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I'm sure you know this but..."At St. George's Hall Thirteenth and Arch Streets, to-morrow at 10,20 A.M., 3 and 7:30 P.M., addresses will be made by Dr. N. H. Barbour. His subject in the morning will be "Three Worlds.2(The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1876, October 21, p.3)
Yes, the original clipping is an illustration in Separate Identity.
O.K. I follow searching some other quotations. Here you have another:"A chart or Bible plan of the ages will be illustrated by William H. Cheeks, of Cornwall, N.Y. Sunday afternoon at 2:30, at the Temperance hall, West Newburgh. Those who have read "Millennial Dawn," and those who have not, will find it very interesting and instructive."(Newburgh Daily Register, 1897, January 9, p.6)
I do not know if this one is related with Russell:"A series of free Bible discourses on "God's Plan in the Ages Restitution," "How and When Christ Comes," "Parallel Dispensations," will be given in the open air on Main Street rear of St. Paul's Church beginning Sunday nezt at 3 o'clock. The subject, "God's Plan," will be illustrated by a Chart of the Ages. No collections."(The Buffalo Express, 1886, September 4, p.8)
"A series of lectures concerning of the beginning of the millenium will be given at the Temperance Rooms, No. 43 South Division Street, by S.D. Rogers of Michigan and James A. West of Illinois. The first meeting will be on Sunday at 3.30 p.m. Subject: "The Plan of the Ages.""(The Buffalo Express [???], 1891) I cant's see the name of the journal, neither month, day and page.
"BEREAN BIBLE CLASS, will meet at Mr. H. L. Sundam's Studio every Sabbath from 8:30 to 5:80 p. m. and Wednesday evening for the study of God's Plan of the Ages. Text, Genesis 3:15. All are invited."(Geneva Gazette, 1890, March 14, p.???)
"Prospect Heights Universalist Church, Seventh av and Eighth st. Rev. James Taylor, pastor--Service 10:45. Subject: "Our Final Authority: What and Where Is It?" Sunday school at 12:15. Evening at 7:30. Mr. A. P. Adams of Beverly, Mass., will lecture. Subject: "The Plan of the Ages." Lecture illustrated with charts."(The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1891, November 7, p. ???)
"GOD'S PLAN OF THE AGES"—WILL BE THE subject of the free Bible lecture, by James A. West at the Wilson Building, 153 Pierrepont st, to-morrow evening at 7:45."(The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1895, November 9, p.8)
"THE CITY TEMPLE.The City Temple Church Gospel Tent, on Eighty-fifth street, between avenues A and B, is doing a grand work for the people living in that locality who have no church home. A meeting is held every evening except Saturday that all may have an opportunity to hear the Gospel preached. The pastor. Rev. J. Worden, is assisted nearly every evening by some friend from a neighboring pulpit. The Rev. George Hughs, editor of the Guide to Holiness, will be one of the speakers next week. There will be preaching in the tent this morning at half-past ten and Sabbath school at half-past two P. M., and in the evening at a quarter to eight Mr. S. O. Blemden, of Brooklyn, will lecture on "The Plan of the Ages." All are welcome. The singing of hymns by the people is a prominent feature of the services."(New York Herald, 1889, July 14, p.18)Can this S.O. Blemden be S. O. Blunden?
"A Bible lecture with chart illustrations, will be given at the Church of the Blessed Hope, No. 17 Wilder arcade, this morning. Subject: "God's Plan of the Ages."(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 1886, November 28, p.7)
Thanks Miquel! We had some of this, but finding the two we did not have is worth the entire effort! Keep at it ...
"He Was Looking for Promotion"I was in the Washington oil field a few days ago," said a gentleman to-day, "and on my return I had to wait nearly a half hour for a train and I amused myself by taking in the sights around the station. A lady evangelist was there getting in her work in first-class order until she came up to a neatly dressed young man, who I noticed, had been very intently perusing the columns of Zion's Watch Tower. "My young friend, are you a watchman on Zion's walls?" asked the lady. The young man blushed to the roots of his hair and said: "No, ma'am, I am only a night watchman in Cannonsburg, but I am looking for promotion soon." The crowd fairly shouted with laughter and the lady joined in."(Steuben Advocate, 1886, September 29, p.1?)
“Mr. M.L. McPhail, under the auspices of Zion’s Watch Tower Bible house of Allegheny, Pa., gave addresses on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Mechanich’s Hall on the ‘Divine Plan of the Ages.’ The meetings were well attended and very interesting"(Washington County Post (North White Creek, N.Y.), 1899, September 8, p.??)
