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Rev. G. C. Moore was a terrific blow. The former had been in this valley for above seven years, and by his brilliant and consecrated ministry he not only endeared himself to the entire section, but did great work in the furtherance of the gospel. And along with him labored his lovely wife whose ministrations can never be forgotten by the many who were blessed by them. Rev. G. C. Moore had been in this section above five years, and by his heroic selfsacriflce, humility, and fidelity greatly benefited the work along all lines. To - liave lived and labored with such men has been a privilege and blessing inestimable. If we can only get a few men of their stripe to fill up the gaps, there is no reason why our work should not more than hold its own. The present conditions cannot exist always, and when they break, if we can man our work, we will be in line to reap the rewards of our efTorts. This is the last time in the world for back peddling. The needs are too great, and the prospects too promising. Edgar G. Gammon. MISSIONS IN MOHAMMEDAN COUNTRIES. The events of 1915 and 1916 in Europe have made a deep impression upon the whole Mohammedan world. it is estimated that Turkey has within three years lost territory equal to about one-quarter of the area of the United States, and perhaps over ten million subjects. She has lost Tripoli in North Africa, her control in the Balkan States, the eastern portion of Asia Minor, the home of the Armenians, and the past few weeks witnesses a rebellion in the great territory of Arabia. Turkey, Persia and Arabia are the three great Moslem lands, with thirtysix millions of people, and a territory nearly as large as the whole of the United States. Over six hundred Christian missionaries are laboring in these three countries. The three great I |jI3S3E pm I ^ jfrfctifHiijjifllfcHiflti I*hll?i?wdmk'ill J*j?jkjhgfc < I .'-' THE PRE SBYTEEI Mohammedan centers are Mecca, in Arabia; Constantinople, in European Turkey, and Cairo in Egypt. Cairo is the Gibraltar of the Moslem faith. And it is fast becoming a Gibraltar of Christian faith as well. All students of missions know of the splendid work of American missions in the Nile Valley. In Cairo the Church Missionary Society, the American Mission, the Bible Societies, and other ngcuuioa tn *3 wurnmg togemer in perfect harmony. Cairo is the city of opportunity. The greatest missionary problem next to that of the evangelization of China (with four hundred millions) Is that of the Moslem world with half^ as many. The prestige of Islam as a church state is gone. A Moslem writer in the Hindustan Review, speaking of the result of the Balkan war of 1914, says: "The defeat of Turkey in the Balkans came as a great surprise to the whole world. It was more than a surprise, it was a crushing blow, because Turkey was regarded as the sole surviving power of Islam." The'Moslem press of India, and of Egypt, has been openly discussing, not only such questions as the reasons for Turkish decline and defeat, but the more practical one of what will happen after Turkey breaks up. PanIslamism from a political standpoint is dead! A paper published in Zanzibar. on the east coast of Afri?o *? stronghold of Mohammedanism, says: "The pillars of the East are tottering; its power is being shattered. The Moslem world is divider against itself. The missionaries are strengthening themselves in their attack on the Moslem faith. The divisions of the Moslem world, and their mutual hatred, have lost the whole world, and their sickness is incurable." In a recent Assembly Herald we read an account of the giving of relief sent from America to starving Syrians in the mountains of Lebanon. Our missionaries had great difficulty in keeping the crowd from worshipping them. On receiving the relief sent from- this country the people fell on their knees and literally arencnea tne noor with their tears. What will be the prestige of our American missionaries after this war, in the many, many places where this relief from Turkish cruelty is now being received? A young teacher in the Mohammedan University of Cairo, recently issued a small booklet under the title of "Where is Islam?" In It is a lament for the Turkish defeat, and loss of Adrianople, in the Balkan war. "I have not written this little book to criticize my brother Moslems," he says, "or to wound their consciences by recording the disgraceful practices which have crept Into our religion, but io Bur up me nearts or the faithful. There is no true and living Islam left in the world. In Constantinople I find only divisions and parties, and various degrees of vanity and lying, I sought for I si u ui In the mosques, and I saw that most of those who prayed there stole the sandals of their co-worshippers, and I said in my heart, where are the Moslems to-day? I searched for Islam throughout the whole world nor did I find it. Where shall I find it? Shall I find it among those who are not Moslems?" Everywhere Moslems are bemoaning the fact that the day of opportunity is lost, and that their religion is on the decline, and that its ideals are not high enough to bear comparison