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Page Four ................. _ n THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 17, 1927 / HIE ED TO A STAR (Continued from page 1.) ectomies. But lest I be too affected by the darker side of her readings, she told me my brighter days were in July, when my Sun goes into Leo. Then I would enjoy ~pleasant trips, mee" new people and have new op- portunities. I nodded my approval. Jesus said: "No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold Lo the one and despise the other." In 19IS. I began to feel the in- fluence of the Klan in the church. The suggestions that I join the Masons became more pressing. The" Klan was represented as an invita- ,ties worthy the support of every I have all the earmarks of a summerlloyal American. I began to hear that vacationist, so, of course, this was a' the preachers everywhere were join- safe bid. ing' the Klan. that the highest Ma- I was beginning to wonder whether sons were joining and giving it their she had forgotten the affairs of the support. heai% Hero again, however, she had I wa~-changed from one charge to warnings. I m.ust guard myself another every year and always given against men, at least this year. Last an appoingnent inferior to the pre- year Venus had been kinder to me, though apparently I had neglected my opportunities. Now I would find men troublesome. It looked as though Venus had gone off in a huff, and Mars thought he would take another turn at me. She then asked me what I was most interested in. After I told her, she set to figuring algebraic-looking prob- lems. It watched, fearful lest she make a miscalculation. How often have I added three and seven and achieved nine! What a tragic im- port might such a mistake have upon my starsl But the. problems came out beautifully. My planets seem to have been grouped under the earth, which means that the hardest part of my lifo comes in my youth, while after middle age, my life will be gold- en. Heigho; I am hitched to a fine star, I thought, perfectly delighted. In conclusion, she inquired if there was anything I wanted to know. Con- trary to the stars that make me gen- erous in giving, I have never been offered anything without grabbing it. Therefore, out of the million things I would like to know, I selected one. This time, Saturn turned up in the calculations, and indicated a nega- tive. The starched lady reassured me, however, that although the answer was no, it might not mean no, which l,~ft me about where I was. I opened my purse she reached for her bulging handbag. With an Mmost avid snap it closed upon nw precious money, which, she said, .I throw away because Mars is in opposi- tion to Jupiter and Leo. After my starry flight, I found myself as much unhitched as ever---a little poorer in my own pocket, but a little wiser as to hew easily some others can make money.---(Commonweal, N. Y.) ceding one. Several preachers who were Ma sons, and professed to be my friends joined the Klan and became my ene- mies. In the fall of 1922, I was sent to my last charge. My official board was all Ku Klux except one man. That winter and next summer every argument and influence was brought to bear on mc in hope of forcing me into the Klan. I was told that I would be given better apl~ointments, that the Klan would pay my initia- tion fee and give me money on the side. I was sadly in need of money. The church was gradually cutting off my salary and my two older children were to graduate from grammar school that spring, and their clothes were getting pretty shabby and by no means fit to appear in the grad- uating exercise. When I spoke to my board of stewards about the situ- ation they would nmke some light remark about hard times, and with- in the next day or two, some man or woman would come and talk about course the anti folks would have nothing to do with me. That was anticipated by the Klan. I found myself in the hands of a Klan pre- siding elder, a Klan church and my salary euL below t h~. living point; could I hold oufi against t:he com- bined forces of the Klan? Klan and Lodge. On the street I met one of our leading business men, who reached forth his hand add took mine in a hearty grasp, and said, "That was a splendid Masonic sermon you preach- ed last night." I answered I did not know that it was Masonic. He said it was and after a short discus- sion of the subject added that if I should decide to join the lodge he would be glad to carry my applica- tion to that body. I told my wife of the conversa- tion, and we discussed the subject be- tween ourselves. All the Methodist preachers were Masons, and I had known some fine preachers, that be- longed to the lodge. My financial situation was critical and the Klan was doing all in its power to get me to joiu the Invisible Empire. I thought if I joined the Masons the Klan would let me alone. I saw the Mason that had talked to me, gave him my application and on the night appointed went to the lodge and took my first degree. I never went further. For a while things brightened up for us, but soon settled in gloom. The Klan redoubled its efforts to get me to join and before the month was out things transpired that made me believe I would not be allowed to take the second degree in the Masonic lodge unless I took membership in the Klan. My lmsition now was worse than before. If I had known at that time the ness rather than light because their deeds are evil." "He that doeth the truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God." "Have SOL fellowship with the nnfruitful works of darkness, but rather re- prove them, ]'or it is a shame eve~_ to speak ot" those things that are done by them