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"woman was his "wife, and the -woman
if the man were her husband. . Both
answered "no."'The man, in response
to questions, admitted that they had
been found m bed together when ar-.
rested, in a house tt owned by the
Gov. O'Hara seemed puzzled.
Nothing .concerning white, slavery ap
peared in tliis case. The woman
must.have:been 35 years old, and said
she had been married but had been
abandoned by her husband a year
and a half ago. '
In the meantime, Pastor Williams
had gone up on the platform, back
of the table, where he held a whis
pered consultation with Gov. O'Hara.
I was watching Pastor Williams' face
closely as he looked over Gov.
O'Hara's shoulder at the woman and
There was none of the merciful
lovelight of Christianity in the pas
tor's eyes. None of the pity, rioneof
the human sympathy I wanted to
see ftp there was running through
my mind, as I studied that scene, and
saw the woman, the men accusers
and the men judges, another story of
a woman and her accusers and her
I was thinking o the time when
men accused a woman, and quoted
to Jesus the law of Moses, which
said that a woman found in adultery
should be stoned.
And in my mind's eye I could see
the gentle Nazerene as He wrote in
the sand, and then turned His won
derful lovelit eyes on the meiwvho
accused, and pronounced His judg-.
ment: "Let him who is without'
guilt cast the first stone."
And I thought of how the men who
had accused the woman had slunk
away until Jesus and the woman
were alone, when Jesus gently ad
monished her to go and sin no more.
I never had seen that woman of
the O'Hara midnight session be
fore. I. never had heard of her. I'
knew nothing of her life, her troubles,
J her hopes, Her fears." . 1 couldn't" judge
J her, any more than I can judge any
oiner woman, i uiun i Know jneny
don't know now and never will know
how niuch of good or of evil there
was in her heart.
But I have'come.to believe.' there is
more of good than of evil in every
human heart, and that all of us would
profit more by hunting for the good
than condemning the evil in others.
I. don't know how far that woman
has fallen in the judgment of God,
and I haven't the temerity to -judge
her myself. But no matter; how far
she has fallen in the eyes of meh, or
of other women, I gladly admit that
my sympathy went out to her that
night as she was pilloried before
Two stories came to my mind
the one I have already, alluded to,
and the other. "The Scarlet Letter,"
which I read in my early youth and
which has influenced my mental at
titude toward all women ever since.
I have no bitterness toward any
human being, but often I find myself
bitter toward the conduct of some
If Pastor Williams is a real Chris
tian and is worthy of the admiration
of Y. M. C. A. men and all Christians
in general, his character will suffer
nothing by either the criticism, ridi
cule t or denunciation of The -Day
'Book orany other newspaper.
On the contrary, it will help him to
develop that real Christianity to the,
point where there will beno hatred
in his heart, but. rather pity, compas
sion and iove for all sinners. -
With the love and admiration lof
the Y. M. ,C. A. men and Christians in
general Pastor Williams is abundant
ly protected. I teok the woman's side
of it, the sinner's side "if you please,
in the interest of Christianity as I
The strong do not. need my sup
port. They are always overwhelmed
with offers of assistancejaecause they
are strong. I deliberately choose .my
position bn 'the side of the weak, even