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VOL. LXXXV. RICH1V
d^btt MINISTERS do not know the value of money, is a statement often made. But is this true? The man who does not know the value of money throws it away or spends it unwisely. This is certainly not true of many ministers. As a class ministers are more liberal in their gifts than any other class of men of the same means, and none give more wisely. Considering the salaries they receive no men provide more comfortably for their lamilies. Their position requires that they and their families shall present a good appearance in dress and home. Few people of the same means give their children anything like as good education as do the majority of ministers. If some of their critics would try to live on the meagre salaries that most ministers receive they would Knnil SPA flint it wnill/l Y\a iinnn.-oo.... V..V* w AW ?. v/u?vi MV UV\;gOOaiJ tU have a very accurate knowledge of the value of money to make it go as far us the minister does. + + + AT. Stewart two generations ago intro duced into his great store the plan of marking all of his goods in plain figures and adopted the policy of "one price to all." We wonder if the people in this country realize what this has meant to this country? In almost all cases in Europe and everywhere in the East the merchant asks much more for his goods than he expects to get. The purchaser ( Iters less than he expects to pay. Then there follows haggling, wasting of time, irritation of temper and buying at a compromise price. The customer is very apt to go away feeling that he iias been cheated. Stewart's plan is nlmost universal in this country to-day and there is no need for haggling over prices. This is a great saving to merchant and customer. + + + T1IE report comes from one of the young people's societies of the Church that its membership had been divided into two sides, which were pitted against each other to see which could secure the most new members. If the report had stopped there only commendation could be given. But it said that the side that secured the most was to be given a supper by the defeated side. We are sure that these young people did not realize just what that meant. But was it not in reality the lay/.f - l?a i? v. .:j. ii.. ' ?s *?i ? uct uy eucn siue, uie supper oeing the stake? Many excuses are offered for betting of this kind, but the principle involved is exactly the same as when two men are playing at cards and each one bets that he can win the game. + + + PROHIBITION is said not to prohibit, and there are many who claim that more intoxicating liquor is drunk in prohibition territory than was drunk in the same territory when licensed saloons sold to all who wanted to buy in as large quantities as they desired, fortunately we are not left in doubt ;n these matters. The Revenue Department of the gov Iplp? <Sow [OND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, APRIL 19, ] ortal Jjtoteg anb Com emnient keeps close tab upon the manufacture and sale of liquor. From its reports we learn that the liquor bill of this country in 1915 was $285,717,772 less than it was the preceding year. That looks like there was some reduction in the amount of liquor drunk. If this is not the result of prohibition, then what caused it! + + + ALASKA is a wonderful country. Forty nine years ago it was purchased from Kllssill U'hftl Slou-ai'd iroa ? ? ..v.. ..um IT UO KJTVy I ClCllJ III Oiait!. The price paid was $7,200,000, and in those (lavs it was called "Seward's folly." Now all recognize it as the best evidence of his wisdom. Since its purchase there have been mined in that country gold and other minerals to the amount of $550,(300,000. And yet we are told (hat oidy the surface of the wealth of this wonderful land has been scratched. The area of Alaska is twice that of Texas. The population is about 65,000. They need the gospel and the churches of the United States ought to see that true religion is firmly established there in the very beginning. + + + EVIL is evil ill high places as well as in low. One of our exchanges tells of a man who has the courage of his convictions, and his convictions are richt TTero it io- "A ?0 ?.. w ?w ivcuiu^IV^ judge has directed his grand jury to investigate every game of bridge and to 'indict every woman, no matter who she is, if she is caught playing cards for booty.' 'The card table is the ruination of many boys,' said Judge Cari Henderson, who delivered the charge. 'And that card table is in the home.' He spoke of the influence society women exercise on the city and directed the jury 'to stop this terrible crime.' 'Investigate the society gambling first and then go after the poor negro and ignorant class of people,' was Judge Henderson's concluding statement to the jury." And he is right. + + + KEEP Quiet" is a slogan adopted by some of the railroads following close upon that of "Safety First." The idea is to avoid all unnecessary noises in and around passenger end sleeping ears, and to reduce those that are necessary as much as possible. This will add greatly to the comfort and pleasure of travelers. And much along the same line ean be done for the comfort of those who live near the railroads. It is hoped that the work will be extended until it reaches all departments of business. The unceasing noise of a city is a nerve-racking experience, from which there is no escape. If each one will study the question and see how he can reduce the noise he makes, and how much he can persuade others to reduce theirs, he will confer a blessing upon all who live near him. The less noise a man has to contend with, the better he can do his work. + fMAW westernpresbyter/afih al Presbyter/an e t/ern Presbyterian L916. No. 14 ment 000 WHY should a theological seminary be in a city instead of being in some quiet country community, where there will be nothing to distract the attention of the students from their studies? Those who ask this question usually add that what is needed is the training of young men for work in the country, and that this cannot be done in a city We do not propose to discuss this question in general, for it has been settled so far as our seminaries are concerned. But we wish, for the sake of any who are not satisfied, to call attention to one great advantage to the students, and through them to the Church, of the city location. When the young man leaves the seminary he ought to have all the knowledge that he can get from books and the professors. But he needs also the broadest vision of the J ?1 t. 1 i ' ~ * uurca ana us worK. .tie may find the church iti the country or quiet village a good place to worship and to feed his own soul. It is only in the hustling, bustling city that he can catch a vision of the greatness of the work of the Church, and see by how many means and methods this work is to be accomplished. When he goes' even to the quietest country charge lie will carry this vision with him, and it will help him to do a larger work than he could do otherwise. + + + MANY people object to the organization of small churches. They say the church will not be self-sustaining for a long time at least. The fact is, however, that almost all churches are small at the beginning. But these small organizations often show that they are worth while even from the start. An illustration of this statement is seen in the church at Laurel, Va., about ten miles from Richmond. Under the leadership of a few members of another church a Sunday-school was nrir#ni7o/t o fun- ? >"?? - ? 1 - *- ' ..p ? it" jca 13 auu it nas grown to more than a hundred. This school, though none of its members are of more than modcrate means, recently gave through their mite boxes more than forty dollars to Foreign Missions. Between forty and fifty members have been received into the church, which was organized about two years ago. A comfortable church building has been erected. Regular services are maintained, and the people are giving to all the causes of the Church. Without this church no Sunday-school or preaching service would be held in reach of most of the people of the community. Whether the church grows larger or not. it docs pay to gather God's people together that they may work for Him. + + + The projected government railway for Alaska, which is to run from Seward to Fairbanks, a distance of 412 miles, will be a great factor i|i simplifying and developing missionary work there. It will epen up also the resources of the country and greatly mitigate some of its difficult conditions.