The Home Advocate. (Jefferson, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 46, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 11, 1869 Page: 1 of 4
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THE HOME ADVOCATE.
A. Weekly Journal Devoted to Christianity, Kducation, lime Enterprise, and General Intelligence.
43. A. KELLY. Proprietor
I'. J. PATILLO, Editor and Publisher.
JEFFERSON, TEXAS, DEC. 11, 1869.
SUNDAY SCHOOL REPORT.
KAST TEXAS CONFERENCE.
Your Committee to whom was ro-
le* red tin; subject of Sunday Schools,
beg leave to report as follows ;
No. Sunday Schools 56
" Superintendents .. 56
" Teachers 249
" Scli^.lars 2,331
" Vols, in Library 5,498
" Visitors taken 329
We note with great pleasure an
improvement in this important ad-
junct of the church, regarding it
as we do one of our most important
enterprises. If we would have the
doctrines and principles of our holy
religion deeply grounded and rooted
in the hearts of the people, they
must bo planted in the early season
of childhood, and assiduously and
faithfully cultivated through youth
to mature manhood and womanhood.
We rejoice to know that our preach-
ers and people are manifesting a
higher appreciation of the Sunday
School cause by putting their long
cherished precepts in regard to this
interest into more perfect practice.
While schools and scholars are in-
creasing in number men and women
ot experience and influence arc re-
cognizing thern as a powerful means
of moral and religious culture, and
4 are giving them more earnestly their
By common coriscnt all eyes seem
to be turned to the precious children
of our country as the hope of the
It may not be out of place for us
also to mention the fact in this con-
nection that periodicals devoted to
children and youth are springing up
into existence, and are received by
the people as the harbingers of good
to the rising generation, and are
patronized and encouraged with
We recommend the adoption of the
following resolutions :
1. Resolved, That we regard child-
hood and youth as the most favorable
time of life for religious culture, and
that we will redouble our efforts in
the Sunday School cause, and in the
support and encouragement of every
enterprise calculated to advance the
mental, moral and religious interests
2. Resolved, That we will preach
oftener expressly for the children, and
endeavor to adapt our discourses to
their comprehension, and that we
will urge upon parents the impor-
tance of having their children pre-
sont at all the public services of the
church as far as possible.
John S. Mathis, l
Wm. C. Collin'8, -> Committee.
L. V. Greer. )
. — <• —
An economical girl in Portland
took all the medicine left in the house
after her father's death, in order that
it might not bo wasted. She is re-
Sbo doubtless learned her economy
from the examplo of her father, who
was too stingy to pay for a paper for
I>is children to read.
A fkmai.it Fie.so ih the School, Room.
—In watching the development of
crime, all that is to be done is to
keep an eye on that criminal barome-
ter, Chicago. JIaving exhausted
murder in all of its phases of atro-
city, a new field has been opened.
The children in the public schools are
now being used as material for the
cruelty and bloodthirstiness of Chi
cago to exercise itself upon. A Miss
Ilerrick, a teacher in the public
schools of that Western Gomorrah,
has beeu charged with being guilty
of such brutality to one of her pupils,
that the poor littlo sufferer is now
lying at tiie point of death. A com-
mittee of the Board of Education
are investigating the affair, and the
testimony of tho witnesses examin-
ed shows a horrible stato of affairs
among the schools of Chicago. A
lot of children placed at tho mercy
of a termagant teachei* have been
so cruelly used that the authorities
have had to interfere.—Ex.
Wouldn't be surprised if they
banish her to the land of " lawless-
ness and crime." Look out darkies!
Mrs. Norton, one of the strong
minded of New York, lectured in that
city the other evening on " The Rag-
pickers of New York." " It was
estimated," says the World, " that
the rag-pickers, male and female, in
this city amounted to 1,200, and Mrs.
Norton gave an interesting sketch
of one who died a millionaire and
was afterwards received into the
kingdom of Heaven." How does
Mrs. Norton know into what king-
dom lie was admitted ?—Courier-
It seems to be a matter of no con-
sequence what became cf the other
1199 poor unlucky vagabonds.
