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The Primitive Christian — Offering #109

Gleanings and Jottings.

The following is from Brother Joseph Rittenhouse, formerly of Ohio, who has pitched his tent on the Eastern Shore, Talbot county, Md.  His address is Easton, which is also the county-seat of Talbot county.  We are glad to learn that they now have regular services there, and that, already, they have seen some good results.  This letter was written on the 10th inst., and was addressed to the brethren and sisters at Black River, Medina Co., Ohio, but more particularly to Brother John Pittinger, to whom he says : "You requested an answer through the periodicals.  Thank you, dear brother, for your kind word of encouragement and gentle rebuke; but we did not think best to be fast to make appointments.  We have now got to work.  We try to preach to the people every Lord's day, a short discourse; and after preaching we hear the children recite their lessons.  We feel the presence of the Lord here as well as elsewhere.  At our last meeting we were made to rejoice; we had the privilege to lead one precious soul into the river and baptize him in the name of the Lord, which was a scene new to the people here.  They never saw baptism administered in that way.  It seemed to affect the mind of the people, and there is much inqiry [sic] in regard to the ordinance.  The river is a beautiful place to immerse.  The water is somewhat salt; the bottom, gravel, and it descends gradually to any depth we want upon the occasion.  Some of the people got into fish-boats and launched out into the river, so they had a fair chance to see and hear what was done. — We hope the Lord may bless the services of the occasion for good. Brethren, remember us in your prayers.  Think of our lonely condition, as we have no help in the ministry, and not even a visiting brother to assist.

Wheat looks well; prospects good for harvest.

I commend you to God and the word of his grace, who is able to build you up, and give us an inheritance with all them that are sanctified.  Dear brethren Samuel Garver and all the official members in the church at Black River, let us hear from you, how the work of the Lord is prospering.

Joseph Rittenhouse.

Bro. A. E. Troyer, Sarinda, Colorado, under date of April 30th, says :

"Weather is pleasant and growing.  The spring crops are about all planted in this part of the country.  We are still well pleased with the country, but would like it much better if there were more brethren and sisters here, and more meetings.  We have had no preaching here since last fall.  We are, however, still looking for better times in these respects and hoping that the time is not far distant when we shall have more members here, and then we shall feel more at home."

J. P. Moomaw, says : "Send my paper to Midland, Colfax Co., Neb., hereafter, instead of Purple Cane; Dodge county, Nebr., and publish the same so that correspondents will see the change.  We have again settled in a new neighborhood, which opens a new field of labor. Now brethren come along, here is land at $4. per acre on ten years credit at 6 per cent interest, and a new railroad being built in 2 miles of us which will give us a good market.  We want to build up a church.  Come, for we have a fine country. For further particulars address me as above."

Bro. Elias K. Buechly, of Waterloo, Iowa, in a letter dated on the 7th., says :

"I am sorry that I have to relate the sad news to you, that our beloved brother, Eld. Tobias Musser, died last Sunday, April 30th.  He was our delegate to A. M. last year.  He was unwell all winter.  We anointed "him with oil in the name of the Lord" the day before he died. He leaves a large family in limited circumstances."

Bro. Enoch Eby, Lena, III., Apr. 28th, 1876, writes as one who knows. Hear him :

"The general health is very good; and the weather is pleasant, but rather cool for vegetation.  Farmers are busy in sowing their seed. Some are mixing oats and wheat in order to realize a larger yield, and it usually does well.  Preachers are also busy in sowing their seed; and in order to reap a good crop of proselytes, they mix Christ and Baal, church and world, flesh and spirit.  This, too, works like a charm, for generally many follow their pernicious ways; but when the great Jehovah with his fan in his hand, will winnow the chaff from the wheat, then, and then only, it will be made manifest who was sowing to the flesh and who to the spirit, for the former shall reap corruption, but the latter, life everlasting.