with those of Christianity. In this day of opportunity how generously should we support the cause of Foreign Missions by our gifts and by our prayers, grateful to our heavenly Father that we may be co-workers with Him.?Selected. AN OF THE SOUT H GIVING THE GOSPEL TO NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING JEWS. By Philip Sidersky. The New York Times of August 11, 1916, had a very length article describing a prominent meeting in New York City. That meeting was held in belialf of Abram I. Elkus, a Jew, the newly appointed ambassador to Turkey by President Wilson. During the speeches at that meeting it was brought out that two former ambassadors to Turkey were also Jews. Henry Morgenthau and Oscar S. Straus, which shows what a nrominent part the Jews are playing in this country. One of the leading magazines contained the following editorial on the present war: "We are told that there are involved in the war forty-six per cent of the Gentile peoples of the earth and sixty-eight per cent of the Jews. Five Jews are in the British cabinet, and one, Lord- Heading, is Lord Chief Justice. The Jew is loyal to the nation he lives in, and so Jew is fighting Jew. All the German railways are under the direction of a Jew. Herr Liebknecht, the leader of the great socialist party, is a Jew, and many another man in high place. The Jews are fighting in the Russian army for the land that is oppressing them most bitterly. They are being oppressed anew in Palestine. What will be the issue of this suffering remnant of God's people?" As it will be seen from the above, the Jewish question is quite prominent all over the world just now, while on the other hand the Jews themselves have never been so stirred up on religion as they are at present, and, therefore, unusual ppportunities present themselves to reach the Jews with the gospel. Among some of the letters that I am receiving from different parts of the country, the following is from a Presbyterian minister, Rev. George Tester, in which he says: "I met Mr. M. Sutland and gave him one of your Yiddish tracts, Eternal Relationship. I told him about Jesus Christ, he smiled and said he could use fifty to give to others." Mr. Tester also states ill his laffar fhflt V* ^ 1 * A * ' ....V4 v.tov HO nas uruugui 10 Christ through the preaching of a Jewess, Mrs. Baertyz, in Liverpool, England. This shows what good the gospel does among the Jews, as well as to the Jews. I have been having a very busy summer in conducting open air services, not only in Baltimore, but Harrishurg, Pa., Scranton and Allentown, Pa., Trenton, N. J., Wilmington, Del., Norfolk, Va., and several other places, and thus we have been enabled to reach the Jews with the gospel in their own language. As we do not take any collections at the open air services (as this would hinder the object of our purposes), we depend mostly for the maintenance of those meetings, as well as for means of publishing Hebrew and Yiddish gospel literature, upon the friends of HOME A HOME A SCH< Individual development of nhvsionll disorders, defective sight or hearing, ne Resident orthopedist. ALICE C. 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Israel, whose prayers are for Israel 1 that they might be saved. I have been receiving interesting information from the war zone about some of the literature that I have been v enabled to send there from time to time, stating how much good it is doing among the people of various nationalities who are glad to get hold of it. Just now we are out of all the Yiddish and Hebrew Testaments, and we are in need of means for purchasing more, as well as funds towards publishing another edition of Texts of Scripture of Prophecy from the Old Testament and fulfilment of the same from the New Testament, and also for the general expense of our missionary activities. I am planning, the Lord willing, to visit several Southern cities during this fall to conduct meetings at those places, and shall be pleased to hear from any one who is interested in helping to arrange for those meetings. For further information address Philip Sidersky, 300 North Eden Street, Baltimore, Md. THE PRAYER MOVEMENT. 1 A movement toward prayer for tha advancement of God's kingdom is talcing definite shape among us. This is what one would expect. People are praying as never before for their love4 ones in the world's places of danger For their lives, for their moral safety and for their relations with God w? pray night and day. The welfare ol our Empire and the freedom of tin nations of the wnriH *? M* V the balance, and all who believe li9 an overruling God are interceding iiH behalf of those interests which ar^H dearer to them than life. Now when the hearts of God's peoH pie are opened to Him on any subJeclH His Spirit leads them into prayer fo| the deepest interests of the kingdonfl^ Consequently, people who began b]H PLACE ~l X)L A HOSPITAL V or mnn^ollit ? a * ^.vuvc.ij icuuucu tuuureu. tspeecn rvous irritability, or slow mental action. I ..EY, M. A., Director H Richmond, Va. i dney College 191J ' borough work. Healthful locatlonH ' holcc associations. 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