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sade of the century and it is wise to train
the youth of today so they can complete
the victory on the morrow.

Business of the Board

Because of space required by special edi-
tions of the American Home Missionary this
department has been omitted in recent is-
sues. Since October the following import-
ant items have received the consideration of
our Board:

Contracts as they have expired have been
changed, wherever possible, to conform to
the recommendation of the Los Angeles Con-
vention, directing the Board to pursue a
policy of direct contact, so as to squarely
face its own responsibility, discontinuing, as
far as possible, the appropriation of lump
sums to state, provincial and city boards.
This transition is now under way in our
contriGu:t relations with the Disciples' Mis-
sionary Union of New York City, and the
Chicago Christian Missionary Society. In
some states, like Arizona, Minnesota, Okla-
homa, Washington and in New England,
time will be required to adjust the contracts
to meet the conditions. Contracts have been
authorized with the following missionaries:
J. B. Holmes, Galveston, Texas.
L. L. Bowers, 16th St., Washington, D. C.
F. R. Eaton, Ocean View, Delaware.
Howard W. King, Seventh-Baltimore.

O. C. Barnes, Rockville, Maryland.

F. B. Holden, Pensacola, Florida.

O. L. Cook, Evangelist, Ladysmith, Wis.

W. H. Allen, New Orleans, Louisiana.

C. M. McKay, Cadillac, Mich.

C. W. Van Dolah, Gulfport, Miss.

J. Edgar Smith, Landover, Maryland.

C. C. Ware, Evangelist, Wilson, N. Carolina.

A. R. Spicer, Evangelist, Oklahoma City,

C. F. Swander, Evangelist, Portland, Ore.
Jos. T. Black, Anderson, South Carolina.
J. C. PoUey, Cleveland, Tennessee.
J. L. Haddock, Evangelist, Erick, Okla.
Robt. L. Finch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
C. B. Osgood, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
E. L. Kechley, Lewistown, Montana.
Wm. B. Phillips, Wheatland, Wyoming.
T. S. Tarr, Kensington, Pennsylvania.
A. T. Fitts, San Antonia, Texas.
Wm. G. Kitchen, Milestone, Saskatchewan.
R. J. West away, Roadene, Saskatchewan.
S. P. Spiegel, Mobile, Alabama.
S. L. Jackson, Daytona, Florida.
M. S. Dunning, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Ben N. Mitchell, Vancouver, B. C.
Sumner T. Martin, Rome, Georgia.

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J. O. Crawford^ Flint, Michigan.

A. W. Van Dervort, Minnenaha-Minneap-
oils, Minnesota.

O. W. Hearn, Roy, New Mexico.

Randolpii Cooic, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

J. If. Allen, Austin Park-El Paso, Texas.

C. W. Lambert, Qovis, New Mexico.

S. R. McClure, Deming, New Mexico.

J. H. Whistler, Raton and E. Las Vegas,
New Mexico.

W. S. Buckner, Estancia Valley, New Mex.

Wm. LeMay, Las Cruces-Massilla Park.

Mrs J. H. Ray, El Paso, Texas.

E. C. Luneer, Secretary East Pennsylvania.

L. MaxweU, Newberry, Pennsylvania.

Andrew W. Gottschall, Lancaster, Penn-

M. S. Blair, AS'ellsboro, Pennsylvania.

W. N. Arnold, El wood City, Pennsylvania.

Miss Julia Renner, New Salem, Pennsyl-

S. W. Traum, Meadville, Pennsylvania.

H. S. McClintock, Phillipsburg, Pennsyl-

W. O. Depp, Central City, Pennsylvania.

A. C. Yo me. Secretary, West Pennsylvania.

Ray G. Manley, New Salem, Pennsylvania.

J. C. Clarke, Indiana, Pennsylvania.

V. I^. King, New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

T. C. Horn, Washington, Pennsylvania.

In most states where contracts involve
joint oflFerings from the churches changes
have been made requiring separate offerings
for State and American Missions.

Contract with Missouri for joint oflPering
was renewed to September 80.

Contract with Southern California allowed
to expire by limitation January 1,

Contract with Northern California au-

The secretaries were authorized to secure
representation for the American Christian
Missionary Society on all the programs of
the Laymen's Missionary Movement.

The gain in receipts for the four months
of October, November, December and Janu-
ary amounts to $8,585.88. There has been

a gain in church receipts of $2307.14, and
in Sunday-school receipts of $6,241.08.

