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THT REV. E. H. EMETT
Assistant to Mr. Sunday, who has
been here organizing work for
campaign.
RISE FROM LOG CABIN
TO GREAT PREACHER
BY "BILLY" SUNDAY
'A Soldier's Orphan, He Be
came Baseball Hero but
Deserted Diamond to Be
Evangelist.
The Rev. Dr. William Ashley Sunday,
better known to the world as just plain
"Billy" Sunday, like most of the men who
have achieved fame In the history of tliu
United States, was barn in the country
and did not And a "silver spoon In hli
mouth" when ho first saw tho light ot
day. Whatever Bucceia ho has had came
to him through tho usual courso ot
"bumps" nnd "knocks' such as Lincoln
had to fight through.
He never saw his father, William Sun
day, for the elder Sunday had been n
private In Company n of tho 23d Iowa
Infantry Volunteers, four months and was
at the front with the Union troops In the
Civil War when, on November 19, 1S62, a
bounclnR baby boy arrived In tho old log
cabin near Ames, Iowa, that Mrs. Sun
day was trying to mako comfortable for
her little family; and about a month later,
on December 22, 1862, the father died
of disease In an army hospital nt Pat
terson. Mo.
Mother Sunday had a difficult time pro
viding for her three sons, Roy, Kdward
nd William. But she had tho spirit ot
"never give up," which Billy has Inherited
from her. and for soma jears sho man
aged to keep tho children together.
When Billy was 12 yearn old it be
came necessary for him and his older
brother to go to tho Soldiers' Orphan
age at Glenwood, la., and In that In
stitution, and In tho Davenport Orphan
age. Into which he was later transferred,
they spent two years.
After that experience Billy Sunday
did all kinds of work on farms, almost
every kind of manual labor that falls to
the. lot of a country boy; and for somo
time worked on a railroad, reaching the
position of fireman.
Ha was an athletic youth, and took
"much interest in games. As a baseball
player he was one of the best in the small
towns In Iowa when little more than to
child. Later he became a player on an
amateur club at Murshalltown, la., and
there he was found by the Chicago White
Sox, From that time, 1SS3, until 1890,
he played professional ball. From Chi
cago he went to Pittsburgh, and from
Pittsburgh he came to Philadelphia. It
was with the Phillies that he last ap
peared on tho professional diamond. Ha
-was the fastest base runner of hla day.
Billy Sunday was converted In the Pa
clila Garden Rescue Mission. Chicago, In
the autumn of 1SS7 With some ball
players he was seated on a curbstono
along Van Buren street. Some men
and women, who were singing and play
ing flutes, horns and other musical In
struments, attracted his attention. He
listened to their testimonies of what God
had done for them and what he would
do for all who believed, and then he ac
cepted an Invitation to go to services at
the Mission. None of the other players
would go with him, so he went alone.
Several times be returned to hear the
service, and, one evening he went to the
front of the ball with Mrs. Clark, wife ot
Colonel Clark, founder of the Mission,
Who had been urging him to accept Christ
as h"a Saviour, and publicly acknowledged
hie conversion
He later became a member ot the Jef
fersoq Park Presbyterian Church In Chi
cago. It was there be met Helen A.
Thompson, who became his wife In Sep
tember, 1SS8.
In Mareb, 1881, Sunday decided to give
H hi time to Christian work. He had
a contract with the "Phillies." and was
afraid that he could not get hla release.
jBWl on St. Patrick's Day ha received word
Xfom Colon) Rj-dgers, the manager of the
Jscal elub, thai be could have It. Imme-
.awtuy jim jptrt, manager or the cm
mbmU Club, effered him MW a season.
mkmt waa Wt money ror a player in
tfceae days, and threw down 1409 in ad
vw fer the first maoth's salary. But
gttaday had learned to say "no." He
Tlud the offer and began working as
ait wmUnl aeoretary in the Chisago
y M C A, at a salary of 1 a month.
