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THE COMMONWEALTH A Reliable Local Newspaper. 0U7. MOTTO: "BE JUST AND FEAR NOT. J. L. Gillespie, Editor and Publisher VOL. XVI.—NO. 40. GREENWOOD. LeFLORE COUNTY. MISSISSIPPI. FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 22, 1912. Subscription, $1.50 Per Year PASTOR RUSSELL IS CHALLENGED A Complete Answer to the Query, "Who Ordained Him? The Whole Subject Clarified For the Public Benefit — Clergy and Laity Unscriptural Terms. Albany, N. Ï., Nov. 17. — As al ways, Pastor Rus sell got the crowds today. We report bis discourse on Ministerial Ordi nation aud Titles. Very evidently it is a reply to an at tack recently made upon him by a Mr. W. T. Ellis, field editor ot The C'on " ' fPASTOR. fcUSSF.LLl tinetit, and alias, tbs "Religious Rambler." Eliis claims that Pastor Bussell's ordination as Pas tor is fraudulent. The address shows that Pastor Bussell fully understands the situation. He fully justified his po sition before his vast audience and showed up the "Bambler" editor in the unenviable light of either being Ignorant of the subjects discussed, or attempting to deceive the public. His text was. "Not of men. neither by but by Jesus Christ, aud God the Fa ther. who raised Him from the dead" (Gal. I. 1). He said:— man. The time has come for telling the people what the Bible teaches respect ing ordination to teach aud preach. 'The doctrine of Apostolic Succession started in the second century A. D. The bishops claimed that they bad the same authority that Jesus gave to the Apostles. Upon this claim they ordained the inferior clergy. This principle is wholly unscriptural. According to the Bible, the Church ot Christ is not composed of two parts, clergy and laity. Jesus declared. "All ye are brethren; One Is your Master. Christ." St. Paul shows that in the parly Church the ministers were the servants of the dock. They were of the people, chosen by them by the stretching forth of the hand. Many of the reformers coveted the titles accorded the Catholic clergy. They did not care to tell the congre gation that its word was supreme, and that its ministers were merely Its serv ants. Others, realizing that these ti tles were unscriptural. declined to use them: preferring to be called pastor. My Bible Student associates, knowing iny objection to the title "Reverend," address me os Pastor. I am the elected Pastor of tile Brooklyn Tabernacle congregation, and also of the Loudon Tabernacle congregation, and I fall to see ground for criticism in this respect, nor do I attack Christian brethren who accept other and unscriptural titles. twelve pits—until the Episcopalians, about a year ago granted this concession Of course, if their proposition were cor rect, I am just as much unordaiued ns | all other Protestant ministers—and no j Must Pastors Be Ordained? Ordination Is necessary to the office of pastor. The question is. What consti tutes an ordination to preach amongst the people of God'/ This question has received various answers. The Roman. Anglican and Greek Churches, claiming Apostolic Succession, declare that authorization to preach must come through their apostle-bishops, and have not allowed Protestant ministers to enter their pul : Each denomination at Its beginning ! was opposed by all others; yet each j taught that the clergy were separate j from the laity. Ization of the more so. : Only since the organ- I Evangelical Alliance J S ts of j 1184(11 have the different Christendom acknowledged each oth- ; Each denomination use of such ceremonies as it If. therefore, the cou ! believers in 1 er's ordinations, make deems proper, frregntlon of Christian Brooklyn and London ordaiu or ap- ' point me as their pastor, it is their j •list ceremonies, if any. shall accompany that ordination. Who tan dispute this Y No Protestant de nomination. surely: tor their own or linatlons are on this very basis. ! Tbe subject of ordination seetns to have fallen Into confusion during the Dark Ages St. Paul particularly em phaslzes the fact that he did not re- | eelve his commission as preacher and Apostle of Christ from his brother Apostles, bnt by Divine authorization. This is the Scriptural principle nnderly Ing Divine Urdlnation to the ministry All admit that own choice of Christ. No denomination claims that the or dination of Its ministers either made or kept them perfect there have been sad failures amongst Neither making