Various conditions, such as the European
war and our own financial condition, comr
pelled the Board to request the Commission
on Foreign Relations to temporarily suspend
activities. This was done with the under-
standing that the Board take care of obli-
gations already incurred and authorize the
Commission to keep in touch with the points
of contact already established. For this
purpose an appropriation of $800.00 a year
was allowed.

Reports from the Men and Millions Move-
ment indicate steady progress. Because of
Mr. Long's agreement to pay on his pledge
at the rate of $2,500.00 a month, the Ameri-
can Christian Missionary Society is released
from meeting its apportionment to support
this movement along with the other societies.

The American Christian Missionary So-
ciety appointed Attorney John D. Ellis to
represent it in the settlement of the Bon-
durant estate in Illinois.

The Board organized for the work of 1916
by the election of F. W. Bumham as Chair-
man and Claire L. Waite, Recording Secre-
tary, and the appointment of the following

Missions and Missionaries — Carey E. Mor-
gan, Chairman; Claire L. Waite; John D.
Ellis; Grant K. I>ewis. Advisory, I. J.
Cahill, C. W. Cauble, H. W. Elliott

Evangelism — A. M. Harvuot, Chairman;
W. N. Briney.

Program — F. W. Burnham, Grant K.
Lewis, R. M. Hopkins.

Finance-^H. T. I^oomis, Chairman; Ira
D. Washburn; Benj. Sebastian; J. G. Cooper

Bible-school — Jos. W. Hagin, Chairman;
W. E. Ellis; W. C. Bower; Robt M. Hop-
kins; C. R. Staufifer.

Commission on Immigration — Finis Idle-
man, New York, Chairman; G. W. Muckley,
Kansas City; Prof. F. E. Lumley, Indian-
apolis;' Dr. P. L. Prentis, Chicago; M. M.
Amunson, New York.

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The Most Informing
Book Published


Preachers and Business Men


FOR 1916

"A Joint Magazine''

Published for all the Boards.


Preachers Listed bj States,

Statistical Data of Disciples of Christ.

Name, Location and Record of Local Churches.

Directory of Missionary, Benevolent and Educational Agencies.

The only publication of its kind — the most quoted book in
our literature.

An indispensable reference book for every preacher and church

This one issue sells for fifty cents, which also pays a full year's
subscription to The American Home Missionary.

Cloth bound copies of Year Book, $1.00.


American Christian Missionary Society

Carew Building Cincinnati, Ohio

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Reachirig Our Goal

THE aim of the American Christian Missionary Society has
been to raise in all departments in a single year the sum of
$200,000.00. There is now a strong hope that this goal will be
reached this year. This explanation is justified by a comparative
statement of receipts for the first four months.


1915 1916 Gidn

CJhurches 9 8,724.28 $11,081.87 »2,807.U

Sunday-schools 22,228.78 28,469.81 6,241.08

Christian Endeavor Societies 180.08 101.79 28.24*

Ladies' Aid Societies 81.00 20.00 ll.OO*

Individuals 881.91 877.75 45.84

Interest 8,170.84 2,820.68 850.16*

Annuity 200-00 1,100.00 900.00

Bequests 8,008.68 8,008.68

Permanent Named Memorial 4,000.00 4,000.00*

Subscriptions 57.75 761.97 704.22

Collections on Field 8,058.92 822.88 2,176.04*

Christian Board of Publication 1,250.00 1,250.00

Moninger Memorial 121.01 1.50 191.61*

Miscellaneous I,44a51 2,272.88 882.76

Totals .944,002.98 $52,598.76 $8,585.88


WE urge every Church, Bible-school, Christian Endeavor and
Ladies' Aid Society, as well as individuals, to help us reach
this goal.

Many churches this year are sending quarterly remittances
thus helping us to save heavy interest bills. Make all remk-
tances to.

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GRANT K. LEWIS } Editors

Subacriptioo Ratea— The subecription price of the American Home MiBsionary is 60c per

year; in clube of ten or more, to one address, 25c A church, or Sunday-school, or

individual, sending an offering for American Missions amounting to $5.00 or

more, is entitled to one year's subscription if address is furnished

Addreu ell corrcepoodence to the American Christian Mlaaionarj Society, Oamr BoUdlnf, Cincinnati, Ohio.