The 30th Annual Meeting of the Y.M.C.A. Yesterday-A Progressive Institution,The 30th annual meeting of the Young Men's Christian Association was held yesterday afternoon, Rev. Geo. A. Hall, of New York, State Secretary, presided. Among those present were O.C. Morse, Secretary of Y.M.C.A., Cleveland; T.D. Helmer, Rochester; W.J. Orr, St. Thomas. The reports of the various committees were highly satisfactory. Zion's Watch Tower was reported as of doubtful character, owing to its opposition to church organization ... "[article follows but without any more info about Zion's Watch Tower](Buffalo Evening News, 1882, October 11, p.1 ??)
On the Certificate PlanExcursions Rates Granted by the Central Traffic Association.The Central Traffic Association has granted excursion rates on the certificate plan to persons attending the following meetings:[...]Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society, Allegheny, Pa., April 14 to 18." (The Buffalo Courier, 1889, March 11, p.8)
Similar info as before at The Buffalo Courier, 1889, March 2, p.8
Interesting article from 1881.Sorry for this bad copy, I can not see very well the journal page. A [...] identifies words that I can not read. May be some sentences are not well copied. Sorry"Within a day or two [...] large numbers have been distributed in this city of a tract entitled "Food for Thinking Christians; Why Evil was Permitted, and Kindred Topics." It purpose to be issued by the "Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society" of Pittsburg, and its contents are of a character to command the attention of intelligent Bible students. Touching this and the source whence it [...] a Pittsburg dispatch to the Cleveland [...] gives the following details: "The Zion's Watch Tower Society has for its president a prominent iron manufacturer of Pittsburg, and Mr. Charles T. Russell, a very respectable business man of the same city, is its secretary and treasures. He is the author of the tract above referred to. The society. Mr. Russell say, has no branches, but has agents east and west. Money is raised by voluntary contributions. They proceed, he says, as [...] as possible up in business methods. Where there is a district messenger service they employ them tho do the work under proper directions. Messengers are instructed to be ready at the class of church services on the Sabbath to quietly hand a copy of one of the society's publications to each person passing out. The society publishes a paper in Pittsburg called Zion's Watch Tower. Some of their printing is done in Columbus, O. Lockport, N.Y., Philadelphia and New York city. Mr. Russell says they are not a new church; that they have no creed, and only desire to promote the reading and study of the Scriptures. He has [...] from every part of the country asking for the publications of the society. Thirty thousand copies of the tract in question were distributed last Sunday. Mr. Russell is probably 35 years of age, nearly six feet in height, and of a pale, thoughtful cast of countenance. Three or four years ago he withdrew from the Methodist Episcopal church and started a society of his own, to which he preached for some time. His teachings apparently [...] to incite Christians to closer Bible study rather than to convert outsiders, and the warmth with which his society's publications have been attacked by orthodox ministers in Pittsburg and elsewhere would [...] to indicate that there is something in them."(The Buffalo Daily Courier, 1881, August 19, p.1)
"FOOD for Thinking Christians." a free pamphlet of which 400,000 copies have been distributed to all the principal churches of the large cities and which has excited widespread comment, in some cases in New York and Jersey City the distribution being stopped, the ministers fearing it was an infidel work, is a publication by a tract society of Pittsburg, and is designed to counteract infidel teachings and tendencies and to promote interest in and study of the Bible."(Brooklyn Daily Union-Argus, 1881, August 18, p.1)
"Rev. H.R. Percival, rector of the P.E. Church of the Evangelists, will, during the Sunday evenings in Lent, preach sermons on "Infidelity Against a Book Entitled 'Food for Thinking Christians,'" which was distributed through the agency of the American District Telegraph boys by a gentleman at a considerable expense. The first of the series of sermons was preached last Sunday evening by Mr. Percival to a large and appreciative congregation."(The Philladelphia Inquirer, 1882, March 3, p.3)
Similar article as before at The World ( New York), 1881, August 19, p.2
A more large article about distribution of Food for Thinking Christians at The Sun (New York), 1881, August 15, p. 1It quotes a A.M. Bergner of Newark... "we commenced our meetings in Newark about nine months ago and hold them every Sunday and during the week here and at Mr. Sturtevant's house in Kinner street..."
