Monday, November 19, 2007

1925 Waco Newspapers - Editorial Page Quotes

“William Jennings Bryan has his new paramount issue for the campaign of 1928. … That is, until the craze has died out. Every few years a craze of some sort overwhelms the democratic donkey and the donkey butts in. It is different with the republican elephant. He walks around a stump and lands at his stable door without injury. ... Pat Morris Neff, in a recent epistle begged for a place far removed from the maddening crowd, far from the politicians and political discussions.”
Waco News Tribune, editorial, July 11, 1925

“This is a merry old world. It has jogged along for millions of years. It will continue along regardless of the evolutionists or the anti-evolutionists...”
Waco News Tribune, editorial, July 11, 1925

“Governor Austin Peavy of Tennessee is a candidate for reelection. Speaking of the Dayton case, the governor said: “It would be better for the people of Tennessee to lose their schools than their Bible.” Governor Peavy of Tennessee must be a bit of a demagogue. There isn’t a chance for them to lose their schools; there isn’t a chance for them to lose their Bible. And the governor knows it.”
Waco News Tribune, editorial, July 16, 1925

“If education be a state function, then it would seem to logically follow that the state can prescribe and proscribe as it may elect. Being master of the situation, the state can either introduce or exclude the Bible, and that the same applies to evolution and all other subjects. What the state does may be foolish, but who shall say what it can or can not do, so long as it does not violate any provision of the Bill of Rights? If the state sees proper to “put bonds to all human knowledge” who shall see it nay, dealing here, of course with public education, which is under state control?
The state may make itself ridiculous, but isn’t that the states affair? ”
Waco Times Herald, editorial, July 10, 1925

“The Kansas City Star sent one of its best men out to Dayton to report on what he might see and hear. It interests us to know that the Rev. T.T. Martin in the Baptist church there last Sunday morning. The Star man calls him “Brother Martin,” and a lot of us called him that same when he lived here in Texas. Our good friend, Sam Rayburn, was the singer for Brother Martin in his evangelistic work for many years. The Star man tells us that “Brother Martin” advised his hearers to remain calm, which he wasn’t, by the way, adding; “By remaining calm, which he insisted with growing excitement was a perfectly easy thing to do, the people of Dayton would defeat Mr. Darrow’s design, which was to get sympathy and support to himself.” All the circumstances considered, we think it only natural that Brother Martin was just a bit excited; it is doubtful if even Calvin Coolidge could have gone into the Dayton atmosphere without displaying a bit of perturbation.”
Waco Times Herald, editorial, July 24, 1925

“The secrets of Nature do not belong exclusively to those who call themselves scientists, nor yet do the secrets of God belong exclusively to those who call themselves theologians; the point at interest is that revelation is taking place all the while- that God is constantly revealing himself through Nature and through the operations of the Spirit, and nowhere is there conflict of authority- God cannot contradict Himself.
Waco Times Herald, editorial, July 22, 1925

“The jury at Dayton is not called upon to decide whether Darwin or the Bible is right. The jury is called upon to decide whether or not one Scopes has violated a law of the state of Tennessee. If Scopes be declared guilty, then the case will go to the supreme court of Tennessee to test the constitutionality of the law. If the supreme court of Tennessee upholds the law, then the case, if there be any chance therefor (sic) will go to the supreme court of the United States and if the august tribunal holds that the law does violence to the Constitution of the United States, then the law is dead and Scopes goes free; otherwise, Scopes pays his fine and the law against the teaching of evolution in the public schools of Tennessee stands until it shall be repealed by the legislature of that State. The law applies only to the public schools; any private school can teach evolution in Tennessee, and so can press and pulpit and plitform (sic) if they so elect. The jury at Dayton has nothing in the world to do with any conflict between the Bible and the Darwinian theory. The only question before the jury is, Has the law been violated?”
Waco Times Herald, editorial, July 24, 1925

1 comment:

67gal said...

These newspaper quotes are my favorite part of this blog! It was a lot of work to search through the old newspapers to get them, but it was worth it. Thank you for sharing your work with the public.