Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on October 14, 1974 · Page 14
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THE STAR OF MOPE, BY STAR PRiNftNG Co, For the special information of the Methodists of our city, and also the general information of the public, we publish below the assessments on Mope Station for the several claims ordered by the Annual Conference and it is made the duty of the pastor to collect them in full, if possible: Foreign Missions, $125.00. Some of this sum not only goes to missions in the far East and South, but in Mexico and the Indian Territory, just next door to our State. For this sacred cause the per capita of fhe Little Rock Conference has been about thirteen cents per member while the German Mission i Conference with only 2000 members, gives fifty-nine cents per capita. Domestic Missions, $80.00. This is IT -help pay pastors doing missionary work in our own Conference. Conference Claimants, $64.00. Our superannuated preachers and widows and orphans of deceased ministers, are helped by this collection. Church Extension, $35.00. This helps to build houses of worship where people could not build suitable places of worship without it. Our beautiful Hope Methodist Church house was partly built with church extension money, and hence all our people feel obligated to help this collection. Education, $16.00. There are young men in Hendrix College, local preachers, who could not get an education without this help to pay the salaries of teachers. Bishops, $14.00. Our Bishops are paid their salaries this way by the whole church, and such able and efficient leaders in our Zion should be well paid. Minutes, $2.00. This is a systematic way of having the Conference minutes printed for distribution where needed. The above shows how the Hope Methouists are connected with all these worthy causes. We can not afford to fall below the assessments, if we can pay them without failing to be good Stewards of what the Lord has given us. We are very anxious to collect all, and ask all who can do so to help us. J. R. SANDERS, P. C. SUBSTANTIAL. IMPROVEMENT. Messrs. Moses & Dougherty, of Spring PI ill, the burning of whose gin was mentioned in our last issue received from a machinery house in Little Rock last Tuesclay a complete outfit for an up-to-date plant which they will operate on the old site. It is a first-class plant, cost- iug on the cars at Little Rock, $2,100. On every hand we see evidences of solid improvements in this section of the State. It is evident Messrs. Moses & Dougherty are not afraid of the roundlap monopoly. 1 PERTINENT PARAGRAPHS. GLEANED FROM THS STATE PRBSS. The hope of this nation is in the men who own and successfully run small farms, rather than in those who rent much larger tracts of land.—Current Topics, Beebe. . What is the use of party platforms when the trusts con dictate what laws or measures they want passed. Their will is law. as the government is now run.—Texar- kanian. While ft maybe commendable in some Americans offering their services to the Boers in the Transvaal in the present contest with Kng- land, it is unfortunate for these Americans that not one of them volunteered to help his own country in its struggle with Spain.—Courier of Sftdfc. HHD V "TW M* -of [Written and read by Miss Lily Foster before the Hope Library Clnb, October 13. 1899. and published through the courtesy ef the Record in * Secretary Mts. J. S. Meadows.—Kd.] The county of Thetford, in England, lay dreaming and white under the January snow, and the north wind revelled in the shadowed sky. But across the tumultous weather, from the mysterious land, a baby's soul came winging thither, to the humble home of a stay-maker. This was more than an hundred years ago, in 1737- The weather seems to have colored the baby's nature with its own tumult, for the little Thomas Paine did fierce battle with the conventional ills of childhood, but overcame them all, from measles to his first moustache and love affair. He developed extremely liberal views—perhaps that is why he failed to succeed as a corset-maker—his father's trade. But fail he did, just as the tide of adventure was turning toward America. The spirit of Paine was meet for