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VOL. XXXVIII. NO. 22
HAYS, ELLIS COUNTY. KANSAS , THURSDAY. MAY 2, 1918.
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HAYS, KANSAS
LIBERTY DAY BIG SUCCESS
Over Three Thousand People Heard
Program in Sheridan Coliseum
After Parade
After dragging a German flag i i
the mud for the mile of the parade
on Liberty Day over three thousand
Ellis County folks trampled on it as
they entered Sheridan Coliseum for
the bier program.
The principal address was given by
the Rev. Tr. John Maher of Salina,
It was an address that aroused the
patriotic blood of everyone present.
When Fr. Maher concluded at the
end of his talk of almost an hour, the
applause was so hearty and insistent,
the speaker was forced to arise and
acknowledge the tribute, before .the
meeting could proceed. Fr. Maher
took as his principal theme the fact
that American citizens who came
from across the waters had been
"weded" to the United States a un
ion for life and death. He traced
the development of America showing
wherein it was the melting pot of
the world. Throughout it .was punc-
! tuated with applause.
i Mrs. W. A. Lewis presided on the
I platform of the Ellis County Liberty
Loan Committees, headed by C. G.
Cochran, J. M .Shaffer and Miss Eess
Leahy.
Mrs. J. W. Read read the Presi
dent's proclamation for the day,
April 26th. C. G. Cochran talked on
the Loan and when he announced that
illis County was then $41,000 over
the quota and unfurled the honor flag
Uie entthusiasm was at its height.
The parade was a picturesque one
and representated every organization
in Hays. Each did some unique to
carry out the patriotic spirit of the
day.
The business houses were closed
from one to five o'clcok by proclama
tion of the mayor.
Chiropractic
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COMMUNITY CHORUS TO SING
Elijah to be Presented on May 15th
by the Chorus of Hays Voices
The first chorus of Hays' voices
will present "The Eliiah" at the Nor
mal Auditorium on Wednesday, May
15th, under the direction of Henry
Edward Malloy. The soloists are, Miss
Helen Pestana, Mrs. Clara L. Malloy,
Mr. A. G. Todd and Mr. Malloy.
chorus are H. J. Penney, President;
Mrs. T. N .Clover, Vice President;
Victor Holm, Treasurer; Miss Eliza
beth J. Agnew, Secretary; H. E. Mal
loy, Conductor; Miss Dora E. Grass,
Assistant Secretary for Sopranos;
Mrs. Wood for Altos; Mr. Wiest for
Tenors: and Mr. Meier for Basses.
The chorus voted as honorary mem
bers the following: The Rev. Gerritt
: 'nyder, C. G. Cochran, the Rev. E.
). Rogers ',E. M. Speer, Victor Holm,
C. W. Miller, Jr., , Geo. Philip, Jr..
Mrs. Frank Fields. Miles Mulroy and
President W. A. Lewis.
Truan and
visitors in
Mrs. John
Hays, this
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At Ellis Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday After
noons At Residence of Mr. Ira S. Post
Mrs. Matt
Miller were
week.
Henrietta Truan is visiting her sis
ter, Mrs. Stanley Chittenden, for a
few days.
Mr. and Mrs. John Miller motored
to Stafford, Wednesday morning, to
visit relatives.
Ask' your grocer for "Over the
Top." The flour sold without substi
tutes. Ask your grocer.
"Over the Top." The flour sold
without "trimmings." Ask for it.
Made in the Hays Mill.
The Salina Journal annuonced that
Mrs. F. E. Huttie of Hays was in that
city Wednesday, on a shopping ex
u sion.
