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3 -J. 'Hi aai -nt!T7'rVu. THE GOSPEL OF A GLASS OF BEER. W "-TtT,i ul- Society Women and, in fact, nearly all women vho undergo a nervous strain, arc 5ome Things the Churches Can Learn From the Saloon, If They Only Care To. A sermon br Rev. ChnrU-n II. Parkhurst at Madliton fquaru I'rt'sliyUjrlan Church, January?.). a X "I recently made a tour among some of. the saloons of the city for the purpose of studying their habits and methods as one year ago I did among the churches and I shall probably soon deliver a se ries of talks on 'What the Saloon Can Teach the Church.' "At present I desire merely to say that I was amazed at some of the scenes wit nessed. First of all, I discovered that there were among the bartenders and proprietors of saloons men of gentle manly Instincts and sympathetic con duct. But I was most affected by the saloon-keepers methods of distributing food and nourishment among their pat rons. At noon hour I frequently found the place swarming with a host of work men who came in to drink a glass or two of beer and then gratify their hunger from a sideboard that fairly groaned with the weight of soups, meats In va riety, vegetables, cheeses, pickles, Bal ads, sandwiches, cakes, crackers, etc. "A poor man was compelled to pay only five cents, and then he was permit ted to gorge himself, If he chose to, with food that would stay with him the rest of the day. I found some of the saloons had posted signs which read as follows 'let no hungry man pass here. Come in and eat Do not starve.' "There are certain saloons which lay out big spreads on all public occasions, and Invite the poor and the hungry and the maimed to come in without money to partake of the lucious viands. "I asked myself the questionWhat would become of all these wretched and unfortunate people If the saloons of the city were suddenly abolished? Who would carry them the assistance which these Instrumentalities are now furnish ing? At present the allied Christian forces are not applying themselves to this needed task. "If a poor man seeks assistance through the churches he finds them en sconced behind the bulwark of the United Charities, and before he can se cure from that source the necessary food to allay pains of the stomach he must first present a credential of good charac ter. Ah, I am fully aware that the sa loon has its curses, but I thought It timely to call public attention to some of Its simple virtues. "I ask, without intending any Insinua tion, but merely for information, 'what is the church doing as a whole to substi tute this good work of the saloons for whose annihilation she Is so stoutly clamoring? "Is it not time that the church should learn that there Is some gospel even In a glass of beer? "Is it not time that she should learn how to Interpret and utilize this gospel for the benefit of the downtrodden and degraded? Bishop Potter recently said that the saloons are at present a neces sity. The good bishop has spoken, per haps wiser than he knew. "The saloons are not only the poor man's club house, but they are his hotel and restaurant, and, sometimes even his hospital and infirmary. "Now I have spoken of the saloon's virtues merely to give a hint of possible new uses to which the church may be put for the, good of mankind. Bishop Potter hopes to see a coffee house and Inn in every block of the city. That is 'a con summation devoutly to be wished.' But 1 have a proposition to make to the churches far less impracticable and one which can be put into immediate opera tion. "Why are our great religious edifices which have cost millions of dollars and which are untaxed, why, I ask, are these buildings empty all day and almost every night in the week, while the groans of the suffering and destitute multitude are echoing against their hol low walls? "My proposition Is that we shall not wait for money enough to be raised to build and maintain coffee houses and inns, but that the lecture rooms and an nexes of all the churches be thrown open for such U3e at once, till the poor shall be cared for by the people who profess to monopolize goodness; by the peorle who declare that their highest ambition is to Imitate the example of their Great Master, whose supremest Joy was the re lief of the suffering and feeding of the hungry. "I call upon Bishop Potter and all of the magnates of the church to unite in compelled to regret fully watch the grow ing palloT of their cheeKs. the coming wrinkles and thinness that become more distressing every day. 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I bought the first box ia Man. 1 8m. and was benefrtedirom the start A box and a half cured m com pletely, and I am now rugged and strong. Bushnell (.) Rtcord. The wonderful success of this remedy has led rnanv attempts at imitation and substitution. 'J rf'UV ' "THIS. . . to Be sure that the full name is on the p&ck&ge. Fot s< &t all druggists, or sent postpaid, by. the Dr.Willi&ma Medicine Company, Schenect&dy,N.Y. PTice fifty cents per box. SO an agitation for such Immediate reform. Why should not the churches be thus used? Think of the great Joy it would afford to the idle and tired parlshoners of the wealthy churches to attend to the wants of the poor and degraded who would gladly come to them if they opened their hearts and churches to them. "There are more than one-quarter as many churches in this city as there are saloons. If all these were thrown open for the poor every day, where they might partake of food that would be supplied to them at a minimum figure, how long do you suppose the saloons would con tinue to exist? Of their own free will they would disband, for their occupation would be gone. wnen me onurcnes are utilized as coffee houses and Inns then will they redeem themselves. Men do not love liquor so much as they love kindness. Men do not love the amber stream that flows so much as they love the warmness and cheer and sociability of the saloon. "If the church is sincere in its desire to annihilate the saloon she has the means In her own hands. Here Is an Ideal opportunity to assemble the mas ses. If she will take them in and feed and care for them you will witness the most amazing revival the world has ever seen. "When money comes my way some day In the future I shall realize my dream and have a church, In which with out the repulsion of creed and hypocriti cal theology I shall call on all good peo ple to come and uplift the downfallen and sorrowing; to bring the Christ to them In deeds of mercy, and prove to them that there may be a religion of hu manity that cares for the body first and the soul afterwards. "Meanwhile I adjure the clergy to heed the humble 'Gospel of a Glass of Beer.' " Whitmere Bros., barbers, 735 Kans. Ave. "Female weakness" causes nine-tenths of all the wretchedness which women en dure. It can never be permanently re lieved by "local treatments." That is generally and expensive, embarrassing, make-shift. What is needed Is Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription to reach the inner most sources to the trouble and restore health and strength directly to the in ternal organs. 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