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ABOUT _.1.900 years ago Jesus cf
Nazareth rode Into Jerusalem
upon an ass. He went into the
temple and cat', out all that
bou . and cold there; reconverted it Into
a house of pr?.yer, .-.:. d healed the lame
and blind.
The example of the lowly Nazarene Is
followed almost literally in many of the
country cistricts of Miss-r-. \ The rural
preacher is almost a prototype of the
great teacher of mankind, following de
vout: i. his footsteps. Preaching with
him is a labor of love— it is a labor
Which often ta.ies his strength and re
quires him to endui . many harships.
The rural church is no gaudy edifice
It is no magnificent pile of stones and
mortar with steeple lifting its head high
towards heaven. It is not furnished with
rich carpets, costly furniture and pipe
organ. On the contrary it is a little
frame stricture, often hidden away In
come secluded spot, sometimes serving
the double purpose of. church and school
bouse. Sometimes it is built of hu-e
hewn logs from the forests, and occa
sionally there stands an old stone struc
ture omit by the masons of a century
Such a 3 God's temples In the country.
The furniture consists of plain chairs or
nltefi ?" R, r'\ f boruh™- n» Pulpit Is sis*.
Pllcltj itself, upon which rests a large
Bible. A few of the churches have an
organ-not many. In these temple, the
rel,,on of th, Bible is preached without
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DAILY LIFE OF THE COUNTRY PREACHES.
The country preacher is a very busy man. As a rule he preaches to at least four churches, situated many miles
apart, visiting each once a month.
He rides on mulehack over rough and often muddy roads an average of forty miles a week to reach his churches.
Teaches school and runs a farm in addition to his ministerial duties.
Is frequently called on to preach funerals and perform wedding ceremonies. Visits the sick and discharges the
many other duties devolving upon a pastor.
Baptizes his members in running brooks, often In the severest wea-ther of mld-wlnlfr. sometimes cutting holes In
the Ice to form a baptistry.
Preaches for e'ory Instead of money, rarely receiving more than $100 a year as compensation for his labors In
the Master's vineyard.
His Fchool lasts six months each year, and during the summer reason he is husy on the farm. By his trinity of callings
—preaching, teachiPEj, farming—he manages to attain a.fair degree of prosperity.
Finds time t>> read a few religious pa;>er«>, study the Bible, and prepare fir examination;-, for teachers' certificates.
Is devoutly^ religious, and demands that hlg flocks live strictly up to the teachings <>f the Bible. Preaches on sn
average of two "sermons a w«ek. Many times the country preacher Is eloquent, and while his sermons may not show
much literary polish, they are full of the "spirit."
adornment or effort to twist Its teachings
to suit the occasion ot the twentieth
century.
The voice of th? wor.-htnor is heard in
the country church not oftcner, as a rule,
than once a month. Sometimes this !3
because the church Is not able to pay
for the services of a minister regularly,
and sometimes because the preaqher can
not eive more of his time tc one chars**,
for your country preacher Is a busy man,
and his kii.d is not numerous.
In Eimllitude of the Savior he often
rides on r mule—a descendant of the
I lost one of my best men through this
fear.
"The nervous creatures looks the
part of a low nature. His eyes are
close set, his forehead narrow and the
lower part of his face has little to it but
a mouth, which is long and thin lipped.
His teeth are like rivets of steel and
sharpened to a point. On each side of
his Jaw are two overgrown molars nnd
a pair of Incisors, with hooklike tops
that mean destruction to anything
they touch in anger.
"Usually the hand that feeds an
animal is safe, but in the hyena na
ture all hands look alike. One of my
men, a round and jolly chap who know
no fear and was liked by every beast
In the collection, for awhile got on well
with a snarling pair of these restless
beasts, and even got so far as to pal
them on their narrow pates and short,
twitching necks. The boys warned
him to be carerul, but he laughed at
them.
"This rugged German did seem to
have some kind of a power over strange
jungle creatures. He could stroke the
atched, overhanging nose of a tapir and
make its eyes close in soothing lan
guor. "When he left off in this caress
ing the tapir would actually weep.-Big,
rolling teardrops showed that It wot an
honest emotion. He was the only man
who could go near a baby elephant
bern at Baraboo, Wis., for weeks after
it was born without the mother cut
ting up high jinks and turning the
whole menagerie into a howling and
nerve grating chorus.
