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Iowa Liberal (Newspaper) - June 18, 1879, Lemars, Iowa r - i - i ' N M l i l l l l U i J B U H The camp meeting opened at Reynold's grove on Monday June 9ih, under favorable The grove was dotted here and there with and a audience assembled for the first Rev. T R. Galbrath delivered the first sermon upon and the camp meeting fire blazed forth at TUESDAY MORNING a Bible Reading was given by P E. Hartsough on t h e Model Prayer The next to take the stand was Rev. G. M. Pendell of who discoursed thoughtfully upon Exodus u. My presence shall go with thee and give tb e The tenters came in numbers during this afternoon and the merry sound of hammer and saw was heard all Sweating pilgrims at their thermometer 90 in a t the shade at the v ry and yet in good In the Rev. H. on Rev. I l l Behold I stand at the door and & c. Our reporter thought that he must have preached by for the lamps gave forth a light which only made the darkness ( We do not presume to but think that these services would be if the audience could be distinctly seeu by the The clouds promised a shower and all the ground made happily the rain passed us WEDNESDAY MOUSING family devotions were led by Bro. the whole en assembling as one at the The service was one of great and yet we could not help thinking that with all the services of the day to follow two hours were a little long for family So eager were the people to take part in the exercises that it was almost impossible to stop em THE INTERLUDES of the service are very Every one humor The grasshopper is So anxious are all to be that one can scarcely help saying Are these the people of every day Social distinctions arc or at carefully This putting oil the for a little while is very refreshing and as we are moralizing we may as well that frame of seems especially favorable for the reception of that one of whose leading commands is L e t every man esteem others better than At 10: 30 Mrs. J M. Hartsough wife of Elder of the Fort Dodge preached on Rom. 1 enforcing upon the attention of the professing christians the imperative necessity of bei n g entirely consecrated to Her sermon was well and many a hearty Amen and evinced the deep interest that the subject and the speaker Mrs. Hartsough js so modest in her and so in her style that however much persons may differ from her they can scarcely refrain from according her the most respectful Rev. Mapleton preached in the afternoon on Gen. 8 He made an earnest plea for people flOt to hide their not to give thorn up but with all their Too many people do as these women hide their intending to visit them rather thau utterly abolish Men aad women often live outwardly moral and yet their hearts are set Jipon things contrary to God ' 9 The speaker's pointed stories and sententious wisdom good One advantage of an uneducated ministry was thus adroitly pointed A local more noted for his love of the Bible than for general You Will be sure to hear the gospel when I preach for I know nothing Nevertheless the preacher should be a man thoroughly A good point was made out t the fact that much of the religious ef the day is chargeable uot the but to its interpreters who read their special dogmas into the Bible rather than out of it. Rev. Hartsough followed with tation on the same Adverting to 9 statement of the preacher concerning other denominations and the doctrine of Christian he said that the taught it before Wesley Was and that the article of the Baptist faith contained that immersion and its import as taught by the Baptists confirmed it. He said also that Jonthan Edwards the N ew England Congregationalism experienced that prominent Presbyterians had publicly professed their acceptance of and hence that Methodists ' should expect no opposition from sad whether they did or they had no apologies to oilei for preaching in its Strongest form the grand bible doctrine that Christ's mission in the world was to save men completely from the power of 8 aad to d o whilst the men a d hot of at the moment of In the evening the grounds were much better lighted and the congregation considerably Rev. J C. R. of Storm preached a powerful which wonderfully moved l he audience. His theme was The wages of He threw himself into the work H us h e depicted the horrors which sin H E S E R V E S H I 8 C O U N T R Y B E S T W H O S E R V E S H I S P A R T Y B E S T Vol. 7. LE JUNE 18, 1879. No. 4 8 had and the fearful condition of the finally a perceptible shudder thrilled the audience. He made a most impassioned appeal at the end to all who were seeking Christ to come forward to the Several and an altar on the most approved old camp meeting plan was The meetings after the usual services of the day were over seemed to be well too well attended for those who retired to their tents with hope of Just as one was dropping off into a doze a shout in the would startle him into Bat then camp meetings come but a year was the charitable remark of the It i s a subject for debate whether it would not be much better to retire for night at a reasonable and then with refreshed bodies to begin the next THURSDAY The sky was with clouds this hasty preparations were made in the tents to keep out the So habituated had some become to uttering that when a fearful sister would say i t is going to a shout would be heard let it Such enthusiasm is uot merely Simula for a more cheerful company under such circumstance it would be difficult to The weather cleared off uice ly for the morning Rev. M. B. Keister preached on Ye are the salt of the Brother recital of frontier experience was exceedingly The nation does cot know how much i t owes to these pioneers who have been the advance guards of He said that in and du outs and Rocky mountain he had taught and preached the simple and as he told his the fuces and the flowing tears were The spiritual effect of the sermon was Rev. AV. 31. Ed gar of Sheldon preached in the afternoon