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    THE FRANKLIN PRESS AND THfe ttlCHLANbS MACONIAN
THURSDAY, JULY 27. 1939
PAGE TWO
Thirty Thousand At Opening
Of Baptist World Congress
Baptists of the world last Sun
i : day afternoon joined those of
Georgia in a throng estimated at
,,inor than 30,000 in Ponce de Leon
Park, Atlanta, for the opening of
the sixth Baptist World Congress,
a great assemblage where the lead
ing purpose, as already manifest,
will be a devout affirmation of
. the principle of religious liberty
for men on earth.
' Massages of welcome and the
roll call of the nations followed
the call to order by Dr. George
W. Truett, president of the World
Baptist Alliance, alter a long Bap
tist parade through downtown At
lanta and an international cere
mony at l'eachtree street and
i'once de Leon ' avenue earlier in
the afternoon.
Thirteen persons were reported
overcome by heat and given treat
ment at the Ked Cross first-aid
station at the park.
The note of freedom was struck
at the outset when Dr. James
Henry Rushbrooke of London, Al
liance general secretary, read the
following message addressed by.
President Koosevclt to the con
gress through Dr. Louie D. New
ton, the Atlanta pastor who has
' had charge of the local arrange
ments:
President's Message
In these days when many of the
cherished, institutions of free gov
ernment are challenged it behooves
all who believe in democracy as: a
way of life to rally to the defense
of those principles which are fun
damental to our happiness as' a
' nation.
The freedom which we cherish
freedom of conscience, freedom of
the press, freedom of education
arid .freedom of assembly and
Which is our priceless heritage out
of the struggles of our forefath
trs, can be maintained and perpet
uated; only at the cost of eternal
vigilance.
The Sixth World Congress of
the Baptist World Alliance as
sembles at a momentous time in
world history. But it will, I am
sure, meet all issues with courage
' and with faith. 1 had occasion
sometime since to appeal to all
of our countrymen to foster the
spirit' of toleration. The members
' of the great Baptist communion
have a peculiar heritage of devo
tion to the principle of religious
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v noble tradition of Roger Williams
their place must ever be among
"4 those who uphold freedom of
, conscience.
I do not, therefore, hesitate to
reiterate to the Baptist World Al
liance the appeal to which I re
ferred: This is no time to make capital
out of religious disagreement, how
ever honest. It is a time', rather,
to make capital out of religious
undertaking. We who have faith
cannot afford to fall out among
ourselves. The very state of the
world is a summons to us to stand
together. For as I see it, the chief
religious issue is not between our
" various beliefs. It is between be
lief and unbelief. It is not your
specific faith or mine that is be
' ing called into question but all
faith. Religion in wide areas of
the earth is being confronted with
. irrehgion ; our faiths are bein
challenged. It is . because of that
threat that you and 1 must reach
across the lines between our
creeds, clasp hands, and make com
mon causa.
In extending hearty greetings
may I express the hope that your
, sessions, will be fruitful of wise
.counsels and that out of your de
liberations will come a firm re
isolve so to employ our- heritage of
.freedom that justice may be main
tained and extended among men
and nations.
.Very sincerely yours,'
Franklin I). Roosevelt.'
Lloyd-George Message
A letter from David Lloyd
George, former British Prime Min
ister, also was among those read
at the opening session. It said:
Please convey to the Sixth
. Baptist World Congress my heart-
jest fraternal greetings, and warm
est wishes for its success.
Throughout their long history
Baptists . have always filled the
front ranks of Evangelical Chris
tianity. They have been pioneers
of the .Gospel in the darkest parts
of earth, and uncompromising in
their zeal for the establishment of
their Master's Kingdom among
men and for the rights of the
citizens of that kingdom to the
freedom of the soul in thought and
devotion. Today, when that Gos
pel and that -kingdom are being
challenged by new and "barbaric
forms of paganism, the ' testimony
of the Baptists is more than ever
needed, to recall mankind to the
great spiritual verities, and to the
abiding value of the message of
peace on earth and goodwill
among men.' I trust that this
World Congress may prove an
inAnirarinn tint alnn tUrmn nf
our faith and order, but to all who
share our purpose to further the
rule of the Kingdom of Heaven
and the brotherhood of man.
D. Lloyd-George.
Groat Choir on Hand
A large choir was seated on the
'stand and sang hymns before and
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thousands of voice in the con-1
gregation. Also on the stand, be
side the Alliance officers were the
members of the executive commit
tee, which already has recom
mended in an advance meeting,
that the Congress place emphasis
upon a pronouncement for religious
freedom.
Dr. Truett, at the canopied
speakers' stand at the far end of
the field, struck his gavel prompt
ly at 2 p. m. after the singing of
hymns by a choir and the congre
gation and an opening prayer de
livered by the Rev. Griffith J.