Dear brethren and sisters, let us sow a good spiritual seed, and not mix so much world with it that we cannot pay for our papers, till one or two years after due, thereby putting our dear brethren editors to the painful necessity of exposing to the world our neglect of duty (see P. C., page 251) in order to obtain their just dues, and thereby give occasion to the world to charge us with worldly-mindedness (and, perhaps, justly, too).  My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  If you love the brethren and our cause, pay your subscription without delay.  You may think your $1.60 makes but little difference; but suppose two hundred subscribers should think so which might easily be the case, it would affect the editors calculations $320.00.  Think about this from a Christian standpoint.

One thing yet to our brethren west of the Mississippi. Stop at Lena, Ill., on the Ill. C. R. R. at our feast, on the 30th and 31st of May."


Washington, Ky, May 1st, 1876.

Brother Quinter:—

Your paper was received, and glad indeed was I to hear from the brethren again.  It cheers me very much in my isolated condition.  I have not heard a sermon or seen a brother or sister for nineteen months.  The coming of your paper all last year was looked for with pleasure, as that was the only source through which I could hear from the Brethren; but this year poverty has deprived me of that.  I have thought from month to month that I could save something to send for the paper, and it is now May and I still have nothing to send.  Unless you can put my name in as one of the poor, I shall be compelled to do without.  I am the only member in this part of Kentucky. Our church is not known here at all.  Oh, for more of the missionary spirit in our church let us earnestly pray.  Fashion and pride sit together on a high throne in the hearts of these people.  May they yet be persuaded better things.  But how can they know unless they are taught? And who are to teach them—these preachers here, who are running in the same channel?  With these few words I close.  Pray for us that the Lord may grant us grace to withstand all of these temptations.  Yours in Christ.

Bettie S. Burger.

Church News.

Dear Brother James:

We are in usual good health, and also all the members in our district as far as I know. We feel to thank God for all his goodness toward us.

Friday, 21st of April, we were blessed with a visit from our beloved brother, S. C. Stump, from Falls City, Neb., who gave us seven able and interesting sermons, and truly we can say we enjoyed a feast of fat things.  There seemed to be some deep impressions made upon the minds of the people of Salem.  The meetings lasted till Tuesday night, the 26th, and on Thursday, 27th, at nine o'clock five were added to our number by baptism.  May God keep them in The narrow way that leads to a land of rest where there is no sorrowing, no parting, no pain, no sickness, no death—where all will be love, joy, peace, and happiness, with the blessed Savior.  Brother Stump took his leave of us on Thursday evening for Riner's school-house to fill an appointment that night.  He preached from St. John xiii, on the subject of feetwashing.  Then to Burr Oak, where on Friday, 28h, a church council was held.  We had a good council meeting.  All went off in love and union.  There we bade Brother Stump farewell, perhaps never to meet again on this earth.  I hope that when our tongues shall be silent in the grave we shall meet above.

Brother Stump in company with brethren Switzer, Ives, and Faidley went to hold a series of meetings ten miles below Burr Oak.  I haven't heard from them as yet, but I hope the Lord will be with them and bless them in their labors and give them souls for their hire. May the grace of God enable us all to meet in a better land.

Your weak brother in Christ,

James M. Bailey.

Acknowledgement of Favors.

Dear Brother Quinter:

I wish to acknowledge through the columns of the Primitive Christian the reception of a bundle of tracts and pamphlets from Brother J. H. Moore.  I feel thankful to that dear brother and sister for the interest they have taken in my friends and neighbors.  Those pamphlets have been the means of winning some souls to Christ already, and I hope they will turn many more.  I have distributed them where I think they will do the most good. Brethren, your pens can preach here in this western country, and your money can preach here by sending us those tracts and pamphlets.  If there are any other brethren or sisters who feel like sending us more reading matter, we can put it to good use.

Yours in Christian love,

James M. Bailey.

Information for Everybody.