On Monday evening, May 6th,
there will be a "get acquainted so
cial at the Methodist church for Dr.
and Mrs. Snap and their family. All
members and friends of the church
j re urgently requested to be present
STATE SUNDAY SCHOOL CON
VENTION
Service Flaes for Decoration
The long balcony of the Hutchin
son municipal auditorium will next
week present an array of service flags
such as no public event of the season
has presumed to display. Churches
all over Kansas are justly proud of
their service flaes. One class alone,
in Holton, boasts a flag with forty-
fmi, stars whose teacher is now also
overseas. These flags are suitably
inscribed and will be displayed to ad
vantage bv the Rev. H. J. Cockenll
of Wellington, to whom the state com
mittee has assigned this timely patri
otic feature. Delegates will bring
their flags in person. Both the local
committee at nuicnmson uu
sate office at Abilene report wide
spread interest and predict a record
attendance.
CHRISTIANITY
AND LITERATURE
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The Rev. Wiest Delivers a Brilliant
Address Showing How the Two .
Are Related
The lecture of the Rev. C. F. Wiest
on "Christianity ana literature in
the course on Christian World Demo
cracy at the Normal School attract
ed so much comment that the Free
Prss secured it for publication .
P. Caspar Harvey of the Normal
faculty who has charge of this course
told the Free Press this week: "The
lectures on the course on Christian
World Democracy by the priests and
pastors of Hays have been especially
interesting to the .Normal students.
These lectures will be continued dur
ing the summer school as well. May I
not ask the Free Press to publicly
express our appreciation to the Rev.
C. F. Wiest, the Rev. Fr. Dominic,
the Rev. Fr. Gilbert, the Rev. Gerritt
Snyder, the Rev.. E. O. Rogers, and
the Rev. A. S. Hale for their assist
ance and inspiration in the work."
The brilliant address of Mr. Wiest s
is published in full as follows:
The world took its greatest single
step forward when language was in
vented. There is nothing in human his
tory that equals this achievement in
importance. Civilization is impos
sible without it. Among beings cap
able of language the simplest as well
as the profoundest facts in the uni
verse must be interpreted and passed
on. They will be interpreted some
how. They are heTe to be inter
preted. We are here to interpret
them. Language must be employed
or this purpose. Words, carefully
defined, accurately used, and com
monly understood, are the mightiest
medium for the communication of
ideas. Through such commerce, or
trade in ideas, the race generalizes
its experiences, and through its Lit
eratures aims to put its findings with
in reach of all. It is the true leaven
in the lump of the world. All educa
tion depends upon such antecedents.
Language is the r basis of litera
ture. Literature covers the entire
record of human knowledge, having
m view its preservation, dissemina
tion, and appreciation. Through lit
erature, as a written art, the seeking
and developing human spirit tries to
express its inner self, to record its
conquests, to immortalize its labors,
and to perpetuate its influence.
1. Christianity has a literature of
its own. . -
Religion depends upon Literature.
The imperishable teachings of Reli-
lon are committed to literary forms
md are promulgated by the same. Al
though the "letter kiileth," Christian
ity is, in a sense, a "book religion."
We cannot think of Christian
ity apart from a book. We can
not discuss our subject apart from
The Book." It is the Christ and the
Christianity of the Bible we are try
ing to account for in the general tone
of the new cuiturfijhat js coming to
bless the world.. Although Christ
Himself, wrote nothing, His works
.id precepts had to be recorded. He
knew that without such record, hum
-ily speaking. He would soon oe for
gotten. His kingdom, though not
of this world," would have no propa
ganda, and His work would perish.
Truths unrecorded and unrelated are
like society without organization.
without purpose. He said, Heaven
and earth shall pass away, but My
Words shall not pass away.
The Bible as Litterature is unique.
It has a history not unlike that of
other collections oi books. A con
temporary literature sprang up all
along the way. " But many years
passed before these writings were
sifted from other inferior . writings
and finally arranged in their present
form and order. These writings were
in the form of records, poems, let
ters, etc., but somehow though local in
origin, they met a universal need. It
was many years before they acquired
the sanctity of inspired writings; but
now for nearly nineteen centuries
they have been the Standard Litera
ture of Christianity.
