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a Year 15 Cents in Clubs of Five "or More (FORMERLY THE FOOL-KILLER) When yon get hold oi something good, pass it around. Send in a big club. VOLUME 9 BOOMER., NORTH CAROLINA, MAY, 1919. NUMBER 7. STILL TUGGING AT-THEIR BOOT-STRAPS. There are some elements in A SERMON ON LIFE AND DEATH. Well, howdy, as the gal said. the world's political life that How do you air come on by this would like to do good. But tmie? Are your appetites get- lior pn'f Thpv wnstft a npar . . - Xf inXT hnt thpv - , ting in tune tor some more ser- vv j - o - - i o n --,.un right, you rvt on pvo-v vj. vi4vi& j rv.j - O r) ii where. . "" jmons? All It seems to me that the good have them. and evil -forces of the world just j And now,, honey, what do you about cancel each, other. The understand the world LIFE to good is- strong enougn to Keep , mean, anvhow c borne ioiks say the world from getting much worse, and the bad is strong enough: : to keep it from getting any better. And so if an5r progress is to be made in the right direction, it is a clear case that some newT Power must be introduced. Some people will, say that- the League of Nations is the new Power that will lift us out of the mire and start us out on the firm highway of righteousness. But I don't think so. . The teague of Nations is just one more of man's efforts to lift himself by his boot-straps. Its failure. is just as certain as any thing in this -world, ever can be. Man will have to take- his fingers out of his boot-straps and reach his puny hands, up .to God for help before heTever gets out of his present predicament. A hundred or so of the world's greatest statesmen, backed up by a thousand or so of the world's greatest "experts," have been at work lor about six months on, a Peace Treaty and League of Nations Covenant. And in the 80,000 words that they have finally adopted there does not appear the name of the Deitv nor anv reference to a Hi o-her Power. If ever a set of men did deliberately slap God in the face, those men at Paris have done it. And when you ask me to be lieve that such a piece of busi ness will succeed you are ask ing iust a little too much. It may SEEM to succeed for a lit tle while, and there may be a lit tle spell ot patched-up peace. -r-K . n 1 as as as Tint, pvpvv rnllav under it will be a powder-keg, and it will only be a matter of weeks till it blows up. Just about the. time they get to crying 'Peace and. safety !' right big, then sudden destruc tion will come upon them. - To be sure, Peace and Safety are .coming, and that before long, but they are not coming that way. I have a standing notice to the effect that I do not want posf age stamps on subscription. But yet I can and do accept a few stamps all along. And just now I culd use a few more than I am get ting: So you may send" small amounts in stamps for awhile. one thing and some another, but I want to know what YOU think about it. And then, with your diid permission, I am going to cut loose and tell you what I think. When you have a good light burning in your room at nignt, there is no darkness in that roomv And the darkness cannot come in until the light goes out. . mow out tne light ana see what happens. " There! The light is gone. Where did it go to? Did you see it go out through the door or window and move off to some distant place where it will still be a light? Could' you- follow the light that went out of your room and find it still lighting up the place where it went -to? And did you see a square block of darkness come in from the outside and fill the room? No, of course not. And person with ordinary sense knows that nothing left the room and that nothing en tered the room. Then what made - such a change in the appearance? Simply this : The lamp which had been gen erating the light was suddenly made to cease generating it, and there was no reserve supply on hand. The light was being used just as fast as it was being made. Consumption was keep ing right j am up with produc tion, and the very instant that production stopped oi course consumption had to stop, too. The result was: - A condition of LACK, and the LACK manifested itself in just the opposite way from what the SUPPLY did. uarKness is not a TMiiNij or uijJtiiUr naving1 any parts or properties of its own. It is merely the ABSENCE . of LIGHT. Light and Darkness are direct OPPOSITES, and they cannot both exist in the same place at once. Now listen to me: What I have said about Light and Darkness is a perfect illus tration of Life and Death. Life and Death are direct OP POSITES. They are just as opposite Light and Darkness. They are just as opposite