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THE AGE-HERALD
R. W. BARRETT.Editor
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Our doubts are traitors.
And make um lose the good we oft
might win,
By fearing; In attempt.
—Measure for Measure.
* * *
A MORNING PRAYER
Lord God, If men wound me, let
nie not be embittered. Grant that
in joy or pnin I may hold fast to
love. So shall I be victorious even
in defeat. Amen.—M. 8. B.
* * *
Why Has Birmingham Been
Ignored by Mr. Hockaday?
Birmingham wishes to know
why the management of the
Southeastern Express company, a Bir
mingham corporation, going into busi
ness under an Alabama charter is
sued in this county, has superintend
ents at Atlanta, Meridian, Chatta
nooga and Charlotte and none at Bir
mingham.
The new company is to operate on
the lines of the Southern and Mobile
and Ohio, and Birmingham is an es
sentially central point along these
lines as well as a great producer of
freight. It is a more important point
than Me*dian, Chattanooga and Char
lotte. It is more central than At
lanta.
Circulars issued by President and
General Manager J. B. Hockaday an
nounce^ the appointment of division
superintendents at the places named,
as well as the general officers. The
latter are located in Atlanta. Bir
mingham, the legal habitat of the new
company and the greatest distributing
point on the system, is not accorded
even a minor official.
Both the Birmingham Traffic Bu
reau and the Chamber of Commerce
have taken up this matter with
President Hockaday and insist that
Birmingham be accorded the recogni
tion due a city of this size and oc
cupying the strategic position that it
does. The letters were mailed yes
terday an% an early reply from Mr.
Hockaday is expected.
Birmingham has no crow to pick
with other cities. It wishes them all
the recognition due them, but it can
not see why an express company that
seeks to do business on the lines of
the Southern and Mobile and Ohio
railroads should not have division of
fices here. There is no doubt that
such offices will be located here
eventually, because common sense will
see to that, but Birmingham wants
to know why she has been ignored.
* * *
i
Is Greece Missing the
Services of Venizelos?
GREECE appears already to be
suffering from the ill-advised
overthrow of Venizelos. Her armies
have been routed by the Turks and
latest advices are to the effect that
the reservists are not responding to
the call to the colors issued by King
Constantine. Only 25 per cent of the
soldiers are reported as having
obeyed mobilization orders.
Pictures of Constantine are said
to have been burned on the streets
of Grecian cities and on the isle of
Crete. Revulsion of feeling is taking
place. The Greeks begin to see the
folly of turning down their greatest
man at a critical period in their his
tory. Venizelos represents what the
(Greeks got out of the World war and
his ability stood for the preservation
of what was attained and for such
further advantages as might be
gained.
Press dispatches state that royal
ists have displaced the veterans of the
Venizelos regime in command of the
■rmies. The new leaders, having been
out of service, are unacquainted with
the most modem methods of warfare
instituted during the World war. The
reverses recently sustained by the
Greek troops in their campaign
" against the Turks are charged to the
PERSONAL LIBERTY
^ A S free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but
as the servants of God." St. Peter gave us this and so brought
into a close relationship those two words which in our blindness we have
too often thought of as being poles apart—namely “liberty" and “ser
vants.”
For so many of us “liberty” has meant the lack of all restraint. We
meet this interpretation in nearly every walk of life. The youth, enter
ing upon manhood, feels that the time has come when he is free, and enters
into every form of dissipation, and in a little while he is a slave to his own
baser desires. The girl, just budding into womanhood, rises to assert her
freedom from all the old conventions which made our mothers the women
that they were, and in a little while her freedom is gone and she dare not
break the bonds of the new slavery into which women are so rapidly com
ing, which demands the surrender of temperapee and modesty as the price
of passing popularity. The labor agitator rises to preach freedom to
happy workmen in happy homes with happy wives and children, and soon
they all are slaves to the agitator’s slightest whim and subsist by the en
forced charity of other slaves in distant communities. There was a na
tion in Europe which was free to violate every law of God and man, and
today it sits in slavery, paying the price that outraged God and men exact.
If there is anything on God’s earth which is certain, it is this: That
liberty is obedience to law. Those five words are worth repeating. Lib
erty is obedience to law. You may resent it; you may rebel and try to
find your liberty in other places and other ways, and you will come to
disappointment, as millions have done before you. Your resentment; your
rebellion will mot change the decree of God Almighty, and you will but
go as other rebels have gone, to defeat, to remorse and unavailing ruin.
