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SEQUACHEE, TENN., SEPT. 22, 1898. PAGES FIVE AND SIX. o Conve ntio First Annual Convention of the Sunday School Association of Ma rion County Proves a Decided and Complete Success. The Largest Convention Ever Held In the Sequachee Valley, of Any Kind, At Any Place, At Any Time. Sequachee Thronged With a Host of Sunday School Workers. S32 A Proof ot what Sequachee can do when she tries to carry out an Idea The People responded well and turned out En Masse Four Thousand Stoug they visit our Beautiful Town and listen to Eloquent Speeches, Excellent Singing, and Good Music A Royal Day and a Royal Crowd Every Part of the County represented Twenty-nine Sunday Schools fall into Line Jasper wins the Banner in the Singing Contest The News-Banner donates Ten Yearly Subscriptions as a Second Prize to Mt. Olive Choir The Affair was well managed South Pittsburg has it Next Year Cards of Thanhs Notes, Etc. S022HS223 There can be no doubt but that er by Rev. V. J. Mahoney, the song the First Annual Convention of Sun day Schools held at Sequachee, Sat urday, Sept. 17, 1898, was and will pass into history an one of the larg est, pleasantest, and best meetings ever held in the County. Those who took part and helped to its suc cess can look back to it with great satisfaction. A serious drawback at the begin - liiiicr was the lack of information as o to school organization, but this has been remedied. This Convention outrht to stimulate the Sunday schools to greater effort, it being brought out by the Secretary's Re port that against a school population of G,()00 in the County, only 205G, or "Praise to God, our Father" was ren dered by a united choir of 250 voices. For the first effort together it was fairly good although several breaks were noticeable. The songs which followed, noticeably "Look up! Lift up!" and "Like an Army We are Marching" w ere much more impres sive and they were really the best sung pieces of the day. Others might have been better if all had kept up their end, but in the after noon several choirs were silent. Col A; L. Spears, made the wel coniingj address in a humorous style, and Rev. Geo O Bach nan made the response. Rev. Dr. George Then everybody went to dinner, retary made a condensed report as In twos and threes and twenties they follows: went where ever fancy suggested. Officers and Teachers 232 Scholars enrolled 2056 Average attendance 13S6 Money contributed $390.50 Teachers meetings held 3 On motion of Mr, T. A. Ilavron the following resolutions were unan imously adopted: Resolved, That the cordial thanks of this convention be extended to t)w vuriniia ( VtmmittpMU fi tVioir nti- the town went to their home, and tIring) energ8tio work in preparing were regaled there. Everyone was for and arranging thU eminently satisfied, or se'rtned so. and if anybody successful meeting, and further be it went awav hunWv it was their own Rksolvkd, That the thanks of the fault, as the Sequachee people offer Some spread their eatibles on the grass where they were; others of a wiser turn went to the Spring where it was cool and there was an a-: bundance of the finest water that ever gushed from a mountain's re cesses. Other people climbed into their teams and ate their dinners and others on the "invite" of residents of but little over one third, are identi tied with the Sunday schools. , dess in a clear, loud, The day for the Convention was ner that set the Clare, alter the clioir had sung, 'Look up! Liftu,'! made the first.. ad: 'inging man- nerves of his au- Hunter 'ed food to everybody who appear- advertUm"1 meeting be extended Hill & Son for their generous support and gratuitous an ideal one and the preparation un dience to tingling. Mr. Clare is an der the direction of Mr. Sherman Englishman, a disciple of the roast was all that could be desired and beef of that isle, and his address was more than was really expected The typical. He is a graduate ot Oxford, tirst train to arrive brought four cars and took a post graduate course at crowded to suffocation. Then an at fair Harvard, and knows how to hour later the special from White- handle the cricket ball as well as to side so-called although it started frame powerful sentences and trnths. in reality from South Pittsburg, As there were many Englishmen in brought as many more, but the train the audience one can imagine the was' so crowded that when Jasper way " which hi forcible, broad, and was reached there was not room for careful utterances were received, more, and the people there had to He spoke for Dr. II. J. Cook, who did wait for the train to be sent back to not materialize and after another Jasper tor them, but in due time all song Mr. Clare's place was filled by irok here. The influx of teams of Pev. Geo. O. Bachman, Secretary of every and all kinds was interesting, d to need any. j D. V. Dame, At 2.00 p. m. all were back in the A. L. Spkaks amphi-theater, and at no time in the Then the combined choir sang day was it packed more solidly with "Worthy is tht Lamb." Music by people than at that hour. During the the band followed during which a noon hour the South Pittsburg band collection was taken up. Then It is a safe estimate to say that from 3,500 to 4,000 people were on the grounds. The programme as announced State Sunday School Association, who delivered au interesting dis course. His discription of the Inter