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THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 1888.
FRANK A. SMALLEY,
Attorney at Law
Southeast Corner Broadway and 3d Streets.
I will bo a candidate for re-nomination for
Commissioner of the Second commissioner dis
trict before the Republican convention and
respectfully solicit the support of tho voters
of that district J. W. Bakek.
In answer to a call from the many citizens
of Hope and surrounding country requesting
that I be a candidate for the oflice of Clerk of
tho District Court, will say, coming as it does
from so many of my neighbors and associates
who know me best, regardless of party, I am
impelled to accept the call, and do hereby an
nounce that I am a candidate for the oflice of
Clerk of the District Court, subject to tho ac
tion of the Republican county convention of
Dickinson county. I am very truly yours,
I am a candidate for nomination for Dis
trict Clerk before tho Republican county
convention. d-w Herman Meveil
I hereby announce myself as a candidate for
fcunty Attorney,8ubject to tho decision of tho
coming Republican county convention.
C. S. Crawford.
I am a candidate for County Attorney for
Dickinson county, subject to nomination by
the Republican voters of the county, and res
pectfully solicit the votes of tho citizens at
tho Republican primaries. C. C. Bitting, Jr.
I hereby announce myself as a candidate
for the office of District Clerk, subject to tho
decision of the Republican county convention.
W. S. ANOERSON.
Arrangements for the great State
convention of the Y. M. C. A. in this
place in October are going forward rap
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Messrs. E. J. Hunsecker and Hiram
Thayer, of Lincoln township, shipped
a car load of watermelons to Kansas
City yesterday. There were 1,300
melons in the lot.
The sight of six leads of wheat from
"Willowdale township stringing into
town this morning in one company
showed that the farmers in that vicin
ity are not out of luck.
It is rumored that there are some
able-bodied kickers in the Cleveland
club who can't stand the policy of His
Accidency and will form a new club
called the Jacksonian it will have no
Clevelandism about it.
Before you decide where to send
your son or daughter to school, write to
Washburn College, Topeka, Kansas,
for information about that excellent
institution. The fall term begins
ire mad because
honored in havintr
while Abilene was
Hon. J. R. Burton appointed, to attend
the deep-water cor-venUcm which meets
W BaTer to consider the establishment
pf a. deeprwater port on the shore of
Texas, Salina was not recognized. You
pan't expect a little hamlet like Salina
to have a representative,
I've reached the land of rain and
hail, the latter's getting rather stale,
my house it leaks and wets my clothes,
and what I suffer no one knows. Ob!
Kansas land, sweet Kansas land, as up
against my door I stand. 1 push and
puff and hold my door, and hope it
won't rain any more. I think of dry
days now gone hy, for their return I
heave 3 sigh. Ex,
A Call on C. M. Teats.
Mr. C. M. Teats, Hope, Kas.
Dear Sir: Believing that Hone, town
ship and the city of Hope, which have
always discharged their duty faithfully
to the Republican party, are entitled
to, aam.e recognition by the party, and
satisfied that in you are embraced all
the essential qualities to make us a
faithful, honest, courteous and capable
clerk of the district court, we hereby
urge you to becorne a candidate for
that office and Pledge you, should you
decide to enter the race, our full and
hearty support and influence in secur
ing you the nomination.
S F Bobinson
M L Morrison
J B Wheldon
8 H Hunter
Chas H Seiler
J M Ketcheisid
John A Porrest
"W B Peters
S E Stauffer
O A Aiman
J W Bradshaw
I C Grovier
W H Morrison
W P Robinson
And wany others.
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A Friend of Harrison.
