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ETBIHD16.NEWBERRY, S. C., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1902. ____EXTRA.
FIRST SESSION J
HELD YESTERDAY. I
CONFERENCE REGINS ITS 117TH ANNUAL
ay aargely Taken Up With Routine Mat
ters-OfmIcers Elected-The Various
The South Carolina Conference
of the M. E. Church South con
vened in its one hundred and sev
enteenth annual session in Central
Metkbdist Church at io o'clock J
O'NEALL STR I
The greater part of the day was A
taken up with routine eusiness in
perfecting the organization and in (
the examination of character. Bish
op, D)ean opened and closed the I
sesie with short and interesting
was opened with de- I
exercises, including the (
sacrament of the Lord's supper ad- I
ministered by Presiding Bishop W. I
W. Duncan assisted by Revs. 0. A.
Darby, J. W.' Humbert, W. C. /
Power, and C. W. Walker. 1
The roll was called, 168 clerical .J
and 4 lay delegates lanswering to
The election of officers resulted
AusYn---E 0. Watson.(
Secretries -W. L.
* A. E. Holler.
JMesin1Secretary-S. H. Zim
04addat Statistical Secretaries
~Kelly,sR. E. Turnipseed, J. I
lbanig Secretary -A. J. Cau
The hours of session were fixed -
lrom-9-3o a. m1. to 1:30 p. mn.
-The bar of Confereuce was fixed
so as to include all pews im the
Examination of characters of
pastors and Presiding Elders was
then entered into. All were passed
The names of F. Auld, M. L.
Banks, L. M. Hanmer, L. C. Loyal,
J. F. Smith, having died during the ~
past year were referred to the Com
mittee on Memoirs. I
The Presiding Elders, consti
tuting a standing committee for
nomination of committees and
boards, reported the following nom
inations, which were adopted:
Public Worship-R A. Child,
W. I. Herbert, G. E. Edwards, J.
Admssions-Jno. 0. Wilson, R.
H. Jones, W. A. Pitts, R. L. Hol
royd, T. C. O'Dell.
Conference Relations - A. B.
Watson, J. W. Daniel, D. P. Boyd,
W. B.' Wharton, W. M. Duncan,
J. R. Sojourner, A. J. Cauthen, W.
H. Ariai, S. A. Nettles, J. H.I
Book and Periodicals- P. F.
iilgo, R. M. Lofton, J. C. Counts
3. E. Nic'-olson. J. M. Whitmire
Z. E. Stackhouse, M. W. Hook, J
2. Chandler, J. C. Otts, J. M
Bible Class-J. C. Roper, J. R
3ullock, A. R. Phillips, J. McDon
ild, W. E. Wiggins, B. G. Collins
D. Frierson, J. W. Hamel, C. B
3urns, N. S. McLeod.
Temperance-J. K. McCain, J
,. Harley, G. R. Shaffer, J. L
,uinby, W. J. Rodgers, T. J
Vhite, T. B. Reynolds, H. I. Judy
A. Smith, L. L. Bedenbaugh.
District Conference Journals-J.
L McCullough, Wm. Stokes, M.
i T. Fs
McCueswouh, C.E. CSarks, J.
. Campbell, E. HrBeckha, J.D
'atr C.nd Heson,rA. H. Cet. A.gu
1aire. B-br .B ucn
likes, . . Drue, A.. Ls
iyesw.o.r, C. E. Steveson,J
.. Cpel, . . Bechea, WF
Cellerso. A. WihH. BW. CAr
e,moirJeo JO. StilsonM
W. Mook, E. T. Hodges, W. M
)uncan, W. R. Richardson, T. C.
)dell, H. W. Bays.
Publishing Committee Southert
Ihristian Advocate-W. M. Jones
rice D R. Duncan, deceased.
Dr J. H. Law, superintendent o
he American Bible Society, wa
ntroduced and made a short tall
n the interest of his society.
Dr. E. P. McClintock, of the A
1. P. Church, Rev. W. L. Sea
rok, of the Lutheran. Church
1m( Re.v. J. L. Williamson, of th
:resby terian Church, this city
Rev Mr. Traywick asked fo
eave of absence for. two days
shich n as granted.
