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OREGON CITY COURIER-HERALD, FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1901
In his steps.
"What Would Jesus Do?"
. By CHAELES M. SHELDON.
(Oopyrtfr' U nntl published In book form bj
tile A nce tubliahiug Co. ol Chicago.
"Yon already know something from
reports of Raymond that have gone over
the country what the results have been,
but one needs to come here and learn
Kjmething of the changes in individual
lives, and especially the change in the
:hnrcb life, to realize all that is meant
oy this following of Jesus' steps so lit
jrally To tell all that would be to
write a long story or series of stories,
i am not in a position to do that, but 1
:an give you some idea perhaps of what
!s happened here from what has been
Hold me by my friends and Honry Max
well himself '
'The result of the pledge upon the
Firnt church has been twofold it has
brought about a spirit of Christian fel
lowship which Maxwell tells me never
before existed and which now impresses
him as being very nearly what the
i.'hriHt'ian fellowship of the apostolic
shnrches must have been, and it has
iivided the church into two distinct
groups of members Thone who have
not taken the pledge regard the others
us foolishly literal in their attempts to
Imitate the example of JeKUs . ,
- "Some of them have drawn out of
the church and no louger attend, or
Ihey have removed their membership
eutirely to other churches Some are
n internal element of strife, and 1
beurd rumors of an attempt on their
part to force Maxwell's resignation I
do not know that this element is very
strong in the church It has been held
iu check by a wonderful continuance of
ipiritual power, which dutos from the
first Sunday the pledge was taken a
year ago, and also by the fact that so
many of the most prominent members
have been identified with the imm
inent. "The effect on Henry Maxwell If
?ery marked. I heard him preach at
our state association four years ago. He
impressed we at the time as having
considerable power in dramatic deliv
ery, of which he himself was somewhat
eonscious. His sermon was well writ
ten and abounded in what the semfnary
students used to call 'fine passages.'
The effect of it was what the average
congregation would call pleasing. This
morning I heard Maxwell preach again
for the first time since then. I shall
speak of that furthor on. He is not the
same man. He gives me the impression
of one who has passed through a crisis
of revolution. He tells me this revolu
tion is simply a new definition of Chris
tian disciplcsliip. He certainly has
changed many of his old views. His at
titude on the saloon question is radical
ly opposite to the one he entortained a
year ago, and in his entire thought of
his ministry, his pulpit and parish
work I find he has made a complete
change. So far as I can understand.
the idea that is moving him on now is
the idea that the Christianity of our
times must represent a more literal im
itation of Jesns, and especially in the
element of suffering. He quoted to me
iu the course of our conversation sev
eral times tho verse from rotor, 'For
hereunto were ye called,' because Christ
also suffered for yon, leaving you an
example, that ye should follow his
steps, ' and ho sooms filled with tho con
viction that what our churches noed"
today more than nnj thing else is this
factor of suffering for Jesus in some
"I do not know that 1 agroo with
him altogether ; but, my dear Caxton,
it is certainly astonishing to note the
results of this idea as thev have im-
pressed thoinselves upon this city and
npon this church
"Von ask how about tho results on
the individuals who have nmdo tho
pledge and honestly tried to bo true to
it Those results are, as I have said, a
part of individual history and cannot
bo told iu detail. Some of them I can
give yon, so that yon may see that this
form of discipleship is not merely sen
timent or fine posing for effect.
"For instance, take the case of Alex
ander Powers, who was superintendent
of the machine shops of the L. and T.
R. R hero. When lie acted upon the
evidence that- incriminated tho road, he
lout his position, and, more than that,
I learn from my friends here his family
and social relations have become so
changed that tho family no longer ap
pear in public They have dropped out
of the social circle wliero once they
were so prominent By the way, Cax
ton, 1 understand in this connection
that the commission, for one reason
r.ud another, postponed action on this
casei and it is now rumored that tho
L. and T. R. R. will pass into a receiv
er' hands very soon. The president of
tho road, who, according to the evi
dence submitted by Powers, was tho
principal "offender, has resumed, and
complications which have arisen siuco
iaint to tho receivership Meanwhile
the superintendent has gone back to his
old work as a telegraph operator, I met
hint at the church yesterday . lie im
pressed me us a man who had. like
Maxwell, gone through n ci'it is in char
acter. I could not help thinking of him
as being good material for tho church
uX the first century, when tho disciples
had all things iu common.