A Reflector representative had an
interesting interview this morning with
C. M. Randall, of Topeka, formerly of
Indianapolis. Mr. Randall lived for
seventeen years in the same ward as
Gen. Harrison and within three blocks
of his house and knows the gallant Ben
intimately. He says that he has always
found him a friend of the oppressed
and downtrodden and that the work
ingmen of Indianapolis fairly worship
him. Mr. R. was in Indianapolis two
weeks ago. He says that the sod on
the lawn of the Harrison home is trod
den entirely out by the leet or the vis
iting delegations. The visitors, fre
quently number thousands and fill the
streets for blocks. Many, in the
exuberance of their admiration, have
torn pickets from the fence and carried
them away as relics. The enthusiasm
in the city was never before equalled or
indeed approached. The windows are
filled with pictures of the city's honored
resident and the people canot say
enough in his praise. Indiana will
give her "favorite son" a rousing ma
jority in November.
Mr. Randall has an autograph letter
from Mr. Harrison, regretting that he
was not at home when the gentleman
called, that he prizes very highly.
California All Eight.
A Reflector representative had an
interview today with Col. Thomas and
Maj. John Wirt, formerly of Kansas
but now residents of California. The
gentlemen came directly from the
Golden State and report the enthusiasm
for Harrison and Morton on the coast
as astonismng. ine urnnese gag" is
playing no part at all, for the people
look at the records of the Democratic
leaders in Congress and find Harrison
more nearly in accord with their views
than the opposition. There is no de
fection whatever in the Republican
ranks and the policy of protection is
one that Califomians believe in. The
gentlemen said that they were at the
headquarters of the San Prancisco Re
publican club last Thursday night and
the enthusiasm was unbounded. To
that club belong twenty life-long Dem
ocrats who have joined the Republican
party this ye.ir and will vote for Ben
All Along the Line.
The Republicans throughout the
county are waking up to the campaign
and the Harrison clubs already organ
ized are doing excellent and enthusi
The Carlton club holds a grand rally
Saturday night, Ang. 11th, at which
will be present good speakers to enter
tain and instruct the crowds sure to be
On the same eveuing the W:" , ,
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.on club will hold a
meeting at the Funkhouser school
house. Everybody is invited. Speak
ers will be in attendance from Solomon
and Abilene. Those from here will be
accompanied by a large number of the
Abilene Harrison club members.
There has never been a campaign
when the interest in the success of the
Republican party was so manifest as in
this. From every hamlet is arising a
strong protest against the present Na
tional administration and a determina
tion to overthrow the free-trade policy
by which the Democracy hopes to ruin
the industry and prosperity of this
country. Let the good work go on and
when the sun sets, November 6th, we
will see Dickinson county register a
clean majority for the National, State
and county Republican tickets.
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According to Prof. P. H. Snows
weather report, the month of July was
one of the six hottest on record. The
mean temperature was 79.4 degrees.
The rainfall, 4.2S inches, was above
ihe average. The rainfall for the past
seven months has been 24.S1 inches
3.7 inches above the average of the
same months for the preceding twenty
years. The wind velocity was very
light and the humidity very high all
combining to make the weather exceed
The candidates are
doing some tall
Twelve Years Afflicted.
Blctftok, Ind., Feb. 6, 1SS7.
I have been afflicted with blood poison for
twelve years. Have nsed presceiptions from
physiciaDsoffered,iae during: that period Throngn
uuuinggw, v . a. uuteuus, I procured one bot
tle ot B. B. B. and since have nsed three bottles,
aa3 am satL-fied It has done me more good than
anything I ever used. I am almost well, and am
sare, within two or three weeks I will be perfect
ly weU. after twelve years suffering intensely.
Write o address Joseph Pest,
Wells county, I d. Baker ana Conf ecticner.
Blood Bux Co., Atlanta, Ga.
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Service Pension Association
Fire, Sept. 4th.
The members of the Abilene
Service Pension association will hold a '
grand reunion and campfire in Abilene
on Tuesday, Sept. 4th. It is intended '
to make this one of the most interest-
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esting gatherings of the year and no verity which swept down upon us from
pains will be spared to increase its at- the northwest, frightening manypeo
tractions. ipe v ts threatening appearance,
J. P. Campbell will be the orator of wreckinS many buildings, over-turning
the day and other speakers will be in wind milIs' breaking trees and taking
attendance from abroad. Good music one life'
by the Marque band and other musical ! The streaSth of tbe storm seemed to
organizations will be furnished. The miss AMene S'S north anl south of
dinner will be in one of the groves of tbe citv- A few sins were twisted
the city. Everybody is expected to and trees broken in the city; a frame
hrinrr thmr ,.wn hnsVPt. Pnffp nnrt U0UBe the pottery was destroyed
beans will be furnished free.