The following communication
vre read: From the Commnitte<
>n Books and Periodicals; -the Mis
;ion Board to the Board of Mis
~iols; Church Extension to th
Board of Church Extension; Sun
lay School editor to Sunday -Schoc
Board; Board of Trustees of A. M1
E. Curch, South, to Joint Boar<
of Finance; Sunday School Leagu
in America to Committee on Sal:
The queston, Who stood trial
was taken up. T. L. Belvin, S. C
Cantey, Sam T. Creech, Geo. W~
Dukes, A. E. Driggers, G. E. Ed
wards, J. A. Graham, W. H. Mut
ray, J. J. Spinks, having been es
amined in the prescribed course
were examined as to character an
passed to the second year.
After announcements, Confei
ence adjourned, with benedictia
by W. W. Jones, until this mort
ing at 9:30 o'clock.
The sermon yesterday afternoo
was delivered by Rev. J. F. Ai
BOARD WILL RECOMMEND ITS RE
MOVAL TO GREENWOOD.
Decision Reached Yesterday Afternoon
Matter To Come Refore Conference
at 12 O'clock Today.
The Board of Trustees of the
Columbia Female College, at a
meeting held yesterday afternoon,
after careful consideration of all
the offers before them, unanimously
decided to recommend to Confer
ence that the college be moved to
Greenwood. Brookland, Sumter,
Laurens, Greenwood, and Colum
bia, where the college is at present
located, were the points discussed.
Brookland, just across the river
from Columbia, through its repre
sentative, J. G. Guignard, made
an offer of twenty five acres of
Sumter agreed to give any site
within the city or near the city
which the committee might choose.
Laurens offered $25,ooo in cash,
and one of three choice sites.
Greenwood offered $42,960 in
As stated, tne Board unanimous
ly decided to recommend that
Greenwood's proposition be ac
By special order this matter will
come up before Conference at 12
o'clock today, and an animated
discussion will most probably be
provoked. There are many friends
of the college who think that no
better location for the college can
be found than the present one in
the city of Columbia. They hold
that it is now centrally located,
and that the students will receive
advantages in the capital of the
State which they can receive no
where else. That the college is
now in good condition and pros
perous, and for these and many
other reasons its removal would be
a great mistake. There are others
who are strongly in favor of the
Board's recommendation, and who
today will seek to make good their
This is one of the most impor
tant matters that will come before
the present session of Conference.
The agitation in favor of moving
the college has been going on for
some time and the cause has been
vigorously championed and as vig
orously opposed. The decision of
Conference, which will be reached
today, is being awaited with a
good deal of interest by the Meth
odists throughout the State.
REV. G. E. EDWARDS.
Pastor of O'Neall Street Methodist Church,
West End-A Successful YoungPastor.
-Rev. Geo. E. Edwards, who
came by appointment of the Bishop
one year ago as pastor of the
O'Neall Street Methodist church,
is a native of Marion County and
a son of D. S. and M. R. Edwards,
and was born November 16, 1873
-He is of Scotch-Irish descent. He
grew to manhood on his father's
farm and receiv'ed his early educa
tion at Hopewell Academy in
Marion County. Joined the church
in 1888 and was cenverted in 1890
under the preaching of Rev. J. C.
eChandler. He entered Wofford
College in 1893. but after finishir g
the Sophomore class dropped out
to teach shool for t wo years which
he did successfully in Lancaster and
~Marioni Counties. He re-entered
Wofford College in 1897 and grad
duated in 1899. After graduation
he was elected principal of the
eDothan school in his native county
'which he conducted successfully for
two years. In January 1901 while
?teaching this school he was appoint
.ed junior preacher on Little Rock
Circuit by Presiding Elder W. C.
-Power and licensed to preach by
the Marion District Conference at
Conway in May. 1901. At the
~,conference in Columbia last De
cember he was admitted on trial
and assigned to work in Newberry.
His work here has been quite suc
cessful and he is much beloved by
-his people in whose welfare he
takes a deep and abiding interest.
nHe is still unmarried but in the
l-ehnguage of Presiding Elder Power
IN THE ADDRESS OF DR. H. W. HAMILI
The Sunday School the Solution of th<
Problem of the Growth and Develop
ment of the Church.
