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The Richmond Christian Advocate

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August 27, 1936


The Richmond Christian Advocate; 27 Aug 1936
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-- Court Rec{top left corner torn off}

{top left corner torn off}n election held June 25, North {top left corner torn off}a  voted to retain its dry laws by {top left corner torn off}000 majority vote.

{top left corner torn off}ving a great affinity for water and {top left corner torn off} a coagulant of protein, alcohol {top left corner torn off}ds to irritate and destroy cells.  It {top left corner torn off} therefore a general protoplasmic poi{top left corner torn off}on.

-- Materia Medica.

From the standpoint of the physiologist, alcohol is a depressant, a paralyzing poison for which the normal person has no physiological use.  It should not be taken into the system except in emergencies or on the advice of a physician.

-- Dr. R. O. Moody of California University.

Evidence clearly shows that the function of alcohol as a food is entirely overshadowed by its poisonous act{i}on.  Its use, even in small quantities, is counter-balanced by the danger of introducing into the body a poison which on long continuation tends to set up various degenerative changes in the tissues.

-- Samuel Arthur Mahood, associate professor of Chemistry, Tulane University.

D. Carl Yoder.


The funeral services for Mr. David Dillard Hildebrand were held at Rodes Methodist Church, Nelson County, Sunday afternoon, July 19, at 12:30 o'clock.  Rev. Mr. Barbour, pastor of the church, was in charge, assisted by Rev. C. E. Brandt, pastor of Main Street Methodist Church, Waynesbo{r}o, Augusta C{o}unty.  He was laid to rest in the {paper torn} {paper torn}ria plot near the church.  His wife, Mrs. Annie Fox Hildebrand, preceded him to the grave several years.  The following children survive their father:  Mrs. Dora Anderson, Afton; Mrs. Bessie Hughes, Carrollton, Ky.; Mrs. Florence Weaver, Waynesboro, and Mrs. June Coffey, Afton, along with several grandchildren, and a great host of admiring friends, {as} the large congregation attending his funeral testified.  Brother Hildebrand was one of God's noble men.  He was large of stature, over six feet in height, but larger yet in the things of the soul.  The goodness and kindliness of his great character radiated through his personality to stranger and friend alike.  Brother Hildebrand had lived more than eighty-three years in the service of his Lord and the church he loved so well.  For years he had been a member and steward in the Rodes Church and took an active part as long as health permitted in things spiritual.  He was "Like a tree that was planted".  His life had been fruitful for the Kingdom.  He had permitted the Divine Husbandman to plan, plant and harvest at His will, until his life bore fruit that was in likeness to Divine grace.

His resting place beside his good wife, is near the church where they labored for so many years in beautiful Christian service, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  His character resembled

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somewhat his native hills in grandeur, in productiveness and eternal permanence.

May we not look back and mourn, but look forward and yearn for the duplication of character such as his.

"Beautiful twilight, at set of sun;
Beautiful goal, with race well won;
Beautiful rest, with work well done.

"Beautiful graves, where grasses creep,
Where brown leaves fall, where drifts He deep
Over worn-out hands -- O beautiful sleep."

A Friend


The management, D. M. Boone, Mgr., S. B. Dobbs, Gen. Mgr., of the Hotel Normandie, 56th and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia, has issued the following clear-cut, thoughtful statement on its decision to discontinue the sale of liquor in that hotel.  We commend it to the favorable attention of the traveling public:

"After serious consideration and inquiry among our guests, we have decided to eliminate the sale of liquor in the Hotel Normandie, Philadelphia.  We were guided in this not only by their convictions that a great majority of people do not want liquor, but -- also -- by the fact that it is our belief there are a great preponderance of travelers who still appreciate a quiet, restful night's sleep, in surroundings that are congenial and home-like -- where clean{l}ine{s}s, {c}omfort{,} service and hospitality are a matter of sincere pride.

Reinforcements From the Industrial Field.

"Never in the history of the nation has there been so much unrest, confusion, crime, unemployment, distress and poverty.  And the day is not far distant when automobile manufacturers, insurance companies, soft drink concerns, dairymen's associations and numerous other institutions for the convenience and health of our people, will combine and present a solid front against liquor.

An Appeal to Religious Denominations.

"The clergymen of all religious denominations should take this matter very seriously and urge the members of their congregations to unite on this particular subject -- and evidence their opinions by their votes.  Such a combination, coupled with the support of all well thinking people, would not only clear up the liquor question but settle many other trying problems confronting us today.  In the past the clergymen have hesitated about having anything to do with politics, but this theory is wrong and should be reversed -- at least in such times as these.

"With encouragement from the groups aforesaid, evidenced by their votes, it is possible that the next administration would be in favor of and agree to bring back prohibition as quickly as it was repealed.  This is

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worthy of consideration by all individuals and groups who have the welfare of the nation at heart.

A Social Order That Will Protect the Weak.

"Prohibition had some minor defects that could not be overcome.  The moral level of our people was not high enough to appreciate and comprehend the virtues of prohibition.  Economically, our people have been through a pretty tough beating -- and it would seem a great many of us have learned to sift the nonessential from the essential -- and, except for medicinal purposes, we see no elevating or beneficient use for liquor.  In this connection we are told medical authorities recognize many more acceptable stimulants than whiskey.

"Prohibition as we had it was just a bit ahead of its time -- in that it did not provide a means for elevating the moral-level of our people to appreciate its better side.  We recognize and appreciate that people cannot be legislated into sobriety -- but a certain amount of legislation does protect poor individuals whose wills are too weak to resist some of the evils in our midst.  We are strongly for society surrounding the weaker man with such safeguards as will help him not to make a fool of himself.  At least we would appreciate our community, our state or nation doing that for us -- were we the victims of such circumstances.

