North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
“THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE”
“Love suffereth long and is kind,—
“Love never faiieth,—
“And if I have the gift of prophecy and know all knowledge, so as to re
move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing”
,, —From 1 Corinthians, 13.
“which seeketh not it’s own” has worked through these hell-
lilled days of war towards a finer respect for those who preach “the un
searchable riches.” The minister of the gospel has come down into the
trenches, when so called, in order to bring the message of hope and of life
eternal to his brothers who wallow in the blood and mire because of their
unshakable belief in .the ideal of justice.
It is not for any man to question the living power of Christianity when
its teachers stumble across the shell torn terrains to minister to their fallen
brethren; when they kneel amid the chaos of raining shells to lift the dying
soldier’s head so that failing eyes may view the cross.
It is not for us, who have felt the spell of the gospel as delivered from
the pulpits of Charlotte churches, to cast any reflection upon the clergymen
of this city. From the public life and.apparent ideals of the people of
Mecklenburg county we know that ministry has been sincere and true.
We, who have stepped into line to willingly endure whatever ends the
struggle for human freedom may bring, do feel, however, the right to
honor courage in every form in which it shows itself.
When one of the nurses of the U. S. Army Base Hospital, Camp Greene
had fallen a victim to the Spanish grip, from her efforts to care for the
many influenza patients brought to her ward, and when it was under
stood that her own battle against the disease was a losing fight and the
span of life almost ended, a sister nurse was dispatched to summon a min
ister. The telephone was used to call a Charlotte pastor and to tell him to
hasten to the hospital in order to minister the last words of comfort to the
“Is it the Influenza?” asked the clergyman, who was summoned because ■
the nurse whose weakening breath asked to hear again of “the joys that
fadeth not away,” had been a part of his Sabbath congregation several times.
“It is the influenza and pneumonia,” answered the woman at the hos
pital end of the telephone.
“I cannot come. I would not dare take such a chance as that. I have
myself to consider,” nervously responded the pastor.
The nurse who was calling hung up the telephone receiver. Her eyes
were wide in the wonder of it all. It had not occurred to her that a sister
whose existence had been a sacrifice for others and who had given her life’
in the ministry of mercy, could be denied a parting word of comfort from a
teacher in the ministry of love.
Other calls were made and promptly obeyed. A priest and a protestant
minister were at the bedside in the last minutes, bringing the final promise
of eternal cheer to her whose last work had been the labor of compassion
which almost surpasseth understanding.
It is not for us to question the motives of the preacher who could not
come. We are not called upon to judge the weakness of the flesh. He was '
sure, no doubt, that his position demands that he give all the energies of his
good health to the delivery of the message of the abiding grace of faith, hope
and love, of which the greatest is love
“Love beareth all things, endureth all things,—
“Love never faiieth,—
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, |
am become sounding brass and a clanging cymbal.”
—From 1 Corinthians 13.
K. of C.'Secretaries Downie, C’Toole
and Stanzola have been kept pretty
busy at the Base Hospital since the
influenza broke out in this camp, es
pecially Secretary Downie, who de
serves great credit for his untiring
efforts for the. past week. Secretary
Stai.iziola has been taking care of the
boys by seeing that they are supplied
with writing paper, etc., while our
firend Oi’T'oole has been doing a good
deal of writing for the boys to their
mothers, sisters and sweethearts,
tive communities and national orgatil
i Ino. M. Scott & Co. I
I Headquarters for |
I TOILET GOODS, |
I . DRUG SUNDRIES 1
I and I
t lox* nP
# tlie iiosf exchanae. |
I New York Cafe
I ■ 29 West Trade Street
I THE BEST
I PEACE TO ICAT
I Soldiers call and see us.
I We give you special
In November a joint campaign is to
be conducted by the seven recognized
societies doing welfare work among
the American soldiers at home and
overseas. 'Phe American people will
eb asked to give $170,000,000 to the
organizations to be divided as follows-
Y. M. C. A. $100,000,000; Y. W. C. A.
$15,000,000; National Catholic War
Council (including work of Knights
of Columbus and special war activities
of women) $30,000,000; Jewish Wel
fare Board $3,500,000; American Li
brary Association $3,500,000; War
Camp Community Service $15,000,000;
full line of
liutchison, Sehorn & Ilipp,
211-213 N. College St.