many of them domineering and lordly, contrary to the spirit and teachings of Christ and the Apostles: and the lalt.v by leading them to con «Hude that merely secular matters should engage their attention. their ordained ministers, would they claim that ordination has given their ministers superior discern On the con ment of Divine Truths trary. It has injured tbe clergy by The True Ordination. Finally the Pnstor showed tbe true ordination to be the Impartation of the Italy Spirit. Whoever receives this has God's authority to be His am bassador and mouthpiece. Such show the work nr the Holy Spirit régénérai ing their minds and hearts, giving (hem Insight Into the Scriptures, and enahllug them to be God's mouth ' pieces, ministers of His Truth, ►-» *w JESUS IS GOD'S GIFT TO ALL HUMANITY Salvation Is ot God's Love, Not ot Justice or Necessity, Misunderstanding of Whet Conetitutee the Divine Penalty For Sin Hat Mis- j led Us In Respect to Every Feature ! of God's Program For Our Recovery From the Penalty. J ] Rochester. N. Y„ 1 Nov. 04 . - Pastor Russell of Brook lyn Is here. We re port one of his ad- 1 dresses from the text, "Thunks be uuto God for His unspeakable Gilt" -II lx, 15. The Pastor said 1 Corinthians that In order to appreciate the Scriptures ou all subjects, we must handle the Word of God honestly. We must recognize that our Lord Jesus is one person and the > Father another person, between the Father and the Son is that I Thf> oneneaa of Ills disciples to be one—in mind, lu purpose, in will. Id effort (John xrti. | 21. 23.1 Our Lord Jesus is Gods un speakable Gift The Scriptures declare that the Re deemer took the nature of men in or der to redeem sinners; but that In Him there was no sin. Only a sinless one could give to God a Hansom for Adam. and thus redeem from destruction, not only Adam, but all his posterity. In voiced in sin and death through him. The speaker then showed that God set before our Lord a groat joy. the influence of w'hich led Jesus to endure cheerfully the bitter experiences of His earthly life. This Joy is intimated to have been; (1) His pleasure in doing the Father's will; (2) His privilege of "bringing many sons to glory"—the Church; (3) His pleasure and Joy In be ing by and by the world's Restorer, de livering them from the power of Satan, sin and death. "Wherefore," St Paul says, "God hath highly exalted Him," far above "angels, principalities and powers, and every name that is named." declared by our Master Himself, say ing that He and the Father are one in the same sense that He desires all An Opposite Courte From Satan's. Pastor Bussell then contrasted tbe course pursued by Satan with that fol lowed by our Lord. Meditating am bitious designs, Satan found an oppor tunity in Eden. He beheld in our first parents a new order of beings, design ed to bring into existence a race that would fill the earth. Satan essayed to be ruler or prince over this human cre ation; and by so doing, he not only be came a rebel against God. but brought sin and death into the world. Our liprd Jesus pursued an opposite course, aud demonstrated His loyalty and obedience. St Paul Intimates that although the Logos was much higher than was Lucifer, yet He was humble, and "meditated not a usurpation," as the Greek text declares. (Phil. 11. 6.) He thought not by robbery to be equal witb God. On tbe contrary, our Lord willingly accepted the Divine pro posal that He should be bumbled to tbe human plane for a time, tn order to can -y out the Father's Plan, t 0 the Church, Jesus is God's tin S p e akable Gift He is indeed a Gift to tdB whole world, unspeakable In value, but He is more to the Church To His footstep than to the world. followers. He is the "Captain of their Salvation," "Elder Brother." their great High their Bridegroom, their priest Through Him they are priv ileged to be the Royal Priesthood. Through the merit of the sacrifice of Christ, they are privileged to "present their bodies living sacrifices, holy, ac ceptable unto God." The Pastor then said that Justice is the foundation of God's Throne, in the past endeavors to harmonize Jus tice witb our great Creator's dealings with humanity bave involved na tn difficulty. We were assured by the prominent creeds that God had know | ns iy brought mankind into existence under such conditions that the great majority would spend eternity in tor ture We perceived no Justice tn any sdc b arrangement. Bnt