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April 19, 1916]
array from '61 to '65. Should we not listen to him, when he speaks, not only for himself as a Confederate soldier, but from his personal love and knowledge of our peerless leader, Robert E. Leo? Why not build as a monument to the men who died for the South a great educational or philanthropic institution, which will help the living for generations to come. A Loyal Member of the U. D. C. Ifl> A'/ll i t V rr jtirn ** ivnuiuimi nv/.MTiil uinri 131* PORTANT STEP. The native women members of the Southern Methodist Church in Brazil have begun the organization of a Woman's Missionary Society after the order of those that have been so effective in our own country. All the Ladies' Aid Societies have been asked to join and to send delegates to the lirst annual meeting, which will be held in Sao Paulo this month. The society plans to educate girls for the work of the Church and to send them out to needy places. It proposes further to develop the women in the lines of evangelistic work, that they may aid in the propagation of the gospel in their own communities. This marks an important step in the development of the native Church toward self-support and selfpropagation. Ouachita IVctbytoriuI held its twelfth annual meeting in the First church, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, April 5th to 7th, with sixty-two delegates &nd visitors in attendance, representing seventeen churches and twentysix societies. Rev. J. S. Nisbet brought us an encouraging message from his work in Korea; Mrs. A. C. McKinnon told us something of what "Christ means to the Congo native;" Dr. Homer McMillan placed before us the difficult task and overwhelming needs of the Home Mission work; Mrs. H. N. Street's daily Bible studies on the Acts of the Apostles were most inspiring. The Presbyterial shows a gain in numbers and in interest, also increase in contributions to the various benevolent causes. The ladies of Arkadelphia left nothing undone for the comfort and pleasure of their guests, and the welcome was most cordially extended from all denominations. The Presbyterial accepted an invitation from Camden church for the meeting for 1917. Mrs. George S. Spragins, Secretary. New Orleans Presbyterial met on April 4tli and 5th, in Napoleon Avenue church, New Orleans, and was cordially welcomed by the pastor, Dr. U. D. Mooney. Interesting reports were given by workers In charge of the Italian and Chinese Missions in New Orleans, and a paper on "Experiences in Home Mission Fields" held many Items of interest about Presbyterian work and workers in and around Houma, Louisiana. A tabulated report, made up from society reports, was on the wall and, from it were taken the following ficriires; Tntnl to Foreien Missions. $816.00, and to Homo Missions, including the four divisions, $731.00. These sums, with gifts to other causes, aggregated $2,884.00. The amount is less than was reported to this Presbyterial last year, but we had a disastrous storm in September, about which we still talk, and its effect on our present stnte of finances; and doubtless it did reduce the gifts from many churches and individuals. Reports were made by the secretaries of causes, and each felt that another year would bring better, fuller reports. Last spring the field for Presbyterlal visiting was divided into dis THE PRESBYTERIi tricts, and these districts assigned to four earnest women, whose duty and pleasure it became to visit the societies in their district, and givo such advice, assistance and encouragement as was needed. Reports were made by these workers, one of whom was on duty here in New Orleans. Her work has been well done, as attested by others, but she described it as "a terrible pleasure to talk to large societies." The attendance at the two days' meeting was good, and numbered two hundred and forty-six, of which number thirty-eight were delegates, alternates and representatives from sixteen societies. The following officers were elected: President, Mrs. J. L. Maury; vicepresident, Mrs. John Davidson; treasurer, Mrs. Charles Bury; secretary, Mrs. Alexander Allison; Secretary Local Home Missions, Mrs. E. L. Powell; secretary Assembly's Home Missions. Mrs. M. R. Paradis; secretary Foreign Missions, Mrs. W. M. Baker; secretary Christian Education and Ministerial Relief, Mrs. E. A. Bechtie; secretary Sunday-school Extension and Young People's Work, Mrs. A. H. Ziemer; secretary literature, Mrs. W. K. Seago. The singing was a very attractive