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They barely survive Act I. Act II
brings Albert's wealthy uncle, with
his ideas, which do ndt at all jibe with
those of the Cooks.
All that then -happens to Albert is
that his uncle fires him, and his girl
breaks their engagement, and the un
ion declares a strike on his half-fin
ished domicile. Right there is where
he' stops being a Jiodb:
He gets the house, eventually by
which time a certain anguished Miss
Cook has decided to cut loose from
her large family and tie up to Albert.
The peppery uncle forgives, and all
CARPET AND CUSHIONS VS. FOLKS
The successor of Henry Ward Beecber sustains the traditions which,
under that great preacher, opened Plymouth Church for -a week during the
civil war as the abode of soldiers on their way to battle for' human liberty.
Says NewtonDwight Hillis:
"If a hundred or a thousand unemployed and shelterless men wanted
to sleep in our church, I mqst certainly would let them sleep there. You
would also find me going out'to get food and coffee for them. I never put
carpet and cushions ahead of folks."
That group of desperate men irom New York's bread line which the
other night stormed a prayer meeting asking for shelter and were turned
away by the embarrassed pastor, who pleaded lack of authority to use the
cushioned pews fo rsuch a purpose, raised a question which may travel far.
Of course, our modern church buildings weren't designed to serve as
lodging houses. But the presence of -homeless men in the community is a
challenge which the church least of all institutions can afford to treat hesi
tantly. In its beginning it was most of all a refuge of the oppressed. If
now that it has grown rich and comfortable and possessed of great prop
erties it should show a different spirit, what hold could it expect to retain
upon the meek and lowly and dispossessed of this day?
To all we commend Dr. Hillis' philosophy pastors, laymen, church
men or unchurched:
Never put carpet and cushions ahead of folks.
Douglas Best is a middle aged man who lives in Mt. Vernon and has
business in New York. Two months ago his wife left himj taking with her
their 5-year-old son, most of her personal possessions and $250. Before
she left she tore up all the photographs of herself, so that when Douglas
went to the newspapers to ask for their aid after the police had failed to
locate her, he could give only a verbal description.
We mention, these details because, though Douglas says he can't
imagine why she should want to get away from a happy home, they indi
cate that she must not have thought it as happy as he. 'And a chance re
mark of his maybe lets light upon the cause of her flight.
"I never got home at night until midnight," he said, -"and I went to work
again soon after I got up, at 8 o'clock in the morninjg."
In this day of feminist questioning of old customs, of revolt, indeed,
against inherited fettering of women's freedom, think what, must have been
the strain on- the affections of a wife and mother to whom marriage, as in
this case, was ohly a meal ticket, paid for by imprisonment.
Think of the rottenness of any business which' made dollars chasing .
a. 16-hour concern of each day, while- home meant only a place to go to '
when all other places had -closed.