in secret." "I spake openly to the world and in secret i:a~ ! :)a::!):~ ~n'll:~gt :m e I e v e r tries ( p 1to with my conscience and I was suffering. If such a pa- per as The Southwest Courier had been placed in my hands at that time, it would have been more pre- cious to me than gold. I needed just such help as The Courier gives. But I was in the midst of my Gethsemane and had to fight my battle alone. After much thought and prayer I decided that my salvation lay in going before the public and telling my reasons for not joining the Klan. Accordingly I announced in both the town papers that the following Sun- day night I would preach on "Mob Murder in America." The subject was furnished by the Federal Council of Churches, and sent me by the secretary of our Board of Home AAAAAAAAAAAAA .Y.VVV V V VV V VVVV'I R. A. SHORT Buick Specialist Ask the Man Whose Work We Do. PHONE 5623 407 WEST EIGHTH STREET Little Rock, Arkansas the Klan and tell how all the preach- nature of the Catholic Church, her ers and best people in the country nature toward secret orders, her were joining it. On coming to my charge the fall sublime doctrine, it would have been ~~~~r~r~,~ before, my Klan members went to an infinite blessing to me and savedJ the anti-Klan folks of the town and ~o months of worry and heartache. Brown's Bake the,, told them that I was a Klan preach- These texts of Scripture kept re- curring to my mind, "Men love dark- er and one of the strongest they had 1608 West Fourteenth Street FRANK BUJARSKI Otto Keller & Co. 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After statehood the people flowed in from other states by thousands and the towns and country were building rapidly and preachers were transferring to us from other con- ferenees. 1~Iost of the old-time preachers, the t)ey belonged to the lodge, showed me consideration because I was here ]n an early day with them. But the -newcomers soon outnumbered the old guard, and they had no patience with a preacher who was a stranger to them and who would uot join the lodge with them. One preacher said if I would join the Masons I would have a great deal better standing with my members who were lodge members. I in- sisted that the Church was the great- est institution on earth and was entitled to my undivided labor and love. Often on going', to a new charge a lady, usually the leader of the Eastern Star, would say, "Bro. ~allace, do you belong to the Ma- son?" On being assured that I did not. she would reply, "I am so sur- prised; I thought every Methodist preacher belonged to the Masons." In the course of time the lodge preachers stirred up my lodge mem- bers, or they stirred, themselves up, in opposition to my labors. One S~mday night on entering my l)~Ipit and looking over my congregation I discovered that nearly all my male members were absent. After service I learned they tiad gone to a Masonic lecture. I was holding a protracted meeting at another time in the eve- ning saw that my congregation was composed of women and children; on making inquiry I was told that the men had gone to the town just south of us to attend a big Masonic meeting. I asked several Masonic preachers if their lodge members ever deserted their services and they told me they had never had such ex- perience. I judged then that I re- ceived such treatment because I was not a lodge member. My observation for years showed me that where lodge people had to choose between the lodge and the ,church, they always choose the lodge. 0veralls--Pants--Shirts-- Autoals Missions. I had official authority elder mec with the Klan for my subject and sermon, but had[of'the church, without yet to learn the temper of my peo- made some kind of misre p!e. , to the bishop and I was The nigi c~ne and the people, from my charge. This I was no~ shar&l, nor unkind in any-lbishop's was ia violation thing I ~aid. but .tried to reason the princilzle of the Methodist matter with them, and closed my law. But it was in sermon by saying I could never be a Klan law. Klansman, and could see no legiti-My official board had a' raa~e reason why anyone should con-]ter remove the old lock l eeal his identity with a mask to showt church door and put on his patriotism That sermon was the door was locked and my unpardonable sin in the eyes of Ire enter the church. I waS my church, dared out of the A few days later my presiding (Continued on page L. B. LEIGH J.G. LEIGH WM. W. LEIGtI L B. LEIGH & CO. GENERAL AGENTS FIRE INSURANCE AND ITS ALLIED BRANCHES LITTLE ROCK, ARK. F. D. WATKINS Adjuster. W.B. KNIGHT, Adjuster SPECIAL AGENTS W, C. Hawbecker C.C. Collie W.M. Apple Mac Babcock M.E. Garanflo Commonwealth ,Building & Loan Association 212 LOUISIANA STREET LITTLE ROCK, ARK. L. B. LEIGH, Pres. MOORHEAD WRIGHT, V._preS. HERMAN KAHN, Treas. F.W. NEIMEYER, Direct,r F. D. WATKINS ,Asst. Sec'y J.G. LEIGH, SedY A. BRIZZOLARA, Director - T. E. WILSON, Asst. Sec'Y Assets $3,000,000 Organized 1911 | A Community Institution One way to measure the success of a business enterprise (and to our mind not the least telling) is by the part it plays in the building of the city and state. Surely this is a common responsibility. Agriculture does its part; in- dustry contributes its quota; and financial institution shoulder their part of the load. The Union Trust Company has always steered its ( ourse with "service to the community" as a beacon to light the way. It has always wel- comed the opportuity of being of assistance to agriculture, to industry, to business, and to each individual citizen. Many call it more than a bank--a community institution. May we serve you ? UNION TRUST CO. 201 WEST SECOND MOORHEAD WRIGHT, President -+ / \