HKNRY H. TUCKER, Kditor
A SERIOUS CASE.
Some time ago, brethren John Stout
and T. P. Bell, both of South Carolina,
offered themselves to our Foreign Board
as missionaries to China, and, after ex
amination, were accepted. It after
wards transpired that these brethren
entertain views on the subject of the
inspiration of the Holy Scriptures not
in accord with those held by the Baptist
denomination in the Southern States,
nor indeed, so far as we know, by the
Baptist denomination anywhere. When
this fact became known, the Foreign
Board held a free conference with
brethren Stout and Bell, and aftergreat
deliberation and much prayer, withdrew
the appointment from the brethren
named. This action of the Board has
excited, in certain quarters, adverse
criticism. But suppose the Board had
done otherwise; suppose that brethren
’ Stout and Bell had been sent to China,
and that, after their arrival there, it had
become generally known that their
views on the subject of inspiration are
not’such as our people are willing either
to indorse or sustain, what would have
been the result? Contributions for
their support would have been with
held ; not only so, the Foreign Board
would have lost the confidence of its
constituency, and none of their appoin
tees would have been regarded as cer
tainly reliable ; the Board would soon
have found itself without funds, and
our Foreign mission work, for the time
being at least, would have been sus
pended ; and the beginning of the end
of the Southern Baptist Convention
would have been at hand. It may be
said that we have overstated the proba
ble results. Perhaps we have, but we
think not. Nothing is easier than to
dissuade people from giving, and
especially when so plausible an excuse
can be urged for it, as that the money
is spent in diminishing the authority
of the Bible. With this argument a
few demagogues could put an effectual
estoppel on all our Foreign missionary
work. But opposition to the support
of missionaries entertaining unsound
views would not be confined to dema
gogues. Many of our wisest and best
brethren would take the lead in the
matter, and the overwhelming majority
of our people—in fact, we believe nearly
all of them—would follow suit. It is
in vain to suppose that people can be
led to support missionaries who do not
represent their religious views. Such
a thing, we suppose, has never been
done; we think it never will be done,
and are sure it never ought to be.
Admit that the opinions of brethren
Stout and Bell are right, and that those
of the denomination are wrong. No
matter. People pay for the promulga
tion of their own sentiments; not for
those of other people. If we preach to
the heathen by proxy, we must be sure
that the proxy preaches just what we
would preach if we were in his place;
and if we discover that he is preaching
what we do not believe, he may look
for prompt recall. The brethren named
are of course conscientious in their
belief; we are equally conscientious in
ours. Os course they have a right to
their opinions; and we have a right to
select such missionaries as represent our
opinions. The question is not who is
right and who is wrong; the question
is whether we shall allow ourselves to
be represented (saving the solecism)
by those who do not represent us.
We do not see how there can be more
than one opinion on this subject.
The ground is taken that the views
of brethren Bell and Stout do not mate
rially differ from those of the great body
of those who will be called on to sustain
them as missionaries. Perhaps we are
not qualified to state, in exact terms,
what are the opinions of the two breth
ren named, but we think we shall not
misrepresent them if we say that they
believe that some parts of the Bible are,
in some sense, unreliable; and we
that we state the belief of our denomi
nation correctly when we say that no
part of the Bible is, in any sense, unre
liable. If this is a fair expression of
the difference that exists, the members
of the Foreign Board would have been
unfaithful to their trust, and would
have forfeited confidence if they had
acted otherwise than as they did. So
far as we understand brethren Stout
and Bell, they hold the same position
that was held several years ago by
Professor Toy. They are on dangerous
ground. Professer Toy now tells us
that the book of Daniel is a pious fraud
—a fiction, and that no such person as
Daniel ever lived! The two brethren
whose names are so prominently before
us, have not reached this point yet.
