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have; you paid up for the reporter? if not why not now? runday School Lesson for Febuary 4, i» in Jobs 1:35-46. Golden Text John 1:3 ( . VOL 8 She M eportrr published Semi-Mon tely Blue Pencil mark on your Paper, signifies that your subscrip non is due. Pay up! Marriage and Death announce ments, must be accompanied with the Money 50 cents Bev. J. H. Maloney , Editor Swan Lake Department. The Preachers institute at King Solomon Baptist Church, although the number is not an large as was f-xpecled, it is a most delightful place, there are some 20 or more names on the roll, and every eea -lon grow-* more and more interes ting. A-the days go by, Dr. Stewart in his plain way of teaching the word of God, has | ut all to deep thinking, on many of the things which have been passed over as nothing by m>t a lew who have been preaching for man, years, tli-Lecture on Christian Dictrin, the distinctive piiueiplets of the Bapti-t church, and together with tlii- weeks study on the life of Chust, is of great benitii to the Brethren, that these Bible meetings jcp greatly needed mid that our As-ncifition did a wi n thing when she gave !<er endm••■inri:t to the work. There cnhl.i no question, the people are ior<wii*g and many Ims asked, why Ehler so and so iiHS not come? Does be know too much, or is he afraid that his cong rogation or his Brethren wiil find out how little ho does know? All of our church work, needs improve meat, the people needs to be raised up higher Morally and Religiously The standing of the Ministry needs to be raised higher, >t.sd unless our Brethren will avail themselves of this opportunity. We can see,but little to hope for, for it is a true saying that the blind cannot lead the blind. No question should be raised on the appointment made at State Conventions to nerve on committee, Beards or for other work. Espec ially when said appointment are fair representatives of our denom ination. But this is not always so, too often now days it is favoritism, and what is generally called policy sake. The expression is o 1 te n heard at these meetings, and some time it is true, that the most in competent ones or the ones who have did the least work tor the cause are the one who generally get appointed first, whether it is did to give the Bishops a better chance to manipulate things or whether the appointer is afraid of those who httBthernor.il man-hood to speak out, is not known. It would be '"ore satisfactory, however, to allow the messengers from each District to m.me some some one for each Committee or Board from their ,n ' n district,and it would facilitate the work, of the Convention to the # xtent that every portion of the State would he fairly and justly '‘•presented by the most worthy men. I’KEThhex study the Scriptures ' v 'h prayer; take and preach the n according to the word of <,nn Rnd not according to your in '‘Hilual wishes or to suit the fancy hie fashionable ones in your Wegation, kEv ‘ M. Keeting, who was ( h |\ e a in our District a ed to see us. He is now Pastor- D ' R t I larksdale , Miss., and Bur rou nded Hill, Ark., ‘•aid that there are eighty Or * l churches in Washington v Rnd that more than 40 of them Baptist, or in other words, the out number t . her « Put together. And that Bar.!??’ e ? re 30 indoctrinated on a , n 3 'deas, that sprinklin a “ re THE REPORTER. FAITH IN GOD, HOPE FOR THE FINAL TRIUMPH OF THE AMERICAN NEGRO; WITH CARITY TO ALL MEN. Many years ago Henry W. Grady, of Georgia, started the dis cussion as what to do with the Ne gro, and others have taken up this question all along, while senator Morgan, of Alabama, never tires, his famous speech in 92, was to appropriate 50 0000,(XX), but now, he aims to question the constitut ionality of the fourteenth and fifth teenth amendments to the Federal Constitution, which amendments are the only foundation upon which the American Negroes fiee dom rest and <*s a stepping stone to what seems inevitable, many States are passing ail sorts of class Legislation, to check the political rights granted in these amend ments, and many other proposi tion has been advanced from both North and South on this question. But Hurt the time is ginning ripe for a fuller discussion, • and we hope for the better. Tho following clipping will show At a meeting Monday of a committee of twenty-five, representative of the leading men of Montgomery, the first step was taken toward the inaugura tion of an annual conference to be held in that city on the race problem. The conference is especially intended to be fairly and fully rej resentative of sou thern thought on such subjects as the relation of the negro to the franchise, to religion and education aud to the social order (including a discussion of the lynching question.) The commit tee has no partisan or fsctional bias, and the movement represents an effort to discuss the race question from the southern standpoint,' but apart from politics. That the term, relation of the Negro to the franchise, to religion, Education and to the social order from a southern standpoint may be variously interpreted is plain. But thank God, the Negro is beg innidg more and more every day to discuss the question to what he will do with himself, for it takes two or more men to make a bargan It is now reported that more then 20,000 Negroes have come, within the last few months, out from Georgia to Miss. , and Ark ansas, and while this and