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The Atlantic Messenger.
Devoted to the Relief of Baptist Destitution in Eastern North Carolina.
[25 Cents per Year.
NEW BERN, N. 0., APRIL, 1902.
WORK AND WORKERS.
THE CARTERET-ONSLOW FIELD.
Rev. J. B. Olive, Swansboro.
Our work is moving slowly but
steadily. AVe have no large re-
230i’ts to make but we are making
some progress along the line of
building. Our house at Caper
naum is weatherboarded and cov
ered. We hope to use it in May
for the first time. We have as yet
asked for but little help away from
home, but will have to call on the
brethren and sisters of sister
churches to help us before we can
complete our building as we are
weak and have about exhausted
our means at home. If we could
find a few more liberal men like
Mr. W. E. Tuesdell, of Brooklyn,
Y. Y., who sent us a check for $25
we could soon complete our house.
If there is any one who is willing
to help us, they will please for
ward the money to Bro. R. F. Bar
ber, Palo Alto, or to myself at
Swansboro, N. C., and the money
will be properly used for the
Bad weather and sickness pre
vented us from meeting some of
our ap])ointinents, but our work
generally is in a healthy condition.
x\.t our next writing we will speak
more freely of the other points-_
and perhaps give a complete list
of those that have contributed
with the amount given.
Not being able to attend the
Lmion Ave anticipated a day of rest
but having been , called on to con-
■"^Tiinerai services ol littlcf
ters together with a host of friends
THE CRAVEN COUNTY FIELD.
who mourn their loss. Hers was
a life of simple trusting faith, and
a death which was triumphant.
She was faithful to her church
Dr. Calvin S. Blackwell, Wilmington.
Rev. C. B. Paul will take hold
at South side the first of May. A
Rev. J. B. Newton, Fort Barnwell.
Dear Bro. Moore:—Aly work
moves along reasonably well. The
Ladies’ Mission Society observed
self-denial week in connecdon with
our Church prayer services last
week. The services were not
largely attended, but helpful to
those who did attend. Collection
Since our last acknowledgments
big field, a warm welcome and a j)over Church lot two dollars
large place in our hearts await cents was paid by the
writer which secures the title of
Brooklyn has not yet decided.
They, have ben tasting '.so many
good things recently that fit is hard
for them to decide whicii is the
best. Rev. Jndson \^ipper)nan, of
Dallas, greatly pleased the''people.
But he is so firmly rooted in dre af
fections of the hill-country that it
is not certain that he could be pull
ed up and transplanted. Spine are
looking to one of that brave band
of leaders at (harlotte. But the
Lord will guide—if the brethren
will let Him. Precious time hies
and souls are being lost. j
Our intyr-denominational preach
er’s Conference vdiich meets eviery
Monday is preparing to take a ^e-
iigious census on the Hugh Cork
plan. Thi“ means a division eif
the city into eighty sections, tw5
workers for each section, and Ausijt
CA^ery home on the same day air
the same tAvo hours of the day. In
the lot. M^e are ready noAv to re-
(?eRe funds for the materials to
construct a building.
We had tAA'o good services at
CoA’e last Saturday. There Avere
four requests for prayer.
Appreciative congreo-ations greet
us ev^ery first Sunday at Spring
Garden. The high Avater ke])t me
from crossing for Vanceboro the
last two meetings.
Many tokens of kindness on the
part of my people are shoAvn us
from time to time in a substantial
like him in any single commun
ity. To see the community, the
school and the perfect happiness
of all the pupils is to make you
want to abide there, and if you
have children to educate, thirst
for them to have such advantages.
The roll has noAV gone much be
Rev. A. W. Setzer, Morehead City.
