Evening public ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, January 13, 1915, Night Extra, Page 6, Image 6
& EVENING LBDGBE-PHILADBLPHIA. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1015, .,,i. i., wi.i.wi fcrfi- "BILLY" SUNDAY'S SERMONS ' P''lilWiit L ' -flLr fc ' V17 I I I lSr A U ' I tf-.. wu, A 1 , Today's Sermon THE MORAI. LEPER Tt! IX Kings v, 1. "But he was n leper," "I-thave sometimes triad to Imagine mi elf tn Damascus on review day nnd have seen' a man tiding on a horse richly ca parisoned with trapplngB of gold and sil ver, and ho himself clothed In garments of the finest fabrics and tho most costly, but with a faco so sad and melancholy that It would causo the beholder to turn and look a, second and third time. And s mkn unaccustomed to such scenes might have been hoard to make a remark like this; 'How unequally Ood seems to dl Tlde his fovors! There Is a man who Tides and others wnlk; he Is clothed in costly garments; they are almost naked while- ho Is well fed," and they contrast tho dlfferenca between tho man on the horse and tho others. If wo only knew the, breaking hearts of tho people we ertvjjf wo would pity them from the bot tom' of our souls. "Ii was being drlverv. tryouh a suburb of Chicago by a real -estate mnrrwho wanted to sell mo a lot. lie was telling mo who lived here and who lived thero, and what nn honor It would bo for mo and my children to possess a' homo there. Wo woro driving past a home that must havo cost JIOO.OOO and he said: 'That honsd la owned by Mr. So-and-So, lie Is one of our multl-mllllonalrcs, and he and his wife have been known to live' In that house for months and never speak to c'uch other. They each have separate apart ments, eaqh Jias a separate rotlnno of servants, each- a dining: room nnd Bleep ing apartments, nnd months como and go by and they never speak' to one nn other.' My thoughts hurried back to tho little flat In Chicago that we called our home and. wjiero wo had lived for 17 years. I had paid, rent enough to pay for It. There wasn't lnuch In It; I could load It In two furniture vans, maybo three, counting tho piano, but I would not trade tho happiness and the Joy and tho love of that little flat for that palatial homo nnd the sorrow and the things that went with 11. "As you are driving along the street and a man who was Intimately acquainted with the skeletons that are In every fam ily should tell you tho secrets of them all, of that boy who has broken his father's heart by being a drunkard, a peg-Jeg gambler, and that girl who. has gone astray, and that wife who Is a common drunkard, made so by society, and the father1 himself, who was also a tinner, "- IEPHOSY AND SIN " JBut ho -toyi in leper.' That disease, peculiar to the Orient, Is exceedingly lomnaome, ana ns x study Its pathology I am not surprised that Ood used It qs a type of sin. A. man who Is able to understand this disease. Its beginning and Its progress, might be approached by a man who was thus afflicted and might say to him, 'Hurryl Hurry! Show your self to the priest for the cleansing of the Moeatc law,' Vhy,' says the man thus nddressed, ,'what Is the -trouble?" The other ma'n would sa'y, 'Do you. see the spot on your hand? Hurry and show yourself to the priest' But the man says, "That Is only a fester, only a water blis ter; only a pimple, nothing more. There Is no occasion to be alarmed. You are unduly agitated and excited for my wel fare,.' Those sores are only few now, but It spreads and It Is first upon the hand. then upon the arm and from the arm It Bqes- on until It lays hold of every nervo, nrtery, vein, with Its slimy coll, and con tinues until the rotten disintegration of tho parts takes place and they drop oft, and then It Is too late. But the man who was concerned saw the beginning of that not only the end, but the beginning. Ho iuukeu yonaer ana saw the end, too. "That Is. tlie reason why you hurry When you-ff-oefoViaence of the disease. So I say to you, young rnan, don't you Era yith that Godless, good-for-nothing Hang, that-j blaspheme and sneer at.ro llglota, tha$ bunch of character assassins; they will make of your body a doormat to wipe their feet upon. Don't go with that; bunch; I heard you swear. I heard yqu sneer at religion,; stop, or yoir'wIH become a staggering., muttering, bleary eyed, foul-mouthed down and outer, on your WBy tolielh, leay. to you., atop! or yon will go reeling down to hell, break ing your -wife's .heart and wrecking your children's lives. And what have you got to show for It? What havo you got to ahow for It? Ood pity you for all you got to show for selling your sopl to the devil. You are a fool. Tou are a, fool. Take It front. BUI, you are a fool. A WARNING- d THE YOUNG "Dpn't you go, my. bpyr don't you laugh at that smutty story vrltH a double mean ins, Don't. trp-.wit that gang,But you say to me. lit Sunday, you are Unduly excited for rayTvelfare. I -know Vou snell liquor on my breath, but I never expect to become a drunkard. I nqver expect to become an outcast.' Well, .you are a fool! You are a foot No men ever Intended to become a druncard, Every drunkard started out to be simply a moderate drinker. The fellow that Wis me -that' lie can leave it alone when ha wants to lies. It is a lie. If you can, why don't you leave it alonoT You will never let it alone. If you cou'd, yoij wcmld. My