We pray God that they may be led in
the way of all truth. We have only to
say, in conclusion, that the orthodoxy
of a missionary ought to be above sus
picion, and that if our Foreign Board
should ever appoint any to whom the
least doubt attaches, we shall withdraw
our support from that Board, and shall
use what influence we have to induce
others to do the same. But we have
no fears on the subject; our Board has
shown, under most trying and painful
circumstances, that it can be depended
on to do right. We have expressed
our convictions strongly, but we have
done it with a heart full of sympathy
THE CHRISTIAN INDEX AND SOUTH-WESTERN BAPTIST: THURSDAY, JULY 28,1881.
and love. So far as we have seen, only
one Baptist paper in the United States
has dissented from the views expressed
by us; that one is the Baptist Courier,
of South Carolina. On the other hand,
the N. Y. Independent, and other papers
of strong latitudinarian tendencies,
condemn the action of the Board; and
this is just what might have been
In case the President should recover
from his wound, the crime of the
would-be assassin, will be no more
than an assault with an attempt to mur
der, the extreme penalty of which is
confinement in the penitentiary for
eight years. Now, it is gravely pro
posed by stately religious journals that
Guiteau ought to be visited with severer
punishment than the law prescribes;
and we have even heard Christian
people say that he ought to be execu
ted by hanging.
To put a human being to death de
liberately in any way, or for any cause,
or for any purpose, except by sanction
of law, is murder. No man has a right
to take the life of another on any pre
text whatsoever, except as distinctly
allowed by law. Hence the gushing
pseudo-patriots propose in cold blood
actually to murder Guiteau because he
atempted to murder the President.
“Yes,” say they, “he deserves to be
hung." So he does. But the law for
bids it; and what would be the desert
of any one who violates that law in
the unauthorised taking of humaulife?
How hard it is to get people to see that
one wrong never justifies another!
Guiteau tried to commit murder, and
byway of remedy, some persons pro
pose to follow his example! “Yes/
exclaim the gush-men, “but let us
make it lawful; let us enact a law affix
ing additional penalty.” In regard
to this, two things are to be said. 1.
Such a law would be what is called ex
post facto; and is in violation of the
Constitution of the United States, and
indeed, of the Constitution of all
civilized States. No law which vio
lates the Constitution is law—it is null
and void, and is as though it were not.
Such law is impossible. 2. Waiving
this point, see what a precedent it
would be! In any time of popular ex
citement laws could be improvised ex
pressive of public indignation; we
should never know what to expect and
no man’s life or liberty would be safe.
Constitutional safeguards would be dis
placed by the fury of the multitude,
and we should be on the high road to
barbarism. It is unfortunate in the
present case that the penalty is so light,
b..t it would be still more unfortunate
to violate great principles for the sake
of wreaking vengeance. Let law be
“Well then,” say the gushers, “let us
provide for the future; let us have the
death-penalty for an attempt to mur
der, whether it succeeds or not.”
It is best to keep cool. The objec
tion to such a law is, that it could not
be enforced. It is almost impossible
to convict a man of actual murder in
a country where so many unscrupulous
jurors can be found, and where there is
so much mawkish and disgusting senti
mentalism as there is among the Am
erican people. The history of such a
law would be, that it might be enforced
at times when the people were enraged,
and at other times it would be a dead
letter; in other words, it would substi
tute the excited feelings of a mob for
the steady and uniform operation of
wholesome law. When enforced, it
would be but little better than lynch
ing. Let us keep cool; let us be law
abiding ourselves, and require every
body else to be so.
Dean Stanley.—Arthur Penrhyn
Stanley, Dean of Westminster, was at
tacked with erysipelas in the head, Fri
day, July 15th, and died on Monday of
last week, in the sixty-sixth year of his
age. The son of a bishop, a favorite pu
pil of Dr. Thomas Arnold, of Rugby,
and a brilliant graduate of Baliol Col
lege, Oxford, he entered the ministry of
the English Episcopal Church and won
distinction by eloquence and scholar
ship. After serving as chaplain to
Prince Albert for many years, and fil
ling the Regius Professorship of Eccle
siastical History in Oxford, he was, in
1864, appointed Dean of Westminster
—one of the most conspicuous posi
tions in the English Establishment,
and preferred by him to the Episcopate,
for which he, several times, refused to
exchange it. He belonged to the
school in theology which calls itself
“liberal,” and a vein of Rationalism
runs through his writings. He was
the acknowledged leader of the “Broad
Church” party, advocating the policy
of “comprehension”—the inclusion of
men of every creed aud every form of
worship in the National Church, He
was a man of great candor, as appears
from his treatment of the baptismal
question, which is, in effect, a surrender
of the authority of Scripture to the
views of our denomination.