Dear Bin. Moore:—1 am re
minded that it is time for my let
ter to I'he Me.ssenger. I have
nothing of unusual importance to
report from Morehead City for the
past tAvo months. The Avork here
has be(‘n going along as usual. At
this writing, Bro. W. P. Hines, of
Portsmouth, V^a., is aiding me in
a meeting. He is doing some fine
gos])el preaching and there is some
interest, but the meeting lias not
We have held our regular ser
vices Avith one exception Avhen it
rained us out, Avhicli Ave truly re
gretted because of the fact that
Bro. Boone of the Orphanage Avas
with us and desired to speak to us
that night on the Oiqihanage.
IIoAvever, my people are fully en
listed in that AA-ork and send $8.50
per month to the Orphanage. We
confidently ho]ie Ave may have the
])leasure of haA’ing Bro. Boone
Avith us again at a more favorable
vet resulted in the ingatliering Ave
had hoped for.
The Avriter Avas sorry to miss the
1 Union Meeting. He Avas prcATiit-
Our Sunday school and congre-
'gation is groAving and noAV S]iring
has come Ave liojie it may have a
decided groAvth in both. We are
learning to knoAV very many of the
good people of the toAvn having
made about one hundred Ausits
We are noAv in the midst of a
meeting of days aided by Brother
Blanchard, and Ave are jiraying for
and expecting a great blessing
from the Lord. Will tell about the
.meeting next time.
THE PAMLICO FIELD.
THE WORK AT WINTERVILLE.
Rev. C. W. Blanchard.
Idiis little place is destined to
be a household word with all the
]ieople of this State, and then to
lengthen the cords of its influence
Florence Odum, daughter of Bro.
Orpha Odum and Avife, gave tis no
rest. She Avas a bright little girl,
only a foAv Aveeks over three years
old. She has gone to rest and
may the parents be enabled to say
Avith David, “but 7ioav she is -df'sd,
Avherefore should Ave fast ? Can
Ave bring her back again ? We
shall go to her, but she cannot re
turn to us.” And may the Lord
help them to remember that they
have more attraction in IleaA^en
and less on earth!
THE EAST CARTERET FIELD.
Rev. N. L. Gaskins, Davis.
Dear Messenger:—All appoint
ments have been met this month.
I am glad to note an increase in
I am trusting that
the general Avork aaIU assume
a more promising aspect as the
Spring days come on. I Avas high
ly pleased Avith the earnestness and
enthusiasm of my people at Atlan
tic on last appointment. They
arq a noble folk and I long to see
the day Avhen Ave shall have a
church here Avith a hundred mem
We are pained in this report to
record the death of sister Ann Jud-
son Davis and sister Ann T. Bab
bitt both of Davis.
Sister Davis Avas born Sept. 10,
1831 and died Feb. 12, 1902. She
professed faith in Christ and Avas
baptised by Rev. T. ,L Leary in
1867; united Avith the Baptist
church and lived a consistent and
beautiful Christian life. She
leaves a husband and five children
together Avith many friends to
mourn their loss. She died glor
iously reconciled to the Father,
and at peace Avith all mankind.
Sister Babbitt Avas born Nov.
11, 1830, and departed this life
Feb. 3, 1902. She professed faith
in Christ and Avas baptized by
Re\'. Janies L. Warreii in 1858.
She leaA^es one son and tAvo daugh-
till the sun Avill not set upon its
this Avay to get the church and Sun- ftelfei tiA'e Avork. IVhat a privilege
lay-school s^ns of every AAhite jkiue keels to liaA^e figured in setting
family in the c,i y. This Avith ref-1thus:' influences to work. The sur-
erence to advaf^je work along Sun-!]'.‘Wing advaMages of the school
day school Lues by all the church-'Jcam only be fmly knoAvn by those
e'5. ,Tlie. ehjifcllv-. ■-'At ■^uht wLJig. “ ''a Tf o'
Sunday ScL^Ms. -Oav 3,h8I. The : it.'‘Wx[ ,,.1.;,^ ago ReAO L.
