The fall meeting of the St. Louis District Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers was held yesterday...A discussion on the duty of the churches in relation to the desecration of the Sabbath in St. Louis was opened by Rev. J.F. Merrill, who stated that St. Louis was noted for its Sabbath-breaking proclivities. The base-ball parks were crowded, the saloons were open, train after train entered and left the Union Depot, and the Sunday newspaper was rampant. An effort had been made to stop this desecration of the Lord's Day, but a judge had been found who threw himself into the breach and nullified the efforts of those who sought to obtain for this city a Christian Sabbath...The only refuge left those in favor of a Christian observance of Sunday was in creating a healthy public sentiment among the people which would bring such pressure to bear that a change would be made in the judiciary and laws enacted and enforced which would free St. Louis from the stigma which now rested upon her.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 14, 1887