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VOL. LXXXIV. RICH1Y
i i PRC CAUSA HEBRAIC A," is the title given a new movement which threatens to become a serious rival of Zionism. It has for its aim the establishment of an entirely .Jewish kingdom in Palestine. It is meeting with great favor in many places. And its advocates prove in some cases to be queer bedfellows. It is said that the Italian government favors it, and that there is a promise of help and encouragement from the Vatican, these two governments which are usually so hostile to each other. The movement has not yet gone far enough to say what the outcome may be. + + + PASTORS ought to be very careful about giving name lists, and especially lists of those who arc supposed to he the more prosperous members of their congregations, to the multitude of people constantly asking for such lists. The purpose of obtaining them is usually 1 he business and the interest of those asking fur them- and too free a granting of such requests suljjfects -the people to an immense amount of annoyance personally and through the mails. One pastor tells us that he receives scores of requests each year for such lists, and that he makes it an invariable rule to throw every one of them into the waste basket, or when they are made personally to decline at once to become an agent for the annoyance of his people. i* * + AN exchange repeats a:trite statement that prayers should be lengthy in private and brief in public. It notes the fact that the reverse of this is usually the ease in fact, and properly adds that nine out of ten of the persons who engage in public prayer consume too much time, and that those who pray in nilhllP HQ n rnln mtllrp ilinin nroirnra aVisvtit twice as lengthy as they think them to be. The trouble is that the leader in prayer tries to put in too many petitions. There is 110 need to cover everything in one prayer. Simpler, more direct, more specific petitions, and these covering only a very few topics, produce a far better effect than a long drawn out prayer which takes in everything that occurs to the petitioner's mind and which in addition repeats many of the things asked for f\r mn l+i r\l inn +V? a! w r?4- r? a*v> a*>4 wi niuivi]/iico tiiun otaiuuiuii I. + + + THERE comes to our desk, and has been coming for a long time, a monthly publication whose sole purpose, so far as we can ascertain from its pages, is to depreciate one of the great organizations for lessening the liquor traffic, to berate its officers and administrators, and to destroy its influence among the people. It purports to be published in the interests of national prohibition. It asks for support and circulation. Who can wish to help a publication whose object seems to rise no higher than that of maligning others and of seeking to destroy any attempt except % The Sou? tOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, OCTOBER ortal jgoteg attb Com its own to deal with the liquor problem? If the publication came from the liquor interests themselves it could not be more unworthy of circulation and support. + + + DISCIPLINE, as a process of dealing with (tffnnflnvc in f]in P.linnnli v^vuuv&a Ait vuv v^iuii viij 11ciD luiau^y cuilapsed. There is no need to shut our eyes to the fact. It is unpleasant, but it is a fact, in this country at least. It cannot be denied. Discipline is never heard of nowadays, amongst us, except in cases of such flagrant character, as great immorality, public scandal, or pronounced departure from essential beliefs formally adopted in ordination vows, as the Church cannot help but deal with. Is the Church the better for this collapse? lias it secured a firmer hold upon the popular mind ? lias it commanded the respect of its adherents? lias it advanced the spiritual interests of its people? These questions are serious ones and should be seriously pondered. + + + WHY is the white race more addicted to alcoholism than any other race? We are told that drunkenness is not near so common among the Chinese, Japanese, Malayans, Hindus and the many Mohammedan races Docs the white race not realize the danger from the use of alchol as do these other l'Jieos ? T)nPS it Ituvo loco i-o?mwl fAn highest welfare than they? Or is the white raee less able to resist the insidious temptation of strong drink than are these darker races? "We r would like for some of the drinking men of this country to answer these questions. Thc^ ught to know or they ; ought to find out why uj this important matter they are inferior to. thair darker brothers. ... MISS.MOLLIE FANCIIER. "Brooklyn's famous invalid#' has just entered her fiftieth year of confinement to bed. When a girl of seventeen v.she was injured, and for nearly a half century she has spent her life in bed. It is said she has helped to support herself by embroidery and crochet work. During all those years she has manifested a quiet, cheerful, uncomplaining endurance. "When we think of such a case as this do we show proper thankfulness and gratitude to God for His goodness to us in giving us health and strength, and the opportunity to use these blessings in our daily vocations and in Ilis service? + + + MINISTERS are often accused of being narrow in their mental development, and are said to be injured intellectually by too much specialization in their studies. Some ministers find that their pastoral -duties are very trying upon them physically, and that the remedy for this is some form of pleasant recreation. It may he some out-door games or sports, or, what for many would be more practical and profitable, regular work in a garden. Bumf yesternpresbyter/a/^ al Presbyter/an c 'hern presbytf fp/a A - i ? r ?l ~ '#-1# w RECEIVED " C T ?' 7 1915 27, 1915. VIRGINIA STATE No. 42 I IBRAHV _ merit @@@ This gives a new form of exercise to the body and recreation to the mind. To overcome the tendency to mental narrowness, it has been suggested that every minister should devote himself to some study which is entirely dis tinct from that which naturally pertains to his calling. This will bring new faculties of the mind into play. It will enable him to sou many things from a different point of view. And he will find that this fact of seeing from a diiVerent point of view will give much direct help in preparing his sermons. But the real advantage of such study is that for the time being his thoughts are taken away from his regular work and his mind is given rest while his mental powers grow stronger. If only a few moments a day can be given to such study or work, great good would be accomplished. + M ORMONISM is one of the great curses. J- -a ot tins good land. A recent statement from Mormon officials is that during the year 1914 that Church spent $227,900 in missionary work. And most of this was used in this country. The result was that 1,000 converts were won east of the Mississippi river, and they have many established organizations in yds territory. Jn one year recently 226 were nuutrttt-1 alone. Kelsey, Texas, is a purely Mormon village, and is reported as being composed of "675 saiuts." They are flooding the country with their insidious and misleading literature, which does not at all reveal their true doctrine or practices. What are the Christian people of the country going to do about it? A FRENCH Catholic is reported as saying: "The Pope talks like an angel and does ?nothing." This sentiment seems to be echoed in many places and by many people in Catholic lands. He has always claimed authority over all kings and potentants. But in this war lie lias failed to use the power he is supposed to have for the bringing about of peace. Many newspapers of Catholic leaning had, a few months ago, a good deal to say about what the Pope was planing to do to bring peace to the war-cursed nations of Europe. But his plans have not materialized, and an ominous silence has fallen over the Vatican, especially since Italy has entered the Titanic struggle. His failure to do anything raises the question as to whether or not he has all the power over tile llJltinns nf tlin nnvtli tlm+ lio * * * AMBASSADORS arc often recalled by flic country which has sent them out, and which they are supposed to represent. This is done because of inefficiency or unfaithful noss to their government. "Ye are ambassa dors of Christ." Suppose he were to recall all who were not efficient or were disloyal to him, how many would he left to represent him in this world?