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Our report on
v Alabama crops and
^ trade conditions
will be ready for
distribution in
pamphlet form on
Wednesday, Sep
tember 3d. Copies
will be mailed upon
• application.
The First National Bank
Of Birmingham, Ala.
W. B. Johnson of Atlanta, H. G. Clark
of Munhall, Pa., anil >•. M. Helm of
New Orleans are registered at the Em
H. If. Sedberry of Chattanooga, Gus E.
Cuctdlu of St. Louis and E. I*. King,
U. S. A., are at the Hillman.
T. W. Allen of Atlanta, L. D. Boy ton
of. Talladega and G. C. Calloway of
Gulfport, Miss., are stopping at the Met
ropolitan. #
J. Caro of New York, Ira C. England
of Rand, Ga., and Frank VV. May of
New York are guests at the Morris.
W. M. Watkins of Huntsville, T. I).
Coats of Huntsville a/id R. W. Eatrnan
of Eutaw are registered at the 1< torence.
. Gordon of Anniston and J. H.
of aAnniston are at the Birming
Hugo L. Black and William
, two prominent young mom
the Birmingham bar, hrve
law partnership with offices
National bank building,
p was formed several
to be effective September 1.
of the new firm are
known, Judge Black having for
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Senior member of the law firm of
Black & Sadler
merly been recorder of the police court.
He Is also a candidate for county so
ft Heitor to succeed II. P. Heflin. Mr.
Sadler has been connected with the firm
of Allen & ©ell for some time and is
accredited with being one of the lead
ing advocates among the younger mem
bers of the bar.
Gadsden, August 31.—(Special.)—A story
Concerning John Lind, special envoy to
Mexico, which has not come to light re
cently, is told by a well known Georgian
who is a visitor now in Gadsden. He
knows Lind personally, hut has asked
that his name bo withheld .from publica-'
As governor of Minnesota. Lind often
was the subject of hitter attacks on the
part of the St. Paul Gazette, a leading
republican organ. As governor of the
elate he considered it beneath his dignity
to reply to these attacks.
Just after Governor Van Xantt, the re
publican. had been inaugurated, and John
Lind hail become a private citizen, he
walked down the street leading from the
cupltol to the office of the St. Paul
Dispatch. The many friends who met
him and greeted him were mystified that
ho did not return his usual cheery greet
ing. He simply bowed and marched on.
Entering the newspaper office, he went
to the editor’s office, and approaching
the head of the paper, said:
"r am John Lind, a private citizen of
Minnesota, and T have come to you now
to demand a retraction or satisfaction for
the attacks you have made upon mp
character while I was governor.’’
According to the story, the editor re
fused to agree to the retraction. There
upon, It Is related, with ills one good
arm, John Lind smote—and smote well—
with the result tiiat. hearing the editor's
calls lor help, employes found him cow
ering under ids desk. With a parting
kick in the ribs, Lind left the office.
Later lie explained to friends whom he
hail fnet on the way to the office, and
who thought they had been slighted, Jivet
what his purpose had been. He had de
termined, he said, that after lie retired
as governor he would not speak to a
human being until he had settled his ac
count with the St. Paul Dispatch.
"And lie made good, just us he is doing
in Mexico*” concluded the man from Geor
gia. __'
N1 E. AT 3:30 P. M. .BURIAL AT
\ .
Candidate for Governor Will
Address Meeting in Cap
itol Park
Conference Held Yesterday—Martin
Says North Alabama Is For Kolb.
Candidate Willing to Accept
Any Plan in Election
Among the friends of Capt. Reuben
F. Kolb, commissioner of agriculture
and a candidate for governor, there was;
considerable enthusiasm yesterday in
anticipation of the formal opening ofi
their leader’s campaign tonight.
Captain Kolb, in the afternoon, was
in conference with his friends, among
the number having been Judge John
C. Pugh, Dr. .1. W. Hughes, Capt. J. V.
Allen, Dr. U M. Winn, and W. C. Agee
of this city: John,A. Rogers oL' Gaines
ville, Charles Barker of Anniston, Wil
liam J. Martin, state land commissioner,
and others. After the conference it
was announced that the outlook for the
candidate’s success was most brilliant,
and that within the next few days Kolb
headquarters, in charge of p local man
ager, would be opened here.