"Or take the case of Mr. Norman,
editor of The Daily News. lie risked
his entire fortune in obedience to what
he believed was Jesus' probable action
and revolutionized his entire conduct
of the paper at tho risk of a failure. . I
neuu you a copy or yesterday s paper
the United States. It is open to criti-
cism. but what conld nuy mere man
attempt in this line that would be free
from criticism t Take it all in all, it is
sio far above the ordinary conception of
a daily. paper that I am amazed at the
result. He tells me that- tho paper is
beginning to be read more and more by
the Christian peoplo c f the city. He is
very confident of its final success.
"Read his editorial on the money
question ; also the one on the coming
election in Raymond, when the question
of license will again be an issue. Both
articles are of the best from this point
of view He says he never begins an
editorial or, in fact, any part of his
newspaper work without first . asking.
'What would Jesus dot' The result is
Then there is Milton Wright, the
merchant, tie tins. I am tola, so revo
lutionized his business that no man is
more beloved today in Raymond His
own clerks and employees have affec
tion for him that is very touching
During the winter, while he was lying
dangerously ill at his home, scores of
clerks volunteered to watch or help in
1 any possible way, and his return to his
i store was greeted with marked demon
i strations All this has been brought
I about by the element of personal love
introduced into the business. This lovo
1 is not mere words, but tho business it
self- is carried on under a system of co
operation that is not a patronizing rec-
igaition of inferiors, but a real sharing
in the entire business. Other men on
the street look npon Milton Wright as
odd It is a fact, however, that while
he has lost heuvily in some directions
he has increased hi business and is to
day respected and honored as one of the
hest and most successful merchants in
"And there is Miss Winslow She
has chosen to give her great talent to
the poor and wretched of the city Her
plans include a musical institute where
choruses and classes iu vocal inn sic shall
be a feature She is enthusiastic over
her life work dn connection with heT
friend Miss Pae she hus planned a
course in music which, if carried out
will certainly do innl-h to lift up thp
lives of the people down there 1 r.si
not too old. my dear Caxton, to be iu
Wrested iu the romantic side of r-i.l
that has also been tragic here in Es
mond and I mu tell you that it i
well understood there that Miss Wins
low expects to be married this spring
to a brother of Miss Page, who was once
a society leader and clubman and who
was converted iu a tent where his wife
that is to be took an active part in the
service. I don't I.now all the details of
this little romance, but I can imagine
there is a little story wrapped up in it,
and it would be interesting reading if
we only knew it nil
"These arooiiiy a few illustrations of
rainlts in individual lives owinu to
1 obedience to the pledge. I meunt to
have spoken of President Marsh of Lin
I coin coll-'-o Ho is a graduate of my
alma mater, and 1 knew him slightly
'when I was in the senior year lie has
! taken an active part in the recent m.ti
! nieip.'sl agitation, mid his influence in
I the city is regarded as a very large
factor in the comtag election. He im
: pressed mo, as did ull the other disciples
' iu this movement, as having fought out
some hard questions and as having
' taken up Home n al burdens that have
i caused and still d- cause that suffering
J of which Henry Maxwell speaks, a suf
; foring that does not eliminate but docs
1 appear to intensify a positive and prac-
tlCiM ''OV '
! "But 1 am prolonging tnis letter
n.iK,iM)- iii yorr weariness, l am nn
able to avoid the feeling of fascination
which my entire stay here has increased
I want to tell yon something of the
meeting iu the First church today
"As 1 s .id, I heard Maxwell preach
At his earnest request I had preached
for him the Sunday boforo, and this
whs the first time I had heard him since
the association four years ago. nis ser
mon this morning was as different from
liia sermon then as if it hud been
thought out and preached by some one
living on another planet. I was pro
foundly touched. I believe I actually
shed tears once. Others in the congre
gation were moved like myself. His
text was: 'To hut is that to thee? Fol
low, thon me. And it was a most un
usually impressive appeal to the Chris
tians of Raymond to obey Jesns' teach
ings and follow in his steps, regardless
of what others might do. I cannot give
you even the plan of the sermon. It
would fake too long. At tho close of the
service there was the usual after meet
ing that has become a regular feature
of tho First church. Into this meeting
havo come all those who made the
pledge to do as Jesus would do, and the
timo is spent in mutual fellowship, con
fession, questions as to what Jesus
would do in special cases and prayer
that the one great guide of every dis
ciple's crndnct may be the Holy Spirit
"M.ixwoll asked mo to come into.this
meeting. Nothing in all my ministerial
life, Caxton, has so moved me as that
mooting. , I never felt the Spirit's pres
ence so powerfully. It was a meeting of
reminiscences and of the most loving
fellowship. I was irresistibly driven in
thought back to the first years of Chris
tianity. There was something about all
this that was apostolic in its simplicity
and Christ imitation.
