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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 evening, June 9ih, under favorable auspices. The grove was dotted here and there with tents,' and a flne audience assembled for the first service. Rev. T . R. Galbrath delivered the first sermon upon " Faith," and the camp meeting fire blazed forth at once. TUESDAY MORNING a Bible Reading was given by P . E. Hartsough on t h e " Model Prayer Meeting." The next to take the stand was Rev. G. M. Pendell of Marcus, who discoursed thoughtfully upon Exodus xxxiii. u. '' My presence shall go with thee and give tb » e rest." The tenters came in numbers during this afternoon and the merry sound of hammer and saw was heard all around. Sweating pilgrims Danted at their labor, thermometer 90 in a t the shade at the v « ry least, and yet in good humor. In the eteniug Rev. H. WJbnes preached. on Rev. I l l .20. " Behold I stand at the door and knock" & c. Our reporter thought that he must have preached by faith, considerably, for the lamps gave forth a light which only made the darkness visible. ( We do not presume to dictate, but think that these services would be m'ore profitable, if the audience could be distinctly seeu by the preacher.) The clouds promised a shower and all up6n_ the ground made ready; happily the rain passed us by. WEDNESDAY MOUSING xipe'd delightfully, family devotions were led by Bro. Hartsough, the whole en campment assembling as one at the altar. The service was one of great blessing, 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 prayer. So eager were the people to take part in the exercises that it was almost impossible to stop th, em before. THE INTERLUDES of the service are very enjoyable. Every one has'left ill- humor home. The oinni : yorous grasshopper is forgotten. So anxious are all to be obliging, that one can scarcely help saying " Are these the people of every day life?" Social distinctions arc ignored, or at least, carefully concealed. This putting oil the " proprieties" for a little while is very refreshing and as we are moralizing we may as well say, that tbis frame of mind, seems especially favorable for the reception of that religion, one of whose leading commands is " L e t every man esteem others better than himself." At 10: 30 Mrs. J . M. Hartsough wife of the. Presidiug Elder of the Fort Dodge district, preached on Rom. xii. 1 , enforcing upon the attention of the professing . christians the imperative necessity of bei n g entirely consecrated to God. Her sermon was well received, and many a hearty Amen and approvingjsruile evinced • the deep interest that the subject and the speaker awakened. Mrs. Hartsough js so modest in her deportment, and so unpietentious in her style that however much persons may differ from her opinions, they can scarcely refrain from according her the most respectful attention. Rev. Thos. Cuthbert'of Mapleton preached in the afternoon on Gen. sxxv. 8 . He made an earnest plea for people flOt to hide their sins, not to give thorn up . reluctantly, but with all their hearts. Too many people do as these women did: hide their idols, intending to visit them again, rather thau utterly abolish tbem. Men aad women often live outwardly moral lives, and yet their hearts are set Jipon things contrary to God ' 9 law. The speaker's pointed stories and sententious wisdom had'a good effect. One advantage of an uneducated ministry was thus . adroitly pointed out: A local preacher, • more noted for his love of the Bible than for general literature, said: " You Will be sure to hear the gospel when I preach for I know nothing else!" Nevertheless the preacher should be a man thoroughly versed. A good point was made out f> t the fact that much of the religious iCfintroversy ef the day is chargeable uot to. the Bible, but to its interpreters who read their special dogmas into the Bible rather than out of it. Rev. Hartsough followed with anexhor. tation on the same thcinc Adverting to 9 statement of the preacher concerning other denominations and the doctrine of " Christian Perfection," he said that Bunyan,' the Baptist, taught it before Wesley Was born; and that the article . of the Baptist faith contained it, that immersion and its import as taught by the Baptists confirmed it. He said also that Jonthan Edwards the N ew England Congregationalism experienced it, that prominent Presbyterians had publicly professed their acceptance of it, and hence that Methodists ' should expect no opposition from them, sad whether they did or not, 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 « i, aad to d o it, whilst the men lived, a » d hot of neoessity at the moment of dissolution. • In the evening the grounds were much better lighted and the congregation considerably larger. Rev. J . C. R. Dayton, of Storm Lake, preached a powerful sermon, which wonderfully moved l he audience. His theme was " The wages of Sial" 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 MiVRS, I0W/ V, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 1879. No. 4 8 . had wrought, and the fearful condition of the finally impenitent, 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 altar. Several came, and an altar service, on the most approved old camp meeting plan was held,' The tentprayer meetings after the usual services of the day were over seemed to be well attended— too well attended for those who retired to their tents with hope of sleeping. Just as one was dropping off into a doze a shout in the