Captain Kolb will speak tonight be
ginning at 7:30 o’clock, at Capitol park.
Ho will be presented to his audience
by ex-Goverqor William D. Jelks, who
will preside over the meeting. Other
prominent men will have places on the
platform. The speech will be the cap
tain’s first of the current campaign, an.l
in addition to discussing the issues, he
will pay his respects to the other candi -
Martin s Glowing Report
Mr. Martin, state land agent, lias jusi
completed a trip throughout noith Ala
bama, and he gave Captain Kolb sonn
most encouraging news last night.
“I am as firmly convinced,” ho after
wards said, ‘‘that Captain Koln will be
nominated as I am that I am sitting in
this chair. My home is in Jackson
county, and in addition to Jackson, 1
am acquainted with men and conditions
in every o4t\er county of the northern
section of the state. Nearly every mar
I meet Is either for Kolb, or seems
anxious that he might win. The old
fellows who stood by him in 1890 and
1892 are still loyal, and their children
are loyal, A great many of those who
aided in depriving him of the nomina
tion in 1890 and 1892 are now witli him,
being determined if possible to right
the wrong that was done in those days
and which still remains a blot on our
political escutcheon.”
John A; Rogers, former state sena
tor, and one of the strong men of the
Sixth district, holds to the opinion that
Kolb will carry his section of the state.
Rogers Makes Prediction
"I predict,” stated Senator Rogers,
“that Kolb will lead the ticket by 15.
000. that Seed will follow, that Comer
will be third and Henderson fourth.
There is no question hut that Kolb
is exceedingly strong in our section of
the state. lie should carry Sumter with
consummate ease.”
It is understood that the speaking
tonight will draw a large crowd, not
only of Birmingham people, but citi
zens of other counties. Captain Kol »
has been informed that among the well
known men who will attend from other
sections will be Boss Blackmon of An
niston, brother of Congressman Black
mon. George M*eKlderry of Talladega,
T. P. Johnson, president of Lite city
commissioners of Sylacauga; Brooks
Smith, state auditor: Fitzhugh Bee ot
Montgomery, also in the service of the
state, and others.
Any Plan Says Kolb
In regard to the story in The Age
Herald of .Sunday to the effect that in
all probability the state executive com
mittee would adopt the majority plan to
be applied in the gubernatorial elect'on
Captain Kolb declined to make a formal
"It is an invariable rule with me," be
said, “not to attempt to dictate to tho
executive committee concerning the ma
chinery to be asreed upon. It is a mat
ter of indilTerence to me whetner the
majority or the plurality plan obtain.
"My personal eholee. however, is the
plurality plan. A campaign Ih very ex
pensive, especially to the poor man,
and a run-off election is senerally more
expensive than the original primary.
"Ittlwever, as stated, I will abide in
peace by whatever action the committee
takes. I am confident that 1 will be
successful It matters little what rules
are adopted."
Will Fully Test Field Here for Oil.
Says He Is Still Confident
of Finding It
P. M. Shannon, the well known oil
and gas operator of Buffalo and Pitts
burg, lias returned to this district
after an absence of several weeks in
the east. He is furnishing natural
gas to Jasper at this time and is now
drilling for oil in that section? ?.?r.
Shannon and the syndicate lie repre
sents intends to spend a great deal
of money here in an effort to determ
ine whether *there exists any oil of
paying quantities as has Jjeen the fond
hope of many for some £ime.
He said yesterday tl#t ids often ex-'
pressed faith in- the ultimate find was
unshaken, as he believed thflt’te is a
lake of oil near his property, which
would be found. It is to fu!\r test the
field for oil that engages h?« atten
tion here at this time. Mr. Shannon
says he will have some interacting
announcements to make in perhaps 30
days or more about oil fakes near his
• i
W. H. Skaggs of Chicago, the well
known former Alabamian, who has sold
to Henry L. Badham and associates a
large tract of untouched coal lands
near Berry, Is here finishing up pome
of the details of the transaction. The
coal properties that have been ban
died by Mr. Skaggs for some years com
pletely surround Berry and are said by
expert, to be among the most valuable
coal properties In this state. Ttifl_jale
to Mr. Badham and associates was top
surface rights only. It Is understood
that1 developments will be made on
the property just ji soon as possible.
