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October 13, 1915] " THE
was there such an opportunity to reach the whole of Italy, through these millions of young men from all over the country who are willing to accept a copy and eager to read it, ami never before was there such an enthusiasm and evangelistic zeal among the members of our churches who visit the barracks in some of the towns and villages and do the work of distributing. Moreover, the committee for-the moral and spiritual welfare of the Italian Protestant soldier, which we have organized with headquarters in Turin, has already in its possession through the pastors, the names of ALL our brethren in the faith who are in the army with their address, a copy of the New Testament has been mailed to each soldier; besides, every week they receive free the current issue of our religious paper La Luce where they can publish their greetings and give such news of themselves and their whereabouts as aro permitted by the censor. The Rev. P. Boriglione, formerly of the Italian Presbyterian church of Cincinnati, O., and now at the head of the work among the siolrliers in nnnnnotinn with tlio (Vi-nnl i?f linker Memorial church in Rome, Mrs John F. Kennedy's beautiful church for the Waldenses in the Eternal City, has opened reading rooms for soldiers in Venice, Verona, Brescia, Milan, Uari, Brindisi and Taranto. Our colporteurs in the Italian sea ports, who have not much work among the emigrants just now, are busy meeting soldiers and reservists at the piers and the railroad stations, distributing tracts and gospels. And shall we forget the splendid work which is being done by our four Waldensian nurses, among the wounded at the front? Three of them are daughters of pastors; one, the daughter of Prof. Giovanni Luzzi, well known in this country, dean of our Theological Seminary in Florence. As I mention the seminary, I must say that it was closed earlier this year; seven of the students have been recalled as non-commissioned army officers. According to the latest news I have received, already FIVE of our brethren in the faith 'nave fallen on the battlefield, no less than TWELVE are wounded. One of the dead is Captain Brofferio, of a noble family of Piedmont, who partook of the communion in our church in Genoa, only a few Sundays ago. llis two l>oys attend the Sunday-school there. 11 is wife is a daughter of the famous Belgian vmllni-f rr 1. ~ ? ? '' 'Duty' is the noblest word in the English language," said General Lee. Duty demands obedience to authoritative commands. God commands, "Go ye into all the world and preneh the gospel to every creature." iuuuiot, i iiuiii^Dun. iinuuier victim wus tnc only son of his parents, poor peasants in the Waldensian vallevs and a dutiful son he was! Some of our men have already distinguished themselves: Lieutenant Martinat, although wounded in tho neck, continued to lead on his men till he fell exhausted; Lieutenant Ribet of the "Carabinieri" was appointed bv tho government to preside over the first meeting of the Town Council of the village of Cormons, the first to he occupied by the Italian troops across the border. A member of our church in Rome, Luifji Tirol to, 71 years of age, an old veteran of Garibaldi, enlisted as a volun icer and was sent to the front. The Gospel has free course in Italy in these times of war, as never before and the people are "thoughtful of the things of God." We ask the prayers of the readers of this paper for the sunny land of Italy. 213 West 76th Street, New York City. PRESBYTERIAN OF THE SO "While speaking in a church in Michigan," says a missionary worker, "I noticed among the audience a woman whose whole appearance spoke of the deepest poverty; but there was a lnrlif in lion fo/lo/1 ??-* n n - T -6?? m uvi laucu late nuitu lasuilJaiCU 1UC. 1 took occasion to speak to her. 'Two years ago,' she told me, 'I learned for the first time of this women's work for women, and each month since I have been able to put something into the treasury.' Her bent form straightened and her eyes shone as she continued: 'When I have given my gift, I am conscious that I am no longer simply a part of this little town, or even of this great Commonwealth; I am a part of the forces which God is using for the ud lifting of nations.' " MINISTERS IN MOVING PICTURES. 