I say "standard literature" advis
edly- Today m profane literature we
have standard authors. Their liter
ary merit has been established. By
a certain superiority in diction, beau
ty of style, and permanence of inter
est, they maintain their position in
the world of letters. They have sur
vived because they are . the highest
rliterary products of the race. So the
books of the Bible are the standard
spiritual writings of a spiritual peo
ple A different geniu3 presides over
the activities of these authors, human
though they be. The Holy Spirit,
whatever our theory of inspiration,
has brooded over intellect, affection
and will of lawgiver, scribe, prophet,
poet, evangelist and apostle, until
through their spiritualized faculties
has grown up a body of literature
which has no rival in importance of
subject, depth of thought, or beauty
of expression. By a certain finality
of authority, superiority of purpose,
and universality of interest, they
have become not only a standard, but
a class by themselves, peculiar, com
plete, exclusive, whose mystical fel
lowship no other writings may ever
enter. The books of the Bible are
the standard spiritual writings,
through which God reveals His spe
cial and saving truth, and instructs
His people. They give spiritual in
formation for spiritual ends. This
standard library of the Spirit is a
public library, in the fullest sense of
the word, dedicated to the whole
world and to be made accessible to
all. Our theme today rests upon the
assumption that the world has drawn
largely on this its divine and infalli
ble heritage of truth and power.
This library of sixty-six books
covers every phase of human exper
ience, engaging the pens of a least
fifty authors, of various social grades,
from the king on his throne to the
herdsman by the dunghill; from the
polished literary products of Paul,
the learned Pharisee and the beauti
ful strophes of David, the "sweet sing
er of Israel,' and the glorious periods
of Isaiaji, the gospel prophet, to the
hasty compositions of Mark, the ex
citable, youth, and the un gram
matical errors of Peter, the iiliter
matical errorsof peter, the illiter
ate fisherman; recording truth rang
ing in importance from the
mightiest secrets of eternity to
the most obvious commonplaces of
time; dealing in law, history, poetry,
and philcsophy; comprising records,
public and private; and letters, gen
eral and personal all which are the
carriers of Divine Truth, much of
which man can test, some of which is
beyond his present powers either to
analyze or to comprehend. The Bi
ble must have literary form and fol
low literary rules in order to be in
telligible to us. If polished and un
usual in places, we rejoice in its per
fections ; if seemingly crude and com
monplace in others, we hail its con
descension.
God did the human and logical
thing. God is an Author, just as any
other author. He seeks to become a
popular author. Every person who
vants to be known, or has a truth to
tell, or a viewpoint to advocate, or
would have his ideas become the cur
rent thought of the day, writes a
book about it, or a magazine article.
or gets it into the newspapers. He
publishes and advertises himself and
his Thought. That is what God did.
He had His own reporters and aman
uenses. He put His thoueht in
to human hearts by the medium of
language, s -ng before us what He
would have u. " ,rw, with enough of
mystery in it to ii. - s ill the more
inquisitive and stv. . But the
important thing to rev . r is that
God is willing to have i- . infinite
truth shrunken to the fin;. asure
of human language, if the-.y men
might have light. So the Eternal
Truth of God was compressed into
words; that is, literature.. Words,
while obscuring the full majesty of
the truth, rendering unintelligible
many phases of it, nevertheless are
the medium through which it became
known in a measure to man; that is.
in man s measure. The majesty of
the known vouches for the claims of
the unknown!
The word of God is not only a rec
ord of certain important events in the
history of His revelation of Himself
to man, but also and especially a
channel through which the crrace of
that same God is offered to the world'
Paul says, "Our gospel came not in
word only, but also in power, and in
the Holy Ghost, and in much assur
ance." That is. our cosnel is not lit
erature only, but also a dynamo, an
oracle, a pledge or guarantee. But
it must be approached and apprehend
ed hrst as literature! or it cannot be
these other things. All sound inter
pretation of the Bible is based upon
the grammatical-historical method.
