Che Newnan <jQcckl)> jNews
NEWNAN, GA., FRIDAY. DECEMBER 1. 1905.
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ARMY OF METHODISTS
HAS EVACUATED THE CITY
their most cherished beliefs. Books
written ten years ago are now out
of date, he said, because of such
changes; and in speaking further
along this line, the Bishop said he
had the works of Prof. Huxley in
Rev. Nath Thompson, one of the
best known young preachers in the
Conference, who was sitting near
the Bishop, exclaimed in a voice
audible throughout the room:
“I have none of that kind in my
Bishop Duncan paused, glanced
at Nath, and said in severe tones,
“Well; maybe that’s what’s the
matter with you.”
The laugh at Nath’s expense
was loud and long.
Another important matter of the
session was the election of lay
delegates to General Conference
Three ballots were found neces
sary, two delegates being elected
at each balloting. On lirst ballot
Capt. G. M. Napier, of Monroe,
and W. G. Post, Esq., of Newnan
were elected. Capt. Napier re
ceived 31 votes and Mr. Post re
ceived 25 votes; 38 votes being cast
and 20 votes being necessary
The remaining four delegates
elected were E. W. Martin, of At
lanta; J. D. Walker, of Sparta; .T
T. Duncan, of Douglasville, «T. W.
Stirring Session of Confer
ence on Friday.
The session of Conference held
Friday was intensely interesting
and was marked by several stir
After reading of the minutes,Dr.
C. W. Byrd arose to a question ot
personal privilege and addressed
the Conference. Dr. Byrd said:
“There have been objections to
my serving on the committee to in
vestigate the charges against Dr.
Bradley, and I wish to say that I
have been a member of the Meth
odist church for 21 years, during
which time I have tried to be loyal
to its doctrines. I have not preach
ed doctrines contrary to its stand
ards. If I have, I am willing to
be tried in the regular way, out I
am not willing to be tried on the
corners of-the streets.”
Dr. Byrd stated further that it
* had been rumored that he was
practically Dr. Bradley’s attorney
and was, at the same time, serving
on the committee of investigation.
He branded all such charges as
false, and used some strong lan
guage in reference to street corner
Dr. Byrd’s statement was ap-
V inuded by a considerable number
of members of the Conference.
Another dramatic incident of
the session was the reception of i ]iale, of LaFayette.
the report of committee appointed j The alternates elected were J. S.
> to investigate the character of Dr. I Travis, of Carrollton: .T. F. Shan-
W. W. Wadsworth. Committee j non, of Commerce; C. L. Bass, of
reported that trial of Dr. Wads-
worth would be necessary, and
named Rev. M. 8. Williams as
Bishop Duncan appointed as a
committee of trial Rev. J.R. King,
chairman; Revs. II. J. Ellis, J. B.
Holland, W. Dunbar, H. F. Bran
ham, W.T. Hgmby,A. J. Hughes,
A. M. Pierce,J.S. Sappington and
J. M. Tumlin.
Conference then proceeded with
the transaction of routine business.. . , ... „
Bishop Duncan .endured Ms | “ returned a vu.d.cUf“j!«.lty’
k linal decision in the matter in, ,
Wadsworth had called j P« uded l01 ' one y ear - The re P ort
Dr. Bradley Exoneratedi Dr. Wadiworlh Con
The Saturday morning session of
Conference was enlivened by re
ports of committees on the cases of
Dr. Bradley and Dr. Wadsworth.
Committee in the Bradley case re
ported “no trial necessary.” This
announcement was heartily ap
plauded by Dr. Bradley’s friends.
Committee in the Wadsworth
for a ruling. He ruled that Elder
of this committee was received in
accord- absolute silence by the Conference.
J. W. Quillian had acted
iug to law in dealing with the case
of Dr. Wadsworth. The Bishop
stated that Dr'. Wadsworth would
have to prefer charges against him,
in case he should do so, in the^
College of Bishops and not before waH inter\ ic’.sci >j a
y the General Conference. i reporter am mac e s
An incident of the session was
the presentation of a typewriter to
a f> ev . j. W. Quillian—a gift from
the ministers and laymen
The second year class was ad-
full connection, the
Dr. Wadsworth had nothing to say
to the Conference after the report
of his trial had been made. He
left Newnan Saturday afternoon
and went to Atlanta. TJiere he
some red hot
references to Bishop Duncan and
Dr. Bradley addressed the Con-
o7Elber-1 ference after his acquittal and stated
i his position in reference to some of
} the doctrines of his church. His
'remarks were satisfactory to his
mitted into full connection, tne friendH but did not satisfy those
class being composed of evs. . cherfj who oppOH e his teach-
R. Mackey, Felton \\ ilhams, Neal ^ ^ evident that the Con-
R. White, Fairley Baum, Jen-1 ference waf . devide d in regard to
jamiu Graham, E. D. Hale an J. Bradley’s case. He had a
Walter King. The Bishop made a ' follo ^ ng in the body and,
stirring address to the young men. j likewiae some vigorous, bitter op-
In Part he said: ponents.
