Ste. Genevieve, once set a standard for po
liteness which he to whom it was given
hai probably necr forgotten.
The Ste. Genevieve miss was a type
writer operator in a largu wholesale es
tablishment of this city.
A young man of the smart aet wu a
clerk in tne same house. He was of ex
cellent family, and in his leisure time hob
nonaed with the exclusives. One day be
answeiea brusquely a question put to him
by the giri lrom ate. Genevieve.
She had heard of his ChesterOoldlan
manners away from business, and, resenting-
his brusquentsu to her, drew herself up
to her fullest height and said:
"i-olltness is politeness, whether to a
West Knder or a typewriter girl."
It is ttus quality of politeness to the cul
tured as well as the , uncultured apitter
Transit conductors must employ.
The Transit Company Itself seta the ex
ample of politeness by putting a very brief
notice in Its cars.
This notice reads as follows:
"Spitting upon the floor, platform, aides
"What what !s the maitah with you
black rascals?" sputtered big Sam, Sheldon,
who had been sitting on a nail keg by the
door and had been so startled by the un
announced entry that he, too, had slipped to
"Pap Lowrey's dun been killed! He all's
a layln' In his house dald!" gasped tho elder
"Air you all shuah yoh hain't a lyln'7'
said the Major, slowly.
"Foh God! Hit am de truf."
"I 'low as how hit mought a been Jim
Bellows, his nlegah," said Sheldon, as hs
picked himself up.
"I dun tol'e pap not to trust that 'ere
boy." said Pepper, with a shake of his
head, reaching up for his shotgun.
"I seed him cuttln through the patches
tords home as I come along 'bout two hours
ago." volunteered Dave Bufcrd.
"Feller citizens, I 'low as how we hed
better go and git Jim Bellows." said Major
Potter, and he spat with unerring accuracy
out of the door Into the yellow dust, then
rose and followed to tighten the cinch on
his big sorrel before he swung into the sad
dle. The others came without one further
Just then Bob Ed Tinney and his mule
came clattering over the log bridge across
"Wheah you all gwino7' he shouted.
"To git Jim Bellows," answered Sheldon.
"Klllln" and robbln" o!e man Lowrey."
"Hm m m, thet soT Bald the mall car-'
rler, enviously watching the head of the
column already moving off, half on horse,
half on foot.
"Jes" s'.ing the sack inside the doah and
pull hit shet." cautioned Pepper. "Kaln't
you all JlneT" he added, politely.
"Nup. Uncle Sam's business first," and
Bob Ed straightened up on the panting
mule. He watched them move away up the
crockslde making the detour necessary to
the ascent by horse to the little spur whero
stood the cabin in which Mammy Bellows
lived wifh her boy Jim. who was Pap Low
rey's one servant. Then he closed the door
of the store, after dropping the mall sack
Inside, and rode up to the Kettlevllle road,
which led past old man Lowrey's house.
Aa he topped the first rise he could look
across the valley to where the Bellows
cabin stood, and noted now Its whitewashed
walls stood out in relief against the dark
trees and brown mountainside. The front
was covered with .bright green Tines bear
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, THE REPUBLIC: SUNDAY. MARCH L 1903;
the polite conductors of the Market
or steps of this car Is prohibited by ordi
nance 20CS0, printed liotow."
SEVERITY MAY BE
NECESSARY AT TIMES.
The division superintendents who expect
little if any trouble, are John L. Mlers of
Delmar and De Ballvlere avenues. A. P.
Richardson of the Laclede line and C. M.
Johnson of Park and Vandeventer ave
nues. John Mahoney of Jefferson and Geyer
and I I Sloss of No. 4100 South Broadway
are not so sanguine about being able to con
trol the spitting nuisance with the "soft
However, the mild and gentle remonstrance
is to be employed in that part of the city
as well as In the West End.
Examples of politeness among Transit
conductors are encountered every day. A.
