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The Sisseton weekly standard. (Sisseton, Roberts County, S.D.) 1892-1929, February 27, 1914, Image 1

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Talk on Standards
The Men's Christian and
Civic Association was opened
iast Sunday evening with a very
enjoyable musical program from
Handel's great oratoria the
"Messiah." This program of
Victor music was arranged and
conducted by Mr. H. S. Morris
who gave a brief outline of
Handel's life and work and an
explanation of the character and
purpose of the "Messiah," to
gether with an estimate of its
rank among other great musical
productions. The Hallelujah
chorus was a number in the pro
gram of especial merit. The
words of this great masterpiece
were given as a responsive read
ing, briefly furnished to the con
gregation on the printed pro
The address of the evening
was given by Rev. J. W. Chris
tianson on the subject "Stand
ards and What to Do With
Them." Mr. Christiansens spoke
in the the beginning of his talk
of some of the questions which
had arisen as to the character of
the Men's Association one class
of people had asked "Are we
-going to take the preachers into
it?" and the other had said "You
aren't going to leave the preach
ers out of it, are you'?. When
the time came to select a name
for the association, there had
been a difficulty in choosing a
name which would make it stand
for all professions "of men', in
cluding the ministers, and finally
the name "Laymen's Christian
and Civic Association" was sim
plefied into the "Men's Christian
and Civic Association." The
speaker went on to show that
every layman has a standard for
the preacher. Then ideas may
vary somewhat among different
individuals but yet they are quite
well defined. There are three
points in common in all these
standards: (1) The minister
must know what right is. (2)
He must not diviate too far from
•what he believes to be right. (3)
He must remember his influence
on the young people, and on
men and women of the communi
All ministers cheerfully ac
cept these standards and do
their best to live up to them, and
indeed no one is more jealous for
the reputation of his profession
than is the minister. But on
the other hand the preacher ac
cepts those standards as a man,
and in so doing has a right to
say to the layman. "All right, I
accept the standard you have
set, but you come up here and
stand right beside me." There
are no two standards in this life.
There is not one standard of
morality for women and another
for men no more is there one
standard for the minister and
another for the layman. Why
should there be standards for
ministers and not for laymen9
There is an idea of right and
wrong in every man's mind and
consequently he has no right to
hide behind the statement that
he is not a professing christian
while at the same time he holds
up an inexorable standard for
the preacher to follow.
Just what is the use of stand
ards, anyway? They are abso
lutely good for nothing if they
are not lived up to. Not all
men's standards are as high as
they ought to be, but on the
other hand those standards will
Rev. J. W. Christianson Speaks for
Men's Association.
prove useful to them, for in
striving to attain the standards
they have set before them they
have formed the habit of reach
ing up to something hierher and
thus they will be constantly
pushing their standards higher.
People have asked "Has a city a
soul? Is there such a thing as
civic righteousness?" Such a
thing as city rightenoushess
cannot exist separate from the
individual. Its standard is the
measure of the moral life of its
citizens, and is determined by
the individual righteousness. A
town or city that is said to be
immoral must be largely made
up of immoral citizens for it is
they only who can raise or lower
the standard of civic righteous
ness. Suppose we roughly es
timate the population of Sisseton
at one thousand five hundred,
and the number of voters to be
about four hundred. There are
in Sisseton four ministers, that
is than an average of one hun
dred voters to one minister.
Now if instead of these one
hundred men pointing to the
minister as the man who must
do right, if instead of setting up
a standard for him to live by
they should reverse those stand
ards an$ endeavor to live up to
them themselves, there would
soon be little use for the minis
ters in the community and there
would be no civic problems to
be solved. Four hundred voters
working for civic righteousness
could soon make this community
exactly what they please. Let
the citizens of this town or any
other raise the standards for
their ministers as high as they
wish, but at the same time let
them be fair and honest and not
forget to measure,their own lives
by the same standards.
The speaker next Sunday
night will be Dr. Bancroft, who
will talk to men only. A silver
contribution will be taken at the
Finest Ever Heard
Dr. Bancroft, who speaks
here Saturday evening, was at
Elk River, Minn., the old home
town of the Standard editor, last
week, and here is what the Star
News of that place says of him:
Dr. Bancroft, the well known
psychic scientist, gave an ad
dress before a good sized audi
ence at Phoenix Hall Tuesday
evening, which will long he re
membered by Elle River people
as one of the finest ever heard in
this town. Dr. Bancroft took
for his subject, "The Riddle of
the Mind," and during the
course of his remarks he ex
plained the wonderful phenomea
known as hypnotism, telepathy
spiritualism, in such an interest
ing manner that he held his
hearers in rapt attention for over
two hours. Dr. Bancroft has a
fund of incidents to tell of which
he has personally verified and
knows to be true, and his know
ledge of the whole subject of
psychology is very complete. He
is a firm believer in the power
of the sub-conscious mind and
explained some of the wonderful
things that have been done
through this power.