The public address befDre Confer
ence last night was delivered by Dr.
H. W. Hamill, of Nashville, Tenn.
Dr. Hamill has made the Sunday
Schools the object of his life work,
and it was in their interest that he
came to Newberry to speak last
night. His address was a master
piece. Thought and eloquecce
combined in one perfect whole. The
moment the speaker began his audi
ence was placed in lull sympathy
with him, and their close and undi.
vided attention was held until the
last word was spoken. It is not
often that as scholarly and as inter
esting and instructive address is
The exercises were opened with
devotional services, conducted by
Rev. J. S. Beaseley, with prayer by
Dr. S. A. Weber.
The speaker of the evening was
introduced by Rev. Mr. Beaseley.
Mr. Hamill began with the state
ment that he had always loved chil
dren. He claimed no credit for it,
nor for the fact that this love in
creased with each year. If there
was an epitaph he coveted more
than any other it was that some
REV. G .E. EDWARDS.
friend would write upon his tainb
these words: "He loved children. '
He gave as his theme "An Unsolved
Problem." Its first factor was the
country of which he and his audi*
ence were a part. But he intended
to narrow this factor down tonight
to the Southland. There was nc
use to ask if his hearers loved it.
They knew its history, its trials
and its triumphs, its joys and its
sorrows. But he was not going tc
talk of the old South, it was gone.
The problems that now confront us
are those of the future. Condi
tions have been changing. What
ever has been achieved in the pas1
is a promise of greater achieve
mnents in the future. The pas
REV. D. P. BOYD.
hundred years in the South's his
tory gives promise of a brighte
hundred to conme. The New South
the South to come, promises unde
God, a greater growth than an:
ever achieved in the past. Thi
speaker referred to the building (
the isthmiian canal and the rapi
passing of the negro problem. an
the great influence which thes
facts would have in this develo[
He was aboy of 16 when hegc
his parole from TLee at Appoomattom
and if there ever was a set of merr:
men it was those who trod barefoo
the snows and faced death fron
Manassas to Appomattox. He neve
saw them weep but once, and tha
'was when they learned of their be
loved commander's surrender
These boys in gray returned home
and they have made the Souti
what it is, have built its mills, it
railroads, and put it in the line o
march which will carry it on unti
it becomes the world's favored sec
tion. And when the South become:
the favored section it will have the
great population. It was on ac
count of this great population thal
the South had to do with hi!
The second factor in his problep:
was the Ch-rch. The South had
always had a deeper and more sin.
cere reverence for men of the clotl
than probably any other section.
Here were the - Churches, Baptist,
Presbyterian, Lutheran, he liked
them all, but he wanted to whisper
into the ears of the members of the
South Carolina Conference, here
we are also. Upon the foundatior
of America the Methodists, by nu
merical strength, prestige and pow
er, did the religious pioneer work.
The splendid generalship of the
iathers of Methodism pushed ther
into the lead and they went fron:
one side of the country to the othe1
and conquered the territory in th<
name of .Jesus Christ and of John
Wesley as well.
But by standing still this leader
ship could not be maintained. Ot
one occasion when the Presbyteriar
Church put its confessions of faitl
and its doctrines in a paralle
column alongside the Methodis
confessions and doct ri nt s h<
thought the ghosts of John Weslc)
and of John Calvin were shaking
His problem was how to retai
the leadership which Metliodisu
had r-ver held in this country.
The solution of the problems o
the past would niot solve the future
The Methodists have a history de
scending from their fathers thal
fills their hearts with pride. ALnd
they have a Sunday School polity o
which they are not ashamed. 11
was one of the best if not the best.
Mr. Hamiill gave many instance:
going to prove this assertion.
Looking at this Conference he
was sure if he and they coulc
get together and work in a mannel
that would best subserve the inter
ests of Sunday School work, thai
great and good results would be ac
complished. He had heard that not
more than half of the Methodist
preachers in South Carolina had
observed children's day with appro
priate exercises. But he refused t<
-believe that any pastor of a Church
one of w .ose greatest objects wa,
Lthe bringing of the children withir
its folds, would refuse to give then
a prominent place in the Churci
-calendar. What he was pleadin:
r for was that the Church which ha
,led for a hundred years in the pas
r should lead for a hundred years i
r Ithe future. It had the history,i
e had the doctrine, and not only ha
ff it led in the past but it had don
! more than any other towards round
iing the doctrines of the Churc
eIGeneral into perfection.