The committee on arrangements have
extended invitations to ail the G. A. R
posts, Women's Relief Corps and Sons
of Veterans organizations in the vicin
ity to be present and a good crowd is
Abilene seems certain of having a
huge number of good meetings this fall
and this reunion will be one of them.
During the session of our late Nor
mal, a few teachers in company with
myself were engaged in social talk
when the subject of professional dis
couitesy was broached. It was sug
gested that it might result in great
good to call a meeting of the leading
teachers for a general discussion, since
it was known that rules pertaining to
professional courtesy had been violated
either intentionally or unintentionally.
Accordingly, I announced in chapel
that all holders of first and second grade
certificates were requested to meet at a
certain time and place to discuss meas
ures designed for their benefit.
The reason why the above classes
were designated was because it was
thought best to confer first with lead
ing teachers of the county, then if it
were thought advisable to pass resolu
tions, etc., to call a general meeting of
That the original meeting was held
is generally known. The only phase of
"professional discourtesy" discussed
was the manner of making application
tor schools, such as leaving application
where the past teacher had given gen
eral satisfaction and was desirous of
the situation still, or bidding on salary
in order to obtain a positiou.
Does this look like a "combine" to
increase salary V
Below is a clipping from he chap.
men06 -'ldea scarcely leaves some
oxore other worse ones take its
place. The latest is a boycott on school
boards. A teacher in a county in cen
tral Kansas who has been getting as
high as $45 per month, and even more
at chance times, called a meeting foi
the purpose of forming a combine to
take no less than $50 for services ren
dered this coming school year. The
few who were present, however, spared
no time or pains to show their uttei
disapproval of the visionary scheme.
Make yourlelf worth $50 and you will
doubtless get it. The law of the sur
vival of the fittest probably applies
here. Come, let's go to work,teachers.
There's room at the top, but the toj
will never be reached by boycotts,
strikes, combinations and the like.
In personal interviews the following
well-known teachers, who were present
at the meeting have expressed to me
their willingness to show their "utter
disapproval of the visionary scheme''
of the press reporter to thus misrepre
sent facts, viz.: W E Binder, J H
Niesley, O L Bates, J S Lyons, J F
Landis, W I Early, W E Austin, D M
Keefer, E Grosser, G D Keefer, Cloyd
Troxel, S M Cook, P H Graham.
What object the author had in view
is difficult to see. Not popularity cer
tainly, perhaps notoriety.
But to us it looks malicious, for in
our interview with him there was a
positive declaration not to retract a
word either privately or publicly.
Before the public we desire to set
ourselves aright. To allow a falsehood
to. prevail is cowardice.
In refutation as of $50 "combine"'
cited, I will say that it was not even
hinted at or thought of, but on the con-,
trary the school boards of Dickinson
county were lauded for their willing
ness to pay fair salaries to good teach
ers. Dp.we belong to a boycott gang and
need the Courier's warning to keep
clear of all "strikes, combinations and
the like?" Yours fraternally,
A. C. YakDyke.
The wind-mill men are doing a rush
ing bu iness uow-a-days replacing the
windmills def troyed by the storm.
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A SEVERE STORM.
Dickinson County Visited by a Com
bination of Rain, Electricity and
Wind that Dees Considerable Dam
ageCrops Are, However, Greatly
The still, sultry weather of Friday
was followed by a storm of unusual se-
and Rev. Welsher's barn was com
The corn in many places in the coun
try was blown flat to the ground.
At Woodbine, the Methodist church
was badly wrecked and several small
buildings blown down.