"I asked questions. One that termed
to arouse more interest than any other
was in regard to the extent of the
Christian disciples' sacrifice of personal
yi'M'tmijr j.ciiij Maxwell tolls me that j
property Henry Maxwell tolls me that
suiiir im one uas interpreted the spirit !
of Jesus in sui'h a way as to abandon '
his earthly possessions, givo away all '
his wealth o "inanv literal wnv imltntA :
mo t. hnstians of, the order, for exam
ple, or St. I rancis of Assist It was the
tiuaiiiuiotis consent, however, that if
any disciple should feel that Jesus in
his own particular case would do that
there could Ik only one answer to the
question. Maxwell frankly admitted
that he was still, to a certain degree,
uncertain ns to Jesus' probuble action
when it came to the details of house
hold living. th possession of wealth,
the holding of certain luxuriea It is,
, however, evident that very many of
' these disciples have repeatedly carried
their obedience to Jesus to the extreme
limit, regardless of financial'loss. There
is no lack of courage or consistency at
this point. It is also true that some of
the biwinoKs men who took the pledge
have loot great aums of money in this
imitation of Jesus, and very many
have, like Alexander Powers, lost valu
able position owing to tho impossibility
of doing what they had been accus
tomed t ) fl j ::nd nt the same time doing
w!.;if .t!i'-y f .U .Tvsum would do in the
saint? p!;.c: In cbnnction with these
cases it U i !inir.t to record the fact
that lr.r.i.y -who li.ivo suffered in this
way have a; vnotf beat helped financial
ly by those who Rtill have means. In
1 this respect 1 thir't it is true that these
rp.'cnw'B nave mi things in common.
Certainly such rci ues as I witnessed at
the Firit church at th.it after service
this morning I never f:;w in my church
or ally other I n.rr dreamed that
such Christian fcllo , .-.hip could exist in
this age of the world. I am almost in
credulous as to the witness of ray own
Benses I still seem to lie asking myself
if this is the close of the nineteenth cen
tury in America
"But now dear frk-i;', I come to the
real cause of : the letter, the real heart
of the whole qn..vti,,n as the Fust
church of Raymond has forced it upon
tie Before tile ineetiiiji closed today
steps were taken to secure the co-oper
ation of all other Christian disciples in
this country I think Henry Maxwell
! took this step after long deliberation
I Ho said as much to me one day when I
i called upon him and we were discuss
I ing the effect of this movement npon
i the church in general
" 'Why. he said, 'suppose that the
i chnrch membership generally in this
country made this pledge and lived np
to it. What a revo'lntion it would cause
in Christendom 1 Bnt why not ? Is it
any more than the disciple ought to do ?
Has he followed Jesns nnleas he is will
ing to do this? Is the test of disciple
ship any lees today thap it was in Jesus'
"I do not know all that preceded or
followed hit thought of what ought to
be done outside of " Raymond, but the
idea crystallized today In a plan to se
cure the fellowship of all the Christians
in America. The churches through their
pastors will be asked to form, disciple
gatherings like the one in the First
chnrch. Volunteers will be called for in
the great body of church members in
the United States who will promise fd
do as Jesus would do. Maxwell spoke
particularly of the result of such gen
eral action on the saloon question. He:
is terribly in earnest over this. He told
me that there was no question in hls
mind that the saloon would be beaten
in Raymond at the election now near
r.t hand. If so, they could go on with
rome courage to do the redemptive work
begun by the evangelist and now taken
np by the disciples in his own chnrch.
