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VOL. II. MORAVIAN FALLS, NORTH CAROLINA, MARCH, 19ll. NO. 3 MAMMON WORSHIP. Oh. the poverty ancf wretchedness and woe! . And you find it nearly everywhere you go; - ' -: From the hands of toil wrested, All the wealth is now congested Into hands that never earned it even so! , -''- ' Oh. the idle rich ' are riding o'er the earth . And proclaiming all the millions they are worth, . While the. men who earn the mil lions Are denounced as slayes and . vil lians All the victims of an accident of birth. Real manhood stands for nothing any more; . , ' , It is gold that people worship and adore; . .,7 . '" ; Gold will buy an invitation To the highest social station, ' ThoughV. its master may be rotten to the core. : ';'-. ' ' Take the biggest highway thief you ever saw - :. " Givo him wealth, and he's superior to the law; -... He can buy the courts and judges, While old Justice never budges, But looks on in admiration and in awe. - ' Take a fool that don't , know water when it rains, Let him stumble into, million-dollar gains; : -Just you watch that fellow, sonny, And you'll soon observe that money is a never-failing substitute for brains. s - JAMES LARKIN PEARSON A SERMON OH LOVE. - : , digging holes in your gizzard, you d better not want it. - TEXT In : the spring ;the young mans ianey turns to thoughts of Sally Ann." Yes, children, that's what Ten- nyson says, and I reckon Tenny son knows what he is talking about: . - , I looked out toward the east this morning and saw Spring coming over the hill with a rose in her hair and a smile on her face that would melt a polar ice berg. ,1 " . And that reminded me that if And this is the time of year, my dear; goslings, that you want to be careful. Spring will be here in -about three winks of a roost- -er's eye, and when the Easter dresses come out "to .sun .them selves, and the Easter hats3 are in full bloomthen if you . don't want ta get that awful. , disease called Love,' you had better shut your eyes, plug up your ears and hold your heart with both hands. ; . oYi '--'r THE EDITOR'S WIPE AGAIN. I had anything to say . to .theiJ Most of you remember the little tender-hearted lads and lassies . X r ' speil ' ' over; my name :. a .- few had better say at now -better fnlonths ago, accompanied-by. a iais.e iue juuujj uiiugs-. uy uief piuiure ujLmvst3ix,? asking vvu.aii A subscriber up in Northern Virginia writes me and wants to know if I favor the election of United States Senators by the di rect vote of the people. No, Mis ter. I'm not in favor of electing them that way nor any other way. We ain 't -got one particle of use for that pestiferous pack of pot i-rntted plutocrats loafing around up there and representing only th e interests of Wall Street, the Morganheims and the " Carne f ellers. It would pay us a blamed sight better to abolish the entire Upper House, 7 ' as we call it, and rent out the North end of the Capitol for a Chinese laundry. liand in a fatherly sort : of - way. and give them some advice beiore it is too late. V Spring,' with all her ' far-famed loveliness and beauty, is "a dan gerous proposition; She is I the queen, of all the sirens and: the mammy of broken hearts. "Her smile is a snare and a delusion, and danger lurks in her song. When the fatal virus of Spring gets to galloping around , in ; a young fellow's bloodbetter look out! There is going to be -the devil to pay pretty soon. Ten times out of nine the stuff will settle around the fellow's heart and 0 cause him to act worse than a love-sick gander at a poultry show. Especially is this the case if there happens, to be a pretty girl somewhere in sight. : . - J Here is a reliable formula for making a love-sick fool : Take two parts gentle spring, one part J goslingr boy and one part pretty girl ; mix, and set out in the moonlight. That's all; Itwill make one .fool - certain, and often makes two: -- . . But il wouldn 't advise you young 'uns to try the experiment. Itis dangerous. Love-sickness is a terrible disease, but there are three cures for it time, death and matrimony.- Take your choice. If you" can't" get your choice, take something else. One thing is as i good as another, and a blamed' sight better ; Love is sorter like the r itch more folks have hkd it than are willing to own up to it. But if you have never swallowed ; 'the love-germ and felt its .toe-nails to push The Fool-Killer "for my sake;" Well, I want" to tell you the results. A few sent ; in clubs on the strength of it; one man wrote that I should not have printed such a healthy looking picture f if I wished to gain peo pie 's sympathy; another man wras heard to remark that it was all u ' ruse ' ' to get money ; and an other man (from another state) called at our office to see if I had told the truth, - These are ; cases that have come to my knowledge, and goodness knows there might have been much more incredulity; The idea ! As if I would have put up such a story if it had not been true ! As bad as I want money, I would -not stoop to lying for.it. Yes, I DO want money because at present I need it awful bad and though I will confess that -the principal reason I wrote the article was the hope that it would .bring in more money, I do hot feel it was. a ' ruse to make" money?' I did not ask for char ity, as I knew full well that every subscriber would get more ' than his money 's worth in return. I do not want any one's "charity," and any , of you are welcome to come and see whether -our condi tions are as I told them. My face might fool you, as my ill health shows very little in my face, but if you could hear me cough' and wheeze and struggle for nreath you, might think I told the truth. Anyway, -1 'm thinking r a - lot of you would thinks you ; were dying if you had to have such spells as I've suffered. 1 - As to the home I spoke of, if you could see us "camping" in the. rear end of a dusty .printing office, you might think that" I had" occasion to wish, that The . Fool-r Killer would, grow, by leaps and . bounds for a few months at. lafst : ai is uui uui means - ox income, - and certainly honest . and honor able, although its rough style, is not exactly in harmony with my aesthetic and spiritual nature. Consequently I , know :that it . all depends on the receipts. from the paper: as, to when I will get the ed for a long time. In my cohdi- tnati get out.oi the dusty closo quarters Pnoccupyand vIhope J the time will not le ".loner, As soon as warm weather coines -I 'm going to get out, even it I have to live in a tent. ; , . , - l ve- uone- my pan toward building the : home, as ; I have designed- about' 25 different original nouse plans tins winter, 1 nnaliy got one to suit my "notion" as well as my needs, and it 's a "dan dy little cottage, too. It will have an open-air porch room where I will live , most of the time during the day and sleep at night, thus enabling me to get well by means of plenty of air and sunshine. When any of you want to build a new house, just write for, some of my plansj They are strictly orig- mai, and no nies on tnem, eitner. Though if you are rich and want a great big fine house you needn 't send for them. So we expect to r start up the framing in the v spring 'and then finish up the house just as fast as The Pool-Killer will permit. " Al though :the little paper has far exceeded our hopes when we first launched it, yet if it " does not grow still faster ;n the next few months, I 'm afraid the new home will not be far enough along to be comfortable next winter. " I T n Atiirfl.ll v f fiftl a'TiftrsffTn al errat- itude to every one of you who have sent and will- send us sub scriptions, but please remember I have not written this to "work on your sympathy, ' -but to vindicate myself from the 6harge of hav ing circulated a falsehood ; as a ' i ruse . to make money. " " " , Yours sincerely, ; " - CORA PEARSON.