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Drs, Turner, Parks & Hughes
Mary Street,' Union City
Telephone 144.
Brs. Turner, Paiksr Kcghss
Mary Street, Union City
Telephone 144.
Onion City Commercial. MUWI.heil conwU'Hted September I, 1897.
Wet TenuMe Courier, eiubluhed ls7. 1
VOL. 16, NO. 40
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Lumber, Rough and Dressed,
Building Material,
Sash, Doors and Blinds,
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Wast of Ice Factory
Christmas Sermorv
Note on Discourse Delivered by Rev. J. L.
Iludg'Ina, at the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church, Sunday Morning, Deo. 23, 1906.
"Glory to God in the Highest, on Kurth
We are nearing Christmas, tbe
celebration of tbe mightiest event
in the earth, the birth of Jesus
Chritit, the world's Savior.
In his birth the world was given
a clear conception of a man's
worth, and a real, genuine, saving
Man has never been without a
religion of ome kind, for the re
ligious instinct is universal in
man. "Even in savage bosoms
there are yearnings, longings and
strivings for a thing they compre
hend not." .
Plutarch says: "You may see
tstates without walls, laws, coins
or writings, but a people without
a god and a prayer has no man
seen." ;
A nation of atheists has never
been known, because the universal
heart of man pants and longs for
God. Columbus once reported
'the inhabitants of Hayti to be
without any form of religion, but
ha sonn discovered his mistake
and reported it.
Paul gives the true status of the
i1Bfin world in Rom. 1: 20: "The
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invisible things of Him are clearly
seen, being understood by the
iHlntr tkat are made, even bis
, .
. eternal power and Godhead; so
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that they are without excuse."
But while it is true that the
world has always had a religion
indeed, many religions, in each of
which there was more or less of
tnuh until the birth of
Christ the world moved blindly in
its search for God.
Tbe divineness of the human
soul, the image of its Creator,
shows through Zorastrianism, in
its fire-worship; through Brah
minism in its c a s t s ; through
Buddhism in its culture; through
Confucianism in its" filial piety,
and even through the religions of
ancient Egypt, Greece and the
-Norsemen, but it shows but
' The tendency of the nations
controlled by these religions was
toward retrogression, and had no
her fys'eni of religion ever been
" "reteatfJ.lu man his course would
have been conVWntty downward.
It may be said that in material
things the slates of antiquity had
a civilization which in many re
fp'ects equaled Ilia civilization of
modern nations, it is true that in
art, literature, philosophy, laws
and governmental mechanism and
in military strength the Greeks
and Komans rivaled all nations.
But ihh hijth civilization, reached
by the native power of the human
will, courage and perseverance,
was Midly and fearfully defective
xs In StocK
DircKs Lumber Go.
Peace. Good Will to Men," I.nke'2: 14.
and deceptive. Their glory was
built upon shame, their strength
upon weakness, and what seemed
to be virtue was but the basest of
vice. Laws theoietically good
were practically perverted, and
egotistic selfishness had become
the rule of life, so that the ener
gies of the people were misdirect
ed and their acts corrupted.
All noble aspirations had fled,
and the good and wise, discour
aged, disgusted, had retired from
active life in despair. Eloquence
and freedom of speech had been
suppressed, and to find fault with
public acts was deemed treason
able and punishable by death.
From Herculaieuni to the Caspian
Sea one stern will, that of the Ro
man emperor, ruled all classes
and all orders were ruled by him
there was organic uV)n abso
Uo read y o u jr tiistory, my
broivr, and you will find that it
was cV'i'ing this period this pe
riod ojnicx oneness that the
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mruiiu uv iwiKJt. vyme itiiu
gression in human rights and tbe
greatest prostration of human lib
erties ever seen in the ante Chris
tian world.
Socrates, born 470 6. C, said to
his pupils: "Unless it please God
to send some one from, Himself to
instruct us, we can never hope to
succeed in reformingthe morals
of men." .
Horace, born 45 B. C, said:
"We are worse than our fathers,
and they were worse than our
grandfathers, and we are doomed
to leave to tbe world an offspring
still more degraded than we."
But the best description of bu
man conditions under pagan re
ligions is given by Paul in Rom.
23 32: "And even as they, did
not like to retain God in their
knowledge,' God" gave them over
to a rebrobate mind,, to do those
things which are not convenient;
being filled with all unrighteous-
ness, fornication, wickedness, cov-
etousness, maliciousness; full of
envy, murder, debate, deceit,
malignity; whisperers, backbiters,
haters of God, despiteful, proud,
boasters, inventors of evil things,
disobedient to mrents. without
understanding, covenant break
ers, without Datural affection, im
placable, unmerciful; who," know
ing the judgment of God, that
they which commit such things
are worthy of death, not only do
the same, but have pleasure in
them that do them."