T. Downing, a conductor on the Laclode
line, came downtown with his car on that
terrible zero-weather Monday night two
Two rough men sat down In the third seat
from the rear door. One of them remarked,
as ho sat down, that they could continue
their smoke. . Their cigars were vile and
filled the car with bad odor. As Conductor
Downing camo along he politely requested
the two men to ceaso smoking, telling them
that it was not allowed In the car.
"It's too cold to-night." said one of them,
"to smoke outside."
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about the one-roomed structure was a great
cluster of colors, from the verbenas, roses,
hollyhocks, sunflowers, five o'clocks and
other gorgeous floers of Mammy Bellows's
garden. A few white garments, freshly
washed, hung on the line, swaying In the
wind. Tinney found himself cherishing a
hope that Jim Bellows had "cut his stick"
and was by this time safe out of harm's
Tho mob had not yet left the creek bed to
begin the accent when the mall carrier
reached the two stone posts that marked
the gate to Lowrey's place. He threw tho
mule's rein over one of these and swung
himself to the ground. There was a for
bidding silence about thq unpalnted, weather-stained
house, set far back among the
pines. Tinney felt an odd chill as he
walked up the flagstone steps to the door.
It was half open.
There was some one moving inside.
The door swung further open, and there
sat the old man at the foot of the hall
stairs, feebly poking at the door with his
cane. Seeing the mall carrier standing
speechless before him he said:
"Howdy. Bob Ed?"
"Gosh, A'mtghty! Ain't you all dead?"
"Nup; but I a'low I must a-been havln' a
fit, as near as I kin reckon."
Suddenly Bod Ed remembered the mob go
ing to hang Jim Bel'.ows, and to the old
man's further bewilderment he turned and
ran down the steps and around the house,
where he paused for one moment to look
across the quarter of a mile of bush-crown
val'.cy that Intervened, with the steep spur
to climb on the other side. Once he looked,
then he plunged down the slope, his boots
making great gashes In tho garden beds.
Out in the sunshine before her door Mam
my Bellows had her tubs and the piles of
dirty clothes on the grass beside them. She
was singing as she bobbed up and down
and thrust her fat black arms deep into the
white, sparkling suds.
From somewhere back of the hcuse came
the "rip-rop-rap-rop" of a hammer driving
a nail in with four blows,
Jim was mending the chicken coop.
Mammy stopped short; there was the
sound of voices In the trail below. The
click of horses' hoofs against the stones and
a bard laugh came up to her. She shaded
her eyes against the sun with her hands.
A thrill of dread ran through her. There
were many oKthem, and they were coming
up to the house. They were armed. One
bore a new rope! A horrible fear seized her.
That meant but one thing. Who?
O God, there was but onsl
I. O. WAYNE,
A polite conductor, who feel sure that he
can enforce the spitting ordinance wlt'.i
"I am sorry, gentlemen. I cannot help
you out." remarked the conductor.
"I guess we'll have to throw our cigars
away," continued the rougher one of the
"That's about it." quietly answered the
Tho cigars were thrown away and no
trouble ensued. Just because Conductor
Downing knew the wisdom of the "soft
Mr. Downing was Interviewed as to tho
method he would employ to enforce the new
ordinance. PASSENGERS DO NOT LIKE TO
"I pride myself upon being one of the
men on the street cars who ne cr have any
troublo with passengers, and I expect none
through this new law. I am not much of a
fighter, and the quiet way Is about the only
one In which I can set along.
"If a man spits in my car I shall go up to
htm very quietly and ask him to cease It.
being careful that no one hears mo except
h!n whom I am addressing. Men don't want
to be humiliated, and I think, the conductor
who bears that In mind will have no
trouble In having tho ordinance enforced."