"Mr. Cox and Miss Harper have been in the city for several days representing the Tower Publishing Co., of Alleghany, Penn. The title of the particular book that they were selling is "Millennial Dawn," and they seemed to have done a good business"Breckenridge News (Cloverport, KY), 1892, July 20, p. ??)
Just to slip in a personal comment here to thank Miquel for all his work finding these various news stories about early meetings.
"The Date For the Millennium.Charles T. Russell of Alleghany, Pa., announces that the millennium will surely arrive in October 1914. We are now in the "lapping time," between the hay of the gospel and the grass of the millennium era. This "lapping time" began in October of 1874 and will last 40 years. During this period the kingdoms of the world will be overthrown by the anarchists, nihilists, socialists and nationalists. At the same time the Hebrews will all be gathered in Palestine.-- Chicago Herald."(Polk County Journal, 1893, May 4, p.6, it seems a quote from Chicago Herald)
THE CELEBRATED WRITER CHARLES T. Russell, author of "Millennial Dawn," will preach in Room 24, Cooper Union, N.Y., Sunday, November 27, at 10:30 A.M. Subject, "In Our Days." Seats free. All invites. He will also preach at 3 P.M. at Hardman Hall, New York, corner Fifth av. and Nineteenth st. on "The Restitution of All Things," and at 7:30 P.M., at same place, on "The Millennium and Its Day of Preparation." Seats free.(The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1892, November 26, p.6)
Great work Miquel Angel.
"Millennial Dawn," The Plan of the Ages, by, Mrs. C.B. Lemuels, Allegheny, Pa., Tower Publishing Co., same place, publishers, has been received. Price $1. Reviewers who have had time to read it indorse it as "A Helping Hand for Bible Students."(Wood River Times (Hailey, Idaho), 1887, November 5, p.???)
PECKVILLEFrank Draper, a traveling representative of the Tower Bible and Tract society of Allegheny, Pa., will hold two meetings in Grand Army Republic hall at Peckville on Sunday, May 31st, at 2 and 6.30 o'clock p.m. for Bible study illustrated by "The hart of The Ages" as shown in Millennial Dawn, Vol. 1. A cordial invitation is extended to all, especially the interested readers of Millennial Dawn. Bring your Bible and come rain or shine. Free seats and no collections."(The Scranton Tribune, 1896, May 26, p.8)
"There will be lectures on "The Chart of the Ages," Millennial Dawn series, at Hotel Portsmouth this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock and this evening at 7:45 o'clock. All are invited to attend."(The Norfolk Virginian, 1897, March 14, p.5)
I can not see it very well"There will be a Millennial Dawn meeting [...] 10 o´clock this morning at the hall corner [...] Rusk and Travis streets."(The Houston Daily Post, 1899, May 21, p.11)
Surely you know this but... it deals with a terrible crime which involved supposedly a reader of Millennial Dawn doctrines:"HE DRANK HER BLOOD.FIENDISH CRIME OF A PENNSYLVANIA FANATIC[...]"It is a large article of two columns, but at the end you can find"For nearly two years past Ramsay had been reading and studying the Bible and the various theological works embraces under the general heading "The Millennial Dawn". Latterly he had become completely absorbed in the novel plan of salvation therein described, and was an enthusiast, in season and out of season. Not only Ramsay and his wife, but certain members of both of their families had become involved with the new doctrine. Some of them had become active canvassers for the publications, and were occasionally persistent to the verge of offensiveness. Mrs. Ramsay was about 25 years of age and the murderer is 40."(The copper country evening news [Calumet, Michigan], 1896, April 11, p.1)
A large review of Millennial Dawn volume by a Thomas Calahan writer (more than 100 lines of review).(Iron County Register [Ironton, Iron County, Mo.], 1887, March 10, p.???
