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“Be ye doers and not sayers only.” TOL. 4. NO. 16 . SPRING-FIELD. ILL.. SATURDAY, MAY 18. 1907. 15C A MONTH A Defense of Woman. By B. Marion Jones. Ages ago—ao I will say from the time that Eve, our first moth er, was tempted to sin by Satan in the beautiful garden of Eden woman, poor little weak woman has been looked down upon some what by the stronger sex as a thing of evil, an evil genius which hankers a man until he at last is laid away to sleep the eter nal sleep. She is prone to sin. but so are we all prone to sin. If thou do. est well shalt not thou be accept ed? But if thou doest ill sin lieth at thy door. Ah men, remember that at mauy of our doors lieth sin in all its different characters, You may scorn her, you may abuse her and rebuke her, y»u may cast her name oul as evil and all that, but you must still keep in mind tho inevitable fact that she did not sin alone, that there was an hidden force in the dark. You are invited to remember flint thoug hja woman, yet she Is tobe loved, that *he is some body’s mother, daughter, wife, sister, and though she may fall to the lowest depths, she may fall to the regions of darkness and filthiness, she may disappear into the quagmire of sin and cor 1 U^UIWU , O UJUIJ k/C CIlU UIUUI VLUOO of the deepest dye, but yet re member she is a woman and should be pitied, a fllower sent by God, to help beautify the world, and like natures flowers, being tempted by a stronger than herself, fell beneath the sum mer’s withering. scorching blasts. She fell, perhaps as many a man has fallen though he may be stronger. Why was she put here? Why was not Adam satisfied with all he had? D,d not he have all a man's soul could desire? No. He wandered amidst plenty, a rouud in the garden, master of all he surveyed, abjectless, sau, lonely, silent, in a state of som nambulism, dreamy, aimless, there was no pleasure in his life, as in the lives of every man after him. and of those yet to come, a sensation of emptiness, an ach ing void that the world nor time could and never can fill. What was it that this man of plenty lacked? Why this idle ness, absence of mind, somnam bulism, dreaming, sighing, ach ing of heart, longing? The gol den sun shining out did n< t ct ase to rtse and make his way west' ward over the blue of the cloud less sky, the birds did not cease to carol their plaintive tunes 01 the bees to hum as the flew from flower to flower, the sweet zeph yrs of spring ceased not to wafl to his uostrils the fragrance ol the flowers, nor was nature’s harp discordant and old. The little stream that flowed through his habitation ceased not theii babblings- The moon shed forth her flood of silvery light, andtht silent watches of the night then faithful vigils kept, and twinkled at him as he wanuered lonely a long. And I fancy that he would cry out in the throes of deepest agony "‘Oh God why thus this longing in my breast, this ach ing and and gnawing at my heart Help me, save me, God of my life lest I perish.” Adam did not know what he wanted bnt God in his infinite goodness and bound less mercy knew that he craved and was perishing for lack of a woman, an helpmeet. God put him to sleep and'from his own siee,as Matthew Henry said, not from his head to top him off, not out of his feet to be trampled up on, but out of his side to be equal to him. under his arm to be pro tected and fear his heart to be loved. Does not this show the beautiful unity of man and wife? thei unity of that very life, of soul, of feeling, and of home? For says God they twoshall bwjas one flesh. Adam awoke and behold there stood at his side his desire , he was no more lonely or sad nor grievous, for there, oh, bessed that, there at his very side stood a beautiful blushing woman. As I contemplate this great subject there comes to me the great thought, that on this great round beautiful earth, there are many more Adams. Ah young man why spurn her because she is ragged, why turn est thou away because she is not fair, because she is not comely or beautiful to look upon The _i. J __ _ i _ J __3 ..11 Vjrwu UI WIJ C CHUM »U. She is a woman, a daughter, a sister, perhaps a wife and moth er. Do uot dispise or scorn the weaker sex. She may be a sot, a drunkard lying in the gutters of the city streets, she may be a vixen, a si. ren, a brawler of the deepest dyejj or she may have her hands smeared by the blood of another and branded as a murderess, but God is able to make her filthy soul ciean. Lend thou her thy strong arm you. g men, old men. Show her the lights of heaven, put her feet in the upward way. The Pekin. Rlioadsjce Cream and Chilli Parlor. Rhodes new cafe and avening head quarters is now being the talk of the capital city among the ladies and gentlemen. Mr. 2- G. Roades has done his part, 3Pr'ntffl(;l,1> lets do ours. We as a race must patronize him to show him that we appreciate ttie sacrifice ef one, who has dropped 1 his talented profession, entered Spring Arid as a strange foreigner enters A merica, knowing nobody but himself, seeing Unit sncb a place was needed here, and needed bad, forced his will power to open a much needed place of business in the well known A. Morris Williams Mldg., at 1024 E. Washington Jt. And when a stran ' ger comes to our city and makes sub stantial standing with such a busi * nass man as A. Morris Williams, as to open up such a place of business under such a business s'jaff in the popular well known A. M. VV Bldg., the people must show their business faculties in patronizing and making that place a prominent center of busiuega. In passing by The Pekin you never see any loafing or hear any noise. That goes to show the ele ments of a clean place, kept by • G Rhodes. Go there once and you will go thera a^ain. A cozy place where ladies and gen tlemen can go without running into a bunch of vulgar slouchy and swear ing characters along Washington St. Now of course some are bound to say its too far out of the woy. But its uever too far to go to get«your Mon ey^ worth with pleasure. Two parties will be given Sunday evening after meal hours. First Party: Mrs Thompson, Mrs. Stopher, Mrs. Pemberton, Mrs. Far mer and ot hers. Second Party: Mr. Walter Clark and three others, Mr. John Jackson and three others. Dr. Ford in the City. Dr. N. B. Ford, a practicing physician of Pittsburg, Kas., was a pleasant visitor to this office last Thursday. The doctor was iu company with his father, Maj. Ford, the efficient custodian of Camp Butler, Subscribe for the Forum. Judge James A. Creighton. JUDGE JAMES A. CREIGHTON, candidate for Supreme Court Judge, is.pre eminently fitted for the place and has demonstrated that fact so completely that, with a shad ow of a chance in this Republican district, from which the vacancy is to be filled, he will be elected. He is considered one of the most impartial and fair judges that ever sat on the bench in this city, and for that fact, the people will no doubt support him in a large measure in preference to his Republican opponent. The people are not going to turn aside men who are so highly respected for judicial integrity and moral worth for mere partisan purposes, and the time is ripe for such steps. The colored people have taken note of Judge Creighton in particular and feel that, should he win out. there can be no serious complaint, and many of them will rally to the judge. We endorse the judge as a “safe sane” man.