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Prize Fight as Nation's Cai
By Rev. John Roach Straton, D. I
Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church
New York City.
Ringside, Jersey City, July 2.r
What then are an old-fashiom
preacher's impressions of this affai:
As I sat in the arena-a gre
saucer covering acres of ground ai
lilied to the very brim with 90,0(
"human beings-the impression th
?ame to me was that thc Dempse
Carpentier meet was a moral ca
It was more than a mere "boi
.on the body social. A boil has bi
one head and one channel for tl
discharge of corruption. But a ca
buncle has several. It is a comple:
?It gathers corruption from all ov<
the human \ body, finds the weake:
/ '.spot in the system, breaks down tl
remaining healthy tissues there, gei
erates its awful corruption until
Jheads up in a half dozen differer
spots; and unless it is lanced an
drained and disinfected it will poiso
the entire body and finally produc
.This prize fight was just that soi
of thing. It meant not simply th
presence of one class of our defe<
ives and moral degenerates, but i
gathered all the poison elements o
.our modern society.
And Some Pastor?.
The gamblers were there, the hors
racers, the touts, the "light houses,
the pimps and the prostitutes; th
home neglecters, the baby killers, th
the pug-dog nursers; the buglars, th
pickpockets and the strong arm men
the promoters ; and plutocrats an
profiteers; the liquorites, the Amale
kites and the painted Amazons; th
double livers, the society divorcee
and the polygamous movie stars, tb
vaudeville performers, the proprie
tors of the degraded theatres and al
. j the other exploiters of women, am
' above all, the . Sabbath breakers,, tb
church scorners and the God defiers
;all of those elements whose influence:
are making for the overthrow of oui
American ideals and customs-wer<
? on hand in full force.
The poison from all the land drain
ed to that huge amphitheatre. Thi:
moral carbuncle naturally came to f
"neai at the weakest spot in our bods
politic--the state of New Jersey, witt
its pro-liquor, its anti-constitution
Oh, yes, I know that there were
some of the other classes of people
there, but this was pre-eminently the
day of tough elements.
And Thousands of Women.
The saddest feature of this whole
affair was the widely-heralded fact
that thousands of women attended.
World-famous society leaders were
theTe, giving their sanction and en
dorsement to the whole thing.
The presence of Chistian women
at this disgraceful exhibition is the
culmination of that spirit of world
liness which started in card playing,
.dancing, theatre-going and other
Think of women, whose influence
ls worldwide because of their wealth
and position-women who belong to
the church of Christ, who have put
Him on in baptism and renunciation
of the world, and who come to His
\ holy communion table-think of such
?women, I say, sitting at a ringside
watching and applauding two prac
tically naked men,. pounding and
'braising each other and struggling
in heat and blood until one was beat
;i en down by cruel cunning and sheer
-?jweight of superior brute force.
1 take this opportunity by reason
..'of my position as a minister of
Christ, to rebuke those church women
for their presence at this disgraceful
? orgy of blood and bestiality.
in studying the psychology of the
- crowd at the fight I watched atten
< tively h?w ^great waves of emotion
." .swept over that multitude when par
f-ticularly .vicious blows were being
< struck- All round there were set faces
i and .clenched teeth, with such ex
clamations as "Go after him Jack,"
'^'Finish him up," and "That gets
T-hkri," as-.a .^vicious uppercut was
landed. A.td,finally there was an ex
ultant war .'whoop when the brave
I'Frarichinan, bloody, groggy and stag
gering, was finally knocked senseless
I by a tremendous blow-these things
.I say, illustrate the deepening of the
'blood lust. And we are only at the
^beginning of it in this country.
if these things continue not only
will our men be debauched, but our
women also, as is clearly indicated
by the attendance of more than 5,000
opon the present fight.* .
Our society belles of the coming
day-the descendants of the smart
set of today-who attended the
Dempsey-Carpentier fight, shorn of
all woman delicacy and gentleness,
. will gloat with their male consorts
in the fever of the blood lust, and
they will tum down their jeweled
.thumbs as a sign that the defeated
gladiators in the arena before them
I have seen the big Dempsey-Car
pentier mill. I went early to watch
even the preliminaries and to study
the psychology of that great crowd.
Why He Went.
I was invited by Universal Service
who invited me to* attend the fight
and give my impressions of it from
the standpoint of a preacher and one
who is" interested in conserving the
moral ideals of, the nation. I was
told that my story would be read by
millions of people. I felt, therefore,
a supreme opportunity to reach the
American jar with a Christian pro
test against the horror and the in
famy of the whole thing.
I did not go to see the fight. What
I went to see, in order that I might
rebuke it, was a mob of 90,000 bet
ting, sweating, scrambling, swearing,
screeching human beings who had
thrown every high ideal to the humil
iation and hurt of a fellow man.
That Wicked War.
That war knocked the props from
beneath our moral idealism and like
a rocket, we have shown down the
greased ways toward hell. We* are
not merely on the toboggan-we have
already landed; we have hit the bot
tom with a thud.
Yes, I know there are still deeper
depths and we will reach them soon,
unless the evil influences which are
dragging us down are stayed and
social sanity and old-fashioned right
eousness replace the madness and sin
Some Dairy Pointers.
Florida Experiment Station.
1. The individual cow is the foun
dation of dairying.
2. The dairy is a factory, and like j
all factories, the larger the produc
tion of each machine (the individual
cow) the lower is the cost of pro
3. Only by keeping records of pro
duction can the value of individual
cows be known.
4. The feeding of scrub cows and
the "scrub" feeding of good cows
are two of the commonest mistakes
5. Save all heifer calves from the
best producing cows in the herd to
replace the unprofitable cows|
6. Use a good sire. Without a good
sire improvement in the herd is im
7. Get rid of the unprofitable cows
in the dairy. . The milk scales and
Babcock test will point them out.
