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VOL. LXXXIV. RICHMOl
000 (^Ijltc ARMENIAN and Syrian Christians are probably suffering more in consequence of the present world war than any other people in all the world. The reader will become convinced of this if lie will ronrl n?i iictinlo ah "The Jihad," on another page of this paper. These suffering Christians need the help of their fellow Christians in this land, which God lias blessed with peace and abundant riches. The Presbyterian of the South will be glad to receive and forward to those in charge of work for the relief of these sufferers any contributions that may be made for this purpose. Acknowledgement of all receipts will be made in the columns of the paper. Act promptly and liberally for the help of these suffering and starving followers of the Saviour whose we are and whom we serve. + + + '"y* IIEY used to "raise the tune" in the old JL fashioned, organless churches. The leader who did this was most careful to see that the right "key" was given, lest the tune "pitched" too high or too low would be out of reach of the vocal powers of the congregation iind become a sereeeh or a growl. It would lie well if the same care were taken in modern methods, on the plane of the church's activities. Ministers especially should be careful to guide their people's activities wisely, avoiding. on the one hand, a dearth of work which will he fatal, and, on the other, a pitching of it upon too high a key, making good residts unattainable. + + + T" rP n onn 1* 4 * ~ I - ... K< ..1*J nip, >\> nrr utin iiiuril llllt'ITMl IN A being taken by many'public school officials in their effort to have the children in these schools taught the Bible. Public schools in a number of States are now crediting pupils with a certain number of units for Bible study, secured under certain prescribed rules, in week-day or Sunday Bible schools conducted by any or all the churches of any community. rnt. i? i * ? ------ i ne essentials or sucn a plan are: No child lakes the Bible teaching except where parents desire it. Every child goes to the denominational school selected by parents. Every school of the Bible nses the part, and the version of the Bible desired, whether Jewish, Catholic or Protestant. Where day schools of the Bible are practicable children are excused from public school for certain hours, those whose parents do not wish them to be taught t lie Bible being kept in school and taught something else by regular teachers. Where Sunday-schools are used it simply takes longer to finish the courses ami get credit. It seems highly desirable that Bible study in the South should he dignified by putting it on a par with other subjects studied by our youth. Some such plan as this may easily make good the lack of religious instruction in our public schbols, at the same time leaving the responsibility where it belongs?with the Church. I OtNTR, *D. NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, SEPTEMBEB irtal Jgoteg anb Com MEXICO has truly been a revolution-cursed country. One of the remarkable things about the revolution of the last few years has been the attitude of the revolutionists towards ii_? i;> 41? I:- fn u * mc liumaii uaiuuiic \_imrcn. vtrrv interesting pamphlet of some length has come into our hands. It seems to have been published by the Catholic Church of this country, for the purpose of awakening sympathy in the United States for the Catholic Church i.. Mexico, with the hope that this government would intervene to put down the revolution and leave the Romish Church to exercise the same influence and power that it has been permitted to exercise in the past centuries. If one-half that this pamphlet says is true, the individuals concerned certainly deserve the sympathy of all good people. And yet it is in reality a fearful arraign? r<i> i. th. * .1 1.1 uviii wi. i sir %*inri til Lilt: UttIII IMULM shows that the Church seems to have been the special object of attack anil hatred. In many places churches have been desecrated, sometimes turned into stables or dance halls, or abused in other ways. Their furniture and fur. nishings have been carried away or destroyed. Their images and pictures have been cut to pieces or burned. The bones of the bishops have been dragged from their tombs and tVlrnu'ii nut intn tlio atcooJu Tim i-nucn the churches have been confiscated. The priests have been abused, thrown into prison, persecuted and been shot or driven into exile. The treatment of the nuns and members of other female orders reminds one of the way in which Armenian women and girls have been treated by barbarian Kurds and Turks. The question naturally arises, why this evil treatment of the Church? It must be remembered these perse cutors have been brought up in this Church or under its tutelage. They have not, for the most part, known any other Church. It would seem that the Church has done its work very poorly. It must have shown very little of the characteristics of true religion. And the revolutionists have maintained that the Church was the main cause of the tyranny from which they have suffered. + + + WHEN, not long since, a Jew was elected, for the tirst time in the history of our cnlintrv ??? nf n ........ 1.? "V " * pw,x "4 " wiair? 1 l,r* ing that of Governor Moses Alexander, of Idaho, there was great rejoicing among his enreligionists. The feeling has turned, however, and now he is receiving severe criticism, even eastigation, because he seeins to know so much more about polities and the platform of the prohibition party, to which he belongs, than he does about his own people. His objection to Zionism and his desire that the Jews take a more liberal view of Christian relations appear to he his greatest sins, lie is thought to have a very low opinion of the Jews' ability for government, and is accused of putting eontempt upon them as paying too much attention to the matter of making money. vestepnppesby // 4 l Presbyter/an e 'hern Presbyter/an [ r1^?Tv?d t 29, 1915. I SEP zq'iTis Ho. 38 ment ees BY all means let us adopt the simplified spelling! A circular just issued from the headquarters of that enterprise tells us that the useless letters occupy so much space in the printed page and take up so much time in writ ing that the entire expense of them in the English and French languages together amounts to thirty-three million dollars a year. Just think of saving that much! If we could just get the cash for it. there would be enough to give a dividend of fifteen or twenty cents to each inhabitant of the two countries. + + + THE Herald and Presbyter tells a good story of a lovesick girl who was in love not with any particular person, but with love itself, who soliloquized in the moonlight and unconsciously exclaimed. "Oh, that 1 had a fond and loving husband!" At cnee came a response from the 1 \ri AIM iM * 1 -I- - iwiKi^i- ut vnirau. iiou : v? uuu ; aihi Slio answered quickly, "No matter who. so it's a man." Whereupon the editor goes on brightly to apply the incident to one of the denominations whose chief aim of late years has seemed to be union with other denominations. The body referred to seems to he iufatuated. the editor thinks, with the idea of union rather than with the idea of union with any particular denomination. It is doubtless true that this is the condition of very many who are now talk ins much of union. They are in love with the idea of union rather than of uniting. It is a theory rather than a practical matter that attracts them. When a specific case arises or offers itself, they find difficulties or exaggerate their distinctive principles or see naught hut evil in the other party or demand total surrender on the part of the other. It is union in theory that they admire and preach, but absorption in reality that they wish. Unfortunately this is the practical condition in the great majority of eases with those who talk so glibly of the churches getting together, fr + + THE liquor traffic problem seems to have hut one side to it. Even the trade is on the run. And its tactics in defeat seem not to harm the advancing foe. The old method of temperance advancement, by dealing with the drinker, by seeking to reform the intemperate. is left to the personal, social, and relilfioilK influences The iittneb io nimn til., trade that fosters intemperance for its own pain and that fattens upon men's evils and misfortunes. The world is recognizing more ami more the iniquity of commercializing had habits or vice of any kind. + + + (Sod is more than the delivering (Sod- lie is the keeping and sustaining (Sod. lie is not simply the God of the great crisis; He is the God of every day. He will provide for the journey. He will keep our feet from falling. Here is the antidote for all anxiety and fear.? J. I). Jones.