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GOOD NEWS (FORMERLY THE FOOL-KILLER ) A Monthly Message of Warning and Counsel and Comfort to a Stricken World. i PUBLISHED MONTHLY. f " fames Larkln Pearson . . - ..- Editor BOOMER, NORTH CAROLINA. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Single subscription, T. year 25 cents. Jn clubs of five or more . 15 cents. j Entered as second-class matter March 3, 1916, at the postoffice at Boomer, N. C, under the act of March 3, 1879. i TAKE NOTICE Do not send postage stamps on sub scription. Remittances should be made by registered letter, express or postoffice money order. Be careful to write your own name and address plainly, and direct all letters and make all orders payable GOOD NEWS, JBOOMER, . NORTH CAROLINA. HEART-TO-HEART TALE. Now, dear readers and friends, jthis is ajpersonal letter to you. 1 .want you to regard it as just as personal and just as important as if I had written it direct on my typewriter and mailed it to you in a sealed envelope under a three cent stamp. What do you think of the line Of talk I am giving you this timel If you believe my New Message contains something that the people pught to read and think about, ithen I want you to appoint your self as a missionary to help spread it among your friends. Tote this Issue around in your pocket and read it to people you meet and ask them what they think about it; You will find more people thinking along these lines than you might suppose. And if you happen to strike a few who have not yet begun to think on these things, this paper will wake them up and put them to thinking. The whole human race today is aware of the fact that this old earth is passing through a great crisis, and that SOMETHING of far-reaching consequence to the people must be the result. The human mind is in, a questioning attitude, wondering if this really Is the end, and the old cut-and-'dried conceptions of what is going to happen in the wind-up are be ing changed rapidly. Hence the time is ripe f or this New -Message, and I want you to help me spread it into every nook and corner of this broad land. It is going to take a great deal of money to run this thing undei present conditions. Print papei costs about twice what it former ly did, and some kind of war tax I(in the form of postage or other Wise) is going to fall heavily or all publishers. And besides that. I am constantly needing to add new machinery and office equip ment to handle the business. You folks hustle up the clubs and IT furnish the chin-music till every thing goes easy. GOOD NEWS. MODERN INVENTIONS Did you ever .stop to think how very strange it is that the world should have gone on for full six thousand years without making but very little progress in the lines of invention and dis covery, and then all at .. once burst out in such a blinding glare of smartness as we see around us today? With the exception of printing and steam, which date a little farther back, practically every thing we speak of as modern in ventions or discoveries have come to us inside of the last fifty years. The world's way of liv ing fifty years ago was not much different from what it was five or six thousand years ago. Dur ing all that time there was no marked advance along any line of invention or discovery. But just about the time the six thousand years ended and we started on the seventh, you no tice how the pace began to quicken. Things never dream ed of before came crowding right on the heels of each other until now we live in a different world. Make out a list of the great inventions that were in use before 1872, and it will be a mighty short list. Then go ahead and make out another list containing the great inventions and discoveries that have come into use since 1872. Your se cond list will contain, among other things, the following: Electric lights, Electric power, Telephone, Wireless telegraph, Phonograph, Automobile, Typewriter, Type-setting machine, Web printing press, Daily Newspaper, Moving pictures, X-Ray, Submarine, Flying-machine, and many others too numerous to mention. Imagine the world suddenly deprived of all these things and set back where it was 45 or 50 years ago! It would be hard getting., along, wouldn't it? And yet our an cestors got along for six thous and years and probably thought they were doing well enough. Can you give any good reason why these things didn't start away back yonder and come in gradually? Did the people have no inventive minds among them, or what was the matter? Ill tell you why. It just wasn't in God's Plan for these things to be until the "time of the end." They COULDN'-T have come any sooner. And when the right TIME rolled around they came in a hurry. And yet their coming has been gradual enough so that we considered it a very natural process. If these things had dropped down from heaven all in one day we would have called it a miracle. And it would have been. But it is no less a miracle as it is. The hand of God is in it, and He has al lowed men to make these things just at this time for a wise pur pose. They are being gotten ready to be used through the