aim is to ixcu ||^ it'5,000 or more, tlolii ston, our State Corresponding
Knrollmit uYttendance and con-' S'^u'etary, passed through and
tributions ig 4Re First church are ‘ito})ped over to deliA'er an educa-
011 the incuellse. The pastor closes | |ional address. I'he School be-
the series of night sermons on the icame interested in him and he
“Denominations” next Sunday bv stayed OA'er to preach tAA'o sermons,
defining thti. jiosition of the Bap- The Avliole community as Avell as
tists. Some think he has given school Avas moved by the gospel
so much ifteat to the others that hv md he Avitnessed a Pentecost. Per-
ed from going by the meeting in
At a (’onference meeting held at
the time of our last appointment
at Moore’s Chapel, that church de
cided to take letters and become
members of the Morehead ('ity
church,the latter church maintain
ing that church as an “arm.” This
course was taken after much delib
erate thought and an earnest studv
Avill haA'e nothing but bones left haps 20 or 30 professed hope in
for the Baptists. ■ : Christ and many Avere left anxious.
So far as made knoAvn but foAV On fourth Sunday in March Ave
from this section Avill go up to preached morning and evening
Asheville. But if the festive'and folloAved it by a sermon
siraAvberry does his full duty, seA^-'every night till Thursday night,
eral may And time and means tojWe had another return of Pen-
go. * jtecost. It seems that the AvIiole
The anti-Saloon T.eague of the toAvn and community Avas moved.
The hardest sinners were heart
State is moving on the hosts of sin
in our direction. General Oates
came doAvn as far as Point Cas
well last Sunday on a reconiK'iter-
ing expedition and captuf/ed a
broken. But Ave Avere forced to
leaA'e it in its period of glory to
confessions Avere made. Ten
})iclApt-post. Some of the ohltime Avere baptized, tAvo receiA'ed on ex-
liq^or leaders joined his League. > perience and others presented
The 68 saloon men of Wilmington j themseh'es as candidates for bap-
seejn but little disturbed/as yet. tism aaIucIi Avill take ]>lace on our
Rev. J. R. Marshall is doing some return on the fourth Sunday in
cffectDe Avork against the but ])Osts I April. We hope at that time to
in NeAv Hanover and BrunsAvick. , find many more ready to enter
“Ye Scribe” Avill deliver the the Church. Among those
crmmencement sermons at Win-
throp College, Rock Hill, S. (\,
June 15th, and at Davidson on
May 16 th.
The doAvn pour of rain made the
Friday and Saturday features of
our Wilmington fifth Sunday IJn-
alniost a failure. Rain
A'erted Avere many aaJio Avill ])VLt
their niembershi]) Avith other
churches, but our great satisfac
tion is to knoAv that they are
(dirist’s. He Avill lead them and
When Ave filled our appointment
on here fourth SundaA' in Februarv
Sundays for many Aveeks has bin-j there Avas no iiool in the church
for baptizing and no annex to the
dered the country meetings great
Death removed from the First
Church tAvo active young men and
one mother in Israel, all Avithin a
few AA''eeks. Others have united
and peace ]ireA^ails in our Zion.
Alany ])rayers Avent up for the
Church for Sunday School use.
When Ave preached there the
fourth Sunday in March, the
Sundav' school classes Avere taught
of the situation.
As has already been announced,
Atlantic Institute Avill close its
first session May 7, 8, 9. '. The
til* re is a future for this enterprise
that ought to stimulate the Bajitist
of the Atlantic .Vssociation to
greater activitA’ than has A'et char-
acterized their efforts. We must
build the school-house before the
opening of the Fall term. All
hands to Avheel and the ball Avill
Rev. J. R. Taylor, Bayboio.
The good jieople of Bayboru
have decided to eomjJcte and paint
our parsonage, AA’hich will add
much toAvard beautifying it
The brethren and sisters at
Oriental have decided to .start on
their hous(' in putting Avliat money
they Iiave in material ami trust
God to aid in bringing it to :coim
pletion. Bro. Blanchard aauII da
us both s(U'vice and good bv com
ing doAvn y-re to see us.
pastor AvilCb' glad to entertain
At ou.'P last appointment at
ajipointed a building
of brethren, L. G.