Mrs. Nina Lawrence visited
with her brother and sister, H.
C. Goldsmith and Mrs. Lava
chek, the first of the week.
Clever Move With Suit Case
Gives Crook Liberty.
Harry Michael, wanted at
Wilmot for bastardy and forge
ry, performed a smooth stunt
with the nignt policeman at Mil
bank and is now seeking more
green pastures for a place of
Michael had been hanging
around Wilmot for some time
and had there led a girl astray.
Sheriff Minder was put upon the
case and learned that the man
was at Milbank. He. telephoned
to the night policeman there, and
a capable officer too it is said, to
gather the fellow in. The of
ficer soon spotted his man in a
pool room and put him under ar
rest. The fellow suggested that
they go to the depot and get his
suit cases. This was done, and
on the way to jail the larger of
the suit cases was thrust in
front of the officer and down he
went. It was dark and the man
disappeared followed by several
revolver shots- And he is going
Since his disappearance three
checks forged by him on the
First State Bank of Wilmot have
turned up. They amount to $82
in all. and were cashed without
It is thought that Michael
came from Indiana or Iowa.
Bad fire at Summit
Signal Office and Other Institu
tions Among Losers.
The fire occurred on the morn
ing of the 19th, and what is
known as the Scharf building
was destroyed. Here were
housed the Signal office, th^
Thannis cafe, Macabees, Wood
man, Workmen and Degree of
Honor lodges. The total.loss S
about-$6000, fairly well covered
by insurance.
The Signal has, risen from its
ashes and is being printed on
the press of the Ortley Outlook.
Miss Hannah Rask is back
from Minneapolis.
Mrs. A. A. Peterson arrived
home Friday night from her
western trip.
The past few days have been
reminders of the good old spring
time gentle Annie.
A. J. Monnie who has been
sick for some time is now able
to be out again.
Miss Aimee McDonald came
home from Milbank Saturday for
a few days' visit at home.
Rev. Field is spending a few
days here with his family. He
has been in Minneapolis of late.
Owen Goldsmith who has been
visiting relatives for few weeks,
left for Nortli Dakota points this
week by way of New Effington.
Mrs. Helen Oliver celebrated
her 76th birthday on the 18th.
Her son Alfred and family and
Dr. and Mrs. Taplin took supper
with her and spent the evening
visiting and eating ice cream.
The school in Sisseton town
ship north gave a patriotic pro
gram last Friday evening. The
evening was pleasant, the house
full and all seemed to enjoy
themselves. A number of young
people from towti drove out.
Tricked the Officer Former Pastor Writes.
Rev. Thomas McGregor Writes
From Dubuque Iowa.
Rev. 1. W. Christianson,
Sisseton, S. D.
Dear Brother Christianson
Your letter came to hand some
weeks ago and I should have
answered more promptly, but
the data necessary to answer
your questions is stored nway in
the attic and I have not been
able to lay my hands upon it, but
I can give the dates approxi
mately. I preached at Sisseton
during my last summer vacation
while in the Seminary. That
was the summer of
I will probably come across
those dates some day and, if so,
I will send them to you. I will
always be interested in the Sis
seton. church and rejoice in its
prosperity. Those were years
of pleasant memory I spent
I am quite well and strong and
have been back in the work a
little over 7 years—the last two
in Dubuque. Please remember
me to my Sisseton friends. Was
very glad to hear from you.
Yours very Truly,
Injured While Coasting
Greenfield Boy Badly Hurt, May
Die as Result.
One of the saddest accidents
occurring in Sisseton in many
a day happened last Saturday to
Burton Greenfield, the eleven
year old son of Peter Greenfield.
It was the boy's birthday and he
was joyously celebrating it with
some companions in coasting
down the water tower hill. On
one of his swift descents, the
happy boy collided with a sled
ahead whose owner had fallen
off. In doing so he was struck
in the eye by a point of the run
ner, unconsciousness resulted,
and as his condition grew no
better, his father and Dr. Glasier
took him to a Minneapolis hos
pital, going on the evening train.
Reports since then have been
very discouraging, and, at this
writing, there is no certainty as
to the outcome. Should the boy
live, the sight of the injured eye
may be gone and one side may
be paralyzed.
