King's Business - 1913-07



Presbyterian. This Atlanta campaign has thus far cost over $12,000, $6,500 of which was for advertising bills. One does not have to be much of a guesser to surmise where the money came from. We may be sure, though, that the giver has had a “run for His money,” in the phrase of the street. Judged by any standards, the Atlanta campaign has been more fun-than can be got out of a fleet of aeroplanes or a garage full of racing automobflés. A Business Man and an Apostle In this Men and Religion Movement he has come to be dominated by ; a great idea, of which he is the apostle among his fellow business men. That is that business is a ministry, that a man should serve the world by his business. The rights and welfare pf his employees and of the larger world which they represent should be the first consideration of business, taking precedence even of dividends, i I chanced to sit at luncheon one dky with a group of men of whom Eagan was one, and another wan a large em­ ployer of labor. When the talk fell on social service the manufacturer vis­ ibly shied. He thought he had been trapped into a company of social re­ formers, mere impractical theorists, who knew nothing about the weighty problems of the business man. He did not happen to know that Eagan could have bought him out two or three times and then have had. money enough left to start him in business again. I shall not soon forget thè sweet patience of Eagan as he elabo­ rated his darling idea of service through business, and tactfully let ouir friend know that he also is an em­ ployer. What these two laymen have done, with the full and efficient co-operation of the church men of their city, isr a revelation and a foregleam of the new era of efficient Christian patriotism.

in their friendship. Young men of the same age, born and bred in At­ lanta, they once were peculiarly anti­ pathetic; but when Jackson became a Christian in the Torrey meetings * the two found themselves drawn together by the great tie of Christian fellow­ ship. It does not take a psychologist to explain this. The men held the great essentials in common, They were in unity in life’s deepest purpose. Marion Jackson is a study in the un­ expected consequences of vital re­ ligion. He was a born aristocrat, aij aristocrat to his finger tips, by birth, tradition and aptitude; but when, in Dr, Torrey’s prea)ching,* the gospel gripped him he became a democrat. He now has a New Testament pas­ sion for people. The simplicities of the Christian brotherhood shine out in his life and actions. Marion Jackson is a lawyer, and a good one. That explains why the method of the Men and Religion com- mitee has been bombproof and water­ tight. The advertisements were all written by him. Of course there was not money enough in Atlanta to hire professional brains that could write such advertisements as these. They had to be born of a trained mind and a flaming heart. Nobody ever thought of Marion Jackson as a man to write advertisements. Yet today if he cared to abandon his legal practice he could take those advertisements in his hand and secure employment with any ad­ vertising agency in the land. Hand in hand with Marion Jackson has gone John J. Eagan, whom the books write down as a capitalist. A quiet young man who inherited a for­ tune from his uncle, he had gone on his simple way as in the day when he did not possess wealth. The money that came to him he invested in securi­ ties that were in consonance with his Christian beliefs, for he is an earnest 'italics are mine.—Associate Editor.

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