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A Home Newspaper Published in the Interest of the People and or Honesty in Governmental Affairs.
VOL. IV. NO 22.
Salisbury, N. C, dnespay. May
Wm, h. Stewart, Editor.
THE LUTHERAN CHURCH MISREPRESENTED.
Rev. Geo. H. Cox, D. D., Sets the Matter Straight and Comes
Out for Prohibition.
HOW THE LUTHERAN CHURCH STANDS.
W. B. Smoot, Chm. A. S.
Salisbury, N. C.
The Liquor Party is circulating
literature purporting to be a re
port of the proceedings of a Lu
theran Conference in New Orleans,
which favors the liquor traffic.
I wish to say that whoever or
whatever those Lutherans of New
Orleans may be, they are not the
Lutheran Church, nor do they
represent the sentiment of the
Lutheran Church in America.
Every General Body of Luther
ans in America is opposed to the
liquor traffic and have adopted
strong resolutions declaring that
The United Synod of the Evan
gelical Lutheran Church in the
South is composed of eight Dis
trict Synods,1 in Virginia, Tennes
see, North CaroUna, South Caro
lina,.. Georgia - and Mississippi;
that is it is the whole of the Lu
theran Church in the South
The following is a resolution
adopted unanimously by that
"Inasmuch as the Scriptures
say, ''Whether ye eat or drink, or
whatsoever ye do, do all to the
glory of God," and Paul, speak
ing by the Holy Ghost, declared,
I 'For me to live is Christ," and
inasmuch as the liquor saloon
does not make for God's glory,
neither tends to mold character
into likeneBB of Christ, but -on
the contrary is frought with incal
culable evils to church and state,
to the community and to the in
dividual; therefore be it
Resolved, That we giv it our
earnest Christian -judgment that
the members of our churches
would most promote God's glory
and the welfare of men by ab
staining from all 'connection,
direct - or indirect, with that
The Evangelical Lutheran
Synod of Tennessee, which has
churches in North Carolina, South
Carolina and Virginia, has unan
imously adopted: the following.
Prohibition is Christian Work.
Salisbury, N. C.
Dear Sirs :
I think prohibition is a Chris
tian work, and in the form of a
missionary cause. I preach pro
hibition with a heart full of love
to God and for the welfare of my
f ellowman as much so as when I
advocate the cause of missions;
for this is a missionary work, and
every man who has a real human
feeling for his brother should vote
I believe that the bill now before
the people is strictly biblical. It
makes provisions for church and
medicinal purposes a little wine
for thy stomach's sake and often
infirmities; this the bill provides
for, hence it is biblical; but our
enemies misconstrue this part and
try to make the bill appear un
I believe that the whiskey stills
and bar-rooms are agents of the
d9vil and the greatest enemies of
mankind tnat we nave in our
I believe that the greatest ob
ject, and the only object these
men have in view is selfish greed
at the expense of their patrons
and families; many of those ad
vocatiug whiskey now are led to
do so through an appetite formed
through these fiendish holes
through them the usefulness e
many good young men is jeopar
dized, besides tne dreadlul in
fine nee they have over the less
respected and the negro. It also
causes our hearts to bleed with
sympatny wnen we tninfc ot our
fair and beautiful female sex when
we know that some of them wil
be drunkard's wives, with all the
woes and horrors arising there
from, if tne bar-rooms are per
mitted to exist in our town . and
state. We pray for our young
men and our girls, we pray for the
souls of men and the good of our
country ; 0 Godi Give us PROHI
BITION. B. L. BROWN.
Kesolved 1, That we recognize
with sorrow the deep and wide
spread desolation occasioned by
the use of intoxicating drinks.
2, That we recognize our duty
again to clearly define our atti
tude as one of uncompromising
opposition to this as well as other
forms of sin.
3, That we consider the traffic
in intoxicating liquors, as well as
tbeir use, as a beverage, incon
sistent with the conduct of a
The Evangelical Lutheran
Synod and Ministerium of North
Carolina, at its recent meeting at
China Grove, adopted the follow
ing without a dissenting vote.
" Whereas, the drink evil is one
of the greatest curses of our time,
a blight upon temporal, welfare
and a burden to the churches and
the kingdom of God, therefore.