Harris, of Cardiff, Wales.
On the speakers' stand were the
forty-four members of the execu
tive committee, ,who hailed from
the four corners of the earth.
Among these was Dr. Rushbrooke
of London, general secretary, who
is being mentioned as a likely
successor to Dr. Truett, the Amer
ican president, and Lieut, Gover
nor Albert Matthews, of Toronto.
Also present for the opening
session were Governor E, D, Riv
ers and Mayor William B. Harts
field. .-.
Addresses of welcome were de
livered at the afternoon session
bv Baptist leaders representing
different organizations of the de
nomination.
In his address, Vice-President
Wnrrlcfrnm , . declared that "no
Baptist World Congress has been
better oreoared than this Con-
press."
He said it was undoubtedly the
largest ever held and "should be
the most prosperous in every re-
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After oavine tribute to Dr,
Newton as the chief planner of
the gathering, he asserted we
have come to Georgia to learn the
secrets of Baptist progress."
At this point began the roll call
of the nations.
Roll-Call AppUuded
Enthusiastic applause resounded
during this roll call. A number 01
the messengers, representing Bap
tist communions in far parts of
the world, walked up on the
speakers' stand garbed in the na
tive costumes of their countries.
When Tanimola Ayorinde, of
Niegera in Africa, strode before the
great assembly clad in the loos
robes of his country, Dr. Rush
hrooke. aoolocized lest he trus-
oronounced so strange a name.
The audience cave a tremendous
ovation a few mintit.es later after
the Nigerian, in perfect, Engfish,
had expressed ithe greetings of a),
000,000 inhabitants and 20,000 Bap
tists of his land.
As; the rolj-calj continued there
came to the platform the Rev,
Benjamin Pradham for India and
the Rev. Wu Chi Chung from
China, whose message brought a
touching note to the congress.
"It was not easy for me to
come over here," he declared, "and
leave my loved ones behind me in
my war-torn country. But there is
one happy result of our suffering.
The war has packed our churches
for the preaching of the gospel.
The word of God has multiplied
and will continue to multiply."
Answering the roll call for
Burma, San Po Thin, ' a noted
Baptist leader there, expressed
praise for the southern hospitality
which he has found in Atlanta
and Georgia and also for the
"Burma sunshine here which
makes me feel even more at
home,''
Speaking for the Northern Bap
tist Church of the United Sfates.
Dr. E. A. Fridell, newly elected
president, exhorted the 12,000,000
Baptists of the world to take
steps to halt the advance of total
itarianism in various sections of
the world. The distinguished
churchman also urged the Baptists
to explain their work for the un
derprivileged masses. -
Need For Workers
Pointing to the rapidly expand
ing work in Haiti and Nicaragua,
Dr. C. S. Detweiler said there is
an urgent, need there for more
trained workers to spread the gos
pel, asserting that at present there
are only eight ministers- for 22
churches.
Others answering the afternoon
call included Dr. H. H. Bingham,
representing Canada; Rev. Santi
ago Canclini, Argentina; Dr. Djal-
ma Cunha, Brazil; Rev. Honorio
Espinoza, Chile ; Dr. F. W. Simo
leit, Camerons (by .letter) ; Martin
Caribbean War Chief
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In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Brlf.
Gen, Edmund L, Paley steps from
the amphibian plane provided him
by the war department to cover Ma
vast Insular territory, Daley Is com
manding officer of the recently cre
ated department of the Caribbean,
which includes Puerto Rico, the Vir
gin Island! and all Intervening keya.
S, Engall, Congo; Rev. Benjamin
Pradham, Inda, and Manchuria
by proxy.
Dr. L. K. Williams, Negro pas
tor, of Chicago, and president of
the National Baptist Convention,
exhorted the gathering to a - re-
dedication of spiritual life.
"The preparation for a world
wide evangelistic crusade by Bap
tists," he declared, "for the reign
of truth versus error and the over
throw of injustice, oppression and
every form of tyranny and sin in
the world must begin here, in and
with u."
Another welcome was brought
by Dr7 G, L. Prince, president of
the National Baptist Convention
of America, who urged the Con
gress to seek a cure for the
world's unrest by restating and
clarifying the Baptist principles
which have stood for centuries
and make for unity and brother
hood." v
"Our anticipationi," he contin
ued "are that you will bring to
bear the full impact of your
Christain influence for freedom of
the soul and personal liberty and
against all kinds of religious per
secution."
Governor and .Senator
Governor Rivers termed the
Congress a striking manifestation
of "the hope for a revival of re
ligion and morality that has been
so sorely needed in these tunes.
