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that be, so in this case the mayor stood by me and explained to the officer that this good work was exempt from taxation. I went back to my stand and found a crowd waiting for me to open up my books. As some of the people took up the books they were amazed at the prices, and said, 'How can you let us have the books for such a low price?' I said to them the American Bible Society made it possible, and back of the Society are good friends who are giving their money not only to put the prices in the reach of the people, but to give to them if they are too poor to buy.
“One man really asked me, “What is the cheapest guarantee that you have for one for a seat in Paradise ?' *No cheaper recommendation than perfect obedience to the law that we circulate, sir.' After running the questions a little further, he said: 'I am glad to have met you; I must have one of your books. Your answer has helped me.'
“I have given much attention to the rural work, as I feel they have so few opportunities to get Bibles so cheap. I have to jump on wagons many times when they will let me, when I am on some of those large plantations, in order to carry a large supply of books for the people. I enjoy preaching to the people in these rural sections. When they hear that the Bible man will preach on Sunday, the news is carried far and near, and a crowd will be sure to greet you. How they enjoy having those little two-cent Gospels to carry home with them. This seed will bring forth, I am sure, untold good. When I find children reading the Scriptures and enjoying them it is a sign that the old people will get interested and learn much of His Word.
“One Sabbath morning I started for a fourteen-mile drive into a hill country. I had a mustang pony to carry me.
I tell you sometimes we were sailing smoothly and again I was out persuading my pony to go. We fractured our buggy shafts, but made it in time for Sunday school, and at the eleven o'clock service I attempted to preach and tell about my books. They were interested, and I did not have a hard job in putting the Scriptures in homes miles around. It is good to see those old people who cannot read holding to His Word.
" "Tis blessedness to know that He
The piece He has begun
To prove the work well done-
Mr. Braboy Mr. Braboy writes us that he must leave to learn more about the book he is to represent. We are sorry to have him go out of active work, but hope to have him again after leaving Gammon Seminary. You must know the book, says Colporteur Braboy, in order to explain his truths to the people. Our people are thinking as never before on His Word. The questions they ask must be answered in a
convincing way. If you would have them study the book, you must teach them to love it.
“It is surprising how many homes in this land of ours are without any part of the Scriptures, and some of these homes are those of intelligent people with every other comfort around them. When I investigate I find out they have never been interested in the book. I have to spend nearly as much time with some of these people, to show them they ought to have a Bible and study it, as I do with many of those who have not had a chance in life. It is not safe to pass any of our people by without trying to see about their needs as to Bibles. I have also found on my rounds a large number of people who have never been in a church.
“I have had many hard struggles in doing my work, until I thought it would be best to give up, and when I would make up my mind to do this my love for humanity would stop me and I would call upon him for more strength and grace and get about my Master's business. My work has been in southwest Georgia. When I was not able to carry my load I often got a pair of goats to aid me. They were sought on every side, so they helped more than one way. I have supplied many Sunday schools with Bibles. I have made it a point to see that each church I visited had a good Bible on the pulpit. Oh, that the people knew better the nature of this great and good work. If they only knew, I cannot believe there could be so many indifferent people in this Christian land of ours. At our very doors the mass of humanity is starving for something, they know not what, until they are awakened from their sleep by the hand of some colporteur or some other source and told to study His Word, have it read daily, learn to feed upon it, and live.
“I shall go back into the work with fresh courage to bestir my people and ask him to help me to aid many into the daylight of his love."
Mr. Vaughters Mr. Vaughters, working in Texas, found it very hard in reaching the people. He had to buy a bicycle to aid him in carrying his books. We are sorry to say we will not have him with us, as his health will not permit. He writes:
“It is hard to catch the people as they are in the cotton fields. I am doing my best, though, but often get blue because I cannot scatter more of the Scriptures. My feet and legs are stiff when I get up in the morning from the previous day's walking without any good results.”
Mr. Cochran was with us for a short time during the summer, and soon learned that to be a colporteur of the American Bible Society was hard work, with many pleasant hours, but with much hard and discouraging work. “At times I have not had anything to eat for a day and at night a very poor place to lay my head."
Mr. Touchstone Mr. Touchstone spent some time in the work. We hated to have him stop. He was a faithful worker and was able to do good work among the people.
“In this town the people consider my stay a help to them. All the people indorse the work of the American Bible Society in trying to supply the colored people of the South with Bibles.