Resolved first, That the Evan
gelical Lutheran Synod of North
Carolina would encourage its con
stituency and all others to the ut
most devotion in the cause of
temperance, both in preaching the
Gospel to the repentance of drinks.
ers and the building up of the
sentiment that will prevent the
traffic in intoxicating liquors,
'Kesolved, second, That we ap
prove the present civil movement
in this State looking to the sup
pression of this great evil and
that it is our judgment that we
should adopt and faithfully use
the present opportunity to ban ish
this iniquity from our State."
If it were necessary, similar res
olutions could be produced from
almost every Lutheran body in
The Lutheran Church stands
unanimously opposed to the
You are at liberty to make such
use oi tnese iacts as you
deem best for the cause:
May God give us a glorious vic
tory. Yours respectfully,
GEO. H. COX.
Granite Quarry, N. C.May 8J 1908.
(Dr. Cox was Pres. of N. C.
Synod for several years, up to last
meeting of Synod.)
Vote for prohibiton May 26th.
BIBLE MEN ABE
Rev. Jno. A. Summey,
Advice to Church Members.
Dear Editor : Being asked for
my judgment in regard to the
great crisis now upon us, I put
this question As a 'Christian
County and State should we vote
on the 26th of May, 1908, to make
and sell intoxicating -liquors to
our fellowmen or vote to shut
down every distillery and bar
room in North Caralina?
It seems to me to be no hard
matter forja thinking man ; and to
the converted and regenerated man
this was decided when he gave up
sin and accepted Jesus unrist.
Paul asks the question :; "How
shall they who are dead to sin live
any longer there in?" ( Romans6-2)
Strong drink is condemned by all
good men and greater than them,
the word of God condemns it.
The judges of our land declare
that YD to tsoyo ot all the crimes
coming before them come directly
or indirectly out of strong drink ;
and it must be admitted l y the
close observer that me-haJf or
more of all wrecks oocurring
railroads, street cars, dirt roads-
yes, whether by sea orlaud-come
out of this traffic. It has
separated more nusbands and
wives, destroyed more homes
caused more mortgages, homeless
widows and children, filled- more
orphanages, deprived children of
advantages, shoes, clothing and
food than all things else combin
ed: yea, more the same accursed
traffic has caused more distress
in Bo wan county than typhoid
fever, small pox, pneumonia
all other diseases together.
THE SALOON AN UNADULTERATED EVIL.
Granite Quarrr, N. O,
May 5, '08.
Salisbury, N. C. .
Dear Sirs and Brethren :
In response to yours of the 28th
ult., I regret to say that absence
from home has delayed my reply.
' The evil influences of the liquor
traffic are absolutely undeniable,
besides being impossible to exag
gerate. The saloon is an unadul
terated evil to church, school,'
home and country : there is no good
in or of it. It is aboiling caldron
out of whioh has come from eigh
ty to ninety per cent of all the
crimes that have been committed.
It is impossible to intelligently
study the progress of civilization,
the physical health and happiness
of the human family or its spir-.
tual condition and culture, ith
out finding this monstrous evil of
the liquor traffic at the very heart
and center, blocking the way.
It is the source and strength of
all social impurity. It is at the
bottom of all political crooked
ness, and is a power that is para
lyzing the work of the church.
Whatever else may be said of it,
it is undeniable that the saloon is
antagonistic to the church, the
school and society, and is mighty
inits power to destroy both body
and soul, and to neutralize every
human effort for the betterment
of the world : and so long as the
traffic is permitted, these condi
tions will continue to exist.
Therefore, though it may make
or destroy political parties : and
Lthougb it may defeat candidates ;
and though it may lessen the rev
enue of nation, state, county, cor
poration or individual, I am first,
last, now and all the time in favor
May God give us such a victory
on the 26th as will annihilate the
foe, and emblazon the name of
North Carolina where it belongs
in the advancing column of tem
Geo. H. Cox
of Rockwell, Gives
If God in heaven would allow
a man at one vote to remove all
hese plagues, would you account
him foolish if he voted or stayed
at home, which? If you go to the
polls and vote for distillories, you
vote for barrooms to open and sell
your neighbor and your own boy
something that kills more men,
women and boys every year than
all these diseases mentioued ; and
the word of God plainly eays they
go to hell 1 Listen "No drunkard
hath eternal life abiding in him."
Do you believe in God. If not, I
have no time to throw away on you.
Besides this, this traffic is the
worse enemy the church of God
has. It has done more to destroy.
demoralize and tear down churches
than any other evD. In my ex
perience for 20 years as pastor,
there have been more church dis
turbances, more men excluded
from my churches, for hauling.
their fruit, drinking liquor, and
aiding in itB manufacture than
for all other crimes put together.