camp, would startle him into wakeful. less. Bat then " camp meetings come but oDce a year " was the charitable remark of the multitude. It i s a subject for debate however, whether it would not be much better to retire for the. night at a reasonable hour, and then with refreshed bodies to begin the next daj's services. THURSDAY The sky was black, with clouds this morning, hasty preparations were made in the tents to keep out the shower. So habituated had some become to uttering expletives, that when a fearful sister would say i t is going to rain, a shout would be heard " Amen, let it come." Such enthusiasm is uot merely Simula ted, for a more cheerful company under such circumstance it would be difficult to imagine. The weather cleared off uice ly for the morning service. Rev. M. B. Keister preached on " Ye are the salt of the earth." Brother Keister's recital of frontier ^ experience was exceedingly interesting. The nation does cot know how much i t owes to these pioneers who have been the advance guards of Christianity. He said that in barns, and du outs and Rocky mountain cabins, he had taught and preached the simple Gospel, and as he told his experience, the " fuces illumined" and the flowing tears were mumcrous. The spiritual effect of the sermon was excellent. Rev. AV. 31. Ed gar of Sheldon preached in the afternoon on " Speak unto the childreu of Israel that they go forward." He said that Progress was the watchword of science, a, riculture, invention aud religion; that Red sea occurred in every journey and often at its beginning, 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 tion. She held a children's service also in which she talked in a kindly way to the youth on the subject of personal religion. She seems to have special tact in talking to children, which is saying a great deal for any speaser. The tents had increas ed this afternoon to twenty- five and still we hear that others are coming. The expressions that some use at the camp meeting to convey their meanings are very odd, and yet the earnestness with which they are spoken convinces one that no irreverence is meant. One said he " hoped to pitch bis tent on the old camp ground which Jesus had fixed near th « tfiroue of God;" another, that he not only wanted to " eat, at the camp meeting, heavenly bread, but to take some home to the shepherd's dog!" The ten dency is very pronounced to play upon a figurative expression, in so many differ cnt ways, that at length it borders upon the ridiculous, and yet the glowing face and quivering lip of many of the speak cis invest one with that charity which " covers a multitude of ( rhetorical) sins It is the opinion of our reporter howeve that this practice should not be encour aged, and thus a ground of prejudice would be removed, which is quite a stuinb ling block to those who. have an exalted idea of the dignity of religion, even " they do not profess it themselves- Rev Layton preached again this evening to i . , . ™ onri interested assembly. H large and interested theme was the insufficiency of nature to adequately reveal God. He said that men— by worldly wisdom— knew not an could not know the moral characteristics of God. Christ is the mouthpiece of the Trinity. Heathen philosophy was confess edly ignorant on the dearest interests humanity. Scientific men, are of skeptical because they seek moral truth in Science, rather than in Revelation Christ reveals unto us the existence a God, and his attribute of LOVE. 3 ture can answer nothing to man's agoniz jag cry " What must I do to be saved.' But where nature i s dumb Christ is " wisdom." He lightens up the qucstio of Salvation and futjre destiny ; gives comfort to bereaved hearts, where Ingersollism and Materialism give " ' J fort" indeed. 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 inter's ink cannot do and amongst them is the conveyance to a reader . mind the tQow gestures, and unction of an J * tensely magnetic speaker. The altar was crowded with penttests again, and it was midnight before the camp was silent. FRIDAY It is getting true of^ this encajxprnent, what Coleridge's Mariner said; " Water, water everywhere, But not a drop to drink." The rain this morning is plentiful, but drinking water is scarce, or at least good drinking water is. Ice, lemons, magnesia & c. are used to make make it drinkable. Preaching service was held in a tent this morning, because of the rain. Rev, Snyder of Lodi, preached on " What hall a man give in exchange for his soul?" He said that if actions were the test of belief, that many do not believe in immortality. He urged upon his audience, the wisdom of an instant surrender to Christ. Mrs. Hartsough gave an impressive exhortation after which seval expressed a desire to be completely saved. Departures and arrivals are fre quent. Mrs. Hartsough andRev. Layton left at noon to- day, and quite a sprinkling of LeMars folks camo to afternoon service. Rev. Kilboume of Smithland preached on " Christ the theme of evan gelical preachers." He gave a severe castigation to those preachers who were eloquent and learned, but who used their powers to glorify themselves. He drew a ludicrous picture of a man cautiously approaching a house on lire and with great deliberation arousing the sleepy in mates. The preacher, he thought, should be a Boanerges. And yet he did not dls dain education. The pulpit was no place for idiots. The disciples were not as illeducated as often supposed. Sanctified education was a great equipment for any preacher. The