was in Chicago
when that holocaust occurred in the Iroquois theater, which resulted in the death
of so many hundreds of people, including many church members and some
preachers. What a stigma upon the religion of Jesus Christ when preachers and
members of the church will so crucify Jesus Christ afresh by attending one of
the lowest classes of theatrical performances such as Bluebeard, where
indecent actresses appear on the stage in such immodest and scanty clothing
as upon this occasion! And then to cap the very climax of sin in the ridicule
of God's plain word, to incorporate into the wicked play the statement that
hell had cooled off, or some similar statement, no wonder about that time God
proved that it was as hot as ever. Lo, the draperies are on fire, the stage
is ablaze, the congregation stampedes, pandemonium prevails. The people
trample one another under foot in their mad rush for the doors, while smoke
and flame do their deadly work. What is the result? Several hundred people
are in eternity in a few minutes. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked.
Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
THE TELL-TALE By William Edward Shepard, God's Revivalist Press, Ringgold,
Young and Channing Sts. Cincinnati, O.