White and Black. They are just as opposite Hot and Cold. And there is no way in the world that they -pan be swapped around and one be made to an swer to the name, of the other. But there has somehow got ten to be a fool notion in the minds of nearly everybody that these DIRECTLY OPPOSITE things are not OPPOSITE at all: EXPIRATION NOTICE. If you see the words, "Your Su scription Has Expired," stamped in red ink over this notice, it just means this : If you have not lately sent in your renewal, then your time is out. But if vou HAVE sent in your re newel, then pay no attention to the rubber stamp notice, as it refers only to your OLD subscription. ,The re newal that you have sent will bring the paper Tight on. Please send in your renewal very promptly, if you have not already done so, ana send along, .wren it as many new ones as you can. , They will tell you that when a WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING man s lite goes out oi ms body and he SEEMS to be dead, he is not dead at all, but really more alive than before. They think that the man's life has merely left his body and gone off on a long journey to ELSE, BOYS. ..... . A whole great big heap of hot air is being - wasted over tne question of what Germany's fu ture is likely to be. The Peace heaven or somewhere, and that Treaty has undertaken to see to it is still living and knowing it that Germany shalrnot be able ' w v : things wherever it is. T- i 1 n y tne same process oi reas oning we would" have to believe that the light of a lamp (when 1. 1 ' 'i i l . n i t n you Diow it out ) merely goes on tuture. And, ot course, to some other place, and that i the human standnomt ' I A. to become a menace" to the world - againsoon. But there is al ways the admission that she might do it in the far distant from that you could follow it and find it might ; be . so. No statesman still lighting up the place where could have predicted the things it went to. . that have happened lately, and t There is j ust as much t sense no . statesman, can ...predict ' what m tne one as m the other. might happen m the future. ml j , i I t- lit f "t i xnere is just as mucn sense in mit tnose oi us wno nave a saying that a black man is white better guide than statesmanship as there is in saying that a dead are not worrying about such man is alive. The natural processes of the physical body- generate and sus tain life just exactly in the same matters. Some of us poor ig norant "heretics" are permitted to know that neither German v. nor any of the Other nations rul- t 1 J 1 1 1 m .-m i . way mac uie burning oi tne win cut mucn or a caper m i j i i ii it- ramp generates ana sustains mg tne world irom now on ught. There is going to be a new Rul- The.life will remain in the ing Power that will hot consult body just as long as the genera- Germany nor the Allies nor any ting machinery continues to oi the rest of them, and they tunction properly ; but the very will all be just as helpless in His minute tnat machinery breaks hands as a leat m a whirlwind. down and quits producing life, tne lite stops. God told Abraham that his The reason it stops is that the seed should rrmlHnlv and Wnmo supply is exhausted. as the sands of the sea. so th at inere is not any reserve sup- no rmrn ronld nnmhm- thpm 1 J7 MJJ- 1 -I il I ' ' j piy oi me on nana tnat must Now we are in the hahit. of now go off and hunt some other thinking of the Jews as the on place tohve. lv children of Abraham hut th "T..i- 1 Jl .: n I. . . xuL nere cney come wren tneir have bepn nnmhpvpH anH thmv iqoi questions : number is about thirteen mil- Il a man's life jUst QfOeS OUt lion. A Vftrv small nnmW rnm- Tl I , , . . . ' vuni- like a lamp and ceases to exist pared to the rest of the world's when he dies, how can God re- population. It must be a fact store it m the resurrection?", that somebody else is the seed iou idiot I now can you light of Abraham and don't know it. your lamp again atter it has What if it turns out to n ir been bjown ou? America and the other Enlish- Uur lives are j ust little lamps, speaking- countries? What if w anyhow, and if God can light are anions; those who will consti- them in the first place, can't he light them again? why tute the restored Kingdom of Is rael. It is worth thinking about, and it may throw a good deal of light oh thin es that are After reading your copy of Good News, hand it or mail it to happening. some friend who might be inter ested m it. In this way every, Does your mental machinery copy sent out can be made to do need oiling ? Just a little of my double-duty. Be sure and do .gab will make it run like a hew it. Buick. Try it and see.