object of preaching is to present men peifect in Christ. " Perfec lion" makes soma shudder. They waut a little sin, for variety if nothing else but he ( the preacher) rejoiced that the old docirine Was receiving a new impet us. Au unusually powerful prayer meet iug followed, in which several were con verted. Mrs. Tyler, of Smithland, a lady noted for her evangciigal work conducted a children's service. The sky was much overcast, at preaching time. The light uing shimmering on the roofs of the tent and apparently all round the camp ground made the scene very impressive. The sermon was preached by Rev. Ira Wakefield of Elk Pt. Ilia theme was the Pentecost. He began with a curious remark, which would form a fitting introduction to many sermons. '' I shall probably jump round considerable and j'ou must keep track of me, or you will not be able to put the pieces together." His sermon proved to be more compact than such a preface indicated. The general drift of it was that u man fully led by the Holy Ghost would be the most effective preacher. A terrific thunder- storm put an end to the out- door meeting, but it was continued in the tents. The night was uncomfortable for most of the campers. The rain came down in such torrents, that the tents became wet, and everybody was trying to finda spot where it was dry, to sleep upon. BATUKDAY busyhonds were working early drying tents, clearing out wet straw, and otherwise arranging the camp ground and soon it Was tolerably comfortable. Family devotions were resumed in public this morning. Mr. Otto, Wendel of Smithland gave a Bible Reading. This brother is spoken of as a very useful man. The tendency seemed manifest to say " taking" things and get the moral intent of the speakor was evidently good. Much of his address was upon the qualifications of a true minister. His own qualifications he said consisted of one thing only and that not in the Discipline— viz that ho had a good stomach that was starvation proof, and that could live on Johnny cake, Our reporter imagined the gleam of satisfaction that shot from the eyes of some grinding stewards, as they looked upon this embryo circuit ridor, and thought " That sljall be our next preacher." Imagination did this work however foi the stewards that were visible are In the main self- sacrificing men, who outof their penury give unta the Lord and his church. He continued by giving a running fire at tobacco ( t h e sweet morsel under the tongue as he called it,) at dress, at rings, at big names and at foibles gen erally. One or two cautions were well timed and tersely expressed. " Too many are bleating purity ignorant of the blackness of their wool"—" Consecration ap plies to corn and oats— and you who have it, must not fo. get this practical side of it." The address was energetically deliv ered, and being in thejvernocular of the masses it prokably did more good than though its literary merit had been higher Rev. W. B. Hastings of Madison Dakota, preached on " I compel thee to buy of me pure gold." He « aid, tha. t $ olq" meant truth. Truth must be tested. Trials in life are preparatory for heaven, they are the means of strengthening character. He urged upon his hearers the necessity of securing that kind of religion that can be talked of in the house, and that will be Durified by trial. Mrs. Tyler took the stand and delivered an earnest invitation to her hearers to enter Canaan's perfect rest. She praised God that he had given her lungs to shout. Her father and mother were chagrined at first at her noisy demonstrations, but now they could shout themselves. The usual eJta. r service concluded the morning xercises. Rev. Hiram Snyder of Merrill preached on " The Master is come and calleth for thee.-" Hedweltonthe dangers of delay, on the variety of methods by which God calls. As he described his own conversion down by a hemlock tree in Pennsylvania, a perfect shower of Aniens fell. The weather was unpleasant for evening service, but a large audience assembled nevertheless. Rev. W. J. Gardner of Gorrectionville preached on 1 ' Create in me a clean heart." He remarked how different this prayer was from many modern prayers, iu that the penitent accepted the guilt of sin as his own and did not try to shift the responsibility. Rev. Hartsough gave a tellijg and touching exhortation, aud the altar was crowded with seekers. Many] said that this was the most impressive service of the series so far. SUNDAY A cold damp wind Jblew this morning, and made all out door exercises for the cariicr hohrs of the day wholly impracticable. A large tent was filled up for service, and at hulf past eight tho Love feast began. The testimonies given by those prcsent.' to the power of God to forgive sin, and to render the sinner conscious of forgiveness were numerous and decisive. One hundred and eighty spoke iu about twenty- five minutes. It must indeed be a very singular delusiou ( if delusion at nil) that possesses these people to make streaming eye and glowing faces, and glad hallelujahs so common, and which makes them so persistent, in the face of opposition and ridicule and scorn in declaring their attachment to it. The lent arrangement proved very inconvenient after all,', for notwithstanding tho uu favorable weather quite a largo delega tion came in from LeMars, and could not find seats in the limited area of the ex temporised tabernacle. The arrangement was the very best that could have been made under tho circumstances, for sitting in the open air, during the drizzle uf the early morning was intolerable, and the prospect was that it would continue so duiing the day aud it was only the earnest desire of the Methodist and other friends at LeMars lo bo at the camp meeting, enabling them to brave a prospective storm that rendered the accomodations inadequate. The sacrament of Baptism was administered to one it tic girl, who was given the poetic name ' Dakota Maid." It had been the intention of Rev, Hartsough to iireacb but at preaching time his congregation was mainly composed of professing chiistinns, aud hence he gave them a Bible Reading on " Paul's idea of Christian Perfection, as elucidated in the Epistles," It is quue impossible iu a newspaper report to give the Biblo Headiug anything like itn due effect. 