The evanffauet, the Rev Dr J Wilbur
CiutpMan, aafced "BUiy" to Jolc hla trav
t)n$ earapatgaera, and Sunday aoaepted.
K did aS kinds of work, from helping'
I drive test HHiea to aelllns books for
tft Wk meetiasa. uatu Wi when be re
tiv(t word from Doctor Chapman, say
tajC tjiat he was going to give up his
MMgeiwie wtk aa oecoeie Baaior or
fwifcaoy preaoytetlaii Cfcurefc, tbU dty.
.o. aale PhtladeKpMK estaa Ma the
vtnMiotauce that letf Suaday to Eaeuld
'ifown cut ut his tiMUlan, the youag
did out. kuojw wMcfa way to titra,
SU. was, ktref, eMnaeat ta hia datre to
jUii in HJfilitt ork. and, ua-is--UJl
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THE REV. DR. WILLIAM A. SUNDAY
Mr. Speice, whose picture appears on the right oE Mr. Sunday, is the member of the Sunday party who
designs the tabernacles and superintends their construction. Mrs. Sunday assists the Evangelist in
much of his work. Members of the Executive Committee, from left to right, are top row Ben T.
Welclv'the Rev. IT. A. Musser, Walter M. Wood, E. H. Bonsall, C. E. Beury, F. S. Edmonds, John B.
Tuttle and the Rev. E. H. Emett. Below are William R. Nicholson, Joseph M. Steele, Mrs. Clarence L.
Harper, E. J. Cattell, George C, Shane and John C. Winston. Several members were not present when
this photograph was taken.
plete collcglato education While work
ing on tho farms back In Iowa, he man
aged to attend high Bchool for a time, but
never was able to finish the work.and ob
tain a diploma. He has always been an
earnest student, however, since he decided
to become a preacher: and while coaching
at Northwestern University, during his
baseball days, he attended classes there
for a while. Ho has had the honorary
degree ot Doctor ot Divinity conferred
upon him, and on April 15, 1903, he was
ordained as a minister In the Presbytery
of Chicago.
Mr. Sunday and his happy family, com
posed of Mrs. Sunday and four children,
live In a cozy bungalow at Winona Lake,
Ind. But the evangelist Is so busy "ham
mering the old-time religion Into men
throughout the United States," that he
can only And a month or sis weeks each
year in which he -can rest and enjoy the
home life.. His children are Helen, George,
William and Paul.
CAMPAIGN TO OPEN
HERE ON JANUARY 3
TO LAST TEN WEEKS
Many Meetings Will Be
Held Daily to Boost Billy
Sunday's Revival.
Billy Sunday's campaign,' In Philadelphia
Is scheduled to begin, on Sunday, Jan
uary 3. In the big Tabernacle' facing
Logan Square, at 19th and Vina streets.
According to present plans, there will be
three services In the Tabernacle that day
and two every weekday, excepting Mon
days, during the 19 Weeks ensuing.
Although Mr Sunday haa always made
It a rule to take Monday oft" as his Test
day, and never preaches In the taberna
cles on that day. it more often happens
that he is busy addressing meetings in
nearby towns and cities, or meetings of
different organizations ot men.
The present plan l to hold thb local
meetings at 10 a. m. and S and 74 p, m,
on Sundays, and at 2 and 7:30 p. m. on
all weekdays, excepting Mondays. The
song services that will be held previous
to well evening sermon will be features
of the (services. For the local meetings
tbe singers will be divided into two choirs,
eaeh having 1640 voices. These will sing
on alternate evenings during the cam
paign, under the leadership of Prof.
Homer Rodeheaver, whom Mr. Sunday
calls "Rodey."
Rodeheaver is a great choir leader. II
"jollls" tbe audience and get everybody
BlllgWff, BO Wl UJO pwpiQ 4D IU WQ U
of spirits when tbe time come for Mr.
