The Church and the People's Play

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Pilgrim Press, 1915 - Amusements - 259 pages
 

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Page 43 - Everywhere I have been struck with the number of faces which told in strong lines of the burdens that had to be borne. I have been struck, too, with the large proportion of gray-haired men ; and inquiries have brought out the fact that with you the hair commonly begins to turn some ten years earlier than with us. Moreover, in every circle I have met men who had themselves suffered from nervous collapse due to stress of business, or named friends who had either killed themselves by overwork, or had...
Page 117 - And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her witli timbrels and with dances. 21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Page 64 - ... civilization have such numbers of young girls been suddenly released from the protection of the home and permitted to walk unattended upon city streets and to work under alien roofs; for the first time they are being prized more for their labor power than for their innocence, their tender beauty, their ephemeral gaiety. Society cares more for the products they manufacture than for their immemorial ability to reaffirm the charm of existence.
Page 64 - Never before in civilization have such numbers of young girls been suddenly released from the protection of the home and permitted to walk unattended upon city streets and to work under alien roofs...
Page 143 - for the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States of America.
Page 72 - The conditions existing in the dance halls and in the adjoining saloons transform the innocent desire for dancing and for social enjoyment into drunkenness, vice and debauchery. Barkeepers and prostitutes are in many cases the only chaperons and in a majority of places even the young girls and boys fresh from school are plied with alcohol and with suggestions of vice until dancing ceases to be recreation and becomes flagrant immorality.
Page 33 - The final test of the capacity and right of the churches to fulfil their high function in the community is not the attitude of the people toward the Church, but the willingness and capacity of the Church to serve the real interest of all the people. The country, town, or city church which thus serves its community the most will serve itself the best, and, within the bounds of its legitimate function, will be a source and centre from which will proceed ideal, initiative, and power to the people.
Page 104 - She has lived in three different places since coming to this country. In the first place, there were five rooms, four in the family, and two men and two women lodgers; in the second place, there were four rooms, three in the family, and two men and two women lodgers. At present she is living in a tenement of five rooms with a family of three, who have three men and one woman lodger.
Page 48 - ... continue to do throughout the greater part of Europe, shuts himself up at home to drink. He thus enjoys two pleasures ; he can go on thinking of his business, and he can get drunk decently by his own fireside.
Page 112 - ... selling, or using intoxicating liquors as a beverage, signing petitions in favor of granting license for the sale of intoxicating liquors, becoming bondsmen for persons engaged in such traffic, renting property as a place in or on which to manufacture or sell intoxicating liquors, dancing, playing at games of chance, attending theaters, horse races, circuses, dancing parties, or patronizing dancing schools...

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