Second Day’s Work of the Convention

Committees Appointed By Mr. C. A. Smith

Home Mission Last Night

There have been Gratifying Reports From All Departments, Especially From State Mission Field.

The greatness of the Baptist convention of South Carolina cannot be appreciated by a cursory glance. For the preparations for the sessions of the big deliberative body of big men have been so carefully mapped out that the organization works like a piece of machinery. Otherwise the magnitude of the body would be apparent, but in a confusion resulting from imperfect arrangements the amount of work accomplished would be diminished appreciably.

THe convention got down to work yesterday. At the morning session the beloved secretary of State missions, Dr. T. M. Bailey, made his report, showing what had been accomplished in the twelvemonth and what had been done during the 20 years of his connection with the convention in this capacity. It was a marvelous showing and stamps Dr. Bailey as having been and still of being one of the most useful men that this State has ever known. So large has this field of labor become that it is probable that an assistant will be given to Dr. Bailey, or that another department will be created by lightning his duties.

The report of the connie Maxwell orphanage was also submitted at the morning session and a very interesting address was delivered by the representative of the SOuthern Baptist Theological seminary, Dr. Carver.

A committee was appointed to collect the historical data in connection with the denomination in this State. Another committee was appointed to see if it should be advisable to suggest the incorporation of the Greenville Female college apart from the Furman university charter. And still another committee was appointed to look into the advisability of employing a Sunday school secretary or an assistant to Dr. Bailey. It is quite probable that the convention will adopt the committee’s recommendation to employ Rev. A. W. Bealer of Georgia, a native of Darlington county and at one time on the editorial Staff of the Atlanta Journal. It is said that in Georgia he has been wonderfully successful in work similar to that to which he will be called in this State. He is thought to be just the man for the place.

Morning Session

The devotional exercises yesterday morning were conducted by Rev. Jabez Ferris of Batesburg. After the reading of the minutes of the session of Friday night, Rev. David M. Ramsey, D. D., pastor of the Citadel Square Baptist church of Charleston and president of the board of trustees of Furman University and the Greenville Female college, made an announcement with reference to the report of the board in which a recommendation would be made to have a separate board for the Greenville Female college. There seemed to be some legal technicalities in the way, but the investigation made by some of the best lawyers in the State showed that there could be a separation. He also stated that there is a desire to change the name of Furman university, leaving off the word “university.” After due consideration the trustees had decided that for the present at least there would be no change.

Dr. A. J. S. Thomas moved there a committee of five be appointed to consider the availability of having a separate board of trustees for Greenville Female college and if they considered it a wise step to nominate a board of 15 trustees for said institution. This was agreed to and the committee met yesterday afternoon.

HOME MISSION WORK

Rev. T. M. Bailey, D. D., who is completing his 20th year as corresponding secretary of the executive boar, then read his report which showed such gratifying progress that the convention was moved to sing “Praise God from whom all blessing flow.”

The work of the State mission board since its organization has been one of the strengthening weak and struggling churches within the bounds of the churches within the bounds of the State, and planting and sustaining others in places of destitution. Hundreds of churches that are now strong and liberal have at some time felt the quickening touch and moulding impress of the State Mission board.

The report submitted by Dr. Bailey says in part; “During the year just closed the general character of the work has been excellent and the results very gratifying. Every Baptist in the State is eager to see the work of his denomination pushed with vigor. This work at our very door surely merits our first attention. Pastors cannot escape their responsibility in this matter. We must not grow weary in urging the claims of our own State work up on the hearts of our people until they realize as they ought its supreme importance.

“At the January meeting of the board the amounts recommended by the convention to be raised for the different benevolent objects fostered by the convention were apportioned among the associations. The board recommended to the executive committee of our associations that they apportion the amounts allotted to each association among the churches of the same. We believe that this was done in most cases.

Sunday School Secretary.

“The board was not able to find an available man with special adaptation for Sunday school work. This, together with the fact of our having to carry a deficit from the previous year accounts for there not being appointed a Sunday school field worker or a successor to our resigned April 30th. The work or the board was mapped out o the basis of $20,000 in accordance with the vote of the convention to raise that much.

“During the year 127 men and women have been engaged in the employ of the board for the whole or a part of their time. Of these 106 have served as missionary pastors, 1 as evangelist, 2 as missionaries and colporters and 12 lady missionaries. They have occupied 172 station in 35 of our 37 associations.”

From the statistical report the following information is obtained:

The board was organized by the State convention in 1866 and has been in sucessful operation down to the present time. Of the 965 white Baptist churches in our State, with a membership numbering 112,000, one-third of these churches are the direct result of the work of this board.

