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BLUE EIDGE BAPTIST.
Wm. M. Lee, Editor.
V^OL. 3 NO. 34
DEVOTED TO KELIGIOJiT, EDUCATION AND TEMPEEANCE.
NORTH WILKESBOEO, N. 0.. JUNE 4, 1903.
D. W. Lee, Associate Editor ond Manogfer.
WEEKLY, 50c. A YEAR.
Preaching every second and fourth,
.Sunday, morning and evening.
Sunday Scliool 10 A. il.
Prayer meetitig every Thursday eve.
Rev. W. R. Bradsliaw, Pa.stor.
Preaching every first and third Sun
day morning and evening
Sunday School 9:30 A. M.
Prayer meeting every Tuesday evening.'
Rev. J. B. Tabor, Pastor.
Preaching every third and fourth Sun
^day, morning and evening.
Sunday School 9:30 A. M.
Prayer meeting every Wednesday eve.
Rev. C. W. Robinson, Pastor.
All are cordially invited to attend,
f these services.
Doubtless no other Religious paper in
Western Carolina, has grown so rapidly as
the Blue Ridge Baptist. Everybody who
sees and reads its contents has a good word
to say about it. An easy matter to se>cure
subseribers. Any body can easily obtain a
We make the following offers:
For Two Subscribers-*--
We will mail you, postage paid,-
Going to College,- Glows with the en
thusiasm of a high ideal. We wish it could
be in the Library of every High school,
Seminary .and Academy in the land. Price
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dy book for the speaker and writer Price
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only 3 subscribers.
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We will mail you, postage paid,- 1000
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cribed, or 1000 Classical Charact
ers Briefly Described, price of each
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All three of the above named books for only
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We will mail you, postage paid, a copy
of, How to Attract and Hold an Au
dience.- Every man who speaks in public
should have one, especially Clergymen,
Well bound in cloth and retails for $1.00, or
we will mail you either of the following if
preferred at the same rate. Character
Building,- inspiring suggestions. Price
$1.00. What Shall I Do? 50 profi
table occupations. Price $1.00. The Vir
tues and Their Reasons. Eveiyday
ethics for school and home Price $1
All four of the above named books sent
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old Testament if preferred, price the same
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these Testaments and your churches will
gladly help you get them if you ask it.
If you want all the above named books,
send us only 30 subscribers.
Now IS your chance to get you a nice, val
uable book or even a Library with very little
effort on your part and at the same time be
helping a good cause. Old subscribers taken
the same as new provided all arrears are
settled. All subscribers thu taken must be
for one year at 50c, paid in advance.
Every body’s shoulder to the wheel while
this offer holds good. Address:
BLUE RIDGE BAPTIST, No. Wilkesboro-
Work together for good—-what can be bet
Examine yourself very carefully and see
what you really are, not what you appear to
others to be.
Look good, feel good, and be good—Do
you possess all these qualities at the same
Are we as anxious to spend a little time in
God’s service hm we are in dcing things that
pertain only to worldly affairs?
God never loses sight of the poorest of his
followers. God’s grace makes all rich who
possess it. Are yon rich?
Aim high in life, do grand and noble
deeds on earth, and at last reap your reward
in heaven. You will lx rewarded according
to your deeds.
The Stru^le for Life, or the
Stru^.^le for the Life of
The struggle between duty to seif and
duty to others, or, as Clara E Laughlin puts
it ill the June Delineator, between the Strug
gle for Life and the Struggle for the Life of
Others, is one that comes to thousands of
young men and women with impressive sig
nificance. Self-development along chosen
lines, or renouncement and devotion to those
who may need you—is a question that can be
decided only by the individual; and which
ever way he may take, if he be guided by the
best light that he has, he will do all that is
expected of him. The two great evils to be
guarded against are: lest the development of
self make ns selfish, or devotion to others
make us negligent of self. A “trim balance”
should be aimed at.
GOD GRANT IT.