Henry Ward Beecher sometimes
tells his congregation that it is as
hard for a rich man to get to heaven
as it is for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle. But as his income,
which amounted to $28,000 last year,
is very small compared with that of
Stewart, or Vanderbilt, or Astor, ho
thinks he can induce St. Peter to
look upon it as a mere trifle, and to
admit him for his piety. We cer-
tainly wish him succcess in the at-
tempt, but would advise him not to
die with such an income upon his
soul. There is no telling to what
out-of-the-way place its specific gra-
vity might sink him.—Courier-Jour-
Perhaps Beecher thinks once and
a while a camel may squeeze through,
and his is an exceptional case.
Bcrned to Death.—A few days
since Mr. Thomhill's child, ten or
twelve months of age, caught fire,
ran under the bed, setting it on fire,
awl before the flames could be ex-
tinguished by Mrs. Thornhill, (the
child's mother), it was so badly
burned that it died soon after. The
parents were absent when the
child caught fire. This occured near
Milam, Sabine county.—San Angus-
From the Beehive.
THE UNEMPLOYED OF ENGLAND.
Destitution of the Laboring Classes.
We are informed that tho follow-
ing petition to tho Queen is being
largely circulated for signatures, and
that a series of meetings upon the
subject will shortly be held :
cod save the queen.
May it please your Majesty: We
beg humbly to lay before you that a
large number of men, women and
children, your Majesty's subjects,
have long been, and are now, in a
state of destitution, through inability
to procure work, and that their con-
dition in this country is very miser-
able and hopeless. That they are
informed and believe that in other
parts of your Majesty's dominions
there is a great demand for labor
and also a great abundance of food,
so that all who arc here perishing
for want of the necessaries of life
might there live by their own exer-
tions in plenty and comfort; but
they ere unable to reach those dis-
tant countries without assistance.
We, therefore, humbly pray your
Majesty to see that such measures
be taken without delay as may en-
able those who are willing to work
to go to those parts of your Ma-
jesty's dominions where their labor
is required, and where they may
prosper, and may increase the pros-
perity of the whole empire. We
also beg to represent to your Ma
jesty that we have heard with alarm
and indignation that your Majesty
has been advised to consent to give
up the colonies, containing millions
of acres of unoccupied land, which
might be employed profitably, both
to the colonies and ourselves, as a
field for emigration. We respect-
fully submit that your Majesty's
colonial possessions were won for
your Majesty, and settled, by the
valor and enterprise and treasure of
the English people; and that, having
thus become a part of the national
freehold and inheritance of your
Majesty's subjects, they are held in
trust by your Majesty, and ought not
to be surrendered, but transmitted
to your Mujesty's successor whole
and entire, as they were received by
your Majesty. And, in order to dis-
courage and defeat all such projects
for disunion, we humbly pray your
Majesty to cause England and her
colonies and dependencies to be in-
corporated by name into one British
Empire, and that proclamation be
made that you are sovereign thereof,
in like manner as you have been pro-
claimed Queen of India. Wo believe
that such proclamation would be joy-
fully welcomed throughout your
Majesty's dominions; and, if assur-
ance of this be required, it may be
found in the welcome which has been
accorded to the princes of tho blood
in every one of the colonies which
they have visited. We would also
submit that your Majesty might call
to your honorable Privy Council re-
presentatives from all the colonies.
Finally, we pray your Majesty to
assemble your Parliament without
delay, that they may inquire into tlie
cause of this present distress, and
send a remedy.
Wo are, Your Majesty's Humble
We propose to swap a certain
class of our poor American born
citizens, (so-called) who appear to
be able to live and keep fat without
work, for England's poor who are
willing to work—giving head for
head, two for one, or one lor two—
any way. Subjeot to the ratification
HOW TOM ROUSED 1IER.
The wife of Tom Gordon is a vic-
tim to imaginary ailments, and is
never so content as when living ac-
cording to the directions of her medi-
cal adviser. Dr. Valentine now un-
derstands her whims and oddities so
well that ho humors her in every
caprice; if she imagines rheumatism
is her complaint, ho agrees with her,
and prescribes some harmless potiou;
if she thinks her appetite decreasing,
some bread pills keep her in good
spirits until the fancied symptoms of
some other disease iuduce her to send
again for him.
During the last four years Tom has
often wished that his wife would roll
down stairs and break her foolish
head, for the reason that the physi-
cian's and apothecary's bills mado a
serious inroad upon his fortune.