Sunday to preach
Besides tbe meetings in. tbe Tabernacle,
there will be many luncheons apd. meet
Inge every day, under the leaders; of the
WMtot phases of the work; Mrs, Sun
day le one of the active workers in nwiy
of tfcte outside services. Besides looking
rJter much of Mr. .Sunday's penoaal
buainaee piap and bolptetf fchq In, maar
ways, she attends aa awv er the ieetal
meetings aa she can, at dees Hiuefe to
create widw iaurest.
Oa some day there wW be aa waagr as
& separate meettage is aegfteatje f0
tbe campaign
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gVBNlN'q LEBGER PHILAPBIiPHlA TUESDAY, DECEMBIOB
MTJSIC FEATURE OF MEETINGS
Never In the many jears that Billy
Sunday has been conducting evangelistic
services has he had such a big choir as
will be awaiting" him In Philadelphia.
More than 3600 persons will sing during
THE CALL TO ARMS!
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"Billy" Sunday's First Words lor Philadelphia Battle Against Sin
Dear Philadelphia:
I have watched with increasing satisfaction and interest the thorough and business
like preparations that your various committees have been making for the coming cam
paign, which we hope and pray will be, under the blessing of Almighty God, the high
water mark in the religious history of the City of Brotherly, Love, long ago dedicated
by William Penn to the worship of the only true God. J, - "
The way to get what you want is to want it. ,' ,
Does Philadelphia want (Jtc presence of Chris in her offices, shops, stores, factories,
schools and homes? ,'-'
-''
Does Philadelphia want to see a "For Rent" sign hanging in tffe-wJiidoiy of every
brewery, saloon and house of
Dqes Philadelphia want
Does Philadelphia want
Does Philadelphia want
-. -..
Does Philadelphia want to see homes of squalor and want tttjttied into abodes of
peace and plenty? J" - "
Does Philadelphia want to see her churches become throbbing .centres of spiritual
life, instead of gorgeous religious clubhouses? ,
If she does, and if you and I are to realise our vision of a redeemed city, and to
receive an answer to the unnumbered thousands of petitions thdl are bombarding the
Throne of Grace on behalf of the surging', seething thousands of sin-curied lives that
are staggering under their load of guilt, some one will have to sweat blood, and the faith
and heroism and martyr spirit that made possible a Valley Forge, with its crimson
snows, will have to be reproduced and repeated in fens of thousandsi of lives of those u)Jio
claim allegiance tp Jesus Ghrls.
Men and women of Philadelphia, the fight is ant Sin iijwtrenehed in places high
and low. The saloon and brothel, the gambling hmh politiwtJp&fh extortion, trickery
and deceit will not submit to extermination without a mighty struggle to maintain their
hold upon the individual and body politic. The gxeed of man wilj yield to tt&tMflg less
than the grace oj God.
I appeal to all who believe that Elijah's Gpd still lives, and who are anxious to see
a tidal wave of the old-time religion that iax waited the cold world's heart for 2QQQ
years, to get nighpvsith God anj be tepefy, in the najne of Qhjist,U go to the last diUh,
and plant -the bhsdstained banner ofthe S tfjGd upon the ramparts of sin, 9itt
nana? una reiiy ttrsuna me
"All hail the power of
i liM iIOE SPEICE MRS. WILLIAM A. SUNDAY
the services in the Tabernacle While
these "singers will all be classed as the
Sunday choir, they will in reality be two
choirs, for 1S0O of them will sing at each
evening and Sunday service.
Professor Homer Rodeheaver, of the
Sunday party, will lead the singing.
til-fame 7
to see thieves made to steal no
to hear the blasphemer pray instead of'txrse?
re
to see drunkards made sobeff
jrasr, ana stng i ti
Jesus' name"
COMING CAMPAIGN IN PHILADELPHI
MRS.
Building: Will Accommodate 20,000
Parsons at Each Service.
As though by magic, the monster,
turtle-shaped tabernacle was thrown to
gether on the vacant plot along the Park
way, at 18th nnd Vine streets, during the
last few weeks. Joe Spclce, who has
planned and directed tho construction of
the Billy Sunday tabernacles for years,
was in charge of the work, and Bcveral
score of men put It together.