the other reasons are given as the cause, yet it cannot be hiden that it is but the old spirit of unrest among our peo ple ever since the war. And regard less of what is said by those who think other-wise, it is plain that under the present conditions of things as regards the Ameiican Negroe’s citizenship , it will take sometime yet to cull this moving disposition, with a few it may be inherited, but the many are driven to it by oppression as a result of class Legislation. The organization of the Nation al Baptist Young People’s Union and the work which is being done by that department ot our church work, is fast giving new life among the Hower and hope of the future Negro. Our boys and girls, we hope to see the good work planted in every church, for the destiny ot our church and people are sealed up, in what we make of our child ren and what eyer complaint is made on the conduct of the little ones. The parents are to blame, that they may not be as their fath ers were, is the , command of God . Brethren start the work among the young people of your church. Wk are under many obligations to Mr. D. Grice, and Key. M. D. Ledbetter, of Lee Co , for kindly services rendered Tee Reporter. Your etferts brethren are the kind of help which helps, it is not pro mise only, but doing what you have promise is what keeps the Paper running. Please get your friends to do like-wise. Say, does preachers generally pay up their subscription? Yes a few or one-half of then, only I Well how does school teachere pay up? Only about one-third and then only wh6n we hunt them up, or spend the profit on the paper in sending them b.ii» HELENA, ARKANSAS,. It is disgusting to see a man, or woman going around blowing a horn that their neighbors may know what they have done tor the church, School or Mission work, for when they have did all. What have they’ did? To Littie Cornelia Bell, we can not publish your letter for two reasons, written on both sides, and no money sent with it. Manager. Does the rejection of Brigham H Roberts, by Congress put an end to all polygamy in this country. Christians are rot worried over this work of building up. it is to keep Hie unconverted ones fiom tearing the church down. No man need be frightful ot the truth, and thus deceave himself, for by’ it only can one be treed from the chain of unbelief. It is not what we know or do, which sayes us from eternal death It is the grace of God. We have sent the paper to quite a number of people on their pro mise to pay, and all dining Oct. November and December last we made special APPEALS to all, asking them to pay up vhile they had money. And to a good portion we have Sent their bill by mail, but these dishonest people have gave us no answer, and now since we see that they are on the beat, we aie cuting them off ami will soon publish all those names to whom we have sent Bills. Look for them ! NOTICE In accordance with the expressed wishes of many of our leading brethren at the Baptist State Con vention of Arkansas, a call is here by made for a parents conference to be bed at Helena, on Thursday, March 8, 1900. Ail parents who are interested in ths future welfare of their children and the race are re quested to be present. Sister J. P. Moore who has been engaged for many years in the great work ot improving the home life of many of our people, will be present and conduct the meeting. We hope to he able to protract these meet ings from time to lime and from place to place until a general improvement is had and until our young people are inspired with higher rnotiye than many of them now exhibit. E. C. Morris. NOTICE MARIANNA. ARK., To the members of the Sunday School Board of Phillips, Lee and Monroe County District Conven tion. You are hereby notified to meet in the city of Helena, on Friday before the second Sunday ip Febuary 1900. at 10,o’clock with the New Light Baptist Church, as we have matters of grave important to lock into. Hope to have all the members present. S. L. Cannon, President. NOTICE To the members of the Executive Board of the Phillips, Lee and Monroe District Association. Dear Brethren, by order of the Moderator, the Board will convene with Pleasant Grove, Baptist Church, at Trenton, Phillips Co., on Friday before the fourtn Lord's day in Febuary, at 10,o’clock a m. At which time much business of importance to our District will come np for consideration. W. A. Holmes, District Secretary. An Exchange says : THE PREACHING THAT TELLS. It is not easy for some men to preach and many realizing the difficulty of being fresh and acceptable to the peo ple when they try in their way to preach the old gospel, are sometimes tempted to try something else. Be sure that God is wise. Wlwrt he has THURSDAY. FEBUARY 1. 