Chapman reports the Union Pacific
wind mill ruined and several roofs
At Hiawatha,the tower of the church
was blown off, the church walls were
bulged, Chas. Hollinger'B barn was
moved about three feet, John Taylor
lost two windmills, Clarence Taylor
two, Sol Hassler, one, and W. H. Betz,
InNewbern, in addition to killing
Mr. Fry as related in another column,
the storm wrecked a barn and wind
mill for John Richardson, a mill each
for C. Lenhart. Mr. Armstrong, Jack
Holmes and A. Heindel.
At Navarre, Shockey &Snider's store
was badly damaged, the plate glass be
ing ruined and the front broken in.
Nearer home, Chas. Baldwin had a
good barn, 30x60 ft., completely demol
ished, and numerous windmills were
robbed of their future usefulness.
Heavy rain followed the wind and
this has been of great benefit to the
corn which on the uplands was suffer
ing. One of the heaviest rains of the
year fell north and south of tho &
thongh here the downpon
t Alt05ether the county, while suffer
ing considerable loss, is more benefited
tnan injured, as the corn crop of 1888
ls now a successful reality.
Y. M. C. A. MEETING.
The Association Elects a General
Secretary to Take Charge of the
The business meeting of the Young
Men's Christian Association Monday
evening in the association rooms was
well attended. The association has,
for some time, been considering the ad
visability of employing a general sec
retary for the local branch to take
charge of the work here, the duties
having become too onerous for volun
tary workers to handle.
The opera house meeting, two weeks
ago, gave them sufficient funds and last
night the members proceeded to elect
A. K. Perry was selected to fill the
position for the coming year. Mr
Perry has been one of the association's
most enthusiastic members and has
lent all his energies toward carrying
forward the cause of the Master among
the young men of our city. He is well
fitted to take this responsible position
and will carry forward the association's
object most ably.
That he is thoroughly in love with
the work is proven by the fact that he
resigns a good position as assistant
cashier of Abilene National bank in
order to give his whole time to associa
In view of this long step forward
taken by the local Y. M. C. A. we an
ticipate a growth and increase in inter
est such as will make it lead the State
both in the size of its membership and
the good that it can do.
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Fast Time Assured.
Horsemen having entries to make in
the free-for-all class at the coming
meeting of the Abilene Fair and Driv
ing Park Association, have made a
proposition that, if the Association
wil agree to give one hundred dollars
to the horse trotting a heat in said race
in 2:19Tor better, that they will guar
antee that a heat will be trotted in
that time or faster, and the Associa
tion has concluded to offer tbe addi
tional $100. If 2:19 i3 made on the
Abilene track, it will be the fastest
heat ever trotted in the State of Kan
sas, and it will be an attraction that
will draw to the meeting leading
horsemen from all over the State.
Abilene will take the lead this year in
I racing as in everything else.
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DEATH BY LIGHTNING.
John S. Fry, a Prominent Farmer of
Newbern Township, Instantly
Killed by Lightning During the
Storm of Friday Evening.
News was brought to the city this
morning of the death by a stroke of
lightning of John S. Fiy, a well-known
farmer living about tfo miles north of
Mr. Pry was standing in the open
window up-stairs, when the severe
storm that Abilene people saw pass
south of the city reached his dwelling.
He was watching the clouds and talk
ing to his wife, who was in the same
room. Suddenly there came a blinding
sheet of electric flame and both fell
to the floor, senseless. Mrs. Fry re
covered after a few minutes, but her
husband lay stretched silent where he
had dropped. She went to him and
found him breathing slightly and pain
fully. He did not regain conscious
ness, but died a short time after.
The deceased was aged about 36
years, and was a prosperous, energetic
citizen. He leaves the wife and two
children to mourn his departure. Death
so sudden and so unexpected is pe
culiarly lamentable, butwhen it robs
a happy home of an indulgent father
and protector, it becomes more espec
ially sad and enlists the sympathy of
every heart for the sorrowing relatives
The gentlemen was a relative of Har
vey Strickler and Clint Carden of this
The funeral services were held this
afternoon at the residenoe, the inter
ment being made in the Union Valley
Proceedings of the County Commis
sioners. The board of County Commissioners
met Monday in the County Clerk's
room, all the members being present,
The forenoon was spent in csjder-
mg tne amount or tax0
in making tup
levies made by
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..erent township officers.