while desist mg from criticising the Creator, we gee |f w e are more ings than of our perfect Creator? The Scriptures declare only tbe con secrated Church see the "lengths. breadths. heights and depths of the ; Love of God." which passeth under- j could not indorse such a course, nor it to be In harmony,, with the Di vine regulations governing ourselvea to love our enemies, should be expected of fallen human be This class alone Is in any prepared to give thanks to God for His unspeakable Gift. Their 1 thanks go up. not ouly in words, but also in actions, which "speak louder tw ords." These thanks ascend as j Bwep t incense to God. I and by, "AH the blind eyes will ^ opened aud all the deaf ears will be nnsto pped." Then tbe whole world of : mankind. Including those «wakened • from the sleep of death during Mee- I slnh's reign, will be in condition to rec ognlze God's unspeakable Gift and ren When wilful evil doers shall have been destroyed, then every creature In Heaven, on earth and In the sea shall be beard saying, "Praise, glory honor, dominion and might be untoHiru that slttetb on tbe Throne, and to the Lamb, forever," through tbe inspeakable Gift , , j standing, sense now der thanks. HOW, WHEN AND WHY A SECOND ADVENT Oenver Divines on Bight Track, Says Pastor Russell Ne World-Burning — Satan to Be Bound—Sin, Sickness and Death to Be Conquered—Man to Be Delivered. The Power Vested In Messiah—His Kingdom Near—Hoi It Will Appear. Denver. Dec. 1.— This city is stirred! Seventeen pastors of all deiioralna lions have been dlseussliigThe See ond Advent for a month. Nowcomes Pastor Russell tell ing us all that "The Earth abid eth forever"—that It will never be de |§g blm the great event of Christ's Com i d ^ ,vlll bring blesslugs such as we a |) desire. He seems to have the Bible [PASTOR, ftussaüi stroyed by literal fire. According to ant j jo^ic ou hin Hide too! raptor liUHMeii declared that false concept* of the Hmiod Coming of Christ hud doue great injury. The view set forth in all orthodox creeds j 8 that (j forint will come again in the flesh The resuPrectlou wl || take place „t til In twenty-four hours. The saintly will rise in the air to meet the Lord T|jpn fil . e w „, eome down from hellv CB and coa3ump , he wholp parth B1 ,|| pnillalUt8 c , nim tha , Ull -[st wl |, r(dB11 v gi„rv a thousand years t() hle8s tl|p j wlllB Ttle m „j url ty 0| chrlPtluna dlsi)WI1 tllls MS ridiculous nouspI|sp becuuae th , believe lin ie ot creed or B „ )|e A uliuorlt y perceive Ug 1U( . onB , st eney witb the Bible, What Bible Students Now See. The "fire of that day" is symbolical, already kindling in society, the ele meuts ot which. Capital and Labor are getting hotter. Soon they melt, the symbolical "earth" will be consumed with the "heavens" also, the ecclesiastical powers. Their passing away will usher in a "new earth." or social order, and "new heavens," the Church in glory. The Second Coming of Christ la as sociated with blessings. Messiah will abolish the curse and bring In wonder fill blessings. The Day of Christ will lie "the last Day,''-the great Seventh Thousand-year Day. Ait humanity will be blessed. Including the dead who will then be awakened. Christ Comes to Reign. ■iii As the redemption was necessary for man's salvation so Messiah's King dom Is necessary to accomplish restilu tion. The delay of more than eighteen centuries Is Scrlpturally explained: <li God designed Six Great One Thou sand Year Days to teach mankind the exceeding sinfulness of sin. He pur posed that on the Seventh flay the blessing of Messiah should come. 12' An important work has been done An Elect Church has since Calvary, been gathered out of all nations saints made perfect through suffering a Little Flock, the "Church of the First-borna." These are to become the Bride of Christ at His Second Advent The Second Coming of Jesus Is to claim His Bride class, and to exalt them. As regards the world. He comes to bind Satan, to overthrow sin. and to uplift fallen humanity. St. Peter tells that Restitution work, not a literal burning of the world, a wails the Sec ond Coming of Jesus: "Times of re freshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."