THE ELON COLLElJE AVEEKLY.
Published every Wednesday during the
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1911.
WHO WILL MAKE IT?
Wlio are going to make the base-ball
team, is a question curr&nt among the
students at present. Each applicant has
his circle of friends and each circle feels
sure their man will win. Yet it remains
for tlie coach to say who will and who
will not be permitted to nepre-sent the
range and maroon on the diamond dur
ing the season about to open.
With the first game only a few days
off and everyone wondering who will com
pose the team, the affairs of th* next
week will be watched with much interest.
Suffice it to say there will be no log-rolling
or politics to deteimine the makeup of the
“bunch” but th-6 man who can fill his pos
ition best and who can .“hit the pill” will
be the one to land the job regardless of
who he is or whence he comes and the
others will be given a chance to help the
causc' by building up as strong a second
team as possible without which a repre
sentative team is impossible. If you don’t
make first this season, keep pounding and
try again next. This is the only way to
have a team that is really ours and that
is strictly a college team. One> feature
especially encouraging to those looking in
to the future is that a good portion of
the squad is composed of fieshmen who
tho they may not land a regular place this
year look good for future use. By put
ting men to work as soon as thty enter
college and working them as much as pos
sible during the first years of their coarse
we can build up the athletic side of our
college life to proportions that will de
mand the respect of similar institutions.
B€-dn today and keep working till you
make it if it take until your last year
in college to do it. It is certainly worth
the time it takes and shows there is some
patriotism in you, besides the influence it
may have on others toward inducing them
to do likewise.
Prospects for a team are certainly good.
With several good men after every posi
tion it is not a q\iestion of a man for the
place but of the best man.
The following are seeking regular places
and the team, with few exceptions, will
be made up of them:
THE ELON COL
Catchers, Dickey, Wright.
First Base, Haskins, Johnson.
Second Base, Poythress, Brockwell.
Third Base, Walker, Pearsons.
Short Stop, Moffitft, Newman, Roberts.
Outfielders: Sparrow, Garrison, Horn,
McCauley, Farmer, Malone, C. L.
Pitchers: Wancy, Ingle, Hedgepeth,
Some of the above will soon hear the
well-known tin can nois-6 but we may ex
pect a winning team out of the nemain-
der. Let’s get busy now and boost the
team, first by attendance on the games,
encouragement to the players and some
good classy, up-to-date rooting. Let our
rooting be clean and of a high oider but
let’s root just the same.
TO THE MINISTERS.
My dear Bro.:—This is an ivitation for
you to subscribe for the Elon Collego
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annum. Keep in touch with college life
and spirit through this medium and you
will keep young in life, vigorous in
thouglit, and active in service.
W. C. Wicker, Bus. Mgr.
John Banyan was born in a cottage just
outside of the hamlet of Elstow, in Bed
fordshire, England, late in the year 1628.
His father, Thomas Bunyan, was a tinker
in very poor circumstances, and his moth
er, Margaret Bentley, was of as low an
estate. Nothing is known of Bunyan’s
education, though it is supposed, since he
could read and write that he went to the
village school. His language shows that
he was not a college bred man, and his
book learning was very slight; even in
later life his reading was confined almost
wholly to the Bible and Foxe’s “Book of
Martyrs.” While he was a boy he learned
to help his father, whose trade he follow
ed throughout life.
Bunyan, in his “Grace Abounding.”
the most autobiographical of his works,
says that he was a hopeless sinner as a
boy. Later biographer’s, however, have
realized that Bunyan’s condemnation of
his youthful practices as unpardonable
was the result of a morbid conscience.
When he was a boy of seventeen Bunyan
served as a soldier, probably in the Parlia
Besides the mere incidents of his life,
there is really only one thing to tell about
Bunyan—the story of his conversion and
its results. His spiritual conflict, begin
ning when he was about twenty and last
ing for about seven years, brought fonth
a new man; thence grew his influential
ministry, his imprisonment for the sake
of his conscience, and his great book.