The structuro will nccommodate about
20.000 persons, and, with the exception
of the Pittsburgh tabernacle, Is the larg
est In which the evangelist has preached.
It cost about 118.000.
The auditorium will be furnished only
with pine board seats, and big stoves will
heat It. Between the seats will be wide
aisles. They will be covered with Baw
dust to prevent noise and to reduce the
danger from fire. Each of them leads to
a door opening Into the street.
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WILLIAM A. SUNDAY
ORGANIZATION FOR
WORK FOLLOWS OUT
A WELL-LAID PLAN
Tjie Rev. E. H. Emett, Sun
- day's Assistant, -Tells" of
Methods and Praises Lo
cal Preparations.
Organlratlon Is one of tlve things that
has mtfch to do with the sucecss of the
revivals conducted in the Sunday taber
nacles. Billy Sunday can convert thou
sands when ho gets them to his meetings.
The Rev. 33. H. Emett, assistant to Billy
Sunday, who has been hero for several
weeks, helping with the lodal committees
and plans, in nn Interview, gives some
iaea ot me macninery or the great organ
ization. "Organization of the forces for n cam
paign conducted by Mr. Sunday has
passed tho experimental stage. In com
ing to a city I know what Mr. Sunday
requires, and suggest or outline to the
committees the various phases of the or
ganization," he said,
"The one exception In this city is the
matter of planning for neighborhood
prayer meetings. These have been ad
mirably cared for by Doctor George H,
Blckley. In no city where Mr. Sunday
nas conducted a meeting have broader or
better plans for the prayer meetings been
laid.
"Another valuable and Important phase
of the preparatory work l that of the
Rev. George G, Dowey, who, under the
joint auspices of the Central Committee
and the Philadelphia County Sunday
School Association, Is Increasing- the mem
berships of the men's Bible classes In the
Sunday schools. Similar work to this Is
being done In Des Moines, and we have
found ample opportunity to relate this
special work to the scheme of organiza
tion. We are planning to relate Mr, Dow
ey'g efforts to the work of the Men's
League In Philadelphia.
'In every city that Is organized for a.
Sunday campaign the position of the pas
tor Is recognized. The whole scheme
of organization begins with an appeal to
the pastor for men and women to help In
the details. The church la the goal of
tviry activity In connection with Mr.
Sunday's campaign. There Is nothing
that Mr. Sunday Is mort Insistent upon
than that the ministers shall be In the
forefront from tbe beginning.
"Mr. Bunday'a campaign la. complete In
that It doss pot leave lot of new con
verts outside of the church. But. through
the various lines of organlratlon, be
teka to immediately relate the new mn.
J verts to the churches.
"yftu ask what churches they desire td
go ling ana in repiy i must say all
Churches. They go to the Protsstant
episcopal, me iumran, tna Baptist and
the churches of all the other denomina
tions." .
Asked whether many go to the Roman
Catholic ehurches, Mr. Emett entfmaias.
tlcally replied;
"Yes, X handled scores of cards slaved
by converts who said they wanted to go
to Cathelte ohurehea. We always lend
tbcae card to tbe priest or chuiuh mea.
turned By the convert.
J"? Htriaj eburch People attend
Mr, Bunday'a meetings and a.re brought
under the powerful preaoUteg of tbe Gos
pel In iwt s largo proportion as mem
bers of other denominations. Mr. Sun
day's campaigns are always clty-wlde.
Therefore, the organization must be
fJS? f.uand flexible enough to adapt
itself to the requirements of the large o?
ewaU city, an dto rnset the MuSrejdeata
of every evangelical deaoMluUM.
"The orgapiaatioos. or groups to oiv
seals M tbe choir, tba (ward a( u,bw
"l eeretertes, ttw pemonaj
wwk Uadee the wr league wUcli
has itfrteUMw-a elder weu'fT i
yMMMr atea'e and a oofs'), the JuJ?
met mm,M laeit&Uea "ttnJKiTsL
tttdsh emlH-ag two kind, of work-n
ai aejatoM women who work to Ih
cU of the eity and U ter & 2Z
suasion work among weoMn emploiid
i Pliwea-ta pteue uTirf.'S!