—Acts UL 19-21. Christ'« Kingdom to B« Spiritual. One great mistake we have all made is in not noticing that Jesus was hu man for only thirty-three and a hall years. He was a glorious stdrlt being before He was made flesh; and He was resurrected to a spirit condition higher than His original one. How foolish we were to think of Jesus as a man (a little lower than angels) in the midst of the Heavenly host. He is now partaker of the Divine nature; His Church is to be "changed" and made "like Him." As His descent was from a higher to a lower, so His ascent was from a lower nature to u higher, "far above angels." His is the exceeding gio ry which "no man hath seen nor can see' —"which no man can approach unto " It Is this glorious Being whose King dom Is about to be established. He and His Church will be as Invisible to men as are Satan and the fallen angels. The appearances of Jesus In the flesh after HIs resurrection were materializations., to prove: (1l thaï Jesus was no longer dead: (2) that He was changed, born of the Spirit able to go and come like the wind. Paroutia, Epiphania, Apokalupsia. Messiah's Kingdom will have earthly representatives—the faithful saints ol previous ages, raised to human perfec don instantly. Through these the in yigjble Messianic Kingdom will op erate. Jesus said, "Ye shall see Abra bam, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets j n tp P Kingdom." Tbe parcourt a of Jesns will come first —present but Invisible. The world will continue with the ordinary alTatrs of nr* (while He Is gathering the Churobi. as ) n the days of Noah. After tbe gathering of the Chnreb. there will be an epiplwein and nn a po tolsp«» or Jesus. He will shine forth. He will be revealed-not in flesh, but "in flaming fire." the trouble of that Day. in which the present order will be eunsnmed in anarchy, giving place to the Kingdom Dispensation. EDWARD POWELL KILLS TWO MEN NEAR PHILIPP. Philipp, Miss., Nov. 17.—Ed ward Powell, manager of the Lone Star Planting Company, shot and killed Whity Greenham, single, aged 26, of Boyle, Miss., and Bert Lawson, single, aged 20, of Blaine, Miss., yesterday morning, killing them instantly. Greenham and Lawson were employed by the A. A. Hubbard saw mill. 1 he trouble arose over a dispute concerning some logs, during which Powell shot both men. Lawson was not an interested party and took no part in the ar gument, hut started to run away when the shooting commenced and, according to witnesses, was deliberately shot down and killed. Neither Greenham nor Lawson were armed. Both Greenham and Lawson have just recently been employed by Mr. Hubbard and were reputed to be good workers, quiet and honest men. The remains of both parties were taken to Greenwood, Miss., on the evening train to be pre pared for burial. Greenham leaves a widowed mother, of whom he was the sole support. Sheriff Champ Taylor arrived from Greenwood and took Powell in custody, driving him to Green wood in an automobile. Powell gave himself up without any resistance. Mr. Powell has been employed as manager of the Lone Star Planting Company for a number of years and was well known among the many lumber men of the surrounding country and was held in high esteem by the entire community.—The Com mercial Appeal. Powell was promptly indicted for murder by the grand jury on Monday, and he will be arraigned in Circuit Court next Monday, (the beginning of the criminal term ), when a day will be set for the trial, and a special venire will be summoned for the selection of a jury to hear the evidence and render a verdict in the case. District Attorney Mortimer and County Attorney Kimbrough will conduct the prosecution of Powell, and the defendant will be represented by Messrs. Gardner & Whittington. Every point will be vigorously contested in the trial of this case, as much interest is manifested in its outcome. A speedy trial should be had in this, as well as all other similar ones, and the ends of justice should be meted out without fear or favor. Justice is often outraged by the continuance of murder cases from term to term. HERE AT HOME. Greenwood Citizen Gladly Testify and Confidently Recommend Doan's Kidney Pills. It is testimony like the following that has placed Doan's Kidney Pills so far above competitors. When people right here at home raise their voice in praise there is no room left for doubt. Read the public statement of a Greenwood citizen : A. B. Carroll, prop, harness and re pair shop, 803 S. Main St., Greenwood, Miss., says: "About a year ago I had pains across the small of my back which were more severe when I stoop ed and exerted myself. I was obliged to pass the kidney secretions too