I am here well and must tell you what a good time I had working in the slums with old and young people Sunday afternoon. I read to them and prayed with them and told them what the Society was doing for them. They wanted to know how long I would stay with them. I must say they are thankful. . I tell
I have had it hard trying to get in this place to work. I met the ministers and got their support. Some of the leading people threw themselves into the matter, and after seven visits to the commissioner, who became interested because I continued to visit him, called me in and talked over the work and sent me into the others, and they all agreed and told me I might work all the summer. I thanked them kindly and started my rounds."
Mr. Stitt is one of our new colporteurs. He is trying to reach the people. We hope he will succeed and hold out. " The work is hard; I am going to pull through, though, and do my best. I have been doing much work in the rural section and find the people are glad to meet me."
Mrs. Sanders, the wife of Colporteur Sanders, has been interested in Bible distribution since her marriage some years ago. She has kept up with her husband on the road and cared for him while on the field. Now she is at work as a colporteur, and it is good to hear how she knocks on one door while her little son of four years of age is knocking at another door. I suspect he is the youngest colporteur on the staff. Young Sanders was born on the field and has spent most of his life listening to his father and mother talk about the need of Bibles in the homes of the people.
Mr. Kellogg spent the summer working around district conferences and was successful in putting out a number of Bibles. He was anxious that every young man he came in contact with should have at least one of our two-cent portions as a password. They could not get by without this weapon.
Appreciative Words We will give you a few extracts from some of the many letters we are receiving daily from workers in various missions and from different localities. We send forth in their own words the concluding part of our report for 1914.
Mrs. Oliver, the wife of one of our well-known and very active pastors, doing mission work in a largely populated but needy section of Atlanta, writes : “For this work we needed Bibles. In visiting
fifty or more homes we found only two Bibles. Through you, the American Bible Society, we have furnished Bibles for one hundred homes. For this we thank you. Since these people have Bibles the transformation effected is visible in the changed condition in the home, on the street, or alley, where they are located, and in the moral condition of the child's life there is a great improvement. Sunday-school attendance takes the place of street fights on Sunday, and many are becoming active church members. In a recent revival more than one hundred were converted and added to the church, a large part of whom were from this element."
From a chaplain of one of the prison camps in Georgia : “Thirtyfour years ago I began voluntary prison work. I found at that time the men gambling in many ways. A thought came to me to give them a Testament for every pack of cards. After many talks they consented, and the Bible was eagerly sought. One man turned his back upon me and divided his deck, so that his friend might have one too.
We have enjoyed giving out these Testaments to the prisoners, and they have been greatly helped by them. We thank you very much for those you have given us. We still have a very large place for as many as we can get, so do not forget us when you make another round."
A line from a Texas brother :
DEAR SIR : We thank you on behalf of the little mission for the Bibles sent us. The assortment could not have been better. We can never forget the Bible Society for the great Word in the hands of the poor people. Again accept our thanks.
A line from Alabama : “We thank the American Bible Society, through you, for the Bibles sent to our mission school. We shall endeavor to use them for the good of these little children."
A line from Georgia :
DEAR BROTHER : Accept thanks for the Testaments and Gospels you sent to me; enclosed find check for the same. It is good to know that they can be had for so little. Everyone can, if he will, have some portion of the Scriptures. May the peace of God be with you, the Society, and all the good, liberal people.
A line from a large Presbyterian school in Alabama :
DEAR SIRS : We appreciate indeed the Bibles you have shipped us, and enclosed you will find the check for the same.
We thank you for the discount made.
DEAR SIR : I wish you could see how happy our Sunday school is over those Bibles you sent them. We thank you for the same.
A line from Florida :
DEAR SIR : The beautiful pulpit Bible you sent to our church was presented to the people amid applause. They will never forget the American Bible Society or you for your kindness toward them, be
lieving that it came to them by their untiring effort to succeed in their church work, and because of it they are more than encouraged.
A line from North Carolina :
DEAR SIR : Your kind grant of fifty Bibles arrived to-day. I shall divide them among three churches. I am sure they will do untold good. With many thanks.
A line from another convict camp :
DEAR SIR : The forty Bibles for colored convicts came safe, and it gives me pleasure to state that I delivered ten of them to Camp 1, and sent the thirty for distribution in Camp 2. It is our prayer that the seed sown will bring forth much fruit. I thank you very much for them.
From Florida :
DEAR DOCTOR : We received the box of books from the freight office to-day. Please accept many thanks for you and the Society on behalf of my church and Sunday school, as well as myself. These Bibles will be of much help to us. We are having a gracious revival.
I could write many, many such letters of this nature, but fear I might try your patience.
In building the character and life of this struggling people we become quite anxious as to the lines in which this work shall proceed. We are convinced there is but one correct way. It is laid down in God's own words. The book speaks thus : “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth ; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."