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VOL. LXXXIV. RICHM<
I MAGAZINE readers are finding that many of these publications are degenerating. They are showing a lower moral tone. Many of their stories have a decided tendency to suggest thoughts of evil, that are presented simply to appeal to the evil that is in man's heart. Christian people should cease patronizing such publications, and should let the publishers know why they will not take them. Parents should be specially careful about the magazines and papers that their children read. Many insidious suggestions are made which should never reach their young minds, nor the minds of older people either. The best way to prevent the evil effects of such literature is to provide for Jill file fnniilv siipIi poa/linw oe is clean and will be uplifting and helpful. There is much of this kind, and there will be more of it as the demand for it increases. 4* + + tJ/^IIRISTMAS will soon be here," the children are saying, and they are looking forward to the pleasure they will have in receiving presents from San La Claus and their loved ones. We would not deprive them of one of their presents nor a moment of their pleasure. But cannot parents and friends add greatly to their pleasure by showing them in some practical wav tllflt "it ic mnrn Woccnrl tn <?!ira fViow. fn M w ?V v Wivoouu \j\r glT^z lliuu l>v# receive"? Happiness is reflexive and contagious. He who makes another happy will find the truest kind of joy welling up in his own heart. + + + AS we prepare for our Christmas joys, let us not forget our fellow Christians, the Armenians in Turkey, who will not have any opportunity of celebrating the birth of the Saviour this year, except in their own hearts, as for his sake they suffer as probably no other race has ever suffered in modern times. It is the avowed purpose of the Turks to exterminate the whole race simply because they are Christians. Much is being done to aid them, but only in. reality a very little in comparison with what is needed. + 4* + IS there room for the Jews?" is a question asked in a recent magazine article. The idea seems to be is there any place in the world for him. Of course there is. The Jews are God's chosen people. While they have rejected God and His Son, God has not rejected them. He has preserved them as no other race has been preserved. Without a country, without a king or a kingdom, they have remained a distinct people. Does this mean anything? God has preserved them evidentlv for some cnnrl purpose, and we believe that it is not only that the race may be brought back to Him, but that they may be used to bring the world to the Saviour. Many traits that have been developed in them will make them specially fitted for this blessed work. DND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, DECEMBER irml nnh 0Tnm ^ /vVVV^ HHV I-. THE most tremendous experiment in prohibi- i tion of strong drink that has ever been tried has been that in Russia. AVhen the Czar issued his order that the manufacture and sale of strong drink should cease he showed a courage, a clear discernment and a faith in his people that have rarely, if ever, been seen in any other monarch. Samuel G. Blythe, the great newspaper investigator and writer, has been to Russia, and he writes to the Saturday Evening Post of what he has found out. He said, among other things, that in Moscow he saw only one drunken man, where formerly there were almost as many drunken as sober men to be seen. Before the beginning of the war," and prohibition began at the same time, the annual denosits in all tho snvinor lionte r?f Russia were from sixteen to twenty million dollars. In the one month of January, just five months after the establishment of prohibition, the deposits in these banks amounted to thirty million dollars; or ut the rate of three hundred and sixty millions a year. Prosperity and comfort are found in many places where formerly there was only squalor and wretchedness, now prosperity and comfort are clearly seen. Notwithstanding the tremendous burden of war which is pressing hard upon the people to-day, Russia is stronger, more prosperous and more hopeful than ever before. If prohibition can do so much for Russia, what ground have its foes to stand on when they give vent to | their calamity howls, in which they proclaim that business will ail go to smash and the country will be ruined, if the sale of liquor should be stopped. "When self the wavering balance holds, 'tis rarely right adjusted." + + + PRINCETON UNIVERSITY'S Freshman class this fall is the smallest in three years. The statement is put out that unusual conditions brought about by the European War have caused the falling off, but we can not help wondering whether some Christian parents have not heeded the warnings given concerning the heterodox teaching done there in the Bible department by Professor Miller, who discredits the Gospel narratives and who docs not believe in the actual* bodily resurrection of our Lord. This apparent trend towards Unitarianism can not he acceptable to some of the most substantial and evangelical patrons of Princeton University, and we suspect thev have sent their sons elsewhere for that reason. Indeed, we have heard of one gentleman's saying since Professor Miller's position was made clear by his own articles in the Biblical World that lie had intended to send his son to Princeton hut would not now do so. Tho disagreement between the ttv.1 c?: *1 1j --- > > - uuivcioiij nuu nic ucimimij uit'it: U)lll(l I1UI U(! altogether kept, out of view even at the exercises connected with the inauguration of Dr. Ste* 1 enson as President of the Seminary. The Seminary is now as it always has been thoroughly i OUnd. gM&W vesternppesbyteriafih hl Presbyter/an e hern Presbyter/an LPJI:-8191 5 |v,ftM'WlA STA-ft 8, 1915. / [ No- 48 tttfcttt 000 44 T) EST SELLERS" attract much attention, .Dbut the best of them retain their place for only a few months and then are forced to give way to another and newer book. But the "best seller" the world has ever known is the Bible. Year after year it holds its place, never once giving way to any other book. It leads all others and its lead increases as the years go by. Where other books are sold by the hundreds or thousands the Bible is sold by millions. This old book is ever new, because it always supplies the need of man's heart. This is one of the strong evidences that it is the word of God. + + + THE GROUND of the opposition on the part of the Episcopal Church to sending delegates to the Panama Mission Conference is twofold. First, they said they were afraid their delegates would commit the Church to some action which they could not approve. The second ground of objection was that, as this conference was intended to advance Protestantism, it would be a discourtesy to the Roman Catholic Church. These opponents are said to belong to the High Church party. It is even said that a movement has been started by them to have a called meeting of the House of Bishops, in order that the Board may be ordered to rescind its action. + + + OUR Lord showed great wisdom in dealing with his enemies. He rarely ever referred to their accusations or answered them. He was silent before them. This was not in submission or in mock hnmilit.v TT<> preferred to let his life and character answer. It takes more courage, as a rule," to be sileut than to speak out. And silence often comes nearer discomfiting an enemy than replies. Patience and courage tell in the end. They always hav their reward. One has well said. "To have the courage to take no notice of an injury is to be even with our enemy; to forgive him is to he above him.'' + + + BUSINESS men are reporting that a business boom is sweeping over this country. Merchants everywhere are reporting that their pro-Christmas trade is phenominally large. The farmers have raised bumper crops, and are getting high-water prices for them. The manufacturing plants are almost all working to their utmost ennnnitv tr? till tiw. vw 1*11 i uv Kii unitI :> that have poured in on them. Exports have never been nearly so large, and consequently more European gold has been brought across the waters than ever before. But notwithstanding all this, we continue to hear the cry of hard times. In the majority of cases it looks as though people had gotten into the habit of saying that times were hard, and they do not know how to break the habit. Look the matter squarely in the face, be economical and pay all debts, and see if good times are not here.