“The present corresponding secretary, Rev. T. M Bailey, D. D., has been the leader of this work for 20 years. From the report presented to the convention we get the work of this year; Missionaries and colporters employed, 127; stations, 172; miles traveled, 62,272; sermons and addresses delivered, 6,781; prayer meeting held, 3,812: religious visits made, 32,386; conversions, 1,284; baptisms, 1,003; received by letter, 1,118; restored to fellowship, 127; total additions to our mission churches, 2,247; Sunday schools organized, 40; churches organized, 7; religious books sold for $5,300; receipts for the year, $19,093.36.”

The new churches organized were; Second church, Clinton; Blaney in Kershaw county; Palmetto at Columbia; Woodside in Greenville; Drayton in Spartanburg; Chiquola in Anderson, and Ashton in Sumter.

As to the work in the mill communities, Dr. Bailey reports; “The Work among them has claimed large attention from the board. We have a force of 49 men and 12 women working among the people connected with 70 among the people connected with 70 cotton factories. That we are succeeding in this work is evident from the fact that we have already 45 established churches in mill towns besides others that are built up and are no longer dependent upon the board. Some of these have manifested much liberality in the Master’ cause.

“For various reasons that I need not give, there are many difficulties to overcome in the prosecution of this work, but so far our effort have been successful. The spiritual welfare of the mill people largely depends upon the Baptists and Methodists. The Lord has opened to us a wide feild for usefulness among these people. Shall we go forward and cultivate it for Him?”

After discussing the Bible and colportage work of the committee and describing the efforts of the women missionaries employed in the home field, the report concludes with a statement that the income this year has far exceeded anything yet recorded in the history of the Baptist Convention, the amount contributed for home mission work being $1093.36, or $3,000 more than for any previous year.

Record of Twenty Years

Dr. Bailey has completed his 20th year in this work and in his report he says:

“During the last 20 years our missionaries have baptized 12,468 persons added to our mission churches 34,977 members; organized 150 churches; built at mission stations 160 houses of worships, and sold book amounting to $66,369.13.”

At the conclusion of the reading of Dr. Bailey’s report, Rev. D. H. Crosland of Saluda arose and moved that the convention sing a doxology of praise and that Rev. W. J. Langston, D. D., lead in a prayer of thanksgiving. After Dr. Langston’s prayer, the convention adopted a resolution offered by Rev. C. C. Brown, D. D., to the effect that a committee of five be appointed to look into the advisability of employing a secretary for the Sunday school work with instruction to the committee to report at this meeting of the convention.

President Smith announced the appointemnt of the following committee on Sunday services: Dr. Lindsay, Rev. R. N. Pratt, Rev. W. E. Wilkins, Rev. N. A. Hemrick and Mr. Wm. H. Lyles.

Distinguished Visitors.

The following visiting ministers were seen in the convention hall and were announced as being present: Rev. J. M. Frost, D. D., corresponding secretary of the Sunday school board; Rev. R. J. Willlingham of Richmond, corresponding secretary of the foreign mission board; Rev. W. O. Carver, D. D. of the Southern Baptist Theological seminary; Rev. J. N. Presidge, D. D., editor of The Baptist Argus; Rev. Dr. Whitsitt of Richmond college, and Rev. Dr. Spillman.

Mrs. G. B. Burell of Charleston, President of the board of trustees of the Connie Maxwell orphanage, read his report and this was followed by the financial report of the superintendent, Rev. A. T. Jamison. There are 183 orhans at the institution. In the last 12 months the Maxwell building has been completed and occupied. The E. P. McKissick Memorial library has been put in use; there was a bequest of nipseed of Newberry, and $274.60 from the estate of Mrs. R. A. Blackwell; and a large piece of property in Barnwell, the farm of the late Terrell Smith, valued at $20,000.

Ministerial Education

The board of ministerial education reported through the chairman, Rev. W. J. Langston, D. D., that the work is progressing, slowly but perceptibly. There are now 18 ministerial students at Furman and five in the fitting school. Of these one pays his own way, two are helped by churches and associations and 20 recieve aid from the ministerial education fund of the convention.

Each beneficiary receives an annual loan of about $80. The board thinks it better to make a loan than a donation, for it makes the young men self reliant, keeps down any envy on the part of those who do not benefit by the existence of the fund and prevents the beneficiaries from being extravagant, for while they are given ten year in which to pay back this money, yet it is regarded strictly as a loan and notes of exchange are given to the board, Mr. William Goldsmith of Greenville on behalf of the board’s treasurer, Dr. A. J. S. Thomas, who has been ill, submitted the financial report of the board, showing that they have on hand $3,130.57 in notes given by students now in college. The board received from associations last year about $1,750 in contributions for this loan fund and some notes were paid. Just a day or two ago a young man came to him and took up the note of a student beneficiary who had died while at college last year.

