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May 12, 191.r>]
Dr. Petrie 75 III*. ('. Alphonso Smith'* A Dr. Ceorge L. Petrie, the beloved pastor of the Presbyterian church, was mi February 26. 1915, seventy-five years of age. He was greeted by an overflow audience at the mid-week service at his church, and before the exercises of tlie evening were concluded, became convinced of the reason for the unusually large attendance upon l he weekly prayer service. After the formal service, Dr. Charles Alphonso Smith, of the university, appi cached the chancel and, in a very felicitous and happy speech, congratulated the pastor upon attaining his soveniy-niiu uiruiaay anniversary. Dr. Smith recalled the fact that Dr. Pelrie had been In the ministry for a period of fifty-two years, and had served the Charlottesville church for thirty-seven year?;. On behalf of the congregation, the speaker, in * his inimitable way, tendered his best wishes to Dr. Petrie and hoped for him long life and continued service. Though taken somewhat by surprise, Dr. Petrie was equal to the occasion and made a happy response. He stated that his career in the ministry dated almost from the time of the separation of the two branches of ihe Presbyterian Church. The Southern Presbyterian Church was established Augusta, Ga., in December, 1861, he said, and he was present at the organization, being at the time a theological student. Dr. Petrie thanked his congregation for the spirit which prompted their presence, and declared that his success here had been due to the generous support given him by his people. Following are the remarks made by i/i. /Mjiutjiiso Din mi, hi me Wednesday night prayer meeting at the Preshyterian church: "The elders and deacons of this church are unwilling to let this occasion pass, Dr. Petrie, without some token of their renewed loyalty and esteem, and they have asked me to be their spokesman. We are told that to-morrow you will be seventy-five years old, though we shall think of you as seventy-five years young. We bring you, sir, our hearty and unreserved congratulations on the vigor of body and mind which you still retain and our sincere hopes thdt the years "may deal as kindly with you in tho f 11111 ro a a thov hava Hatio in Hi/i past. We read that Abraham was seventy-five years old when he journeyed from Haran to inaugurate the greatest movement ever undertaken by mankind. It is not given to men to-day to attain the scope of years or the physical vitality attained by the patriarchs; but we are glad that the gifts vouchsafed to Abraham have in a measure been vouchsafed to you and that you also pass your seventyfifth mllepost with vision undimmed, with /igor unimpaired, and with leadership unquestioned. We learn also, sir, that this year THE NOWLA High-Class Diamonds and other Pre ment and Wedding Rings, Stiver Noveltl enta of the Largest Patterns. Fine Imi Glasses and Lorgnettes. Goods sent on ences. 91 BAST MAIN STTRJEET, National State i RIOHMO (Consolidation of National State VATITAU. IIJRFMJI OHM WM. . PALM1R, PrwlltBt; JOHN a 1 lee-Prealdmt; J. W. 0INTON, Vloe-F Interest allowed on savings deposits. THE PRESBYTERIA Years Young iddress 011 Thin Occasion. rounds out for you a career of fiftytwo years in the ministry. If it is given to few men to reach the age of teventy-five with faculties as alert as yours, it is given to still fewer to look back upon a ministry as long as yours or as rich in fruitful and de voted service. The Southern Presbyterian Church itself is but fifty-four years old. It may be said, therefore, that if you were not present at the birth you at least stood at the cradle of the Church in whose bounds you still labor and whose banner you still carry. We rejoice with you in the extent and in the effectiveness of your ministerial life. We believe that you have grown in spiritual stature with the years and that your sermons are to-day richer in experience, more logical In structure, and more forceful in imagery and analogy than they have ever been. The members of your congregation remember also with gratitude that you have been their pastor for thirty-seven years. Many changes have taken place in these eventful years, and there are no elders and deacons in your session now who were here when you came. It is not unlikely sir, that, as you speak to us from Sunday to Sunday, you see faces unseen by us and hear voices unheard by us. But in these years this congregation has seen you grow to be the strongest single force for righteousness in our city. Every good cause has learned to count you among its assets and every evil cause must reckon you among its liabilities. The members of your session perhaps best know your wisdom in council, your patience in trial, your fearlessness in duty, and your faith, your serene and unconquerable faith, that 'Right is right, since Ood is God, And right the day must win; To doubt would be disloyalty, To falter would be sin " In behalf of the session, therefore, and as spokesman through the session of the Church and Sunday-school, I bring you the renewed assurance of our confidence in you, of our admiration for you, and of our devotion to you."?Charlottesville Daily Progress. A NOTABLE SUNDAY-SCHOOL. The Sunday-school of the Ginter Park church, which is held in the chapel of Union Theological Seminary, is often spoken of as a model Sundayschool. Its active officers, its well equipped teachers, its thorough organization, its rapid growth, the punctuality and enthusiasm of its scholars, and the remarkable liberality of its contributions go far to justify such a description. But, nothwithstanding all these excellences, they are like the apostle when he said, "Not as though I had already attained either were already perfect." One evidence of this is a white box with a slot in the top of it N COMPANY clous Stones. New designs In Engagees and Cases of Silver for Bridal Presported and American Watches. Opera approval upon satisfactory city referRICHMOND. TA. and City Bank, NT), VA. and City Btnlu of Richmond.) fl.OM.OM DM: SIXJBTT, Vlco-Rroaldcnt; WM. U. HILL. Teeldent; JTJLJWN H. HILJU Cuhtor We Invite you to do bielneee with ? . N OF THE SOOTH. I The South Carolina Presbj A Standard Collage of Refines Christian Influences C Home-like Surroundings I Select Student-body Sch< AN IDEAL COLLi For Catalogue and information, REV. S. C. BYRD, I A Real Public S? This company acts as executor and proper forms. Invests fundi ^ sells bonds. HaCHMONDf Po?