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THE LABOR ENQUIRER.
VOLUME 1.-NO. 26. THE WORLD’S FINAL CRISIS. A Series of Letters to ‘Workingmen, The Exclusive Nobility of Earth. Ninth Letter, “You that have tears to shed, prepare to j shed them now.” Our last letter was one case in millions, of state prostitution in the coal fields of Penn sylvania, Our present letter is one case in millions, of church prostitution that I saw at the same time and place, making in part the personal experience I promised in a recent letter to give you, that should constitute the strongest testimony ever presented to .an > earthly tribnnal of the damning guilt of this united head of the world’s misiule. There was at the time of my writing in the city of Scranton a Christian association, legalized by state, numbering 800 members, composed of the wealth, intellect and cream of the churches and city. The general sup erintendent was the city missionary, but above him in supreme authority was Rev. ri. C. Logan, D. 1)., pastor fit the First Pres byterian church, the religious mogul andgod worshipped in all that country. A citizen of Scranton might believe the pope' fallible or otherwise, ns he pleased, but if he believed Dr. Logan might make a mistake, he must quit the city, anitiWutdd find it to his interest to be lively about ifr, too. “BANDS OF HOLINESS” from this association peddled their com pound through city and' .country and the piety, popularity and possibility of an in dividual was guaged entirely by their stand ing in this gang. Two of their missionaries had recently, been gotten out of town hast ily, on account of trouble with jvomen (one in a lumber yard). The wives of the chief lights of this institution were diseased by their husbands’vice, and met f®r treatment in the parlors of an abortion hag, kept" by the association. Exposure from these victims menaced the immaculate. Rumor was rife on the streets that this organization was the “black hole” of city prostitution and the hot bed of vice of the country, and a feeling of general in security overshadowed them. At this crisis a eounwibof war. was calhd. with Dr. Logan presiding. The doctor decided that their emergency demanded the selection of a man for missionary widely known for truth and purity, and that he should wrau the associa tion in the spotless robe of his character, lift it above criticism to a plane so devout and holy that the babble oi the rabble never more would reach it. This victim was toui.d in the person of H H. Chapin, who in utter ignorance of the hell before hint, on a salary of §looper month, entered upon the duties of his office—an excellent man. INITIATION. But, Great God! What is this that meets him at the threshold ? A spectre from the bottomless pit, covered with chains and fet ters to bind him. He flies, appalled, resigns, and in terror seeks to escape. He cannot. Every door of hope is barred; every outlook guarded by these damned infernals, whose breatli of flame and sulphur he breathes, and falls like one dead at their feet. “Don’t be alarmed,” they say, “’tisyour initiation; you must be pledged to the secrets of our order before you can be trusted with its work. Here in this little dark room,, this ‘holy of holies,’ ostensibly for prayer with penitents, you must commit adultry with this harlot, and then we will trust you with our work. There is no retreat; you will never go out from here to expose us; serve us, or your life is not worth a cent. We will report you to your wife, the church, the world as taken in the very act. Submit, and none shall ever knowit. We will make you rich and great; more powerful and popular than any man that ever walked our streets, Your scruples reveal your ignorance; all popular men live this way; you have been raised in the coun try, and don’t know it.” . He yielded, and his commission placed in his hand ran thus; Rain cheap charity on the poor, scatter old clothes and food broad cast, visit the sick witli prayers instead of potatoes, advertise work and help for desti- 1 Li. G ARSON <&. GO. Corner Holladay .£2 CorherHolladay Fifteenth, (SPA /fM\ IT-l\ ONE PRICE ONLY. clothiers & furnishers; lOTA . .. /IrM 'll 1 > 'i THE MISSES. iJIfTd HpiPrl'll PiFfHES L • f \\ • \] / -7TT T 7 " I ’ ;r‘;r CLOTHING'” HOODS AS RL’PKESENTKD ! | \\ ' /A l M Yf'. JfWi'' I °P .^l, -° K - 1 I k \ I a •T / / fc r A ■CITTB® I 11 • : :r.. .