Editor Primitive Christian:

I wish to ask for a little space in your valuable paper for the purpose of answering the numerous letters of inquiry that are being received by myself and others in southern Kansas; and I add that we are willing to give our time in answering all such letters, but the money is required to get the material, and when the amount reaches from ten to fifteen dollars a year, it is quite an item, and probably more than many would be willing to give in one year for the Primitive Christian, foreign mission, home mission, and other necessary purposes.  We wish to help to sustain all these and do our part in laboring for the promotion of God's kingdom on earth; but these must necessarily be hindered to some extent if we must spend so much time and money in correspondence with those asking for full particulars, &c.  Again : we feel a delicacy in asking our editors to publish such information free, for two reasons at least—1st. Our editors are probably not better prepared to do so at their own expense than we are (of this they must be the judges), or if they are more able to do so, still it could hardly be expected of them, for, 2nd.  If such information is worth having it is worth paying the expense necessary to obtain it.  Therefore we hope those interested will compensate the editor, if this communication is published.

1st.  "How is the climate in southern Kansas ?"  It is all that could be wished for—delightful.

2d.  "Have you much ague?"  Some persons appear to be disposed to it, but the disease is not to be feared, as it is confined to the lowlands, and there it is not so prevalent as in some States east of us.

3d.  "Have you plenty of timber.?"  Not so much as we would like; but some parts have great abundance while other localities are rather short.

4th.  "Have you plenty of coal?"  We have two or three veins from six to twelve inches thick only, but 60 or 70 miles east and south there is plenty of coal, the vein being 4 feet thick, and from the distance from there here we confidently expect it to be easily reached by shaft.

5th.  "Any running streams?"  All the streams of this country are alive and moving all the year, and consequently as nice water as can be found this side of the mountains.

6th.  "How deep are your wells?"  From 10 to 30 feet.

7th.  "How far from railroad?"  50 and 70 miles.  The probability is that there will be two roads built through this section in a short time.

8th.  "Does stock do well?"  Yes; no better stock country to be found.  Cattle, sheep and hogs do as well here as it is possible for them to do anywhere.

9th.  "How about Government land?"  It is mostly taken, but can be bought second-hand very low, say from $2 to $20 per acre.

10th.  "How is the land—flat or otherwise?"  This county is quite rough, which is much in its favor for stock raising, as range will be plenty; but for all this there is plenty of land that yields from 20 to 50 bushels of wheat and from 40 to 75 bushels of corn per acre.  In short, we can confidently recommend Southern Kansas to any and all who are seeking homes where they have made up their minds to be suited with a country as above described.

But I wish to add that many persons have come west as a kind of experiment, rather expecting to be disappointed than otherwise.  Such persons have generally gone back East with dismal reports, &c.  There is, however, another class of persons who are really seeking homes; such persons have to some extent counted the cost before starting, and the result is, they are opening up fine farms, under difficulties, of course, but they are all the more proud of their success, seeing they have proved themselves heroes equal to the emergency, overcoming many difficulties that the faint-hearted dare not encounter.  Hoping this will be satisfactory to all concerned, I commit and commend it to the printers and let them dispose of it as is best.

E. Shuck.

From the Valley River Congregation.

Dear Brother Quinter:

I will embrace the opportunity, this beautiful Lord's day morning of giving the readers of the Primitive Christian the news from this arm of the church, as I have not seen any report from this arm of the church.  I believe that it is the duty of some one in each arm to give a yearly report of the condition and prosperity of the church; and as it appears no one else will take this duty upon him, self I will try to give a few items.

I will just say that we commenced to build a church some time ago, and as the times have been hard, and the members are in limited circumstances as regards this world's goods, we have made tolerably slow progress; but we now have it very comfortable, so that we can hold meetings in it in almost all kinds of weather.  Brother Auvil and Brother Shaffer commenced a meeting here on the 18th of February.  Seven sermons were delivered.  On Sunday Brother Auvil preached the funeral of the infant son of Solomon C. Gainer.  During the meeting there was, I believe, as good order and attendance as I ever saw.  I for one must say that the brethren preached the word in its purity.  There were two, as it were, made to cry out, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"  And I have reason to believe there were a great many others almost persuaded to be Christians.  I believe, if the meeting had lasted a few days longer, several more would have joined the church.  My prayer is that it may be as bread cast upon the waters, that it may be seen many days hence.

Alexander Wood.

On the Full Beard.

