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I @?@ Cbltl COLUMBIA Seminary Bulletin for January lias reached us. This noble institution. which is doing such valiant work for the Church and for the Master, has some pressing needs. With these needs supplied its work will be more efficiently clone. They are, first, scholarship funds to aid young men of limited means to secure an education fitting them for the gospel ministry; second, a fire proof building to take care of its fine library of rare and valuable books; third, funds to endow the Chair of the English Bible, Pas tor;;I Theology find Homiletics, for which the widow of Rev. Dr. R. G. Pearson, former incumbent of the chair has offered to give $10,000. Surely the liberal hearted people of God in the Presbyterian Church can and will supply these needed funds. Money so given will be well invested for God. + + + SEVEN more states joined the prohibition host on January 1st; and, on the first of next November, Virginia will also fall in line, making eight states this year to say that "the saloon must go." These seven states are Colorado, Washington. Oregon. Arkansas. Tnwa Idaho and South Carolina. This means that by the end of the year 10,000,000 additional people will be living under the prohibition ban ner. On January 1st, 4,100 saloons were closed. At this rate it will not be long before this whole country is freed from the accursed liquor traf fic. + + + AMERICAN Jews are planning to do great things in helping tl,eir kinsmen in the faith in the warring countries of Europe. It is said that there are a million Jews, or onetwentieth of the whole race, under arms. Two and a half million Jews, or one-eighth of the race is in this country. These American descendants of the Chosen People are amoner the most prosperous citizens of this country. Their hearts go out in smpathy to their co-religionists in their suffering caused by the war. Their leaders have determined to raise $5,000, 000 for this purpose At a meeting recently held in New York four men each pledged $100.000, provided $1,000,000 was raised. Before the meeting adjourned $850,000 had been given or pledged. Many of the poor, it is said, gave all they had, even to the simple jewelry which they wore. We feel sure that the full amount will bo rnisofl + + + WE are wondering whether the devil is not laughing and the Roman Catholic is not grinning at the spectaclp presented by the Rrotestnnt Churches, in connection with the Conference which it is proposed to hold in I'anama next month. It was started as a Mis^ sionary Conference to discuss mission work in Latin America. A considerable element in the Episcopal Church objected to the plan upon jggyri 0, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, JANUARY 19 orial jptotes anb Com the ground that the Roman Catholic Church would be insulted by such action, as it could only be interpreted as an effort to devise Dlans to overcome the influence and power of that Church in Latin America. So the plan arnl scope was changed so as to make it a convention of those engaged in Christian work in the Latin American countries. Belief in the Bible and in Christ as the Saviour were made the only condition of membership. This therefore admitted the Roman Catholics, and a resolution of the Episcopal Mission Board had demanded that every denomination engaged in Christian work in those countries should be invited. Because of this failure to draw a line of distinction between Christianity and Popery, there is published a strong protest, signed by 63 mis sion workers in those countries. They represent the Northern Methodists, the Southern Baptists, the Independent Baptists, the Breth ren, the Evangelical Union of South America, and other Churches. This division of sentiment, which will weaken the efforts to overthrow the kingdom of evil, is exceedingly pleasing to Satan. Against these divided forces the Church of Rome presents an unbroken front. + + + A NOBLE liberal hearted elder of the Church has offered to give $68,000 to the endowment fund of Ministerial Relief, pro vided the rest of the friends of this cause will, during this year, raise $136,000 additional. This is by no means the first large gift he has ? i ? a.1 1- ~ I* 11. m V T-1 _ niaue in tut: worit in me vmurcn. r or some time the name of this prince of givers has been known to us. Hut we have not mentioned his name in these columns out of respect to an earnest request on his part that his name should not be made known. Out of consideration for his modesty, which is only equalled by his liberality, we comply with his request. The important thing for our readers to do is to rally heartily to the support of this movement to provide for those honored servants of the Church who need its help. + + + THE Congregationalist and Christian World of Boston comes to us in a very attractive issue Celebratincr tllf? pomnlptin r?f n lmiulrnd years of life and service. Pew papers have ever made such a record. It is interesting to think of what an influence a religious paper could exert, in a century. The records might give some idea of the number of homes the paper had entered during the century, but they can never tell the number of messages it has carried to its readers?messages of gospel invitation, messages of inspiration, messages leading to consecration, messages of comfort and cheer that have made hearts glad. May it hold aloft the banner of truth and righteousness for many centuries to come. SMAW westernpresbyter/AM al Presbyter/an e rhern Presbyter/a n r~r"sr' 1 1918- . No. 2 i Vi > > i m I ^ m m p i i j li n f< a r v intent THE Church is losing its hold upon men, is a statement often made in these days. Is this a fact? By no means. There never was a time when the Church and religion had a firmer grip upon men than is the case to-day. Men's organizations and movements, which have as their prime aim the salvation of their fellowmen, have grown with phenominal rapidity. Nor do these organizations include all the earnest, active men of the Church. There are a number of such organizations. Among the larger of those, which are noted for their activity, are the Gideons with 45,000 members: the Brotherhoods, 200,000: the Y. M. C. A. 597,000; Bible Classes, 5,000,000. This makes nearly 7,000,000 men in these organizations alone, who are on the side of Christ the Saviour, and who are trying to exert influences which will win others to Ilim, and advance righteousness in the world. What a force this army is exerting, and how much greater force it can exert, no mortal man can tell. 4* + + THE National Campaign of the Laymen's Missionary Movement is meeting with phenomenal success in securing the attendance of Christian men. The total of registered delegates to the first twenty-two conventions of I the campaign held between October 12th and December 12th was 34,325. In sixteen of the twenty-two cities, conventions were Irdd in the campaign of six years ago. At that time these cities numbered 17,813. The total for the same cities for the conventions of the present year was 26,762, which is an increase of 8,949. The largest enrollment so far 4. of Phi rago. This is said to be the largest enrollment of men ever made at a Christian religious meeting. Seventy-five cities of the country are to have these conventions before the campaign * is completed. + + + THE Presbyterian League of Richmond has awarded to Miss Laura E. Armitage the prize offered for a name for its official organ. The name chosen from a very large number suggested is "The League Record." The first number of this four-page paper has appeared, and it gives promise of being very useful in aiding the League to awaken interest in city mission work. The editor is Mr. \V. C. Smith, the editor-in-chief of the Missionary Survey. + + + Most of our troubles come from selfishness after all?ingrown selfishness. Perhaps your life is too self-centered, and as a result you finally reach the point where you actually feel sorry for yourself?the meanest sort of pity. Why not rid yourself of that, and eheer up! What right have you to earry a picture of your woebegone face and lemonlike v avs about among your associates? If yoU just must whine and sulk and scowl and criticize?take a car and go to the woods. You'll feel better when you return.