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T TO COLLECT
SOUTHERN METHODISTS OUTLINE
I PLANS FOR HANDLING GREAT
Organization Will Collect Largest
i Amount Ever Handled By Any
The Centenary Commission of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, ' South,
has announced Its plan for collecting
the $53,000,000.00 which was pledged
for the missionary work of the church
in the recent eight-day drive. The
plan was prepared and will be direct
ed hy Colonel John E. Edgerton, of
Tennessee, the general centenary
treasurer and the director of the de
apartment of finance for the Centenary
Commission. -?v.i'.;';?t .
Colonel Edgerton ls a well known
.business man. He is president^ and
manager of the Lebanon Woolen
^ Mills, president of the Tennessee
State Manufacturers Association, and
during the war he was a mp iber of
the executive commitee of the war in:
dustry board appointed by President
" "Our slogan ls no shrinkage, but an
Increase," said Colonel Edgerton re
cently. "Just as the Southern Metho
dist church has surpassed all records
in securing pledges for benevolent
pnrposes and has raised the largest
sum ever given to any church at one
time in the history of the world, so do
we expect to set a new record in the
collection of these pledges."
An Extensive Organization,
Tho organization through which
these pledges will be collected has
four centers of responsibility. The
first is a general finance commissior.
with headquarters at Nashville, headed
by Colonel Edgerton. This commis
sion has prepared ?he standard plan
and irill direct the entire movement,
banding down to the various bodies
throughout the church detailed plans
for their guidance.
There will also be a conference cab
inet in each annual conference of the
church, about forty in number. T*hese
conference cabinets will be composed
of the Conference Missionary Secre
tary, Conference Campaign Director,
the Lay leader, and the Conference
Centenary Treasurer. Each of these
officials have certain specific duties,
and will direct, the work of collecting
all the. pledges' in each annual confer
In each of the four hundred districts
of the church there is a similar cab
inet composed of the Presiding Elders,
the Lay leaders, Campaign Directors
s>n4 the Chairman of the Methodist
Minute Men. The Conference Mission
ary Secretary is an ex-offlcio member
of all district cabinets The work ot
collecting in the districts will be su
pervised by this district cabinet.
Twenty Thousand Churches.
In each of the 20,000 local churches
there will be local cabinets composed
of the pastor, the centenary treas
urer, the campaign director, the lay
leader, the chairman of the minute
men, the Sunday school superintendent
and the president of the Woman's Mis
sionary Society. This cabinet will do
all the actual work of collecting tb.6
The persons who made sobscrip
tions will be divided into lists ol
twenty-five and the lists will be
placed in charge of a certain meinbei
of the church cabinet who will colled
all pledges as they come due.
One feature of the standard plan i?
that the local church will be respon
Bible for collecting the full amount ol
:its subscription. If any subscriber
. ddes or meets with misfortune ouch ai
to render lt impossible for him to paj
. his pledge, it will be the duty of thi
church cabinet to secure another pei
;son to take the place of the one Chm
lt is also proposed that every ne^
member who comes into the churct
shall also be asked to make a contri
bution to the Centenary fund.
The Centenary fund of $35.000,001
will be used for the church in an ex
teneion of its missionary worl
throughout the world. Several millioi
. wfll be spent in the devastated re
glons of France, Belgium, Poland anc
B??ela. Other millions will go to tnt
seven foreign fields occupied by tnt
chweh-Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Africa
China, Japan and Korea. Other mil
liions will be spent in the industria
sections of the great cities, in thi
mountains, among the immigrants, thi
negroes f.nd the Indians, and in build
tine ?burches in the missionary terr,
tory ?? the United States*
IN EUROPE-WORK IS TO BE
OPENED IN BELGIUM
Commission Abroad To Study the Sit
uation.-Extensive Program is
In Other Lands.
. Nashville Tenn. (Special Corre
spondence.)-On August 29th a com
mission composed of Bishop James
Atkins, of North Carolina, John R.
Pepper, o" Tennessee, Dr Belie H.
Bennett, of Kentucky, and Mrs. Luke
G. Johnson, of Georgia, sails fer Eu
rope to arrange for the opening of ex
tensive religious and philanthropic
work m Belgium, France and other
They represent the Centenary Com
mission and the Board of Missions of
the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, which have set aside SS.Ol'O.OOO
of Centenary funds for religious re
construction in Europe. *"l"-.:ii?. ;:--r;jt
They go with authority to purchase
property and open work at once in
?e?giurii and to make a careful survey
of the needs in other countries and
recommend an adequate program.