These are facts. They may be unwelcome to you and me, but they are
facts none the less. The laws as they stand, in social, in political and in
dustrial life, may be galling, but they are laws, and as laws they represent
the combined judgment of millions of men and women who are greater
and wiser and better than any one of us, however great and wise and good
we may individually be. And they are stronger, too. We must not forget
that. And being strong, they are able to enforce their decrees and to
punish their least violation.
Liberty does not mean that we may do as we choose. If it did we
could kill—as men in Birmingham have killed—men who did not agree
with us. Liberty means “all for each and each for all,” and we have not
plumbed the depths of its divine significance until we have drowned our
personal preference in the sea of the common good.
MIDDLETON S. BARNWELL.
lack of ability on the part of their
commanders.
It may not be too late to recall
Venizelos and rehabilitate the Greek
military situation. There Is no doubt
that Venizelos is a patriot and cer-j
tainly there is no doubt of his cour
age and wisdom.
The Christian world is with Greece
in this struggle and somehow can
not but hope that Venizelos will again
head the affairs of that nation and
restore the roseate hue of its expecta
tions.
How the Warrior Figures
in the Export Trade
SECURING an order for 10,000
tons of steel rails for the Man
churian railways at a time when
competitive bidding is close and in
ternational in scope was a noteworthy
achievement on the part of the Bir
mingham mills of the Tennessee Coal,
Iron and Railroad company. It is
especially significant in that it fol
lows a shipment of 8,000 tons of rails
for China rolled at these mills and
leaving Mobile in the Fairfield City
Saturday.
Birmingham is further interested in
this order because it is proof of the
Warrior's usefulness. Every ton of
rails shipped down the Warrior saves
90 cents on the all-rail rate. There is
a saving of 60 centtf a ton over the
all-rail rate to Mobile and there is
a further saving of 30 cents a ton
in the avoidance of wharfage charges.
The rails are lifted from river barges
to steamer direct.
In the 8,000 tons for China already
moved the Tennessee company has
saved a freight bill of $7,200 because
the rails were handled by river barges
out of the Port of Birmingham. By
the time the new order is floated down
the river a total saving in freight on
the two movements will be $16,200.
Figures like that amount to a con
siderable sum in the course of the
year’s business of a concern as large
as the Tennessee company.
The river may not be able to move
all of the Manchurian order on ac
count of lack of adequate equipment,
the instructions calling for shipment
from Mobile by April 27. However,
the Port of Birmingham is soon to
have another steel derrick, doubling
its loading capacity there. The next
opportunity of this kind will be met
in full.
The Warrior as an auxiliary bo
Alabama’s export trade is to play
a larger and more conspicuous part
as time goes by.
* * *
Williams Convicted
on Murder Charge
THE conviction of John S. Wil
liams, Georgia planter, accused
of the murder of 11 negro farm hands,
was a victory for justice. The jury
returned a verdict of guilty, with a
recommendation for mercy, which
means under Georftia law a life sen
tence.
Williams was tried specifically for
the murder of one negro, and while
a death sentence may have been de
served, his conviction was all that the
prosecution could have hoped for. It
was certainly demanded by public
sentiment, not only in Georgia, but
everywhere else in the south, because
of the shocking crime of which the
planter stood accused and the fact
that suspicion pointed to him as the
guilty man.
It is Jtrue that the prosecution re
Jied solely on the testimony of Clyde
Manning, a negro farm boas, whc
was involved in the murders. This
negro is admittedly illiterate ant
ordinarily would not have been re
garded as a competent witness, bm
the weight of circumstantial evidenct
was so strcfligly against Williams tha1
this probably had a great deal to do ir
influencing the jury’s verdict.
Eleven negroes employed by Wil
liams were murdered. No evidence
was brought out to show that any
body else could have had any plausi
ble motive for killing them, or or
dering them to be killed. The con
tention of Williams' lawyers thai
Manning himself had murdered the
negroes because, in his ignorance, he
feared that he would be punished
for peonage, was preposterous anti
untenable. Negroes don’t kill eaet
other for any such reason.
The promptness with which Wil
liams was brought to trial and hii
conviction should abate some# of the
resentment aroused against the south
and Georgia, in particular, by the
inhuman treatment of negroes on the
Williams plantations.