Price, Lathinghous, Morris, and
Holton, fftr the ])urpose of erecting
a Ba])tist house of Avorship.. Breth
ren, Ave need a church house here
and. niust liaA-e one. No denomi
nation Avill ever prosper in a free
and open house.
One of the leading characteris
tics of the Baptists is expansion.
The jiastor last Sunday jireaclied
to a large gathering of people on
Goose Creek Island. This is a
Avonderful ])lace for seA^eral reas
ons'. 1 told my companion Avhile
going doAvn, if Ave should hapjien
to .see or meet some half-monkeys,
I Avouhl not be sur])rised by Avhat
I have heard, and from Air. Dar
win’s theory of evolution. But I
am glad to say the monkeys do not
liA'e doAvn there. I found some
nice Christian-hearted men and
Avnmen there. I am iinprcssed
Avith these [leojile. There is on this
island and Bay enough peoiple of
TABERNACLE, NEW BERN.
in comfortable annexes, and the
recoA^erA' of Rev. R. IT. Herring
illness at Albemarle,
and all rejoice in his return of
health. When he left us he took,
not only our esteem, but one of our
Avere baptized that
AA'ell constructed pool
under the ])latform of the i)ul]iit.
Bro. A. G. (Yx is the prince of
laymen of all our knoAvledgc. He
is the Lord’s preacher, teacher,
cA'angelist and business man.
There is not room but for one just
Rev. J. A. McKaughan, New Bern.
Time Avaits for no man. To
those of us AA'hose lives are filled
Avith Avork and Avho feel the Aveight
of the responsibility of life, time
]iasses Avithout our knoAvledge and
Ave thus groAV old and do not knoAv
It does not seem that I have been
Avith the Tabernacle saints but a
feAv days, and yet the first quarter
of the year is passed. Time ]iass-
es more rajiidly Avhen Ave liaA^e
pleasant surroundings and kind
loving friends, and such has been
our lot since Ave entered the Avork
as pastor of the Tabernacle church.
They haA'e made us feel the throb
of their loA'ing sym])athetic hearts.
It has neA'er been my lAriA'ilege to
seiwe a Avarnier hearted, or a more
self-sacrificing peo])le than the
Tabernacle saints. Since enter
ing upon my Avork and seeing the
liberality of my people I have
been made to realize as neA'er l>e-
fore Avhat our Baptist peo])le in
North Carolina coidd do if they
only had the S])irit of liberality.
If a little church of seventy-five
members AA'ho are poor can raise
one hundred dollars per month for
all objects Avhat ought some of our
churches in the State raise for
Christ’s cause ?
Aly ])eo])le haA'e realized in their
OAvn hearts that “it is moi’o blessed
to give than to recewe.” During
this time nothing has occurred out
of the usual line. The good ]3co-
ple of NeAv Bern are too conserva-
tiA'e to alloAv out of the line.
In the Avay our fathers trod is
good enough for them.
Thonui' Gillxu't Gaskins,
school age to run tAA'o nice schools.
Can Ave not reach them / 300
children groAving u]) in ignorance.
No preaching. Brethren, avc
must reach these peo])le. We talk
about Missions in foreign fields;
Ave liaA'e a vast sco])e of country
here that no denomination has yet
penetrated. It is true the Prim
itive Ba])tists have churches here
on the- Island, but to my mind the
church that adA'oeates ignorance,
and says “(fiirist Avas 2,000 years
behind and they Avant to stay be
hind” is not worthy of the name
church. Brethren, the fields are
AA'hite noAv unto haiu'est, but oh!
Avhere are the reapers ? I some
times Avish I Avas able to do tAvo
By the help of God and the sup-
])ort Cff the brotherhood, I shall re
main Avith this people longer than
I had intended. May the Lord
use me' for His glory and King