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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, May 02, 1917, Image 3

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and hopeful spirits we look forward to an un
usual year of service in preaching the gospel
of the happy God.
A. A. L.
By Mrs. Mary M. North.
The church is built of red brick with red
sandstone trimmings, and it has two imposing
towers, one of which is the belfry.
There are five very beautiful memorial win
dows, three of large size, and two medium.
The one in front represents the Sower and
is a magnificent work of art.
It is a memorial to John Richardson, who
was for more than forty years an elder in this
church, and whose daughter the late Lady
Martha Kortright, of England, furnished the
money for the window.
The large window on the north, with a de
sign of a lily-entwined cross, is a memorial to
Miss Henrietta E. \V. Smith, who was for many
years a teacher in the Sabbath-school, and it
is a gift from the Sabbath-school. On the same
side is a smaller window which is embellished
with two angels, and is a memorial to Mrs.
Elizabeth S. Townsend from her sons.
The large window on the .south has figures
representing Faith, Hope and Charity, and is
a memorial to Mrs. Elleanora Richardson, from
her husband, the late George S. Richardson.
Near this window is one of smaller size, which
has a figure of the paralytic on it.
The descendants of Dr. John Selby Martin
gave it in memory of him and his wife, Rebec
ca Grace Martin.
Dr. Martin was for the third of a century
a ruling elder of this church. The pulpit men
tioned elsewhere is a memorial to two brothers
successive pastors of this church, Reverends
Elkanah D. Mackey and William D. Mackey,
from their sister, Mrs. Jane M. Kelso.
A superb piece of workmanship is the font,
which stands to the right of the pulpit, and
below it on the floor.
It is about three feet high, is made of sand
stone, and represents an open water lily,
springing from a great cluster of leaves.
It is a memorial to Edward Smith Handy,
of Philadelphia.
The pipe organ is one of the finest on the
eastern shore, or indeed anywhere.
Running across the back of the church is
the Sabbath-school room.
Overshadowing the grave-yard are several
very old trees, some of them probably as old
as the organization which here had its birth.
7*{is to be deplored that many of the early re
cords of this congregation were lost in a fire
which almost destroyed the town several years
A complete list of those who have served the
church as pastors can not be obtained, but
after a search continuing over a decade, the
writer has been able to get the list which will
appear later in this narrative.
In 1890 Rev. David Bruce Fitzgerald be
came pastor, and remained three years, resign
ing ta accept a call to a church in Cincinnati,
Ohio. Mr. Fitzgerald was the son of a Pres
byterian minister and was born in Baltimore,
t Rev. "William Swan accepted a call in 1894
and was pastor until his death in 1898, when
lie was succeeded by Rev. Joseph B. North,
LL. D., who came from the Presbytery of
Washington, D. C., of which he had been mod
Before that he had been superintendent of
missionary work in Oklahoma, after having
served a church in Medicine Lodge, Kansas,
.and having been moderator of his Presbytery.
He is an authority upon Ecclesiastical law.
Dr. North remained pastor for fourteen
years, and resigned when broken health de
manded it.
While he was pastor the church celebrated
the two hundred and twenty-sixth year of the
organization, and the tenth anniversary of the
pastorate of Dr. North.
A carefully arranged program was carried
out, the music being a feature of especial in
terest, as three of the hymns were written for
this occasion, and a fourth was written by Dr.
McCook for the unveiling of the Makemie mon
ument ,and he desired it sung here also.
The service in the morning began with the
doxologv, followed by prayer by the pastor,
after which the hymn written by Miss E. E.
Hewitt, "For the Makemie Memorial Presby
terian Church" was sung.
The seventy-second Psalm was read respon
sively, following which the congregation sang,
"The Tree of His Planting," followed by an
anthem by the choir.
The choir was composed of Miss Helen
Moore, Miss Eleanora Hargis, Miss Ethelyn
"Wilson, Miss Martha Burnite, Mr. C. L. Vin
cent, Mr. Franklin Upshur, Mr. Marion T.
Hargis, Dr. J. Beverly North, with Mrs. John
I j. Riley, organist, and Mr. Otlio Wilson violin
After the offering, the hymn, "God of Thine
Ancient Saints" was sung, after which the
pastor preached a sermon from the text: "Con
sider how great things he hath done for you,"
1 Samuel, twelfth chapter, and part of the
twenty-fourth verse.