"What is a smile worth?" asks a con
temporary. In some parts of the country
dispensers are charging »1, but the price
is exorbitant.
* * *
A Pennsylvania dog rocked the boat
and three boys were drowned. Perhaps
the intelligence of dogs has been over
rated.
* * *
Berlin's night life has an animation not
reflected In the German government's
pleas for mercy.
* * *
Athens is depressed by Turkish victor
ies. from which we judge that the Greek
equivalent of "banzai" is not being heard
in Athens just now.
* * *
T{ie S-cent loaf has reappeared in St.
I-ouis, which used to be famous for its
5-cent beer.
* * *
Karl says he played a lone hand in try
ing to regain his crown. It looks that
way.
* * *
That New York alderman who had
never heard of Einstein's theory of rel
ativity had nothing on about 90,000,000
other Americans.
* * *
Thayer, Kans., will be run by women
for the neat year. It promises to be
an unhealthy place for town loafers.
* * *
ways get a laugh out of the statement
that Ex-President Wilson prevented the
Treaty of Versailles from being ratified.
* ¥ «
It is announced that the battle between
Dempsey and Carpentier will be fought
in New Jersey If they aren’t careful
mosquitoes will draw the first blood.
¥ * *
I/loyd George always fights best with
his back to the wall. British labor had
better watch its rter>
¥ ¥ ¥
If Charles is expelled from Switzerland
he will probably fall back on Spain.
¥ ¥ «
With reformers gathering for a new
crusade now is the time for tobacco deal
ers to reduce pr'1
* * «
Female mlnsti, mwe done a great
deal to strengthen the conviction that
women have no ia»-» *■ •'humor.
¥ ¥ ¥
There's no use speculating how Charles
Evans Hughes would look clean shaven.
We ll never know.
¥ ¥ *
It's a great pity the Japs didn't settle
In a country where they would have
room to grow.
¥ ¥ ¥ v
Possession of i!.o b’iuoj. hasn't turned
women's :nlnds away from marrying.
The instailmen* uro men are safe
¥ ¥ ¥
Congress cann ji ai t too'soon to get the
boys out 'f the ,\1 rehouses.
GOSH, WHAT A RELIEF!
From the Pittsburg •Dlspatqh.
Dr. Einstein is making a hit in N»W
York by explaining that,1 really, it
makes no difference whether his theory
is understood "or not. It lets so many
of the intelligensia get by.
|| IN HOTEL LOBBIES
AND ELSEWHERE
:_:_
Church Movie
“The greatest religious motion pic
ture ever produced, 'The Stream of
Life,’ a feature picture in six reels,
which is creating a sensation in church
circles throughout the country, will he
exhibited Monday night at 7:45 o’clock
at the First Baptist church." says
Darby Brown, tha.well-known layman
leader.
"This picture is part of the national
plan to introduce the motion Picture
Into the regular programme of the
church, being carried out by the In
ternational Church Film corporation, a
'within the church’ company, produc
ing film on a large scale.
"Combining comedy with pathos,
this stirring film is of Interest to the
children and adults alike. At the ex
hibition Monday night, the church in
vites its friends without admission
charge.”
Crista Is Passed
"Citizens of Anniston and Gadsden
feel that the crisis has passed," said
Thomas Bragg, manager of the Invest
ment department of the Alabama
Power company. ‘T was over there
the past week and came In contact
with many of l(he leading business
men and heads of Industries.
"In Anniston they were especially
optimistic following the resumption at
numerous pipe shops and the taking
over of the Anniston Steel company by
a strong concern.
"In Gadsden, to<}, the leading In
dustries were operating and, If oper
ations were not at top speed, there had
been such improvement as to make the
future look much better.
"In both cities the general feeling
was much more buoyant, and it was
agreed that things are permanently
directed toward the mend."
Opening Day
“Everyone should attend the opener
at Riekwood If they can possibly get
there," said George Driver, Jr., of the
Molton hotel.
"The Barons have a good team this
year, even with a bunch of ifew faces.
With a little support from the fans
they are pennant contenders.
"At any rate, let’s win that cup for
the largest attendance. Let’s show At
lanta we have as much co-operation as
they have when it comes to turning out
for opening ball games.”