on Speak unto the of Israel that they go He said that Progress was the watchword of invention aud that Red sea occurred in every journey and often at its but t h a t only cow ards were daunted aud succumbed to the pursuing Egyptian Mrs. Hartsough was full of business this afternoon as usual She held a meeting of W. F. M. S. The officers reported general succeeds and that other societies are in process of organize She held a children's service also in which she talked in a kindly way to the youth on the subject of personal She seems to have special tact in talking to which is saying a great deal for any The tents had increas ed this afternoon to five and still we hear that others are The expressions that some use at the camp meeting to convey their meanings are very and yet the earnestness with which they are spoken convinces one that no irreverence is One said he hoped to pitch bis tent on the old camp ground which Jesus had fixed near th of that he not only wanted to at the camp heavenly but to take some home to the shepherd's The ten dency is very pronounced to play upon a figurative in so many differ cnt that at length it borders upon the and yet the glowing face and quivering lip of many of the speak cis invest one with that charity which covers a multitude of ( sins It is the opinion of our reporter that this practice should not be and thus a ground of would be which is quite a ling block to those have an exalted idea of the dignity of even they do not profess it Rev Layton preached again this evening to i onri interested H large and interested theme was the insufficiency of nature to adequately reveal He said that by worldly knew not an could not know the moral characteristics of Christ is the mouthpiece of the Heathen philosophy was confess edly ignorant on the dearest interests Scientific are of skeptical because they seek moral truth in rather than in Revelation Christ reveals unto us the existence a and his attribute of 3 ture can answer nothing to man's agoniz jag cry What must I do to be But where nature i s dumb Christ is He lightens up the of Salvation and destiny gives comfort to bereaved where and Materialism give ' J But brief notes fail to give adequate impression of the powerful of this sermon upon the preacher of an effect and his audience. There are some things Z ink cannot do and amongst them is the conveyance to a reader mind the and unction of an J * tensely magnetic The altar was crowded with and it was midnight before the camp was FRIDAY It is getting true this what Coleridge's Mariner water But not a drop to The rain this morning is but drinking water is or at least good drinking water is. magnesia & c. are used to make make it Preaching service was held in a tent this because of the Snyder of preached on What hall a man give in exchange for his He said that if actions were the test of that many do not believe in He urged upon his the wisdom of an instant surrender to Mrs. Hartsough gave an impressive exhortation after which seval expressed a desire to be completely Departures and arrivals are fre Mrs. Hartsough Layton left at noon and quite a sprinkling of LeMars folks camo to afternoon Rev. Kilboume of Smithland preached on Christ the theme of evan He gave a severe castigation to those preachers who were eloquent and but who used their powers to glorify He drew a ludicrous picture of a man cautiously approaching a house on lire and with great deliberation arousing the sleepy in The he should be a And yet he did not dls dain The pulpit was no place for The disciples were not as as often Sanctified education was a great equipment for any The object of preaching is to present men in Perfec makes soma They waut a little for variety if nothing else but he ( the rejoiced that the old Was receiving a new impet Au unusually powerful prayer meet in which several were con Mrs. of a lady noted for her work conducted a children's The sky was much at preaching The light uing shimmering on the roofs of the tent and apparently all round the camp ground made the scene very The sermon was preached by Rev. Ira Wakefield of Elk Pt. Ilia theme was the He began with a curious which would form a fitting introduction to many I shall probably jump round considerable and must keep track of or you will not be able to put the pieces His sermon proved to be more compact than such a preface The general drift of it was that u man fully led by the Holy Ghost would be the most effective A terrific storm put an end to the out- door but it was continued in the The night was uncomfortable for most of the The rain came down in such that the tents became and everybody was trying to finda spot where it was to sleep were working early drying clearing out wet and otherwise arranging the camp ground and soon it Was tolerably Family devotions were resumed in public this Mr. Wendel of Smithland gave a Bible This brother is spoken of as a very useful The tendency seemed manifest to say things and get the moral intent of the was evidently Much of his address was upon the qualifications of a true His own qualifications he said consisted of one thing only and that not in the viz that ho had a good stomach that was starvation and that could live on Johnny Our reporter imagined the gleam of satisfaction that shot from the eyes of some grinding as they looked upon this embryo circuit and thought That be our next Imagination did this work however foi the stewards that were visible are In the main self- sacrificing who their penury give unta the Lord and his He continued by giving a running fire at tobacco ( t h e sweet morsel under the tongue as he called at at at big names and at foibles gen One or two cautions were well timed and tersely Too many are bleating purity ignorant of the blackness of their Consecration ap plies to corn and and you who have must not get this practical side of The address was energetically deliv and being in of the masses it did more good than though