boy, licar me. I have walked along tho shores at -llfco. and have seen them strewn with front the seas of lust and passion, and are f)t only for danger' signals to warn the coming race. You can't leave it alone, or if you can, the time w,l"l come when it will get yoij. Takje'ltfrom-me. "And I say to you, young girl, don't go with that Opdlcaa, Godforsaken, sneering young man that walks the streets smok ing cigarettes. He Would' not walk the etreeta with you If you smoked cigarettes. But you say you will marry him And reform him; be woud not marry you to reform you. Don't go to that dance. Don't you know that it Is the most damn able, low-down Institution on the face of Qo4'b earth, that It causes more ruin titan .anything this side of belt? Don't you go with that young man; don't you go to that dance. "BANpES SPEW JTROM HELL" "TJjat ts wby'we have so many whip poorKiU widows around the country; they Hjai-jted noma of these mutts to reform tHsoL a iid Instead of doing that the un dertake? f$ot them. X say, youpg- girl, iott'i go to that danoe. it has proven to is taw moral graveyard that caused more jc-ttfot-ttMi than aiuihi&S that win ever -naj out of th mouth of bell. Don't o wtt SJMU Mrk fl tor , tor rUW u.iJnh.r It a yotv Mttrta rldlnar nt midnight, t would knock him oft the fnco of the earth. I tell you, If automobiles nnd carriages could talk there would be something doing, "Qlrls, when tomo young fellow cornea up to you and neks you tho greatest tiues- tlon that you will ever bo asked or cnllod I upon to answer, next to tho salvation of your own soul, what will you say? 'Oh. this Is so sudden,' That Is alt n bturf; ' you have been waiting for It all tho time. SOME POINTED QUESTIONS "But, iglrls, never mind now, get down to facts. When he asks you that great est question, the most Important one tfiat any girl Is ever naked, next to the sal vation of her soul, Just say: 'Sit down and lot mo ask you three questions. I want to nsk you theso thrco questions nnd If I am satisfied with your answer It will detcrmlno my answer to your question. 'Did you bellovo me to be virtuous when you came hero to nsk mo to bo your wife?' 'Oh, yos. I belloved you to bo virtuous. That's the reason I enmo here. Violets dipped In dow would bo ns cow fodder compared to you.' The second question: 'Have you as a young man lived as you demand of mo ns a girl, that t should havo lived?' Tho third question: 'If I, as a girl, had lived and done as you, ns n young mnn, and yob know It, would you ask me to marryl you?' "They will line up nnd nlno times out of ten they will tako tho count. You can line them up nnd I know what I nm talk ing about nnd I defy nny man on God's earth to successfully contradict me. I havo the goods. Tho average young man Is moro particular about the company ho keeps than tho nverage girl, I'll tell you. If he meets somobody on tho street whom he doesn't want to meet ho will duck Into tho llrst open doorway and avoid the publicity of meeting her, for fear she might smile or glvo nn Indica tion that oho had seen him somewhere nnd sometime beforo that. Yet our so called best girls keep company with young men whoso character would mnko a black mnrk on a piece of nnthrnclte. Their characters are foul and rotten and damnable. I like to sec n girl who hns a good head chooso right because It Is right, never minding tho criticism. Chooso the good and be careful of her conduct, enreful of good company nnd keep com pany with n good young fellow. Don't go with tho fellow whose reputntlon Is bnd. Everybody knows It Is bad, and If you arc seon with him you will lose your reputation as well, although your virtue Is Intact, and they might ns well tako you out to the graveyard and bury you when your repu tation Is gone. If a man like that asks you to go with him, Bay to him that If ho will llvo tho way you want him to you will Ko with him. If you would take a Btand like that thero wouldn't be so many wrecks. If our women and girls would take higher stnnds and say, 'No, no, we will not keep company with you unless you live the way I want you to,' there would be hotter men. A lot of young women hold yourselves too cheaply. You afe scared to death for fear you will bo what the world ir reverently calls "an old mnld." A CASE IN ILLUSTRATION "Henry Clay Trumbull told me years ago when he was In Europe nnd In Lon don he went to a theatro to see a man who was going to give an exhibition of wild animals nnd serpents. He had a Royal Bengal tiger and a Numldlan Hon, and Introduced a beast that seems to be least capable of being tamed, either by kindness or brutality, a black panther. Ho made him go through the various motions, nnd after a while a wire screen was put down In front of the stage be tween the. .audience and the performer, and to the weird strains of an Oriental band the man approached from the right with a boa constrictor 35 feet long. Tho eyes of the serpent and the eyes of tho man met and the serpent qunlled beforo the man. Man was master there. At his command the serpent went through vari ous contortions and tho man stepped to tho front of tho stage and the serpent wound himself round nnd round and round the man until tho man and ser pent seemed as one. Its tonguo shot out. Its eyes dilated. The man gave a call, but the audlenco thought that part of the performance, and- that horritled