The N. Y. Christian Advocate, in the
exercise of that charity which thinketh
no evil, imbued with the spirit of the
ninth commandment, and anxious to
promote sectional harmony, meekly
observes that “Homicide is a kind of
luxury at the South.” How easy it
would be for us to bring a counter ac
cusation! We merely ask two questions.
1. Is homicide any worse than infanti
cide? 2. Have the statistics of these two
crimes ever been taken and compared?
VARIOUS THINGS ABOUT THE
The President having expressed
s..me anxiety about the condition of
is family in case he should die, the
New York Chamber of Commerce set
on foot a movement to raise, by volun
tnry subscription, the sum of $250,000,
ibe settled on Mrs. Garfield whether
i e President lives or dies. In our
opinion, it would be well not to cross
i lie bridge until we get to it. If the
President should die, his family would
doubtless be provided for; while he is
alive, he is able to take care of it him
self. In case of his death, the whole
amount of his salary for the full term
of four years would in all juman
probability be voted to his widow, and
this would be enough, and ample.
While living, he ought not to be placed
under such obligations to any. Is he
human? If so, it would be hard for
him to keep himself wholly uninflu
enced by those who had done him so
immense a favor. No man in official
position ought to be allowed to iccept
presents from anybody.
Rome days ago, Gov. Foster, of Ohio,
proposed to the Governors of all the
States to appoint a day of public
thanksgiving to God for the sparing of
the President’s life. This looks, to us,
a little like gush. It is far from cer
tain that the President will recover;
a.nd if he should not, then how ritficu
lous will the day of thanksgiving ap
pear! If the call had been for a day
of prayer that the President’s life might
be spared, we could have seen some
sense in it, and would have been quick
to respond. All the Governors, we be
lieve, did respond, except the Governor
of Texas, who is regarded as a very
bad man because he declined to sec
ond the movement. If The Index
had been the Governor of a State, then
The Index would have been placed in
the same bad category with the Gov
ernor of Texas.
It is said that the sum of twelve
thousand dollars has been expended in
keeping the President’s room cool.
Somebody has had a fine piece of job
work. Os course, every means within
human reach ought to be used to save
the President’s life, and to make him
comfortable, and this without regard
to expense. The United States «is cer
tainly able to pay the expenses of its
Chief Magistrate, let them be what
they may. But a charge of twelve
thousand dollars is cool indeed —cool
enough to send a chill over a conti
nent. An artificial climate of any
temperature desired could be produced
all over the President’s house at less
than one-twentieth of the expense.
Vice-President Arthur has been
greatly complimented for his manly
and noble bearing since the President’s
misfortune. More gush. This grand
conduct consists, so far as we can see,
in the following things: 1. He contin
ues to breathe, eat, drink and sleep,
just as he did before. 2. He discontin
ued the active war which he was wag
ing on the President at Albany. 3. He
hastened to Washington as he ought
to have done, so as to be on hand to
take the oath, in case the President
should die. 4. He spoke and speaks of
the situation with prudence.
We hope the President will live; but
in case he should not, and if Mr. Ar
thur should be called to take his place,
we shall sustain the latter with all fi
delity, for he will be really, and truly,
and legally, the President of the United
States. No officer in actual position
ought to be factiously opposed. Le
roi est mart: vive le roi! The king is
dead: long live the king! is a motto
which means much, and it is right.
The New Testament teaches that our
allegiance is due to the powers that be.
In some cases those powers ought not
to be; but if they do be, (we indulge in
bad grammar, purposely, sometimes,)
they ought still to be sustained; and
what we mean is, that no personal or
partizan fee’ings should ever be allow
ed to interfere with law and order.
The President’s case progressed fa
vorably until last Saturday, when he
suffered a relapse which excited very
serious apprehension. The symptoms
are now more favorable; still the Presi
dent is in a very critical condition and
is far from being out of danger.
National Association of Teachers.
—The twentieth annual session of this
large and influential body was held at
Atlanta on the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22d
of the present month. Several hun
dred persons were present, but the at
tendance was not so large as was ex
pected, owing, we doubt not, to the ex
treme heat of the weather in the North,
which induced even the men of science
to imagine, that it must be a great deal
worse at the South. It is hard to get
people to realize, that the isothermal
lines do not correspond with the lines
of latitude. During the summer, the
thermometer has been from ten to fif
teen degrees, higher in Cincinnati than
in Atlanta. At the meeting of the
Association many papers of value were
read, and the discussions were spirited
and interesting. A paper was read by
Dr. A. W. Calhoun of Atlanta on “The
effect of student life on the eye-sight.”