fre quently and I felt tired and languid. Finally I began using Doan's Kidney Pills, procured at Chandler's Drug Store, and they rid me of my trouble in a short time. Since then I have had no cause for complaint." For sale by all dealers. Price 50 Foster-Milburn Co., Buffalo, cents. New York, sole agents for the United States. Remember the name—Doan's—and take no other. Advertisement. The forthcoming session of the North Mississippi Conference, which cenvenes in Greenwood, Miss., December 4th, is being looked forward to with eager in terest by not only the members of the Methodist church but the people generally for the confer ence directly concerns the relig ious life and work of every com munity in the state. Greenwood is making elaborate preparations for the entertainment of the guests and the list of appointments which will be announced by the bishop presiding will be eagerly looked for by the whole state for thousands are interested.—Colum bus Dispatch. - j IflSUrC your V OtlOfl and LOt 1 . c j yy ^ Petcet. Trade with our advertisers. MONTGOMERY-OIBSON. Paducah, Ky., Nov. 17.—The marriage of Miss Geraldine Gib-' son.a preUy young woman of Lmon City, lenn., and Mr. S. H. Montgomery, a prominent young, man of Greenwood, Miss., wasi , ... . , solemnized here today, the Rev. U A File pastor of the First Christian church, officiating. ( 1 . L Hay, Mayor of Greenwood, was best man, and Miss Ruth Humphrey, of Murray, Ky., a friend of the bride, was the maid c ie couple left tonight for Chicago, to spend their honey moon. They wil be at home in Greenwood after Dec. I. The bride is a beautiful bru-i nette, and formerly resided here. Mr. Montgomery is connected with Bank of Leflore, at Grren wood, and is a popular man.— Commercial Appeal Special, The Commonwealth joins the many friends and admirers of Mr. Montgomery in extending hearty congratulations upon winning the heart and hand of such a rare jewel as a life companion. Upon the return of Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery from Chicago they will occupy the cozy cottage recently purchased from Mr. Har ris Gray, on the corner of Wash ington and Depot streets. The large number of handsome presents received attests the pop ularity of the bride and groom. The grand adjourned today aft er a session of eleven days. The jury carefully investigated all charges brought before them and, found 44 true-bills of indictment. Court has been making good progress winding up the civil bus iness of the term this week, and the two weeks criminal term will begin next Monday morning. CIRCUIT COURT. NEW FURNITURE STORE WILL OPEN JAN. 1, 1918. Messrs. C. E. Jordan and B. C. Penn, of Greenville, will open a large and complete stock of fur niture and house-furnishing goods in the Hyman building, 116-118 Howard street, in this city, on January 1, 1913. These gentle men are experienced furniture dealers and successful business men, and will be a valued acquisi tion to Greeenwood. The Com monwealth bespeaks for them a liberal share of the public patronage, and heartily welcomes them as citizens of the "Queen City of the Delta." THE PUMPKIN IIUSKER. The Pumpkin Husker, a rural comedy in four acts, with Dorothy Russell in the leading role, will be at the Princess Theatre, Satur day, Nov. 23rd, has been before the public as an amusement, vehi cle for the past eight years, and is as popular today as the day of its conception, if the crowded houses that continue to greet its appear ance can be taken as a mark of mark of popularity. All the cheap sensational features of the usual run of rustic plays have been omitted, and in their place are to be found some of the most beau tiful climaxes on the stage today. CARD OF THANKS. We wish to thank the many friends who so kindly rendered us courtesies during the illness and death of our beloved daugh ter, Mrs. Mary Belle Turner. Their aid and sympathy will always be appreciated. MR. AND MRS. R. H. HICKS. Nov. 19, 1912. YOU WILL NOT WANT IN OLD AGE If you begin to save now. The sub stantial wealth of the rich people of the world came through stict habits of saving. By means of systematic saving, some of this wealth can be yours to protect yourself against future want. This bank welcomes the account of beginners and pays 4 percent, interest, compounded semi-annually, on money deposited with it. $1.00 will start an account. Bank of Leflore. For shoes made to fit and fit to wear, go to