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 himself. The Reading was designed to remove the many misconceptions that arise on this subject from confusion of terms, and from people learning their theology from the words of those unprocticed in the niceties of language rather than from the Bible. The preacher took up the Epistles, one by oue and proved conclusively, as it seemed lo the congregation that there is something else to be done for a man after he is con verted. He gave some wholesome instructions about What Salvation means that many In every town und village would do well to heed " None" said he, " are saved, unless they be saved from sin, or at least saved from sin as . a habit. Those who contract debts without intending to pay, not only break the law pre scribed by the Methodist discipline but the far higher law of God 's book of truth, and are not christians if they continue in that habii without repentance and debtpaying. Our report will not allow an extended account of every passage of scripture quoted, 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 conversion. He strongly advised his hearers uot to mistake justification for sanctifioation. If they came to the altar conscious of s i n , they should ask forgiveness, first, and be ' sure they had it before they prayed for a clean heart. It was the mistakes on [ this point that caused so much skepticism on this subject many professing sanctifications who were merely forgiven. However there is such a thing, a n d many here know it. Sure of the fact that they were living godly lives, and yet conscious that there was something still undone. As he took up the Epistles one after another, showing the object in all of them to be to induce the churches to claim this fullness of blessing, the audience was greatly interested, and responded in such a manner as to show that he was talking of welcome truth. The sacra ment of the Lord 's Supper was then administered. Thirteeen preachers and two hundred and eight members partook of the sacred emblem* of our Lords death aud passion, and many others would hav£ done so, but could not becauw of the smallneas'of the tent. The pcopie from neighboring townships, aud especially from LeMars, came now in a steady stream, aud the ground becamo a scene of animation, and bustle. Dinner was partaken of by many visitors at the tents where " open house" was kept. If it was the same in all the tents as at the one the writer patronized, the pcopie who gave the dinners were the best off, for those who came brought more thau they a t e , and so there was au increasing surplus all the time. At 1: 80 the Germans held a service in their own language in a tent spcciallv fitted up for the occasion. Rev. Carl Stellner preached, and judging from the way, the audience responded we should think it was a n excellent effort. The singing w a s very delightful to listen to, although one could not understand tho language. The English congrega tious may learn a good lesson from their German brethren in this respect. The German practice is undoubtedly the one most adapted t o the objects of public religious woorship. " Let us sing, aud let us all- sing." At tho saniu hour a very large audience gathered in the tent for English service. The suti came out occasionally and t h e n aguin a cloud would come, so that it was difficult, to know whether to remove ibe seals ouisido the tent or n o t . Sage w e a t h e r prophets said " Stay where you are" aud sage weather prophets said " Have preaching outside' and so between the t w o the services were to some extent not a success. Rev C M. Bryan stood on a seat at the angle of two long rows of people and preached sermon on Matt xxiv,!). Considering tho disadvantages of his situation the con grcgatiou listened attentively to his re marks. Ho explained what he conceived to be tho true theory of interpreting sym bolical expressions in reference to the second coming of Christ, as against Ad ventists and Aunihilationists. 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 giispoi. lie ad vis ed his heurcM not lo be troubling so much about t h e bursting of the sun, or the turning ( if Ibe moon into blood as about living in constant readiness for death aud judgment. 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 wouId just as soon be transported to heaven by the flame of u comet 's tail, as any other way, It would only be re- cnaclfng Elijah's translation to heaven." He asked, witn great earnestness, what any religion but that of Christ cculd do towards comforting the heart- broken, the poverty- stricken and the miserable? What comfort could they gain from Ingcrsollisms, or any other isms? 