glorious Millennial Age for the comfort, and blessing of the whole race. And even greater wonders that we can't even dream of now will be added, un til it will indeed be a paradise on earth. Everything' will be done by machinery, and ALL THE PEOPLE will get the bene fit of the leisure thus afforded. There will be no more million aires nor paupers. Every body will have plenty and nobody too much. Good roads will be every where, and every family will have its automobile and plenty of time to ride in it. No more slaving from dawn till dark to squeeze out a bare existence. The wildest dreams of Socialism will all be true, and then some. But now here is the vital point of it all that I want you to re member. These great Millen nal blessings cannot come to their full ripeness until the devil is chained. As long as he is loose in the world he will only use these modern inventions to make more trouble. We all know it has been that way so far. The labor-saving inven tions have made it harder in stead of easier for the masses to get a living. God permitted these modern inventions to coma right in the last years of the devil's rule over the earth in order to give man an object-lesson in how the devil can turn a blessing into a curse. But pretty soon the devil must go down into the pit, chained and helpless, so that he cannot deceive the nations any more for a thousand years. Then the spirit of righteousness will rule the earth and these modern inventions will come into their own as agencies of comfort and blessings for the human race. THEY ARE AFRAID. A few months ago I thought I had got a good healthy argu ment started between myself and one of the big guns of Or thodoxy, towit, the Rev. W. F. Staley, of North Wilkesboro, N. C. He started in like he was just going to clean up the patch before breakfast. But I sorter bowed my neck and said "Boo!" one time, and that was the last of Bro. Staley. I think it looks sorter bad for a big Theological Seminary expert to get so skeer ed of a little one-hoss hill-billy like me. Why, mercy me, I wouldn't have bit him. If I am all wrong on the eter nal torment question and some other things, and these big fel lers are so certain they have got the proof against me, why in all creation don't they trot it out and let a-body see it ? I try to be reasonable in all things, and if anybody can show proof that I am wrong I will try to? get right. But it seems like" my REASONING is the very thing that these big orothodox fellows ave afraid of. They can't stand up against it. Ain't it a plum Pity? , , ;. Men use their reason in every thing else, but in politics and re ligion they depend entirely on their prejudice to carry them 1 through. June, 1919. . m m m tt rim It seems like a pity that there isn't an orthodox hell for those who want one so bad. But the trouble is, they always want it for the other fellow and not for themselves. The blind and ignorant me thods that are being used to combat the spread of Bolshe vism in this country reminds me of the man who drove his wife out in the rain and then whip ped her for getting wet. The more securely you fasten down the safety-valve of a steam engine the more certain it is that you will have an explosion. The reactionary officials of this government should try to re member that. To the person who does not have the sure guide of Prophecy to go by the events of these days present a very tangled and be wildering aspect. But the stu dent of Bible Prophecy can see that they are moving right straight ahead to the inevitable climax. The people who demanded the crucifixion of Christ were the VERY BEST PEOPLE of that day and time, and they honestly thought they were doing right. That shows how easy it is for even the best people to be mis taken. But our good orthodox saints of these days have never thought about that. It is strange how some peo ple hang on blindly to the reli gious beliefs of their ancestors. They don't insist on traveling in an ox-cart like their ances tors did, and they don't do busi ness in any other way like their ancestors did: but in matters of religious belief they seem to think that the ox-cart and tallow candle stage is good enough. One of my great regrets is that I am not able to write a per sonal answer to all the good let ters I get. My desk is always packed full of these kind and encouraging letters; and I know my friends think strange of me for not writing to them. But it is physically impossible for me to write to all. It would take all of my time, and then some, and, I would riot get to do anything else. But, dear friends, I appre ciate your kind letters just-as much as if I could answer them all personally, and I want them to keep on coming. STATEMENT of the ownership, management, cir culation, etc., required by the act of Aug. 24, 1912, of Good News, pub lished monthly at Boomer, N. 0., for April, 1919: . Editor, Managing Editor, Bus.Mgr., Publisher and Sole Owner James L. Pearson, Boomer, N. C. .. (Signed) JAMES L. PEARSON. Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 14th day of Apr., 1919. Asa E. Green, J. P. My commission expires Dec 1, SO.