THERE is no more important day in the church's calendar than the
annual May Day for American Missions. The observance of that day
is vital to every nvssionary, benevolent, educational, social and patriotic
interest among us. It is a day for vision and inspiration to the
churches; for upon that day every minister in our ranks has his One big oppOT'
tunity to lead his people into a deeper appreciation of the responsibility of
American Christianity for the future of the world.

The old slogan "As goes America so goes the world" was faulty. The
danger now is that America will go with the world. Our hope of safety lies
in a sane religious civilization. We must keep our balance amid the swirl of
reeling empires. Our religious convictions must carry us above racial preju-
dices. We must be disciples of the Prince of Peace.

How shall we make North America Christian ? " The good seed are
the children of the Kingdom." These "seeds'* are scattered throughout the
Continent. Let us help them take root in the soil. Fifty years ago there were
fifty Disciples in Des Moines, and our one church there was a Mission of the
American Society. Today there are in that city more than ten thousand
Disciples, twelve churches, and our growing great University. Our churches
in forty great cities owe their existence to help given through the American
Christian Missionary Society. " There remains much land to be possessed ".
In a score of coming cities noW is the time to do what we did in Des Moines
fifty years ago. We are trying to do it, but there is a "shortage of mlmitionsl"
If every church, and preacher, and elder, and every member will do his duty
on this May Day we shall retrieve our losses of last year and be prepared for
a new "drive" this Summer. Brethren, the situation is serious. This is an
"S. O. S." message, please heed it immediately.

Brother Preacher, whether your church uses the Budget or takes special
offerings, don't neglect May Day for American Missions. Your people need
the information, inspiration and consecration into which you are set to lead
them. The King of Kings expects every man to y^ ^

do his duty! Order your supplies at once. .^py>4S r

Hang up the poster ! -^/ 0.hUAA/y^AuHA^>^,

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Grant K. Lewis

RoBT. M. Hopkins „-
Bible School Secretary



Geo. W. Muckley

Secretary Church Extension


Finis Idleman

Chairman Commission on


Alva W. Taylor

Secretary Commission on

Rural Church

A. M. Harvuot

Chairman Committee on


Z. T. Sweeney

Chairman Commission on

Foreign Relations

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Some Astonishing Facts

The American Christian Missionary Society is an enterprise builder for
Christ. Through all the years, it has laid foundations and others have
builded thereon. It has furnished the first funds which inspired faith and
hope and courage to these first settlers to undertake the work of organizing
churches, establishing colleges and erecting houses of worship. The Society
has ever aided and abetted the State Societies, and, indeed, very many of
these state organizations were formed by the brethren under the leadership
of its evangelists and missionaries, such as South Carolina, Georgia, Miss-
issippi, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and most others. For years
it was the avowed policy of the American Board to undertake work in the
states where the Disciples had but few if any churches, and as soon as the
forces could be developed and organized, to go on looking for other worlds
to conquer.

This "Home Society" has planted our "first" or "mother" church in
many American cities. If this Honor Roll were called, churches in the
following cities would respond

Halifax Over half the Lincoln

Boston Churches in New Watertown

New York * Eng-land Minneapolis

Philadelphia Shreveport St. Paul

Harrisburgr Portland Milwaukee

Buffalo Alameda St. Louis

Baltimore Pomona Grand Rapids

Washington D. C. Topeka Chicago

Richmond Atchison I^ea Moines

Norfolk Omaha Denver

Charleston Ft. Worth Pueblo

. Jacksonville El Paso Los Angreles

Tampa Tacoma Birmingham

Pensacola * Seattle Houston

Mobile Spokane Savannah

New Orleans Vancouver San Francisco '

Galveston Boise City Berkeley

Austin Winnipeg Salt Lake City

Colorado Springs Aberdeen Leavenworth

Sioux Falls Witchlta

But these "first** churches have in each city grown a numerous brood ;
so that the original 57 churches in the 57 cities named above have come to
number 261, with a total membership of 71,344. We regret our inability
to give property valuation.

This hallelujah chorus of praise continues to increase in volume as one
recounts the widening influence of this American Christian Missionary. So-
ciety family of churches as expressed in their missionary offerings. Thus
46 of the 60 churches listed as contributing the largest offerings of their
respective states, belong to this American Christian Missionary Society

Again, the 261 churches, which includes all our churches in above named
cities, contributed last year to all missions a total of $92,684.64.