Nothing is known of his first wife ex
cept that she was a “godly person” and
brought as dowry two religious books,
which he fell to reading. At times the
evils of his youth haunted him; in his own
eyes he was “more loathsome than a
toad.” Once he took much comfort from
Luther’s “Commentary on the Galatians.”
At last he came, like Christian, to a land
of spiritual rest. For a while the con
flict had broken his liealth, but with new
faith and hope, which gained slowly upon
him, he grew strong again.
About the year 16.53 he was publicly
baptized in the Ouse, by Mr. Gifford, pas
tor of a congregation in Bedford. For a
few years he suffered set-back, and peri-
ods of despair, but by 1655 he had attain
ed a spiritual calm and fortitude, which
never deserted him. In that year he
moved to a house in Bedforid, and was
made a deacon of the congregation. From
then till his death he was unceasing in
If there is little known about Bunyan’s
youth, there is not a great deal known
about his maturity. To his second wife,
Elizabeth, who sunvived him, he was mar-
mied probably in 1655, the first year of his
ministry. It is known that he had six chil
dren, all of whom except his daughter,
Mary, who was blind, outlived him.
There is plenty of evidence of Banyan’s
success as a preacher. Yet his head was
Very soon after taking to tlie ministiy,
Bunyan began to write. In 1656 he pub
lished his first volume, “Some Gospel
Truths Opened.” He was answered by a
young Quaker, Edward Burrough, and
shortly after had ready a reply, “A Vin
dication of Gospel Truths Opened” (165*)
From then on till his death, except for
a few years during his imprisonment, he
turned out controversial books, religious
allegories, and exhortations with the fer
tility of a Scotch or a Defoe. Some of his
most famous writings are: “The Holy
City” (1665), “Grace Aboun.ling to the
Chief of Sinners” (1666), “Saved by
Grace” 1675), “The Strait Gate” (1676),
“The Pilgrim’s Progress, Part the First”
(1678), “Life and Death of Mr. Badman”
(1680), “The Holy War” (1682), “The
Pilgrim’s Progress, Part the Second”
Bunyan had not been preaching and
writing long before he came into conflict
with the law. Men were forbidden to
call people together for unauthorized re
ligious services in private houses or homes.
Bunyan was taken for violating this law
and was, therefore, legally guilty. He
was given a chance to escape punishment,
if he would give his word that he would
refrain in the future. He refused to take
the oath and was imprisoned. His wife,
Elizabeth, went three times up to London
with a petition to the House of Lords,
seeking for pardon, but with no success,
and Bunyan remained in prison during
the next twelve years. He was by no
means wholly cut off from his work. He
spent much time in writing, especially
at first. There are some giounds for sup
posing that he was less strictly guarded
during the last six years of his imprison
ment, that he enjoyed, indeed, occasional
liberty and was sometimes allowed to
By the King’s Declaration of Indul
gence in 1672, Bunyan was made a free
man. His second imprisonment has re
ceived special notice because during it, he
is supposed to have begun “Pilgrim’s
Progress.” By the Test Act, -which re
quired strict conformity to the church of
England, the Bedford preacher was again
Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Piop^ess” at first
did not find great favor among scholars,
but it was popular enough to go through
ten editions during his lifetime. The best
evidence of its widespread popularity is
the fact that it has been translated into
over seventy-five languages and dialects.
In all his fame, Bunyan preserved his
humility. He lived in a single cottage in
Bedford, from his release to his death.
It has been said that his library was lim-
March 8, 1911.
ited to a Bible, and copies of “The Pil
grim ’s Progi'css ’ ’ and a few other books ■
chiefly his own works.
James Montgomery says, “There is no
long allegory in our literature at all com
parable to Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.
Robert Louis Stevenson says, “Pilgrim’s
Progress is a book that breathes of every
beautiful and valuable emotion.” Isaac
Discraeli says, “Bunyan is the Spenser
of the people.” Reuben Post Halleck
says, “It would be difficult to find Eng
lish prose more simple, earnest, strong,
imaginative, and dramatic than that of
Bunyan.” J. Schen says, “GraceAbound-
ing is the best study for the origin and
essence of Puritanism. It is a work which
has the significance for the seventeenth
century that the “Confessiones” of St.
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