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Christian Spirit Needed
Warren FCook Speaks on Situation : in New Britain
d Raps Offensive "Mo vies'' and Recommends Play- V
; ' Jiousefor Children.
;' A t sermon that:' has been anticipat
ed for some time by the, members of
the ", Trinity :' Methodist Episcopal
church was delivered at , the .regular
morning service . by the pastor, ' Rev."
Warren F. Cook, yesterday,
- Mr. Cook's address was timely as it
s touched on the labor conditions now
existing in this " city. . Because of his
unf amiliarity with the local situation,
he did not go into the subject at
lngth but said no settlement of . dif
'Terences between Capital and labor
could be hoped for until both sides
' considered" their" grievances from a
- Christian standpoint." r " :"
Mr. Cook also took ' occasion to rap
rtion pictures or those that might
termed "offensive. His remarks re
garding , the "'movies" were prefaced
by ' a .recommendation for the estab
lishment of. picture houses for child-
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Ti-en': only; . From some " pictures now
VefhoNvnv- he said,' children; who attend
"ih - their parents (receive "imores-
-i-en' only; . "From some pictures now
ih their parents receive impres
Jons and Shocks that i may have : in-
A Juri
trlou lasting ' effects J lie also said
"many of . the pictures in -playhouses
l',' 1 are as bad for 4adults as for; children."
Mr., Cook' spoke as folows:
tifrtfis is much more complex than it !
once was..Th'e new conditions that
have arisen., with., the s-growth lof the t
'modern city; the new industrial prob- '
TIN every .city off tine UMtted SllaHes wlnere gas is used tine week IbsgtainiSinig
Sept. 27ttBi will foe known as MaMopal Gas Li gMieg Week.TIniis Is a cooinitfiy
wide mnioveinnientt to lleslliffy to ttDue inmerfitts off modern gas flfigMffng. We
Invitte yon ffo call aff Mir sQnowrooinni duFing tine week and see ffffie many
artistic lighting ffixttnres displayed and ffo fiamlMairSze youirselff with the
many foeauitifiM effffecffs that can Ibe oMained ffrom modern gas lighting.
or Settlement of Strike
lems -that spring from t the 1 modern
factory and tenement house , system;
the new demand that has arisen, in
the cities, especially our coast cities,
in the last quarter of a century, by
the over-sea march of the foreigner
from.: southern Europe; the new
claim of the child in our midst; the
new and better,, educational interest;
and with all, the new spirit of dem
ocracy and freedom about-us, present
the church with a task that is far
from the simple matter of holding
several services a week an minister
ing to the needy. Cf If'; j y
'In the midst of all of this we find
the church without the same authori
ty she once ' had. There is not the
reverence for the f 'cloth' that our
fathers knew. The church today,
like any other institution, faces the
pragmatic est 'will it work?' In
fact in some circles the question ' is
simply 'does it pay?' If it cannot
justify its existence by results, then it
should not stand." And we are glad for
this new attitude. The. challenge is a
stimulating one. We only ask that
"fairness and patience be allowed, for
the church, as the school and maay
kindred organizations, cannot be
measured by the same rule, and can
not be gaged by the same standards
of efficiency as the factory. The time
clock is not adjusted to measure the
moral values of personality. You can
not build character by piece work.
Spiritual values grow slowly and often
unseen. And yet we must not let
this fact excuse us from being effi
cient where we can, in. bur business
affairs .and methods of work. Neither
must we allow this to cloister us
from the new demands of the throb
bing city life about us.
""There are two types of mind as
to the church in the community. One
type; makes the church a center into
which' flow all the currents, that can
be directed, from the community life.
The church is an end in itself. The
other type makes the church a centei
from which streams of ministry flow
out into the community. The church
is a means, not an end. In the one
cas the church is as a leach sucking
its life at the expense of the commun
ity. In the other . the church- is as the
sun radiating life through he com
munity, and like the sun the church
It finds it
life not by seeking it but by losing it.
; 'This latter type of church is cer-
tainly, founded on Christ's idea '-of true
discipleship and In this spirit let us
ask( which?,. ministry iemVy; offer, to
the community in .whfctf we live.
1 'Let s 114 ' first take the church and
the government "of the city. " What
sliall be the attitude and what can
the church contribute to the govern
ment' of; the city? Probably the very
best contribution will be its attitude.
What sh'aH that attitude be The at
titude of Some , churches in this is
-purely'- negative. .; THey. do not con
sider, it ' their business and ,: so do
notliingrat all. " The attitude Of some
others is meddlesome. .They feel that
it' is' all1 their -business and' so they,
proce'ed to put their .hand ' in at . all
times, but more especially when they
can criticise and denounce. But there
is A another a attitude which is " more
surely .Christian. It is fearless ' to
censure 'when -necessary, but it does
hot forget to praise and aid and build.