Choosing at random seven individual American Christian Missionary
Society churches in different parts of the country, viz. :

Pomona, California — First Church Wichita, Kansas — Central Church

Washington, D. C. — ^Vermont Ave. Church Chicago, Illinois — Englewood Church

Des Moines, Iowa — Central Church Pittsburgh, Pa. — East End Church
Topeka, Kansas — First Church

we find that in the last ten years they gave to the American Christian Mis-
sionary Society $16,564.11, and to the Foreign Christian Missionary Society
$28,549.67, making a total of $45,113.78.

Since investment in American Missions not only produces such gratify-
ing results in the Home Land, but also brings so great return in resources

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Four Notable Immigrant Missionaries

The most construe- Americkn population for the task.
Ray Manley is a graduate of Bethany
College and spent time in Bohemia
and Italy in original study of the
sources of immigration. His work has
the local backing of the Uniontown
church, and the support of the Ameri-
can Christian Missionary Society.

p. D. Butchart

tive and substantial
local piece of immi-
grant work being
promoted by the
Churches of Christ
through the Ameri-
can Christian Mis-
sionary Society is
probably that under
the leaxlership of
Bro. F. D. Butchart at Cleveland,
Ohio, among Bohemian people. His
work is well housed in a modern insti-
tutional plant. His church member-
ship is largely Bohemian, but stiffened
by a subsifcantial group of Americans.
Mr. Butchart is a trained American,
graduate of Hiram College, who came
to college from Canada. He has as
an assistant Miss Bessie Pehotski, a
Polish young woman, also a graduate
of Hiram, whose family is in the
church. While the Broadway Church
is doing distinctively immigrant work
of broadly social character, its pro-
gram is to build these people into an
American church and lead them into
genuine American ideals and fellow-

Somewhat akin to
the Cleveland ideal,
but more primitive
and initiatory is the
work of Bro. Ray
G. Manley, mission-
ary among the coke
towns of Western
Pennsylvania. Bro.
Manlc}^ goes among
the immigrant min-
ers and coke burners in true mission-
ary fashion, ministering to every pos-
sible need. He gathers the children
and adults into Bible Schools and in-
structs them in English and in the
Word of God. He directs some ten
such schools, enlisting the help of the

Ray O. Manley

In Chicago, our im-
migrant work, more
recently established,
is conducted by Bro.
Basil S. Keusseff, a
Bulgarian, who
speakls the Slavic
languages and works
among a polyglot
people at 625 W.
14th St., near Hal-
stead St. Bro. Keusseff has the be-
ginning of a Russian church, but sev-
eral of his members were called back
to Russia to join the colors, and some
have been lost in the Carpathian cam-
paigns. A Bible School for children
is conducted Sunday afternoons in
which helpers from our Chicago
churches teach. Evening meetings
are held for adults and classes in Eng-
lish. Bro. Keusseff has proven him-
self a very faithful and zealous Chris-
tian. Permanent quarters and a
trained American superintendent are
needed for the future.

Of the work con-
ducted by immi-
grant Americans for
newer immigrants
first place must be
given to our faith-
ful brother, John
Johnson of the Rus-
sian Mission, New
York. Bro. John-
son has gathered

John Johnson

over fifty of his fellow countrymen
into an organized Christian church.

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which meets in the basement of a
church belonging to another relig-
ious body, located at 6^ East jfeod SI.,
Lower East Side. The cfhurch ob-
serves the ordinances and carries on
social and institutional features as far
as equipment will permit. A perma-
nent and well planned building is
greatly needed. It was through John

Johnson that contact was established
with the Gospel Chri^ians of Russia
which led to the visit of Bro. Z. T.
Sweeney and A. E. Cory to Russia
and the formation of the Commission
on Foreign Relations of the American
Christian Missionary Society. Bro.
Johnson is a studious, zealous and
faithful Christian worker.




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The American Christian Mission-
ary Society is our oldest organization.
It was organized in Cincinnati in
1849. Alexander Campbell was its
first president. James Challen was its
first secretary. The Central Church
should have a warm place in its mem-
ory for James Challen, as he was at
one time a resident of Davenport,
Iowa, and at the organization of the
church in Des Moines aided us con-
siderably. It was through James
Challen that we secured our first pas-
tor, Jas. E. Gaston. Do the members
of the twelve churches in Des Moines
realize that fifty years ago the Chris-
tian Church in Des Moines was a mis-
sion supported by contributions from
the American Christian Missionary
Society, and some of our older,
stronger churches in Iowa?

