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VOL. LXXXIV. RICHMO]
I 000 (iEbtto IT is an interesting fact to note, that of the 356,000 Protestant Christians in China, twenty-eight per cent, are Presbyterians, the .Methodists coming next with twenty-three per cent., and following them the Lutherans with ten per cent., the Anglicans with ten per cent., the Baptists with nine per cent., and the Congregationalists with eight per cent. The alleged influence of Calvinistic belief in cutting the nerve of activity and missionary enterprise can hardly be traced in these figures anv more than it. nan Via trnnort in onnnon tiou with the support and aggressive work of the Church at home+ + + In this country there is a college or university for every 200,000 of the population. In China one for every 50,000,000. How are the Chinese youth to be educated? + + + ARMENIAN atrocities constitute the most diabolical feature of all the present world war. The Turks and Kurds have declared a holy war against this Christian people and have vowed to exterminate them. Mr. Ernest Yarrow, a missionary of the American Board, has just returned to this country. He says that mai\. of the atrocities practiced by the Kurds on tne Armenians were indescribable. He confirmed all of the reparts of outrages which have reached the United States and said only a portion of the real story had been told. He told how the Armenian population of Van' numbering 1,500, held out against 5,000 Kurds and a Turkish company commanded by a German officer from April 20th to May 17th, when Russians arrived and relieved the town. "We had six American and two Red Cross flags," said Mr. Yarrow, "and we flew these over the mission, but they were not respected by either of the combatants. The Turkish company arrived three or four days before the Russian relief came and the shrapnel from the Turks' guns tore down all of our flags." We have received some liberal responses to our appeal for this persecuted people and hope' lhat more of the Christians of this country will respond and give liberally of the abundance that God has given them, that these downtrodden members of the household of faith may be given the necessities of life and be kept from starving during the rigors of the coming winter. We will be glad to receive and forward contributions to this cause. + + + So Mr. Jones gave $5,000 to missions at his death, did he?" was asked of a minister the other day. The answer was: "I did not say he gave it, hut he left it; perhaps I should more explicitly have said that he relinquished it, because he could no longer hold it." The distinction needs to be kept in mind: one only "gives" when living; he "relinquishes" at death. Are you going to give your money for God's service, or are you only going to relinquish it? "Vr $D,~91r "LEANS, ATLANTA, OCTOBER 1 rial jgoirtg anb Comi A prayer meeting was arranged for among me uninese students in l'okio, Japan to celebrate the first anniversary of the Chinese republic. Over 100 students, chiefly non-Christian, attended this meeting, and the Chinese minister sent a representative. This shows the changed feeling of the Chinese toward the Christian religion. + + + Nowhere in recent years have missionaries had more trying experiences than in Uruinia, Persia. One member of the mission, Miss Elizabeth V. Coan, went to Urumia in 1914. Besides being ill herself with typhoid, she has nursed the sick, visited among them, held services when possible, played the organ for church and recommenced her Turkish lessons abruptly stopped at the beginning of the invasion of Urumia by the Kurds and Turks. She writes: "In spite of the experiences of my first year on the foreign field I would rather be a missionary than anything else irf the world. The past mouths have taught me lessons of trust which I never would have learned in the same way under easier conditions." + + + WHY not have the Sunday-schools use the Church hymn book more? Its general use would familiarize the young people with the hymns and tunes which the congregation uses. It would result in the sweet fellowship to be found in community in devotion. The KaaIt ics n /irvl i ^ 1 4- J 1 uuv/n. 10 a uuiicctiuil Ul IIIC very UCSl IIlUllTlill, in both words and music, that has ever been got together. It has ample variety. It preserves the hymns that are most precious to the Church in all the ages and that will live in the years to come. It has a plentiful supply of bright, attractive music. At the same time it possesses the real dignity that should characterize elevated and uplifting worship. It would correct many of the evils, and especially the lowering of the tastes of the young peo pie, which follow the rag-time style of many of the pieces, so called hymns and tunes, which are projected upon the Church in the name of worship and religion. The more general use of the hymn book among our children would be an education to them, and directly the Church would feel the impulse and profit by it. + + + Mr. John W. Butler, of Mexico City, has made the statement that this is the golden opportunity for Christian work in Mexico. The religious interest manifested has never before been equaled. Missionaries are doing a larger work than ever and Protestant mission schools have more students than they can possibly handle. The feeling against Protestants that strongly prevailed for so many years, is now fading away, since Mexicans are coming to realize that Christ is a vital power to those who trust him. Mexico needs Christ. Mofe than this, Mexico is beginning to realize her need of Christ. ves tern pre sb y ter/am <\l Presbyter/an e hern Presbyter/an J ft?CEIV^o^ STIMB/vibg,^ N0T4O merit @@@ I11 a large building in Osaka the Japanese have set up a huge "Billikin," such as in smaller size has amused many children in this country, and have marked it "The Westerners' God of Luck." Many are worshipping it in their ignorance, believing that this god gives to the Westerners many blessings, which they do not have. Shall they not be given the knowledge of the true God? + + + WHEN the noises of the day have somewhat subsided and at least a comparative quiet comes over the city as the night advances, if one will go out and listen, he will hear hundreds, it may be thousands, of birds passing overhead in the darkness of the nicrht. They have spent the summer in the northern lands and on the northern waters. With the first touch of winter in those regions the birds turn their thoughts and their beaks to the warmer regions of the South. Many of them make the long journey of hundreds or thousands of miles without once stopping for food or rest. Day and night they fly with unwearied wing. Who but the infinite God can guide them through light and darkness, and bring them unerringly to their warm and sunny winter homeV As they fly through the dark ness you can hear their "tweet, tweet," and other calls. Are these notes uttered that they may guide, encourage and cheer one another? Is the mother-bird calling to her young, who have never taken this or any other long journey before, to cheer them by letting them know that she is leading the way? Who knows? If God so cares for and guides the birds of the air, will He not take care of and guide His own children along all their journeys? And should thev not continuallv call nnt one another in words of comfort, encouragement, cheer and guidance? fr + + In October the Executive Committee, the General Assembly and our Saviour are looking to the Church to provide the means for carrying the gospel to the heathen nations of the world. Are we going to be faithful ? + + + MT T OW to Build up the Small Country A A Church," is the subject on an article in a prominent religious magazine. The writer makes three points in his answer: (1) To build up wholesome play-life in the community. (2) To build up in the parish productive and prosperous native agriculture. (3) To recognize m 1. ? :~i ? me uiiuivu an ji Kuuiui organization. rso account seems to be taken of the fact that the Church is God's appointed means for saving lost souls, by giving them the gospel. + + + The papers are saying that business is at least 20 per cent, better now than it was a vnnv nffA J v?* UMV V/UUI V/II ? 111 Ill(ll\r Hie IVlIlg S business 20 per cent, better than last year, there will be no deficit to hamper the work. Why not do it?