MANY CONVERTS HERE
I first knew Mr. Sunday when 'he;
was a star on the old Chlcano "White
Stockings" baseball club. I remem
ber his conversion at Pacific Garden
Mission, and used to hear Harry Mon-i
roe tell how marvelously the gracaj
of God has changed "Billy Sunday,",
I heard one of his earliest public ad-i
dresses. To tell the truth. It was not
a great success. His vocabulary was"
rather limited and his style hesltat-
l.n nn,f l-l nttt. In Ihna- rtnta IStin!1'
(IIU l,w Jir,t UU. ,,, IIIU.U MMO vul-
day used to say to those who crltN'
died: ,
"Stop knocking, boys' I'll show you
some day how to preach"'
Well, he has shown vast multitudes
In all parts of the Republlo how to
preach.
Through all the years since, Mr,
Sunday and I have been friends. As
an editor I helped to Introduce him
to the public and to give him a start.
I ihave watched his steady advance In
efficiency and popularity with real
pleasure. I have every confidence In
his personal npd ministerial charac
ter. Mr. Sunday Is a man of liberal edu
cation, of real culture and of tre
mendous moral earnestness. As a
preacher he Is unique, winsome and
tremendously effective. He says some
thlpgs I would not say' and does some
inings i womo not ao. uut ir ne saia
things as I say them and did things
as I do them, he would not be Dtlly
Sunday and the multitudes would 'not
flack to hear him and bo uplifted, by
his preaching.
My confident expectation Is that Mr,
Sunday will be used In Philadelphia
for the rescue and uplift of a multi
tude of men and women.
"BILLY" SUNDAY HAS
LED OYER QUARTER
MILLION FROM SIN
One-time Famous Baseball
Player Has Great Record
as Whirlwind Evangelist.
DurW tho 19 years that "Billy" Sun
day has been In evangelistic work.' ha
has spoken before more peophj than any
living man. Even in 'the smaller cities
and towns where tabernacles are built
large enough to accommodate 10,Q0Q per
sono.'thcre have been 'overflow meetings
practically levery time Mr. Sunday has
spoken. In thousands of cases immense
crowds were unable to gain admittance.
Estimates of the number of converts
Sunday has htfd place It from n quarter
of a million to 400,000. It seems aafe to
say that at least 300,000 persona have "hit
the sawdust trail" through "BidyV
preaching. There is no mora (spectacular
preacher, actor or public speaker Uvlpu
today than Sunday. By his acrobatic
preaching and his unique use of the
everyday vernacular he proves so enter
taining that many thousands of persojis,
who" dislike hi? methods, are drawn ia
the tabernacles. '
Many of the skeptics and many of
Sunday's" wort assailants previous to the
meetlpgs become Ids best friends tfnd
are among those 'wh.o "hit the trail" and
afterward become active Christian work-
ers. An evidence of thU was brought
to Philadelphia In. the autumn when al-
most 1000 "frall.hlttera" were brought
here from Soranton and Wllkes-Barre
by the Rev. George G Dowey. who has
peen organizing w.MO men In Bible classes
Throughout his services, BUiy nttaeka
tho salcon. and there l usually a wide
expanse of "dry" territory around .tba
towns In which be has a campaign (Men
after he leave In the mmln-T- etfoiTof
Pennsylvania there were- bot 0 lew
t1f?S,?"Bi; 1,U WW1-" "' ScrautS;
and Wilkes-Barre within a yea afterWs
departure. ' w
.lB. OhUrict superintendents of
the Methodtet KpbKJopal Chuach in tut
wrne Oouuty a a abort ttpie ago ,tat
there had never been as gret icuVlcy
ofJS! tb urch peo,U' the gwft
of tbe raembewhlp m the -hurchw of
aa denooUnatto-a had beea largir the
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