audience sat there and heard bone after bono In that man's body crack and break as tho reptile tightened Its grasp Upon his body, and saw his body crushed before he could bo saved. KIELED BY HIS PET "He had bought that snake when It was only four feet long, and he had watched and nursed It until It was 35 feet. At first he could have killed it; at last it Killed mm. "Are you nursing a habit today? Is It drink? Are you nursing and feeding that which will wreck your life and wreck you upon the shoreti of passion, notwith standing all the wrecks you have seen of those who havo gone down the line? "I never got such a good Idea of leprosy as I did by reading that wonderful book of the I9th century by General Lew Wnl lace, 'Ben Hur." Lew Wallace and Bob Ingersoll were Infidels. One day tho lat ter suggested that the former show up Christianity, but, os he road and studied upon material for his book, he saw the light and became r Christian. "You remember the banishment of Ben Hur and the disintegration of the family life and estate, and the return of Ben Hur from his exllo. He goes past his old homo. The blinds are closed and drawn and all Is deserted, He lays down upon the doorstep and falls asleep, His mother and sister have been In the leper colony and are dying of leprosy and only waiting the time when they will bo cov ered with the rotten remains of others who have come there. So they have come to the city to get bread and frecure water, nnd they see their son and brother lying on the doorstep of their old home. They uma uui onantu mm jor rear that an guish nt learning of their fate would be more than he could bear. They dare not touch him because It Is against th law so they creep close to him and put their leprous lps against his sandal-covered feet They then went back again with the bread and water for which they had come. DEN-HUR'S AWAKENING "Presently Ben-Hur awakens arid rubs his eyes and sees great excitement. (This part of the story is mine.) Along comes a blear-eyed old whisky-soaked degenerate and Ben-Hur asks him what is the trou ble. What Is the excitement about, and he says, 'A couple of lepers havo been cleansed, but there is nothing to that, Just some occult power; it's all a fake.' Ben Hur goes further on and hears about this wonder, and they say it is nothing, some long-haired evangelist who, says his name i Jesus Christ; it's all a fake. Then Ben-Hur goes farther and discovers that it Is Jesus of Nazareth and that he has cleansed hi own mother and sister. He hears the sjpry and acknowledges the Naxarene as Til own. "The lepers had to cry 'Unclean I Un clean f in those days to warn the people, The were compelled to do that; also, they were compelled by law to go on the side of the street toward which the wind was blowing-, lest the breeze send the germs of their body to the clean, and Infect them with the duMase. And the victim of this dUeasa was compelled to live In a lonely part of the city, waiting until his teeth began to drop out, his eye to drop from IJwir scektta, aa4 bis Sagsrn to drop f rat M !wii4 , than was oosopelled by law to out late the twite, dying amass; Uw dead, thero to llvo until at last ho was gathered to the rotten remains of the dead, That was the law that governed lepers In those "days, All othcrB shrunk from him: ho went forth alone. Alone I No man of all ho loved or know was with him i he went forth his way alone, sick at heart, (o die alono. SIN IS INFECTIOUS "I'll bet my llfo against a slug cent that thero Is many a man here bound In the chains of vco. "Leprosy Is an In'ectlous disease llko typhoid fever, smallpox or diphtheria, nnd goes through a community llko nn cpl domlo; when one leper comes In contact with tho clean, ho becomes Infected. And so It Is with sin. Bin begins In so-cnlled Innocent flirtation. The old, God-forsaken scoundrel of a libertine, who looks upon every woman ns legltlmnto prey for his lust, will contnmlnnto n community ; ono drunkard staggering and maundering nnd muttering his way down to perdition will dcbniich n town. "You don't llvo your life alone. Your llfo affects others. Some girls will walk tho streetH nnd pick up ovcry Tom, Dick nnd Harry that will come across with tho price of nn Ico cream Boda or a Joy ride. "So with tho boy. Ho will sit at your tablo and drink beer, nnd I want to tell you If you nro low down enough to sorvo beer nnd wlno In your home, when you servo It you are as low down as tho saloonkeeper, nnd 1 don't care whether you do It for society or for nnythlng else. If you servo liquor or drink you nro ns low down ns the saloonkeeper In nn opinion. So tho boy who had not grit enough to turn down his glass nt the banquet .and refuse to '"rink Is now a blcnr-oyed, staggering, ormln-covcred drunkard, roollng to hell. Ho couldn't stnntl the sneers of the crowd; many a fellow Btnrted out to play cards for beans and tonight ho would stnko his soul for a show-down. The hole in tho gambling tnblo la not very big; It Is nbout. big enough to shove a dollar through, but It Is big enough to nhovc your wife through; big enough to shovo your hap piness through; your homo through; your salary, your character; Just big- enough to shove everything that is dear to you In this world through tho llttlo solid top of the tnblo. TWO KINDS OP LEPROSY "Listen to mo. Bad ns It Is to he nf fllcted with physical