About three mouths ago she corn-
plained of a pain in her side, and, as
usual, the doctor was summoned.
After prescribing three or four bottles
of different compounds—nil harm-
less, but rather expensive, ho said:
"All you want to assist medicine
in effecting a.euro is a little rousing.
Although your ailment is serious, it
is not dangerous. Assume a little
energy, and you will recover. Re-
member, rouse yourself."
After tho doctor had retired, the
patient fancied that at last some
serious disease was beginning to
manifest itself, and like a fool, she
went to bed in despair.
Tom understands the case thorough-
ly from long experience, and said,
mentally, " She wants a rousing,
does she ? Well, I'll give her a sur-
prise that will startle her."
Mrs, Hake, an attractive widow,
was engaged to act in the capacity
of nurse to Mrs. G. Tho widow is
young, buxom, amiable; and Tom
thought her attractive qualities
might bo made available in giving
the patient the necessary rousing.
A short consultation with Mrs.
Hake resulted in the arrangement of
a plan, the execution of which was
to influence Mrs, G. to forever after-
wards throw physic to the dogs.
Late the next evening, while the
patient was fretting and groaning,
and announcing her intention of giv-
ing up the ghost, Tom called Mrs.
Hake aside and said to her iu a pre-
tended whisper, but loud enough to
be heard by the invalid:
" Poor Fanny 1 she is about to die
at last, and you and I may as well
arrange for our mairiage."
Tom threw a glanco over his
Bhouldcr as he spoke and observed
the dying patient cease her groaning
and begin to arouse herself. Arising
to a sitting posture in tho bed to noto
every word of the conversation, eb©
stared at them with eyes as big ns
small onions peeled.
•"Twill be a relief to herv" con-
tinued Tom, "lor sho has always
beeu an iuvatid. I too, havo auffered
as well as she, but with yon, the piu
turo of health, as my wife, happiness
will be complete."
The widow threw herself open
Tom's shoulders, her arm about his
neck,and began to chew his vest in
mouthfuls to smother her laughter.
" How soon shall we get married
after sho is dead V asked Tom, pass-
ing his arms around tho widow's sub-
" I suppose you will be- willing to
wait a week or two ?* simpered Mrs
Hake, as she leaned her head on his
shoulder, and took anottber mouthful
The invalid uttered aa exclama-
tion, and landed on the floor.
" You think I am going to die, do
you ?" sho exclaimed. " 1'U live to
spite you both I And for you,"—sho
turned and grasped Mrs. Hake by
the hair—" out of my house, you de-
signing vixen I I will act us my own
From that day to this, Mrs. G. has
enjoyed good health, and Tom has
enjoyed good spirits, because he has
not had a doctor's bill to pay. lie
knew how to cure her, for she only
needed rousing, and Tom roused her.
As the Pope has included Free-
masons (in combination with Bible
Societies) as especial subjects for
censure at tho Ecumenical Council,
tho Grand Master of Masons in
Franco has summoned a General
Convention of the Masons of Eurojvj
at Paris on the 8th of December, in
which Freemasonry is solemnly to
affirm the great principles of univer-
sal human right, which are its basis
and its glory.
Laborers. — Tho Ouachita Tele-
graph of the 20th nit., says that thcro
are twenty-four Danes, Swedes and
Norwegians now at work on tho
Crew Lake section of tho railroad.
Their manager says that any num-
ber of similar laborers can bo brought,
to the South, for farm work, at
moderate wages. They are said to
be first-class laborers.
John Kitts, a revolutionary soldier,
107 years old, is living in Baltimore
Ho is very poor, and asks tho city
council to give him something to live
Why not color the old gentleman
and send him to some of tho unre-
constructed States. He would need
no other bounty.
Jor.—A littlo boy learning that
his neighbor, one of tho Sunday
School teachers, was released from
tho Stockade, with a number of tho
other "Jefferson prisoners," clapped
his hands and exclaimed, "O I'm *t>
glad 1 I'm no glad ! I feel just lihe
I was hugging tho baljy 1 ! "
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Patillo, F. J. The Home Advocate. (Jefferson, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 46, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 11, 1869, newspaper, December 11, 1869; Jefferson, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth235571/m1/1/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.