the occasion, he seized his fortune at flood tide and came to the land of the free. For two years he worked with a book-maker in Philadelphia. Next he voiced his passion in a pamphlet called "Common Sense," advocating the freedom of the colonies from English rule. Thus he established' his popularity with Washington and Franklin, and was made Secretary of Committee on Foreign Affairs. He went to France, when she was fevered with revolution and then fell into brilliant but unwholesome associations with B.uffan and La Rouchefoucald. Following this, we find Paine in England, bringing out his famous reply to Burke's "Reflections on the French Revolution." This reply was published in 'every language of Europe and was entitled "The Rights of Man." And now our brilliant, fearless Englishman had the audacity to settle himself in the lap of the British Empire, and there attack her constitution. It mas short work to exile him. France opened her arms, and not in vain. In 1792 he was made a French citizen and voted with the Girondists. At the trial of I^ouis XVI, Mme. de Stael said: "Thos. Paine alone proposed what would have done honor to France—an asylum for the king in America." But his advice met with Robespierre's reward—imprisonment. And during his prison term, of two years, Paine wrote "The Age of Reason." The American garrison, secured his release and he was restored to the National Council of France. Paine was Napoledn's friend; with him he played for high stakes and lost. Once more this country became his refuge and hs died in Philadelphia in 1802. Such were his changing fortunes. He saw the world familiarly at that unfortunate time. America rebellious against England, France festering with insurrection, and priest craft bigoted and polluted with political intrigue. The key note of his character was liberty, and exiled from politics he grew x.ealous on the subject of religious liberty. "The Age of Reason" is the fruit of it. The whole idea of the book, which is written hi two parts, is to proclaim the creed of Deism, and ridicule Roman, Protestant, Jew and Mohammedan alike. His creed he gives thus: "I believe in one God and no more, and I hope for happinessdeyond this life." So he rejects the Trinity, and revelation through Christ, Moses and Mahomet. He claims purity of motive in presenting his idea of God to his feliowmen. WP cannot however credit him With thanks for liis uncomfortable views. He begins by ridicule of all religions, especially the Ghris- tiatt, for their mediators, aiid stat* ing that God has never revealed hiinself either by Christ, Moses or Mahomet. He denounces the clilirches as tyrranical, compelling worship, and laying rigid laws upon their people. In this he snows his narrow view. He did not look beyond the bigoted Popes, Bishops and Rabbis of the time, to the kingly Christ with tender eyes, who said: "My yoke is easy, my burden light," the One who condemned the scribes, chief priests and elders alike. What is Christ but liberty incarnate? The next theme in Paine's treatise is to deny the divine law of the ten commandments, they smack of mortality to him; he imputes shame to the Virgin Mary; he despises all forms of revelation, and in a childlike petulance says: "Thomas doubted—so will I." He thinks Christ really existed, but only as a virtuous reformer. Another inconsistency—for Christ claimed to be Divine. If he was not what he claimed, he was a living lie, how can virtue exist in the same breast with untruth? Paine next begins to prove that the Bible is only another version of heathen mythological legends. And just here he is clever. He is artful in his argument, skillfully weaving ridicule with deliberate broad sarcasm, and giving play to a mocking dry sense of humor. He treats our time honored stories of Eve, Jonah, Sampson and the rest, as if they were childish playthings and ideas to be shelved with Santa Clans. He reviews the Bible, book by book, and ; stigmatizes it as a brutal and obscene history, wholly detestable, more the word of a demon than the Word of God. In his treatment of the New Testament; he is less severe. , I be- there is a dignity about Christ Jesus that protects him from his boldest slanderer, and it is just