leprosy, moral lop rosy Is 10,000 times worse. I don't care if you are the richest man In tho town, tho biggest taxpaor In Philadelphia Ccitnty, the biggest politician in the con gressional district or In tho State. I don't care a rap if you carry tho political vote, and If you can chnnge tho vote from Democratic to Republican In tho conven tionIf after your worldly career Is closed my text would mako you a fitting epitaph for your tombstone and obituary notice in tho papors, then what differ ence would It make what you had done 'Ho was a leper.' Ho was a great politician hut 'lie wns a leper.' What dlffcronco would It mako? "I'll tell you I wns never more Inter ested in my llfo than In rending the story of nn old Confederate colonel who wns a stickler for martini discipline. Ono day he had a trifling case of insubordination. Ho ordered his men to halt, and ho had the offender shot. They dug the grave nnd ho gave the command to march, and they had stopped Just thrco minutes by tho clock. At the close of tho war they made him chief of police of a Southern city, nnd he wus bo vilo and corruptible that tho people arose and ordered his dismis sal. Then a great earthqunko swept over the city and the people rushed from their homes nnd thousands of people crowded tho streots nnd thero was great excite ment. WHEN "AUTHORITY" EAILED "Some nskod, 'Whore Is the colonel?' nnd they said, 'You will find him In orie nf two or three places.' So they searched and found him in a den of Infamy. He was bo drunk that he didn't realize the danger he was In. They led him out, then put him on a snow white horso, put his spurs on his boots and his reglmontals on; tho mayor pinned n star on his bienst and put n cockndo on his hat nnd said to him: 'Colonel, I command you as Mayor of tho city to quell the riot. You have supremo authority.' "Ho rode out among the people to quell them, spurring the white sldo of tho horse until the crimson flowed out, nnd ho rode In nnd out among the surging muss of humanity. "He rode out among tho people with n command hero, torrents of obscenity there nnd In 25 minutes stillness of death reigned in City Square, so greatly did they fear him, so wonderful his power over men. He then rode out. dismounted, took oft his cockade, tore the star from his breast and throw It down, throw off his reglmentnls, took off his sword, then ho staggered back to tne home or in famy, where three months later he died, away from his wife, away from virtue, away from morality, his name synonym ous with nil that Is vile. What difference did It mnke that he had power over men when you might sum up his life In my text 'But he was a leper.' What differ ence did It make? "I pity the boy or girl from the depth of my soul, who. If you ask, aro you willing to be n Christian, will answer: 'Mr. Sunday, I would llko to be, but if I tell that at home my father will abuse me. my mother will sneor at mo: my father would curse me, my mother would sneer at me. If I were I would have no encouragement to stand and fight the battle.' I pity from the depths of my soul that boy or that girl, tho boy who has a father like that; the girl that has a mother like that. With a woman like that In a home a stepmother would be a Godsend If she had religion. THE UNCLEAN LIFE "Uncleanl Suppose every young man In Philadelphia who Is a moral leper was Im pelled and compelled by some uncontroll able Impulse over which he had no power to make publlo revelations of his slnaj Down the street he comes in his auto And you speak to him from the curbstono and he will say; 'Unclean I unclean.' Yonder he comes walking down the street. Suppose that to every men and woman he meets he is Impelled and compelled to make publlo revelations of the fact that he is a leper. Suppose every young woman is Impelled and compelled to make publlo revelations of the fact that she Is jiving a life of sin. Somebody else pays for her clothes and her board. "Suppose that some young man who Uvea a good life calls upon her and rings the doorbell and she pomes down and rays: 'Unclean! Uncleanl Keep away; do not come near lest you be contami nated.' There are lots of moral lepers that are apparently clean. Oh, yes! They ltve in the best homes and lots of so called best girls receive them and keep company with them. They open the dour to the moral leper and he comes and sits With your daughter, and many of you know that they are moral lepers. And many a fool girl will marry a biped like that "These are the things we are up against nowadays that so-called "Modesty. "Leprosy is an infectious disease; it is tho germ of Bin. If there is evil In you the evil will dwell In others. When we do wrong wt Inspire others and your Uvea scatter disease when you oome In contact with others. If there is sin In the fpther, there will be sin in the boy; If there ia sin In the mother, there will b eta In the daughter; If there Id ln In me eteter, tnt will pe ln in the U- W, by yew laHueace yu win & it. ' lf you llvo tho wrong way you will drng Homebody elso to perdition with you as you go, and kindred ties will facilitate It. STREET FLIRTATIONS "Supposing all your hearts were open. Supposing wo had glass doors ta our hearts, and wo could walk down tho street nnd look In nnd soo whero you havo been nnd with whom you havo been nnd what you hnve been doing. A great many of you