A paper was also read on “The advance
ment of the higher education” by the
editor of The Index. All the essays
read, and some of the speeches made,
during the discussion will be published
in a large volume, which will appear
in December next.
Deep interest is felt in all the churches
on the subject of temperance.
We have been Informed that The Christian
I soar objects to the conferring of the degree
o D.D. on Rev. Geo. B. Eager, of Mobile, on
the ground that he sympathizes with Prof.
Toy in his views of Inspiration If this be
true, the Trustees of Howard College know
nothing of It; and we do not believe It to be
a fact.— Xlabnma BaqtM.
The informant of the Baptist was
mistaken. Whether the paragraph of
The Index was wisely conceived, or
not, it had at least this good quality—
that it aimed to assert a principle, not
to assail a person. For that reason,
no names were mentioned, and none
will be. We nfe free to say, however,
that our reference was not to Dr. Eager,
of whose views on inspiration we know
nothing. It would pain us to learn
that our protest applies to him also ;
but if we are to bear that pain, it shall
be borne silently—as The Index has no
w ish to “blaze abroad” the doctrinal
derelictions of individual brethren.
GLIMPSES AND HINTS.
The Christian at Work reports that
the pious women of Welden, lowa,
chased an agent of the Revised New
Testament out of town, on the ground
that any change in the English version
is an act of profanation. On the rule
of “like to like,” Talmage ought to
pitch his Tabernacle in Welden.
The Journal, published at Pester, the
capital of Hungary, reports the baptism
of eight persons, four young men and
two elderly and two young ladies, in
the Danube, May 25th, by Onkel
Meyer, “the minister and teacher of the
Baptist church” in that city. This is
a new field of Baptist work.
In his Lectures on the Prayer-book,
Dr. Morgan Dix, N. Y., says that the
regeneration of infants in baptism “is
assumed, of course, for otherwise the
rite would be meaningless and useless.”
S i says more than half the Pedobaptist
w >xld—the Romish and Greek Churches
and many of the Potestant. The rest
of the Pedobaptist world says that
when the regeneration of infants is
assumed the rite is unscriptural and
mischievous. The parties differ widely
and irreconcilably; and yet we are
happy to agree with both. Infant
baptism is unmeaning and useless
without the assumption, and unscrip
tural and mischievous with it.
The Chair of Chemistry in Howard
College, Marion, Ala., vacated by Col.
W. R. Boggs, will be filled by Prof. A.
F. Redd a graduate of the Virginia
Military Institute; and Prof. H. P.
McCormick, of Richmond College,
takes charge of ths Preparatory Depart
ment, resigned by Prof. Hix.
Since the organization of the Ameri
can Baptist Home Mission Society, it
lias expended on the Western States
A blind man has done excellent ser
vice for twenty years, as superintendent
of the Baptist Sunday-school at Yan
ceyville, N. C.
Rev. W. C. Van Meter has surrender
ed his work at Rome, Italy, and is
laboring again in connection with the
Howard Mission, New York.
Once a week, Rev. Dr. Armitage, of
New York, meets a company of child
ren for religious conversation and
prayer. Some forty conversions have
resulted from his labor in this field—
a field which lies open to every city
pastor, and which none should neglect
without solid, abundant and constrain
ing reasons. Have you found such
reasons? Then, sorrow over them, and
pray for their removal.
A correspondent of the Watch I ower
says that few men at forty manifest the
vigor manifested by Dr. H. L. Parker,
Baptist pastor at Santa Ana, Cal.,
though more than three-score and ten.
The Watch Tower itself says that those
who have heard Dr. W. R. Williams,
N. Y., preach for a score of years testify
that he never preached with greater
learning, eloquence, pathos and power
than now. We commend these things
to all who talk of ‘Hhe dead line of fifty”
among ministers. But why go abroad
for examples, when we can point in
Georgia to Drs. Campbell, DeVotie,
Irwin, and many others?