Senator Walter F. George told
the congregation that the citizens
of "Atlanta are representative of
Americans, whose tolerance is
based on the high concepts of re
ligious friendship. The circle of
every man's love .of tolerance is'
measured by the radius of his in
telligence. Messages From Foreign Lands
A message that was a prayer
hushed the huge throng when Dr.
H. Prochazka, of Czechoslovakia,
described the plight of his people
at the night session.
"I come from the land which
was, is not and yet shall be," he
declared.
A year ago Czechoslovakia was
an island of peace in Central Eu
rope. Since then it has passed
through thunderstorms and chang
ing scenes. Yet in all the happen
ings that have taken place, my
people have had in their hearts
the prayer of the servants Of God.
Applause greeted the message
brought by Prof, Oswald Turn,
from Estonia, who declared that
in the twenty-year history of his
country no person there has been
imprisoned or persecuted for his
religious convictions.
"My country is in that area of
Central Europe where barbedwire
barriers are common," he said. In
these times of hatred our Baptists
have proved to be a people of good
will and understanding.
The German minister said there
are 300 preachers and 80,000 Bap
tists in his country who send their
greetings to the Baptist World Al
liance which met in Berlin five
years ago. Germany, he addea,
would be pleased to have another
Baptist World Alliance in Berlin at
any time.
rrom Italvan Baptists came a
plea for sympathy through the
Rev. Manfredi Bonchi.
Explaining that in Italy there
are altogether 5,000 Baptist and
50,000 Protestants in a population
of 45,000,000, he termed his coun
try one of the .most neglected mis
sionary fields of the world.'
Soviet Situation
"The hammer does reach those
on tins earth who dare love tne
heavenly Ruler," declared the Rev.
L. V. Nebrash, representative from
Soviet Russia.
"For some thirty-five years no
united meetings of any kind have
been permitted in Russia. Our
greetings to' this Congress can
come only from individuals. Our
churches re closed, we can meet
only in secret services at the risk
of our property and sometimes of
our lives.
"Does religion still exist in Rus
sia or has it been exterminated?
It has not been exterminated, and
it will not be, for Christians do not
live by their own strength alone,
but by the grace given from above.
The spiritual hunger of the masses
in Russia is about ten times strong,
er today than it ever was before.'
At the conclusion of the roll call,
several spirituals were sung by the
combined Negro choirs of Atlanta,
and the Saturday night session end
ed with the benediction pronounced
by Dr. C. J. Tinsley, of Australia.
were : Mr. and Mrs. R, A. Hull, Mr.
and Mrs. Bill Henson, Mr. and Mrs.
Everett Henson, Mrs. Charlie Led
ford, Mrs; Harley Reynolds, Misses
Edith Cunningham, Sallie and Ber
tie ' Ledford, Geneva and Janice
Reynolds, J. L. Reynolds and Jun
ior Henson, . .
Miss Lou Emma Hames, of
Clarkesville, Ga., visited her aunt,
Mrs. Henson and Mr. Henson,
during the past week.
As house guests last week-end
Mrs. Ada Hyatt had her daugh
ters, Mrs. C. M. West, of West's
Mill; Mrs. Don Davis, Sylva, and
Mr. West and Mr. Davis.
Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Carter and
family, of South ' Carolina, visited
her sisters here last week-end.
Miss Connie Bradley, of High
lands, visited her mother, Mrs.
Betty Bradley, over Sunday.
Miss Elsie Rae Curtis, of Dil
lard, Ga., Visited her parents, Mr.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Curtis,
last week-end.
Mrs. Cora Ledford, of South
Carolina, will be visiting friends
and relatives here for some time.
,Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jamison and
daughter, Carlene, came over from
Glenville Sunday to attend the
funeral of Mr. W. E. Mozeley,
at Otto.
Miss Hopkins, of Franklin, has
been spending several days with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Hopkins.
Mrs. Andy Setser and Mr. and
Mrs. Bill Waldroop, of Cartoo
gechaye, visited Mrs. Tom Mc
Donald Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Cunning
ham and H. W. Rogers, of Frank
lin Route 2, visited at the home
of Mr. Rogers sister, Mrs. Ed
Bradley, Sunday. '
Travel Figures
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This pretty Atlantic City miss
poses on a road sign which Indi
cates the distance from the famed
resort to all the major cities of the
world. No one has checked the dis
tances by speedometer readings.
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SUGGESTION
Secretary of Agriculture Henry
Wallace has suggested to Con
gress that it might be well to ex
tend federal crop insurance to
cotton because of the large num
ber of hazards faced in growing
the crop.
PROGRESS
Owners of both dairy and beef
cattle in practically all states are
making substantial progress in
practically all states are making
substantial progress in eridicating
Bang's disease from their herds.
with North Carolina well to the
front in this effort.
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