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§ K WALTER BAKER . & Co. . . LTD. .
ESTABLISHED 1780. DORCHESTER. MASS.
CHURCHES AND AMUSEMENTS.
* * * , Editor The Conservative :
I have received a copy of your paper ,
for which please accept my thanks.
The first article which I happened to
see was your editorial entitled "Un
classified , " in which you endeavor to
suggest an explanation for the lack of
interest in church going at the present
day. Your argument is based upon a
total misconception of ihe object of
! ' church going and your suggestions are
' thereby utterly worthless. You imply
that people must be entertained and
" ' that the church does not provide enter
tainment which attracts the people , as
many secular places of amusement do.
The truth is that the church was never
intended to amuse , entertain or provide
diversion , pastime and sport for the
careless and indolent. It is intended
for the exercise of the spiritual facul
ties , to lead the mind away from the
* * y * , world and selfish pleasure and to rest
, for a season upon the things that be of
( / , God. If persons go to church merely to
be amused , and a church exists to pro
vide for their diversion in the way of
amusement , that church were better
closed and its pastor would better
preach by the roadside. I refute your
suggestion that women go to church "to
get a mild formof excitement by the
survey of gowns and millinery. " It is
an insult to the thousands of godly
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women who find time and strength to
worship God while their husbands are
sitting idly over a newspaper.
It is also true that too many so-called
churches are already engaged in the
amusement business to their own as
well as others' hurt. If that attempt
to beat the devil around the stump were
given up , and it were constantly taught
and preached that the church is for the
service of Almighty God and His praise
and worship , the supposed competition
with secular amusements would be at
an end and the people some of them
at least would find in the Church the
way , not to entertainment , but to their
ARTHUR S. PHELPS ,
Rector St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Bound Brook , N. J. , Nov. 18 , 1901.
A HUNDRED USEFUL YEARS.
The New York Evening Post has just
c61ebrated its hundredth birthday. It
has in all that century of usefulness been
managed and edited by high-minded ,
cultivated , earnest and patriotic men.
There has never been a superior to this
journal in all the periodicals of the Uni
ted States , and its present editor , Horace
White , is the equal in ability and patri
otic purpose of any of the long line of
his illustrious predecessors.
Nov. 28 , 1901.
"Our Public School System. "
The High Schools , Colleges and Uni
versities of America. P. P. Matz , So.
D. , Plu D. , Defiance College.
Politics and Public Schools. Professor
ser Chas. W. French , Hyde Park High
The Strength and the Weakness of the
Public High School. Isaac Bronson
Burgess , Morgan Park Academy.
Public Schools and Prominent Edu
cators. Thos. S. Wallin , Elgin , Ills.
The Public School System of the
United States. Rev. Jenkin Lloyd
The High School Course of Study.
Prof. A. G. Fling , Nebraska City.
A Layman's View of the Public
Schools. Judge Orrin N. Carter , Chi
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