Baptists in France number only 9
churches, 12 ordained ministers and
726 members. But they have five stu
dents for the ministry in Dr. Mitchell’s
new Theological Seminary at Paris, and
the monthly journal, the Voice of Truth,
issued by Pastor Andru, has a circula
tion of 1,300 nearly twice the num
ber of church members.
Rev. T. H. Pritchard D.D., President
of Wake Forest College, will supply,
during the vacation, the pulpit of Dr.
P. S. Henson, who, by the way, declines
the pastoral call from Philadelphia to
The resignation of Dr. W. D. Thomas,
after a pastorate of ten years, to accept
the Richmond College professorship,
creates a vacancy in Free Mason street
church, Norfolk, Va.
Among the graduates of the Baptist
Theological Seminary at Hamilton, N.
Y., there have been eighty six foreign
missionaries. A large number; but
who shall say that it is not less than it
Drs. Northrup and Goodspeed are
attempting to raise $45,000 in Chicago,
during the months of July and August,
for the endowment of our Theological
Seminary there, to secure $30,000
pledged for that purpose on condition of
their success. Success to them!
The Congregational Home Mission
Society, which recently celebrated its
55th aniversary, has received $8,031,
000 since its origin.
GEORGIA BAPTIST NEWS.
—Work is progressing rapidly on
the new Baptist church at Elberton.
—The pastor of the church at Dal
ton is enjoying a well deserved vaca
tion rest of one - month tendered him
by his people.
—The General Meeting of the Third
District of the Flint River Association
will convene with the church at Lib
erty Hill, on Friday before the fifth
Sunday in this month. The introduc
tory sermon will be preached by Dr.
I. G. Woolsey, on Friday morning.
—Jonesboro News: The meetings
at the Baptist church 6ave been quite
interesting this week. The pastor has
had the efficient aid of A. Austin, W.
N. Cbaudoin, H. F. Buchanan, and G.
M. Milner, who are faithful ministers
of Jesus. The music led by Mr. R. H.
Buchanan has been appropriate and
very good, adding much to the interests
of the meeting. Christians are prayer
ful and many seem to be much revived.
We trust much good will result from
these religious services.
—The General Meeting of the Fourth
District Georgia Association will meet
with the Carter’s Grove church, ten
miles northeast of Union Point, on Fri
day before the fifth Sunday in this
month, and continues through Sun
—Greenesboro Herald: The com
mencement sermon, Mercer High
School, was preached last Sunday by
Rev. J. H. Kilpatrick. Those who were
present pronounce it a masterly es
—LaGrange Reporter: The Baptist
church, minus its steeple, reminds us
of a monarch discrowned. We would
like to witness its re-coronation.
—Americus Republican: Rev. Mr.
Tharp, pastor of the Ellaville Baptist
cnurch, is quite popular with all de
—Washington Gazette: Rev. Dr. S.
G. Hillyer from this date becomes pas
tor of the Baptist church in this place.
Before the war Dr. Hillyer was Profes
sor of Theology in Mercer University,
and is well known as one of the most
able ministers of the denomination—
a truly godly man whose every influ
ence is for good; a learned Christian
gentleman and an earnest, zealous
and eloquent minister of the gospel.
All are cordially invited to attend any
or all of the services of the church.
—Perry Home Journal: The pro
tracted meeting at Henderson Baptist
church was a very interesting one. The
pastor, Dr. Tharpe, was assisted by Rev.
A. J. Cheves, of Spaulding. There were
seven accessions by baptism to the
—The Union Meeting of the Third
District of the Rehoboth colored As
sociation convened with Salem church
in Telfair county on Saturday the 16th
instant. The introductory sermon was
delivered by Rev. Reuben Lanier, after
which letters were read from sixteen
churches, and the names of delegates
A permanent organization was effec
ted by electing Rev. John Brown as
Moderator and B. R. Harrell, Clerk.
Committees on preaching, finance, etc.
were appointed. Various queries were
discussed, and preaching and other re
ligious exercises were duly provided
for. The services were largely attend
ed by both white and colored, and the
most orderly conduct and good feeling
The meeting is under special obliga
tions to their white friends in the com
munity, who so generously assisted in
contributing provisions for the occa
sion, which were abundantly served.