No wonder the poor old earth
was sick ana staggered like a
drunken man!- And no wonder that
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the angels of heaven who had
looked for ages upon the despair
ing humanity of this earth, praised
God as a great multitude, when
they saw Jesus leave His Father's
fArone and start upon a mission
here. No wonder that they ex
claimed, as they saw Him touch
the earth and heard one of their
own number say to the humble
shsperds in the field, "Fear not;
for behold! bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all
people, for unto you is born this
day, in the city of David, a Savior
which is Christ the Lord." "Glory
to God in the highest, and on
earth peace, good wil toward
men." . "'
Every good feature of the world's
religions was adopted by Christ and
carried over into the Christian re
ligion, but every principle which
tended to human degradation was
(rejected, """""-j' "'-'r.-
But in Christianity, the religion
introduced by Jesus Christ, there
are to be found many beneficent
features unknown to either pagan
ism or the religion of the ancient
First Christianity addresses it
self to the neglected masses of tbe
human family, a thing wholly ig
nored by pagan religions. Breth
ren, hear me there are many
problems now confronting our own
nation and fpr which our states
men have sought in vain for solu-
tioua, that in my humble and can
did opinion can never be solved on
any other principle than the Chris
tian religion.
Without discussing them at
length here, I mention three of
these problems, viz: our foreign
population, our native negro pop.
ulation, and tbe great laboring or
wage earning; masses.
The only solution to these ques
tions most be brought about by
evangelism, and the sooner the
Christian forces of our nation
awake to tbe fact that there are
twelve million foreigners; eight of
the eleven millions of our native
negro population; and perhaps
ten million native or naturalized
white laborers in our own midst
thirty millions more than one
third of our whole population,
who are just as much in need of
the influences of Christianity and
quite as worthy, I am sure, as are
the people of Asia, Africa or any
other foreign land, the sooner we
hall solve tho problems that are
so great a menace to our pace
and prosperity.
Why send money nd niauinr
aries to foreign hinds and neglect
the unevangelized among us? The
false cry is now coming up that
we have too many churches in this
country, but the cry should be
that all that we now have should
be filled, and Mill ethers estab
lished, for the fcva"e!2fttion of
the unsaved masses.
Too long, far too long,have tbe
poor of this world been recog
nized as objects of charity, and
now the Church of Jesus Christ
needs to recognize them as worthy
of religious attention, as Jesus
recognized them when He said,
when proving his own Messiah
ship, "the poor have the gospel
preached to them."
The gospel of Christianity is
adapted to the needs of the masses,
because it is plain and the unedu
cated can understand it; it is full
of sympathy so that the lowly can
appreciate it; it is free, or ought
to be made so to the needy, so
that they can have it. It is elevat
ing, and the humble and tho bowed
down are lifted up by it, and it is
compensating so that the destitute
are requited by it. ,
It is very unbecoming any one
claiming to be a Christian to turn
away from or neglect the poor,
for Jesus Christ whom we follow
was born in poverty. Through
life he had no settled home, and
after his tragic death he was buried
in a' stranger's grave. ' 'For ye
know the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that though He was rich,
yet for your sakes He became
poor, that ye through his poverty
might be rich."
Christianity is adapted to the
masses, because it fsa religion of
comfort, "to bind up the broken
hearted," and that is , what the
masses need. Thousands of hearts
and homes that have no other com
forts have had the comforts of the
Christian religion."
Since man's fall sorrow and bro-ken-heartedness
has been the com
mon experience of most men.
Some sorrow because of diseased
bodies; some because of a dis
turbed conscience or discontented
mind; and some because of their
lot in life. Parents because of the
waywardness of sons and daugh
ters; wives because of the unmanly
life and conduct of husbands.
Ifat Christianity teaches every
man that the path of sorrow over
which men must continue to pass
has been beaten smooth by the
best that ever lived. Christ Him
self was a tuna of sorrows and
millions of his followers have fol
lowed Him in that way.
But the gospel tells of a time
and place where there are to be
no sorrows, and marka the con
ditions upon which we may enter.
"And God shall wipe away all
tears from their eyes and there
shall be no riore deiatb, neither
sorrow .Oflrjwtf."
. Christianity iVo the moral world
what the 6un is to the solar system,
tbe center of its light, warmth and
During these Christmas days,
let us seek to fill our souls and
hearts with the spirit of our
Christ, that we may join in sing
ing, "All hall the power of Jesus' narae,
Let angels prostrate fall,
Bring forth the royal diadem
And crown htm Lord of all,"
and then join the angels in saying,
"Glory to God in tbe highest and
on earth peace, good will to men."
Is the New President ot the South
ern Railroad.
Mr. William Wilson Finley, the
new head of the Southern Railway,
recently elected by the directors
to fill the vacancy caused by tbe
death pf Mr. Samuel Spencer,
which was occasioned by a wreck
at Lawyers, Va., on Thanksgiving
Da', has been in continuous rail
way service since May 1, 1873.