-How to take hold of the problei
Iwas the rub. The fathers of Meti
todism did not conquer this counti
y went out to preach, plain, unletter- ani
t ed men as they were, they had the As
i seal of the Holy Ghost upon them ani
r and the divine purpose behind them da:
t and there was a great outpouring grn
- of the Holy Spirit. They converted wo
men at all ages. Evangelists and wil
revivals were the product of the old da:
L Church. grE
i He believed the new order was to fer
F be signolized by the conquest of it I
I the child in the Church and the an<
- home. It never was the divine plan wo
that one should drift away, but if the
oae does drift away God will follow ]
- him until the rim of the world is ed
reached. But the divine plan is the wa
w g hom is p h
in atnto to al te idsoWh
th e t child ' lif e; b u o s n t pY a n
enogh order, to avthe rious tr
Soiis by the Sunday School tha supua
pwemust andround The he ispa-me.
iHein o Carlln othe sileo tho
wssinthe chihoolsfeBut noay ani
enotle tellow,on oe freigiex- te
side.to it coul be seeran ow heat ]
colment uand prondoste ome.r wai
and drive the Bible out. Any State . tra
-system can drive out the reading of gri
the Bible, and rather than have it sta
,kicked about like a football between gr<
Stwo opposing elevens he would th<
Srather keep it out altogether. He .
1 knew one place were it would not Ca
1 be kicked about and that place was wk
REV. R. . CHILD
d'th Sunday School ec. The el- R
e low who can preach a great sermon li
L. Iis now not so much in demand. He tc
h is reserved for extra occasions. .e
What the people demand now is ci
that they be given a Sunday School"
1 worker, a man with Sunday SchoolC
y eye s' a Sunday School pastor.
I the greatest, was the teacher.
goes the teacher goes the State,
I as goes the teacher of the Sun
7 Schoool goes the Church. The
at work is the teacher's
rk. The problem can't be solved
:hout the help of the Sun
r School teacher. He con
Ltulated the South Carolina Con
ence upon the rapid strides which
iad made in training its teachers
I prayed that the good work
uld continue more and more with
passing of the years.
f the Conference were interest
in missions, the best way to for
rd the cause was to get the chil
-dy cho . Di hy att
p the Epworth League? It was
daughter of the Sunday School
I a daughter could be in no bet
hands than under a mother's
e. Did they want to increase
subscription lists of the Church
>ers? The only way to do it
s through teaching the children
read Church literature, and the
.y way to do this was through
[n closing he paid an eloquent
ute to the teacher, he who
ins the minds of the young,
~ater than the philosopher, the
tesman, the soldier, the poet,
~ater than all these, "for as is
teacher, so is the nation"'
After prayer, led by Rev. J. B.
mpbell, for Rev. T. J. Herbert,
0 is seriously ill at his home, the
igregation was dismissed with
O'NEALL. STREET METHODISTS.
ge Congregation-West End Organized
1 1891-Handsome Church Building.
n 1891, during the incumbency
Rev. WV. Wi Daniel as pastor of
Methodist congregation in
~wberry, a second Methodist con
~gation was organized in West
d. In 1894, Rev. S. A. Net
s was appointed to serve this
irge, which was known as the
ewberry City Mission." He
i succeeded by Rev. WV. B. Ver
Sin 1896. Mr. Verdin was suc
aded by Rev. J. W. Speake, Mr.
eake by Rev. Mr. Lucas, and
r. Lucas by the present pastor,
v. G. E. Edwards.
Under the pastoral care of Rev.
r. Edwards the West End con
egat ion is in a most thriving con
tion. A few years ago, through
e efforts of the faithful pastors
id the congregation, with the
eral aid of the Newberry Cot
n Mill, a handsome building w as
ected at a cost of $2,5oo- This
irch is now known as the
O'Neall Street Methodist
hurch." With the congregation
id the pastors working together
;they have done in the past there
a brig-ht future before it.