Commissioner of Agriculture a nd candidate for governor, who will
deliver at Capitol park tonight his first speech of the current campaign
Is Expected That Waiting
List Will Be Formed
The Birmingham Newspaper club, lessee
of the twenty-fifth floor and the roof gar
den of the new Jefferson County Bank
building, has now 300 members. In two
weeks, and only by invitation, solicitation
being strictly prohibited by the governors,
this number of well known men have sig
nified their approval of the club plans
and purposes, and 'have become members.
During this week,it. is expected that 200
additional acceptances will have been se
cured. Some believe the additions thi^
week will be 300. If so, the list will he
practically closed. Although the entrance
list will doubtless be closed during the
next few days, the club authorities intend
to protect those citizens invited hereto
fore who are absent on vacations. As
that number is rather large, it is believed
that the Press club will be forced to ad
mit more than 500 associate members as
was first expected.
This week it :s believed the replies will
exceed those of the past two weeks. The
applications indicate that a waiting list
will soon be formed. It woultl appear that
as many new applications have come in,
and so many have accepted, that it will
be expedient to set a time limit on the re
turn of invitations. That is a question
for the directors to determine at a meet
ing tomorrow.
Tt is said that the entire plan of the
Newspaper clufl is moving ahead with
very satisfactory results. The house com
mittee lias the selection of a secretary
under consideration, and many have ap
plied for the position. The same commit
tee is in constant touch with some of the
foremost decorators of the country for
the furnishings, while many minor details
are being rapidly worked out.
William C. Weston, the well knowa
architect, who Is the designer of the new
sklscraper, and of course of the Press
club quarters, said yesterday that ho
would deliver the place completed to the
Newspaper club authorities December 1.
A large number of workmen will be em
ployed on the club and roof garden to
get it ready for the formal opening dur
ing the Christmas holidays.
Was a Pioneer Resident of
Services Today
H. J. Davis, for many years a well
known traveling salesman, died yester
day afternoon at 1:20 o'clock at a local
Infirmary after an operation for .appen
dicitis. Mr. Davis liud only been 11! for
a few das s and Ills death was a great
shock to his many friends over the state.
Mr. DqvIh was 50 years df age at the
time of his death. He was one of the
pioneer residents of Birmingham, hav
ing lived here since 1672. lie came to
Birmingham from Central, where he was
born and reared.
For more than 20 years Mr. Davis was
connected with the Moore & Handley
Hardware company and for the past few
years was state manager of the Gallett
Gin company of Louisiana. He was an
active member of the Masonic order, of
the Trevalers’ Protective Association of
America and the Baptist church.
He is survived by ids widow, Mrs.
Minda Davis, four daughters and two
brothers. \
Funeral services will be conducted from
the late residence, 6122 First avenue, this
afternoon. The services will be under
the direction of the Scottish Rite Ma
sonic bodies and will begin at the res
idence at 3:30. Following this service the
body will be removed to the Fifty-sixth
Street Baptist church, where the serv
ices will be completed. Interment will
be in Forest Hill cemetery.
The following will act as pallbearers:
Active, C. M. Campbell, W. R. Mabry.
E. W. Moore, W. T. Harrison.*A. J. Mas
sey, Jr., and Otis Helm: honorary, W.
B. Dowell, H. B. Kennedy. J. B. Gibson,
J. P. Stiles, T. O. Smith, A. W. Bell, J.
A. Collins. J. H. Farrell, Harry Colraer
amlf Walter L. Metcalfe.
Supreme Court May Decide
Who Is the Oil In
Suit against one of the oil companies
will be instituted in a few days by Wil
son Burgin, recently appointed miner’s
oil inspector for Jefferson county, in
order to determine the amount due him
as fees for inspecting oil. Although the
oil companies, with one exception, have
failed to honor the bills sent in by Mr.