8. Proof that kindness and regu
larity in milking and feeding is ap
preciated by the dairy cows will be
shown in the larger flow of milk.
9. Don't milk average cows. They
return no profit. Keep only the best.
10. Grow plenty of feed for the
dairy herd. Feeding from the sack
takes the biggest part of the profits.
11. Every dairyman should have a
12. Good milk cannot be produced
in unsanitary surroundings.
13. It is not s question of how
many cows you can support, but how
many cows it will take to support
14. Profit by the experience of
others. Have the courage to change
faulty methods for better ones.
Discusses Surplus of Federal
Washington", July 1.-Declaring
that he had been informed by the
treasury that the federal reserve sys
tem had a surplus of about $1,000,
000,000 "in excess of all require
ments," Senator Smith, Democrat,
South Carolina, declared today in the
?enate that there should be an inves
igraion of the rediscount rates main
tained by the reserve board.
Senator Watson, Democrat, Geor
gia, said he had read a letter by a
federal reserve board member to a,
Georgia representative in which Sen
ator Watson said the member "had
threatened to make war against that
Georgia congressman for having crit
icised the board. The letter, Senator
Watson said was "insulting" to the
Senator Smith said he was inform
ed that the gold reserve of the feder
al banking system was 61.4 per cent
when the legal requirements was 40
per cent. Rediscount rates, Senator
Smith said, should be lowered to 4
per cent. Excessive surpluses, he add
edj were caused by the board's poli
cy of "deflation and contraction."
In defense of the reserve board,
Senator Smoot, Republican, Utah,
said there were "two sides to this
"This is a world condition,' said
the Utah, senator. "The trouble is that
foreign countries can not buy our
agricultural and other products."
There is danger in "piling up" of
gold in,America, Senator Smoot said,
declaring there was too much gold
0R.K1WS NEWt OlSCOVEtitt
?Will Surely Sloo Tba! Co?te.
Peace Resolution Finally
Washington, July 1.-Enactr
of the compromise resolution en
the state of war with Germany
Austria finally was completed t<
by Congress and the measure wi]
gent by special messenger to F
dent Harding at Raritan, N. J.,
morrow. He is expected to sig
At the White . House where
resolution was received tonigh!
was said that the messenger wi
leave here at 9 o'clock tomorrow,
riving about 2 o'clock at Rari
where President Harding is the g
of Senator Freylinghuysen over
Final action on, the measure
passed by the senate which adoi
the conference report by a vote
38 to 19, after a day of debate
which the Democratic members m
a last assault on the resolution. '
house acted yesterday, the vote
ing 263 to 59.
Opposition by Democrats.
The signing of the measure by
president will open the way for
sumption of diplomaic relations ^
both Germany and Austria but !
ministration officres have indica
that plans for this have not b<
worked out. All opponents of the i
olution were Democrats, but th:
Democrats, Shields o? Tenness
Walsh of Massachusetts and Wat?
of Georgia voted with the Repul
cans for adoption. Senator Re
Democrat, was paired in its fav
Announcements were made tl
all other senators paired or abs(
favored or opposed the resoluti
according to their party affiliatio:
Senator Knox of Pennsylvania, ?
thor of the original resolution, v?
absent, but was/ paired with Sena!
Pomerene, Democrat, Ohio.
TheJ resolution after the sens
vote was signed by Representati
Towner, Republican, Iowa, speak
pro tem, in the house in the absen
of Speaker Gillett, who had- gone
New Jersey with President Hardin
It was then signed by Vice Preside
Coolidge during an executive sessh
of the senate and sent to tho Whi
Final debate today was principal
by Democratic opponents who d
dared that the Republican plan WJ
futile and would necessitate a se;
arate tea ty of peace later or rati]
cation of the treaty of Versailles.
Defense From Republicans.
For the Republicans Senator Brai
degee of Connecticut made ; the prii
cipal address, declaring there woul
not be a treaty of "peace," but pfol
ably one or more of "commerce,
which, he said, would deal with que;
ti ons arising out of the war. Sen]
?tor Lodge of Massachusetts, Republ
can leader, entered the discussio
briefly, mainly to support Senate
Brandegee's contentions. Arguin
that a peace treaty was not neces
sary to conclude wars, Mr. Lodge sai
that the United States had negotiate
treaties of commerce with Great Brit
ain in 1812 and 1815 and also witl
Spain after the Spanish war.
In response to a query from Sena
tor Harrison, Democrat, Mississippi
Senator Lodge said he knew of n<
plans by the administration to resub
mit the treaty of Versailles to th<
Withdrawal of American troops
now in Germany was discussed bj
Senators Brandegee, McKellar, Dem
ocrat, Tennessee and others. Dis
claiming to speak for the president,
Senator Brandegee said he believed
the peace resolution would necessi
tate retirement of American troops
from German territory.
Closing the debate, Senator La
Follette, Republican, Wisconsin, ex
pressed "dissent and denunciation"
of the provisions reserving American
rights to German property seized by
the alien property custodian. Such
action, he declared, was in violation
of the treaty of 1828 with Prussia
and also of international law. He
added that he would reserve freedom
of action in case' future treaties deal
ing with Germ?n property should be
THE LIFE THAT COUNTS.
The life that counts must toil and
Must hate the wrong and love the
Must stand for truth by day and
This is the life that counts.
The life that counts must aim to rise
Above the earth to sunlit skies;
Must fix its gaze on Paradise
That is the life that counts.
The life that counts must helpful be ; j
In darkest night make melody;
Must wait the dawn on bended knee,
This is the life that counts. !
The life that counts must helpful be,
The cares and needs of others see;
Must seek the slave of sin to free
That is the life that counts.
-Christian Cynosure. 1|
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