John Madison Sparks, who has the repu
tation 'of keeping one of the cleanest cars
in the entire system, rejoices because he
sees in the new ordinance an inducement to
Ueep cars clean and tidy. "I shall never be
"JI lm, you Jim, come hycah. Foh de
"What's de mattah, mammy?" answered
Jim, appearing around the corner of the
house, hammer In hand.
For answer she seized him and dragged
him inside the house, slammed the door be
hind her and let the heavy oak bar fall
across It. v
"Sam Sheldon an" de res' Tom de stoah
am comln" up do mounting toe git you a'J."
"Foh Gawd. I hain't dun nuthln', mam
my!" whimpered Jim.
"I doan' keer wheddah you all has or
hasn": Jes' you all boh dat'wlndoah. an'
pull dat tiah Ios agin de doah."
She took down a heavy army rifle, which
hung over the fireplace, with a cavalry sa
ber and two cavalry revolvers.
"Yoh pap alius kep dese guns loaded an'
so has yoh mammy. He dun fit foh hees
libbuty in de wah an', foh Gawd, I Is
gwlno flsht foh you all, foh you Is mam
my's boy an' dey all shaln't tech ye!"
Jim was reassured by his mother's man
ner as she tried the arms and Inspected
the door and window. Then she took the
poker and, punching out the chinking be
tween the logs, made a loophole on cither
side of the door.
They could sco the mob Just topping the
rise fifty yards in front of the house.
"Let 'cm Rlt clean up to de ole elm
stump, den shoot ovah iley alls haid wlf
de pistul," commanded Mammy.
Jim waited till Major Potter's sorrel
reached the btump.
Every saddle was emptied as If by magic.
Tho riders sought cover, and the freed
steeds, led by the big sorrel, galloped
down the hill again.
There was a full minute of quiet, and
then Major Potter, behind the stump, de
"Jim Bellowb. yoh black dog, come
"Who" foh you all want Jim Bellows?"
called out Mammy, without a quaver In her
"He dun killed Pap Lowrey."
"Oh. Mammy, Mammy, I ncvah did. I
doan' know nuiltn' bout It at tall," moaned
"Laws, chile, cos' you all doan. Shet up,"
said Mammy. Then to the mob, "Jim Bel-low-3
nevah killed Pap Lowrey."
"He's a liah." shouted Sam Sheldon, and
there was a chorus of curses and shouts
of "String him up! Hang the niggah!
but the heart out of him!" etc. '
Mammy waited till there was quiet.
"Den, Majoh Brown Ed Pottah, foh
Gawd you all got toe come on' git him."
"Come on!" yelled Sam Sheldon, darting
out from behind his particular tree.
Bang! Mammy's rifle spoke and Sam's
hat lifted from his head and fell behind
A dozen shots answered in a volley and
were followed by a straggling lire. The
woods rang with the miniature battle. The
bullets thudded Into the heavy logs.
Suddenly Mammy gave a llttlo scream
and rolled over on the floor from her kneel
ing posture by the loophole. A bullet had
come through the thinner door and struck
her In the breast. She rolled and writhed
in her agony.
"Oh, l-i wd! Mammy, Mammy! Wha's de
mattah? Wha's de mattah?" and Jim for
sook his post to kneel beside the stricken
woman, bewllderedly moaning and crying.
"Dey s done shot my mammy, dey done
shot my mammy, my mammy, mammy!"
A bright red flood was welling from the
calico covering of the old woman's bosom,
"Helsh, thi.e; hit's all right, hit's all
right. Thy will be done. Oh Lawd!" gasped
The tiring still continued until It sudden
ly ceased, tor some"bne was shouting wild
ly: "Hey! hey! whine the hellenddamnashun
don't you all stop shootln'. Pap Lowrey
aln' dead. He only had a fit."
Bob Ed Tinney had arrived.
The echoes of the last snots were dying
Major Brown Ed Potter said slowly:
"I guess you ull dldn' come any too
soon. Bob Ed." ,
"I 'low as how we mought as well go
back and git the mall," said Pepper.