Board met at 1:30.
The following levies expressed in
mills were made:
State, general, levy 4.2; county, gen.,
8.5, interest 7, sinking fund .5, jail 2,
high school 2; Plora, gen., 3; Willow
drle 5; Lincoln, int., 8; Garfield, gen.,
2; Wheatland 3; Holland 2, int. 3.5;
Cheever 3; Buckeye .2; GrantJS, int. 3.5;
Newbern 4; Jefferson 3, int. 5.5; Ban
ner 2-5, int. 5; Sherman 5; Hayes 4;
Center 2, int. 3; Logan 2; Ridge 2, int.
4.5; Hope 4, int. 3.5; Fragrant Hill 1,
sink. fd. 2; Noble 2.5; Riuehart 1; Lib
erty 3, int. 4.5; Union 2; Lyon 3, int.
3.5; Enterp'rise 10; Chapman 25.
Jacob Marts, of Noble township, pro
ducing satisfactory evidence that he
had been assessed for twenty acres
more land than he owned, the board
ordered the County Clerk to estimate
tbe taxes on the correct valuation, and
give the county treasury credit for the
Frank Marts, of the same township,
not having received the benefit of the
personal property exemption, his per
sonal property tax was ordered stricken
from the tax roll of Noble township.
In the matter of the sale of block
forty-four in Enterprise for the taxes
of 1883, J. H. Hoffman appeared in
behalf of J. B. Ehrsam before the
board, and produced the receipt for the
taxes of said property and the board
ordered that the county treasurer re
fund to Johntz Bros. & Rice, holders
of the tax deed of said property, the
amount paid by them with interest
allowed by law, and they give a quit
claim deed of said property to J. B.
James Allison appearing before the
hoard, and making oath that he was
unable to pay the fine and costs assessed
against him, the commissioners ordered
him released from confinement.
J. H. Mahan handed in his resigna
tion as trustee of the county high
school, which was accepted by the board.
On motion, an appropriation of four
dollars per week was made to W. B.
Brown, of Chapman, who is sick and
without means of support.
Board adjourned to meet the first
Monday in October.
M. H. Bert, Co. Clerk.
BAPTIST CHURCH RESOLUTIONS.
Full Text of Resolutions Adopted by
the First Bap tist Church of Abilene.
The following resolutions were ort
Sunday adopted by the members of tbe
Whereas, This church called a
council to convene and advise with us
upon certain questions set forth in said
call as recorded in the records of this
church June 27 and July 4th 188S, and
responded to by the following churches
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Rev Geo Merriam, Solomon City.
G B Hull, Solomon City.
Moses Bush, Minneapolis.
Rev Jas Wilson, Minneapolis.
J W Hosea, Garfield.
T W Meserve, Garfieh:.
E Gibson, Manchester.
J R Vickors, Manchester.
RevT E Hudson, Council Grove.
Rer M P Hunt, Ellsworth.
T B Mills, Wamego.
Rev E F Sergeson, Wamego.
Rev 0 II Wareham, Marion.
Rev J S Nasmith, Clyde.
Rev J D Newell, Manchester.
Rev J J Townsend, Junction City.
M E Clark, Junction City.
Rev T C Coffey, Herington.
Jno Walton, Herington.
D Compton, McPherson.
M D Morse, Elhworth.
S C Wright, McPherson.
M Lindsay, Niles.
E G Brown, Niles.
M P Jerome, Clay Center.
J J Starkweather, Clay Center.
I D Newell, Manhattan.
S B Abbott, Salina.
G Kandall, Union Dale.
J G Cow-ell, Union Dale.
P.ev J D Bradley, Niles.
Rev H A Barden, Russell.
Persons individually invited:
Rev A Jacobs, Harlan, Iowa.
Rev II Dunnett. Solomon.
Rev T R Peters. Topeka.
Rev S H Stole, Lawrence.
Rev E Clark, Flora.