If the saloon triumphs again, there will
be a terrible and, as he thinks, unnec
essary waste of Christian sacrifice. Bnt,
however we differ on that point, he has
convinced his church that the time has!
come for a fellowship with other Chris
tiana. Surely, if the First church could
work such changes in society and its
surroundings, the church in general, if
combining such fellowship, not of creed,
bnt of conduct, ought to stir the entire
nation to a higher life and a new con
ception of Christian following.
To le ce ntime d.
VHA VIA UQ UA ASSE MRLY.
Manu Varied and Attractive
tares nr. GliilitQ ii P irjc:
Only two more days yet remain of the
8th annusl session of the Willaiiiefe
Valley Chautauqua Assembly, and they
promise to be., memorable ones. There
are new features . t this assembly and
many new f c.es. The intellectual Chau
tauqua bice hss become a fixture. While
the imileslnrt waist is not, the shirt wait
face was slightly in evidence. The man
agement, and the public were disap
pointed and distrusted with General
loin Morgan, of New York, hs an ora
tor. Ile'coines liinh and the lecture bu
reau that mniinfac.tiirea newspaper puffs
lo order, probably gets a tiood percen
tage of the nate receipts It was differ
ent," however, with Ir. Charles Bayard
Milclieu. lie far surpassed expeca
,iow, and delighted large audiences
All united in pronouncing him the
krreiitest pliitfiir-n orator that lias been
in the auditorium for tl e past two years.
In spite of the uiiavoidubl disuppoint
aieiits that ometini"S occur in securing
certain talent, the Chautauqua at Glad
stone paik has become a p rintiiieiil ben
eliclaiy institution. The efforts of
kicked do not make any impression
against it. When a local newspaper
man went into a barber shop, and called
the Ctiiiuiauqna a baby show, or words
to that effect, he didn't know that one
of the chief guys of the management was
ina chair gelling shaved. The round
table conducted by .Mrs. William Gal
loway was an especial feature. The
Misses Calbreath, of Salem, sung a duet,
and vV. S I! 'Ken made a socialistic
speich. The instrumental selections by
the Park sistets and the readings by
Miss Nesl finny took the audiences by
storm. Baseball will be between the
Vancouver's for the remainder of the
Fridav and Saturday will be the two
gieatfst days ol the session, is the opin
ion of Setreturv Wilcox, and the pro
grams are elaborate in detail The
greater features of Friday are Uhemawa
Indian School morning, and the lecture
n the evening by Polk Miller on "Old
Times Ikiwii South
Un Saturday will
be Agricultural college morning, with a
lecture by l'rotessor Jonn u. tiorner;
Polk Miller again in the aflrnoon, and
stockholders meeting, also fireworks and
niwellai eoin program
I Miss Dollie Cross managed the Chau
tauoiia iiostnllice In a prompt and satis
factory wliy, and also compiled a list of
the tenten. Tins list, which la given
hlnw does not invlude all the campers.
but gives the na.ne ol the Head ot each
camp or tent. John Dickleman is the
Southern Pacific ticket agent, and hit
plsce in the office here is being filled by
William O'DonneH, of Caneuiah. The
Chautauqm gate leeperi are: WeMon.
Shank. Grant Olds, T. E. Gault and
E.P.Carter. The marshals are: John-
T. Page, Wi H. Smith, Joe Alldredge,
Ren Beach, P. D. Hull, Matt Huenh,
P. V. Powel, Anderson. Ches
ter Muir. is ticket seller, and Rea Norris
is platform policeman. Following are
the camp tent numbers with the name
head of the house :
1 Mrs William Green.
2 Mis Todd.
3 Mrs. E. C. Lnmme and Mary
4 Gieei, McMurray, Damascus.
5 Mrs J P Wager, Portland.
6 Mrs TL Parks.
7 W. E. Her, Butteville.
8 J T. McOonnell.
0 Rev. Osburn.
10 N Brown. ,
11 J D Lee and A B Mauley.
14 Mrs E. A. Niblin.
15 Mf. M. Webster. Clackamas.
16 M'S. B Shepherd and Miss
j 17 C. II. Council.
18 Miss Spooner.
19 MeBdsmes M. Anderson, M. Hem
n e , vv,i y and B. Patterson.
2(1 W. R. Reddick and family.