would want stained glass nnd heavy tapestry to cover thorn, "Supposo I could put a. screen behind me, pull n string or push a button and produce on thnt screen a view of tho hearts of the people. I would Bay, 'Here Is Mr. and Mrs. A.'s llfo as It Is, and hero as tho people think It Is. Hero Is what ho really Is, Hero Is where ho has been. Hero Is how much boozo he drinks. Hero Is how much ho lost last year, nt horso laces.' But these aro tho things that so cloty does not tako note of. Socloty tnkes no nolo of flirtation on the street. It wnltB until tho girl has lost her virtue, nnd thon slnms tho door In her fnco. It takes no note of that young man drinking at a banquet tnble; It waits until no De comes n blenry-oyed drunkard, and then It will slam the door In his face. It takes no noto of card-playing for some dinky little cream pitcher or a pair of silk hose; It waits until you become a gambler, nnd then It slams the door In your face. God says, 'Look out In tho beginning for that tiling.' Society takes no note of tho be ginning. It waits until It becomes vice, nnd then it organizes civic righteousness clubs. Get back to tho beginning nnd do your work there. God plnnned to save thlB world through tho prenchlng of men and women, and God reaches down to savo men; Ho pulls them out of tho grog shops nnd puts them on tho water wagon. NAAMAN AND THE PROPHET "The servant of Nnnman entered the hut of tho Prophot Ellsha and found him sitting on n high stool writing with a quill on papyrus. Tho servant bowed low and said, 'Tho great and mighty Nnaman, cnptaln of the hosts of the King of Syria, awaits thee. Unfortunately he 1b a leper nnd cannot enter your august presence. Ho has heard of the miraculous cureB that you havo wrought and ho hopes to become tho recipient of your power." The old prophet of God toils him: " 'Tell him to dip Beven times In the Jordan beat It. beat It.' The servant enmo out to Nanman, who was sitting on his horso. " 'Well, Is he nt home?' " 'He's nt homo, but he's a queer duck.' "Naoman thought that Ellsha would como out nnd pat the sores and say in cantations, llko nn Imllan medicine man, nnd say, 'Mnttor Is nonexistent; It Is nn Illusion of your mind, my dear fellow. Why didn't you phono me from Damas cus and I would havo glvenVyou absent treatment.' Poor old cubs sitting away 'matter nonexistent you JUBt Imagine you have lonrosv." "Naaman was wroth, llko many feel today. God reveals to tho sinner tho plan of Balvatlon and Instead of thank ing God for salvation nnd doing what God wants thorn to do, thoy damn God and everybody elso for bothering them. THE SINS OF SOCIETY "Some men ought to bo hurled out of society; they ought to bo kicked out of churches and out of politics, and every other place where decent men live or as sociate. And I want to lift tho burden tonight from the heads of the unoffending womanhood and hurl It on the heads of offending manhood. Society needs a now division of anathemas. You hurl tho burden on the head of tho girl, and the double-dyed, licentious scroundrel that caused her ruin is received In society with open arms, while the girl Is left to hang her head and spend her life In shame Some men nro so rotten and vile that thoy ought to be Infected nnd tako n bath In carbolic acid and formaldehyde. Shut the lodge door In the face of every man you know to bo a moral leper; don't let him hldo behind his uniform and his badge when you know him to bo bo rotten that the devil Would duok up an alloy rather than, moet him faco to faco. Kick him out of church. Kick him out of so ciety. "Here Is a man who wants to be a Christian. What will ho do? Will ho go ask some old saloonkeeper? Will ho go nsk some of theso old brewers? Will he ask some of the fellows of the town? Whore will he go? To tho preacher, of course. Ho Is the man to go to when you want to bo a Christian. Go to a doctor when you nre sick, to a blacksmith when your horse Is to bo shod, but go to- a preacher when you want your heart fixed, "So Naaman goes Into the muddy water and tho water begtnB to lubricate those old sores and It begins to Itch, and he says, 'Gee whiz,' llko many a young fellow today goes to church and Just gets religion enough to make him miser able. Like nn old fellow In Iowa came to me and sold: ' "Bill," I have been to hear you every night and you have done me a lot of good. I used to cuss my old woman every day, and I ain't cussed her for a week. I am getting a llttlo better.' "The trouble with many men Is that they have Just got enough religion to make them miserable. If there Is no Joy In religion, you have got a leak In your religion. Some haven't religion enough to pay their debts. Would that I might hnve a hook and for every debt that you left unpaid I might Jerk off a piece of clothing. If I did, some of you fellows would not have anything on but a cellu told collar and a pair of bocHs. ' RELIGION AND PRAYER "Some of ydu have not got religion enough to hnve a family prayer. Some of you people haven't got religion enough to take the beer bottles out of your cellar and throw them In the. nlley, The trouble wth you Is that you are so taken up with business, with politics, with making money, with your lodges, and each and every one Is so dependent bn the other inai. you are scareu to death to come out rfnd live clean forXGod Almighty, You have not