Burgin, he is still performing the duties
of the office and inspecting the oil as
required by the law creating the office of
oil inspector of the county. He states
that the suit will be filed against only
one of the companies, which will be a
test case.
The office held by Mr. Burgin was
thought to have been abolished by an
act of the legislature making Chief Mine
Inspector C. H. Nesbitt inspector of
miner's oil throughout the state/ On this
theory the present board of revenue aid
not make any appropriation on assuming
the duties of their office on the un
derstanding that the office has been
abolished. Mandamus proceedings were
brought against the board in the spring
to compel them to make the appoint
ment and on the ruling of Judge H. A.
Sharpe of the city court the appointment
of Mr. Burgin was later made, by the
board. »
Mr. Burgin assumed his duties in July
but as yet has not received any com
pensation except from one of the smaller
companies, but has ht>en inspecting tlu;
oil regularly. Mr. Nesbitt has also beJh
inspecting the oil, ills attorneys advising
him that he had not been relieved of
that duty. The case may be taken to
the supreme court before it is finally
Real Estate Men Expect a
Brisk Market During the
Next Three Months
The South Highland residence of J.
H. Marbury lias been sold to Dr. J. E.
Seay for $25,000, according to an an
nouncement made yesterday by A. A.
Gamble of the A. A. Gamble Co. The
deal, which is qne of the largest of
recent date in residential property, has'
been pending for some time. The home
is situated at Maiden Lane and Syca
more street and is considered one of
the most attractive places on tHe South
Highlands. It is elegantly fitted up
and is surrounded by one of the rarest
groves to be found on the South High
This trade war. the principal trans
fer of the past week in residential
property. The market, which has been
rather encouraging for the past few
weeks, did not develop any deals of
importance last week. The real estate
men, as a rule, however, feel that the
situation is much better and that an
unusually brisk market will prevail
during the next three months.
Opening Bijou Today
With a special Labor Pay matinee this
afternoon anil a performance tonight, the
Bijou will be upeneil for the season, the
attraction being "The Call of the Heart!”
a big success of last seasPi. The same
cast, headed by Ann Hstmilton and John
Nicholson, will be seen this year.
Reserved seats are on sule in adsance
for the Labor Day matinee at the Or
phenum this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock,
jind the first show this evening A good
five act vaudeville bill is offered, with
the Meredith Sisters as the neadhne fea
Exclusive showing of first run klnema
color feature films will be offered as an
extra added attraction this week, with
three complete change* of programme for
the week.
Supposed To Be Fatally
Wounded, Green Jumps
From Window
Regarded as most Remarkable Escape
on Record—C#nnot Live Without
Medical Attention, Says I>r.
Charles Wheian
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Ed Green, confessed burglar, escaped lit
2 o'clock yesterday morning from St.
Vincent's hospital. Green had been in
the infirmary since last Wednesday
1 night, when he was shot several times
i in the abdomen by detectives while re
1 slsting arrest. It wag not thought at
I any time that the negro had a chance
I to ljve and his death had been expected
momentarily. His escape, according to
the authorities, is considered the most
remarkable in the history of the police
The authorities declare that there was
| a pre-arranged plan to aid Green to
I escape. It is believed that tho negro was
i badly wanted elsewhero and great ef
i forts were made by his friends to get
hi in away.
Had Unhealed Wound
| Without clothing, with an unhealed
wound in the abdomen from an opera
tion by Dr. Charles Wnelan, and with a
drainage tube in his side. Green leaped
out of a window on tee ground floor at
St. Vincent’s hospital and ran down the
! brilliantly lighted roadway leading to the
lnfiramry. An automobile lay in waiting
and Green, springing in, was ^whisked
away. Green had been in the hospital
since last Wednesday. In an operation
Dr. Whelan removed over two feet of
the nogro’s Intestines.
The alarm w;as at once given and Dr.
Whelan and Police Captain Robert Haw
kins investigated until morning, but they
could find no trace of the missing negro.
AH the doctors in the city were warned
to notify police headquarters the mo
ment they attended a negro wounded as
Ed Green is described to be. x It is stated
that the negro cannot live without med
ical attendance. The negro's abdomen
had been completely shot away and his
vitality as shown by his escape is re
garded as remarkable.