The missionary sermon was preached
on Sunday by Rev. G.L. Gray, followed
by Rev. Charles Mcßae. Appointed
the next meeting of this body to be
held with the church at Mill Creek,
Dodge county, beginning on Saturday
before the third Sunday in July, 1882.
—Brother Thos. J. Cumming writes
from Louisville : “We had a good
meeting in Gibson, commenced on
Friday before the 3d Sabbath inst., and
continued four days, two accessions,
one baptized, the other stands over till
next meeting. Others are deeply
interested, and yetcome. Church much
revived and permanent good done, I
—Cochran Enterprise: About two
years ago, it will be remembered the
large and flourishing membership of
the Baptist church at this place, from
some cause had a split and divided—
quite a number withdrawing. At that
time there was but one church house
in Cochran, and all denominations
worshiped in that as a union church.
One wing of the Baptists called their
church the First, and the other the
Second Baptist church. Each branch,
with a spirit of commendable zeal,
built a good house of worship, both of
which now stand as monuments of
of their business enterprise. Rev. G.
,R. McCall and P. W. Edge, pastors of
the two churches this year, with the
love of Christ in their hearts, saw and
felt that the cause of the Master was
not being properly subserved in this
severance, and through their untiring
and praying efforts have brought the
two churches together. Such a revival
of religion and such manifestations of
interest have never been known in
Cochran. Baptist, Methodists and
worldlings have crowded the churches
for two weeks, and many additions have
been made, as a result, to both Baptist
and Methodist church membership.
—A correspondent of the Hartwell
Sun writes: The Sabbath-school Con
vention of the Sarepta Association,
held at Doves Creek, Elbert county,
was in every way a success. This body
was presided over with dignity and
ability by Rev. J. G. Gibson. The pro
gramme, gotten up by the President,
was systematic and instructive. The
serm m, the speeches, the little talks,
the exchanges of ideas, and the sing
ing all did honor to the occasion. It
was indeed an intellectual feast for the
mind—and a refreshing for the soul.
We listened to a most excellent speech
from brother C. A. Stakely on “The
Origin, Progress, and Future Prospects
of the Sabbath-school.” This subjects
was well elaborated by the brother and
bedecked with the rarest gems of
thought. The citizens around Dove
Creek evinced a hospitality second to
none we have seen since the war.
Baskets of refreshments containing
every variety of food dotted the beau
tiful grove at noon, and the owners
thereof seemd to vie with each other
in making all present enjoy themselves.
The Standard, Columbus, Ohio, re
gards it as “a piece of news humiliating
to Lutherans,” that there are twelve
Swedish Baptist churches in Kansas,
five of them organized within a year.
The Swedes were once entirely Luthe
ran, you see; and only through
Lutheran indifference, have “sectarian
enthusiasts” and “sectarian vagaries”
Os the four Baptist churches in
Houston, Texas, one is a German
church, served at present by Rev. F.
W. Becker, a recent graduate of Roch
ester Theological Seminary, and suc
cessor to Dr. F. H. Albeit, the convert
ed Romish priest, who becomes editor
of a new German paper in that city.
The past three years have been
marked, among the United Presbyteri
ans of Scotland, by a decrease in num
bers and a large increase in contribu
tions. The two things, though appar
ently conflicting, may be harmonious
tokens of improved spiritual health.
SUNDAY-SCHOOL CONVENTION OF THE
STONE MOUNTAIN BAPTIST ASSOCIA
The fifth annual meeting of this Convention
was held with Z on church, Newton county,
commencing Friday, July 22d. The Intro
ductory sermon was preached by Rev. T. C,
Boykin, from Deut 6th chapter 6-9 verses.
The Secretary being unavoidably detained,
T A Glbbes acted as pro tern
T. A. Gibbes discussed "Uncultivated fields
—How to reach them,” followed by brethren
L. A. Jackson, G. G Hudson and J. E. Bailey.
The following committees were announced:
On state of Sunday schools—G. G. Hudson,
R T. Hull, W G. Wbidby.
Enlargement of Work—R. H. Randle, J. E.
Bailey, L. A. Jackson.
Nomination of Officers—T. C. Boykin, W. J.
Maddox, J. E McConnell.
Recommendations and Resolutions—A. F.
Todd, M. W. Burton, Dr. D. W. Scott.