It is not primarlally a destructive at
titude, but constructive. It lets 'its
officials know that it trusts them and
purposes to stand back of them, unless
they prove unmanly and untrustwor-
thy- ; :'.';;v
'"Its challenge to' men in office is
not negative, ,but positive. It chal
lenges with confidence "rather than
disaster, two kinds of challenge. It
will probably , be found that f or . one
man in ' responsible ( office who is a
crook, there are many who are hon
estly . and " faithfully striving to -do
theirs' duty and are doing' it without
publlcattention or praise. Is It any
wonder that these men sometimes feel
that the church and its people care
nothing as to how they perform their
duties when they never receive our
encouragement? It Is a Christian duty
to praise and.' support the good in
men, as ; well as ' denounce the evil,
and many a man who falls to evil
practice might have kept to the path
of rectitude had his encouragement
not all come from one source and that
source- bad.
'What now of the. church, and the
cities education, the church and the
public schools? If the schools are to
be public schools they cannot be
church schools. The spirit of our
country is rightly opposed to intro
ducing anything sectarian into the
public schools. Even the Bible is
quite generally, barred. I do not be
lieve this is cause for alarm not that
we can gain much by insisting upon
its use. We will accomplish ; more
if we can cooperate with the public
schools, possibly in some such way as
the Wish Plan, - so successfully
worked in Gary, Indiana, whereby the
churches of the city maintain weak
day classes at their churches, in relig
ious and Biblical instruction, whicn
counts as;;. school , crdit. Certainly
our present system of Bible instruc
tion and religious training,, which is
confined (to about an hours time on
Sunday . each week is not sufficient, es
pecially when religious instruction in
the home is at (he minimum. The
average child, Avho goes to Sunday
school, goes less than ten years and
gets an average of about a half hours
of more or less haphazard instruction
in the Bible and' religion each week,
so that, if this is all he gets, his to
tal instruction In this line will amount
to about twenty-five ten hour days In
a life time. Of course this does not
cover all the moral and religious in
fluence of 'the church upon the child,
and yet all that is given is little
enough. If some of the time our
church plants stand idle, could be
put to such a wholesome plan it
would not only enhance, the .oppor
tunities of our children, but would
also raise the standard of the Indus
try and, efficiency of the church in
the mind of the community.
"The education of the city is not
limited, however,! to our public
schools. Many other agencies enter
this field. I want to say a word about
the church and the cities play. There
was a time when we turned our
children out to play as we would . turn
cattle to pasture. But we are begin
ning to learn something of the value
of play and amusements in the1 life of
the community and the necessity of
supervision. The unconscious influ
ence of the play ground and the
moving picture is perhaps far more
powerful than we are yet able to de
termine. Right here the chuTch and
its people have a ; duty to consider.
There is jiot a moving picture place
in this city that is distinctly for
children. IMany children are thus de
prived oJL one (of the best forms of
education because parents know the
unfitness and those hundreds who do
go with parents must undergo im
pressions and shocks that may have
injurious lasting effect. Why should
not New Britain ' have a children's
movie house as many cities have, or
at least some place that showed chil
dren's pictures one or two days' a
week?. In some places this is very
successfully done. Many of the pic
tures in the average play house are
as bad for adults as for children, and,
like the saloons, the worst ones are in
those sections of the city where the
people are the most susceptable to
their influences. At the end of each
film you are told that this picture
has been 'Passed by the National
Board of Censorship.' But why should
a city be content with a National
Board of Censors If that board lets
by many pictures that are plainly in
jurious to the minds and morals of its
citizens? Why, I ask, should not the
city Itself In some way sit In judge
ment upon such popular elements of
the amusmont and recretlon of its
people? vSome cities ar doing it, but
one trouble encountered is that in
smaller cities, many of the movie
The Original
Unions you stay "HORLIQK'S"
yuu may get a Substitute
concerns are owned by men who do
not reside in and are not citizens of
the city, so that you have difficulty, to
get at them. Another difficulty as
managers hav ' explained to me is
that, while ,the managers of small
play "houses may choose their feature
films, they may not choose the fillers,
less . important pictures. , These are
made up for vthe circuit by the film
companies. And lf another reason, of
course is that the people seem to
show by their patronage, that they
want this kind of thing.
"Many of the people do not, how
over, and do not go because of it and
many who do go would be better
satisfied with a higher grade of pic
tures. ; This is the testimony of those
who have Interested themselves suffi
ciently to give this a trial. One thing
is certain. The people are going to
the movies in throngs, and there is
no indication that they will go less.
