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February 23, 1910. THE
unite with the Presbyterian Church the session has received nineteen, many of them heads of families, and ten have joined by letter. There are a number of others to be received, and yet others that we hope to gather into the church. uuvu u ao tuib vmaicates in the mind of the writer the wisdom of our Assembly in the institution of this work and its choice of Dr. Thacker as secretary. The latter comes mighty near being the ideal evangelist. There are always certain dangers that threaten these large and intense meetings. Dr. Thaeker's spirit, aims and methods, and especially his preaching, go as far as is possible toward eliminating these evils, if they are not altogether avoided. He appeals to the reason and conscience, uses the wisest and sanest methods, and totally avoids sensational features. His preaching is of a very high order, in thought, expression and delivery, and notably doctrinal and instructive. He seems to draw and hold all classes with equal power. In his preaching here he always stood squarely on the foundations of the faith, and Christ crucified was the center of every sermon. It was matter of frequent and favorable comment that the preaching of an evangelist could be so substantial and meaty, and that a meeting could reach all classes and arouse such interest, and yet be so entirely devoid of the sensational and the superficial. It is quite within the facts to say that the entire town has been deeply impressed by these services, and that all the churches will feel the good results for a long time t? come. Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Fisher were with Dr. Thacker as musical director and accompanist, and they contributed in no small measure to the success of the meeting. Mr. Fisher is really one of the very best directors we have ever seen, and it would be difficult to say just how Mrs. Fisher could do better as an accompanist. We think that this new work which Dr. Thacker represents will mean very much to the church as a whole, especially wnen uis pians ror its thorough organization have been carried out and it extends to all the Presbyte ries. He is giving every promise of furnishing our church with an eminently good man for an eminently good work. J. H. Henderlite. WEST VIRGINIA. Keyser: The Presbyterian Church has had the pleasure, recently, of a visit from the Rev. S. O. Hall, of Tazewell, Va., who aided the pastor in a protracted meeting of two weeks' duration by doing the preaching. The genial personality and earnest gospel sermons of Mr. Hall made a fine impression upon every one and were productive of good, both to the church and community. Kanawha Presbytery: At a called meeting of Kanawha Presbytery, held In Huntington, W. Va., February 5, Rev. M. E. Hansel was released from his charge in Logan county and granted a letter of transfer to Chesapeake Presbytery, in order that he might accept calls ; PRESBYTERIAN OF THE SOI from Aldie and Floris churches. Mr. Hansel leaves an important mission field vacant, much to the regret of the Presbytery. A committee was appointed to prepare resolutions expressive of the high appreciation in which Mr. Hansel is held and the good wishes which shall follow him. PAN-PRESBYTERIAN. The Western section of the Alliance has recently held its 1910 Session in Chicago. The attendance was chiefly of commissioners officially named. Delegates were present from the Presbyterian Church in Canada, in United States of America, in United States, The United Presbyterian Church, The Reformed Church in the United States, The Reformed Church in America, The Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in Mexico. In the absence of the venerable chair man, in. wmiace, ex-uov. j. Hoge Tyler, of Virginia, and Dr. Stevenson, presided. The Executive Committee, of which General R. E. Prime is chairman, was reappointed. Dr. R. H. Fleming, of Lynchburg, is a member of this important committee. The subjects on which strong and interesting papers were read were: "The Superior Excellencies of the American Revision of the Bible," by Dr. McNaugher, of Pittsburg; A Report on Home Missions, by Dr. Somerville, of Toronto; "The Importance and Practicability of an Educational Standard for Sunday Schools" by Dr. James A. Worder. Much attention was given to the world-wide evangelistic project, now pretty well organized, with Mr. John H. Converse, of Philadelphia, as chairman. And from the Committee on Education, Dr. H. C. Minton, of Newark, N. J., presented a report, in which he said: "High schools are blamed for the fall ing off in the number of candidates for the ministry, and the tendency toward eliminating religious features from the public schools is termed a 'peril.'" The speaker pointed out that the pupil passed through the adolescent stage without any Christian influence in school, maintaining that this resulted in a drop in moral stamina and interest in religion. "In former times," said Dr. Minton, "we had the academy, where the pastor continued in personal touch with the young man. Now we have the high school, where there is a lack of personal guidance at a time when there is apt to be a slump in the moral qualities of the youth." The dinner was an important function, greatly enjoyed, at which Gov. Tyler was one of the speakers. A SIGNAL OF DISTRESS. A signal of distress turns every mariner out of his way to help. At the Seamen's Bethel there flies the signal of distress. Who will turn aside to help? Every Christian sailing in the sea of life, seeing our signal, will surely come to JTH. 245 our assistance. We need three hundred sustaining members at an annual fee of only five dollars; unless we obtain them peril confronts the work among the seamen. It threatens it's future effectiveness. Will you answer our signal with your five dollar membership? Send for our pamphlet, "In the Interest of our Seamen," containing our last report. See -. mi ?>?? uuue ana answer our question. Was it worth doing? Would you not like to help? Address, Chaplain Mosley, Seamen's Bethel, Mobile, Alabama. PERSONALS. Rev. P. B. Hil! has taken up his new work in Roanoke, Va. 1302 Patterson Ave. is his address. Rev. A. E. Grover changes his address from Jonesboro to Gulf, N. C. No change in his field. Rev. Dr. R. A. Webb, of the Louisville Seminary, is very much better, and has resumed his work of instruction in the seminary's class-rooms. Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Hall announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Sarah Miller Hall, to Mr. James Porter Smith, son of the Rev. Dr. J. Rockwell Smith, at Villa Americana, Brazil, December 29, 1909. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are at home?Sas Paulo, 7stado, de S. Paulo. Married in Shanghai, China, by the Rev. J. L. Stuart, D.D., Henry Blair Graybill, professor in the Canton Christian College, China, and Miss Susan Little Griggs, from Middlebury, Conn. Prof. Graybill is the son of the late Dr. Graybill, of Blacksburgh, Va., and a nephew of Dr. Graybill, of Mexico. ,,The Rev. Charles W. Sommerville, pas ior 01 me crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, has resigned his pastorate to accept the chair of Biblical languages in the Southwestern University, a Presbyterian institution, at Clarksville, Tenii. The congregation of the church will accept his resignation next Sunday, and Mr. Sommerville will leave for Clarksville March 1. Mr. Sommerville has been pastor of the Crescent Hill Church since 1907. Prior to that he held pastorates In Baltimore and St. Albans, Md. OTHER CHURCHES. The Treasurer of the General Council's (Lutheran) Foreign Mission Board received from a member of a Swedish congregation in Iowa a letter which enclosed over one hundred dollars from, three members, and the fervent hopethat the Lutheran Church would "Get up, stay up, pray up and pay up"?an. outline for a first class sermon. There is a "new and living Way" intothat holiest place where the human, meets the Divine, and that High Priest, this Book teaches, is none other than the perfect intercessor, Jesus, the crucified. The Spruell School is mi IDEAL School for Boys, Marietta. Ga.