E. MERTON COULTER
THE ATHENS DAILY BANNER.
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ATHENS, GEORGIA. SUNDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 27,1881.
The following extracts from a scr*
mon preached by Bishop MoTjeire,
' during the Ecumenical conference of
Methodists in London, are published
at the request of a friend:
The Gospel wss sung by angels be*
fore it was preached by men. Wes
leyan songs were a power in the Wes
leyan Reformation, Methodist sing,
ing was onco proverbial. It was spir
itual, it was general. Thirty year*
ago I heard a High Church Bishop
say to his congregation : ‘Sing, sing
like the Methodists. 1 Our doctrines
have been set to metre. All shades
of experience aro in our hymns. This
has been our principal liturgy : This
What has become of our singing ?
Which way went the spirit ot praise
and of psalmody from os to others ?
Alas, wo must lorsake most of our city
congregations and go to the country
and to tliu camp-niceiing to hear the
old time melodics. Solos and quar
telts arc too often the entertainment
of the hon«e of God. Sopranos and
tenors are employed not to help the
congregation sing, but to ting lor
them. Ballad and operatic musio has
invail.ai the sanctuary. For choirs
and orgsus as helps to congregational
singing I have contended when they
had fewer I fiends, and now my trou
ble is to contend with them—lest they
osurpfand pervert llio singing. If
they will lead tho people, I am still
for them; but rather than have a
multitude stand up in the psws, silent
as statues, while songs too high and
artistic tor them to jo:n in are being
sung over their heads, I would go
back to the old fashion of lining the
hymn, so that with Wyndham or Ux
bridge all the people might praise the
There is a power in sacred song.
It sweetens the hearts of worshipers;
it deepens the effect of the preached
word; it increases the lervor ot prayer;
it gives voice to the deepest feelings
ot the soul; it is a means of gracs in a
very high sense. Whenever there is
spiritual life and power in a congre
gation, congregational singing breaks
Wordlimssis a fact—an evil—a
sin I tow to describe it, to indentity
it, to locale it is not so easy. Like
malaria, chill-poison, you cannot
weigli it or measure it. It must be
studied by its manitestaliont—in the
various forms of disease produced by
it. Potent, but subtle; pervading,
hut impalpable; fell, but not seen.
Worldincti is developed principal,
ly in amusements. Two men may
work in the same shop for months,and
not drink into each other’s spirit so
much ns they will in a day of pleas
ure-taking together. Wotk is gener
ally regulated by necessity. It is in
amusements that wo follow ouriastes,
and unbend, and tend to a common
level with our companions. The
Church eucounters worldliness main
ly in the form of worldly amusements.
Let us appeal to your own cons
sciousiiess. In your meat spiritual
frames when your communion is
close with God, and yon can say, ‘All
my springs aro in thee,’ do you de
sire the opera or theatre f When
your prayers are lielptd by tho Spirit
are not these vanities loathed ?
Inquire lor I ho men and women, in
any of the churches, who aro fore-
moat in usefulness; pillars, in whose
piety *U have confidence. Are they
the patrons ot the turf or dice table?
Ifa eying sinner calls for help, if a
mourner is to be comforted, would
they lie sent for ? Nay, tho awaken
ed soul would turn on them with
warning", rattier than seek light and
guidance and prayer from them.
Suppose a thorough Gospel revival
to be in progress in any city or town
that can lie ooinpaiaed by one topio
end permeated by ono influence. The
work of repentaucs, and restitution,
and confession, and salvation is goiug
on. Old grudges and enmities aro
being'buried; aliens are reconciled;
prodigal sons are returning; the peo
pie think and talk of conversion, ot
the witness and work of the Spirit, of
hoiiness and eternal life; backsliders
are reclaimed, and hardened sinners
are yielding to be saved by grace.
Would that be a good time for a star
aetor to oome along ? Think you
the ‘Moral Combination Circus’
would pay expenses? Would, the
‘bop’be a success? These ero con
trary. The war between the flesh
and the Spirit—the irreconcilable
conflict—ia evident. The theatre ana
the dancing party are felt to be grand
impertinence at such a time. They
succeed best when religion is at a low
ebb; when a cold ministry and a
lukewarm membership prevail. That
is their opportunity tor patronage.
One or two Churches notoriously give
mncli iicenso to their members in this
direction, nod thereby weaken, the
testimony of all those who profess and
call themselves Christians, and make
discipline in other Chnrvhes more
difficult, Lent is with them a ssason
of penitence and prayer and special
devotion to a religious life. For for*
ly days they endeavor, in a kind of
protracted meeting, to bring the peo
ple to realize spiritual and eternal
things, and to mortify the flesh with
tho lusts and affections thereof. No
dancing is allowed in Lent. The
fashionable theatres., close- jo Lent.
No balls and routes and masqurades
now. Why ? Became tbeao things
are felt and declared to be incousis*
tent with an effort to he very relig.,
ious lora given time. But if inimical
to vital godliness for forty days, why
not for three hundred and sixty-five
days? Who has granted to them a
dispensation from I lie observance of
the conditions of Chrsstiamty for
three hundred and twenty five days
in the year ?
THE HAW WHO KNEW HOW TO SAT NO.
A handsome,'bright southern lady
was visiting Ocean Grove lost sum
mer, during a grand encampment of
the northern Methodist church. The
exercises were varied, and among the
ambitious displays ot theoceaeion was
a Sunday school exhibition. The con*
eour-e was immense. All the Meths
odist elergymen were present to ' wit
ness the proficiency of the pupils. The'
theme of instruction seems to have
been tho inculcation of the grand
idea: ‘How aad when"to say No”
The lady teacher stepped graceful
ly to i he front and said m her most
melodious tones: ‘Children, you have
been taught the value ol the power ot
saying no. How beneficial and bene,
fluent the result may be of knowing
when and how to utter that small
monosyllable. Give mo, ono of you,
an example of the great heroism that
prompts such an utterance and leads
to such deeds of daring as compel the
admiration of the world. Give mu
tho nartc of the great hero who knew
how and when to say no to an im
prudent and tyrannical demand.’