that is, upon the Bible as lit
erature. Fanciful and errone
ous interpretations are those
which ignore this logical and
sensible method. The Bible as lit
erature is peculiar in this that God
has provided this particular body of
writings as a special medium through
which He makes known to men cer
tain needful truths, truths man could
not find out by himself, but a know
ledge of which is necessary for his
greatest spiritual well-being and
safely, truths whose operation it un
der the direct administration of the
Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, it
seems, cannot "take" the things of
Christ and show them unto us" as
Christ promised, unless they are
first written own! Christianity itself
depends upon a literature written in
the language of the world it would
reach The Spirit must work in us
according to the laws of the mental
life, and God Himself respects these
laws oi mw own making by con
forming to them in His own person,
in all His activities to redeem and to
sanctify man
II. Christianity affects other lit
eratures.
Christianity, through its own liter
ature, has vitally affected the form
and content of all literatures. When
we speak of "Christianity and Litera
ture," we refer to the influence of
the Christian that is, the Biblical
viewpoint upon the world of letters
The Christian viewpoint, as recorded
in the Bible, is obtained only from
Christ Himself. By "Christianity"
we always mean His recorded views
respecting both theory and practice.
This naturally includes the Old Tes
tament Scriptures, on which Christ
was fed and with which He was filled
which he endorsed and never repud
iated, which He came "not to destroy,
but to fulfil. Christ has a very defin.
ite thory about His own person and
work, which He left for His disciples
to record, develop, and apply under
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The rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the rose,
The moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are
bare,
Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair;
The sunshine is a glorious birth;
But yet I know, where'r I go.
That there hath passed away a glory
from the earth.
The general mission of literature.
whether sacred or profane, is search
for truth, its proper expression, re
ception and practice. This is con
sciously or unconsciously, prefessedly
or tacitly the aim of every autthor.
Otherwise, if he persists in writing,
he might as well be taken out and
shot metaphorically speaking a3 a
traitor to humanity; or else be put
in durance vile where he could do
no more harm. This aim may be
coated, garnished, simplified, or em
phasized by prose, pbetry, history, fic
tion, allegory, parable ,fab!e, or any
other device known to literary art.
The Christian idea or scheme of
things, has made over or-reconstruct-
ed the human mind to see new truths,
values, beauties, and has lead to new
appreciation, expression and illustra
tion. The ancient religions made
men fear knowledge: Christianity
makes men fear ignorance. "Ye shall
know the truth, and truth shall make
you free."
It is surprising how largely the po
etical idea dominates literatures of
the classic or permanent form. The
highest forms of truth are open only
to the poetic temperament. Here is
a field from which he mere scientist
is absolutely barred: Darwin's prosy
soul protested against music as a
howling dog at the sound of a church
bell or as Mephisto at the sign of the
Cross! The poets, or those of poetic
temperament, are natural theologians,
not consciously so, but actually so.
nevertheless. They are the "seers of
visions and the dreamers of dreams."
If "poetry is an imaginative repro
duction of the universe in its ideal
relations and the expression of those
relations in rhythmical literary form,"
as Strong affirms, then the divine ele
ment is bound to have a large hear
ing. God, acording to His great crea
tive scheme, has constituted the sensi
tized man a poet; that is, a "maker."
It is significant that the "poet" is
called preeminentlly the "maker."
Browning sets this before us in the
striking lines from the "Ring and the
Book."
I find first
Writ own for very A B C of fact,
"In the beginning God made heaven
and earth;"
Man, as befits the made, the infer
ior thing,
Repeats God's process in man's due
degree,
Attaining man's proportionate re
, suit,
Creates, no, but resuscitates, perhaps.
the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This-4 For such mans feat is in the due de
uuujr ui uiciaiuic liiq uiu xut-l gree
menc on wnicn xie was iea, ana xne i Mimic creation, galvanism for life.
would have us add to our feeding
has done much to alter and improve
the content and form of other litera
tures. -Prof. Bowen of Harvard, says,
lhese books (the Bible) contain
body of history, poetry and philoso
phy, the study of which has done
more than any other single cause to
modify the course and happiness of
thmkmg men on the earth, and to
color and direct the whole course of
modern civilization. Their im
print is on most of the literature.
the philosophy, the legislation and the
history of the last 1,700 years." Lit
erature is indeed infinitely older
than Christianity, but Christiantiy,
the comparative new-comer, raises lit
erature to the highest levels. Chris
tianity is essenially religious and hu
manitarian in its content. Christian
ity is the first friend to culture. To
introduce . these higher elements of
refinement into culture of all kinds
is surely included in the great task
which Christianity has set for herself.