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 bciug was absorbed in iho great work of rescuing them from depravity a n d death. The Sacrament of Baptism was then administered by Rev, Hartsough to three adults. The people now stood round in little groups for social cbut, or congratulated each other on advances made lu spiritual life. Others repaired to their tents for prayer- meetings. Many of the townsfolk began to prepare for going home, and u threatening cloud hurried others away who h a d intended to stay. Some comment was excited b y tho report of a young man being in a trance, a n d maDy went t o s e e him. He claimed to be a member of the United Brethren Church. Some were suspicious t h a t the whole thing wa& a fraud. It m a y not have been, 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 point. As the young man in the trance was dreamily describ ing the spirit world, your reporter said to the crowd who wero breathing the ox ygen the trance man ought t o have had, Stand back— let us have more air;" when he descended suddenly from the spirit world and said: " Sit still friend* and listen." After a while ho becamo conscious again and harangued an a u dience in the middle of the camp- ground about their religions life. The campmeeting, however, was not responsible f i r him. nor the denomination holding it, 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 beneficial. The seats were placed in the open air again for evening service. A large audience gathered, Hints had been given that a disLurbaucc was possible, and an extra guard of special police was sta tioned round the grounds. Rev. H. W. Jones preached on " What shall I do, then, with Jesus which is c a l l ed Christ?" Rev. Hartsough ex panded the theme a little, aud, in re sponse to his invitation, the altar was tilled again with seekers. MOXDAY. Breakfast was taken earlier than usua 1 this morning, in order that an early start for home may be effected. The pcopie gathered at the stand for a farewell service at seven o'clock. * A vote of thanks was tendered Mr. Reynolds for tho use of his beautiful grove, and to Rev, Parlitt for his unwearied attentions to visitors and friends. It is but just to him to say t h a t he displayed good generalship all through tho mseting, and to him, perhaps more thau to any one individual, the material comfort of the campers was due. All tho church members in that immediate vicinity lent willing hands, however, to prepare the grove for worship, and to clear it when the camp- meeting was over. VALEDICTOKT ADDRESS. Rev. Hartsough delivered a very touching closing address. He reminded his hearers that Jesus was interested in all- His churches. He urged them to have family altars in every homo. To those professing Entire Sanctification ho addressad very timely words. " Keep sweet," said ho. " Above alt things keep sweet. Bo not censorious. Be not Pharisaical. Say no hard things , agaiuft those t h a t differ with you. Wesley did uot allow the early preachers to say hart;', things ugaiust thoso that stoned thorn. People will watch you. Let them watch. I5e a l w a y s engaged about such pine work lhat watching you will do them good. Keep fiom controversy. Do nothing at home that will promote division. He careful at your holiness prayer meetings abouL making coals fur others. If you cau only attend ouo prayer meeting a week, let it be the church prayer meeting on Thursday evenings." His remarks were eagerly listened to, aud produced a marked effect. One hundred and sixty- two persons then, in a brief seuteuce, expressed their faith iu God, and so ready wero they that it only took fifteen minutes for them all to do it. Prosy experiences were at a. very large discount, Even at this early hour two hundred and thirty joined in t h e " March around Jerusalem," as old camp- meeting people have called it Iland- sliakiug and farewells, and tours a n d shouts, were tho order of tho day, 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 feeling. Statistics do not reveal all tho gcod done iu such meetings as these, but it should be said thai over one hundred piofessed conversion and more than double that number consecrated themselves anew to Gad during tho week. Elder Hartsough endeared himself to all present by'his timely counsel aud affectionate maimer. His preseuco will be g l a d l y welcomed should ho conduct, the camp- meeting again. Buck a meeting togulher of men and women for Christian worship must bo productive of great good. Some tilings are offensive, doubtless. " Much love docs not imply much light," says Wesley, and yet in tho warm tiros of oven unenlightened love much dross is purged away. Charity will overlook rhetorical errors, and many other things, iu consideration of the overwhelming preponderance of good. Tents wero struck rapidly, and before ooon tbe grove was almost deserted, Tho general sentiment as the people dispersed to their homes was— And if our fellowship below In Jesus is so sweet, What heights of rapture shall wo know Wheu round His throne we meet. Some weeks ago tbe Liberal dealt tho Dutch pimple a little castigation because its editor, while preaching morality, was selling obscene and pernicious literature. Tho pimple recently responded in tha following classical terms: " As for Mr, Leidy of the Liberal, wa have only to my: ' If the tongue of slander attacks you be not afraid-, waspa seek only good fruit.' Hereafter, when you want to attack au old edjucai. orrh first thoroughly learu the English language, ' A barking dog never bites.' "  

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