national Sunday School Convention or Congress at London was very was substantially carried out but the interesting and the audience listened non-arrival of the Knights of Py- with rapt attention. He then told thias Band in time for the morning how he was drawn into Sunday session caused some changes. School work and ia relating how his In the morning all numbers on first Sunday school was held under the program to be rendered by the an oak might have made a very pret- South Pittsburg band were omitted, ty allusion to the massive beech un- much to the disappciutment of their der which he was just speaking, admirers. The welcoming song by Mr. Bachman's discourse full of meat the Jasper and Sequachee Choirs and contained many reminiscences, combined, was well given, but, ow- . Rev. J. A. Darr, Moderator, then ing to the confusion caused by the closed the morning session with large audience iii getting comfcrta- some funny remarks and it wag end- bly disposed, was inaudible except to ed with a stanza of "Praise God those in the front seats- After pray- from Whom all Blessings Flow." had arrived in a big four-horse, con veyance and were dined by Mr, and Mrs. Ilaynes, of the Hotel Marion, the food being ready for them - when they alighted. Consequently the pro gram was begun with music by the band, which was lustily cheered. Then there was a song by twelve lit tle folks which like all efforts made by little children was received witu close attention.. No. 18 on the pro gram was filled by Prof. W. A. Wright, of Grant University, Athens remi.jwho did not attempt to make an speech but read an essay on "Oratory." The greater part of au dience thought Mr. Wright had wan came the event of the day, the sing ing contest for a banner. The first school to take the platform was that of Mt. Olive and they sang sweetly, their effort being loudly applauded. Then the school from Macedonia fol lowed, and nxt was the school from Caroline Chapel, fourth and last was the school from McKendree church, Jasper. The judges appoint ed were Rev. Geo. O. Bachman, Prof. W. A. Wright, and Rev. W. timidity a-d a break in the 'second verse the Mt. Olive choir would have ranked first. The competition was very interesting but we think a better way would be to select some some well knows tune and let n!l the choirs have a chance to practice and get it down fine. ' The election of officers for next year was then made and Rev. J. A. Darr, President, D. V. Dame, Vice President, and Miss Matlulde Gus tafson, Secretary and Treasurer, were elected. More music and ben ediction closed the session, but the band still played on and finished the program they had arranged. That the Convention was a success is most gratifying to all the people of this place. Mr. Darr merited the compliment of re-election and will be able to to do more during the coming year. The election of Miss Gustafson as Secretary and Treasur er was a well merited compliment and her services in connection with this convention have been both ar dous and trying, but she persistent ly worked on and deserves much praise for her hard work. The Con vention did right in leaving the executive committee to be appointed and the county organization can bo strengthened thereby. The people ot South Pittsburg, we are sure, will see te it that the con vention of 181)9 is up to that of 18'JH and with the large number of Sun- J. Mahoney, and they retired to make up thiir award. "Mussa's in the Cold, Cold Ground" was render- day schools in that city and vicinity ed by the band, and then Rev. S. S. we believe with proper work on the Catron, of Jasper, was introduced part of the Executive Committee, dered from the subject and were not and delivered a telling speech which some of whom should be from South greatly interested. However it was was highly appreciated, his address Pittsbmg, every school in the an excellent article and evident!? being practical and in his usual style county should be reuresented at. iti carefully gotten up. Moderator Darr of striking out from the shoulder, next convention, introduced Mr. Wright as having a j Then there was more music and We think the attendance was stentorian voice, but the audience ! Rev. Geo. Huuter Clare took the good, 29 schools out of 43 being pres were of the impression that he had j platform to make the presentation of ent as follows: Ktlley's Ferry, left it at home. j the Banner to the choir of the Jasper Shellmound, Kimball, Lodge, Shir Again the band played and next school, which he did eloquently and leylon' Whitwell, C. P. and Union, in order was the selection of the gracefully. An examination of the South Pit tsburir. Enisennal Hm.iiMt place to hold the next Convention, judges' talley showed that the Mt. Kimball, Victoria, Whitwell ami Olive school was second, and the South Pittsburg were named in or- 1 proprietors of the N'ews-Bauner au- j phur Springs, Looney'g Chapel, Mt ! 1. X: . l ,1 . r. v. , iciona, uetnei, fardis; Oak Grove, Caroline Chapel, Sni der and a vote being taken by show tliorized the Moderator to announce of hands South Pitt-bnrg was select- ( that for a second prize they donated ed, the vote being made unanimous, ten yearly subscriptions, and it is Again the band played, and the Sec- proper to remark that but for a little Olive; Jasper, M E, McKendree, Christian; Ilavron's Chapel; Pleas ant Hill; Wesley Chapel; Owui, Se quachee; South Pittsburg, St. Au-