Mammy opened her eyes. "Dey's all
gone," said Mommy, feebly. "Bress Gawd
dey didn't git you all, did dey?"
"Oh, mammy, mammy, pore mammy! Oh.
Merciful Lam'." sobbed Jim in his wild
grief, uselessly trying to stanch the flow
of blood with the apron mammy fore.
"Nevah mine, chile! Heish. Jim. heish,"
and she patted his face with her blood-wet
"Res' on de evah green shoan, sing de
song of of Moses an" de Lam bimeby an"
dwell wit Jesus evahmoah breas Gawd
dey didn't git mammy's boy" .
"When the rtcame down the 'boy was
ltill sobbing - ai form on the
puncheon flol j-M
JOHN MADISON SPARKS.
Fourteen years a street car conductor of St.
Lou's. 1" known as the politest man on
anything but civil In asking Transit Com
pany patrons to stop spitting. When spit
ting is going on It Is almost Impossible to
keep a clean car. I think Americans ought
to do like Englishmen and spit In their
hnndkerchiefs. The 'clean-car' rule works
"Passengers are not nearly so apt to de
file a clean, tidy car as a dirty slovenly
SWEEPS CAR THOROUGHLY
BEFORE IT LEAVES SHEDS.
"I can tell any man how to keep his car
clean all day. Early in the morning, when
I come to tho shed. I see that I have a
broom, and then I give my car a thorough
sweeping. With a piece of newspaper I wipe
all the windows of the car, and then I
proceed on my schedule.
"Near the end of the route, when pas
sengers have all alighted. I go over the
floor again. In part only, leaving the other
half for tho next terminus, and so on all
through the day. If a car Is once clean, u
does not take much work during the day
to keep it so.
"I have been running a car for many
years, and know a good many of our best
people as my passengers, and I would be
ashamed to have either my superiors or my
passengers catch mo with a dirtv car.
"One of our West End ladies once tore
up a lot of paper and scattered It all over
the floor. I approached her politely and told
Bronze Memorial to
Dr. Orestes Brownson.
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BRONZE BUST OF DOCTOR ORESTES
WRITTEN TOR TIIE SUNDAY REPU'DIJC.
At last Doctor Orestes Augustus Brown
son. New England's distinguished theo
logian, editor and sociologist. Is to hav
a public memorial in New York. The
massive bronze bust cf the famous public
ist, by Samuel J. Klpson. the well-known
sculptor of Boston, now on exhibition at
the Catholic Club, in West Fifty-ninth
street. Is attracting much attention and Is
considered a fine work of art. When the
rapid transit subway Is completed. It will
be erected on an imposing granite pedes
tal ot Sherman Park. Seventy-second street
and Amsterdam avenue.
This monument to Doctor Brownson was
first proposfd early in 1ES3, by the late Bish
op Gllmour of Cleveland, O.. nnd seconded
by the Catholic Young Men's National
Union, at the national convention held In
Philadelphia, that year. Mr. M. J. Harson
of Providence. R. I., chairman of the
Memorial Committee, through the co-opera-tlnn
of prominent Catholics. Cardinal Gib
bons. Archbishops and Bishops, the late
John A. Sullivan, president of the Catholic
Club, and its officers, who Isued a general
appeal, brought contributions from all
parts of the country. i
SKETCH OF HIS LIFE.
A summary of the facts in the life of
Doctor Brownson Is thus given: Was born
in Stockbrldge. Vt.. September 16. 1803.
Though reared In poverty, he secured an
academic education by his own exertiot1.
Was preparing for the Presbyterian pulpit,
when he embraced Unlvcrsallsm and en
tered the ministry In 1S23. Was pastor of
churches In Vermont and New York for
seven lears. As editor of the Gospel Ad
vocate he wrote and worked earnestly- for
the improvement of the laboiing classes.
