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?00 Cbtti A VALUED correspondent criticizes us for n paragraph that appeared in a recent issue, in which reference was made to the well known fact that Presbyterians are the most liberal givers to general benevolent objects. Ho srrined to think that it smacked too much of sell' praise, and would tend to cause a feeling ill self-complacency, which would result in dwarfing the liberality of our people. We be lu-ve mat people should be told when they have done well. It encourages them to do betin-. In our college days we witnessed a long foot-race. As the runners neared the goal the friends of the leader in the race cried out: (in it. old fellow, you are ahead." Nothing inspired him more than the thought that he iniisi keep ahead, and he won the race. MM IE Methodist Review, published in Nash1 ville, and under the editorial direction of Dr. dross Alexander, is remarkable for the space which it gives to subjects and writers outside of the pale of its own Church. The last issue, for instance, contains two noteworthy articles, one by Bishop E. It. llendrix on Principal Rainy, the great Church leader of Scotland, and one by Professor W. J. Mc(ilotlilin, of the Baptist Seminary, Louisville, on Augustine, the great theologian and chnrehinaker. Both are strong and sympathetic, and especially so the Methodist bishop's study of the Calvinistic Scotch professor. The editor "i I lie Keview deserves great praise for the remarkably able and interesting quarterly u liieli he publishes. OPTI MISM is admirable and should always ho sought. But it. shonld not. l>e easy optimism. Jt, should never lose sight of the effort that is needful to accomplish the hoped h?r results. Means are to he used to bring shout, ends. Nothing worth having is obtained without the exercise of care, toil, self-denial, sacrifice. It is the expenditure of these that gives value to most of the accomplishments life. True optimism, seeking for the best a,l,i expecting the best always, therefore takes account of what is to be done and cheerfully "liikes the sacrifices and efforts which will bring 11 to pass. Easy optimism, idly waiting for "'bigs to turn up, is hardly better than the rankest pessimism. ^IAHE announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize is to go to Pope Benedict XV suggests the inquiry to every mind as to what that 'listinguished gentleman has done more than thousands of other ministers, in the way of " 'ping the cause of peace during the past year, "is own Italy lias gone into the huge conflict, "'s Austria, where the papal power is supposed to l>e more dominant than in any other state, l>egan and has continued the conflict, "o has doubtless made some prayers and has Mm r r'r^wn(lh\ The Sourm 11 ) The Qentr. g?yW"ri f IKJC- 1 The Sol/7 !)ND. NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, JULY 14, l! iriai Jgoteg anb Com issued a few public declarations, and ordered bis Church to pray for peace. The only difference between his prayers and those of many thousands of other ministers is that he ursred liis adherents to pray peace not only to Cod lmt to the Virgin Mary, a difference which in the judgment of very many is not great enough to justice his l>eing crowned for his special effort or success. Perhaps his prayers would have l>een even more effective if he had left out his appeal to anv other mediator or intercessor l>esides Christ. VANDERBTLT University is now entirely severed from the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the feeling on the part of those who have been deprived of their institution is most intense. The few remaining members of Vanderbilt's Board who were the Church's representatives have resigned. The Board is now composed only of members who are favorable to its complete separation from the Church which founded it and which for so many years supposed it had a right in it. The hones of McTyeire surely ought to he moved away from the university's grounds. It is hard to believe that,, lifeless as they nre, they can rest easily there, FROM the expressions in the Southern press, it looks as if the Northern Church needs to have only a few more Assemblies like its last, that recently held in Rochester, to make the way clear to consider closer relations. Much depends, in our judgment, just now upon the way in which that Assembly's Executive Commission treats the problem of comity,which is before us. If its treatment shows a kind and loving disposition, and a becoming regard for the "treaties" which have been made between the two bodies, and a readiness to deal with the problem upon the basis of the laws that are common and of respect for each other's laws and administration, it will be a tremendous step in the direction of strengthening the ties that bind us and the confidence of one Church in the other. ONE of our Presbyteries the other day licensed a young man as a probationer for the gospel ministry. His examination was one of the best that we have ever heard, on bulb sides, the Presbyters mil sparing the questions, and the young man replying most, intelligently and yet modestly to all. A noteworthy feature was his deft replies from the Shorter Catechism. These lie gave, not hv rote, but as if they had ground themselves into his being and had become a part of his thinking. Our seminary students would all do well to profit by this young man's experience. Tt would not be a bad plan.for our professors to drill their students in the Shorter Catechism every week, and then to recommend to every ves tern presbyter/am 4 l Presbyter/an e 'hern Presbyter/an RECEIVeo 915. JUL M191C No. 27 VIRGINIA STATfe IIRRABV . * a. a ^ ... A? j]Qa. jAx mem one as about the first book to place in his library one whicli the young man referred to puts first in bis list, viz., "Fisher's Catechism." THE Cumberland Presbyterian church, representing that section of the old Cumberland body which did not enter into the union with the Northern Church some years ago, has been struggling hard for eight or nine years past to determine its own actual strength. MilllV I I i di<M 11 iou llu VO lion" Oin 'J.? ^ - - ?"c ??.? ?-?!#?-eial efforts lately made in that direction, and the results of which will l>e published in their Assembly's forthcoming minutes, show that their reliable numbers are 1,573 churches and 67,377 communicants. Many of the churches are very small, and many of them are without houses of worship. The adherents of the Church are becoming more solidified, however, and their organization grows more and more compact as the years pass. WE are not intending covertly to boast of others or of what a certain line of study did produce or ought to have produced in them, when we ask what effect it would have upon many of our modern students if their professor of logic or evidences should introduce Butler's Anulogy as a text book! It was so used, a generation ago, and it is doubtful if any man who really mastered it would willingly part with the results. It taught men how to think. It exercised their mental powers. Tt gave power of intellectual ?r?siv in n<i<i;tinn its invincible reasoning. It is often referred to, in these days of education by the processes ?f t lie lines of least resistance, but we are afraid *1 i *1 A 1. I A 1 l? 1 i iiai ii inn uiticii ii?m?m in cvc:i to ut* iimiimi in half the libraries of our young ministers. SPEAKING of antiquated text books, there was another, besides Butler's Analogy, which a great professor long used and which afforded a magnificent mental training. It was that old-fashioned four-volumned "Turretin !'' AVlio that used it will ever forget its clear-cut definitions, its marvelous statement of the points to be considered, its unfolding of the subject^ its removal of the objections and difficulties involved! No one who faithfully grasped its "Status Questionis," or its "Pontes Solutiomun," failed to profit bv it. Por thoroughness of analysis and clearness of statement it was a masterpiece. Its late-dav Latin ami its strangely printed Greek quotations did not spoil it, but they rather crave zest to the study (tf its pages. Students had to work when they had such a text hook. And the work did them untold good. If people censure you unjustly, try to feel as charitable toward them as you would if they praised you too highly.