Jitneys
”1 am glad to see a stand being
taken against the Irresponsible Jitneys
which dash through the streets of the
city without regard for public safety,''
declared Dr. W. C. Shropshire.
"Anyone injured by a Jitney at pres,
ent has no recourse for damages. Prac
tically all these cars are encumbered
with loans, I dare say.
‘‘Liability insurance or a bond
amounting to }10,000 or perhaps $5,000
should be required of eyery car rec
ognised as a common carrier. Ad
mittedly, such an ordinance would
work some hardships. But the benefit
of insuring public safety would more
than outweigh these bad features.”
School Library
"I think the idea of establishing a
library at Central High school in mem
ory of Orville Coston, a member of the
1913 class, is a splendid one,” said
Dr. Earle Drennen. _
"Although 1 graduated several years
prior to that I will contribute a num
ber of books, as I realise how badly
the school needs a library.
"When the high school building was
destroyed by fire several years ago
the library was a total loss and pupils
must carry on parallel reading and
the only way this can be done satis
factorily is to have a library where
they can get the books.
"While many will no do^bt con
tribute books others will give money
which will be most acceptable. In ad
dition to being of invaluable service
to the children now in, or those to en
ter, high school the library will be a
fitting memorial to this student who
always had the interest of the school
at heart.”
Castle^ la Spain,
"A friend of mine who has Just ar
rived from New York told me that
while he was there three people on a
big steamer in jihe harbor had been
served with two quarts of real wine
a day and the law ^ould not bother
them," said William Sell yesterday.
“I asked him what the answer was,
and he said it Was no trick or joke, but
a fact. He stated that it was a Span
ish steamer and the three people
were also Spanish and there was a
treaty between the United States and
Spain that a Spanish subject could have
liquor on a Spanish steamer while in
any harbor. I think I’ll move te Spain,
or New York.” *
LUKE H'LUKE SAYS*
When a man loses 98 cetns ho wor
ries 2 cents' worth. When a woman
loses 2 cents she worries 98 cents'
worth.
A man and his wife will waste four
hours "talking over” a matter. And
then they'll decide to do what she
(wanted to do in the first place.
We kitow a man who eats four
meals a day and goes to sleep 'hlnk
Ing a£out breakfast the next mbralng.
And then wonderB why his stomach
is so big that it pushes him away from
the table.
The minute a man starts to reason
with his wife she wants to know what
he is mad about.
To the woman who caijlt afford
them there is' something almost im
moral about diamonds.
Why is it that the man who hasn’t
time to shave himself at home has
$ime to wait half an hour for his turn
m a barber shop?%
When she suddenly discovers that
he inhales his soup, you cun bet that
the honeymoon is as dead as Flannl
gan's goal.
And v/hut has becontl of the old
fashioned spur twho used to wear vest
buttons made out of ten-tlollar gold
pieces?
After seeing a glr! in a street dress
tfyese days, there wouldn't be a bit of
novelty in seeing her in a bathing
suit.
Any married woman can tell you
that a man's stenographer has no
business being better looking than his
Wife.
By the time she reaches 17 a young
thing has had her heart broken so
often that she is used to it.
(Copyright. 1921)
ANNUAL DINNER OF GRIDIRON CLUB
IS NOTABLE EVENT IN WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON, April 9.—(Spe
cial.)—Having only reached
Washington tms afternoon,
the only manner in which the writer
can tell the story of the Gridiron din
ner this evening is to quote the ad
vance story of the Associated Press.
It does not give a full insight into the
features of perhaps the most interest
ing dinner in the history of the club.
But perhaps Mr. Stanley of The Age
Herald staff, who is here as my guest
at dinner may be able to present a real
good story about it later. This is Mr.
Stanley’s first dinner.
The writer, having been a member
of the club for 30 years and never
having missed but one dinner in that
period, naturally the Gridiron club
stunts proved more novel to Stanley.
Here is the story:
The Gridiron club of Washington
correspondents at its spring dinner to
night had as guests President Harding
and Vice President Coolldge, all mem
bers of the cabinet, members of both
houses of Congress, the diplomatic
corps, officers of the army and navy
and many national figures from civil
life.
The evening's fun, as usual, centered
about pMltid;, and the departure of the
old administration and the inaugura
tion of the new furnished the ma
terial.