fully surrendered yourself to Qod. "The matter wit a lot of you people Is that your religion Is not complete. You have not yielded yourself to God and gone out for God and God's truth. Why, I am almost afraid to make some folks laugh for fear that I will be ar rested for breaking a costly piece of antique bric-a-brac Ypu would think that f some people laufhed It would break their faces. To see some you would think that the essential of orthodox Christianity Is to have a face so long you could at oatmeal out of the end of a gas pipe. Bister, that Is not religion; I want to tell you that the happy, smil ing, sunny-faced religion will win more people to Jesus Christ than the miser able, pld, grim-faced kind will in 10 years. J pity any one that can't laugh. There must be something wrong with their re ligion or their liver. The devil can't laugh. God makts a little humor, as vldemwd by the fact that he made the monkey, the parrot, the donky-ind some of you people. The devil has dq tune except the spittoon, and I want to t)l you right now. If I were m women i wouia not clean their old sptt- toea -out for them if thsy nuuie a, hog trough out of It. If they wnnt It cleaned, lot them clean 11 themselves. "'Oh, laugh and the world laughs with you, Weep nnd you weep alone; TIs easy enough to bo plcasnnt , When life goes along with a song, But the man worth while Is the man who enn smile When everything goes dead wrong." "I wish to God tho Church wcro ns afraid of Imperfection as It is or per fection, THB FIRST CHAPTER "Naaman dipped hlmsolf soven times In the Jordan, 'and his flesh camo again like unto the flesh of a llttlo child, and ho was clean.' He offered Ellsha of tho storo of gold and other precious metals, but tho prophet would not tako nny of It. But Ochazl, servant to Ellsha, coveted tho goods, nnd ran nftcr Nnaman, say ing thnt Ellsha had changed his mind. Nnaman dumped a pile of It on tho ground, nnd mnrk this, the leprosy of Nnaman Infected Gehnzl. Ho was tho first grafter mentioned In tho Blblo. "I saw n woman thnt for 27 years had beon a madam, nnd I saw her como down tho aisle, close her doors, turn them out of her houso and llvo for God. I saw enough converted In ono town whoro there were four houses to close their doors; thoy woro empty; they had nil lied homo to their motljers. "Listen to me and I nm through. Out In Iowa a fellow came to mo and spread n napkin on tho platform n napkin as big ns n tablecloth. Ho said: 'I want a lot of shavings nnd sawdust.' 'What for?' 'I'll tell you. I want enough to rnnko a sofa pillow. Right here Is whoro I knelt down nnd wns converted, and my wlfo and four children, nnd my neigh bors. I would like to havo enough to make n sofa pillow to havo something In my homo to help mo think of God. "I don't wnnt to forget God, or that I was saved. Can you glvo mo onough?" I said: Yes, Indeed, nnd If you want enough to mnko a mattress, all right, toko It; and If you want enough of tho tent (I wns preaching In a tent then) to mako a pnlr of breeches for each of tho boys, why take your scissors and cut It right out If it will 'help you to keop your minti on God.' Thnt Is why I like to havo pooplo como down to tho front nnd publicly ac knowledge God. I llko to havo a man havo a definite experience In religion. Something to remember. CONFOUNDING THE DEVIL "I onco read of a wreachor who used to quarrel with his wife. Thnt was before ho became a preacher; no ono can qunrrol with his wife nfter he becomes a preacher. Abo and his wlfo used to flght becnuso Abo was an Eplscopallnn nnd his wlfo was a Methodist. Abo Bald to his wife: 'See here, all they do down nt your church la rend tho prayers.' Abe's wife snld: 'It Isn't tho church. It's tho llfo we lead.' And tho dovll said to Abe: 'Vou run this ranch; glvo her a blowing up; let her understand who runs this thing.' But tho Lord said: 'Abe, you nre a preacher nnd your wlfo has more re ligion In her llttlo finger than you havo In your old carcass. You are a preacher. Be a man.' So ho went out to tho nsh hopper. Did you ever bco one of those ash-hoppers? It Is a thing you build with four sides, small at tho bottom and with an angle of 45 dogrees, and you will fill It with hickory ashes and pour water on tho ashes, and tho water percolates through the ashes and makes lye, and they mako sonp out of It, A lot of folks can make 'He' without ashes or soap. They used to make that kind of soap when I was a boy. So Abo wont behind the old nsh-hopper nnd said: 'Eliza, for give me, You havo moro religion In your llttlo finger than I have In my whole body.' Ho .went back to tho house and threw his arms around tho old woman and kUsed her. And when the dovll comes around to Abe ho says: 'Ash-hopper; ash-hopper! ash-hopper! On my knees behind the ash-hopper I fought the battle and bent the devil.' " Last Night's Sermon THERE follows the text of tho formal, prepared sermon delivered last night by Mr, Sunday. The evangelist did not adhere to his sermon. Deviations and they are many, plcturesquo and charac teristically forceful aro to be found In the general account of what took place yesterday at tho tabernacle. Text: 2d Timothy, 2-15. "We seem to be living In a new ora. A great political, moral, social, economical ora. Whether wo have been separated or combined In our advancement I am not going to discuss In detail, but