“Keep close to the Son of God, ; Wadsworth appears to have
and remember—yes, remember j ew sympathizers among the
that you dare not even think ofj p reac hers and layman, and seemed
what is evil. Let the springboai d : ^ pe a man without defenders a-
of your life be that ot saving souls., mong jjj s brethren.
Make it your business as it All the morning session, apart
should be—your whole life’s busi- ^ rom reports given abovt;, was
ness—to save the souls of your fel- ^j ven Die hearing of reports
lowmen. To lift men and women j- rom p^tors and in receiving the
up to higher planes of living. applicants for entrance into the
“Do not be lazy, but be always ministry of the church on trial,
and ever energetic and active in the These applicants will have to serve
Master’s business. For souls are j wo t years before they can lie al-
dying every minute. To me the i owed full connection,
lowest type of mau in the world is They are C. L. Bass, Lundy H.
a loafing, trifling, Methodist | ward, Horace 8. Smith, M. B.
preacher.” Sams, J. 8. Rawls, Americas B.
While addressing the class Bishop ; p end ieton, C. F. Hughes, R. F.
Duncan remarked that men often , H od nett, W. B. Bessent, J. 8.
change their opinions and forsake ‘ Tilley.
Epworth League Anniversary.
The Epworth League anniver
sary meeting was held at the Audi
torium Thursday night of last
week and wms largely attended.
Rev. R. F. Eakes, President of the
League Board, presided. Rev. C.
C. Jarrell is the Board’s eflicient
Aunual report of League work
was read by Dr. C. O. Jones.
Some figures and facts of the re
port are as follows:
There are 105 Leagues in the
Conference, with 4,050 members.
They raised the past year ♦3(50 for
missions and $2,487 for all pur
At the League anniversary the
principal address was made by
Major E. W. Halford, of the
United States army. Mtyor Hal
ford is a great Methodist and Ep
worth Leaguer and an extensively
traveled man. His address made
a great impression on the large
audience assembled to hear him.
Saturday Afternoon Staiion.
The first afternoon session of
Conference was held Saturday, lie-
giningat 2:30o’clock. The Bishop
being absent, Rev. W. P. Lovejoy
presided for some time, until
Bishop Duncan arrived.
Conference continued to hear re
ports from pastors and proceeded
to elect clerical delegates to Gen
eral Conference. After several
ballots the following were elected:
Revs. J. H. Eakes,W. F. Glenn,
J. D. Hammond, II. I’. Allen, J.
B. Robbins and J. W. Ileidt.
Alternates elected to General
Conference were Revs. J. N. Snow,
M. J. Cofer and J. L. Dickey.
All pulpits of the city were filled
Sunday by visiting ministers, and
strong, eloquent, stirring preach
ing was heard in every church in
Bishop Duncan preached at
Methodist church Sunday morning
and Dr. J. E. Dickey at night.
The class of deacons was ordained
at morning service and the class of
elders at evening service.
Other pulpits were occupied as
follows: Dr. W. F. Glenn at First
Baptist in the morning, Rev. J. N.
Snow at night. Dr. J. F. Mixon
at Central Baptist in morning, Dr.
John B. Robbins at night. Dr. J
S. Hopkins at Presbyterian in the
morning, Rev. B. F. Frasier at
night. Dr. W. P. Lovejoy at
Lovejoy Memorial in the morning,
Rev. Nath Thompson at night.
Sunday afternoon the memorial
service, in honor of deceased min
isters and wives of ministers, was
conducted at the Auditorium.
Lut Day of Conference.
The 39th session of the North
Georgia Conference closed Monday
afternoon with the reading of ap
pointments. The floor and gallery
of the court room were packed
with an eager throng of delegates
and visitors anxious to learn the
fate of the preachers for another
twelve months. List of appoint
ments for LaGrange District ap
pears elsewhere in this.paper.
The afternoon session was oc
cupied entirely with committee re
ports and reading of appointments.
The morning session transacted
much important business.
Milledgeville was selected as
place of meeting for 40th session
of Conference. When nominations
for places were called for, Nath
Thompson created some merriment
by nominating Newnan as the
place for next meeting. Rev. J.
and their love for him, were ad
opted. The resolutions set forth
the admiration felt for Bishop
Duncan and commended him for
Official notice was given by Dr.