On that date he entered the serv
ice of the New Orleans, Jackson &
Great Northern Railroad, and for
the first ten years of his railroad
career he served that road and the
Chicago, St. Louis & New Or
leans Railroad consecutively as
stenographer in the Vice Presi
dent's office, Secretary to the Re
ceiver, Secretary to the Agent for
the Trustees, Chief Clerk for the
General Freight Department and
Assistant General Freight Agent,
which latter position he held for
three years. On March 1, 1883,
Mr. Finley was appointed Assist
ant General Freight Agent of the
Texas & Pacific Division of the
Missouri Pacific, and when the
Texas Pacific was placed in the
bands of a receiver, on December
15, 1S85, he continued as Assistant
General Freight Agent of the road.
Jn 1888 he was appointed General
Freight Agent of the Fort Worth
& Denver City and other roads
comprising the Panhandle Route,
which has since been taken over
by the Colorado & Southern. The
next year he was made Chairman
of the Trans-Missouri Traffic As
sociation, and in 1890 was appoint
ed Chairman of the Western Pas
senger. Association. He spent the
next three years as General Traffic
Manager of the Great Northern
ana then went to tne Southern as
Third Vice-President. Early in
1896 he returned to the Great
Northern as Second Vice-President,
but remained there only four
months before going back to the
Southern as Second Vice Presi
dent, where he bas been since.
Mr. Finley was born in Missis
sip pi in 1853, and was 23 years of
age when be began bis railroad
career, and besides being Presi
dent of the Southern Railway, be
haa been chosen President of the
Mobile & Ohio and the Alabama
Great Southern Systems.
noiner, does ur. smith wear
his everyday clothes under that
long white gown when he preach
e?" asked a little girl who had
seen tbe edge of the minister's
trousers under his robe.
'Yes, dear," was the reply.
Well," she continued, "now I
know why it is called a surplus."
Harper's Weekly.
Purify I the sewers of the body and
stimulate the digestive organs to
maintain health, strength and en
ergy. Prickly Ash Bitters is a
tonic for the kidneys, liver, stomach
and bowels. Allen Drug Co., Special
Tk Stock.
Uai.lil UfJEuxIs
Flying Some.
A Christmas turkey at Williams
& Skinner's grocery store flew
through a side-door window pane
after closing; Christmas eve and
made its escape to the farm. This
is not a cranberry story.
B. C. Whitney's "Isle of Spies"
fciss Beulah Hamilton, of the
'Isle of Spice" Company, tells of a
very peculiar worship of idols which
she witnessed along the sacred road
of Nikko, when she was in Japan
two years ago. "One of the most
curious worships in the world cen
ters around this idol," says Miss
Hamilton. "Upon the tront of the
idol are seen little pieces of what
appear to be dried bits of paper. If
you stand by tbe idol for awhile
and wait for a worshipper to come
alon(, uu will hee the object ot
these bits of paper. The devotee
halts in front of the image, then
scribbles a prayer on a scrap of pa
per, which be chews up into a ball
and hurls it at the god. If it hits
the (ace and sticks, the prayer is
sure to be granted and the pious
pilgram goes away happy; but if
the ball 6ticks to some other por
of the body, tbe omen is not quite
so propitious; and if it falls on the
ground, there is absolutely no hope
of the prayer being answered. Such
a mode of prayer," continued Miss
Hamilton, 'is even more curious
than the prayer-wheels of the Budd
hists, who set the wheel revolving
and reel off prayers by machinery.
One sees, of course, numberless
strange rites connected ith relig
ion in traveling around tbe world,
but Japan is the only place where
deities serve as targets for masti
gated prayers." At Keynolds Opera
House, Thursday, January 3.
Writes a Letter to the People.
"To Whom Jt May Concern: I am ft
trained nurse of nine years' experi
ence In hospitals and private canes,
and for the benefit of the people of
Union City I wish you would publish
my experience with the cod liver oil
preparation called Vlnol.
"1 was completely prostrated frotii
overwork. I had no appetite, could
not sleep; my kidneys, liver and liow
els became Inactive, and as 1 grew
weaker I could not retain either medi
cine or food on my stomach, and raised
blood. The doctors said 1 was In a
critical condition and would probably
die. '
"At I had seen Vlnol prescribed for
for my patleots with such remarkable
results, I decided to try It myself.
After the first bottle 1 began to Im
prove. 1 continued its use, and soon
betfan to eat and sleep well; every or
can In my body was strengthened and
became normal, until It seemed good
to be alive and 1 was restored to per
fect health and strength.
"I believe Vlnoi is the most notenf.
and delicious cid liver oil preparation
and tonic rebullder la the world, and
n is sucn a Diessing 10 oe able to take
Into the system all tf body buildinor
and medicinal elements of cod liver
oil without the nauseating; greasy
oil itself.
'1 advise all my ratlenta who need
strength, rich, red blood and flesh tis
sue to take Vlnol, as 16 is so far su
perior to old-fashioned cod liver oil.
emulsions or other tonics." Elizabeth
M. Cremona. Trained Nurse, ikwton.
In Union City we sell Vlnol on a
positive guarantee to return money If
It falls. Red Cross Drui Store. Wat- ,
son & Kimzey, Props.
INOTE. While we are sole agents for
Vlnoi in Union City. Jt Is now for sale
at the leading drug stores in nearly
every town and city in the country. ,
Look for the Vlnoi agency In your :-town.
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