1 want, with assistance of the Presbyterian of the South, to start a movement to stop the practice of the moving picture film people, of displaying pictures of ministers of the gospel as taking part in shady or mildly indeecnt scenes. They Hare not use the Catholic priest in such scenes, but always show him in parts such as good Samaritans, heroes, relieving distress, injury and such. Now I think it high time for us Protestants to get busy and watch for pictures that show reflections in any way on the ministry, and the ni -t- 'i - ' v/iiuicn papers are ine ones to take up the work, by publishing the name of such pictures, requesting their readers to use their influence to keep other Protestants away from the show places, where they put such pictures on the canvass. A concerted move of the Church papers of the United States would put a stop to this practice in a very short while. You will please take notice how quickly the Catholics rise up in arms against anything that in any way reflects 011 their clergy, and I think it is high time that the Protestants show the same spirit. The careless, indifferent manner in which the Protestants view such things as this and the apathy that seems to have settled over our people is distressing and unless they wake up to the realization of it, the dream of the Roman Church, to make America Catholic will be realized, then what? This portraying the priest always in the most pleasing manner before the people and that of the minister in the shady and often disgraceful manner, is a well defined plan to boost - ? ' gallium-ism itiiu discredit rroiestantism, and as long as the Protestants will stand for it they will see to it that it becomes more and more so. There is a picture on the curtain at one of the theatres to-night that shows a minister as having an appointment at a cabaret where almost nude women are on the floor in questionable dances and other like performances, that is a disgraee to every Protestant in the land, and should be advertised as such by tha Church papers all over the land. Something ought to be done, and the Church paper is the medium through which the desired end can be brought about, and is a matter which I hope will have your earnest and immediate attention. If you care to you may publish this over my name. I would like to hear from you regarding same. Yours in Christ, t l? iitu:a it ?j. i-j. ?* mi worm. Foreign Missions is a work too great for human beings, weak and frail as they are, but the Saviour says, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth . . . lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world." U T H. (687) 5 "The eighteenth century was non-mis sionary. The nineteenth was missionary. How do they compare in spiritual fruitfulnesst Did the exportation of religion diminish the stock at home? Let the figures answer. In the eighteenth century Christianity trained nearlv as many new adherents as during the first thousand years. In the nineteenth century, in home lands alone, it gained nearly three times as many new adherents as during the first fifteen hundred years." SPIRITUALITY IN CHURCH COURTS. By Rev. W. H. Miley, D. D. Those who had the privilege of attending the General Assembly in Newport News will long remember the deep spirituality that pervaded the whole meeting. The community was greatly blessed, and doubtless everv nnmmJa. - / - ? " sioner and visitor returned to carry a blessing to his own field. An editor of one of our largest Church papers said, "I have not missed a meeting of the Assembly in fifteen years, and this is the only one in which there have been reported conversions." But why should this be the exception? It is often said that our Church courts are lacking in the devotional spirit. We know of no better wav to chancre this thnn W lnvlnn r O * ? ? ? ...w J 41* 6 emphasis on the salvation of men through "the precious blood of Christ." The great mission of the Church is to "make disciples"?evangelize. If this is made the keynote in our Church courts, it will most assuredly be accompanied by devotional services and importunate prayer. The local church and the cause at large will receive a rich blessing. The problem of our laymen attending the Church courts will be solved. "They fell to him out of Israel in abundance when they saw that the Lord his God was with him." There will no longer be the tendonov to b?n?v w ?r ? off before the work is done, but all will feel "it is good for us to be here." "With this example and helpful experience of the General Assembly before us, shall we not seek the same experience in the meetings of our Synods and Presbyteries? The Master is waiting to be gracious, and the results rest largely with us. miaiiia, VJTit. What is a Christian for. if not to win souls for Christ? Christian, arc you doing it? THE SECOND MILE. Stern Duty said: "Go. walk a mile. And help thy brother bear his load." I walked reluctant; but, meanwhile. My heart grew soft with help bestowed. Then Love said: "Go another mile." I went, and Duty spake no more. But Love arose, and with a smile Took all the burden that I bore. 'Tis ever thus when Duty calls; If we spring quickly to obey; Love comes, and whatsoe'er befalls. We're glad to help another day. The second mile we walk with Joy; Heaven'8 second mile we walk with joy; neaven s peace goes with us on the road, So let ns all our powers employ To help our brother bear life's load, ?Stephen Moore. Amonp the most debased and degraded peoples of the earth, the pospel is working sueh miracles of transformation that Charles Darwin, the great scientist, seeing them with his own eyes, was compelled to declare: "The lesson of the missionary is the wand of the enchanter."