An Economic as Well as Moral Issue.

"Repeal is now condemned by many of its most ardent 1932 friends.  It can be reversed within the next two years if those who are in favor will work and vote for it.

A large {paper torn}rcentage of the American people ar{e} still {paper torn}ery s{en}sibl{e} ab{ou}t some of these great moral issues -- a{n}d we truly believe the very next hard 'kick' to be given the liquor traffic (if we may use that blunt term), will come from the combined and common-sense economic factors -- virtually all of which separately recognize that our present day complex mode of living -- with its machine and other hazards, is indeed no day for the uncontrolled sale and consumption of liquors."


A Vacation Bible School was held at Moore's Church on the Amelia charge from July 6-17.  Fifty children were enrolled, and eight teachers and helpers were in charge of the group.  The following material was used:

Beginners and Primary Groups -- "Our Happy World."

Junior Group -- "Friends at Work."

Intermediates -- "Our Church."

Some very interesting booklets and posters were made by the children.  Commencement exercises were held Sunday morning, July 19, and a large audience was present.  On July 20 the children were taken on a picnic which was very much enjoyed by all who attended.

Jessie Miller

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This is the unveiling of the monument at the Methodist Orphanage in honor of Dr. J. T. Mastin, founder and first superintendent. Dr. Mastin appears on the right and to the left is Colonel Brewer, presidnet {sic s/b president} of the Orphanage Board, who delivered the address.


(The following is the address of Col. R. L. Brewer, President of the Methodist Orphanage Board at the unveiling of the tablet to Dr. J. T. Mastin at the Institution at the recent meeting at the Orphanage.  See front cover.)

I am assigned today one of the pleasantest tasks of my life -- that of paying a tribute to a distinguished Virginian, Dr. J. T. {paper torn -- remainder of line missing}

{paper torn}ep{en}dent children in this Commonwealth owe more to this saintly man than any other person that I have known or heard of in my day and generation.  He has from his young manhood been deeply concerned and has had upon his heart dependent children.

This fact is attested to by his organization of the Virginia Conference Orphanage and the old State Board of Charities and Corrections, now known as the State Board of Public Welfare.

I have known Dr. Mastin for twenty-four years.  After we first met there seemed to be between us a union of spirits, our thoughts, intents and purposes seemed to blend into a common union.

As a Christian Minister of the Gospel he exemplifies all of those Christian virtues which were enunciated by the Master Himself.

My association with him has been a real inspiration.  It was through his influence that I am today so much interested in the work of the Virginia Conference Orphanage, and also the State Board of Public Welfare.

As a friend he is kind, sympathetic and understanding, gentle and modest in his manner.

As a citizen he has always stood for those things which make for the very highest type of citizenship.

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Dr. Mastin has at all times during his long life been a man of understanding, champion of truth, effective laborer in every good work.

He has provided guardians for dependent children that wisdom may be justified by them, and that they may be glorified.

Speaking for Brother McAllen, Superintendent of the Virgi{n}ia Con{f}erence Orpha{paper torn}ge, and for my{paper torn}

The reckoning of the worth of such a life as Dr. Mastin's has been is beyond us.  He wasted no time; he has mis-applied no talents.  With steadfastness in calm and storm he has been true.  With a distinct regard for duty, with strong will, with energy he met his tasks.  It is no exaggeration to say that he has lived grandly.

He was born in Spotsylvania County, May 2, 1855, and was brought up in the home of his grandfather, Joseph Field (his father having died when he was four years of age), in Culpeper County.  He attended primary school in the county and at Brandy Academy, Brandy, Va., and Randolph-Macon College.  He was licensed to preach June, 1875, and joined the Virginia Conference, November, 1876.  From that time until November, 1900, he was pastor in succession of Woodville circuit, one year; Orange circuit, two years; Wakefield circuit, two years; Bowling Green circuit, four years; Bethany Station in Northumberland county, three years.  Crewe and Nottoway, four years; McKendree, Norfolk, three years; Trinity, Richmond, four years; Memorial Station, Norfolk, four years.

In November, 1900, he was appointed
{as its} President, I want to say that Dr. Mastin has at all times been an inspiration to us by his wise counseling and sympathetic understanding of all our problems.

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Financial Agent of the Virginia Conference Orphanage.  From that time until September, 1902, he was engaged exclusively in collecting money to build this institution and at the opening of the orphanage, he took charge for a month, until Dr. J. Wiley Bledsoe, who had been elected superintendent, could arran{paper torn} to {paper torn}nter upon his duties.  In {N}ove{paper torn}b{paper torn} {paper torn} that year, Dr. Bledsoe r{paper torn}gne{paper torn} and {paper torn}e was elected superintendent in his place.  He held that office until he was elected Secretary of the State Board of Charities and Corrections, the board having been established by the legislature of Virginia in March of that year.  This legislation was planned and drafted by him.  He continued as secretary of that board until 1922, when he resigned and was appointed by the Bishop to take charge of Trinity Church and Methodist Institute.  He held this pastorate until April, 1924, when he was re-elected secretary of the Board of Charities and Corrections, Mr. Frank Bane having resigned to accept a position in Knoxville, Tenn.  In 1926, the legislature reorganized and changed the name of the Board of Charities and Corrections to the State Board of Public Welfare.  He resigned as Commissioner of Public Welfare in 1926 and has been on the supernumerary relation in the Virginia Conference since that time.  He has not been idle during his retirement.  He has preached almost every Sunday at least once and often twice and he has been busy during all this time in social and religious work.  Using his own words, "I hope I have not been useless and I know I have been happy.  If I had my life to live over I would live the same life.  I am not an old man, I have all eternity before me."

In December, 1879, he married Miss

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