More about Frank Draper"Millennial Dawn Revival.Mr. Frank Draper, Millennial Dawn evangelist, will hold a series of public services in Houston on January 14, 15 and 16, both afternoons and evenings. Mr. Draper is a pleasing speaker and has the gift of presenting God's truth in a manner satisfying to hungry skeptics and refreshing to Christians. Everybody invited. No collections are ever taken.The place of the above meetings will be advertised through The Post later. Regular meetings are held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 8 p.m. at room 203 Mason building, to which all are welcome."(The Houston Daily Post [Houston, Texas], 1899, Decembe 23, p.6)
"BIBLE STUDY.Corner Travis and Rusk, every Sunday at 3 p.m. Everybody welcome. Bible truths to which the "Millennial Dawn Series" call attention, are freely discussed, and by the aid of a chat the plan of salvation is made plain. Everybody welcome. All who desire to volunteer in the free distribution of bocklet "Bible vs Evolution" are urgently requested to be present, to lay plans for this work."(The Houston Daily Post [Houston, Texas], 1899, April 23, p.28)
"Our "Millennial Dawn" citizens are having a series of meetings at Mrs. Palmer's, corner of Kious and Monroe streets. There will be a meeting tonight at 8 p.m., Sunday at 10:20 a.m. and 8 p.m. Their purpose is to search the Scriptures rather than sermonize."(The Topeka State Journal [Topeka.Kansas], 1898, June 18, p.5)
"MILLENNIAL DAWN.Regular meetings for the study of Millennial Dawn Bible truths are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 at room 203 Mason building. Prayer meeting every Thursday evening at 8 o'clock. Strangers cordially welcomed. Skeptics specially invited. No collections. "Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be for all people."(The Houston Daily Post [Houston-Texas], 1899, December 9, p.10)
"BIBLE STUDY.Meeting for Bible study every Sunday morning 10:30 o´clock, room 210, Mason building. Bible truths as presented in the "Millennial Dawn Series" are freely discussed. Everybody welcome."(The Houston Daily Post [Houston, Texas], 1899, June 11, p.26)
A brief article about Ramsay's murder:"Crushed His Wife's Head.Mifflintown, Pa., March 2--Chas A. Ramsey, a well-to-do farmer residing near East Waterford, this county, murdered his wife last night. He is supposed to have became insane through reading and thinking over a religious work known as "The Millennial Dawn." His victim shared his religious belief. Her head was beaten and crushed in a horrible manner by a heavy iron bar. Ramsey claims that he had a fight with the devil, and told a neighbor that he had "sacrificed Eddie." He showed marks of having been in a terrible struggle. He had in his house two revolvers, a Winchester rifle, a pitchfork and two fleshing knives, so that the neighbors were afraid to enter until daylight. He had smashed most of his furniture and thrown it into the yard. Ramsey is now in jail."(The Cambrian Freeman [Ebensburg, Pa], 1896, March 6, p. ????
"A new book, entitled "Millennial Dawn," has been issued by the Tower Publishing company, of Alleghany, Pa. Price $1. It is the first of a series of volumes, each complete in itself, designed to make plain the teachings of the Bible in a manner calculated to arrest skepticism by reason and scripture. There are few, if any, books on the Bible that are its equal."(Bismarck Weekly Tribune [Bismarck, Dakota], 1886, November 12, p.????)
Another one about this Ramsey's crime.[...]. They had been reading a socialistic book called "Millennial Dawn." and become demented over it, but were not considered dangerous. [...](The Evening Times [Washington, D.C.], 1896, March 3, p.6)
"The Plan of the Ages.To the Editor of The Post.Houston, Texas, January 14.--I note in Zion's Watch Tower, a paper edited by the author of Millennial Dawn, that a Brother Ransom is traveling through Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas lecturing on the "Plan of the Ages" (which is the title of the first volume of the Millennial Dawn series). A few of those interested are striving to make arrangements for a free public lecture by Mr. Ransom on visit to Houston, and we would be pleased to hear from any one interested in the above or in the second coming of the Saviour, and we will notify them of time and place of lecture. Hoping that this will find space in your Sunday issue, very truly.J. Wyndetts."(The Houston Daily Post [Houston, Texas], 1899, January 15, p. ???)
"The Millennial Dawn," a copy of which has been laid on on our table. It is neatly gotten up both in press work and binding. The author is Mr. C.T. Russell, of Allegheny City, Pa., who evidently believes what he says. The book contains about 350 pages. We publish elsewhere a somewhat extended review of it by one of our staff."(Iron County Register [Ironton, Iron County, Mo.),1887, February 17, p.???)