21 Mrs M. Cone. '
22 Mrs. S. F. Msher. .
23 Mrs. H. 0. W'oldberg.
24 Rev. Walls.
I 25 Rev Oberu and family, '-HifUboro
26 Rev W. H. Latourette, McMinn
viilH college headquarters.
27 D. L. Prettvman, Mount Tabor.
28 Mrs. A.M. OgleBby.
29 Mrs. L. Jenkins.
30 Mrs. T. Demi and Miss Ilell.
31 S Maiqnam.
32" Youn, of Woodburn. .
33 T Haiford..
35 Mrs. Aro'ns.
36 Mrs. Wright.
37 Mrs. John-on.
38 U. Lank ins.
39 h. T. Soden, Portland.
40 TO Prevost.
. 41 R C. Orimm. . '
42 A D Yergen.
43 A. L. Cornwall.
44 A. Seely
45 M E Case aud family.
46 J L Swafford and family.
47 Richard Freytag and fimily.
48 John McGelchieand family.
49 T A Pope and family.
60 Franklin T Griffith and family.
61 Mary Tong, Damaecus.
62 A J Smith.
63 Henry L Bents.
64 M E Adams.
65 Bertha Brown.
66 Eva Martin.
67 W M Shank.
68 Thomas Miller.
69 Bert Nash.
60 t-ieorge T Howard.
61 TE Gaiili..
62 A K Parker.
63 Anna Uantenbeiin.
64 H Hargreaves.
6.i G E Hargreaves.
67 President Hawley.
68 Sheriff Cooke.
69 A U Cooke. '
70 Rev Bollinger.
71 Charles Albiiglit.
72 T E Due. .
73 A O Strange.
74 Kea Norris.
75 C D Latourette. "
76 H S Moody.
77 J L Meiratb. ' ' '
78 Clyde Huntley.
79 W J Uroir.
80 J A Harrison.
81 N A Lowe.
81 Sol S Wnlker.
83 -FO Wilcox.
84 Mvrtle Taylor.
85 DS Rankin. .
86 VV L Slaley.
87 F A Roseiierans.
88 E H Cttillnn. .
89 F A SleiKht.
90 B A Bea. h.
91 Bertha Keichmn.
2 J P Emmett.
9;i A King Wilson, ,
94 Mannie Barr and Mattie Leavilt
95 C v Casto.
96 .1 E Mark
97 Edna Fitdier.
98 Marjotie and Ethel Caufield, Neva
and Coia GitKwold, Ethel Rigdon.
98 Martha Rapp.
99 J uh n Tommer, "
100 TO Malclm.
Ml H S Scott.
102 R Reginald DePo ,
103 Keuben Senders.
104 Ib-nry Hudson.
105 Walter Dyke.
It 6 I) K. Brewer.
. 107 H M Stmlemier.
108 Jessie Cook.
110 K L Arthur.
111 T L Carver.
112 J D Hayes.
1 1 t Bessie Cap( s.
114 H M llaiemleii.
lift Wi lie Marshall.
117 Waller Bruce
118 James McFarland.
119 L A McFarland.
120 ElfzaCole. -
121 J W Noble, Woodmen headquar
ttrs. 122 H D Wilcox, secretary.
123 W C T U headquarters.
124 F II Beach Grand Army and Re
lief Corps and Grand Army headquar
lets. 125 Hawley's history chss.
126 Rev. Latourette, E P Curran.
127 W C Pa we 1 1.
,128 Joe Alldredge.
. 129 Baptist.
130 W R Wlian. Sunday echoo'.
132 Ladies GAR.
133 Rev Wallace Lee.
134 Professor Ivey.
135 O PCroio r.
136 O M 4sh.
140 Mrs Stephenson, Mrs Roberts, M
A. J. Slinmwi'..', of Claokaaii.8
duct, was in town Tuesday.
Notice s hereby given that the under
pinned has been duly appointed by the
Hon. Thos. F. Ryan, County Judge of
Clackamas County, as administrator
with the will annexed, of the estate of
David Mintun, deceased.
All persons having claims against said
estate are required to present tin same
with vouchers, to me at the law office of
C. D. & D. O. Latourette, in Oregon
City, Oregon, within six months-from
this iate. ' ,
T. J. Morn-re,
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