Shall we as sensible men go to
the polls led iy a few men made
rich by selling this cursed staff?
oelling it to poor men and mak
ing them fools, demons, when
they reach their homes altar
having spent the money for
whi9key which should have been
taken home in shoes and clothing,
meat and bread tor tneir poor
wives and childen so they might
attend Sunday school, church,
etc., etc, as well dressed as they
see the whiskey men's wives and
I daughters dressed?
(Conoluddd on 2nd page.) '
MEETINGSfUP TO AND INCLUD
ING ELECTION DAY.
A Big Torch Light Parade Monday Night
and Plenty of Good'Speaking ail Along
Eierjhodj Invited to Come Out.
Wednesday,; May 20, Dr. John
S. Rotledge,; the great Irish ora
tor from Oiio, will make a short
talk to women and children at 4
p. m., and alio address a great
mass meeting at 8 p. m. Both
these meetings willbe at the tent,
corner Bank and Mam Street.
Everybody iqvited to the latter
Thursday, May 21. Dr. Rut
ledge willj'speak to women and
children at 4. p. m., and to men
only at 8 p. m , in thegospel tent.
Friday, May 22 Dr. Rutledge
speaks to women and children at
4 p. m and to men only at 8 p.
m., in the gospel tent.
Saturday, May 23. Big parade
at 11 p. m Rev. Geo. Stuart at
3 p. m. at tent,' and also to men
only at 8 p. m. at tent.
Sunday, May 24. Geo. Stuart
to men only at 8 p. m. at tent
and also at &p. m to men only.
Monday, May 25 Women aud
children at tent at 4 p. m. and
everybody at tent at 8 p. m. Big
voters' torch light parade.
W. B. Smoot speaks at Pond's
school house. Morgan townshir.
Saturday, May 23rd, at 3 p. m.
Mr. Smoot will also speak at
Luther's ohurch, Morgan town
ship, Sunday afternoon, May 24th
at 2 o'clock.
Believes in Prohibition.
China Groye, N. C, Apr. 30, 1908
Yesterday I received two com
munications from the League. In
reply to No. 1, let me say I am
not in charge of any congregation.
It was merely incidental that I
introduced Mr. Price at a speak
ing at a school-house near my
home, when I took occasion to re
quest friends and neighbors to
vote for prohibition next month.
I have taken little active part in
the present temperance work sim
ply because I have had no occasion
to do so in my present retired life.
Several weekB ago I heartily com
mended my pastor for preaching
a sermon in which he urged people
to vote for the prohibition meas
ure. All during my active minis
try I took a bold positive stand
for temperance, and upon occa
sion, for prohibition. Being now
in private life, aud not being call
ed upon for special advocacy of
the cause, I have not felt it a
duty to put myself forward in the
work. But you can rest assured
that the cause has my hearty
sympathy and also such support
as I am in position to give.
In reply to your communication
No. 2. I want to say: First, If
your request for a letter for publi
cation is based on a supposition
that l am actively engaged as
pastor, thiB you. see is a mistake.
Scrnd, If you desire such letters
from me any way please let me
know and you shall have it.
You are at liberty to use this
letter any way you deem fit.
am sorry a talse report has been
in ciruuiuuuu as to my stand in
the matter. I knew nothing o:
such report till you informed me
I cannot imagine how. it go'
started. Yours sincerely,
B. S. BROWN.
It Reached the Spot.
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mi. Hi. numpnrey, wno owns a
large general store at Omega, O.
and is president of the Adams
uounty leiepnone uo., as well as
the Home Telephone Co,, of Pike
CDunty.vO., says of Dr. King's
New Discovery: "It saved my life
once. At least I think it did. It
seemed to reach the spot- the
very seat of my cough, when
everything else failed." Dr.
King's New Discovery not only
reaches the cough spot; it heals
the sore, spots and the weak spots
in throat1, lungs and chest. Sold
under guarantee at all drug stores.
50o and $1,00. Trial bottles free.
POSITION OF EPISCOPALIANS ON LIQUOR.
Bishop Robert Strange Comes Out Strongly for State Prohibi
tion After Weeks of Thought and Prayer.
THE BISHOP DELIVERS AK ADDRESS.
Wilmington, N. C, May 11.