Reward l'or Capture
The escape Is being investigated and
a $50 cash reward was offered last night
by Chief of Police George J-I. Bodeker
for information that would lead to tiie
capture of Green.
Every day since the shooting of Green
tiie same report has come from the in
firmary that the negro had no chance to
live and that death was within a lew
hours. Saturday night at 11 o'clock Dr.
Whelan attended the wounded negro and
at the man's re<|uest gave him a glass
of buttermilk. The—negro, according to
Dr. Whelan, appeared weak and In an
extremely critical condition.
Ed Green was shot and captured last
Wednesday night by Detectives Cren
shaw, Burge, Tyler and Moser after a
desperate battle, in Which all the detec
tives were slightly rudt and Detective
Moser seriously stabbed. At the same
time that Green was captured ills com
panion, Mitchell Jackson was also made
a prisoner after being shot in the leg,
which was amputated later at tiie In
Had Fight With Officers
The negro Green has a lung criminal
record and Detective Crenshaw, after
working for weeks, finally secured the
evidence that connected Green with nu
merous Noi'thside burglaries of late. On
Wednesday night Detective Crenehaw
was informed that Green was at his
home at Thirteenth alley, near Sixteenth
street, and asking Detectives Burge, Ty
ler and Moser to accompany him, they
went out to capture the negroes. This
was only accomplished after a battle in
which over 20 shots were fired and the
detectives roughly handled by the mad
dened negroes.
Tiie entire police department Is on the
lookout for Ed Green and throughout
yesterday many negro houses wrere
searched, without result. His ultimate
capture, however, is assured, saya Dr.
Whelan, if the surgeon who works on
Ed Green reports tiie matter.
"X feel that Ed Green will send for me
In a few hours,” said Dr. Whelan. "He
has confidence in me and rather than
die lie will send mo a message to come
to him. I consider iifs escape the most
remarkable affair that ever happened
within my recollection and cannot un
demand how a njan in ids condition
could have got out of bed, Jumped
through a window and run down the
road as lie was seen to do. Ills abdo
men was unhealed and there wim a
drainage tube in his side. Ills escape
is a remarkable compliment to my sur
gical ability.”
r t
Is Expected That He Will
Refer to Automobile
Judge William K. Fort will give the
charge to the grand jury for the Hep- •
tember term tills morning in the first dl- j
vision of the criminal court. No intima
tion has been given as to the nature of
his charge, or whether he will make any
special charges. The s^itute requires that
the judge specially charge the grand Jury
in reference to automobile speeding, and
in view of the unusual number of acci
dents that have occurred recently It is
probable that Judge Fort will make spe
cial reference to this matter.
The grand Jury will be organised this
morning by Judge Fort, and after being
Impaneled will be given the charge.
Owing to I.ahqr Day, the grand jury
will not transact an. business today, but
wdll adjourn until Tuesday morning as
soon as Judge Fort concludes hie charge.
Solicitor H. P. ifpfilr and one of his ae
Hlstaiits will attend the sessions of the
grand jury.
—... 1
This Room Is Fireproof \i
The other day hundreds of peo
ple watched volumes of smoke
coming from -the windows of an
office in a modern Birmingham
Is your office fireproof INSIDE?
Or could a little blaze burn some
valuable papers there?
This vault not only cuts off ab
solutely all outside fire risk, but is
internally fireproof. An individ
ual safe in this steel lined, concrete
loom is where $3 a year will make
your paper sure.
Answers Charge Regarding
Rural Carriers ’Asso.
Wrote Two Letters to Congressman
But Received No Reply—Declares
There Is Nothing to Charge.
Criticises Hobson
“I am informed that a sinister con
spiracy is on foot to prostitute the R.
F. D. Carriers’ association of Alabama
to further the interests of a politician.”
This was the opening sentence of a let
ter mailed some time ago by Congress
man Richmond Pearson Hobson, candi
date for the Senate, and to which .1. M.
Riley, president of the Alabama Jsetter
Carriers’ association, makes reply.
Mr. Riley states that he has failed to
receive an explanation from Congressman
Hobson concerning the contents of the
letters, and that he considers It neces
sary that he make public a letter which
he has mailed to Congressman. Hobson.
