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quarters, 508 Schiller bldg. Geo. V.
BILLY SUNDAY The people of
Philadelphia who went on the spirit
ual drunk with their ?50,000 evan
gelist are putting the best face on the
matter that is possible, but disap
pointment regarding results cannot
be concealed. Some of the newspa
pers that .contributed to the spree
while it was on are now sober, if not
repentant. The Public Ledger, which
was as bad as any, has since depre
cated the "unfortunate demand for
money" that is now discovered to
have been the main object of the re
vivalist, if not of the committee which
promoted his exhibition. The Ledger
takes water also in this fashion:
"Without minimizing in the slight
est the good that may result from
the Billy Sunday campaign in awak
ening a new religious interest in the
community it can be said beyond a
doubt that he has done incalculable
harm in certain directions.
"Here are some aspects of his
teaching that are worse than pagan:
'It's a good thing I'm not God for fif
teen minutes. If I were, I'd fill your
papers with obituaries and fill freight
cars with the dead.'
"Nothing 'is more anti-Christian
than to spread the doctrine of hate.
And it must, be admitted that quite
recently religious bigotry in America
has developed to a degree that is
comparable only with the" blood-lust
of the worst of the middle ages. , 'To
hell -with the Turk,' cried Sunday.
The horrible slogan carries us back
to the grewsome barbarities of the
Crusades. Consigning evolutionists
and higher critics to everlasting per
dition among them men like Henry
Ward Beecher, Henry Drummond,
George Adam Smith and Phillips
Brooks does not smack of Christian
charity. To inflame evangelical de
nominations with damnatory clauses
that make the Athanasian creed Dale
weakness, against unitarians, 1
Universalists and-Christian Scientists
is not the best way of making Chris
tian truth and love triumphant in the
The clergy are by no means unitedj;
in the belief that the medicine dance v
will on the whole improve religious
conditions, but the alienists are one j
in declaring it-productive of mischief, .
Two prominent local psychologists
agree in. stating the results to be
"$50,000 for the evangelist and un
mitigated harm to the public." The
Ledger quoted from Dr. J. Madison,. ,
Taylor, professor of non-pharmaceu-
tical therapeutics in Temple univer-'
sity, a man of national reputation,
the opinion that the evangelist's cam
paign will prove of incalculable evil,
and Dr. James Hendrie Lloyd, 116 S.
21st st, widely known as an alienist,
believes the revivalist has worked
upon the emotional to the ultimate
disadvantage generally xf converts.
Dr. Taylor said there was bound to be
a reaction, and that the pendulum of
easily stirred emotionalism would
I swing back and make conditions
worse than before the devil-chasing
Occurred. "The fluctuating emotion
of the mob and its vacillating opin
ion,' he said, "is a thing easily '
swayed by the exhorter, but it cannot
be kept loyal to anything, through
the very weakness with which it ia.
'converted.' " Robert Hr Lanyon.
TO AN "OLD RAIL" OF APRIL 2.
"Old Rail" you are away off. So
the readers of The Day Book will
have to have the correct meaning of
green flags on the front of an engine.
Here I cite rule 20 of the Standard
Book of Rules on movements of train,
also rule 21:
"Rule 20 All sections of a train,
except the last, will display two green
flags, and, in addition, two green
lights by night, in places provided for
that purpose on the front of an engine.
"Rule 21 -Extra trains will display
two white flags, and, in addition, two
white lights by night in places pro-
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