In 1822. Mr. Brownson was converted to
Doctor Channlnffs views, became a Unita
rian, and two years later founded a church
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of that denomination In Boston. "Tne
Society for Christian Union and Progress."
During his ministration of six years he
published his first book, "New Views cf
Chrlstaln Society and Church," Next he
established the Boston Quarterly Review,
writing most of the articles himself. In
18U he sold the magazine and Joined the
Roman Catholic Church. This step was
considered remarkable. All his life he had
declared against clerical control, but now
submitted himself unreservedly to Catholic
authority. He revived his magazine under
the name of Brownson's Quarterly Review
and began spreading Catholic doctrine. He
also continued his lecture tours.
Doctor Brownson was a bold, forceful, sin
cere writer, and no layman of Jils time did
so much in popularizing Catholicism In a
Protestant country. -He was always coura
geous, always intensely patriotic. During
the Civil War he espoused the Union cause
with his powerful pen, and wrote a novel
that appealed strongly to the conscience of
all Americans In behalf of the Government.
It 13 a curious fact that all his life Doctor
Brownson had been a Democrat, and that
wneii ne aavocated the war he lost many
subscribers to his Quarterly Review.
He leaned toward the humanitarian views
of Comte and Fourier, and was deeply in
terested in social and labor problems. Hs
wrote noted essays and reviews on religion.
her that I had Just finished cleaning my
car and was sorry to see it all Uttered up
"She not only apologized, but herself
picked up the scraps of paper which she
had thrown on the floor.
"This goes to show that St. Louis street
car passengers are Inclined to help a con
ductor along when they find he takes pride
in keeping a clean car."
I. A. Wasne Is another conductor with
a record for politeness. Mr. Wayne has
thought out a little method of his own by
which he will overcome the unpleasantness
of stopping spitting In his car.
"If I find a man spitting." said Mr.
Wayne. "I go up to him quietly and ask
him If he did not think he-could get along
without It. I then ask him kindly to obey
the rules which prohibit spitting In street
cars. Before turning over an offender to
the police I would first see how great the
offense Is. If a man spits only a little, I
would not be very hard on him the first or
the second time. 1 would certainly try to
win him over with patience. As I do not use
tobacco In any form myself, I can't be quite
so lenient with chewers who expectorate all
over tho floor, but I won't let my" disgust
get away with me too far to cause trouble.
Patience and polite perseverance will win
out with most men. I thin:."
PRINSTER BROTHERS ARE
PARAGONS OP POLITENESS.
The Prlnster brothers, George. N. M. and
THEATER AND GHURGH COMBINED.
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WRITTEN FOR THE SUNDAY r.EPUBMC.
Church and theater are no longer In oppo
altlon. In one parish, at least. The Rever
end Forbes Phillips, vicar of Gorleston. near
Yarmouth. England, has a flourishing thea
ter in connection with his church.
His parishioners are the actors, and their
repertoire ranges from Shakespeare to such
modem nfera nm tiia T7.nn... -i.t
,.Mr' phllIIPs's first move in this direc
tion was to have Mrs. James Brown Potter
"" om nis puipit.
Much comment was mide on this Innova
tion, but the vicar followed up this opening
by forming a company of his own parish
loners and fitting up a stage in a building
near his church.
His idea Is based on the fact that man is
a social animal, and that he needs a club
where exercise may bo given to all his so
cial and Intellectual faculties.
A theater, he thinks. In which all may
take part as performers, comes the nearest
to the ideal club, for in It men. women and
children may meet together, and, the play
being an epitome of life, gives an oppor
tunity for the Inculcation of every form of
truth, while, rightly managed. It satisfies all
mental, moral and physical requirements.
Mr. Phillips purposes to revive the close
union that once existed between church and
theater, as evidenced by the survival tf the
Even the Punch and Judy show !s sup
posed to have had its origin in the desire
of the church to extend Biblical knowledge
by object lessons. Punch being none other
than the Pontius Pilate, and the name Judy
being a corruption of "Judas."