Foun tain's Big Busy Store, he saves you money. Insure your Cotton and Cot ton Seed with W. M. Peteet. The Commonwealth, $1.50. Second sheets for sale at this office. DEATH OF J. B. HUMPHREYS. Mr. J. R. Humphreys died sud denly at his home 'in this Wednesday morning, Nov. 20, 1912 , at about (i o'clock, city , Mr. Humphreys had been in failing health for several months, hut during the past few weeks he had so much improved his family 1 am! friends were hopeful that he j would soon be entirely restored. He was attending to the duties of the office of circuit clerk all day j prior to his death, and was unus unity cheerful. But the dread j death summons came early the ! next morning, and his generous spirit passed peacefully away to ! the God who Wp it Barnes Humphreys was decid edly one of the most popular and useful men who ever lived in Le flore county. He was a devoted husband, a kind and indulgent father, a loyal friend and citizen of whom any community would have been proud. He served Leflore counfy one term as sher iff, after which he was elected cir cuit clerk, and at the time of his death was serving his fourth term in that capacity—and a more cap able and accommodating public servant never held office in Mis SISKippi. Mr. Humphreys was 62 years of age. He was the son of ex Governorand Mrs. B. G. Humph reys, a brother of the lamented Dr. D. S. Humphreys and of Con gressman B. G. Humphreys. A wife, two daughters and three sons survive him. Barnes Humphreys' death is an irreparable loss to his family, to his friends, to Leflore county and to the State of Mississippi, j His funeral was conducted from j the family residence Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock—Revs, Hal S. Spragins and Jos. Rennie officiating. At the conclusion of the services there the Masonic fraternity took charge of the re mains and conducted the inter ment at Odd Fellows' cemetery, being attended by a large num ber of friends, The pall-bearers were: Active— W. S. Barry, J. I,. Gillespie, Dr. F. M. Sandifer, W. M. Whittington, A. J. Knight, Robert Herman; Honorary—Monroe McClurg, W. T. Loggins, F. M. Aldridge, E. L. Mounger, A. Henderson, Dr. S. L. Brister, W. C. George, W. R. Bell, P. A. Malone, A. R. Bew, J. L. Montgomery, W. C. Taylor, D. P. Montgomery, Dr. T. R. Hender son. Circuit court adjourned for the day Wednesday out of respect to the memory of Mr. Humphreys, and convened again Thursday morning, BEN P. CHATHAM APPOINTED CIRCUIT CLERK. Gov. Brewer appointed Deputy Sheriff Ben P. Chatham ns the successor of Circuit Clerk J. B. Humphreys, deceased, yesterday. This appointment will hold until an election is ordered and held to fill the vacancy—and the Board of Supervisors will order a special election for this purpose at their regular December meeting. The Governor could not have made a better selection to fill the vacancy, as Mr. Chatham has had extensive experience in court work, and is a most accommodat ing and affable gentleman. He will be a candidate to succeed himself at the special election— as will also eight or ten other worthy and well qualified men. PROCRASTINATION Keeps many men and women from hav ing a savings account. To put off from one pay dav to an other, the simple process of starting a bank account usually results in perma nent postposement. No matter is more important than providing a safeguard against adver sity. I you have not yet opened an ac count do it now. One dollar is enough to begin with. Visit this bank and investigate our facilities for giving you service. Bank of Leflore. COCKRELL SUIT DISMISSED. Messrs. Gardner & Whittington received notice Wednesday that the suit of the creditors against T. B. Cockrell, in bankruptcy, had been dismissed by Judge Niles of the Federal Court. The suit was brought to require Mr. Cockrell to pay over to the creditors some #25,000, which he was alleged to have on hand and failed to turn over to his creditors. For dry goods and no Itions Fountain has all the ; new things and the kind i you want NORTH MISSISSIPPI CONFERENCE CONVENES HERE DEC. 4. The forty-thini session of the North Mississippi Conference will convene at the Methodist church in this city December the fourth, Bishop Henry Clay Morrison presiding. This will be the second time for Greenwood to tain this worthy body conference was held here thirteen years ago Many will remember that session of the >n ■ntcr if men. 