How familiarly we quote the words
"TheSon of Man is come "to seek and
to save that which was lost," failing
to notice particularly that "that
which was lost is in the neuter gen
der. It refers not only to man, but
to things as welL Much besides the
soul of man was lost! in the mere
theological sense. Christ's work of
salvation goes beyond the individual
and the personal and enters into the
general and the impersonal. Ideals
were lost! Whether or not we accept
the -Adam and Eve story and the
"flaming sword" that kept them from
returning to the Paradise from which
they were excluded, nevertheless the
sense of the true beauty of things has
departed from the earth! Whether by
some catastrophe, or by an evolution
of the human spirit we do not yet un
derstand, somehow truth has become
a phantom, and its pursuit and prac
tice a "lost art" since beyond the
memory of man! The devout seeker
after something Jeparted. snurred on
by nature, has the intimations of
Wordsworth: .
But still a glory portioned in the
scale 1:706, 741.
In this light the great masterpieces
of literature of all time may be
judged and analyzed, whether pagan
or Christian. Christianity intro
duced great changes into the "imagi
native reproduction of the universe in
its ideal relations." There is nothing
penitential in Homer. That ancient
bard had a definite theology, his-,
scheme was even monontheistic in a"
sense, but the supreme Zeus and the
lesser deities, his satellites, were un
holy. There i3 no conscience even
among the gods. The men who wor
shipped were often better than the
gods they worshipped. Personally, I
would rather bow down myself to
and worship Socrates, Plato and Aris
totle, or even Homer himself, than pay
event the least respect to the gods
and goddesses who elbowed their un
godly persons over the shining white
way to the brothels of Olympus. Vir
gil has more moral earnestness than
Homer, but his "pious Aeneas" will
stoop to anything to accomplish his
ends, nor deem it wrong. Dante had
come to look upon sin as vile, but
Christianity in his day had to force
its .way through the incrustation of
tradition. The dim moral light of
such an environment made this bril
liant but intolerant Italian exclude
iis personal enemies from the light
ana love that reigned m the "Rose
of the Blessed,' where his glorified
Beatrice dwelt. The flight grows
more and more unto the perfect day
and Milton, though blind, saw it and
was glad. He is our most sublime
poet. Shut -up by his infirmity to
the supernatural largely," he lived in
the romantic and speculative realm
of eternity, and the thought in terms
of ages. Then Wordsworth came in
due season and abandoning the heroic
form of composition, saw the new
gospel written clearly in the book of
nature, giving to us the ''Intimations
of Immortality," one of the perfect
productions of the race. Nature was
to him a "burning bush," instinct
with God. He did not "sit round it
and pluck blackberries," but took off
his shoes and worshipped.
What shall we say of our immort
als, Shakespeare, Tennyson, and
Browning? Shakespeare has fairly
saturated his writings with the Chris
tian point of view. Nearly 600 direct
quotations on widely different sub
jects are scattered throughout his
works- Besides, in the way of sim
ile and metaphor, many other allu
sions to Scriptural material are found.
Of the sixty-six books of the Bi
ble, he quotes passages from fifty
four. Scriptural references are no
ted in everyone of his thirty-seven
plays. This was not so many years
after the invention of printing, when
comparatively few printed volumes
of the Bible were accessible, Tenny
son, and especially Browning, our
most religious poets, draw continu
ally upon this literary treasure which
Christianity had assembled about it
self. While Tennyson gets little of
his subject-mater from the Bible,
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