W. W. Wadsworth, who was sus
pended for one year, that he would
appeal his case to the general con
ference, which meets in Birming
ham next May.
A resolution read by Dr. Dickey
was as follows:
“Whereas, it is being currently
reported that there is a growing
spirit of liberalism on the part of
the Methodists of the North Geor
gia conference towards the articles
of our faith and tlic standards of
our Methodism; and
“Whereas, we believe that such
reports are affecting the peace of
our Zion; therefore, lie it
“Resolved, That we, the mem
bers of the North Georgiu Confer
ence, do hereby reatfirm our faith
in the twenty-live articles of our
religion, and in the standards of
the Methodist church, as set forth
in our book of discipline.”
The resolution was signed by
Dr. Dickey und a number of other
leading men of the Conference.
Dr. Dickey spoke in buhulf of
this resolution and other members
spoke for it. A substitute was of
fered by Revs. J. S. Bryan, J. H.
Lewis and others. The substitute
was lost and Dr. Dickey’s resolu
tion was adopted by an overwhelm
Among the resolutions adopted
at the afternoon session, was one
thanking the people of Newnan for
their hospitality and kindness in
entertaining the Conference, for
BAPTIST HOSTS OF
GEORGIA MET IN MACON
The Georgia Baptist Con
the use of public buildings, etc.,
LaGrange District Appointments.
B. P. Allen, Presiding Elder.
First Church—Fletcher Walton.
South LaGrange—M. II. Eakes.
St. John and Unity—F. M.
West Point—S. P. Wiggins.
West Point Circuit—W. C. Fox.
Mountville Circuit—W. A. Sim
Greenville and Trinity—John
Oakland Mission—J. II. House.
Woodbury C i r c u i t—W. R.
Chipley Circuit—J. M. Tumlin.
Glenn Circuit—A.S. Hutcheson.
Hogansville—M. S. Williams.
GrantviJle and Lone Oak—A.11,
! S. Bugg.
Moreland and Luthersville—
Newnan and Mission—J. W.
Whitesburg Mission—X. E. Mc-
Turin - D. A. Ware.
Palmetto—G. W. Barry.
Fairburn—C. V. Rivers.
Bowden—J. R. Speer.
Roopville Mission—W. li. Ken
LaGrange Female College — II.
To Vote on Extens.on of City
The matter of extending the city
limits of Newnan will be voted on
in the regular municipal election
tomorrow. The ballots will read
“For” and “Against” the proposi
tion, and are to be marked in the
The city limits now extend one
mile from the court house in every
direction; and it is proposed to in-
A word about the tramp of the
pilgrim to the Baptist Jerusalem,
which happened this year to be
Macon, and his return buck home
again once more. To this rhetori
cal redundancy you can apply the
shears to the content of your head
and heart and hand. Mad you
been in the upper air last Tuesday
morning you might have heard the
shout of the clansmen, (not Tom
Dixon’s) as it broke in endless
roverlMM-ations along the mountain
ranges,when they started from the
hills of Habersham and from the
marshes of Glynn, from the bare
peaks of the Blue Ridge and from
the savaunuhs of Decatur, from
the coves of Walker and from the
dismal shades of the Okefenokee,
from Dade to Chatham and from
Chicamauga to Brunswick. Here
they come; pulling and panting,
rattling through the switches,
grinding round the curves, gliding
on the levels, tugging up the
grades, plunging down the slopes,
whistling at the crossings, leaping
over the bridges—on and on—to
wards the Central City. At last a
hundred steeples glisten in the
star-light and a thousand electric
points gleam through the darkness
—signal, “down brakes,” and wi
move gracefully into the beautiful
station at Macon.
Committees meet us, smiling wo
men greet us, old friends treat us,
and the smart draymen beat us.
We are dissected und divided and
directed and distracted with such
hospitality and generosity and
goodness. Houses swept and gar
nished,tables spread and groaning
beds puffed up and waiting. The
weary pilgrims rest,if not at home,
they are at somebody’s home, and
they proceed to make themselves,
rather awkwardly however, at
home and pretend that this is the
way they live all the time.
One thousand present und
home for every one and as many
more if they should come witli the
same credentials and on the same
mission. It is a mixed ropresenta
tion—all ages and sexes, all gaits
and’sizes, all cuts and fashions
democratic, autocratic, aristocrat
ic, plebian, rustic, dude and sage
but all on a perfect equality and in
perfect harmony. There are no
priviledged classes in the Baptist
ranks, one is just as good as an
other—if not a little better.