In Mr. Phillips's opinion every church
should have its own theater, with the vlcnr
for manager and the parishioners for per
formers. Taverns and public houses, he thinks,
would be depleted by this means, and the
politics and socialism. Among his published
books were "The American Republic." I
"Conversations on Liberalism and the i
Church"; also novels and narratives, notably
"Charles Elwood." "The Spirit Rapper" and
a volume called "Tho Convert; or. Leaves
From My Experience," which had wide
reading. After his death his son. Hen- j
ry F. Brownson. published his writings.
which made nineteen volumes. Doctor
Brownson died In Detroit, Mich.. April 17.
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John, are models of politeness. N. M. and
John Prlnster are conductors on the Jeffer
son avenue line, and George Prlnster han
dles a Laclede car. John wag written up
some time ago for having been kind and
polite to an ased lady who made a trip
on his car. George Prinater believes in be
ing very sure that an offense baa bean
committed against the new ordinance before
he will speak.
"I must first catch a passenger in the act
of spitting."" he says, "before I can accuse
him of it. That will be very hard to do.
There may be three or four eyewitnesses
to the offense, yet not one of them would
be willing to come forward and testify to
that effect. If a man admits to me that he
has been spitting. I will most nolltelyask
him to ceasa It. but under all circum
stances I intend to keep good peace with
Another conductor whose record for po
liteness is commended by his superiors and
the passengers who ride with him is Tom
Gannon, who has been pulling; bells and
ringing a j bell punch for fourteen years.
Like the rest of his polite associates, he
anticipates no trouble with the public from
the enforcement of the new ordinance. "A
little coaxing- goes a long way," says Mr.
Gannon, and he promises to employ the
coaxing method In the anthrotttlns; crusade.
classes that now shtm churches hs drawn
Into the fold.
In the summer when the evenings are
warm and there are cool breeses from the
sea Mr. Phillips has a tent erected upon
the cliffs, and the amateur actors have a
stage built upon trunks, but when cooler
weather comes, a large white marquee near
the church is used. c
I Mr. Phillips gives, over his own signature.
some of the tnougnts ana tneones or wmca
his startling innovations are anoutsrowth.
"It Is as much the duty of religious and
social leaders to teach people to play aa It
Is to teach them to pray.
"Here In Gorleston I have my own com
pany, thirty In number, and our own thea
ter, but I want some rich, sympathetic soul
to give me help toward building a real the
ater. "We have 16.000 people In this parish, all
poor. I ought to do something for their
social life. ,
"The solution, I am sure. Is the drama.
It Is a big educational, moral and religious
power. Life. I am convinced, needs some
thing more than church services and work.
"My parish theater Is to be the people's
club. The drama appeals to young; and old.
What is true of Gorleston Is true of other
parishes, for human nature Is ever tha
same. Young and old like to see each other,
and the drama brings them together. There
is a true democracy about the theater that
"The young people are taught to express
themselves Intelligently and well. It teaches
them the true courtesies of life, and gives
them a better understanding of human na
ture. "I have been criticised for my innovation.
many of the clergy saying that theatricals
I have a bad influence; out Dy investigation
j I have learned that the play with a good
moral lives, and a play with a bad one
Mr. M. J. Harson. chairman of the Me
morial Committee, calls Doctor Brownson
one of the greatest ot Americans a man of
supcr:or intellect, placing mm in tne com
pany of Rreat thinkers. Kant. Hegel, Cous
in and G.obertl. in Europe; Webster, Clay,
Dana. Emerson. Bancroft. Hawthorne and
Ripley, In America. This Is a somewhat
high estimate, according to Doctor Brann.
Doctor Brownson was more of a logician
l'ke Webster than an advocate and orator
like Clay, who played upon the emotions and
patriotism of hli hearers, rather than upon
their intellect alone.
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