A clause of his letter follows: “In the
face of your extreme silence I am led to
believe that if there were no 'sinister
conspiracy’ among the carriers to sup
port a party other than yourself, there
should be.”
Letter to Hobson
Mr. Riley’s letter follows:
"Hartford, August 23, 1913.
"Hon. R. P. Hobson, M. C., Washing
ton, D. C.:
"Dear Sir—At the request of many rural
letter carriers throughout the state 1
have asked you, in two separate com
munications, to explain the source from
which you base your accusations in the
circular recently sent out from Washing
ton. 1 hold with them that an injus
tice wus being (lone our association, and
that you alone could rectify the mislead
ing error by openly stating to us the per
petrator of the scheme alluded to. Failing
to receive any explanation from you, 1
shall be forced to issue a statement to
the carriers of Alabama and let them
draw their own conclusions as to the au
thor and perpetrator of the whole scheme.
If I fail to do this the membership of our
organization will have reasons to believe
that there is some foundation to your
charges, and that the officers would wink
at such a proposition therein contained.
Furthermore, an impression would pre
vail among the carriers who are not mem
bers of our body that the organization*
was about to take a step toward its ulti
mate downfall and l' structlon were the
true light of this mailer not brought to
the surface.
No Political Activity
For your information, Mr. Hobson—in
formation that could have been your
pleasure to have already possessed had
you investigated, I will state that every
carrier in the state well knows that he
is working under the civil service depart
ment of our government, and that the
rules of this department forbids activity
in politics. If you had had Information
that would lead you to believe any con
spiracy was being agitated or being for
mulated between the Carriers’ association
of Alabama and any particular candidate,
you showed little confidence in the integ
rity of its members by publicly announc
ing same before investigating the mat
ten I make this assertion because your
willingness to believe such a thing possible
is, per se, evidence that you consider our
loyalty to our position and government
not vary strong indeed. A belief thaflt it
is possible that a carrier in the state
would jeopardize Ms position for the sake
of political activity is an accusation that
few would be proud of, and such accuser
would* be breeding contempt in the eyes
of our association.
Work of Service
"Ixing before you hud the honor of
becoming a member of Congress the Let
ter Carriers' association of this state was
striving to aid the postal department la
perfecting the new and untried system of
rural delivery of mail mutter, or, In other
words, of placing a government postoffice
on wheels for tho benefit of tht rural
classes. No state in the union has been
more loyal in bringing this branch of the
postal system to Us present state of ef
ficiency than the Alabama carriers, and
no member of Congress has seen lit to try
to Inject the flavor of politics In our or
ganization until your puny effort was
launched a few weeks ago. Along with
tlie advice you so bountifully and gratui
tously bestowed upon us as a body you
should have also' advised us just why
you voted against a bill to Increase our
meager salary not long since, and why
the other members of tho House from
Alabama saw fit to support It. Your as
serted loyalty to the carriers’ Interests Is
shown In speaking at times and remaining
silent at other times, It seems. You were
extremely silent, painfully so, In divulging
your reasons for voting against onr
worthy and needy cause in Congress just
as you are now in explaining tlie reasons
and wherefores of your recent circular.
What He Deduces
"In the face of your extreme silence
I am lead to believe that your con
science must have led you to believe that
if there were no 'sinister conspiracy'
among tlie carriers to support a party
other than yourself, there should be. If
not, It devolves upon you to come out
into the light with the whole matter or
you yourself will be deemed the author
and sole agitator of the scheme which you
have loin to another, and must suffer tlie
penalty of distrust among tlie carriers
and their friends. Not drawing the hand
some salary of a congressman, nor having
tlie advantages of tne government frank
ing privileges, nor the free, services of an
expert private secretary, nor tlie com
mand of a free government printing press,
neither possessing tlie qualifications of a
ihautauqua attraction, as a side line, tlie
widespread circulation of onr statement
to the carriers may pot be as complete aa
l ''
Is Fundamental Tenet of the
Christian Faith
Intimations of Immortality in the Old
Testament Very Hazy—Death
Was Referred to as the Great
The Rev. Henry M. Stevenson delivered
a strong and forceful sermon yesterday
morning at the Eleventh Avenue Metho
dist church on “The Resurrection Gos
pel,” taking his text from the First
Epistle of Peter, first chapter, third and
fourth verses, which reads as follows:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our
Lord, who, according to His great mercy*./ '
begat us again unto a living hope by the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead unto an Inheritance Incorruptible
and undefiled, and that fadeth not away,
reserved in heaven for you.”