feature of the meetings, both that of the congregation and the voluntaries by the guest from Baltimore. Mrs. S. A. Askew, of Atlanta, Ga., gave four interesting and instructive Bible studies, taking "Clothes" as her subject, and it is hoped that many other Presbyterials may have such happiness and uplift as she brought to us. Mrs. E. L. Powell. OUR RICHMOND LEPER. We have a real live leper of our own in Richmond now?a Greek, though from the Isle of Crete, lie was a pitia_ .1 J ?1 " -* iui iMjjeti, mueeu, waen nrsi recognized, and isolated at the City Farm; a waif in abject poverty, with face, body and feet badly swollen, and the symptoms of the disease fully developed, the swollen, flattened nose and lips producing the "leonine" appearance so well known to leperologists. The Board of Health at once made liim as comfortable as it is possible for a leper to be made. A little one-room bouse was fitted up liabitably, and decently furnished, fueV and good food were provided, with facilities for cooking; and as no appropriation had been made for clothing him, our Richmond branch of the Leper Mission undertook this charge. We sent him loose, easy garments and slippers, with warm underclothing, and added the message that he has many friends in Richmond. Ilis patient, helpless expression changed to smiles of real delight when Dr. Summers, who visits him, spread his new outfit upon his little bed, and when later he brought him tho mandolin provided by the Charlottesvillo Vwo oil 1*0 mnn* J * ' 1 * * m?wMvtt) aav xuuot uavo rcuiizuu IQ&1 II1S friends are real ones. This mandolin, his one desire, companion and recreation, beguiles many a weary, lonely hour, let us hope. He now shows plainly the beneficial effects uf guuu fuOu, ami safe shelter, even his disease is less fearful than when he first appeared in the city, and efforts aro made to encourage and entertain him. Land and seeds have been given him for a little garden, if he will make one. Some one sent him a Greek Bible, as he cannot understand English, and Greek newspapers are now in his hands, wo hope. But, after all, efforts to mitigate the bitter lot which he very patiently endures, our disfigured, suffering Richmond leper convinces us more forcibly than ever of the desperate hopelessness of his unhappy class, physically speaking. The followini contributions to the ,N OF THE SOUTH. Richmond Branch of the Leper Mission since November 16, 1916: Misses Nelson, $5.00; Miss M. W. Logan, $2.50; Two Sisters, West Virginia, $2.00; through Mrs. James Crammer, $16.00; Mr. Thomas W. Blackstone, $2.50; Mrs. Charles Warren, $2.00; Mr. U. D. Talley, $20.00; Woman's Auxiliary, Winchester, Va., $1.00; Victorious Band, Bible Class, $3.25; Mrs. Frederick Hahr, $25.00; Mr. and Mrs. II. L. Shield, $20.00; Mrs. Crump, $1.00; Miss L. J. Molting, $20.00; Miss Margaret Nolting, $20.00; January Mission Meeting, $10.10; Mrs. Dupuy, $5.00; Miss Watkins, $1.00; Miss Poindexter, $2.00; Mr. T. S. Winn, $1.00; "Friends," $1.00; Misses Murray, Maryland, $7.00; M. L. H., $0.50; Mrs. Frank Lee, $1.00; Charlottesville Branch, for the Richmond Leper, $5.00; Mrs. HjiinFprfiplH anrl TVfloo r? . 0 MVV* Mnu iuioo ui a/ r f 6.UU | Mrs. P. M. Boyden, $1.50; found in offertory at Grace, $1.00; Miss S. K. Gordon, $3.00; Mrs. J. M. Patterson, $5.00; Millwood Branch of Mission, $10.00; St. Andrew's Guild, Charles Town, West Virginia, $25.00; Junior Auxiliary, St. John's, Richmond, $8.38; Mrs. A. D. Green, $10.00; Mrs. B. R. Dunn, $5.00; Miss Emily Noltmg, $100.00; Mrs. M. B. Dupuy, $5.00; Miss Watkins, $1.00; Mrs. Fauntleroy, $1.00; Mr. T. S. Winn, $1.00; Miss Poindexter, $1.00; Woman's Auxiliary, Monumental, Richmond, $5.50; March Mission Meeting. $7.75; Mr. T. A. Turner, $2.00; Miss Lila P. Muller, $25.00; Ladies' Aid Society, First Presbyterian church, Richmond, $10.00; Womusutta Camp, First Presbyterian church, Richmond, $25.00; Mrs. L. F. Baker, $20.00. Total, $448.98. AT re T.anHnn "D WW. XV. luaouu, President and Treasurer of Richmond Branch of Leper Mission. CENSORED LETTER FROM "SOMEWHERE AT SEA." An interesting story of a perilous voyage through the Mediterranean Sea on board a British ship comes from Miss Ella R. Graham, a British missionary on the way to India. Her letter is dated "Somewhere at Sea" and bears other marks of the military censor's hand. Miss Graham says: "We have come so far safely, and hope to be in in a day or two. We were not allowed to stop at , but passed one hundred miles off, at full speed, in the night. with lights