Orphanages, schools, social centers,
religious literature and direct evange
lism wjll be the methods employed.
In seine of the countries to be en
tered the work will be conducted in
co-operation with the Methodist Epis-?
copal Church, which is already operat
ing in France, Italy and the Balkans,
and is planning to expand Its work
greatly as a result of the Centenary,
which In the two churches brought
missionary pledges aggregating more
than $150,000,000. _._
TWO AND ONE-HALF MILLION
MEMBERS TO OBSERVE DAY
Or FASTING AND PRAYER.
Centenary Commission Starts Move,
ment To Establish 100,000 Family ;
Altars-Following the Plan
of Old Circuit Riders. !
Nashville Tenn.-The Centenary'
Commission of the Methodist Episco
pal Church, South, has named August
29th ES a special day of fasting and
prayer for the two and a half million,
members of the church. The Commis-'
sion has also started a movement to
establish 100,000 Family Altars, hy
having that many homes' pledged to
observe daily devotions.
This is the revival of^ancient cus
toms in the church. It ls the part of
an intensive campaign which the
church has launched in connection
with the spiritual side of the Conser
vation program of the Centenary
Movement, through which the Metho
lists raised $53,000,000 in an eight-day
drive last May.
The object of the present campaign,
ar stated by Rev. S. A. Neblett. Sec
retary of the Department of Spiritual
Resources, is to enroll at least 40%
of the church members in the prayer
league known as the Fellowship of
intercession, to establish 100.000 Fam
ily Altars, and to assist in finding a
thousand young people to go abroad as
August 24-31 is known as Enlist
ment Week. During this- period the
seven thousand pastors will urge their
members to join the Fellowship of In
tercession, to establish Family Altars,
md to obeserve the day of fasting and
JAPAN TO MODIFY KOREAN RULE.
So Predicts Dr. S. E. Hager, 25 Years
a Southern Methodist Mission
ary In The Orient.
Nashville, Tenn.-That Japan will
moderate her rule in Korea is the pre
diction of Dr. S. T. Hager, recently
returned missionary of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South. Dr. Hager
has spent more than a quarter of a
:entury in Japan doing religious work.
"Japan is learning that her success
In giving good government to Korea
ls fraught with difficulties, and that
tolerance and good will must take the
place of harsh and severe methods.
"The military leaders aim mainly at
making their rule thorough and perm?
nent, and naturally there is (great
temptation to the man of the sword
to make his rule severe.
"But democratic ideas are growing
In' Japan, and more temperate treat
ment of the subject race will come
Dr. Hager sayB the Christian mis
sionaries in Che Orient are elated at
the success of the Centenary move
ment, through whloh the church raised
$53,000,000.00 for missionary work in
Millions of this will be spent In the
Orient Hundreds of new missionaries
will bo tent and there will be a great
advance movement in medical work,
education and evangelism.
VOWED TO DIE POOR, CARNE
GIE LEAVES GIGANTIC SUM
New York, Aug. 22.-Although An
drew Carnegie, steel magnate and
philanthropist, declared during his
life-time that he expected to give away
his huge fortune and "die a pauper,"
his estate to be disposed of by a will
which will be filed for probate next
week, was "several times $50,000,
000." it was learned from an author
itative source here.
Publication of a story to the ef
fect that Mr. Carnegie had given
away all of his estate with the ex
ception cf about $50,000,000, brought]
the statement that the estate was I
It also was stated that a will of
approximately 4,500 words, drawn by
Mr. Carnegie himself, and which was
generally believed to be his last will,
had been superceded by a briefer doc
ument of 2,000 words, drawn by Eli- j
The decision of Mr. Carnegie to
revoke the original will on which he
had expended much time and thought
and which bequeathed a large part of
his estate to his daughter, Margaret,
was said to have resulted from her
marriage to Ensign Roswell Miller
several months ago. Mr. Carnegie
settled a large "dot" on his daughter
at the time of her wedding and for
this reason is said to have found it
accessary to alter the provisions of the
will. _. > ??H;j ,f. Si! ... *1
The Home Trust company of New
Jersey, which was organized by Mr.
Carnegie in 1901, for the purpose of
administering a fund set aside by him
for nearly 500 persons to whose indi- J
vidual welfare he had contributed will :
act as executor of the will.
All persons holding claims against ?
;he estate of Miss Martha Corley, de
?eased, will present the same duly .
probated, to the undersigned at the ;
Fudge of Probate's office, Edgefield, !
3. C.,'on or before August 26, 1919, ?
jr be forever thereafter barred.
W. H. NICHOLSON,
Administrator C. T; A.
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