The Boards meet and formulate
wise and dignified reports, the
standing Committees put their
noses together and blow in pros
perity as they blow out the ca
The Convention meets. Gov
ernor Northen is re-elected Presi
dent; likewise the other officers ai
re-elected; with a little compli
ment, but well-deserved, thrown
to some worthy brethren as vice
presidents. Business begins. Long
kept and well-dried speeches be
gin to rattle off. The orators fee
better after they have got rid
the speech; so does the hearerjand
thus both are blessed; but he is
more blessed who gives the speech
than he who receives it, in ac
cordance with the statement of the
Great things have been done.
T. Daves invited the Conference to cr ease the limits to 11-4 miles;
Milledgeville and Dr. J. B. Rob- thus making the area of the city a
bins extended an invitation in be- circle 2 1-2 miles in diameter, in
half of Thomson. The vote stood ,stead of 2 miles, as at present.
115 for Milledgeville and 111 for
Resolutions expressive of the
faith imposed in Bishop Duncan
by the members of the Conference,
The proposition has supporters
and opponents among the voters of
the city. The News is not pre
pared to predict how the vote on
the matter will result.
were pledged for the orphan home,
a new building, and $5,000 to an
emergency fund for Mercer and a
gift of $2,500 fora chapel in Ja
pan and then a fixed determina
tion to raise $500,000 as an addi
tional endowment for Mercer.
Our grand and lilieral fellow
townsman, brother R. D. Cole,
starts tlie ball with a gift which is
equal to about $20,000 and excites
the admiration ami stirs the liber
al impulses of the brotherhood.
Twenty-five such gifts would
make thu five hundred thousand
und we have a hundred men
among the Baptists in Georgiu who
could do that ami not miss a beef-
steak at breakfast or a fried pota-
toe at supper, and would go into
their gruves with just us much
money in their shroud pockets,and
wake up in heaven with greater
treasures at their command.
I hope they may do it at once
and stop this everlasting stress
ami strain, and hush this grunt
and groan and let us all fuel thank
ful ami be happy u little while Ihj-
fore we die.
'1’iie Mercer banquet and the in
stallation of the new President of
Mercer were the great events at
the Convention. The speeches of
welcome by Gov. Terrell, Mayor
Smith, Pres. Northen, Judges
Speer and McCall, were among the
best of the kind we liuve ever
heard. The response of Dr. Smith
and Die commendatory addresses
from Dr. Remsen of John Hop
kins, Dr. Ely of Wisconsin Uni
versity, Dr. Shuler Mathews of
Chicago University, and of the
Doctors and Generals ami Profes
sors from Colleges in Ala., N. C.,
S. C., Mo., Mass., and from the
Other ends of the world, made iis
believe that Dr. Smith, according
to Pauline terminology, was the
elect, chosen, qualified und fore
ordained President of Mercer Uni
versity; and everybody said
“Amen.” Never did a man get
such a start; never was a track so
clear and never a prospect so
bright. The immense audience of
twenty-live hundred persons were
thrilled and the welkin rang with
cheers and shouts, and the rest of
us send the tidings ull the State
around—“Mercer is ull right ami
the right man is President. Semi
on tiie boys and don’t forget the
endowment. We must have the
$500,000. To do more is a duty,
to do less is a shame.”
It goes to record that this session
of the Convention, representing
over two hundred thousand Bap
tists, over two thousand churches,
and holding over half the wealth
of the state, never has been excell
ed in its history. The tongue-
work has been done, now let the
denomination give us the heart-
work and knee-work and purse-
work and bring to pass the mighty
things which have been projected.
Full of thought and feeling, full
of visions and victuals, we turn
homeward on well-worn return
tickets—a fortunate treasure—for
cash and credit were both exhaus
ted as an asset of the average
When we left home for the Con
vention the members of the Meth
odist Conference were coming in
and we felt that Newnan would be
in safe hands, and as we arrived
on our return that grand section
About $200,000 raised for educa-i
tion, of which $125,000 go to Shor- j 0 f the army was striking tents to
ter College at Rome, $40,000 go to i go out into the usual annual cam-
Monroe at Forsyth, $25,000 to j P»ign to light against sin and Satan
Mercer and several small amounts j « elf ’ the " orW » the
the devil, and to win a victory for
have lieen raised lor the secondary pj^y and purity and for civic
schools. About $110,000 raised ] righteousness and for God and.
for missions and during the ses-! humanity. G. A. Nunnali.y.
siou of the Convention $10,0001 Newnan, Ga.