2 1
I be­
gan my work as stated supply
Sunday, July 4th, 1897- The
next summer we built the church
and dedicated it in the fall, at
which time I was installed.
That must have been the early
part of October, 1898. I con
cluded my ministry there in
April, 1902.
I would like to visit Sisseton
'Some time and renew acquain
tance with my old friends. M&t>y
changes have taken place since I
left. The original Elders, R. L.
Scouten, Geo. Mosher, John Mc
Kee and Dr. Bryant have all gone,
The last of them left a few years
alter I did. Many others who
were leading figures in those
early days have moved to other
When I first landed in Sisseton
there wasn't a two story building
in town. There wasn't a resi
dence on the east side and very
few on the west side. Only one
room in the old school house was
occupied and Tom Schindler was
superintendent, professor, prin
cipal and assistant all in one.
The train came up from Milbank
only three days a week and all of
the mail came in by stage. But
if I get into a reminiscent mood
I might not be able to find a
stopping place.
The ladies of the Zenith Club
are justly proud of the maimer
in which everything passed off
at their eighth annual banquet
on Tuesday evening —in spite of
the fact that the men on whom
they were depending for some
brilliant and brainy toasts, had
so many excuses to offer, and
thus escaped their obligations
entirely. While on this subject,
the world at large is here and
now given notice that next year
no excuses whatever will go.
The banquet was served by
the Royal Neighbor ladies in the
Woodmen hall, a table in the form
of a capital extending almost
the entire length ok the upper
room. It was covered with
snowy linen and decorated with
ferns, carnations, roses and
Japanese lilies, and lighted by
several large, brightly burning
lamps. The place cards were
thoughtfully arranged with a
view of making as happy a com
pany as possible It was about
eight o'clock when all took their
places around the festive board.
The menu consisted of roast tur
key with dressing, savory pota
toes, brown and white bread
sandwiches, cabbage salad,
olives, pickets, grape juice,
cream, assorted takes, coffee an
nuts, all of which had been most
appetizingly prepared and was
daintily served. An end of these
good things came and the follow
ing program of toasts, etc., was
given, Mrs. Turner making a
very pleasing toast mistress:
Hors D'oeuvres, Mrs. J.C. Knapp
Solo (selected) Mrs. Cottingham.
Modern Macbeth,
Lady Macbeth up to date-...
Mrs. Lincoln Warring
Daggers. .Miss Bonnie Andrews
From the Witches Cau Id ron.
Banquet by Ladies
The Fair Ones Shine as Givers of BriU
liant Toasts.
Mrs. Howard Babcock
Mrs. Featherston
Auf Wiedersehn.. Mrs. Andrews
Auld Lang Syne All
The scribe is very sorry to
state that, these cannot be gone
over in detail, owing to the im
possibility of getting the matter
in type, but suffice it to say that
it is unusual to hear so many
bright and witty sentiments ex
pressed on such an occasion by
so many busy people, be. they
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men or women, and the 1914
banquet of the Zenith club will
long be remembered as one of
the chief social events of the
By special request the club
prophecy from the "Witches
Cauldron" will bo published next
Zenith Club
On Thursday, February 19,
the Zenith club met at the home
of Mrs. John Spackman. In the
absence of both president and
vice-president, Mrs. J. C. Knapp
acted as president. The usual
roll call was followed by the
business meeting during the
course of which the final ar
rangements for the midwinter
banquet were completed.
The history period, led by
Mrs. J. W. Featherston, began
with the reign of Charles II and
extended to the coming of Wil
liam and Mary as rulers. This
period of Scotch history deals
with the reign of Charles II, the
government under Cromwell,
Restoration and the rule of
James II, a period full of trouble
to the Scotch Covenanters and
resulting in the overthrow of the
power of the Presbyterian
During the usual intermission,
dainty refreshments were served
by the hostess, following which
Mrs. P. H. Brown conducted the
literature period for Mrs. Mc
Keever who was not able to be
present. The literature lesson
covered Scenes 2, 3 and 4 in Act
II of Macbeth and the questions
prepared by Mrs. Brown called
out the usual interesting dis
cussions over the events of the
play. The part of the play
studied deals with the murder
of Duncan, the subsequent rav
ings and guilty remorse bf Mac
beth, the discovery of thie mur
der and the flight of Molcolm and
Victor Osterlund and James
Oliver, two of Lien township's
wide awake teachers,- drove
jdown Wednesday evening to
take the examination for first
grade certificates.
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