its literary merit had been higher Rev. W. B. Hastings of Madison preached on I compel thee to buy of me pure He t $ meant Truth must be Trials in life are preparatory for they are the means of strengthening He urged upon his hearers the necessity of securing that kind of religion that can be talked of in the and that will be by Mrs. Tyler took the stand and delivered an earnest invitation to her hearers to enter Canaan's perfect She praised God that he had given her lungs to Her father and mother were chagrined at first at her noisy but now they could shout The usual r service concluded the morning Rev. Hiram Snyder of Merrill preached on The Master is come and calleth for dangers of on the variety of methods by which God As he described his own conversion down by a hemlock tree in a perfect shower of The weather was unpleasant for evening but a large audience assembled Rev. W. J. Gardner of preached on 1 ' Create in me a clean He remarked how different this prayer was from many modern iu that the penitent accepted the guilt of sin as his own and did not try to shift the Rev. Hartsough gave a and touching aud the altar was crowded with said that this was the most impressive service of the series so SUNDAY A cold damp wind this and made all out door exercises for the of the day wholly A large tent was filled up for and at hulf past eight tho Love feast The testimonies given by those to the power of God to forgive and to render the sinner conscious of forgiveness were numerous and One hundred and eighty spoke iu about five It must indeed be a very singular ( if delusion at that possesses these people to make streaming eye and glowing and glad hallelujahs so and which makes them so in the face of opposition and ridicule and scorn in declaring their attachment to it. The lent arrangement proved very inconvenient after for notwithstanding tho uu favorable weather quite a largo delega tion came in from and could not find seats in the limited area of the ex temporised The arrangement was the very best that could have been made under tho for sitting in the open during the drizzle uf the early morning was and the prospect was that it would continue so the day aud it was only the earnest desire of the Methodist and other friends at LeMars lo bo at the camp enabling them to brave a prospective storm that rendered the The sacrament of Baptism was administered to one it tic who was given the poetic name ' Dakota It had been the intention of Hartsough to but at preaching time his congregation was mainly composed of professing aud hence he gave them a Bible Reading on Paul's idea of Christian as elucidated in the It is impossible iu a newspaper report to give the Biblo anything like itn due The speaker was evidently at home with nis subject aud from his tones and gestures it was very evident that he was profoundly impressed with the truths The Reading was designed to remove the many misconceptions that arise on this subject from confusion of and from people learning their theology from the words of those in the niceties of language rather than from the The preacher took up the one by oue and proved as it seemed lo the congregation that there is something else to be done for a man after he is con He gave some wholesome instructions about What Salvation means that many In every town und village would do well to heed said are unless they be saved from or at least saved from sin as a Those who contract debts without intending to not only break the law pre scribed by the Methodist discipline but the far higher law of God 's book of and are not christians if they continue in that without repentance and Our report will not allow an extended account of every passage of scripture but the balient points of his Reading wore that that the epistles although written to professing christians abound everywhere with earnest urgings after a fullness not known at He strongly advised his hearers uot to mistake justification for If they came to the altar conscious of s i n they should ask and be ' sure they had it before they prayed for a clean It was the mistakes on this point that caused so much skepticism on this subject many professing sanctifications who were merely However there is such a a n d many here know it. Sure of the fact that they were living godly and yet conscious that there was something still As he took up the Epistles one after showing the object in all of them to be to induce the churches to claim this fullness of the audience was greatly and responded in such a manner as to show that he was talking of welcome The sacra ment of the Lord 's Supper was then Thirteeen preachers and two hundred and eight members partook of the sacred of our Lords death aud and many others would done but could not of the the The from neighboring aud especially from came now in a steady aud the ground a scene of and Dinner was partaken of by many visitors at the tents where open was If it was the same in all the tents as at the one the writer the who gave the dinners were the best for those who came brought more thau they a t e and so there was au increasing surplus all the At 1: 80 the Germans held a service in their own language in a tent fitted up for the Rev. Carl Stellner and judging from the the audience responded we should think it was a n excellent The singing w a s very delightful to listen although one could not understand tho The English congrega may learn a good lesson from their German brethren in this The German practice is undoubtedly the one most adapted t o the objects of public religious Let us aud let us At tho hour a very large audience gathered in the tent for English The suti came out occasionally and t h e n aguin a cloud would so that it was to know whether to remove ibe seals the tent or n o t Sage w e a t h e r prophets said Stay where you aud sage weather prophets said Have preaching and so between the t w o the services were to some extent not a Rev C M. Bryan stood on