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VOL. LXXXIV. RICH3V ooo A SUBSCRIBER writes us as follows: "I wish to take this opportunity to express my appreciation of the 'Presbyterian.' For over five years I did the editorial writing for the Daily and Weekly Inquirer, and during all the years I found your 'Editorial Notes and Comments' and 'Survey of Current Events' most helpful. Your fearless condemnation of evil, your charitable views with regard to others' opinions, meet with my approval. The whole paper I find interesting, full of the sort of matter I think a Church paper should contain. Busy men have little time for any but business letters, but surely you sometimes like a few words of appreciation from those you so earnestly and faithfully strive to help, and for many years you have helped me." Of course we have time to read such letters and we appreciate these kind words very much. + + + 44 Q AT AN reproving sin" is an expression we O often hear. But what can be said when the Liquor Dealers' Association begins to preach about "the value of spiritual influences" in dealing with the liquor question, as against legal enactments? This same association warns the churches not to go into the fight for prohibition for fear that there will be engendered strife between those that do enter the fight and those who do not. It says: "The outcome may be that instead of promoting the cause of temperance, the churches are in reality taking action that will result in bitter religious strife and animosity, which will discredit not only the cause of temperance, but also the churches that have been deluded into endorsing prohibition as a means to that end." It is strange how much interested this association is in the welfare of the churches. 4? 4? *U 1? AILROADS have been for some years JLV strong practical advocates of temperance. They have prohibited their trainmen from drinking or even frequenting places where liquor is sold. Now they are taking another long step in the same direction. Many railroads have discontinued the sale of liquor in their dining cars, and others will soon follow their example. The liquor business is being abolished. + + + CHINA is a wonderful country. Some VPftrS Ran wVlpn n rovnln+iAn moo ? ?0 ' ?w? M 4 w t viutivu nao oiai icu looking to the changing of the empire into a republic, it waa feared that it would result in anarchy and bloodshed. But the change took place as quietly as the change of president in this country. After a few years the people, at least the leaders, have become tired of the republican form of government. And now the national parliament by an almost unanimous vote has decided to return to the imperial form of government, and has chosen as their emperor Yuan Shi Kai, who was the president tOND, NEW ORLEANS, Am .ANTA, JANUARY irtail ?mh (IT nm J//?VVVA? I4IIV WVUI of the nation. It is said he is hesitating about accepting the imperial throne. In this case, as before, it seems that scarcely a ripple has been caused on the body politic. We wonder whether such changes could take place as quietly in some of the so-called more civilized nations. Yuan is said to be a strong man and a conservative, who will probably make a very good ruler. APPRECIATES HIS PAPER. Don't stop my paper, printer; Don't strike my name off yet; You know the times are stringent And dollars hard to get; But tug a little harder Is what I mean to do, And scrape enough together ? Enough for me and vou. I can't afford to drop it, And I find it doesn't pay To do without a paper, However others may; I hate to ask my neighbors To give me theirs on loan; They don't just say, but mean it, "Why don't you have your own?" You can't tell how we miss It, If it, by any fate, Should happen not to reach us, Or come a little late; Then all is in a hubbub And things go all awry; And, printer, if you're married, You'll know the reason why. The children want those stories, And wife is anxious, too, At first to glance It over And then to read it through; And I read the editorials And scan the local views, And read the correspondence And every bit of news. ?Exchange. IT is cheering that the "whoop 'em up" method that was so common a few years ago, as a means of getting people to the church or into the church, has had a great subsidence of late. The midnight band and song parades of Christian men and women, boys and trirls have ceased. Who was ever able to testify that any real, permanent good came of those expedients? + + + BEAUTIFUL deeds are many at Christmas time, but where will you find one more beautiful than that of James B. Duke, now of New York, formerly of Durham, N. C.t He has given as a Christmas present $10,000 to be divided among the superannuated preachers, and the widows and orphans of preachers of me Aietnoaist Church of North Carolina. The amount given in each case just equalled the amount given that individual by the Church. Is there not some big-hearted, big-pursed Presbyterian who will follow his example T Aged ministers, widows and orphans of the Presbyterian Church need such comfort and cheer as much as Methodists. BMOT WESTERNPRESBYTERlAp\ >al Presbyter/an c rhern Press y ter/a n }? f 5, 1916. 7 v No 62 1 ? w ' / f* 1 ____________________________ ment PENSIONS for preachers has a better sound somehow than Ministerial Relief. Pensions suggests the idea of reward for service well performed. Relief suggests the idea of charity bestowed upon those in need. A great awakening on this subject has come to the churches in the last few years. This is shown by the fact that many of the largest denominations are now engaged in an effort to raise great endowment funds, whose income is to supplement the annual gifts of the churches to 4 V? X1 TT * uus wurui) cause, juere are tne amounts which some of the churches have set themselves to raise: Northern Methodists, $15,000,000; Northern Presbyterians, $10,000,000; Baptists, $10,000,000; Episcopalians, $10,000,000; Disciples, $5,000,000; Lutherans, $5,000,000; Southern Methodists, $5,000,000; Congregational, $2,000,000; other churches, $5,000,000; total, $67,000,000. Compare these figures with the $500,000 set as the mark for the Southern Presbyterian Church. Does not our standard seem to be placed very low! The laborer who has spent his life in working for the Church is certainly worthy of his wages as long as he needs them. A large endowment fund will give a stable source of income for the sup port or tne needy ones. + + + THE crying need of the country church is not to bo told what it ought to do, but to be given the help to do what it already knows. Most country churches are weak, and think they aro weaker than they are. Being weak, or supposing themselves to be so, they do not succeed in providing a salary upon which a pastor can live, unless a number of these churches unite for this purpose. The result is that the pastor can give very little time to any one of the congregations to which he ministers, usually preaching to each church about once a month. Experience has shown that, littlo ran V*? /trwno way for training Christian people for the Lord's work, or for winning souls for Christ. He who will inspire the members of the country church to do their real best in service and in giving will confer upon it an inestimable blessing. When this has been done, let the city churches come to the assistance of the country church in providing a salary that will enable it to secure and keep a pastor who can give it the time and attention that it needs. When this is done. t.h? problem of the country church and the country community will bo largely solved. v + + + IIQUOR people have queer ways of arguj ing. The National Wholesale Liquor Dealers' Association is sending out communications in which they claim that the churches are not all in favor of prohibition. They base this statement upon the fact that some churches have failed to vote in favor of national prohibition, and, hence, they argue, these churches are not in favor of prohibition of the liquor traffic.