North Carolina Newspapers

    THE ELON COLLEGE WEEKLY
VOL. II. New Series. Greensboro^ N. C., Wednesday, March 15, J9H No. s
^ and Elon College, N. C.
LOCALS AND PERSONALS.
—Dr. Moffitt returned Tuesday from
an extended trip in Eastern Va.
—Mr. Edd Hatch, of Aslieboro, stopped
hert. awhile, Friday, on his way to Ral-
eigh.
—Mr.. S. S. Rollings of Kenley, class of
’OS, s])ent Sun. here with his sister. Miss
Grace, who has been very sick for a few
days, with measles.
M ssrs. 1). Af. Davidson and A. B. Owen
of (xihsonville w€':e visitors here Sunday.
—Ml’. Sion Williams of Raleifth visited
friends lure Saturday and Sunday.
—Miss Bessie Barnes went to Greens
boro Monday, shopping.
—The pul|iit was filled by Dr. F. S.
('hild, of Fairfield, Conn., Sunday. He
preached an eloquent sermon.
—Mr. B. K. Richardson, of Guilford
Collefre, .spent Sunday here with his sis
ter, Miss Flora.
—Misses Ethel Clements and Annio
Bagwell leave Tueslay for Morrisville to
bt present at the marriage of Miss Nora
l^ngh lo Mr. R. T. Scott, on Wednesday.
Miss Cleraents will sing and Miss Bag-
well will be one of tlie bride’s maids.
—Mrs. Tom Chandler of Virgilina, Va.,
is visiting at the home of her father, Di‘.
G. S. Watson.
—Mr. Sipe Fleming spent Friday even
ing in Orveiishiiro with his sist;n, Miss
Nellie.
—Rev. B. J. fjarj) filled the pulpit at
the Palm Street church Greensboro, for
Dll. Wicker Sunday morning and even-
ing.
—Miss Sudie McCauley led in the Y.
W. C. A. Sunday afternoon. Subject “The
Kingdom of God.”
—Miss Nellie Sue Fleming was taken
to St. Leo’s Hospital Wednesday evening
of last week, where she underwent an
operation for appendicitis, which was en
tirely successful.
—The ball team left Monday morning for
Wilson where they will play two games
with the Atlantic Christian College of
that place.
—Mr. Bunn Fearrington of Riggsbee
was a visitor here Sunday night.
—Miss Ella Andrews of Burlington,
Mrs. Tom Harden and Miss Mamie Foust
of Graham spent Sunday with Mrs. W.
L. Smith.
—Dr. Wicker went to Jonesboro Satur
day in the interest of the College, return
ing today.
—Mr. R. A. Campbell, our competent
and popular bandmaster, received a letter
Friday requesting his presence at Staun
ton, Va., for the next several days. Mr.
Campbell is a member of the band of the
70th regiment of Virginia Volunteers, and
had to take his military paiaphernalia
there for the usual annual inspection.
FROM THE PULPIT.
It was a rare privilege and pleasure to
listen to the message brought to us by Dr.
Frank S. Child at the regular preaching
service here Sunday. Our people were im
pressed with the vital importance of the
theme discussed, and also, with the ear^
nestness with which it was presented for
our consideration. The sermon was beau
tiful in its simjdicity, practical, helpful,
and dealt with the sad condition so many
people of our day have unconsciously al
lowed themselves to drift into. A selec
tion from Luke 12:1, “Bew’are ye of the
leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypo
crisy,” furnished the text.
A preacher who. is laboring very suc
cessfully in the far northern sections of
America was cited as an example of the
wonderful results to be obtained by con
scientious. prayerful self-examination.
Pearly in life this man came to the con
clusion (hat his religious life was a hum
bug. To him it was a very staitling con
clusion, but it was the crisis of his life.
This led him to endeavoii to Irad a sin
cere life and made his life one of ser
vice.
Christ came to this same conclusion in
regard to many people of his day. The
Pharise s were formal in their worship.
They did their religious work to be seen
of men. The whole weight of Chiist’s
wrath was turned on this sort of thing,
Christ was very sympathetic in his deal
ings with humble people', but when he
came to one claiming to be what he was
not, Christ turned his w’rath upon that
person. This spirit must be crushed out.
True roliginn is a face to face religion
betwe 11 man and God. W* find in the
writings of Paul admonitions not to think
too highly of self, and we would do well
to heed the warning,
This question is fo;ced upon us: Is our
religion a humbug? We must put this
question to our individual selves and see
what wc get as an answer. So often men
try to keep in relation with the church
and at the same time are engaged in
doubtful occupatioiis. They will take any
advantage of the people in trade that op
portunity may offer, and yet they call
themselves good Christians. Human na
ture is the same throughout the world
and among all classes of people. In every
man’s life the’.e is ever a struggle be
tween right and wrong. It is easy
and easy to understand how men fail
when viewed in this light. Many persons
deceive themselves by doing their works
to be seen of men, forgetful of the heart-
service that must be given. In the case of
the example given a thorough examinain^
of self led him to his conclusion that his
religion was a humbug, that it la.
heart, reality, and came from the lips on
ly. Thus the shallow pretence was driv
en from the heart and a great change
wrought in our lives. Are- we decei\ing
ourselves? Do we think we have pure re
ligion when both man and God know we
do not? Could we not benefit oiu lives
by this self-examination ?