It is estimated that several hundred dis
tilleries in North Carolina will be forced to
close July 1, on account of the Watts Bill.
In Indiana fiive hundred saloons have been
closed on account of the Nicholson law. In
Tennessee liquor can be sold only in twelve
towns. In Virginia many saloons will be for
ced to close. The same story comes from all
parts of our great country. The days of the
saloon are fast being iiumbeied. The liquor
dealers see the hand writing on the wall and
are greatly alarmed.
The good people of North Carolina have
the opportunity of crushing the liquor trafic
now, so there will not be a protected gate to
hell in onr beloved Stase when the year 1904
dawns upon ns. —Atlantic Messenger.
A Blessed Secret.
It is a blessed secret this of living by the
day. Any one can carry his burden, how
ever heavy, till nightfall Any one can do
his work, however hard, for one day. Anv
one can live sweetly, patieritly, lovingly, and
purely till the suii goes down. And this is
all thatlifeever really means to us, just one
Do to-day’s duty, fight to-day’s tempta
tions, and do not weaken and distract your
self by looking forward to things you can
not see and could not understand if you saw
them, God gives nights to shut down the
curtain of darkness on our liitle days. We
cannot see beyond. Short horizons make
life easier and give us one of the blessed se
crets of brave, true, holy living.
THE LEWIS’ FORK BAPTIST
ASSOCIATION. ART. NO. 3.
By W. II. Elier, Greensboro.
The closing paragraphs of my previous ar
ticle call for a clear statement in the begin
ning of this Article. The words “no lecord”
and “rniiuites not committed to print” being
used it would follow that the demaud for
records destroyed by the adversary would not
shift the Burden of Proof and oblige him to
present it. 1 his requires some explanation.
The adversary is not answerable to us when
we keep no records. neither is he to be held
to the account when it appears that we have
destroyed our own records. In the latter e-
veiit the presumption of law is against us.
What the writer means you should under
stand is that the condition of the country un
der the pressure^ of the Standing Order made
it eitner unsafe oi impossible to have rec
ords and to preserve them, and hence the
burden of proof is shifted to the adversary.
The Associations did not have Moderators
prior to the Revolutionary war and this
placed the responsibility upon the slioulders
of the whole body. The minutes were kept so
that in cases of arrest the full proceedings
could be shown in court. The deliberative
bodies of our British ancestry from the year
1647 were called Associations.
The Quaker. George Fox, preached his
first great sermon that year at an English
Baptist Association at Broughton in Leister-
shire. In Wales and America these Associa
tions were formed and operated for the in
struction of the churches and the evangeliza
tion of the world. They are our old time
Missionary societies. The orderly manner in
which they proceeded with several sermons
at a sitting were well calculated to present
the Gospel to every creature, also to fully ac
count to the standing national order for every
step that was taken. When, therefore, the
strife set in for Disestablishment upon the
one hand and Establishment on the other
hand, even the meagre records kept by Bap
tists with their testimony became the proper
ty of courts. On this subject every Baptist
preacher should proem e and read and reread
and lend Dr. Curry’s little book entitled-Es-
tablishment and Disestablishment, contain
ing 96 pages, costing 10 cents and to be had
of one Publication Society at Philadelphia,
also Vedders Short History of the Baptists-
337 pages that ccsts but 35 cents.
For the information of persons not famil
iar with oil'- history as mountain Baptist, we
must therefore go back a little and make it
clear to the readers, for if we assume too
much, my articles will read like mere “gush”
a?id the reader will remain uninformed. The
question that here arises is the attitude of
the Colonial government in North Carolina
toward the Baptist. Concerning this we must
begin with the administration of Gov. Tryon.
This covered a term of seven years and two
months. His pass time was used in his effort
to erect a ten thousand dollar mansion at
Newbern and the opposition of his people a-
gainst taxation for that scheme. His constit
uents lived in cabins generally constructed
of logs with puncheon floors. But few of
them had brick houses. The children in
some cases had been born in rail pens or cab
ins but little better than sheds. They were
opposed to taxation to build a palace for a
ruler with a royal revenue for his salary.
