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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.

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