*< MONEY REFUNDED, ( ]jjm> All Mankind. • tnte women, and freeze out all you cannot prostitute, advertise work for “tramps,” but ridicule and skin when you get them, guard the sanctity of the Sabbath, fine lone women who sell cake aud pop-corn to feed their or phan children, push Sunday law on small | liquor dealers, pull cheap houses of ill-fame | for revenue to foot the harlot bills of “the I little backroom,” but keep three big dens of ! prostitution (which’ have agreed, in view of j our steady custom, to divide the profits) free i from disease for association use, keep re vivals at hallelujah pitch, publish in the morning dailies, double-headers, the succuss of the previous day, etc., etc. WORK BEGUN. / Immediately new life was infused in every association work; the papers flamed with help for the helpless, food for the liuhgry, clothing lor the naked, rest for the weary, work for the idle, drugs and delicacies lop the sick and baiui for the wounded. Flash on flash went up about the “great awaken ing.” Revivals were epidemic, conversions the older of night and day, railroad shops had noon prayer, street comers, lawn, grove and forest held an audience, harlots taught Sunday school, led choirs, puffed the mis sionary, sang Sankey and Moody songs, got converted every night and plied their pro fession on the altar when the ligh s were put out, doors of chapel and church stood ajar day and night, public and private houses suc cumbed alike to tlie general revival want, ; retormatlon washed gutter and alley, the new missionary was a flaming success; he ought to be an evangelist, he was an angel, the air was pregnant with his praise, the press astonished Itself with the gifts and graces of the young man, and gray-headed divinity with bated breatli prophesied of hfs dazzling future. But, My' Lord! Iu the thickest pour of this rain of rightousness the missionary turned up diseased, like his I brethren. What should be doue witli ids j wife? She never had spoken; but she . might. She had ever stood aloof from their I blasphemous orgies. Siie had not .ifiiliated I in tier husband’s work; she could not be 1 trusted. j Couucil of war No. 2 was called in hot ! haste, Dr. Logan in the chair, and the case | with all its doubts and dangers was laid be ! fore him. “Dear boys,” say j the doctor, I “never fear. I have managed many such ! cases, and I will this. Leave it to me.” They did leave it to him, and lie’s got it yet. | Immediately this arch demon sent this i message to the missionary’s wife, whom lie ! had never seen: “We all lead this licentious I lite that your husband does, and you may as I well know it first as last; aud unless you ! commniit adultry as a pledge of secrecy to j us, we will divorce you from your husband, we will blacken your name so you will never i lift your head in Scrantoi again or bebe j lieved under oath; your home in your own i right we will take from you, you shall never 1 be buried beside your only cldld, or meet j her in heaven when you die. You had bet | ter yield at once, for this is so filthy you can not tell it, and if you do, will not be be lieved. You can’t speak through the press, we have that ; or through the courts, we have them also, and it is more than a law yer’s lite is worth to defend you in a suit against us; you will never get one to do it. lIELI, TURNED LOOSE. Her answer was: “Have you bought the Almighty? It not, I’ll stand with him.” | This was the signal for hostilities. Every association battery opened fire; every tongue wagged its best, with half-begotten, half born lies. Slime pits were thicker than in the vale of Sodom, and filled the atmosphere with stench to smother Mrs. Chapin. The j shock was simultaneous, war to the knife | hilt, and rained on the entire line, and the j blackest cannonade of hell stormed the cita- I del of thisbroken hearted woman. Previous | to the capture of her husband her home was heaven; peace, plenty and piety dwelt there; fifteen years of wedded life had known naught but love; supreme devotion of three to each other made a cord not easily tl'oken; none could conceive the breaking. The doctor knew no ordinary effort could deso late that home and make it hell, so lie got in his best work on that job. A four column article from the doctors pen now appeared, to blacken her name, and by a free use of his clerical lash he had ro , diiced two divinitv poltroons and two thiev ing coal kings to join their names with ins. This publication was called by lawyers and judges the most obscene article they had ever j seen in print. This paper assured the public j that ail was peaceful and serene in the 1 Christian association, and no dirt flad ever “HE WHO WOULD BE FREE, HIMStSLF MUST STRIKE THE BLOW.” DENVER, COLORADO. SATURDAY. JUNE 9, 1883. been found about their d6or until the mis sionary’s wife swept H there (a lady lie never saw and had nev&- spoken to of their deviltry). He picked up in detail the entire bundle of their infamies and laid them on Mrs. Chapin, except one that he never touched, and I would not except for the scripture: “Tilings done in secret shall be proclaimed from housetop,” and thfe sancti fied propriety of always fallowing divinity doctors in their