19(H). sent to the world is the beat he had to give. Love prompted the gilt, so he chose the most precious, hie only be gotten Sou. The cause demanded the most effective remedy for sin. He sent the gospel. So much depended upon preaching that he fell upon the wisest plan, that of choosing men from a mong men and sending them to their fellow-men with the message. This is the gospel; they are the preachers. Hear what Dr. Joseph Parker, the greatest London preacher since Spur geon, has to say. He is the leading congregationalist minister of the world: Looking back upon all the chequered way, I have to testify that the only preaching which has done me good is the preaching of a Savious who bore my sins in his own body on the tree: and the only’ preaching in which God has enabled me to do good to others is the preaching in which 1 have held up my Saviour, not as a sublime ex ample, but as the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. Strenght in Stillness. Those who make the most noise in the world are not those who have the most power in the world. Quiet influences are the potent forces in God’s esteem, and even in man’s sight. As Aubrey Moore says, ‘’Great men think , while ordinary men talk. Great saints pray, oiui nary men preach. High-sounding words and showy acts may impose upon the few, but it is silent eflorc which moves the world.” The truth is not held popularly ; yet Elijah learned it when he was div inely shown that God was not to be recognized in the whirlwind, the earthquake, or Hie fire, as he could be in “the still small voice.” Even this world's wisdom testifies to the truth in the adage, “Deep waters run stillest ” It is God’s voice which says, “Be still , and know tha : I am God.” Groping in the darkness when one is not sure as to the way, is neither pleasant nor safe. Walking in the light, with sight and reason to guide, is not always sure; one may evtn then err or tail. But to walk by’ iaith, instead of by’ sight, is to be surely in the right path for one who sees and trusts Him who is invisible. Suhday School Tinies It is a fact that the ministry of Jesus Christ has suffered violence at the hand of many wto deciare themselves called to the work but do not possess the gifts and grates that is required of those engaged ii| a calling so sacred, A man taking upj the ministry of him self may save other but will at last be himself an outcast. God will recognize him not.—Georgia Baptist. The Negro should determine to be more thana cipher in the.business world. We must conduct business en terprises, accumulate money in bank's own real estate, invest in street and steam railway stocks, corporation bonds and take shares in tue great newspapersof<he land. Independence will be a myth and clamor for recog nition will avail us a little until we can command respect by reason of a demonstrated ability to get some thing material, and to keep it Money, education, character and co-operation are the ingredients that will solve the race problem.—Colored American. Many will agree with the Baptist and Reflector: ‘lt is stated that at the time the Spanish-American war broke out there were but Two drinking sal oons to be found in Manila, but since the American army went there, are now’ 430 saloons lu the city. Ami we are proposing to civilize and Christia nize the poor Filipinos, whom we re gard as incapable of self-government. From the above fact it would be letter for them to send missionaries to its.” Western Recorder. —— WHAT IS TRUE LIFE? The King of all the earth gave the happiest illustration of a true life when he said, “This life is more than meat, and the body more than raiment ” The mere lapse of years is" not life. To eat, drink , sleep, pace round in the mill of habit, and turn thought in into im plement of trade, is not life. In al! thia, but a meagre iractiou of the consciousness of humanity is awak ened. The true nourishment of the natural being is in the exorcise of those qualities, which give vitaltiy to the mechanism of existence. Ths laugh of mirth must vibrate through the heart; tears must fres hen the dry waters within; music must bring hack childhood; prayer must call the future near; doubt must multiply meditation; death must startle with mystery ; hard ships must force to struggle and anxiety must end in trust. Nature is deaf to every ptea for rest and contentment. With the bright re ward in view, then let us labor on , till the close of day. National Baptist I nion. Every law-abiding, self respecting, hard-working colored citizen of the race should denounce in unmeasured terms those .young men of the race who do not work, but loaf, who do nothing to elevate the race, hut every thing to degrade. Who choose the sunny side of the street in winter and the shady side in the summer; who hang around “blind .tigers,’’ who en gage in crap games. These young men are millstones about the neck ot those who are trying to be something Louisana Baptist. The Colored American gives the following list of characters, for whom it savs there will be no place in Heaven. Preachers who indulge in long-wind ed sermons. Money-making subscribers who fail to pay for their papers. Chronic borrowers who forget to pay Sunday dimes and quarters. Mulatto Negroes who look down up on their brethren of darker hue. Loafers who won’t work, and who sit around you until you can’t work. Women who kiss another woman, and then cast slui;s upon her reputa tion. The liar who says every time he meets you “I’ve just been thinking about you.’