A large article:"DAWNING OF THE MILLENNIUM.Series of Lectures--The Doctrine Taught.The committee in charge of arrangements for the meetings to be conducted by Evangelist Frank Draper on January 14, 15 and 16 have secured Odd Fellows hall, in the Mason building. [...]"More than 50 lines follows.(The Houston Daily Post [Houston, Texas], 1899, December 31, p.10)
"Charles T. Russell, author of the "Millennial Dawn Series," will be in the city Sunday to conduct the funeral services of Mrs. C.J. Woodworth,. He will also address the Bible class which meets at Guernsey's hall, No. 2, at 10:20 a.m. All are invited to hear the most wonderful Bible scholar of the age."(The Scranton Tribune [Scranton, Pa.], 1899, April 22, p.3)
"W.C.T.C. Hall.Sunday at 2 p.m. Mr. Fred Kundred will speak at the W.C.T.C: hall in answer to the remarks of the Millennial Dawn minister, Mr. Graper, last Tuesday evening. All are invited to attend."(Daily Capital Journal [Salem, Or.], 1899, May 13, p.???)
"MILLENNIAL DAWN, a plan of the ages, has been received from its publishers, the Tower Company, Allegheny, Pa. It is described as "a helping hand to bible students," and is highly commended by some Christian preachers."(Alexandria Gazette [Alexandria, D.C.], 1889, December 19, p.???)
"Millennial Dawn, the Plan of the Ages.This is the title of a series of volumes now being published by the Tower Pub. Co., Allegheny, Pa., to meet and arrest the prevailing fashionable skepticism of the day. It is written in profound earnestness and is marvellously attractive in style, filling a great crying need. Bible students will be greatly pleased with it, and it would be profitable to any man who finds himself yielding to the doubts and skepticisms so widely prevailing. He will get the props of his skepticism knocked from under him and it may save his soul. It will be sold by all book dealers."(The Pulaski Citizen [Pulaski, Tenn.], 1886, November 18, p.???)
"Elder Draper of Pennsylvania will preach a series of sermons at the North Congregational church this week. On the 27th the service will be at 7:20 p.m., on the 28th and 29th the services will be at 10:30 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. Elder Draper will use the "Chart of the Ages," as given in "Millennial Dawn," to illustrate his thought."(The Topeka Stata Journal [Topeka, Kan.), 1899, September 25, p.7)
"The Plan of the Ages."Millennial Dawn, the plan of the Ages," is a remarkable book. We have a copy and will examine it critically and if it is what it appears to be, what men say it is, we will make arrangements to furnish it to our people. We have applied for the agency with that view. If it is what if professes to be, it is a blessing to mankind."(The Pulaski Citizen [Pulaski, Tenn.], 1886, December 2, p.???)
"Elder C.T. Russell, author of "Millennial Dawn," and editor of Zion's Watch-Tower, is expected to preach at Smith's Hall at 11 o'clock this morning.""TAKE NOTICE.--ELDER C. T. RUSSELL, of Allegheny, Pa., author of "Millennial Dawn," is expected to preach at Smith's Hall, 308 nort Fifth street, at 11 o´clock A.M."(Richmond Dispatch [Richmond, Va.], 1893, August 6, p.???)
"THE MILLENNIUM.--Charles T. Russell, author of "Millennial Dawn," will lecture on Sunday at 10:30 A.M. at Cooper Union, room 24; at 3 and 7:45 P.M. at Hardman Hall, 5th av. and 19th st. Subjects: Morning, "In Our Days"; afternoon: "The Restitution of All Things"; evening, "The Millennium and Its Dat of Preparation."(The Sun [New York, N.Y.], 1892, November 26, p.10)
"The Eminent Christian Writer, Charles T. Russell, of Allegheny, Pa., author of Millennial Dawn, will speak in N.Y. City on SUNDAY, NOV. 27, forenoon, 10:30 at COOPER UNION MEETING ROOM, No. 24, Subject: "IN OUR DAYS." -- Afternoon and Evening at HARDMAN HALL, Fifth avenue and 10th street, At 3 o'clock, subject: "The Restitition of all Thins." Acts III, 21. In the evening 7:45, subject:"The Millennium and Its Day of Preparation."--Seats free at both places.N.H.--All who are interested in the subjectes are urgyd to attend [...]meetings."(The Long-Islander [Huntington, N.Y.], 1892, November 5, p.3)
Similar ad at The Long-Islander (Huntington, NY), 1892, November 12, p.2
"Viola Gilbert, New York, announces "Millennial Dawn the Plan of the Ages," which is vouched for by no less ajournalistic authority than "Bill Arp."(The Brooklyn Daily Eagle [Brooklyn, NY], 1888, February 5, p.7)
"BEREAN BIBLE CLASS, will meet at Mr. H. L. Sundam's Studio every Sabbath from 8:30 to 5:30 p. m. and Wednesday evening for the study of God's Plan of the Ages. Text, Genesis 3:15. All are invited."(Geneva Gazette, 1890, February 28, p.2)