Later in the day Dr. C. C. Brown got off a laugh at the expense of the board. He had been appointed chairman of a committee to devise some other plan for the aid of ministerial students and he had never been able to get the committee together. Late in the summer he had heard from Dr. Langston that there was no use to make a change, that the old plan would do if they would push it along with a little more enthusiasm. Dr. Brown concluded that from the report the board of ministerial education must have found a way to push it along.

Dr. C. C. Brown read the report of the board for aged minister’ relief. There had been $500 from the estate of the widow of the late Judge PRessly and with $500 gathered here and there had been used to start an endowment fund. He read the sames of six former beneficiaries from this fund who had died during the year. The amount received during the year was $6,042.55 of which among $1,000, as stated above, had been invested in a bound and mortgage.

Denominational History

Dr. Z. T. Cody presented the report of the special committee appointed at last session to consider the preservation of denomination history. Prof. H. T. Cook of Furman university has been the custodian of the manuscript collected by the historical society, which had not met since 1893. Prof. Cook has written about 40 articles of historical nature for The Baptist Courier and now has a manuscript volume ready for the printer. The report recommended that a committee of five be appointed, the term of one member to expire each year, for the purpose of collecting, arranging and preserving any historical matter in connection with the Baptist denomination in South Carolina. This was agreed to by the convention. It was suggested that Furman university cheerfully turns over to this committee the use of its library and the fireproof vaults at Connie Maxwell orphanage have also been tendered for the storing of records and documents.

An invitation was received from Maj. Benjamin Sloan to visit the South Carolina college, of which he is the president. The invitation was accepted and best wishes expressed on motion of Mr. Orlando Sheppard.

Compulsory Education.

There was a letter from Mr. J. L. Quinby, Jr., of Graniteville urging the convention to go on record as favoring compulsory to go on record as voting compulsory education and the establishment of a State reformatory for youthful criminals. This was referred to a committee consisting of Rev. H. A. Bagby, D. D., of Greenwood and Mrs. C. P. Wray of Fairfield.

The Seminary at Louisville

Dr. W. O. Carver of the Southern Baptist Theological seminary, by invitation, then addressed the convention. He told of the Woman’s Missionary Training school at Louisville. There are taught by the faculty of the seminary. The women of Louisville has been trying to secure a home at which the young women may board. Dr. Carver scouted the idea that the women will be taught to preach. They frequently hear Dr. Dargan’s lectures, but it is because of his reputation for oratory which attracts. The women do not matriculate in the seminary.

Dr. Carver then discussed the seimary itself, taking as a theme the preparation of the minister’s preparation. First of all must be the minister’s attitude toward Christ: then true insight into the tasks and the resources with which to meet; these problems; the minister should have the consciousness that he is filling his place in harmony with God’s decree. He came with a request from the treasurer of the university asking that this convention pledge $1,000 as it had done last year.

At the conclusion of Dr. Carver’s address, He called for contributions for the eminary, Pee Dee association gave $100; Greenville, Columbia, Society Hill, and Citadel Square of Charleston each gave $50; Anderson gave $60, where upon Anderson again increased to $65, where upon Anderson again increased to $65. There were numerous contributions from churches, association and individuals until the entire amount pledged for the support of the seminary to be paid before October next was $1,050.

After some announcements, a recess was taken until the night session.

The Night Session

The night session of the Baptist convention was a great occasion. In the first place there was a most admirable address on the life of Luther Rice by the Rev. Dr. Whitsitt of Richmond college and after this there was a stirring talk in regard to home mission work among the mountaineers by the superintendent of that work, Rev. A. E. Brown of North Carolina and lastly the superb and statesmanlike address of the home mission secretary, Dr. D. B. Gray of Atlanta. This was a powerful oration, opening the eyes of many of the convention to the true condition of affairs in the material world to which a spirtural application is necessary in order to prevent deterioration.

The secretaries, Rev. C. P. Ervin of Landrum and Rev. V. I. Masters of Greenwood, were kept busy at the close of the session validating the railroad tickets of the members. Unless these tickets be properly countersigned, the holders thereof cannot get the advantage of reduced fare.

At the night session Mr. W. W. Keys of Greenville, on of the editors of the Baptist Courier and auditor of the convention, submitted the following report of the gross contributions made by the churches in the convention in the fiscal year;

The contributions of the churches for the past year to the interests fostered by the convention are as follows:

To foreign missions$27,061.26
To home missions9,435.00
To State missions19,093.36
To orphange16,100.00
To old preachers4,323.00
To ministerial education in Furman university1,060.00
To Theological seminary925.93
Total$77,999.55

in addition to the above the orphanage received provision and nothing to the value of $3,373.

December 3, 1905  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
News Article  Issue 5300  Page [1], 4
December 3, 1905  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
News Article  Issue 5300  Page [1], 4

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