The Universalist Watchman from Montpelier, Vermont on May 26, 1838 · 4
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The Universalist Watchman from Montpelier, Vermont · 4

Montpelier, Vermont
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Saturday, May 26, 1838
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383 Original. GREAT MEETING AT CRAZYTOWN. A large meeting of llie inhabitants of Crazytown, and ol men, women and children from the neighboring country was held at the Infant School House in said town, on the 1st day of April, A. D. 1838. The meeting was called to order by the Rev. Gabriel Stir'em-up of Crazytown. Hon. John Tunbelly of Ciderbury was, on motion of Mr. S., called to the chair, and Mr. Benjamin Costive ol Andover. Mass.. appointed Secretary. s Rev.. Mr. Stir'em-up then rose and stated the object of the meeting as follows : 'Ma. Ciuirma.n: The present is an age ol flarnenation. Tlie Old Bay is to pay all over the country. It behoves us, then, to leave plenty of pitch hot to pay him with. He is going round like a raving distracted hedge-hog, seeking whom he may devour. Unless we have hot pitch to throw in his face, he will eat us all up and carry our wives and children away to Tophet. (0 dear ! 0 dear ! !) I say, my brethren and sisters, we must be awake, active, every man, wojnnn and child of us, or he may have us all in hell together before to-morrow morning. (Amen!) There never was such a as this known. It lias been proved by commentators on the scriptures that the thousand years spoken of in Revelations, when Satan is to be unloosed and run at large, have just now commenced (0 ! 0! !) there is no doubt of this. Our friends are doing something in other parts" of the country. We must do something too or we shall be behind the times. (Amen !) If we do something it is not much matter what. At Andover, Sulphur-town and Balloonville, they have formed societies. In the last named place they have- got up a petition to have a rail-road over the Rocky Mountains, pretty near Crazytown, to Balloonville, and thence on to the land of Moonshine, and sent it on to Congress; the petition also requests that a Bank be chartered at Balloonville to aid in the furtherance of the project. This rail-road is to be travelled by Balloons. There is no doubt bit what they will get it sooner or later. Tiiis will be of great advantage to Crazytown. If Congress do not attend to their petition and grant it, they are determined to turn the members all out of their seats and put in new ones. (Right! Right!!) Crazytown, I say, must not be behind its neighbors. I have now preached here twenty years and never propose i any scheme of agitation that did not go. Something must be done now. I am, said Mr. S. 'somewhat ou! of breath, and will wait to hear suggestions from others. 1 have my own plan, which I will propose after hearing what the others have to say.' Mr. Coslive said he had listened with the utmost edification to the remarks of his elder and experienced brother Mr. Stir'em-up, as he perceived the meeting had done generally. Ha had come all the way from Andover to this place at tiie suggestion of some men there, to propose to Mr. S. the place of calling this meeting, and of taking some measures to remedy the evils he had just now so strikingly and clearly depicted. He was, as it was known, a native of Crazytown, and hud gone hence some months ago, to qualify for his profession he had notv finished there he felt a special interest in the welfare ol his native town, and should be very sorry to see them given up to the darkness of heathenism. All that Mr. S. had told them was true, and more too. What he had said was nothing to what was every day held forth at Andover. That it was all correct, no person thought of disputing. If any did, there was no doubt but that they would go immediately " to hell. At Andover they had formed Gumfudgeon Societies. They had recommended and caused the formation of similar ones all over the country the one lirst lorined had more than two hundred members the first evening, and in a day or two the number had more than doubled. There was one nearly; as larg? at H .mover, W. II. In (he neigh' boring towns they had met with various success. In some places they had prospered well in others they had met with a good deal of opposition from the friends ol Satan. A good many of these were to be found in almost every place. Tnese would all go to hell there was no doubt of it. Professor Malltext' had said so there was some consolation in that. , Every one who opposed the formation ol Gumfudgeon Societies, and every one who declined to sign a constitution and become a member of them, was worie than an infidel, a friend of the devil and would go to hell. He thought, the sooner they went there, the better. (Amen! Amen!!) He was. in favor of forming a Gumfudgeon Society in Crazytown it would be of immense benefit, both-spiritual and temporal. What the precise object or nature of these societies was, he did not exactly know ; but certain he was that thpy ought to lorm one immediately. Prof. Malltext couid tell them ail about it. Hon. Mr. Tunbelly here resigned the chair long enough to say that what had been said by the able and learned gentleman before him had expressed his opinion exactly. Rev. Mr. Stir'em-up then moved 'that the meeting do form themselves into a Gumfudgeon Society, and that all who were in favor of this, inanilest it by holding up both hands.' The Secretary counted the hands, minuted their number on his record, and the Chairman announced that the motion was carried by nearly a unanimous vote. The Society then proceeded to vote for officers, Mr. lunbeily was, on motion of M:-. Stir em-np, chosen President, and Mr. Costive, Secretary and coi responding comm'tiee. Mr. Stir'em-up was, on motion of Mr. Tunbelly, appointed a Board of Directors. Mr. Costive then remarked that he had in his hand a book for the signatures of members to the constitution. The constitution