Rev J D P nungate, Wichita.
Rev A L Vail, Emporia.
A S Churchill, Omaha, Neb.
II II Dui-away, Harlan, Iowa.
Whereas, Several of the invited
members and pastors had participated
in a so-called exparte council June 19,
1S88 and passed judgment upon the
same questions, and feeling that such
persons would not be qualified as im
partial judges in the matters, having
publicly pronounced an adverse decis
ion. Feeling this, at the request of
theaggrieved parties,tho following were
invited: Rev Geo Merriam, Rev JD
Newell, Rey T R Peters, Rev Sstote,
Rev A L Vail to the council placing in
the call the statement that the question
of the right of snCh parties to partici
in the delineation to be determined by
the Conci? subject to the condition of
f e invitation "That said council is to
be made up of such unprejudiced per
sons as would be qualified to sit on a
jury in a common court." But when
the council organized, instead of sub
mitting the question of their right to
sit in the council, they themselves sat
in judgment upon their own qualifica
Whereas, Said council did not re
gard our desire in this respect but
seated themselves in the council and
declared themselves to be a "mutual
council," while the church only had
part in calling the same, and thereby
defeated the right and arrangements of
the church to present her case in "the
way she might desire," and which she
was prepared to do, thus greatly em
barrassing us in the defining of our po
sition, and blockading the way for an
unprejudiced finding in said council,
Resolved, That we congratulate
ourselves at having been able to so pre
sent a defense against all this prejudice
and scheming of those persons who had
prejudged us, that they W6re compelled
to sustain our action by a unanimous
vote, as expressed in the following pub
The first unanimous finding was re
garding the first specifications of the
call for the council reading as follows:
"First, as to our actions in the case of
certain grievances alleged by certain
members against our pastor." The
unanimous finding was:
Resolved, That while we do not pass
upon the motives of the church, we be
lieve the church ought to have been
more thorough in their investigation of
the charges before them.
The other unanimous finding was re
garding the second specification of the
call, which says: "And as to our ac
tions in the exclusion of two members
from the church." The unanimous
Resolved, That while we deem the
offenses charged in the records of the
church against the excluded members
possibly sufficient grounds for exclu
sion, yet the church should be censured
for not following the rule in Matthew
Regarding the third specifications:
"And our relation, according to a Bap
tist usage, to a so-called exparte coun
cil which convened in our city en the
17th day of June, 1888."
Resolved. That having adopted
"Hiscox Star Book on Church Council"
as authority, we are by said authority
prohibited from passing upon the third
count in this call.
' Whereas, The claim of the aggrieved
members was that "It was not made a
church act rather than a committee in
vestigation," we accept the decision as
.declaring our actions right In them
selves, and only lacking in thorough
ness, that we accept the advice, and
will endeavor in the future to profit
thereby, should circumstances ever de
mand such service, which we pray God
they may not
As regarvtbe second finding, we
are also thankful that we are assured
of being sustained by the council, nd
while we supposed we had no necessity
for preliminary service for a public
offense in open church, we will never
theless acknowledge that great cautioo
should be had in time of excitement.
and while we think the circumstance
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rant our unqualified action, we will re
gard the advice in ail our future con
duct. In regard to th third question, we
accept also the conclusion, that we have
nothing to do with said "exparte coun
cil or its findings," and especially as
we have the written advice of more
than fortV Of tho mnnf Tlf-ihl mar, nP
the denomination, declaring that to be
In regard to certain resolutions con
cerning our pastor and his moral char
acter, presented in the following lan
guage and sustained by the following
Next It was considered best to fcaTa
a resolution concerning thn ntsinr n.
sented before the council. The follow
ing resolution was acted upon:
Whereas. In view of th imnmnri.
eties of Rev. W. A Welsher, pastor of
the Baptist church at Abilene, Kansas,
in the cases of women whose testimony
was before the council. n nrr! tn at.
tempted liberties with their persons;
Resolved, That he lacks the qualifi
cations of a minister of the gospel as
laid down bv Paul in hia lttr tn Tim
othy 1st Tim. in, 7.