Bishop Robert Strange, of the
Eastern Carolina Diocese, last
night to an audience of men only
in St, James Episcopal church, de
livering an intensely pjactical,elo
quent addres3 upon tha subject of
temperance with a special applica
tion to the moral issue presented
in the State prohibition campaign.
The Bishop came out strongly
in favor of prohibition, prefacing
his remarks with the statement
that for some time he was inclin
ed the other way, but after some
weeks of thought and prayer, he
had come to the conclusion that
thepreeent bill, even withits imper
fections, provided a relief that was
ominentlypreferable to the presemt
order of things, stating that a de
feat of the bill would mean con
ditions ten times worse than they
are at present. He based his po
sition solely on Biblical grounds
and eloquently appealed to the
Christian manhood of the coun
try to support prohibition at the
polls. He counseled temperance
first in all things and then took
up the influence of intoxicating
drinks, exhorting the men before
him first to be temperate them
selves and to remove the temp
tation from those less fortunate
than themselves. .
The 1-irger part of his address
was devoted to answering six ob
jections to the adoption of prohi
bition, however, giving those of a
contrary opinion credit for the
courage of their convictions and,
counselingothers'in favor of pro
hibition to demean themselves
accordingly. That the adoption
of prohibition would destroy the
revenue of the schools, he took up
first as the weakest argument
against the bill. He was curious
to know why this revenue from
iquor had not been turned into
the general fund and could not
understand why the proceeds from
the traffic, "blood money" as he
Rev. James Willson, of Gold Hill, Gives
If North Carolina can be taken
or prohibition and it can be -
then, why not Rowan county.
The whole State includes every
county. To capture the State is
to capture Rowan, and that in
cludes Salisbury The Gibralter
of rum in Rowan county and west
ern North Carolina. We want
a special victory in Salisbury and
Rowan county within the general
victory in the State. There is no
good reason why we should not
have it ; there ia every good rea
son why we should. Let us take
our heritage and enjoy our rights.
NOT A POLITICAL ISSUE.
The question may involve poli
tics, but it is not apolitical party
issue.. It is independent and out
side of party politics. The Demo
cratic and Kepubhcan parties
have been widely divergent in their
views and contentions, but both
of them stood for the liquor traf
fic. Now neif her one stands for
it. For once they are agreed and
are waging a common warefare
against it, and are working zeal
ously in concert for the ratifica
tion of the prohibition bill. Both
of them voted for the bill in the
Legislature, and now the leading
and influential men of both parties
are zeaiousiy campaigning tne
State for it.
NOT A DENOMINATIONAL ISSUE.
Nor is it a denominational issue
a question about which the
Christian denominations of the
State and County are divided and
opposing each other. Prohibition
is an economic, a civic, a moral
proposition upon which there is
characterized it, Bhould be turned
ta the education of little children.
Money should not be a considera
tion where a great moral issue is
involved. That the law was
sumptuary, he answered, by de
fining sumptuary laws as those
that prescribed the. cut of, one's
garments ah'd what he should eat
and not laws that prevented the
toleration of a condition that
worked an injury to others. Taking
up personal liberty, he said that
the only human species that en
joyed libsrty was the savage who
roamed the jungle; that wherever
civilization begun, there com
menced an abridgement of one's
liberty when it resulted in the
hurt of othprs. Answering the
question that prohibition doesn't
prohibit and declaring this the
one point with which, he con
tended longest in making up his
mind on the question, he said
that while prohibition doesn't
prohibit, it decreases and removes
the temptat'on from the young
who have not contracted the habit.
There would be blind tigers, ho
admited, but the evil would be
reduced ; especially was this true
of the negroes, "child race" as he
described them. The law prevent
ed the sale of liquor to a minor:
it should as well nrevent fcho Halo
to this child race, but this being I
impossible, prohibition offered
the next best thing.
The Bishop also referred to the
baneful influence of the saloon in
politics and expressed the belief
that the closing of the saloon
would result in a higher citizen
ship in that men would take an
f interest-in th.e,,aif airs of govern
ment and strive to see that the
law was enforced. The argument
that prohibition wouldn't
prohibit was a confession of weak
ness on a part of men who had re
sisted bravely the encroachment
of the crown at Moore's Creek and
by the men who had fought and
were crushed by overwhelming
odds at Fisher Special to News
not a dissenting denomination
and hardly a dissenting, minister.
