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(THE STAYER.) IF YOU ARE A PANHANDLER, HELP THE NEWS "PANHANDLE" FOR THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS. VOL VII. CANYON CITY, TEXAS, FRIDAY. APRIL 17. 1903. NO. 5. CANYON CITY NE THE PULPIT OF TODAY. The modern pulpit is fast de parting from tbe preaching of the old theology and tbe con troverted doctrines out of which the sects have sprung. The masses of the people were so weary of that kind of preaching that the wide-awake men in tbe pulpit a few years ago began to discuss live topics affecting per sonal and public character in stead of theology and set to talking directly against com mon evils, public and private. The step from that departure to a broader view of Christian teaching was an easy one. From denouncing such men as Huxley and Darwin and Ingersoll, they began to accept what truths such men taught, and to feel tbe influence of their broad minds on applied Christianity. Tbe result has been gratifying. In stead of listening to lurid de scriptions of a literal bell of fire and brimstone, or bearing bow a just God will damn an infant for inherent sin, or shut out of heaven an honest soul who cannot swallow a creed, or properly interpret the meaning of "bapiidzo," or decide which sect is next to God and script ur ally right, people are now taught how to live, how to love, how to do good, how to make a clean city or a godly state. They are bearing sermons on charity, and benevolence, and the education of the heathen, and purity in politics, and hon esty in a "boss-trade." Some preachers are a little timid about what they say on live questions but very few of them are willing to bore a congrega tion with what the old school used to call "doctr.nal ser mons." They still preach sound doctrine, but there are few debates, tew great doctri nal demonstrations, such as for merly stirred tbe towns and di vided Christian people. Here and there one may meet a preacher "contending earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints," but be looks lone some and discouraged. If he draws a crowd it is by tbe use of some style or manner of speech that is novel enough to be interesting. The people are not interested in mere doctrinal preaching. The average cburcb is more and more approaching the ideal of a place of ' worship and good fellowship. The sermon is in cidental to the worship not tbe main attraction; and so it ought to be. And yet tbe sermon is expected and listened to, in tbe bope of inspiration for tbe du ties and cares and joys and pur poses of tbe worshipper. The fend peculiar doctrines and strives hardest to help men and women bear their burdens or get the best out of life, is tbe popular preacher, because he is more in harmony with the intent and purpose ot tne great dook .rom which he preaches. Tbomas Bros, can sell you a piano on easy terms. Help us Settle this Country. The time has come that we should classify tbe papers of tbe Panhandle as either for or against settlement of tbe coun try. We also like to bear an expression from tbe Dallas and Port Worth papers on this sub ject. 'Tis true, it's not pleas ant to get mixed up in any issue, but papers as widely read as the Dallas News, that we be lieve to pull in favor of the peo ple, cannot well airord to ig nore tbe land question of the West much longer. Tbe newspapers should assist in solving our land problem or give good reasons for not doing so. At one time the Witchita, (Kansas) St. Louis and Kansas City papers helped to solve tbe land question in Oklahoma and tne Indian territory, and our people are anxious to see tbe Dallas News prove its good will to them by doing the same thing for this country. One little paper in the Pan handle cannot alone wage war for better conditions and whole- somer land legislation, nut with tbe majority of Panhandle papers formed in line, and tbe Dallas News leading the van guard, we may hope to accom plish something to hasten the growth and upbuilding of this vast country. Quaunab Tribune-Chief. Even so and the News is with you, for the future of Panhan dle towns and country depends upon settlers and lots of tbem. Military Company. The voung men of Hereford will In a Hliort time organize a military company . Such a movement has been in contemplation for Dome time, and has now taken definite form. The en terprise in a worthy one and should have generous encouragement. A military company, properly officered and equipped, will add a seat and In terest to the life of the town, and ill give the young men participating In It a valuable training In the taction of military drill. Hereford Brand. When the young men of Cauyou City get ready for a new enterprise they Mould follow the example of the Here ford youthH. Nothing Ih more becom ing In one's carriage than the mien that grows natural from the practice and dill of military taction. That man "Exchange" says some mighty good things occa sionally, and here is one of them: "A newspaper is like a man because generally it re flects some man and it should be judged as a man should be judged: largely and on the whole. No man lives a perfect life; no editor prints a perfect paper. If an editor is honest he is bound to offend some one every day of bis life; if he doesn't offend some one the edi tor is namby-pamby and flabby. The same thing is true of the average man. A newspaper is bound to make mistakes; in get ting news it must necessarily take hearsay. But if, in tbe long run and in tbe main, week after week and year after year, a paper stands for decency, for honest thinking and clean liv ing, if it speaks fair for those who are trying to do good, and condemns sneaks and cheats and low persons, tUat is a good paper.'' The "Evil" Of Learning. The Washington Post doubts the wisdom of "that higher ed ucation which is given in tbe public schools, paid for by the property-holders, and conferred largely upon the children of persons who pay no taxes," holding that tbe state is under no obligation to educate the in dividual beyond a certain point is bound only to equip him for self-education according to his merits and capacity. The Post cites the case of a handsome New York girl of L'O, who was recently arrested for