"The hyena, though, lived up to his
reputation. He was only playing 'pos
sum with his human friend. One sun
ny morning, when the kindly German
had his back turned, the low lived
whelp slammed his extended right paw
Into the keeper's shoulder and cruelly
tore his flesh down to his thigh. The
man was overcome by the fierce charge
ami fell face downward.
"Luckily I was near at the time. and.
grabbing an elephant hook, I jabbed
the enraged cur between the tender
joints of the front leg. This made him
wince and recoil and make a favase
grab at the punishing weapon. He got
the hook in his mouth and I gave it a
cruel twist. It tore his tongue and jaw
and made him let go. This diversion
gave my men time to draw the wound
ed keeper out of danger. The poor
fellow was in the hospital for several
months, and to this day wears a crim
son scar down his side. He la just as
fearless as ever, however, and if I did
not forbid him going near the hyena
dens he would probably get Into worse
trouble and maybe get killed.
"A:\ odd thing about men who work
about wild animals is that they want
±*HE ST. PAUL GLOBE, SUNDAY, APEIL 30. 1905
animal upon whlc.i Jes. ; rode Into Jeru
salem. The old circuit ridpr has alni"st
dtsap;»-ared from the scene of action, and
in many places tl. church structures
which were his forum have crumbled
into ruins, and now stand as a mop.u
m«nt of the religious •■nterprise of half
a century ago. Hut in the stead of the
circuit rider is another preacher, not ex-
Hctiy of the same type, but holding vast
ly different rellplous 1 lews, so far as the
matter of doctrine is concerned.
He is known in church parlance as the
Regular, United or Kiee Will Baptist,
to have It out to a finish with any
cross grained creatures in their charge.
Excepting the polar bear, the hyena is
the only brute I know of that never
gives in to a human being. He cannot
be whipped or caressed Into decency.
He has no more use for jungle crea
tures than he has for men.
"We had to lasso and tie down stiffly
the hyena whose tongue and jaw I tote
badly with the elephant hook, so that
he might be treated and saved. His
mouth was forced and kept apart by a
narrow block of metal about two inches
thick, and for several weeks we had to
feed him by means of a tube. He got
thin and red eyed and looked to mean
to live. He Is now kept by himself,
and his food is shoved into his cage
by means of a long handled pan.
"The hyena makes me think of a
man who has his hand always raised
against the world. Nobody likes him.
and he is always a picture of com
plaint. He is a bundle of nerves and
always on the go. and shows his livid
gums and threatening tfeeth to every
living thing that comes within his
sight.
" I have never known him to show
any signs of quiet or comfortable in
terest in any other beast. He flies into
a rage when any other kind of an ani
mal is brought within close range, and
would fight crazlly anything that
breathes and walks if he got the
chance.
"The hyena Is not liked much better
by the general public than by my men.
During the circus season few people
loiter In front of his cage. If a per
son is nervous it is just as well, for
he Is as restless as the storm swept sea
and usually snarling or spitting in
rage.
"I had a high strung fellow working
for me once who never could panse be
fore the cage of hyenas without getting
Into an almost fainting condition from
overwrought and uncontrollable nerv
ous excitement. The young man was a
fine character and had that something
which made good feeling for him In all
the other wild animals.
"Ringling Bros, will not permit any
man to work about the animal quar
ters who is not as cool and passive as
the beam of an oak log. They hold,
and I agree with them, that the ani
mals themselves are tensely nervous
and require just the opposite in any
human nature with which they must
mingle.
"If there is a dark part in the tent
I locate the hyena den there. At winter
quarters they are put off by themselves
and left severely alone. This treatment
Is the best medicine for their mean
natures. None of the men care about
them.
but la often denominated. "Hard Shell."
In many of the sections of Missouri re
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the mother county «f Missouri—there
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"Hard Shell" Is a term ap
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on account of their pronounced re
ligious views. It originated about
1536. when a number of Bap
tist churches of ultra-Calvmistic
faith withdrew from the prin
cipal organization and called
themselves Primitive, or Old
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came popularly known a.* "Hard
Shells." In many of th» rural
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Will Baptists. Unit"*! SaptUts
and some others, all-having some
principles In common, whit 3 In
other respects their views aro
widely divergent.
