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Large Crowd at Norfolk F
liyt -Conduct the Last
The following is an account in part
of the funeral sermon preached .by
Rev. Billy Sunday at the "Death of John
Barleycorn" at Norfolk, Va., on Janu
ary 15th as it appeared in the Norfolk
Ledger-Dispatch the following day:
Ten thousand persons who alter
nately cheered and wept, heard Bil
ly Sunday preach his last sermofn
against liquor as an ally of the Devil
and verbally kick the deceased "John
Barleycorn" into a grave of shame and
dishonor, at the tabernacle this after
Nqever was there a more triui
Phant hour for Sunday. Probably
never again will lie experience deep
er .satisfaction. For there is' noth
Ing that the great evangelist hated
more, save the UWevil himself, than
the liquor traffic.
An : all that hatred, all that accu
miulate enmity, born of i war he
had waged 'on1 twenty-six years,
Sunday loosed upon the lifeless form
of th Diemon 'Runi in that funeral
oration , the tabernacle.
There was little of the humorous
in Billy'a sermon, though the cere
nioy which preceded it was lII
dicrously funny. For half an hour
the evan';list recounted, with the
greatest ,how of feeling lie Is ox
hibited since his campaign began
here the evils that accompanied 11(1
uor and the haippiness that will
follow its demise.
'oGoodbye, John," lie said, "You
were God's worst enemy; you wbre
Hell's best friend.
"I hate you with a perfect hatred.
I love to hate you."
The- Funeral Cortege.
The ceremony began with the ar
rival of "the corpse" at the Union
Station at 1 o'clock, on a "special
train from Milwaukee." The coflln
was twI enty feet. long.
The Devil himself was the escort
and twenty pallbearers lifted tle
casket into the hearse in whieh it was
Conveyed through (te streets to the
Westward oil Main street the pro
cession moved .wth~ a siuad of po
licemuen lat its headi The Devil
marched just ahead of tle hearse and
the pallbearers aionigside and in the
Before the cortege had advanced
two blocks thousands of people linod
the route along .lainl and Granlby
streets and watched it pass.
Sunday Was not in 1lhe 1)processton.
le imiet the "corpse", at tle taber
nacle and grilt ed deligtiledly as tihe
lige (einket wasi placed in th' tther
na'le af lils feet. The )evil mLiasked
and~ dejected in app~learanle sa1t close
by thle c oril:e duiinig t' enitir1e cer
"We hav'' 1passed throughI the mo1(st
mnoimntus1 plochi ini the hiistoi'y oif 0our
nation. Tihe l'nglishi language does
not contain wvords suilcien t foi' us to
exprs our05011 adim'irat ion foi' the
achiievecmenit of ouir boys, on (lhe land
and on thle sea, whlio bellped t o over
thr 1ow 0one of the g reatesMt imenneaes to
li bermtv antd fr'eedom thbe world has
ever' kniown--Pruiiisian military aum
Autocra''cly of lio'oze Overthiirowni.
And no0w we havue overthii'~row booze
autlo('racy at hiomie, andi~ life has at new
No otarneset, initellh L ~m iain oi' wo
tuan enni deniy but1 tht thie saloon and1(
druniilkeinness wvas the( l crse of the
Uniitedi States; and1 thiose who loved
to i'st ed in * w'elfare' of' ouri nation
mnouird tils leibleb blight. AndI we
arose In ou'r ind1'ianatilon andaisoe tihe
TIhils is a hand of Sabbath. oft hiaii
py homes, of flible, of (lospel aind of
mai'tyi's, wvho counted it not1 loss
to shedl their blood on mnoor's, mounu
tains and1( bat tleflelds. This is the
landi of *Washigton-"Fir'st ini Peace,
first in War, fIrst in the hear'ts of his
countrymen." Trhis ia the land of
Thomas .Jefferson, auithor of the
D~eclar'ation of indeieinece. This in
the land of Alexander lHamilton, 01ur
fInancial 1iigh .Priest; of Commodore
Perry. who saidi, "WVe have mei(t the
e nmy and1( they ar'e ours"; of L~aw
rene, whio said. "i)on't givo uip the
ship" ; of l)ecaiur, who said, "My
colm1tr'y, many she alwvays be right. bul.
right or' wvrong, my countr'y." Of
Loncoln, who said, "'I hope it may ali
ways lhe slaidl of me t hat I rluicked up
a thorn and plantedl a rose wherever a
flower' would grow."
We were becoming thme mocst degen
er ate andl druunkon. S1eventy-flvo per'
cent of curn idhiots caime from intemrper
Ate par'ents; eIghty per cent of ouri
pauiers were whiskey-made paulpeiA;:
cighty-twvo per cent of the crime waft
com nitted by men while under the( in--I
)fluence of liquor; ninety er.~ ct,of
Y BILLY SUNDAY
lear the Base Ball Evange
Rites Over Body of De
our adult criminials were drinking
The saloon undermined public
morals, as is shown 'by every jail,
wovorklhouse, reformatory and peniten
tiary, which are largely filled by the
products of the saloon.
The only business the saloon help
ed was the Devil's buginess.
It is hard to understand how some
men thought that stealing chickens
was wrong, but that it was all right
to back the saloon. If there is a
heaven for fools, the man who
fought to per.etuate the saloon will
be there on a front seat.