* >Show.y fellows who “blow” their cash for a “good time” and neglect to pay honest debts. Th£ next door neighbor who watch es to see who (‘alls at your house and how long they stay Hypocrite who hesmatter you with praise to your face, and‘‘cuss” you behind your back. Alleged Christians who wear the livery of heaven in order to serve the devil more effectively. Selfish folks who want you to do something tor them when they would not do a thing for you. Women who paint their faces in such gorgeous hues that their claim to respectability is open to doubt. The puffed-up minister who claims to be above the need of newspapers to futher the interests oi his work. The foul-minded gossiper who places an evil construction upon every mat ter that comes under his or her notice Husbands who decry their wives, and wives who tattle about their hus bands, or listen to the tattle of other women. The fellow who knows lie is isn’t half as smart as he pretends to tie, and lives in constant dread that his hum buggery will be exposed. The fellow who brings around a “short article” about three columns long and asks for the free publications because he is a subscriber to the paper slightly m arrears. Married men who prefer the society of other women to that of tiieir wives, and married women who make home so unpleasant that a husband only comes when everything else closes up or stays in only when he’s “broke.” HELENA , ARK., Editor Reporter:— Sir : I wish to say through the columns of your paper, since Rev. D. J. Mitchell, haye been called to the pastorage of New Light Baptist church, he have succeeded to raise the sum of ($100,00) one hundred dollars per month with just apart of the church working, which excels the labor of any pastor the church has bad. We believes tnat we haye the right man in the right place. Yours for the work. W. H. Dixon, clerk NOTICE Parlor Organ 78 inches high, Bevel Merro Lamp stand in oak $75.00, now $28.75. $5.00 Guitars and Mandolens $2.50, cut prices on all Jewelry and Pianos. 135 Ohio Street. HOLLY GROVE, ARK., Editor Reporter : Dear Sir: In answer to an article clipped from an exchange said to be the speech of Booker T. Washington, in his Emancipation Address in re gards to our friends in the North. We would say. like him that all eur whit* friends are not in the North, for many of them are in the South since the war, a place where they were not allowed to come before the war. We are free to admit also that many white man who even owned slaves did not own them because they wanted them, and always thought it wrong to oppress them, but it is to be hoped that the gifted orator will not be so unkind as to forget the many friends of the North who gave their time, their talant, their thousands of money; and some of them e -en theiy lives for the emancipation of of the Negro. Those who toiled are as fol lows, viz: John Brown, Wendal Phil lips, Garrison, Grealy A etc., He says ae the Negro came to this country at the earnest solicitation and expense ot the white man. He would be un greatful to run away and leave him now. And he says we are not going to do it. We readily agree that we or a great many of the Negro population will always be here, even when Gabriel blows his ho(n, but we fail to see the solicitation as Mr. Washington, sees it. We ask him to note if he pleases the first solicitation at James Town, Va., and all such sol icitation; and then we ask could any person consider it ungreatful lor the Negro to go to some place where there were not such solicitations? And as to the expense of bringing the Negro to the South. We would ask what was these expenses made for? Were they not made for the sake of commodity, and gain to the white man? And were not the Negro bought and sold, fast as so many horses or cattle? Then we ask where is the point of dngreatful ness? Hence you see there is much to be forgiven on one hand; aud much to be forgotten on the other! We are glad to say however, that the better thinking Negro has forgiven the whit.i man; and the letter thinking white man has forgotten the Negro as as I a ve! G. W. I .ow R. FORREST CITY, ARK., Editor Reporter Dear Sir: I will say I am not tired ;>f reading your valuable little paper, I would be lonly without it, and my family all like to read it. I have failed to get it for several weeks, can it be you have forgotten me? Who has always paid up and always subscribes, have you towen up your roll book? If so place my name on the new’oneAnd let The Reporter come, my work Uin good condition. The Salem Baptist Church of Forrest City ib alright, Madison Light Baptist Church at Madison, Ark., is alright in every respect. They paid up in full 'tor last year and continued with their same pastor. 1 thank God to able me to note the Brothers that lam on the Lord’s side. We wants tw do a greater work this year in every respect, thank you. for past favors, hoping to always have the paper while I live and mail to my son at my death for him to support it through his life. Yours for the work of the Master L. E . Avant, MARIANNA, ARK., Editor Reporter : - Sir, I heartily commend your entreaty in advising every body to the principle of fair honest and just dealing with his fellow man, also ippreciate the blessings of the Al mighty even lo spare us to behold the blazing light of the Twentieth Century . lam one who haye re-* solved to do it. I thought I as well begin with you as any one. In the first place I love your noble little paper, aud may God bless me that I can do more for it in the future than I have in the past. D. Grice. PILLOW STA., ARK., Editor Reporter Sir, on January Btb, an aged woman of our membership, Sister Julia Butcher, departed thia life She lived and served God for 31 years in the Baptist church, this Sister was born in Columbia Co., Fenn , and all her life she was a pure and up right wife, mother and neighbor, dearly loved by the peo ple of her community and church. I’he New Mt. Zion, from which after Religious services by her pas tor, Her lifeless boby was laid to rest. ' T. W. Walker. The Reporter’* Text f or feund*y Febuary 4, is in Rev. 2:4.