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VOL. LXXXIV. RICHM
Cbiti THE very distressing news is given out that the receipts of Internal Revenue from spirits fell olf $23,000,000 during the past year. Nothing is told us of the falling off in the receipts of the jails and penitentiaries and asylums which have gathered the products 01 strong drink and the liquor traffic, nor of the falling off in the cost of maintaining police and holding courts, and other such necessities growing out of the traffic, nor yet of the decline in the number of women's sobs and children's tears. It is a simple fact which is rapidly dawning upon the consciousness of intelligent people that the cost entailed upon the State by the liquor evil far outweighs the amount which the traffic yields in the form of revenue. + + + In Peking there .is a school for training young men to be officers in the revenue service of China. There are 100 students. Of these 10 are Christians, 60 belong to the Y. M. C. A., 30 attend Bible classes. Can a better shnwinor be made in our State technical schools? + + + IT is reported that of the nine judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, eight are college men, and of these eight, seven came from denominational colleges. So also, sixteen of the eighteen Presidents who were college men received their education in denominational colleges. These facts speak well for the kind of training given in these institutions and for their value to the country at large. Similar comparisons run through all the leading walks in life will reveal similar facts. The time has not yet come for the passing of the small collesre. the institution of the Church, the training place where the very narrowness of the means and the very paucity of the students develop the best that is in the students and send them forth finely equipped for all the duties of life+ + + The course of Belgium in the Kongo Free State some years ago was cruelly inhuman. The atrocities perpetrated on helpless natives shocked the world. It is gratifying to learn, 011 the authority of Bishop Hartzell, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, that since Albert, the present king of Belgium, has taken hold of the administration of affairs a policy of justice and helpfulness has replaced the cruel and desolating policy of the former Belgian king. The bishop's testimony1 is that "The old Kongo with its atrocities?the half of which were never told?is past and gone forever. A new era has come?an era of peace and justice and commercial and moral outlook." This means that our mission has greatly increased opportunities for doing its great work in that country. Shall it be furnished with the needed men and equipment t What say you? iron TflE SOUTHW ! ) THE Centra, H^^XJ"?Soum [OND, NEW ORL&S//, ATLANTA, OCTOBER 20, ortal Jgoteg anb Comti HOMESICK IN HEAVEN. ' ? By Rev. William Hervey Woods, D. D. j, "Let me go back," he prayed tl In strong man's tones, but with a longing thrilled fi Till now unknown in heaven. "Thou hast fulfilled a Thy promise long delayed js For mine old world; the cleansing fires have come, Ana airs made new. o Lord, let me go home Who of the clay am made, And own the instincts of that primal birth. Heaven is all heaven, but give me back mine earth. tl v< "Not I of seraph-kind, gj The singing, shadowy, incorporeal things That dwell in air, and move alone on wings; " For hardier use designed, Me hast thou shaped in sterner realms to dwell, ^ To buffet wind and wave, and earth to quell, n And, God and dust combined, n To lord it Lord-like on my native sod? r, Wings to the winged be; man walks with God. ^ "And since this iiesiiiy guise Put off at death, thou bidd'st me wear again, a New manhood, whole, immortal, purged of stain, Give me my vanished skies, With dawn and dusk, and crisp, fleet-footed days, ll Not one wide noontide that eternal stays; t< AVO OTQtlt m q w/\ur ***?* vv? o* * ? v ?n/n man- n ioc To do thy will, by glorious standard new? As Jesus does, not but as angels do. "A haunted heart I bear, And in heaven-song at times a pattering strain Brings back the plash and scent of quick June rain, n And though in pomp T fare t< Down shining ways, I mind how cool and sweet n White clover clings about a lad's bare feet. Forgive, forgive the prayer, ? Thou Pitiful! but if I may not go, I .nnao ma fram -1 114- 1?* ^' U.V tium tuciuuiica Ol 111 HI me ueiow. t( "And thou, thou too, art Man"? 1* The voice in whispers broke?"and since, therefore, 1< Thou hast thy scars, rememberest thou no more o How the young Spring began |] Round about Nazaretb? Or that first time Thine eyes saw Sharon in its blossom-prime? ^ Nay, not so comrades can Old joys forego: three men still know In heaven Which of them brake the bread that Emmaus ff even. S a "Ah, but to live again Such days, 'twere worth the morning star, the y bliss Archangels' dreams but guess at, all?for this! ^ To have thee citizen In the new earth, and God once more men's guest, ^ Warmed at our fires, and 'neath our roofs at rest! S1 Aye, one I know of men al Would give his crown to watch one night by thee? \t Asleep?in his boat?on some little sea." I,, Baltimore, Md. The zeal of the Korean Christians for work T and the eagerness of the people generally for ai the gospel is shown by the statement that a s) young man sold 75 copies of the gospels to the a people of his community one morning before r< breakfast. w / , '/r <:TfTDht Odp: co\s~rc:n/ A A J / Lm/T'/AH/Vl l Presbyter/an e <ern Presbyter/an pRiriiyion 1915. 1^15 I No. 41 I \yinoiyi\r/jjTftTP \ ?" rient \S glibly as they sometimes talk, the great majority of skeptics really know nothlg of the arguments and reasons of the Chrisian and of the evidence for the Christian u i 111 unit Inn* ^ 1* 1 ? r VIIIIVI mil HICJI il Villi (.IlL'Ill^lVl'S UJ ny opportunity to know them. The trouble i, and the fact named shows it only too plainly, lat there is back of their skepticism a most ronounced indisposition. They do not wish 3 know the facts, lest the latter overturn leir fallacies. Infidelity comes from the heart ery much more than from the head. Ami till further, it comes in many cases from Lental inactivity even where it claims great itellectuality. The "open-mindedness" of le skeptic is practically little more, in umerous cases, than another term for "idle nnuecmess." rne majority of skeptics do not eason. Parrot-like they repeat what they ave picked up from the glib tongues of a bw leaders amongst them. Press them hard, nd you will find how empty they are. + + + "We are all debtors to Foreign Missions. Had ot foreign missionaries brought the gospel a our forefathers, we would be as real heathen 3 were our Druid ancestors of old. + + + vh TIPDT? - r ?i ? ? I - iicjivru are a iew mings tnat novelty purveyors and novelty seekers would do well ) remember. One is that what "draws" may ot build up, that the novelty seeker will go 3 the novelty giver, and that as a result the ovelty giver will always be on the hunt and ne novelty seeker will always be on the run. lie same church cannot purvey all the time i the vitiated taste of the novelty seeker. Atmidants caught by novelties seldom stand by nig. it is against their nature to hold on ing or to be held on long. The pure, simple, ld-fashioned gospel, simply, lovingly, sympahetically told, is, after all. the only true and ermanent attraction. + + + "Attempt great things for God and expect reat things from God," said William Carey, uppose we attempt great things in prayers nd gifts. + + 4* _ aiit < * ? I uw irequentiy we regret having yielded A to the impulse to speak out and tell our lind when greatly moved, and how seldom 'e have occasion to regret silence! The dere to speak out is sometimes very intense, Imost irresistible. Especially is this true hen we feel that some act of injustice has PCll done, or when there soome tn ?nt for the denunciation of a fellow Chrisan for some fault into which he has fallen, he charity which is slow to believe evil of nother should make us still more slow to leak evil, even though we may feel that we re justified in such speech. There are ten egrets afterwards felt for something said here there is one for something left unsaid.