he said, was not yet in the book, but they could sign their names there, leaving room for the constitution in the lore part. lie would carry the book toAndover and have it duly put 111 by Mr. Malllext, wno understood the whole matter, an.l would return it to the Sacietv. This was cheer fully acquiesced in by the Society and they proceed ed to sign. Al the close, the Secietary announced that 138 signatures and marks were attached 10 the constitution, thirty-eight men, eighty women and twenty children and infants. Rev. Mr. Stir'em-up (lien said that it gave him the greatest pleasure lo address the meeting as a regularly organized G.imfu lg'eon Society. ""II 5 had witnessed all the proceedings with the utmost satisfaction, fie now moved that the name of the Socie ty be so amended as to read1 The Crazytown uumjuageon and anti-liuu-jigia society. The motion was seconded by Mr. Tunbellj and carried without discussion by an unanimous vote Mr. Stir'em-up then addressed the Society as ioiiows : 'Mb. President: 1 will now explain to (he Society the reason of my amendment just adopted. I have for many years contemplated, with feelings of regret and the strongest disapprobation, the barbarous practice of bull-fighting, as it exists in Spain. Such a horrible custom is inconsistent alike with humanity, civilization, and all true refinement, and highly derogatory to the character of a Christian people. "Pis a terrible disgrace to the Spanish na-lion. They ought to be hissed at for it, wherever they appear. They call theirs ' a Christian country ! ' Thoir sovereign ' his most Christian Majesty' ! ! All ihis in the face ol that most abominable practice, which, (inore than all !) is followed as an amusement,! ( Mr. S. here went on with a lengthy and spirited description of the whole process of hull-figlitirijj, as it is conducted in Spain, illustrated with quotations in poetry and engravings.) These things, my friends said Mr. S. 'ought not so to bo. If the Spanish people will do nothing to prevent them, we should do something for them. They ought to copy alter the example of England. In thai land of freedom, blessed be God, is no bullfighting. That generous and humane peoble con themselves with horse-races, cock-fights, and man-fights. This benevolent and refined taste es- ' chews this beastly diversion. They 'prefer the en- ! nobling amusement of boxing matches. Bull-fisht- ing cannot exist in England, nor i.i any one of her colonies. In India, the English gentlemen amuse themselves with fights between Indians and wild elephants, and in Canada, with only shooting down the Conuck rebels. This bull-fighting. I repeat, ought to be protested against. The press should S interfere. Newspapers and pamphlets, with appro- prime engravings, sliould be published and spread every where. Lecturers should go forth to enlighten the people on the subject, and lift up their voices in every nook and corner. If they will not hear 10 our lecturers, nor real our papers in Spain, we can spread them here, from Labrador to Texas. Let ! (he humane and philanthropic, of all classes, aes and sexes, lorm themselves into societies to clear away this abominable nuisance from the face of the earth ! ' (A men ! Amen ! ! Amen ! ! ! ) Mr. Catchafne, a member of the Society, said he fully concurred with their Rev. Pastor, that this thing ought to be done away with. It was a m ing sin. For his part, he would unite in any feasible plan for its abolition. The cold-hearted and lukewarm of this world, said lie, might cry 'peace! peace ! ' when there was no peace ; and tell us to be still, for it is none of our business; We will not be still. We will cry aloud, and cease not. It is 0111 business, or, if it is not. we will make it so. F&r his pari, he would hold up both hands to rio away bull-fighting from the face of the earth. His son Samuel attended the district school last winter. In the Geography which he studied was a picture representing the abominable business just as it was carried on. Two or three men, on foot and on horseback, to the manifest danger of their lives, besides several boys, were thrusting spears aad hooks into the tormented and enraged animal. This they kept at till they killed him. A w hole ring of people ol both sexes, were around looking on with the utmost pleasure ; and among tiiem the King & Queen ! II a had seen other representations, full as bad as this, ll this state of things was to continue, he thought there. was no safety for us. He seconded Mr. Stir-'em-up's motion. Mr. Tunbelly informed him thai it had already been seconded and passed. Mr. Catchafire then moved that Mr. Costive I e requested by the Society, to draw up a petition for the signatures of (he members at (heir next meei-iug, praying Congress to abolish bull-fighting. This was carried. Mr. S;ir-'em-up then addressed the Society, in behalf of raising a fund by contribution, lor the purpose of defraying the expenses of Mr. Costive, in a tour through the state of Maine, asfarasMad-aivaska, to lecture the people on the subject of bullfights, and to promote the formation among them of Societies, similar to theouethcy had just organized. This, afler some discussion, passed when on motion, the Society adjourned. Claremont. We extract the followine paragraph from the Epistle of respected and zeulous friend to the cause of truth, as exhibited in the Gospel. F.itiilpiitlv thie raiKe has nrosnered ! Filty seven years have (led into the abyss of time, since Murray first preached the doctrine 01 unimmeu giauc mm In 178!) a church was built cui'unwi- " --- - t at Gloucester, and it echoed for the first turns with the tidings of great joy to all people, bet us now lake a transient dance over the Uniied Stales, and see does the cause advance. We are forced to ac knowledge dial the power of the Lord unto salvation, is with us, and his divine grace influencing the hearts of men in our favor.' Cincinnati, May 1, lo38.

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