this subtle something that weakens the brave diction of Thos. Paine at this point. He asserts .that science progressing will militate against the Church of Christ and finally destroy it. History eloquently answers this to the satisfaction of us all. And so the book goes on. The egotism and pedantry of the writer lead him through a chaos of theories, by way of a wordy nothingness. He is neither logical nor interesting is full of repitition, and not even origina"! in expression. The second part is so like the first it is not worth seperate consideration. But let us measure out to Thos. Paine the scant justice he deserves. ''Thetimes''—"the custouies'' may plead for him. And here in the sanctity of our own club, we may say that the poisoned growth of his mind may have attained its rank luxuriance for want of a woman's pruning. For Paine was a bachelor. Who can estimate the poverty of a man deprived of the gracious influence of noble womanly faith? vShc is a living proof of Christ's divinity, for she reveals his infinite love. Notwithstanding the conditions of his life, Paine had no .right to offer his doubts to substitute our happy and blessed faith in the Redeemer. The world with its arteries of pain all throbbing, knows only one path to peace and it lies through Gethsemane and over the the hill of Golgotha. It leads to a God whose just wrath is pacified by the atoning blood of his well beloved Sou. Voltaire and Paine, with all their cult, have passed like shadows on sunny hills that lie, but the sermon on the mount, replete with promise, is still heard, ever new and dear. It the religion of Christ is a Jo. fios0nbr& Go: apd ^upplies. * * * stores at A F. HAN EG AN, UP-TO-DATE LIVERYMAN* Fine Rigs, Fast Horses and Good Accommodations. The Best in Southwest Arkansas, SECOND STREET, - - - - HOPE, ARKANSAS ,. t. WEST, W e, W =M. W. V. FOSTER. vlo t .P«,l^»,. ». »• OG.I.HSBV, CMbla CAPITAL STOCK. &OO.OOO. BANK OF HOPE DOES A GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS, ALSO HAS A CHILDREN'S SAVING DEPARTMENT. Deposits taken from children under 16 years of age and pay £ cent interest semi-annually on average balances to their credit. J. ]V[. J-lanegan & Co., -DEALERS IN- (Jeperal plai/tatior? Floyd Thompson's Old Stand, Main-St, Hope, Ark. . A. P. DYKE £ REAL ESTATE, ICE, LIME AND CEMENT. OFFICE OVER ETHRIDGE'S DRUG STORE. WHEN YOU WANT THE SERVICES OF ...A NOTARY PUBLIC. CAU, ON J. B.STONe. AT JOE ROSENBERG & GO'S STORE LEAVE YOUR WHISKERS WITH - MOODY The PAINLESS AMPUTATION GUARANTEED .'.'.'.'.'.'. SEOOND ST.. HOPE. ARK. myth, thank God we are deceived. Out of it we are what we are. Our Madonnas are painted, our choruses of redemption are sung, mercy like a sweet benediction, beiids over to comfort sinful and homeless men and women, and beneath every sky dim, vast cathedrals point their spires up to the^an of Gallilee. It is a fact, because the lowly Nazarene hath lived and died could he be less than Divine? Ah, no! Life at best is quickly Gone—melody may be, with minor undertones, moving persistently across our heart strings, for the notes of joy ripple away so soon. Let the melody be sung with the tender poesy of the Savior, and end in a cadence of love. The best brand of Cigars can always be found at R. C. McDaniel's. JAS. H. M°COLLUM, ATTORNEY;-, AX - HOPE. ARKANSAS. ., Office over Heiupstead County Bank. Hrr. S. A. KNIGHTOM ..... WRITES;.... , , . All kinds of In$uranc& Lowest rates an^'QiJlf! the reliable companies represented ..... -I is a moral obligation ;$ every man to protect' his- Ufe and property from loss by && struction or to the ' extent .of his ability. .... . . ;ii OFFICE IN THE COUNTY BANK. It • S. R. OGLESBY, Rotary + publi<i OFFICE AT BANK OP..HOtf$ > • HOF>6,' •Mil MAIN STREET...,.,. M. F. PIERCE, PROPRI V .-.'. Is the place to get a nice smooth shave 'JOT Two doors South of Ethridge'^DrugjSjt.oM JAS~D, HOB IS THE PLACE TO GO TO GET YOUR DONE AT A LIVING PRICE. Thanking you for past faVoi^jf and will be glad to have call on ine. J J.' J. SKNTER BUILDING,..,.... Save fipis BY BUYING Qe/r\etery AT HOME. I ma*e Monuments. Tombstone*. Stoue Steps or any other Stone or Marble

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