Signed by the followingslxteen mem
bers: J W Hosea, J R VIckers, Rev Geo
Merriam, Rev C II Wareham, Rev J S
Nasmith, T W Meserve, Rev J D New
ell, Rev T C Coffey, Rev A H Stote,
Rev J D P Hungate, M V Jerome, J L
Starkweather, M D Morse, G Randall,
J G Cowell, Rev H A Barden.
Resolved, That when we consider
the fact that a number of these breth
ren, composing this -'sixteen wern
members of the aforesaid "exparte
council" who had decided in the foi
'J. hat in view of the teBtimonv nre-
sented to this council in reference to
the moral character of W. A. Welsher,
we hereby declare our diafellowshipfor
him as a Christian and a minister of
the gospel." We discover so great a
modification in their conclusion, and
Whereas, The defect in the qualifi
cation of our pastor as it seems to them
in the present findings was based upon
the evidence of actions themselves
and wa3 no evidence before the council
to show the report of the pastor "with
out," except in the testimony of Mrs.
Alston and Mrs. Close and Rev. F. M.
Porch of the Lutheran church, and his
was the highest commendation; there
fore Resolved, (1) That we cannot see
-erein 1st Tim. m-7 has any force
eAcept against the resolution itself.
itesolved, (2) That we are greatly
comforted and strengthened, in that
after such a malstrom of filth, vulgar
ity and defamity as we have endured
during tbe past few weeks, and all the
evidence that could be brought by a
most thorough searching of a whole
life record, and the accumulating of all
the rumors and hearsays possible,
coupled with the testimony of "silly
women," yet are these prejudiced men
obliged to say our pastor is only guilty
WnEREAS, No unanimous finding
could be hBd, but a minority of fifteen
refused to acquiesce in the above and
adopted the following, which was by
vote coupled with the majority report:
As there was not a unanimous vote
in its favor. The council did not make a
finding on the matter: but as a matter
of record the yeas and nays on it were
placed in the minutes, sixteen voting
for the resolution and fifteen against it;
after which the minority offered a res
olution. By vote of the majority they were re
quested to place their resolution on
record beside the majority resolution.
The following is the resolution of the
Resolved. That it Is the sense of tbe
fifteen minority that after giving our
nraverf nl considerations to the serious
charges presented by certain aggrieved
members of the Abilene church and
one lady not a member, affecting the
moral character of Rev. Dr. W. A.
Welsher as well as the rebuttal testi
mony of the accused, that we do not
believe him guilty as charged, but we
do believe Dr. W. A. Welsher. by his
indiscretions in his associations with
these aggrieved parties, acted so as to
render his actions suspicious. And he
it further the sense. of this minority
that we earnestly request Dr. W. A.
Welsher to be more careful of his ac
tions in the future: and finally we rec
ommend that the church be more care
ful in the future of their pastor's repu
tation. Signed by the following fifteen mem
E U Brown, Rev A Jacobs, Rev H II
Dunaway, J B Abbott, Moses Bush,
Rev Jas Wilson, js liiraon, .tieviai r
Hnnt. "rtor.T J TowbhhL M E Clark.
Jno Walton. D Cosanton. 8 C Wright,
M Lindsay, J D Bradley.
Resolved, Tnat tne cnurcn ana pas
tor are under great oblhjitions and
lasting gratitude of hecrt for these fif
teen, and to Rev. 3. Clark, the six
teenth, who was toxen siex at we
opening ot the secret session, wno nas
rtnra riariartt? himr.fl'f with the Minor
ity, tnd so mates It a tie in the council,
fer stanoing so nobly ana earnestly,
contending for all that is deaxto a min
ister or a man; and may the benedlo
Hnn nf richest blfiSflinfflije UOOU all the
council, and forgiva all wrong or pred-
judlced conduct 01 any ot i memoers.
church of the fifteen brethren, we feel
tn accent with humble confession and
I Tlnna Vv anil nn Vttlhalf tf. thft "FHrSC
iBaptist church at Abilene this 27th day