%uy o' TRUST 1 reservations 1 point in thii ' 3AV1NQSI you with fur VjjoMPAWY/ CAPITA ^ Main and 5 which stands in the vestibule and confronts all who enter with this inscription in large black letters on its front: "For Criticisms, Complaints, Questions, Suggestions, etc., About our Sabbath School." Being in Richmond last Sunday I visited this school, and, when I asked one of the teachers whether many suggestions were dropped into this box, the answer was "Plenty of them." The slips dropped into the box are, of course, anonymous, and so the writers feel free to express themselves plainly and fully. Thus this admirable school seeks to ascertain any possible defects in its organization, management, equipment or methods. It is thankful for fine results already achieved, but it believes there is still room for Improvement and it is bent on the highest possible efficiency in its work. Another indication of the spirit of the school is the fact that it has begun the publication of a monthly paper of its own with the fitting title of "Progress," which brings before teachers, scholars and friends every month full statements of the work it is doing, and also publishes contributed articles from members of the session and teachers in the various departments. The continued growth and increasing usefulness of such a school is fully assured. The day is not distant when its enrollment will reach 500. instead of about half that number as at present. One important factor in its development has been the excellent equipment of buildings ready to its hand from the beginning. Using as it does the chapel and lecture rooms of the seminary, it has not had to wrestle with the question of accommodations during the period of its phenomenally rapid growth, as so many other schools have had to do during their growing periods. But the time is not far off when it will outgrow even these spacious quarters. What shall be done then? The time to consider this question is now. The main purpose of this article is to second a suggestion made by a far-sighted elder, a man of wide observation and experience in Sundayschool work, who Is officially connected with one of the large enterprises of our General Assembly and who looks at this question not from a merely local point of view but with an eye to the well being of the Church at large. He says that a modern Sundayschool building of ample size should be erected on the campus of the semi (317) .19 ' rterian College for Women I lent, Dittioctioa and Character olle?c of Liberal Arts and Sciences Conservatory of Music >o1h of Art, Expression and business I ECE FOR WOMEN address ). D., Greenville, S. C. ;rvice Corporation of wills, as trustee in all legitimate > for clients, underwriters, buys or It will buy or sell country or city you, and rent out your property jr travel department will make all wanted and sell you tickets to any s or foreign countries, and supply ids current anywhere. V AVir If TT T TrvXT rvrvt w a vsm li Vllb ITllLiLilUl^l UULLAK3 Seventh Streets, Richmond, Vi. nary which shall represent in its ar? rangements all the best up-to-date features of such structures. While it has been an advantage to the school to have the use of the seminary buildings and the co-operation of the professors and students and Sunday-school experts of the institution in its work, it has on the other hand been an advantage to the seminary to have a school like this carried on in its precincts by the alert and capable business men who are its officers and the cultivated and earnest men and women of the community who are its teachers. It is a valuable object lesson to our future ministers. They see with their own eyes what a well conducted Slindav-srhnol in ^ ^" years they may observe and study its organization, methods and work. It would be difficult to overstate the benefit to the Church at large of having this model Sunday-school carried on in connection with our largest theological seminary, where every year a hundred or more of our future ministers are closely associated with it. No ' earnest student who graduates from this seminary can ever fail to recognize the important place which the Sunday-school should hold in his own ministerial work or lack a clear view of the ideal which he should seek to realize in his own Sunday-school after he becomes a pastor. I have just seen a letter written by one of our young ministers, one who led his classes while at the seminary, in which he says that this school was one of the most effective parts of his seminary course, that he learned more about Sunday-schools there than anywhere else, and that he holds it up as an ideal for the five country schools in his field to attain to. Therefore the suggestion of a large, modern, fully equipped Sunday-school building on the campus of Union Seminary for this model school is one which should deeply interest not only the Ginter Park church, and not only the seminary, which pays such special attention to Sunday-school work, but the whole Church, which draws so large a proportion of its ministers from this institution. Progress. "Immanuel!" Let that be our word for the year about to be ushered in. "God with us," in the person of our own Redeemer. God made man like .. unto us, our sufficiency unto everything, the one who will give power to do all things, whose strength will be made perfect In our weakness.