As this is a subject that is occupying the mind of the church I will say a few things.  When Paul was taken prisoner and more than forty men of the Jews determined to kill him, his sister's son, hearing the plan, told Paul and the Governor.  So, now, many brethren have taken Brother D. P. Sayler and show that the law was done away, I hope they will not kill him.  If the law did pass away, the beard did not.  Jesus wore a full beard, for he was the true Nazarite; and as I have lately heard old elders say grievous things against the beard, I have been led to write a few thoughts on it.  Some say, "It don't look decent and is not decent in the sight of God."  Oh, what an idea of God!  God himself made man in his own image, and Jesus his only begotten Son wore a full beard, and yet poor man will rise up against God and say, "It don't look decent."  Jesus has declared, "Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, * * * of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of the Father with the holy angels."

Solomon Gilbert.

New Lebanon, Ohio.

Railroad Arrangements.

Editors Primitive Christian :

Please insert this notice at once. Notwithstanding A. M. ordered that no R. R. reduced rates to A. M. should be asked for; and if asked for, the arrangements made should be private, &c., in this, as in all other A. M. conclusions, the brethren do as they please and so continue to publish R. R. arrangements to A. M. hence I received the following:

"I received a letter from Bro. ——— of Virginia saying that the Virginia brethren expected us to make arrangements for going to A. M. as brother J. P. Ebersole has done I am not going.  Will you attend to it for the benefit of those who may go?  Yours in Christ." ——— .

I accordingly incured [sic] the expense of a trip to Baltimore, yesterday; but in consequence of an agreement between some railroad companies, all that my old friend Cole could do, is to issue excursion tickets far as Wheeling, W. Va., this being as far west as he can go under the agreement.  He will furnish any ticket office on the line of their road with excursion tickets, if a garuntee [sic] of 20 passengers be given.  This I could not give, so he will furnish only the office at Harrisonburg with tickets unless otherwise instructed.  The price from there to Wheeling and return will be $15.80.  Brethren in Va. living at a distance must send for their tickets, they will be there on or before the 35th inst.

It appears that the time has come that brethren and others, who go west to buy lands, or to visit friends, must pay for riding on the railroad.  This is right.  I have long since been disgusted with issuing return certificates to brethren and others, who, I knew, had touched at A. M. only to get a free ride home.

D. P. Sayler.

Auburn, Ills., May 11, 1876.

Brother Quinter:—

The I. B. and W. B. R. has granted the privilege to the brethren of traveling to and from the Annual Meeting at two cents per mile each way. Peoria, Pekin, Bloomington, Farmers City, Urbana, Danville, Crawfordville, Decator [sic], Havana, are the stations at which tickets will be placed in due time.  Take up the tickets going to the meeting.  It is expected that the I. B. and W. general ticket agent make arrangements from his road to the place of meeting at reduced rates.  It will be known hereafter.

John Beechly.

A Change.

Please give notice to brethren passing over the Baltimore and Ohio R. R. from the west, on their way to A. M. to change cars at Tiffin, Ohio, instead of Shelbey [sic]. From Tiffin they will run south to Bellefontaine, on the Cincinnati, Sandusky and Cleveland, R. R. Brethren will not forget the place in Chicago—rear of Exposition Building, near foot of Lake street.

Zachariah Troyer.


The Perry church will bold a communion meeting, the Lord willing, in the Farmer's Grove meeting house, on the 1st and 2nd of June, commencing at 2 p. m.  Also meeting next day until noon.  Ministering brethren coming from the East will stop off at Perrysville station, seven miles from the place of meeting.  Those who intend being with us will please notify brother C. Myers, and they will be taken to place of meeting and back next day.  His address is Farmer's Grove, Juniata county, Pa.  By order of the church.

Peter Long.

The brethren in the South Waterloo church, Black Hawk county, Iowa, will have a lovefeast on Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th days of June next, at their meeting-house, commencing at 10 a. m., four miles south of the city of Waterloo.  A general invitation is hereby extended.

E. K. Buechly.

A communion meeting is appointed by the brethren in the Bear Creek church, six miles west of Dayton, Ohio, on the 30th of May, commencing at 10 o'clock, a. m.

John H. Denlinger.


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