stealing $1,800 worth of jewelry. She was a graduate of tbe pub lic scnools and became an ac complished musician and lin guist. She was to have gradu ated in the "Normal College" next year. She grew to despise her surroundings and especially her cheap clothing and orna ments. In order to present a finer figure she stole the jewel ry from her mother's friend. Uer own explanation is: "It is wrong to give a girl an educa tion and not means to clothe herself according to tbe station in life for which she is fitted." It would seem to be difficult to fix the State's responsibility in this case. It is an isolated instance, by no means typical of the "eyilsM of education. The crime of stealing jewelry is one peculiarly pertaining to savage ry and might be committed a6 well by a Zulu damsel as by an American maiden with a free school education who played the piano and conversed in sev en tongues. Glittering baubles look as bright to the one as to the other and tbe incentives are equal in strength, perhaps stronger in the savage. With more truth it may be said that the trouble with the unfortuuate young person is not too much education, but not enough education. The condi tions which prompted the theft could not obtain in a more high ly or a more generally educated sphere. Ignorance appears to be responsible for tbe crime. If tbe state is to be condemned by this instance, then the fault should be laid to the quality rather than quantity of the edu cation which it provides. In tbe broader and better view of tbe case there is no sued thing as educating the individ ual out of his sphere or beyond bis depth. General diffusion of education must result in gener ally and uniformly improved economic status, moral and physical status. Under tbe im perfect operation ot the present- day system of free education in justice may be done to a single individual, but tbe fault does not lie primarily with the sys tem. The greater injustice is wrought against those individ uals who are not reached and affected by education. With thoroughgoing and uniform ed ucation distinctions and con trasts would be effaced there would have been no room for tbe young woman's discontent. There is no such thing as the LOOK OUT!? For the quotation of prices on first page of next week's NEWS. N. B. Too busy when this paper went to press, but look out for next Issue. In the meantime call and see what we are doing. CANYON MER. CO. state's "obligation" to provide free education to any extent whatever. The matter is vol untary. Tbe question is one, generally, of policy based upon considerations of the states good determined empirically. Surely experience has not demonstrated that any degree or grade of common-school education is without benefit to tbe State or to the individual. Increased education enhances tbe individ ual's merits and broadens bis capacity, improving his yalue to tbe state. St Louis Repub lic. Just received a tine line of China Mattings. Thomas Bros. ,m m mm mmm mmrnm Notice Ih hereby given that the Board of trustees of the Canyon City Independent school diHtrlct, will convene ou the 21t day of Aprlt.lJWl, at the courthouse In Canyou City to pass upon the nnrendered roll of property in said district and to equalize all property on the rendered lint, as presented to said board by the assessor thereof thin April 8th 1903. It. Fit AN K BtJIK, Pres. Board. Attest; F. I. Wii.bon, Secretary. About fifty millions of dollars are being spent in new church buildings in the United States this year. That don't indicate any decline in the hold of tbe church on the hearts of tbe peo ple. The Mulvane (Kan.) Record tells of a little boy who had said his prayers and kissed everybody goodnight but the new hired girl. "Aren't you going to kiss me good night" said the domestic. "Nope," replied Young Hopeful. "I saw papa try to kiss you this morning and I don't want you to slap me the way you slapped him." And tbe Young Hope eful's mother is wondering whether she will not be able to do her own work from this time on and save tbe expense of keeping a girl. Tbomas Bros, sells furniture. Don't forget thi. 5 The Old Coffee Pot. I want to hear the simmer Of the old coffee pot, I want to hear It humniln. When It's grain' good and hot; I want to see the vapor rise, Like Incense, In the room, And floal about n-nllln' Every corner with perfume. Oh, It Isn't very often That a feller gets the best; But when he doe, it's like a whiff A-coniln' from tbe West; It's like a rush of springtime Across a growln field, A-flllln' you with dream of what The harvest tlrae'll yield. I love the smell of rotten Along about in June; And I'd hang around and listen To almost any tune; But the fragrance and the music That nothing else ban got Are the odor aud tbe simmer Of the old coffee pot. Bed Bud (111.) Pilgrim. An elegant line of Baby Bug gies at Thomas Bros. DON'T DESPOND- Keep the mind healthy If you dont lav up a cent. The (dough otdespoud has nothing for sale that will benefit any one. Be Joyous most of the time despite your troubles. Don't be dis couraged. Remember the man who had a good tight hold on the gentle man cow's tall, and hang on for dear lite. The weakest thing any man can do Is to give np. Keep trying and burnish brightly your hopes and expectations. Build air catlts and live fot their realisation. There Is gratification In contemplation. Dou't give up today: wait until to morrow. The sun will shine through your cypress trees In time. Be of good cheer. All the world loves a laughter. Dou't take life so serious ly that you must be serious through out It. Sip the honey from the chal ice of existence and avoid the thorns. Keep your mind filled with roses and the purfuroe of flowers, the love of children and the patriotism of the nation Be a man. If you cannot lie happy yourself help others. This. Ih a key which has unlocked many a rusty heart and set It to palpitating with rich, pure blood. Take an Interet In the things about you and life will soon be worth the living. There was never a ulght so black but that tbe glorious sun broke through the clouds Illuminating and sanctifying humanity. Ex. uarBIUs against this office to receive prompt attention should be presented on thnf1rt duv of eaeh month.