There are some questions we might all
ask with profit. First: What is my re
ligion doing for me? Yes, my faend, what
has become of that hot temper, that nar
row spirit, that self-concieit). that evil
habit, and the many faults that human
flesh is heir to? Religion ought to make
you the best son, the best daughter, or
the best neighbor that it is possible for
you to be. If our religion does not exalt
and ennoble us, what is to become of the
world’s rtligious work? The Christian’s
state must be a plane of high thinking
and noble living. We cannot hope long to
deceive men, they will find us out. The
good that one tiue soul may do can never
be estimated. Shall that true soul be
you ? Sliall it be me ?
In the second place we might ask: What
am I doing for my religion? One of the
saints of old was asked by the Lord in a
vision what he most desired to be done
unto him. The answer came, “Lord, that
1 might suffer most.” We often think
true s&rvice is not to be found in humble
thing's, but it is so. When the world sus
pects our sincerity, it is time for us to
stop and think on these things. When a
dying father says to his son. “Keep a
sha;p eye on everyone in business, but
especially on Christians,” it is time that
we should turn for an examination of self.
Are we at work in the vinyard, or are we
like robbers endeavoring to live by the
labor of others? It is time that we con
sider these things.
These are some tests we might apply
that would give us our bearing: Do we
believe in Christ as the wwld’s Savior?
Do "we pui'pose to follow the commands of
God* Have we honesty of purpose? Do
(ry *o imi'.at; tf»c e.vTtuiple given by
Christ and the lives of the world’s great
and Kood ? Do we endeavor to do night
and to serve God?
If we can honestly and sincerely ans
wer these questions in the affirmative we
may be su:e, though through human weak
ness we sometimes make mistakes and
our faith seems weak indeed, that our re
ligion is not a humbug. Yes, we may be
sure that one day we shall be one with
Christ.
E. L. D.
DR. CHILD S LECTURES ON EGYPT.
Rev. Fiank Samuel Child, D. D., of
Fairfield, Connecticut, delivered three lec
tures on Egypt, Thursday, Friday, and
Saturday evenings of last week. He was
the preacher also, at the eleven o’clock
service Sunday.
Dr. Child is the author of several books
among which are, “The Friendship of
Jesus.” “An Old New England Town,”
“A Colonial Wi^ch,” “The Unknown
Patriot. ”
He has tiaveled extensively in Great
Britian, the Continent of Europe, Pales
tine and Egy'pt besides being extensively
acquainted with his own country. He is
also the pastor of a large and influen-
t'al church in Fairfield. His deep piety,
e.xtensive scholarship, wide experience,
and sagacious, prudent counsel make him
a valuable member of church and educa
tional boards, which agencies make heavy
drafts upon his time and thought. Yet he
finds time for carefully preparing and
delivering before church and college audi
ences. many lectures on his travels, and
on literary, historical and biblical sub
jects. On this visit he was accompanied
bv Mrs. Child, it being her first trip to
Elon. The high esteem and the great
love with which Dr. Child is regarded
here was only heightened and deepened
by the visit of his most pleasant and de
lightful companion, a lady of genuine wo
manly culture, of broad symjiathies, un
usual intelligence, and like her husband,
tempered in judgment by extensive travel.
1 shall not attempt to gi\'e even an out
line of the lectui'Es on Egj-jit, but shall
•say simply, that they were highly enter
taining and Stimulatingly instructne. t'ne
hrst was of the approach to Egj-pt, the
sea voyage from Gibraltar to Alexandria,
Dr. ('hild’s exquisite style as fine as Haw-
thornt’.s, his intense inteiest and belief
in what he is saying and his engaging art
PS a lecturer held the attention of his
audience through every sentence, riveted
to the speaker. The. historic Mediterran
ean Wliose waters and shores constitute a
vast library of history, romance, tragedy
and religion are prolific in their effect on
such an alert, widely informed, and rich
ly imaginative mind as Dr. Child’s.
The second lectu;«. was of Alexandria
and the Nile, The third was on Egyptian
excavations and discoveries. These two
lectures leave the impression that Gr,:cian
learning shined with a borrowed light
which came from great Egyjrtian univer
sities, and that in matters of art Egypt
has not been equalled, in many 'pki>
Oy any subsequent nation. So that with
our boasted modern civilization, genius
for. invention, we are still inferior to the
Egyptians in many of the most enduring
arts.
W. P. L.
BACKBONE vs. WISHBONE.
Karl Ludwig Kraft.
Proportionately, if a man’s backbone
■veakens his “wishbone” develops.
The nine-dollarrper clerk wastes his time
in wishing he had the luck of a RoekfeL
low, a Carnegie, or a Morgan—wishing
that he had this, that or the other job—
continually wishing.
The material parts of the human body^
muscles or bone, develop only by usage.
There is not, in nature, any spontaneous
generation; everything comes by propa
gation.
Which are you developing—your back
bone or your “wishbone?” Do not com-
pa|^inate them. By constantly using your
“wishbone” it will develop in undue pro
portions. On the other hand, in proper
ly strengthening your backbone you shall
have no cause to wish.
“Brace up;” stand erect; strengthen
your backbone—also, your jawbone. Learn
to say “I will” instead of that monoton
ous “I wish.” The world bestows prizes
on men with a backbone, while to those
with a “wishbone,” asking for fish, she
gives a serpent.
Motion propagates motion and life
throws off life. Wishing you were fabul
ously rich leads you to the bread line.
Teacher of History. “Miss Stella, will
you name the causes of the Revolutionary
War?”
Answer. “The discovery of the Pa
cific Ocean.”
    

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