There is unity of thought and ao-
tion, and all are working together
in harmony for its adoption as a
law cf the State. It is a right-
eom proposition, lookine to the
Hot f. irmanf. rf f.Vio truj n innnt.r
aud the state in every possible
, , . , ,
Txr o it onn a n n i -i rr on ar a i r art
and should be sustained
the people upon the high grounds
of economy and civilization, and
for the still higher humanitarian
and moral reasons which are in
controvertible. EVEBYBODY IS FOB IT.
Those who are for it are by far
more than those who are against
it. .Both of the political parties
are for it, all the churches are f r
it, the Masonic fraternity is for it,
the Odd Fellows and ali the other
fraternal orders are for it, th&
business men, the merchants a"n3
manufacturers (excepting the liq
nor manufacturers) are for it.
; muety-five percent of
I mjy meu 0f the Btate
are many) are for it, the In
surance Companies are for it, the
Railroad Companies are for- it,
the professional men, the doctors
and lawyers ( tnougn it may ma
terially effect the bread and meat
of the latter) are for it, the re
ligions press of the State is unan
imous for it, and all the secular
ne Yspapers of the State of any
note and influence with hardly an
exception are for it, and of the
pernaps nan dozen tnat oppose
it, I know of none that are active
ly opposing jit the town and city
(Continued on page S)
DIOCESE AGAINST SALE OF LIQUORS.
The 92nd annual convention of
the Diocese of North Carolina now
meeting in Raleigh declared for
prohibition. The Rev. E. A Os
born, of this city, introduced the
following resolution which was
, WhereSThe State of North
Carolina is about to decide a great
moral iesne by an appeal to the
popular voice of the citizens, and
believing that the Christian forces
of the Commonwtath Bhould
unite in eradicating all evil and
immoral influences wnich are
wrecking the lives and homeB of
"Therefore, be it resolved,
"That this, convention -is op
posed to the manufacture and
sale of alcoholic liquors within
the borders of the Diocese, save
for medical purposes' Char
lotte News, May 8th, '08.
THE CASE IN A NUTSHELL
You can't have general whiskey
selling without making drunkards.
You will admit that, won't you?
If a man votes, May 26th, "For
the Manufacture and Sale of In
toxicating Liquors, ".therefore he
votes to make drunkards that is
the effect and meaning and you
can't help it. You will admit
that, won't you? Well then
If you vote to make drunkards
some home mnst fnrnish boys to
be these drunkards.
point is -
Are you willing for that home
r.rv ha waiimV
ii you are, tnen you can con
sistently vote against prohibition ;
if not, we do not see how you can.
Certain it is that when King
Alcohol comes for new victims
it wonld be a fairer thing and
more natural thing for him to
turn to homes where votes were
cast to welcome him to the State ;
and most of his victims this next
generation will come from such
A vote to make drunkards and
then not to be able to add a pro
vision or amendment saying,
"Provided, however, that this
curse shall not fall on my own
Isn't it a serious responsibility?
We think it is, and we want you
to think about it seriously. Pro
T J V
Saloons WM) M
There are a few things in this
W0TltZh ollygoo1, orl Dearly
DA f hot axrarxr nnn arA nmnnn
tnat every man and woman
with a spark of appreciation of
the good can readily commend
them. There are many more
things that are badly mixed with
good aud evil, so that onr com
mendation 'or condemnation, in
strict justice, can be only in part.
Then there are some things in this
world which are wholly bad.
Probably chief among these is the
saloon, the most Lruitful source
, , . ,
! of misery, corruption and crime.
So withering and blighting are -
its effects that no reasonable jus
tification for its continued exis
tence can be named ; no good word
can be said for it It is Without
one Single Commendable or Re-
deeming Featube. An enlighten
ed public conscience is placing its
seal of condemnation upon it, and
a longsuffering people will, bury
it in a grave so deep that it can
iiever be resurrected. In view of
its unlawful outrages and its evil
fruits, the1 wonder is that we have
tolerated itso long. The coming
generation will be astonished at
our unfaithfulness in our guardian
ship of the highest interest of
the whole people, that we have al
lowed a few men to get rich at the
'Xpnnse of the prosperity and use
fulness and happiness of bo many
men, women and Helpless chil
dren, that we have been bo tardy
in 4,he abolition of this monster
At the close of one of Na
poleon's great battles he gave to
each surviving soldier a simple
medal with this inscription, "I
was there." Let every voting
lover of mankind in North Caro
lina be able to Bay in the coming
years, "I wa'a there on the 26th of
May and had a part in ridding
the State of this great enemy of
man and God,"
R. Df SHE R RILL,
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