'I he -lie Bishop Candler presided. conference as a time of great spiritual power and inspiration. And we trust that the coming session will prove equally helpful to all who attend upon its services. Our visitors will notice n marked growth in Greenwood since they last met mere village thirteen here. From years ago, Greenwood has grown into one of the most progressive, thorough going .little cities in all this section of tile State. No town can boast of bet tor church buildings or a more hospit able, generous people. And it goes without saying that Greenwood is going to do herself credit in the generous en tertainment meted out to her visitors on this occasion. This will be the third time for Bishop Morrison to preside over the North Mississippi Conference. He came to Mississippi for the first time, after his election to the Episcopacy, to preside over the conference which met at Win ona eleven years ago. Four years ago he held the conference which met at Water Valley. He is, therefore, no stranger in the State. Before Bishop Morrison's election to the Episcopacy he served the church as Missionary Secretary for eight years, raising in that time one hundred and forty thous and dollars for missions, ami paying an old debt on the mission board, man of handsome presence, of courtly bearing and a preacher of distinguished ability. The meeting of the North Mississippi Conference in our city will bring into our midst ministers and laymen from every section of the northern por tion of our State. We want to make these men feel at He is a * home in our midst, giving them such a welcome as they have no where else received. Of course the main business of a con ference session is to hear the reports of the preachers, pass on their charac ters, and most important of all, place them for another year. This work of assigning the preachers to their differ ent fields of labor is done by the Bishop and his cabinet-his eahinetbeingmadu up of the eight presiding elders of the conference. It is a most delicate work and is done in a most conscientious and prayerful spirit. Greenwood is espec ially interested in the making of the appointments this year as the present pastor, Rev. H. S. Spragins, has served out his quadrennium here and must be assigned to another field. Just who will take his place ill not known. There are quite a number of men in the con ference any one of whom would be a good man for the place. Whoever the fortunate man is, he* will receive a most cordial welcome, not only by the Meth odists of the city, but by all the good people of Greenwood. I)r. Spragins has accomplished great good during his four-year pastorate here and his congregation and the peo ple of the whole community regret that it becomes neccessary, under the rules of Conference, for him to be transferr ed to another charge. He is a man of the highest Christian character and of extraordinary ability, and The Com monwealth congratulates in advance any community to which the distin guished Bishop may see fit to assign him. KNIGHTS TEMPLAR WILL ATTEND SERVICE. Greenwood Commandery 24, Knights Templar, have mailed the following letter to their members, preparatory to attending services at the Presbyterian church on the 28th Thanksgiving Day. "At a recent conclave of Greenwood Commandery No. 24, held in its asylum in Greenwood, Miss., it was the unani mous sense of the Sir Knights present, that community and country adjacent thereto had been so signally favored by Providence in many ways, but especial ly in being saved from threatened dis aster to our material progress and well being, by a pest that has wrought havoc to so many sections of the South, that we owed it to ourselves, as Well as the community in which we live to show our thankfulness and apprecia ciation by some outward demonstra tion of our feelings. To that end it was resolved that the Sir Knights of Green wood Commandery No. 24, assemble in its asylum on the 28th day of Novem ber, 1912, at 10 o'clock A. M. in re sponse to the Thanksgiving Proclama tion of the President of the United States, for the purpose of attending divine worship in one of the churches of our city on that day, and thereby to testify to our feelings of gratitude and joy for the many blessings showered upon us by an all-wise and beneficent God during this year of our Lord. A full attendance of the Sir Knights is earnestly solicited and desired. " Insure your Cotton and cot ton Seed with W, M. Peteet.