Clipped From The Paris News
SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST BACKWARD GLANCES By A. W. NKVILLE WHEN AUNT LOU DUCK SHOUTED Whit* Folks Revival Fired Old Woman to Expression Of Religious Fervor About ten years after Centenary Methodist Church was built, at the northwest corner of Twentieth and Houston Streets, the congregation built on the west end of the lot, which ran through to Nineteenth Street, a large open- air tabernacle, for holding revivals in the Summer, when it would be too warm in the Church building. In this tabernacle Sam Jones preached, William Jennings Bryan delivered a lecture and other men of lesser note spoke from its rostrum. Among these was Dr. Andrews, a Methodist evangelist, who held a revival meeting there in the later 'nineties of the last century. He was a forceful speaker and had large congregations at the services which were held twice daily—in the forenoon and at nighL One week-day morning, Doctor Andrews had finished his sermon, his singer was leading a hymn during which invitation was extended to those who wished to lead better lives to come forward and express their desire or determination. Aunt Lou Duck, an aged Negro woman, small of stature and well- known in Paris, was passing along the sidewalk south of the tabernacle. She hear' the preacher's closing words and his invitation and the beginning of the hymn, whereupon she began to shout praises to the Lord, in the fashion that the old-time Negroes and some white folks followed. There was then no discussion of racial socla" or religious equality —the Negro had his place which was recognized and accepted by both races generally—but the little Negro woman was so earnest and sincere that therr was no surprise when she stepped from the sidwalk into the tabernacle, hurried down the aisle and held out her hand to Doctor Andrews, which he grasped and spoke kindly to her. Aunt Lou with many Roach, a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church, nov living in Ladonia, who has recalled this incident to my memory. Among the women at the service was Mrs. A. P. Boyd. a tircler- worker in the Church and in all pood works of that day, and she was one of the first to shako hands with the little Negress, Her action was followed b. many others, after which Aunt Lou went on her way rejoicing, leaving the memory of an unusual Incident. "A good many years later." says Mr. Roach, "I was on a jour- noy and on the way between Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, I met Doctor Andrew* and recalled having preach while I was i heard him resident of Paris, and the incident of Aunt Lou Duck came into my mind and I asked if he remembered it. Doctor Andrews replied, 'I have -»rob- ably told that story a thousand times during the last twenty years'." In The News 1 3 Years Ago From The News' Flleg IS Tears % Aro Friday, August 8, 1926 J. L. Wees, achi'.ect o£ the fountain which J. J. Culbertson wa» giving Paris for the Plaza center, received information from Mr. Culbertson that he had bought in Italy the marble to be used in the fountain. Mrs. Ella Jones, wife of Casey R. Jones, died at the family residence on Norn Mnin Street. The body was sent. to Little Rock, Ark., for burial. Government report of temperature in Paris for this day nnd the day before was 96, and some individuals declared it was higher. Annie Gann of, Liberty school won first place in Texas in the clothing contest at A nnd M Col- lepe whrre the Short Course was being held. Paris bawba!! tenm went to Lonevlew and lo't to that team, 6-4. the first game then shook hands others, says W. A. County SuDcrintendent Walter Martin said Dr. Orn Minor of Southern Mclhodist University had been selected for d'rector of Lamar Countv TfThers Institute, to open In September. Two men who made eamo near Lake Gibbons were nrrpsted by the sheHf nfter s<>a r ch unrtcr warrant had discovered a ouanMtv of liquor, which t>'"v were alleged to have been selling. Dr. O. H. O'Neill gave the Rotary Cl"b information on how for- objects nre removed from lungs and stomachs, yhow'n" some of the things removed and tho Instrument* with which the delicate work is done.