What are we going to do sit idly by
and let them feast on pictures which
stimulate passion and', sensation and
violence to the ultimate knot of
society, and say this is no concern of
ours? Here is one very certain
source of .the city's development, es
pecially of its child life and ag yet in
most .cities very poorly regulated, if
at all.
"The home is the buttress of civiliza
tion. No other institution can take
the place of the home as a unit in
society. If homes are healthful,
happy and pure we have a foundation
for anything else; if not it will affect
every other institution. Now, the
church lf all it does is to meet com
paratively seldom end touch but a
People who are tired all of the time
and never feel rested even after a long
night in bed, who cannot regain weight
and strength, whose Btep lacks elasticity
and who feel no joy in living, are debili
tated. A medical examination might easily
show that every organ of the body is act
ing normally but the pallor of the face
will usually show that the blood is thin.
This is the root of the trouble.
Debility is a loss of vitality, not affect
ing any one part of the body but the
system generally. The blood goes to
every part of the body and the use of-
blood tonic like Dr. Williams' Pink Pills
quickly tones up the system. The first
sign of returning health is a better appe
tite, improved digestion, a quicker step,
brighter eyes, better color in the cheeks.
The rich, red blood, reaching every organ
and muscle, carries renewed health and
vigor. The nerves are quieted, sleep be
comes more refreshing and with persis
tent treatment and proper living tne de
bilitated patient is once more enabled to
enjoy life.
Two useful books, "Building TTp the
Blood" and "What to Eat" wfll be sent
free on request by the Dr. Williams
Medicine Co., Schenectady, N. Y. Your
own druggist sells Dr. Williams' Pink
West Main Street!
small phase of life, cannot .develop
the religious standards as necessary.
"The church must stimulate more
religious Instruction and training in
the home. The church must estab
lish itself not as a religious Institu
tion outside the home, but as a force
for creating religion beyond its ac
tivities, especially in the home. The
church has usually started in some
home. The . church that, is In thy
house is the Bible record. But this
dees not always exist. There, is a
cleavage here which is vital. You
cannot have a true church unless it
!s builded upon the principle of a re
ligious force which permeates all life
and especially home life.' Nothing
will so. vitiate 'the teachings of the
church as a violation of or disregard
for Its principles in dally life.
"Closely related to the home is the
city's Industries. This is a live issue
just now in New Britain., Friday the
Issue blazed into violence. Testerday
I listened to the mayor of the city
pleading with the wcrkingmen to
keep the order of the city. I say
pleading -he was not pleading he
was challenging their loyalty.
"It seems to me that it is not wise
to launch into a discussion of gener
alities as to a local situation which
one has not had time to familiarize
himself with and I am not sure that
this is the best place for such anyhow.
"But there are two things I want to
eay. In the first place, the ' church
cannot brush such things aside and
say: this is none of my business. If
we do it will not be long until the
church and it work will be nobody's
business. And this Is the church's
tuslness. Vital issues of life have
always been the business of the
church. . Of course the church cannot
deal directly, but. In its leavening way,
its way of 'creating the right spirit
within,' it can and must meet such
So I say this further thing, that
there can be no permanent settlement
of labor questions and no final ad
justment between labor and capital,
exceot on the principle and In the
spirit which Jesus taught as social
hrotherhood. Force and strife and
an unyielding class spirit whether it
be by one or the other party, may
settle temporary Issues, but the flnal
relations of men can never so be
settled wherever there is injustice,
wherever there is hatred, wherever
there Is snobbery, wherever there Is
selfishness, wherever there is attempt
to force personality to yield a cause
ot a principle, there will be ultimate
failure. It does not matter who or
what class is guilty of this Force is
temporarily necessary at times All
great principles and causes have gone,
then their growth in blood,' but final
adjustment came when men learned
and lived the principle of brother
hood. "They tell us this tradition a to
the site of Solomon's Temple: The
land was once owned by two brothers.
One of them, was married,, the other,
younger, was not and was not etrong.
One night the younger brother sat
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alone and medltaied 1I
brother is married now an
cares are such that he to
much work as once he co
he may not be discouraged
to slip out Into th field
some of my shocks of grat
put them with his, and
The other brother, the
alone that night and tnc;
he: 'My brother is not. v
he is not able to do as it
once could. I know what
I will go out into the field
night and carry some -of, ;
over and put them with )
may not grow discouraged,
went.' . ' ,,,,
"The next morning eacii
his astonishment, found th
of his shocks undisturbed.)
did not tell, for love is not
when it tells. But they kerf
task Op for three nights. ..'i
night as the older brother a
his younger brother's field
figure coming toward bit-
dark. . They met and pa!
brothers, each with hls shl
errand of love to the oth'
knelt and prayed and on thj
tradition says, was erected tj
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spirit upon which to build
of God."
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