#The guests entered the room through
an ante-chamber which had been con
verted into a scene reminiscent of the
Florida trip of the President.
Disturbances started with the begin
ning of the dinner. No sooner were
the guests seated than the tramping
of heavy feet and the rattling of din
ner pails were heard outside the room.
The presiding officer demanded an
explanation.
“That dismal sound, Mr. President.”
came the answer, "is the democrats
goin*g to work."
An early feature was the inaugura
tion with "simplicity and economy of
N. O. Messenger of the Washington
Evening Star, as president of the Grid
iron club.
"How much did that inauguration
cost?” was demanded.
“S’sh-h-ta,” was the reply. "Thirty
cents, but don’t tell Senator Borah.”
During the evening, the dinner was
interrupted by the sound of a steam
boat whistle and the ringing of engine- ,
room bells outside the dining room.
‘'What’s all this racket about?”
“Senator Frelinghuysen’s yacht Vic
toria, with the President-elect on
board, is stuck in the mud again,” was
the reply.
In tripped a party, including Skip- I
per Frelinghuvsen, Secretary George !
Christen, William J. Bryan and Gen
eral Dawes, who made some charac
teristic remarks.
The general explained that he wag
just from Washington, where he had
left "those* blithering: idots w/io were
investigating war expenditures.”
"They sa.y you swore something aw
ful and your testimony had to be
censored.” somebody remarked.
"Not a damn biLaif it," said the gen
eral. “I might have cussed a little, but
I held my temper. A man's got to cuss
or cry, and 1 didn't cry.”
At one stage of the dinner a number
of distinguished guests were called to
their feet as comprising the "country a
best minds," while human ''amplifiers,”
standing behind them, projected their
"real thoughts1*’ to the audience. One
group thus called to its feet and pointed
out as links in a continental business
chain were William H. Rernick, presi
dent of the New York Stock Exchange;
Joseph P. Griffin, president of the Chi
cago Board of Trade, and Robert S.
Boyne, president of the Seattle Chkmber
of Commerce.
"Having established our fairness by
giving these master minds a hearing," it
was announced, "we now present our pre
determined programme, which the ad
ministration will at once make effec
I
11
tive.”
The programme included several con
stitutional amendments, the last being
one "abolishing all taxation and provid
ing for the collection of revenue to
carry on the government by means of na
tional tag day, under the direction o£
Herbert Hoover.”
/1 i? if ^'7-CXKJL'
A
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ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES
the young heart
Tf the sky still looks as blue to you
As when you were a boy
And you can find as much to do
That fills your heart with Joy;
If every bloom is just as fair
And the birds as sweetly sing
And there’s a radiance everywhere
Born with the birth of spring;
if there's a dream in every stream
That wanders to the sea.
If the gift of play can still redeem
Whatever cares may be
And the dawn of each succeeding day
Is a story newly told,
lt™matters not ** Your hair Is gray,
Eor you’re not growing old.
IT WAS SOMETHING Et.SE
"Many a man has acquired a reputa
tion for wisdom by merely saylhg the
same thing over again.
"True.”
"But it wasn’t ’Here’s how.’"
A RESTAURANT RECRUIT
"This motion picture beauty is a
haughty creature.’’
“Still, that isn’t a new manifesta
tion."
“No?"
I understand she was Just as
haughty when she was bawling, ‘Two
over light and draw one!'"
SPOILED HIS USEFULNESS
“The Hon. T. J. Twobble doesn't seem
Interested In the ordinary affairs of
lifts.”
“A great misfortune overtook him."
“A private sorrow?"
"No, a public one. About 10 years
ago he was mentioned for the presi
dency and ever since he has worn the
air of a man who has served two
terms In the White House and doesn't
know what to do with himself."
BEATS A BILL HART SHOW
“Taking In the movies these days?"
“I should say not,” replied the mur
der fan. “I know a better way than
that to absorb thrills.”
“What Is it?"
“I’m attending a trial where the tes
timony drips with gore and the spec
tators are searched for weapons before
they are permitted to enter the court
room."
A RING-SIDE RULE
“The brute!"
"What did he do. my dear?”
“After I had been giving him a
piece of my mind for about 10 minuter
he got a towel out of the bathroom
and threw it in the middle of the
floor."
“What for?"
"I found out later that's the way
prize fights are ended when one of thu
contestants is defeated."