Tliere is no good thing this side of
Heaven that the saloon would not have
destroyed if it had a chance. It was
the sum of all villianies, .worse than
war, worse than pestilence, worse
than famine, the crime of crimes, the
paients 'of crimes and tlhe mother of
What was this traffic in rui? The
Devil in solution liqid distilled
damnation; an artist in human
slaughter; the most ruinous and de
grading of all human pursuits. Oh!
to be a drunkard-what a history,
what a tragedy. From a rosy-checked
boy to WastedI youth, then oil to blast
ed manhood; alternating days of rev
elry, cursing and death. See thn wreeks
that It icde--pale-faced, ragged gin
drinkers-eyes large, 'declly set 'in
their sunken sockets; fIngers 111ce the
claw. of an unclean bird, that look as
though they had Just come up out of
the grave to get a drink and had for
gotten to go back and put the coffin
lid over them.
God has given power and domin
ion to man. What broke the scep
ter and tore the crown from his head
The saloon. What debased hinm below
the level of beasts? The saloon. What
detroned his reason and made him
an Idot? The saloon. What has smit
ten his body with disease? The saloon.
Oh! Heow I hated tle liqiuor busi
ness. If .e had no sorrows, it cre
ated them; If we had sorrows, it. in
creased l themi. It blighted youth as
lightning blights a tree; it took from
middle age ambition; .it robbed (old
ag'' of serenity and peacee; it tirned
men into monsters and women into
harlots. Wherever It went it brought
grief. And now that it has gone, it
ulid you ever know of any one who
died yoting Iecause lie (lid not dIrink
liqior? id you ever know of any
(f'ne committing iliicide because he
drank too muclI water? Did you ever
know of any one who killed his .Wife
lecause lhe dIak too much toffee?
Did( y'ou ever know. of any qne being
sentI to Jia i because he drman k too much
In a WVestern State whviere I was
preaching, they wemnt to an Irlishiman
to get him ibo agree to vote for' the
saloon, because (lie revenue in that
community wvas used for public
schiool expenses; and they arigiied with
Pat that if ther ce were 110 saloonir, theyi'
woeld haveW no mnoney wvithi which i t)
hire0 teach er., and lhe said, "Dy Gorry;
I' ratherJi'i haive my boy I' ican hils A
ii C's in Ileaveni than to 1)e able to)
road I atini iin l.'1.
I'' miilllion men01, womnm anud (hil
diren used to go daihly to thie saloons
for drink . MarcinOimg five: abicr' they
w'oul Id have reachlied .W) niles ; ima rch
lng twenty miles a (lay, it would take
them thirty dli'ay to )ass a given point.
The lad. yeaZr'C of he mlooni (urse we
51)ent moneyI (O~ eughi for' booze whichu,
if naade inio twenty11 doll0 ari gold pieces5
011( iiled on ele on to o)i(f another II, w'.oul d
havYe mnade a mnonumn nt Ii 8 mliles
hi gh; if miadoe into silIver' dollIaris and
laid sIde ly side, they would hav~e
reachied 3,613 nilles--froni New York
to San F'ranlcisco and1( back as far as
Salt l,nke City; if made in to silver
dlimes, it would have beent eniotigh to
have wra'uppedl a silver ribbon ten
t ies arotind (lhe wvorld. In twenty
lyve years wve have spment money enough
for' booze to have made an automobile
plathi to (lie moon 240,000 miles long,
16 feet wvide and 6 inchea thick out of
You say yotu can't refor'm men by
law. Yes, bitt we have renmoved the
tempitationi by law.'.. This will prevent
the open door of temptation In (lie ii
In ire If you wvant to steer yourm boy
againist gamiblinog, woulId you send him
to live in a gambling htouse? If' youu
wvanted to raise him pure, wouild you
eend him (9 a room in the 'red light?
If they had exhibited a truthful
sign in front of their festering hell
holes, they would( have had themil rea'd
lke this: "Delirium TPremnens. Rover,
laease, Crime, 'Pauperism, 'Despair,
D'eatti'and .HJell for.Sale -Here" instead
of trying to camnouticage with the name
"JDuffet'. TPhty hadl np more ri~ght to
call the saloon a buffet than .1 have to
call a Ipolecat a guinea-pig.
Talk about .poverty-it was John
Barleycorn that burled you In Pot
ters' Field and made your home the
bleakest moor of misery that the
fanged hounds of hunger and despair
ever hunted over.
Good-bye, John Barleycorn. Old
Top, we didn't need your money bad
enough to allow you to snatch bread
from hungry women and children; we
didn't need your money bad enough
to send women over a steaming wash
tub; we didn't need your money -bad
enough to talce shoes off the feet of
Good-bye, John, Old Top, the peo
ple of America are fit for self govern
ment at last; the people arc free from
the chains you riveted about them at
last; the wrath of an outraged public
has been (uencihed and your putrid
corps is hanging from the gibet of
John Barleycorn, we bury you be
cause you destroyed our health; you
disfigured our bodies; you ruined outr
nervous system; you dethroned out
reason; you caised idiocy and insan
Ity; you destroyed every principle of
manhood and womanhood; you squan
dered our prop)erty; you produced pai
perism ; you crowded our poor-louses
and Jails and penitentiaries; you cor
ullpted our courts; you delled our
iaws; you destroyed both soul and
body; you daIrkened our homes; you
broke our hearts; you beggared our
wive3 and children; you led men to
commit every conecivable crime; you
iaralyzed every noble ambition; you
dried llup the fountains of human af
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