"Mr. Suydam expresses himself as more than, well pleased with his reception at Long Point, and eagerness of his audience to gain light on Bible truths from his familiar talk on God'splan of salvation through his plan of the ages as shown upon the chart. Theme for next Sabbath at 10 A. M., "Restitution," at 3 P. M., "Five Universal Kingdoms of the Eart."(Geneva Advertiser [Generca, NY], 1888, July 17, p.3)
TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCHCor. Utica St. and Railroad Ave. Rev. O. W. Cook pastor, residence 128 Utica St. Services 11 A. M. and 7:30 P. M. Frank Draper will speak morning and evening. Subject, God’s plan of the Ages. The discourse will illustrate with the chart of the ages. All are welcome. Sunday School at 12:10."(Ithaca Daily Journal [Ithaca, NY], 1896, May 23, p.6)
A Grand Biblical Chart.A day or two since we stepped into the studio of Mr. H. L. Suydam and inspected the great work of art recently completed by him and of which we had heard much said in warm terms of praise. The skillful artist interested us for nearly an hour in explaining the several divisions, figures and emblems vividly portrayed on the canvas. Even if memory enabled us to describe it, the description would be unsatisfactory without a view of the chart itself. Mr. Suydam has concluded to place it on exhibition at an early day and explain it in a carefully prepared lecture. To the student in Biblical history it cannot fail to prove deeply interesting. The chart is 18 feet long by four feet high. It presents more than100 biblical scenes in miniatrure from Adam the first, as he claims, in the antedeluvianage of 1656 to Adam the second in the ages to come. The chart is on artist's canvas, and isdivided off in chronological order, showing as Mr. S. claims "God's plan of the ages asto the disposition of man." Of his theological views we have nothing to say, but few ifany of the clergy have given more time and deep and earnest attention than he to thestudy of Holy Writ with a view to grasp its sacred teachings in all their bearings."(Geneva Daily Gazette [Geneva, NY], 1886, September 10, p.3)
"Mr. Suydam's Lectures on the Chart Of the Ages.Under the circumstances there was a fair attendance at Linden Hall to listen to Mr. Suydam's explanation of his interesting chart. He begins with the assertion that the greatCreator is a God of Love, and that He has a plan, which taken as a whole reveals thatlove. It is a plan of the Ages, and is progressive from the lower to the higher; thatthat plan is laid down in His Chart, the Bible, and that the book of Daniel reveals that the times of the Gentiles began B. C. 606 and exte2nds 520 years and wille expire 70 years from 1844, making the Second Advent fully due in 1914. This is a most interesting study for the Bible Student.Mr. Suydam now has the Chart up in his studio, and will be pleased to explain it to the truth-seeker."(Geneva Daily Gazette [Geneva, NY], 1886, October 1, p.3)
I am not sure the following is related but..."At the East End Baptist Church, Van Siclen avenue, near Glenmore, the Rev. George H. Horne, pastor, will deliver to-morrow the first of a series of evening discourses upon “Prophetic Truth ,” the topic being “The Plan of the Ages,” Illustrated by a chart. Bible students are invited"(The Brooklyn Daily Eagle [Brooklyn, NY], 1897, October 2, p.7)
A NEW CHURCH-UNDENOMINATIONAL."God's Plan of the Ages" Demonstranted by an Elaborate Chart.A new church, which puts forth the claim of being The Church, was opened yesterday afternoon in Co-operative hall, Howard avenue and Madison street, up on the fourth floor, in a comfortably and rather prettily appointed lodge room. The minister was James A. West, who was once, it is understood, a Methodist minister in the West. He had an audience of probably sixty people. His discourse was the first of eight lectures on “God's Plan of the Ages,” taking into consideration the “Millennian Dawn." A large chart back of tho platform depicted the different ages ot the world, tbe birth of the world, its growth, the flood age, tbe present age, etc. Mr. West makes a decided claim for undenominationalism, saying there is but one head of a church, who is Christ. All churches are wrong in maintaining their different grades and conditions of doctrine, and in this way Mr. West claims for his followers that they are the church. These lectures are to continue all winter. How the churoh is to be maintained was not apparent, as the collection baskets were not visible yesterday. Opportunity for the asking of questions was given after the lecture."(The Brooklyn Daily Eagle [Brooklyn, NY], 1893, November 20, p.9)
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