The Rev. Stevenson spoke In part as
“The joyous note which rings out in
(he language of this text is but charac
teristic of every reference to the res
urrection in the New Testament. More
over, it was the burden of the preaching
of the early apostles, the one theme of
which they never tired, the one subject
to which every sermon, exhortation,
epistle finally bent round. In the study
of the prominence given to this doctrine
in the preaching and writing of the Now
Testament one cannot but wonder if l\
did not mean something to these eacj;
Christians which it has ceased to me* i
to US. y
umy rreacned at lyaster
“The summary of their work is to be
found in the expression, 'They preached
Jesus and the resurrection.’ To Jews in
structed in law and prophecy, to Greeks
learned in philosophies and to a world
bound In the grossest paganism, they
came with the same unfailing: and in*
spiring theme. Certainly the doctrine ha*
lost none of its Inspiration and blessed*
ness. If It means less to us today thar
It did to the preachers and martyrs of
2000 years ago, we may look to ourselves /
for the explanation. At the present time |
we have to confess—as we doubtless '
! should confess with shame—that our
preaching of this great doctrine is largely
limited to the recurrent Easter Sunday,
when extravagant dress and elaborate
music thrust the sermon somewhat into
the background. How mightily would
our lives be effected If we might grasp
the full import of tins doctrine, if it
might grip us in all its vigor and trans
forming power.
“Let us consider this resurrection gos
pel today in the hope that we may real- f
ize something of its importance and ex
perience the blessedness which it may
bring to our lives. It may, for our.
purposes, be considered as a fact, as a
faith, and as a promise.
“Considered as a fact, the resurrection
is not a cunningly devised fable. Tho
creature of some vain imagination. Every
evidence lies against the probability of
its invention by the ea/ly disciples and
It is unthinkable that anyone else would
want tc Invent such a story. Jesus had
freely predicted his rising from the dead,
vet, in spite of all this, his followers
were not prepared to believe the event
when it transpired, far less to conceive
the story had not the fact been at
tested to them beyond the possibility of
doubt or conjecture. Evn ttie authori- ‘
ties, fearing some possible aftermath,
yielded to the clamor of Ills enemies and
placed a guard about the tomb.
Une rolnt Agreed on
"SThea* disciples who had known him
intimately in life, now mourned him as m
one Tone from them forever, and they H
returned to their occupations. Between v
the enemies and the friends of Jesus
there is agreement at op© point—both
acknowledge the starting fact of the
tomb being empty on the third morning.
As between the two explanations given,
which are radically different, one has
j but to consider the attitude and interest
of ttie parties to determine that the sim
ple story of tho evangelists is far more
likely. Having seen him again snd
again, being fully convinced of his rising
from the dead, they went forth to preach
this gospel in the face of persecution
and danger, finally sacrificing their live's
for their faith In tho truth of their stot\v.
which is more than any of th# other
party ever did. S
"Also, the fact may be judged hr tho I
bold statement of the Apostle Paul: 'If "
Christ he not risen, then is our preaching
vain, and your feith is also vain.’ Yet
tiiis preaching through the ages has been
working mighty revolutions for good in
human society and wonderful transfor
mations in human life.
"Also, the doctrine of the resurrection
of Jesus is laid down as r fundamental
tenet of Christian faith. It may b« ac
cepted as a fact, because the evidence is
so strong for it that historical criticism
(Cnutlaued oil Page Bight) S
that of your circular, yet by thf
genco of a friendly state press ar i
numerable host of friends throu
country. I hope to Anally be
every carrier in the state knc
is absolutely nothing to yo*
whatever. Very respecter j
"President Alabama L»'
, station.’* / •,

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