The first real Baptist Cburrh
was established In America by
Roger Williams, at Providence.
R. 1., In 1639. but as early as 1631
Williams advocated his reUsfloas
views in Salem. Mass.. whwe he
had a small following. He was
banished from Massachusetts
and his deportation to England
was ordered. Ha made his es
cape Into the wilderness and was
received kindly by the Narragan
set Indians. He purchased land
from them and founded the col
ony of Providence, where he ana
his followers established a church
In 1639. Williams was baptized
by Ezeklel Holllman. and then
baptized ten others, thus giving
actual origin to the Baptist
Church In America.
The Immediate spiritual an
cestors of the Baptists were- the
Mennonltea. a sect founded In
1536 by Menno Simons, who had
been a Catholic priest. He sep
•vrated from the Roman Church
and became an Independent evan
s.'listle teacher, and out of his
beliefs grew the Ana-baptlats and
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tw-nty miles, and when he has fulfilled
his obligations, then he must ride back
,»v.t the long and often rough and mud
dy roads.
Pr.'idling is not his only task. 3lx
min:hs In the year h« tMtthea a country
school. Klve days each week he trains
the mind of the American youth. But
that la not all. He owns a farm. whi<-h
he cultivates In the rummer season. He
raises corn and wheat and hay and oats
and live stock. When he returns home
from his preach!p T tjur or from his la
bors In ihe schook room there Is plenty
of work for his bands to do—feeding the
sto<-k. chopping wood and dcing the thou
sand and one other things which mu.<l
be done on every farm.
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The "basket meetings" are held only dur
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a large crowd. Dinner is brought to the
church in huge baskets. It is spread upon
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then all are invited to eat. The f.'ast In I
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A great fire is built of log*. As the
preacher and the candidate for baptism
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: tonally, and even the rigor of his religion
I had not completely' demolished his love
j for the dance. It must not be forgotten
that" dancing Is a pleasure which the
strict religionists of the rural district*
do not tolerate. There was a German
I settlement nearby where dancing and
j drinking cider were the principal forms
:of amusement. The old Baptist found
j himself at a German ball one night,
j slightly under the influence of something
i stronger than water. He watched the
! sturdy country boys . swing the rosy
. cheeked German glrl3. around the room
with Increasing interest, keeping time
with his feet to the lively music of th»
violin.
Finally the old BaDtlst could stand it no
longer. The hour hand, of his life had
been turned far back and he was young
again—for a moment. He flung off hi*
heavy overcoat. When It was* securely
! hooked. to a nail In the wall he looked
t upon it and then exclaimed: .
"You hang there. Old Baptist, white
\ Uncle Billy dances."
The story not out and "Uncle Billy"
was promptly "churched." ' tie confessed,
; begged the forgiveness) of the members,
[and was -again admitted Into the good
r fellowship of the congregation, but not,
1 however, until he had been solemnly ad»
I monisbed never to repeat the offense.
I On this Christmas day while the peopte
j of St. Louis are celebrating the advent
lof Christ upon earth, In their magnificent
| churches and surrounded with
! all the luxuries that wealth can buy and
! while their highly educated preachers are
j discoursing learnedly upon religious sub
! jects, yet away back among the hills of
Missouri these earnestly religious folk
i are worshiping Htm with a simple and d*
j voted faith. With them It Is religion en
| tin for religion's sake,. They have no
| business* Interests to be promoted by h<»
--j longing to a congregation slightly wealth
. . let than another. They are Baptists or
: Methodists or Christians because they be
. j Have Implicitly In the doctrines taught by
the particular denomination to which they
J have pledged their allegiance.
The country preacher 3 sincere and
earnest. He has perhaps never seen the
inside of a theological seminary, but bo
1 as studied the Bible until he can repeat
many of its chapters verbatim. He works
! without hope of reward on earth, and his
J salary for a year's preaching 13 often
less than $100. He preaches not for gold,
but for glory—not to put together a high
sounding mass of words, but to teach
J the simple story of the Christ whose blrtM
I is today being celebrated throughout the
civilized world. .BJioq
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