SAD BLOW TO PATRIOTISM.
“You don't hear so much talk now
adays about ‘carrying on.' "
“No, you don't. I wonder why?"
"The idea seems to have been aban
doned by a large part of the popula
tion when they paid their income tax.
advance notice
May’s a month the poets love.
Wondrous blue the shies above,
Perfume-laden breezes blow
And the warm sun's genial glow
Wakes to life the laggard buds.
Youngsters lightly shed their duds
And reckless of pneumonia’s toll,
b lunge into the sjYi Ruling hole.
, PAUL C90K.
rUEACHERS AT CIVITAN-By Frank Willis Barnett
It was in the midst of the Rotary con
vention that Dr. Courtney Shropshire
met me In the lobby of the Tutwjler and
asked me to be his guest at the Civltan
club.
I understood It to be for the following
Friday, and so reported at the Southern
club to find that he was In Atlanta. We
are always "kidding” one another, and
It being April Fool’s Day. I thought he
had put one over on me.
Some of my Civltan friends, hearing me
inquire for him, and knowing that he
was not in the city, urged me to remain.
I said, "All right. I'll get even with ‘Doc’
for playing a joke on me by simply
signing his name to the guest ticket and
thereby ‘stick’ him for the dinner.”
Sid Bowie kindly took me under the
shadow of his wing and offered to spon
sor me. 1 was Introduced as "Dr. Shrop
shire’s April Fool GueBt," and every
body had a good laugh. I thought I had
put one over on him, and was very much
pleased with myself for getting ahead
of him.
What was my astonishment and cha
grin towards the end of the dinner to
hear President Jelks say, “Neat Friday
Is preachers’ day, and I want every
member to bring hlB pastor." It then
dawned on me that 1 was just a week
ahead of my Invitation, for Dr. Shrop
shire had specifically stated that he
wanted me for that occasion.
It so came about In Dr. Edmonds’ talk
that he spoke of preachers as having
eaten more free grub In the past 2,000
years than any other class of profes
sional men. Dr. Shropshire said that he
was ready to believe it, as Frank Willis
Barnett had "stuck” him for two din- |
ners In the past two weeks, and that j
hereafter when he invited him he was
g< lng to have it in writing.
It seems that it is an annual affair for
the Clvita,ps to have a preachers’ day,
and i noticed that tfie president asked
every member who was present without
his pastor to stand up and give his ex
cuse. Only a few were present without
their shepherd to lean upon, and they
rendered valid excuses for not having
them along. It seems that the good
work of Frank Rushton in always hav
ing his minister with him on public oc
casions is being adopted by other lay
men.
Seriously, it is a tine idea for the pas
tors and the laymen to meet frequent
ly around the dinner table, and Ro
tariana, Kiwanlans, Clvitans and mem
bers of the Community club have done
much tefwards bringing about a better
feeling between those who occupy the
pulpit and those who sit in the pew by
constantly having as their guests the
leading clergymen of the city.
I could not see all of the tables from
where I sat, but 1 saw present Drs. Ed
monds, Barnwell, Dlllara, MacSporran,
Hobbs, Hendrix, Emerson and Broady;
in fact, most of the_aastors of the cen
tral as well as the suburban churches. I
f- rgot Just who Percy Rosenberger In
troduced as his preacher guest, but I
know it was not Dr. Newfteid, who was
in attendance. Denominational fences ,
were not In evidence.
Dr. Edmonds, the speaker of the day,
was, as usual, In good form and made
a palpable hit both with pastors and
laymen, for he played the two "fifty
fifty,*’ and this being eminently fair and
proper, there wasn't the slightest chance
for either side to complain that they had |
not been given a fair show in his really
charming and worth-while address,
which sparkled with humor and over
flowed with good sense.
While Dr. Stuart was not present in
person on account of his health, yet ha !
lived in a good joke which Dr. Edmonds j
was honest enough to attribute to him.
It’s the acid test of a maif’s honesty
to give credit for a good story when
telling it. It was used to show that
when a man is sick he wants his pastor
as well as his doctor, for when the lat
ter told the former he was going to op
erate on him, the patient said: "(.'all in
my preacher, for I want to be opened
with prayer."
