Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 47
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CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL.
In Texas seven-eighths of the area is now- dry and three-fotuths of the popu-
lation live in dry territory. Out of 245 counties in the State, 21 are wet, 59
are partly dry and 165 are totally dry. Five counties have gone "dry" this
year; also a few precincts.
The Pros are rallying to the cause in every part of the state and every indi-
cation is that the people of Texas will have a chance to vote for State-wide
We endorse and commend the Anti-Saloon League and commend Rev. J. D.
Odom for his faithful and efficient service the past year and recommend that
Bishop Atkins appoint him to same work.
We commend Dr. Rankin for his wise and fearless stand on the question
of Temperance, both in the press and on the platform.
We commend the "Home and State" as a reliable Temperance organ.
We call upon our people everywhere to rally to this great cause and espe-
cially call upon the members of the Central Texas Conference to urge our
people to pay their poll taxes for the coming year.
R. H. HEIZER, Chairman.
T. W. TAYLOR, Secretary.
After a careful investigation of the status and the needs of our Orphanage,
your committee would call attention to some very important facts connected
with it, and offer some resolutions which we hope will lead to a larger and
better equipped home for the dependent children who look to us for support.
The first important fact to which we would call your attention is that
the providence of God is more and more manifested in the preservation of the
lives of the children. None have died during the year, notwithstanding the
serious illness of more than fifty. We ought to express our gratitude to God
for this great blessing.
Second. We find that there are at present 140 children in the Home to
be trained and educated for life's great work; we find also that we lack the
equipment necessary for the proper training in some lines of useful employ-
ment. We need workshops for the boys, and a well regulated industrial
feature for the girls. We are gratified with the educational facilities which
are offered under present conditions, but we believe a new and separate school
building is one of the imperative needs of the Home. We are also convinced
that we need a nursery for the smaller children.
We heartily commend the administration of the Manager, Dr. J. H. McLean,
and his faithful corps of helpers in this delicate and important work, and we
pledge them our loyal support.
We recommend first that our pastors endeavor to find some person or
persons of means who might be induced to contribute largely for the erection
of such buildings as are needed, and that they put the Manager in communi-
cation with all such persons.
Second, that we accept the assessment of $3,000 upon our Conference as
Apportioned to us by our Board of Directors.
Third, that we urge our pastors to take the collections early in the year,
-eeore the Christmas holidays are over if possible, or at least by the first of
farch; and that we as leaders take up the important matter of laying this
tE upon the hearts of the children of the Sunday Schools. No more im-
tant work is being done than that which we are doing for the orphan
of the State.
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South, periodical, November 1910; Waco, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49824/m1/47/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.