a seat at the angle of two long rows of people and preached sermon on Matt Considering tho disadvantages of his situation the con listened attentively to his re Ho explained what he conceived to be tho true theory of interpreting sym expressions in reference to the second coming of as against Ad and lie thought literalism had been carried much too far in t h e explanation of prophecy His homely illustrations aud sometime pungent sarcasm won t h e attention o many who will not listen to other meth ods of presenting the lie ad vis ed his not lo be troubling so much about t h e bursting of the or the turning ( if Ibe moon into blood as about living in constant readiness for death aud He caused some sensation by saying thai a lady iu Dakota once asked him if he were not afraid of the comet t h a t scientists had predicted would burn this world and he answered No- I just as soon be transported to heaven by the flame of u comet 's as any other It would only be re- Elijah's translation to He witn great what any religion but that of Christ do towards comforting the the stricken and the What comfort could they gain from or any other He concluded by saying that his long experience of the power of Christ lo forgive sinning men was so overwhelmingly blessed that it was no wonder that his whole was absorbed in iho great work of rescuing them from depravity a n d The Sacrament of Baptism was then administered by Hartsough to three The people now stood round in little groups for social or congratulated each other on advances made lu spiritual Others repaired to their tents for Many of the townsfolk began to prepare for going and u threatening cloud hurried others away who h a d intended to Some comment was excited b y tho report of a young man being in a a n d maDy went t o s e e He claimed to be a member of the United Brethren Some were suspicious t h a t the whole thing a It m a y not have for we are n o t yet sufficiently acquainted with t h e laws which govern spiritual and mental life to decide dogmatically upon this As the young man in the trance was dreamily describ ing the spirit your reporter said to the crowd who wero breathing the ox the trance man ought t o have Stand let us have more when he descended suddenly from the spirit world and Sit still and After a while ho conscious again and harangued an a u in the middle of the ground about their religions The was not responsible f i r nor the denomination holding and perhaps the safest test to judge him by will be to observe his morals dur ng the c o m i n g mouths and if they show marked improvement the trance will have been The seats were placed in the open air again for evening A large audience Hints had been given that a was and an extra guard of special police was sta round the Rev. H. W. Jones preached on What shall I with Jesus which is c a l l ed Rev. Hartsough ex the theme a in re sponse to his the altar was tilled again with Breakfast was taken earlier than 1 this in order that an early start for home may be The gathered at the stand for a farewell service at seven * A vote of thanks was tendered Mr. Reynolds for tho use of his beautiful and to for his unwearied attentions to visitors and It is but just to him to say t h a t he displayed good generalship all through tho and to perhaps more thau to any one the material comfort of the campers was All tho church members in that immediate vicinity lent willing to prepare the grove for and to clear it when the meeting was Rev. Hartsough delivered a very touching closing He reminded his hearers that Jesus was interested in His He urged them to have family altars in every To those professing Entire Sanctification ho very timely Keep said Above alt things keep Bo not Be not Say no hard things those t h a t differ with Wesley did uot allow the early preachers to say things thoso that stoned People will watch Let them a l w a y s engaged about such pine work lhat watching you will do them Keep fiom Do nothing at home that will promote He careful at your holiness prayer meetings abouL making coals fur If you cau only attend ouo prayer meeting a let it be the church prayer meeting on Thursday His remarks were eagerly listened aud produced a marked One hundred and two persons in a brief expressed their faith iu and so ready wero they that it only took fifteen minutes for them all to do it. Prosy experiences were at a. very large Even at this early hour two hundred and thirty joined in t h e March around as old meeting people have called it and and tours a n d were tho order of tho and some who had not been affected all through the devotional exercises of the preceding days were moved to tears by this exhibition of fraternal Statistics do not reveal all tho done iu such meetings as but it should be said thai over one hundred conversion and more than double that number consecrated themselves anew to Gad during tho Elder Hartsough endeared himself to all present timely counsel aud affectionate His will be g l a d l y welcomed should ho the meeting Buck a meeting of men and women for Christian worship must bo productive of great Some tilings are Much love docs not imply much says and yet in tho warm tiros of oven unenlightened love much dross is purged Charity will overlook rhetorical and many other iu consideration of the overwhelming preponderance of Tents wero struck and before tbe grove was almost Tho general sentiment as the people dispersed to their homes And if our fellowship below In Jesus is so What heights of rapture shall wo know round His throne we Some weeks ago tbe Liberal dealt tho Dutch pimple a little castigation because its while preaching was selling obscene and pernicious Tho pimple recently responded in tha following classical As for Leidy of the wa have only to ' If the tongue of attacks you be not seek only good when you want to attack au old first thoroughly learu the English ' A barking dog never
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