• • *
I do not think, however, that a public
speaker should let his conscience worry
him if he spring a good yam wft&OBt
telling where he got it, for if a thotigm
belongs to the person who can enter
tain it, I see no reason why a story
cannot be adopted by anyone who is able
to tell it. As a matter of‘fact, it’s fre
quently the way a joke is told which
makes it get by rather than the story
itself. The late Senator Bob Taylor said
that Tom Heflin Could tell his stories
much better than he could, and every
body in Alabama knows that Bill Bran
don cannot only swipe another's yarn
and make it new, but can take the old
est chestnut and make it palatable.
Dr. Edmoncrs exposed tne ancient fal
lacy that preachers are poor business
men by setting out the truth that they
are the best in the world with the ex
ception of their* wives. I have always
thought that if Uncle 8am was really
in earnest about his thrift campaign ho
out to .quit fooling with a lot of govern
mental efficiency experts and call into
being a board of women made lip of the
wives of pastors, for they can make a
dollar do double duty.
One thing Dr. Edmonds emphasised
was that there was a better febling be
tween pastors and laymen at present
than ever before in the history of the
church since the days of the Master. He
looked on it as a good omen that the
best and busiest bruins of the world
have awhkened to the fact that religion
is a man’s-size job and worth the best
efforts of those who are able to put
over, things in a big way in the realms
of science, art, medicine and commerce.
* * *>
He was confident that the war opened
the eyes of pastors to see that they hud
not asked enough of their laymen but
had allowed them to play at being church
members without giving them w*ork . tc
do commensurate with th^ir means and
ability. More and more the lay workers
were finding that cWtgymefl 'w*re'ddnf£
things worth while and that at. great
sacrifice and with poor material. Th<
arms of the church opened wide to the \
unfit, the broken men and women, and j
its mission was to bring cheer to the
downhearted. Its boast was not that it ;
was geared up to the best human ma
terial, but that it laid hold of the dere- |
licts of society and salvaged them. I j
am sure that every pastor present en
joyed being present both for the fellow
ship and the message of the hour s<i
pointedly and eloquently delivered.
£»HIJLOH
From the Chicago News. I
On April 2 65 veterans of the battle j
of Shiloh left St. Louis by steamer for j
Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn., to take
part in the anniversary exercises to be |j
held on the battle field April 6 and 7.. ??
In that small company blue and gray
traveled together to that field where
once they clashed in hostile thousands.
More than 100,000 men met in the
battle of Shiloh. The fighting was bit-.**. j{
ter and indecisive. Grant in his me
moirs concedes that the Confederates
attacked with greater dash, but credits ;
his own men with more endurance.
Shiloh, he says, first opened his eyes to'
the fact that the- Confederacy would
not at once collapse. On this battle
field he drew the conclusion that he
later expressed. “The troops on both
sides were American, and. united, they
need fear no foreign foe.”
No national observance is more sol
emn or less perfunctory than these bat
tle-field reunions. Outside of the im
pressive pathos of these dwindling com
panies there is the sense of ideals, set, j
cemented, hallowed by time and by the
acquiescence of the ^vanquished. But
these men also passed througa a time
of doubt and unrest, of harshness on
the one side and bitterness on t.ie other,
much as the world is doing now.
THIS ANCIENT SECRET
From Harper’s Magazine. I
What intimate secrets do they know—•
these trees,
That were a loom for April’s tapes
tries—
The plum that early flowers, and the
pear.
That soon must lose the bridal robes
they wear,
Noi offer further largess to the bees!
And this sere grass! What waiting
heart forgets.
How once it harbored violets,
Beneath the sheltering silence of the
trees,
Wlfat lonely mystery is theirs—these
* tombs
That, kissed by winter’s snow, or shat
tered blooms .
The Maytime zephyrs scatter equally,
Preserve their silence to eternity.
What footstep echoes through Death’s
vaulted rooms.
And teaches such majestic quietude
To hearts that once knew every
mood
Of youth amd love—now silent in these
tombs!
Ye will not tell. O daffodils.- that hold
Your court above them, proffering cups
of gold
To lips that are long Bilent. Did
they wake
One infinite, yearning moment for
your sake.
Though they were dead these many
years—and cold?
Is there one message only. Barth,
that lures
Them to your bosom? Spring em
dures.
Thought , viola!* die. and death th«
. ~i * layers - hokk > - « •» haat* e bn*.
Each y ar -your ancient Secrat to iw
told.

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