W[illiam] H. Trout
5raw yet its look is upward. Progress toward better things is rapid and decided. There is a constant fight upon well defined lines. The liquor forces, and related allies, on one side, and the churches and progressive people, on the other. Or prohibition and Anti-prohibition, or briefly Pro and Anti. The cleave is seen, not alone in direct temperance or moral legislation, but in even remotely related matters, each being watchful for advantage The liquor forces are on the defensive, but their money is the main force that staves off their evil day.In the North the fight at best is only halfhearted. Too many good men run their own business, and leave the public interest largely in the hands of political grafters and rum rule. Milwaukee in a fit of desperation put in power the Socialists, and in a two years trial turned them out; and now has a citizens party running the city. Tho a compromise, it is an improvement.Our brethern in this state (The Disciples of Christ or Christians) tho third in point of numbers are even with Baptists and Methodists, in religious activity and forceful moral progressiveness.The ministerial association of Dallas has four or five of its leading ones, that are called the cabinet. Of these Bro J.O. Shelburne is the executive or spokesman. When he visits the Mayor's office, he gets undivided attention, and it is more so with the District attorney who is a member of Shelburne's church and this respect adds to that of being the combined churches champion.In Houston the M. association objected to the public amusements. (low dances and vaudeville) the city commissioners furnished and paid for in the public auditorium on Sunday afternoons. In this they were matching Milwaukee; but even Milwaukee's Socialistic city council could not stand the oprobrium and manifest immoral tendency of their course, but discontinued their dance. The Houston commissioners replied to the ministers, you take the show and run it yourselves which they did. Bro Lockhart was placed in charge: he employed good lectures and had sound and high class concerts, and other shows that were elevating05376
1913 Feb 15
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