out. We have one big gun mounted ready for action, with four gunners always on the lookout for submarines. Lift-boat drill goes on regularly. We have all got our numbers. and at the given alarm must have our belts on and be in our places at once. About twenty soldiers stand In front of each boat, and when it comes down on a level with our deck every second man seizes it, holds it steady, and every other man helps us in. The alarm rang out the other afternoon when we were all sitting reading, sewing, etc. Instantly we dropped everything, flew to our cabins, and were in our places, with life-jackets on, In one minute. We felt quite proud of ourselves. The weather is calm and sunny iu the lueuilerraiieuu, but iuere is always so much excitement in the air that It is difficult for one to settle to reading or work. "We were told quietly last night n ft or /Unnof ~ 4* u.tiusi niai Iiu UUO WHS lO go lO bed. but to be In readiness, and to wear all valuables on our persons. So we spent tho night in pitch darkness on deck, each one dressed ready for instant action, and the boats loosed and provisioned. But the night passed quietly, and we were so glad when the tension was over. Everyone is so plucky. There is not the slightest sign of fear or even nervousness in anyone." I THIRSTING FOR LIVING WATER. H A missionary of Japan tells of aH well-educated young soldier whoH brought him a piece of thorny briar,l and said. "I once saw a picture of a I head crowned with thorns like this.H and I can never forget it. Whenever I have things to bear in the barracks, the thought of that picture helps me. I Can vou tell me ahrmt It and t?oa anything to do with your religion?" When the story of Jesus was told him, it seemed as if his whole soul, were thirsting for the Living Water. COME CLEAR OUT. A converted Chinaman, visiting America, was greatly puzzled over the little difference he saw between pro^ fessing Christians and men of the world. Speaking of the matter, he said: "When the disciples of my country come out from the world, they come clear out." This is what God requires for us?an out-and-out like for Him. HATE CHANGED TO LOVE. On Queen Charlotte Islands, south of Alaska, lives a tribe that was once the terror of the territory. Missionaries settled among the Haida, and this Indian people now attend church, and take part in the services. Fifty juuio ?gu vucoc pcuiiic uuitu me Indians that lived on the continent. Now they love their former enemies. When the mission buildings at Aiyarsk, on the continent, were recently burned. Christian Haida women contributed $20 out of their extreme poverty, to help to rebuild. Sl'NDAV SCHOOL. (Continued from page 10.) them. Who needed more to share in the joy of the brethren than Peter himself? Thou Art Mad (vs. 15): That prayer meeting no doubt was held and extended far into the night because Peter was in prison. The burden of the earnest prayers that they offered was that Peter might be delivered from prison. They had a right to expect it, not only because God has promised to answer prayer, but also hecause he had already been delivered ' twin A Vot wh on ?????- J . WW MVM tuiu ViiUU L11C11 pitied was answered they said that the maiden who made the announcement was crazy, and that it could at most only bo his spirit. "O ye of little faith." Is our faith stronger? Do we expect answers to our prayers? Peter Continued Knocking (vs. 16): He was determined that they should know the truth. And yet even when they saw him they could scarcely believe their own eyes. Declared Unto Them (vs. 17): He rehearsed the wonderful incidents that had happened to him that night and showed plainly that he recognized it as God's doing. Go Shew These Tilings: The message is sent especially to James, prob amy one of the apostles, the son of Alpheus. Tlio Brethren: Probably the other apostles who were in Jerusalem at that time. It seems that this prayer meeting was not called by the leaders ul ilib Church, but Was just a spontaneous gathering together of some of the Church to plead with God for what they desired so earnestly. He Departed: It was the part of wisdom for Peter to leave Jerusalem. No good would come to the Church from his death. There was work foi him to do. God had practically given back his life to him, for it was Herod's purpose to kill him, and now it was nis auiy 10 taKe care ot It and use it for God's glory. Our lesson: The great lesson for us to learn from this passage is that God takes care of His people, and Is always ready to answer their prayers.