I think It behooves tho church of God not to forget that we are facing the powers of dark ness and opposition as never In the his tory of Christianity. "There never has been a time when the people were moro self-satisfied, self-complacent, self centered, than they are to day. Some Imagine God Almighty will condone what evil thoy do. So many people In their own minds are climbing to heaven because of their deeds of phllan throphy, but when the end comes and Al mighty God strikes a balance on the books of record. He will cut square. Some people think that a man who lives a fairly good life, goes to church, Is true to his marriage vows, will stand Just as good a show of going to heaven as the man who has been on the firing line for virtue and home and native lojid and has been bullet meat and has worked and fought against the stoical Indifference of the people of today. They convey the Impression today that no man will ulti mately reach hell. I don't believe you can remember when you heard a sermon on hell. Well, ybu'll hear about hell while I am here. God Almighty put hell In the Bible and any preacher that side steps It because there are people sitting in mo yjn iriiu uun i use it, ought to get out of the pulpit. He Is simply trim ming his sails to catch a passing breeze of popularity. If you do that you .are a cipher. We stamp on our coins 'In God We Trust.' Hot air. aOSPEL STILL UP-TO-DATE. "Let's get back to Christ, back to Pen tecost, back to the Apostolic beliefs, baok to the beliefs of our own forefathers, back to God's kingdom. God's got to como first and all other thing can trail. The trouble 1 that you've got a lot of fool preachers who are breaking their necks to please ypu society dames. The most up-Jo-date thing on earth is the gospel of Jesus Christ "There's a lot of preaphor on earth who con prtaoh the gospel belter than I, but there's not one living who can preach a better gospel than 'Bin.' Not long ago jay mother became very IIL I had her hurried to a hopitai in Chicago, got the best Burgeon money oould get to attend hex, hired a retlrulo of nureea ta see that he would want for aothlag. X saw to it that ma had every attention that woman could get on this earth nnd I told Uun to do everything In their power for hoi no matter what tho cost, for alio Is hi mother. Tho church of God, the churt Is my spiritual mother and I tould 1.1. down my llfo for hor this minute. "I bcllevo In bnsebnll. Why? Bocn'.r I know the gnme Is clean. I played it r eight years and I bellovo It Is tho square sport there Is today. It Is square been" It hasn't got Into tho hands of tho bine' leg gnmblers, Horo racing Is crool because the gamblers have got hold of ' CONGRESS OP RELIGIONS. "I think ono of tho blggCBt curses thnt over camo to America wns thq congress of religions held In Chicago during tho World's Fair. Thero woro thero Chris tian men sitting In with mutts llko Hin dus, followers of Korastors, Shtntlsm, Parsecs, Confucius they had their pa godas and Joss houses nnd temples nnd there woro sun worshipers In Chicago, who built a high wall around n llttlo Joint they built a houso with glass and went in thero to worship that the sun would ollmlnato sin. They were sun wor shipers. "A fellow camo to Chicago a few years ago nnd ho didn't havo clothes enough on him to make a pad for n crutch. And ho camo to spout out some heresy, fol-de-rol, tommyrot 'ho had an Instrument filled with a lot of needles, and he would Inject n concoction that would eliminate nil sin. Today ho Is rated at millions. "You know a man has printed a hook, ,nnd they buy It up so fast they can't turn It off tho press fast enough, In which ho ndvocntes thnt marrlago should not bo a llfo contract, but on tho Instalment plan, llko you buy furniture, "They see a girl that Is protty good look ing and they go up nnd say: 'Clssio, let's make up and try It for six months, and If wo llko onoanother at tho end of that tlmo tho snmo as wo do now, we will con tinue. If wo don't, we will split up dnd call It oft.' Thank God, that such an In famous, God-forsaken, hell-born doctrlno will nover exist as long as man preaches God s word and woman will hear It. "Now I have not onp word to say ngainst any man or woman who was born or has como across the seas. Wo all originally camo from ncross tho sen, and I will bo among the first to stand at Ellis iBland nnd extend tho hand of welcome to any man or woman .who wants to como hero and assimilate our ways nnd condi tions, and live beneath tho Stars and Stripes, but so help mo God, If I will yield to any class or clique and thero aro multitudes of them, a half million to a million every year Just .multitudes of them coming with Just enough monoy and materials enough to escape being paupers and criminals, and they settle here and become a carbundo on tho neck of the body politic. They turn our lden of the Sabbath Into tho Continental Idea, with their beer gardens and beer drink ing. They aro driving tho Blblo out of tho publlo schools and letting In their dirty licentious dances. Let them keep their hands off our schools. If they don't llko our way, let them stay out. "I am on American from tho top of my head to tho bottom of my feet, and I will not yield to nny man. Sixty-eight per cent, of tho criminals of tho United States como from foreign shores, or aro born of foreign parents. So