Rev. T. C. Boykin addressed the Convention
on “The sphere of our Convention's Work-
How to Enlarge It.” J. R. George discussed
“ Our -unday-schools—How to Improve their
Management and Extend their Influence,”
followed by brethren T. A. Gibbes and T. C.
N. F. Cooledge addressed the Convention on
“Our Teaching—How to make It more Effi
cient and Successful.”
B. H. Randle discussed “Our Parental Obli
gations—How to feel them more Keenly and
Discharge them more Faithfully,” followed
by brethren J. E. McConnell, T. A. Gibbesand
T. C. Boykin.
The Committee on Nominations submitted
the following report which was adopted:
President—Rev F. M. Daniel, Atlanta.
Vice-Presidents First District—A.F. Todd,J.M.
Green, Atlanta. Vice-Presidents Second Dis
trict—N.F. Cooledge, Norcross; G. G. Hudson,
Clarkston. Vice-Presidents Third District—
J. W. Langford, Conyers; T. A. Gibbes, Social
Secretary—W. G_. Whldby, Decatur.
Treasurer—W. L. Stanton, Atlanta.
Executive Committee-F 1 . M. Daniel, Chair
man; W. G. Whldby, Secretary; W. Cren
shaw, T. J, McGuire, H. C. Hornady.
The Committee on the State of the Schools
reported a steady, if not rapid, progress.
There are schools In nearly every church, and
many of them are Increasing in members and
interest, and are improving in management
and teaching :
The Committee: on Enlargement of the
Work submitted tjie following suggestions;
"1. The importance of the woik, from its
very nature and design, demands enlarge
“2. We think that the principal difficulty
in the way arises irom a want of a full and
proper conception of the work by members
of our churches.
“3. We are of opinion that the best practi
cal method of removing this difficulty Is for
the pastors of our churches, by a faithful
preaching of the gospel, to set forth th.s work
in its full and true light as a part of church
The Committee on Recommendations and
“ 1. It is of the highest importance that Dis
trict Conventions, Mass-meetings and Insti
tutes be held as often as practicable. We
recommend that Vice-Presidents use their
best efforts in arranging and conducting such
meetings in their tespecllve districts.
“2. Tnat It would be well for the Vice-
Presidents to appoint one member of each
church to co-operate with them in the work
“3 We recommend that the Executive
Committee consider the propriety of issuing
an occasional bulletin—say quarterly—to give
Information to the schools and churches in
regard to Sunday-school work in general, and
especially the objects and alms of the Con
vention, and that they be authorized to take
such steps as they may deem proper to secure
funds necessary for this purpose.
“4. We recommend that the President, or
some brother selected by him, be requested to
lay bjfore the Association the claims of the
Convention, stating its objects, and endeavor
to secure its more hearty recognition and
more full and cordial sympathy.”
We ask the adoption of the following :
“Resolved, That special prayer be now made
by some brother, appointed by the President,
for the revival of the Sunday-school spirit all
over our Association, and that those not now
In the work may become so.
“Resolved, That we promise to give to the
officers elect our hearty sympathy and co
operation during this Conventional year
"Resolved, That we welcome our State Sun
day school Evangelist in our midst, and ex
tend him our sympathy and co-operation,
and we do earnestly ask all our brethren and
sisters to contribute to bls work.”
The report was adopted, and prayer made
by T A. Gibbes.
The Sunday school, at 9.30 a. m Sunday,
was conducted, by Rev. T. C. Boykin. Re
marks on the lesson were made by T. A.
Gibbes and N. F. Cooledge. At 11 a. m. Rev.
T. C. Boykin preached from Ephesians 6th
chapter and 4th verse.
Arter dinner, G. G. Hudson and J. F. Kellam
delivered strong addresses on “How to Inter
est the Uninterested of all Classes.”
The sessions of the Convention were well
attended, and the people of that section—no
ted for their hospitality—did all that was
possible to be done for the comfort of dele
gates. The basket dinners every day were
unsurpassed in quantity and quality.
The choice of the next place of meeting de
volves upon the Executive Committee.
Churches desiring it will address the Secreta
ry at once.
Every one attending the Convention was
struck with the intelligence an 1 manly bear
ing of Eugene Hull and Eddie Jarman.