This question was the subject of conversa
tion at every public gathering and only cea
sed while our gospel ministers presented the
higher claims of ttie gospel of Christ. Aside
from this the Regulators war had three caus
es: 1. The averice of public officers. 3. The
Stamp act. 3. The effort of the Govenor to
“grub up the' layers” of the Baptist.
North Carolina had more cause to rebel from
the crown than any other of the thirteen
colonies for the rea.son that the crown here
began to use that force which is the logical
result of the Episcopal System. I'liat I may
here present the record is to me a pleasure
and, to my readers, can never be a burden
In his speech of Inauguration delivered to
the Legislature of North Carolina in the af
ter noon of May 3rd 1765. Gov. Tryon need
this language:—“In this instance 1 must
more particularly address myself to the
Members of the Clmrch of England and de
sire them to reflect on the present state of
religion in this Province and of the little
pro8|iect thers'ajipears of its ever being
Property Established if they but a little
while, longer suffer their persuasion to lay
under a general neglect. I ground my opin
ion on the Increasing Numbers of the Diff
erent Sectaries in this Province, who in a
short period of Time may be the Majority in
all Public Assemblies, each of which may
then possibly Incline to Establish his own
Persuasion in Preference to the Plstablished
Religion at home.
U I have pointed out any consequences
that are likely to attend the continuance of
the Neglect of our Religion, I hope no per
son of a Different Persuasion will imagine I
am an enemy to Toleration. 1 profess my
self a warm advocate for it in the fullcEt ex
tent of his Magisty's Indulgence. Yet I
must inform them I never heard Toleration
in any County made use Of as an Argument
to Exempt Dissenters from bearing their
share of the support of the established Reli
gion I therefore hope to meet with your joint
coucurrenoe in framing this Act and trust
you will be convinced it is for the Happiness
of the Country that Religion should have
but one head, how many Members soever
there may be to the body.”
The capitals are his and the mtaning re
quires no remark. May and June, 1771, inter
prets for us.
This speech had the effect of carrying the
infamous Vestry Act of 1765 in both branch
es of onr Assembly over the plain provisions
of enr original charter. The terms under
which our fore-fathers settled the counties
of Orange, Bladen, Ansen and Rowan; pro
vided homes for “tender consciences” with
freedom in all matters of religion. This act
was so constructed that that Test oaths were
taken by public officers and required of pub
lic citizens. The Chief Justice himself at
Salisbury in 1767 took this oath in which
he stated ‘T d(' believe in my conscience
that there is not any transnbstantiatioii in
the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper or in the
elements of bread and wine at or after the
consecration thereof by any person whatev
er, etc.” See Colonial Records of N.C. Vol.
VII Page 532.
The Baptists did not regard this oath to
be necessary in Brunswick county to the tops
fif the Alleghany or Blue Ridge Mountains, •
the Baptists cried out against it. The Meth
odists did not reach North Carolina until
1785 after the struggle for religious liberty
was over and won. They had no voice for
the reason that they were not present to speak.
The Presbyterians and Quakers were satisfied
with Toleration but the Baptists contended
against the Vestry Act and favored full
freedom for conscience sake.
The reader will notice the closing words
quoted from Tryou’s speech. “It is for the
happiness of the Country that Religion
should have but one. head.” It will be no
ticed that the word head is spelled with a
small “h.” This is entirely correct as to the
head referred to by the govenor for this re
ferred to king George, the III. How in
significant it appears to ns in this generation.
The Baptists had as clear heads and warm
hearts then as they have nowq but the great
Head of the church was the great Shepherd
of the sheep. The speech of the govenor is
the logical expression of Episcopacy what
ever form soever it may assume. History
sustains this assertion of its real nature.
W. H. E—. Greensboro, N. C.
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