executive acts. The load lie left behind was the “dear boys,” denuding their diseased person in the “holy of holies” and inquiring each of the other, “Brother, how is the work of the Lord prospering with you to-day? Keep a stjff upper lip, and if jour wife kicks, fix bet so sne’ll never speak again.” '£ Murder as a measure of suppression, by these devils was openly recommended and US This ordeal was the’; preface of divorce. The doctor’s article and the babble of his gang had convinced Die public that Dear Brother Chapin’s wife was not congenial and didn’t sympathize In his work; tied his hands, clipped his wings, but for which he’d soar to heaven; marrvSl to one of their kind he would be a divine wodigy. The doctor now ordered Mr. to quit his wife and home, and never moreSross his threshold, on pain of death. He dtti that, and was next ordered to swear sonv*iing against his wife to get a divorce. HMcould not; said his wife was an excel lea woman; there was nothing against her. alley suggested several things; he said, “No: Bie neighbors all know that’s a He.” But at fast an application was filed on bogus pretend# supposing the wife too near dead to ans w#p She did, however, and thev withdrew, s#ihg It would never do to face her.. >... . Thfty.then sent.to.ljlih to a Mormon court and lioughua cliWip tSTo of paper, stamped, “DivorwQf to her, supposing she would then thiuKwierself divorced be yond remedy. This fiftled. and association wires revolted: They might go to bed mar riedand.wake up divorced, and never know it. NoiheV would not stand it; their hus bands should'not be Mormons. The doctor had to take this back, with lies enough on it to reach to lieaven. He had never thought of it; the guilty Wife had done it all to hurt her poor husband; but when his deacon Joe published the court proceedings he had to father it and take it home. Next came anothejypious fusilade. The doctor has ask,ed divorcp No. 3, in Luzerne count' court, from which lie had just with drawn-anu.sepds to Mrs. Chapin, “We have got Con giiiith for our lawyer to fight you; vou know he never gains his case by law, but bv abuse and obscenity. Will you meet lom?” She replied: "A court room is not A decent place to enter,but if lam driven there I shell tell the truth’, though none but Con and I can stay to hear it.” That ended that divbfee, and it leaked out to tlie doctor that Mr. Chapin was frequently at his house, in territfle anguish of spirit, broken in health, bapgvupt and 1 desperate, and that Ids wife stool? hy him as she had done from the first, and he'was going home to live again. This frenzied the doctor, and Mr. Chapin was ordered to take that Mor mon divorce and fly to parts unknown and marry on it, or take the consequences. Chapin, without health, hope, spirit pluck or pietv, obeyed, went to York. Nebraska, and picked up a harlot of association brand and lived with her, rather than longer face the terrors of Dr. Logan and his gang of devils. This experience, a few sketches of which I give you here, covered years of the black est pages ever penned in hell. A galling lire is kept on Mrs. Chapin to this day, to mb tier still of the home they have so completely desolated. Years of faultless effort to get a paragraph of criticism in tlie papers proved the doctor had them. The editors all said they ought to do it, they wanted to do it. but could not stay in Scranton if they did. A like experience with lawyers proved lie had the courts, sure enough. Judge Ward, who took Mrs. Chapin’s case and money, when pushed to proceed said he might just as well cut his throat as conduct a case against tiie.se verv influential men. But a paper did start in this Sodom, with a hero at its head, and he gave me leave to say all I pleased. I published the matter and it was copied half way across the continent. I said Rev. I S. C. Logan, Rev. Van Sciioick, Rev. N. vV. Hellings, J. C. Platt and Henry Rockwell, ! the devils who signed Logan’s obscene sheet, were murderers, adulterers, thieves, liars, etc . guiltv of every named and nameless crime, of which I had fullest proof, signed my full name and bid them take care of me if I had wronged the truth in a tissue. As the second article appeared Logan fled at lutdniglit in a snow storm, for Europe, to stay till the matter died out. Every effort to draw a word from this crew was made, but failed; they were speechless. I put this complaint into two sessions of the Presby tery and saw it read by six of their number. I made complaint of Yan Schoick to two presiding elders, and kept a continuous fire of this horror into the ears of the church for a year, and all by their silence with one ac cord declared that these crimes are their standard and their piety is abreast with it. 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