The sermon was followed by prayer, and
the hymn, "Glory and Praise," was sung, and
the benediction pronounced.
At the evening service an historical sketch
was read, and the Makemie hymns sung.
About this time the indebtedness on the new
manse was wiped out and the outlook for the
future prosperity of the church was indeed
The committee of the church comprised J.
Samuel Price, Oscar M. Purnell, Clarence M.
Vincent, John P. Moore, Marion T. Hargis, Wil
liam I. Rownd, Dr. John S. Aydelotte, Adial
P. Barnes, Dr. Paul Jones, Sidney F. Nelson,
Sidney T. Selby and Lawrence Hastings.
Another great event was the unveiling of
the monument to Francis Makemie, in Acco
mae county, Virginia ? on the Eastern Shore ?
and many of this congregation took part with
the pastor.
The monument is on the site of the old burial
ground of the Makemie family, and was dis
covered after much searching by Rev. Dr. L.
B. Bowen, now of Berlin, Md.
Money was raised by subscription with which
to purchase the old farm, then three acres,
containing the old home site and the family
cemetery, were cut out, and the rest of the
farm sold.
Francis Makemie, his wife, her parents, his
children and other kindred were buried there,
and a monument now marks the site. The
monument to Francis Makemie was unveiled
upon the two hundredth anniversary of his
death, May 14, 1908.
The exercises began with an invocation by
Rev. Joseph B. North, LL. D., pastor of Make
mie Memorial church, Snow Hill, Maryland.
An introductory statement was made by Dr.
McCook, president of the Presbyterian His
torical Society of Philadelphia, under whose
aiispices the monument and statue were
Some of our ministers are being asked to
preach on patriotism. There is just a little
feeling of curiosity as to where they will get
their texts ? certainly not from the Bible.
"We cannot take the Israelites as an example
for patriotism. Their nation was the Church.
When they sang, "If I forget Thee, O Jerusa
lem, let my right hand forget her cunning,"
it was because, to them, God dwelt there in His
Christ drew the line very plainly when he
said, "Render to Caesar the things that are
Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."
This was his reply when questioned on this
The Church of God on earth is one body,
made up of all nations, tongues and tribes.
Whatever the differences may be in many re
spects, yet we are one in Christ and he is over
all. If this be true, and who can doubt it,
have we any right to bring into our worship
anything that would offend one of his chil
dren? Let our worship be such that the alien
enemy at our door can come in and feel that
he is one with us as we bow before the same
Father who is King of kings and Lord of lords.
But, aside from this, is indulging in patri
otic sentiments, either in sermon or song, truly
worshipping God ? Have we any right to sing
a national air when assembled for the wor
ship of God on His day and in Ilis house?
Have we any right to display for patriotic
reasons, any flag in the house of God, when we
have come there solely to worship Ilimf The
fire offered by Nadab and Abibu was good fire,
but it was "strange fire" when offered before
the Lord. A Voice.
By Professor Addison Hogue.
Apropos of your editorial in the issue of
April 11th, the following facts may be found
interesting. They are taken from the eighth
(and last) of a series of open letters addressed
by Bishop Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Bishop of
Western New York, to Monsignor Satolli, an
Italian archbishop, who came to this country
in the nineties. The first letter is dated No
vember 10, 1893, and the last one May 30, 1894.
The eight letters were published under the
title, "The Jesuit in American Politics." I
am sorry the book is out of print, for it sounds
loud and much needed warnings: all the
more needed because so little heeded.
The part of this article, between the asterisks
is quoted from the pages 51-55 of this book.
? ? # ? ?
There lies before me a superb book ? the
luxurious edition of the holy gospels, trans
lated by a sincere and pious man. lie found
and drank deep of the "Water of Life." He
became acquainted with Scripture, and was
delighted with the gospels. lie began to be
wail the fact that "the gospels are read, almost
never, by those who profess themselves fervent
'Catholics'; absolutely never by the multi
tudes accounted 'faithful.' " Of a hundred
persons, he says, who frequent and use the
Sacraments, there is seldom one who has ever
opened the evangelists. "Nay," he adds, "the%
most illustrious book in all the world has be
come a book unknown."
Henri Laserre resolved to bring out the four

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