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I Fuze They Carry On the Work at
Chester Crest.
Automobilists travelling the road between
Mount Vernon runl Bronxville arc wont to slow
r.;> before a Colonial mansion sitting \v«il back
\-i spacious grounds and read the name i:i
.'■•;■ graystone, vine hung >:at<- posts,
Chester < - nst. "What place la this."" they ;i*.k.
Hundreds of men saved fr.im the mire of deg
radation and restored t.. honor among their fel-
A>ws might reply, This Is the N<» w Yor Home
for Intemperate Men." foi such Is the truth.
There churches md charitable organizations
in New Vorl -■ nd inebriates that .iiey may
build up body .-:i i soul under the < "hristi in
guidance of tN- Rev. George S Avery and
among surroundings of a k>ua nature.
Then also, go men of wealth and culture. s«-ek
lng help to overcome habits, which h.-:. may
only '■■ obtalrn i in the way of a religious life
and regular modes •■: living. For the c a wing
has N>«-n added to the great double house built
to shelter ili>- erring which is supported by
voluntary <■ tntribution ,
Ti a campaign conducted by Dwight 1,.
Moody, the evangelist, with whom Mr Ay« ry
■was a co- .vnr'.cr, Is ■ ribi .1 the lnc« ption of
the Idea of ti:. Institution s".> many drunk
arJ:; were converted In that campaign that
good mc-n were Inspired to establish some per
Diancnt place wherein Inebriates mijfht receive
Many almost hopeless men have gone there and come away restore*
By Cima da Coneglian^
that religious Instruction an>l •■•.'.:: b
would lead to th. ir ultimate coi
a! and i ni enl of th. ir habits.
Th( Rev. Dr. 1> Stuart Dod founded the
home in IM«> at the ■:..--. of a series of meet
ings conducted by Moody and Sankey. He was
assisted l>y the late Cornelius Vai rbilt, J
Noble Steams. William Booth, William E
Dudge, Jam. s TalcoU and O-rmUus mi?-?.
One «■(■ the old subscribers to the home was .i...
Gould, whore daughter, M:- Helen Gould, is
on.- of i:s present contributors.
For twenty-one y.;ir> the "Christian Home
for Intemperate Men" was managed by a con
vert of Mr Moody who had himself been
saved from a lifv of inebriety. At that time the
home \\.!s ;>: Madison avenue an' 1 . 8«! th street.
The !:< v <;...:•(:•■ S. Avery w.j«: called from the
Central .>•:,.. Church of New York to
succeed the man who had laid down the woi k.
and bo successful has he been in enlarging tho
sphere of usefulni ss of the home that from an
original membership of 170 ten years ago the
number ol ir..-n admitted baa grown to 41*7 in
In the thirl ■• years of its existem
' • • h: ..r.i f. >r men of practically everj
profession Then have gathered .ni^r-. legis
lators, promote! . miners, business and pi
• ami others. < >n<- of the men con
had been iri an asylum for t .-. :.■..; a
half years befon spending eight (.r t.^r: ..••:.■
at Che !• r Crest. Since that tli !• !.. t s[»«-nt
seven year In doing effective evangelistic \> "ik
In New Yurk. Two t>th<-r converts of the home
are doing mlssionarj service in Slam; some arc
This was supposed to be of Caen stone. It was found to be of cha!k.
and therefore of added interest, as there is not another statue o' this
material in the museum.
able 011 l era and trustees of large churches;
some are efficient I;.:!- teachers; others have
gone back to their usual avocations, renewed in
spirit ai well as In mind and body, and for
years these men have made a habit <>f visiting
the place which has c:\-n thrm renewed pur
pose in life, of holdin.tr Saturday night reunions
there and of contributing to the support of the
home as they have been able. Where medical
institutions have failed to restor*- the inebriate
to normal heauh the influences of Chester Crest
have often succeeded.
"one reason why we succeed." sa id the Rev.
Mr Avery, "is because we throw all the moral
responsibility upon th-> men. We do not teach
them that they are sufferers from an Infirmity
against the ravages of which they are helpless.
We make a man feel that h.- la morally respon
sible for his acts, and that he has only to look
to fj.xl for all the strengi he m-t-ds."
The Rev. I»r. I>udge. speaking of thl work
among rtates, said: "In any reasonable ef
fort to restore the victim of Intemperance at
tention must be given to the physical condition.
There Is little hope of favorable and lasting ri .
sults unless the body regaiai in some degree at
least normal health. Then the mind must be
cleared and it- energies reinvigorated.
"It la undenlaale that the use of ardent spirits
or narcotics Impairs mental vision. The slave
of evil habit does not see in reality what his
bondage means, t!'..- extent of his degradation
and where relief lies.
"Next, tht moral nature must be reinforced
conscience is blunted, the will is relaxed, the
affections are paralyzed, conceptions of duty
Many of the inmates help raise the poultry and veaetaHU*.
arr suppressed and nr-..- - motives have
nri Impelling power. In w way the man
must be Bfted above his low Incentives and
associations. lie must reach a higher plane
and be subject to new Influences. Courasre,
hope, fresh resolutions, must bo ins pi red— mere
praartee* or enforct-d separation arv.l perpetual
exhortations are of little use. The religious nat
ure must be renewed; not simply the misfort
une but the sin of drunkenness must be recog
nized and confessed. liight relations v.i;h God
are to be established. The lesson s to be
learned that reliance upon self Is utterly value
less, but that entire, unquestioned, joyful trust
n the God cf salvation Insures full deliver
ance.* 1
Ir. ISO> a farm of fifteen acres, with a r t«->:r.y
farmhouse and small barn, crowns! tiu slope
of the hill on which stands Chest- r Crest. This
was purchased by the founders of the Christian
Home, improved ami a-.lded to until two < mate
wings flank the main buiMing. and additions
have been erected at the rear with suitable out
buildings for farm work and an attractive
spring house over an old Indian spring. Every
foot o: the ground is cultivated, ar.d a model
and most proliSc farm has been evolved hy the
inmates of Chester Crest under the s::rer
vision of Mr. Avery, who is an expert farmer
and does, his assistants claim, "the work of !^o
men evt-ry day of his life."
Mr. Avery has a:::v d to make the place, so
far as possible, self-supporting. The r nxiucts
of the farm which are not consumed by us i.rrui
teur farmers are sold. In the year the ir.::.;.:es
of the home liave consumed o\«.r $2.(.u0 of farai

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