Imagine the horror and consterna
tion ot that vast crowd of stalwart
preachers aiid their lomalo sympathi
zers, when a small voieu piped up
‘Jefferson Davis' The lady teacher
fliirhe I even te the roots of her linir.
(olio rushed angrily toward ll o offend
ing urchin, aud exclaimed ill words
and tone intended to make sore with
her audience : ‘How dare you call
that name within thc-e sacred pte-
cincts ? You had no such instruction
The confusion that ensued was im
The finest line of triple nlate silver,
ware ever showiiin tins market, a: J.
Hits the Noil
It is now universally admitted that
the Ninth Massachusetts regiment
behaved most outrageously while in
Riohmond, Vn. It would be anjust,
doubtless, to say that this organized,
mob of roughs represented Massachm
setts culture and refinement; lint,
since Massachusetts scouts the idea
that it is to be judged by such a
gang of outlaws, it may be induced
in future to he more just in its esti
mate of tbe Southern people.
Tbe.New Furniture Store.
Messrs Patman & Bird desire to
call attention to tho fnot that they are
offering splendid bargains in furniture,
coffins, burial robes etc., at thoir new
store on Thomas street.
Their goods are all new and are
bound to please. Special inducements
to country morclianla. Mr. Zeke Edge
is now with this house and any one de
siring any thing in the undertaker’s
line should call on him. Remember
tho place. oct21-d*w-tf
The Exposition is in full Mast,
Good board and lodging in Atlanta
from five 1 dollars per week upward.
Railroad fares lo be still lower. Me
Bride's stock of china, cutlery, show
cases, &e., the finest and cheapest in
the United States. You have bnt
one chance in a life time to see such
a show as the Cottop_ Exposition.
Dou’t'Tsil to come. McBride* Co.
Thomas Jackson, Tailor and Cut
ter, Broid street, Athens, Gu. I am
prepared to do cutting and tailoring
of any kind, in tho best stylo and at
short notice. Prices lower than any
where else, and satisfaction gnaran
teed in every instance.
X. keep u' goad stock ot cloths,
cassimofey, *to., on hand, of the best
quality, and those patronizing me
may fed assured of perfect satisfac
tion both in the fit and the quality ol
I will sj
ftp pains to please, and
READY FOR KING FROST.
M. MYERS & CO.,
Would announce that the/ have just root rad a full line of
Black & Colored Cashmeres,
Zand Fancy Dress Gocds.S
Iu New Design*. Full Line ot
Blankets, Quilts, Balmorals ami Shawls.
A complete lino ot
A new lot of
MB2SPS NOBBY HATS.
.MEN’S, LADIES’, AND CHILDREN’S RUBBERS.
SHOES, SHOES, SHOES,,
OF ALL KINDS- HANDSOME STOCK OF j
CLOTHTN‘ r & OVERCOATS.]
( omo and iw us aud he con vineed. Kerp l,c tlullv,
1-JL. efcJ OO.
COLLEGE AVENUE ATHENS, GA.
TO THIS CITY AiND VICINITY:
*>., Aianoiiesier, t
uned stock ot
Fine Dry Good!
^CONSISTING IN PART OF
RICH SILK, MOHAIR
AND OTHER DRESS GO JDS.
Paisley, Camel’s Hair,|Ottoman, Imlian& Cashmere Shawls
West of England Hrondcloths:.
Fancy Cassimeres: Scotch, French and English Tweeds
Moscow Beaver: Carr’s Meltons, Fine Diagonals. ■«
AGENT FOR THIS COUNTRY,
J- O HJI W ALLS.
Utooftlio Eirmof WALLS * BYRNE, Importers. 4S Franklin Street, Now York. ha. en
raged twenty Salt-man, who willo#* tor trapeetfm andAte, pnrtloMnt the .bow goods. and
from tho low price, nt which they will bo ntfjtO(l,.ho feelo conflict of a epoedy clearance. A
LARGE QUANTI t'Y OF REMNANTS IN
ENGLISH AND FRENCH BROADCLOTHS BEAVERS.
Tweeds. SCheviots and Ca-simeres.
Which belonpd to the Tailoring Department ot tho abovo firm, and .-’iiot: will bo sold In lo‘» to
privato families at
Considerably] Below. Manufacturer’s Prices.
-This is' the greatest o-rm-tiity ever offered to tho ladies
to have their own Ulsters made to fit, out of tho finest ma
terial, which is impossible to have in ready-made goods.
ONE PRICE WILL BE -CHARGED,
o abatement wMV
[11c j jewelry ■wro, on Saturday
tie. The above f oodpjoan bo soon at tho store next to A.
„ JOHN WALLS, Ciller Agent,
Iate\qf Firm of Messrs. TWfi A^Byrne, Importers,■48 flrankUn St. K. Y.
SEATS, HATS. HATS!
L H,Olarke. Agent. No’6 "Whitehall Street
fSPThe public will pic arc notice that l have purchased the InUmU ot* Above ft.tR, end In
continuing tbe business at this well known stand, l propo*o to keep the finest line of Cwhtonabla
good* kept In the city, bought direct Irotn tho manntacturer, and snail Bull at insido figure a, tad
by courtesy and square dealing merit your patronage.
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