Peter T. Russell, the pioneer
preacher in this section of Iowa, un-
der the direction and in the employ of
the American Christian Missionary
Society, establkhed the churches up
and down the Des Moines Valley ; one
at Adel, one at Rising Sun, this coun-
ty, one down in Camp township near
where Runnells is now, one at Van-
dalia, and one at Red Rock. All these
were established long before a begin-
ning was made in Des Moines.
Father Russell and a few other pio-
neer ministers would occasionally
gather the few scattering brethren in
Des Moines and would hold services

at the homes of some of the brothers.
We well remember when a boy in Red
Rock, Marion County, in about 1857,
that Father Russell took up a collec-
tion which was for the purpose of
establishing the cause in Des Moines.
The fact that we were one of the chil-
dren that contributed to that fund is
one of our pleasant memories. In
1860 Father Russell, still under the
auspices of the American Christian
Missionary Society, organized the
church in Des Moines. This organi-
zation, as has often been told, was
effected in the upper story of a brick
building which stood on the banks of
the Des Moines River in East Des
Moines just above what is now the
Rock Island railroad bridge. The
lower part of the building was used
as a packing house.

When I came to Des Moines in
1865 plans were beincr laid for the
building of a church and aid was re-
ceived from the American Christian
Missionary Society and from various
churches throughout the state for
erecting this building. This church,
it will be remembered, stood where the
Union Station now stands south of the
court house. When I came to Des
Moines, August 18, 1865, there were
about fifty Disciples, all told, in Des
Moines and vicinity, and they were
meeting in the court house.

When we now contemplate the nine
strong churches and the three mis-

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sions in Des Moines with an enroll-
ment of near 12,000 members, and we
look at Drake University with its many
buildings and with its tiiousands of
students, all the outcome of this early
planting by the American Christian
Missionary Society, we certainly have
reason to be thankful and to appre-
ciate this splendid organization, and
no better argument for missions could
be produced than to point to the
grand results in Des Moines.

Then too, Geo. T. Carpenter, after-
ward Chancellor of Drake University,
now of blessed memory, was an instru-
ment in establishing and building up
many churches throughout Iowa,
and he was enabled to do this through
aid of the American Christian Mis-
sionary Society.

As I write this article a letter of
Bro. Jas. Challen, the first secretary
of the Home Society, is before me.
It is dated Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 19,
1863, showing the watchful care and
oversight he had of the struggling
mission at Des Moines.

Des Moines should ever be proud of
its connection in later years with the
Home Society. D. R. Ewing of the
Central Church was its president one
year. Gen. F. M. Drake, the founder
of Drake University, and D. R. Dun-
gan, and others, have had a strong
part in this great organization.

The Central Church have always
been good supporters of this cause
and several years ago. took a special
delight and pleasure in honoring some
of their members by contributing to
the American Christian Missionary
Society in order to make them Life
Directors. One of the cherished pa-
pers I possess is a Certificate of Life
Directorship in the American Chris-
tian Missionary Society given to me
by my Brothers and Sisters in Cen-

We should do more of this work.
While we want to do all we can for
tiie carrying of the gospel to heathen
lands, we must not forget the home
base. We must not forget that the
starting of a church at some point, as-
sisting in gathering together a few
of the scattered Disciples, may bring
forth the same result that was accom-
plished in Des Moines, then too, we
owe a debt to this Society.

Some way one thing has been over-
looked ; the Central Church has never
had a Living Link in the Home So-
ciety. This ought not to be neglected
any longer. Let's see if we can not
have our representatives in the home-
field as well as in the foreign field.
We do not mean by this to do less
for Foreign Missions, but to do more
than we have been doing for the

The American Christian Mission-
ary Society organizes churches, sup-
ports pastors, sends out evangelists,
establishing Bible Schools, publishes
monthly the Ameeican Home Mis-
sionary. The Amerigan Home Mis-
sionary is one of the most appreciated
magazines that comes to our table.

The issue of the Year Book is to
our people what Commercial Agency
Reports are to business men. When
we were contemplating in Central the
employing of a successor to Bro. Idle-
man, whenever any name was men-
tioned this book was before us and we
at once took up his record. One of
the questions was, "Is he a good mis-
sionary man?** and the book answered
the question.

Do not forget that notwithstanding
we have adopted the budget system
you can and should make an extra ef-
fort during the campaign next month
for Home Missions.

Remember, May 7th is for American
Missions. — Geo. A. Jewett.

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