Marion Franklin Harmon and Oscar Pendleton Spiegel edited the Gospel Messenger in Nashville, Tennessee during most of 1897. James Madison Watson moved to Nashville in September and became the sole Editor in late November. Many issues feature biographical sketches of Stone-Campbell ministers from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The motto for the Gospel Messenger is Devoted to the Cause of Christ in all the South and throughout the World
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James M. Watson
Page 2 notes, in a brief biographical sketch with portrait, that Thomas Alfred Reynolds (1854 - 1918) is the pastor of the Woodland Street Christian Church.
Page 3 notes, in a brief biographical sketch with portrait, that William Edward Ellis (1861 - 1935) will become the pastor of the Vine Street Christian Church in Nashville "with the New Year."
Watson (page 3) mentions there will be no issue 52 since he "will busy himself making preparations for a better paper next year."
E. G. Harris from Carrollton, Mississippi, in the Original Contributions column, submits "Baptism, Communion and the Lord's Supper." (Page 8.)