you see that that has something to do with It. That Is not tho only thing; 50 years of negative preaching on tho part of a good 'many preachers has something to do with It, too. Tho liberalizing tendency has stunted Its growth and dried up Its foun tain head. This old world needs Jesus Christ as much today, hero, in the 20th century, as she ever needed Him. Sho always wlllnecd Him, nnd don't go away with tho Idea that a tlmo will over come when you will be Immune from tho need of this atoning blood of JcsU3 Christ to keep you out of hell. OLD STUFF; NEW NAME. "Thero Is nnother crowd tjiat gives us a fascinating mixture of ethical culture, higher criticism and now thought. Tho Bible says there is nothing new under tho sun; It Is tho samo old devil that In spires what you call now; It Is tho same old stuff, only it has a new name. "A Godless cowboy onco went to a brownstono church with a high-toned preacher I am a half-way house between the brownstone church and tho Salvation Army. They are both needed and so Is the half-way house. Well, this fellow went to one of these brownstono churches, I mm MM 3 LPra AWdve years Cadillacs were made about 2000 of them. They are still in service. How many other cars of half their age do you see in use to day? , The same principles which make for long life and depend ability are dominant charac teristics in the ElCrhr.rS1'r.rU,. ?& in lSvS yiSK.x jm. . . . WlJaaJac ot today. sPe Automobile .?;!&,. saiea corporation v.v u..v "(: Tea. ..,-," gufttj? to our llmlttd tpac at tht iutomotlii Show utith la aQc H cur M and nftcr the preacher had flnl.t,. !m cowboy thought ho had to go bd J compliment tho preacher, as ha Jf ' others doing, and so ho bhum.mj . ri tho aisle with his sombrero under his tm his breeches stuck In his boots, a bshJ,.3 handkerchief around his neck hl T and bowlo knlfo In his belt, and hauvi?I over and said: 'Hanged If I didn't flitil on ui juu luuutvB uul I'll leu yon T,; hero and listened to you for an hour i you monkoyed less with rollgion thn SH fellow I evor heard In mv lif " have taken twiv thn T.nri .-.. . "'i know where to find hrm. '. "A woman who was to lend a but,,' mcctlntr wns on hnr vn ''', perform tho task when her attention ! attracted by a display of headgear in .1 milliner's window. Sho stopped and ton?.' at this hat, that hat and the otherk,, carefully noting tho prices tagged on hW nnd admiring their beauty. BuddcnW SSI romemborcd tho prayer meeting SJ.J rushed to the plnco where It was 1I,M neia and, nil out of breath, took tk. platform. Hurriedlv nnmf,, . ..."', book, sho said: 'Now, let's sing No. ifnl? Hor mind wns not on that meeting Vniw nn vnnr Hf. ' "" "Down In New York city sometlmau, nt a big labor meeting, there were Jm men present, and thoy were dlscumi? conditions, when ono bis. hmM.,tJ: dorcd, deep-chested man got up, ut snld: I proposo thrco cheers for Jem, a Christ,' nnd tho very building Bhook wlti'S tho cheering of that body. The worUii' looking for some Moses to lead It out of bondage. I wnnt to tell you that Hi' biggest mistakes I have ever made wiri1 when I temporized with tho dovll. wwl i navo Deen nrm nnd truo to God mj, refused to bow nnd scrape and trtici with the world, when I havo hurl, uuuuieiuu..-) oi uon HKninsL rnnKs of lis; when I. refused to subsidize my fear ej criticism, when I stood four-squar tho wind, I havo been blessed. "When I hnvo bowed and ducked uj'j truckled, when I havo played to th(j grandstand, whon I have subsidized ; fear of criticism. I havo miserablv tiluK There nro a lot of fools that think thit success can only be gained by nwila pincinuy; Dy compromise on all mortLJ religious, noiltlcat nnd ethlenl nueitfani 7 Instead nf hurllnir CiniVa nnnlliAmii Ml the ranks of their opponents. & FOR FREE CHURCH PEW3. "Thaw out your miserable formality, t bellevo the pews In'overy church ought It bo free. Oh, I know you ctbn't agree win' me, some of you; If you had religion yea would. Many a poor man Is made to fed" llko a beggar In tho house of God bectwi he's got to stand and watt until so and u comes before he knows whether he can ill down or not "If I rend tho signs of tho times arljit It behooves tho church of God to wak o;. and flght as it has never fought befora, for you'll see the lines between the mm and tho 'dovll. The church and the saloon,' the homo and brothel drawn so tljb'lj: that your'gamo will bo lost and the pej- pie keep rushing to hell. 'I sound tho charge! I sound til charge! How many of you will help mi to savo old Philadelphia for Christ? Stud up, those who are In this flght to win." Benefit for the Red Cross , A gala performance of "Lteb Vaterlahd' will be given In the Metropolitan ODtrrf Houso tomorrow evening for the beneflJI of tho Gorman Red Cross, the Austria, Red Cross and tho German Home lUIlei The performance has been arranged if a committee of German-Americana la Philadelphia, and It will bo given by 01' company of the Irving Place Theatrt, Now York. Music will be supplied by 8 members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who have volunteered their services. 'SttsmidLgi: iffcfflj y-wwfi wmmi aeo, tne nrat fevVffi.w!" v.-..v.v.unM mm "" v -" -flsr.vivxoy ..Vaa. Jl 1 I V f t. I 1' f5 ?' vJ Jr I ,ft B ie I He k Ii B k? k m I 'Iff lr it. M Oc ta pre n Itr "ft tat to I" wo til AVTQUQMLS &ALU& CQSPQRAT1QH, ft North Brwd $t.