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RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, JANUARY 1 fiSCgJ i 24, 1917,; Afv z I No. 2 Cbitorial JJoteS atib Comment NON-CONFORMISTS are coming into their own in England. * In the past it was very rare to find any not identified with the Church of England in any high political office. Great changes have taken place during the war. The United Presbyterian says: The report of the religious affiliations of the new British cabinet show that the Non-conformists have prominence in it. The premier, Mr. Lloyd George, is the first Non-conformist, in actual membership with a Free Church, to be prime minister. Mr. Asquith, the retir ing premier, had left Congregationalism for the Church of England long before he be came premier. Mr. Lloyd George is a Camp bellite Baptist. Air. Bonar Law, a son of the Presbyterian manse, is a Wee Free Presby terian. He gets his name "Bonar" from his father 's admiration for Rev. Andrew Bonar, well known Scotch clergyman. Mr. Arthur Henderson is a Wesley an Methodist lay preach er and a leader of the Brotherhood move ment. Sir F. E. Smith was brought up in Wesleyan Methodism. Austin Chamberlain has family links with Unitarianism. The min ister of munitions, Dr. Addison, is a Presby terian. George Barnes, the . pension minister, and one of the products of the labor move ment, is a Congregationalist. The postmaster general, Albert Holden Illing worth, is a Bap tist. John Hodge, the minister of labor, is a Wesleyan Methodist. Gordon He wart, the solicitor-general, had early associations with Congregationalism. Socirdly, as well as relig iously, this summary signifies a great advance in democracy. + + + DISCONTENT is a very common fault. We see it manifested in many lives. It ex presses itself in fault-finding with one's circum stances. There are sonie* people who never seem to be content with anything. They com plain of their work, though they are engaged in work of their own choice. They are dissat isfied with their employers or their employees ; though in either case a change could be made, if they really wished it. They are not satisfied with their home, though they spend more time in complaining that it is not what they want it to be than they do in trying to make it what they wish it to be. They are prone to complain of their loved ones and friends and to mag nify their shortcomings. Contentment is a great virtue, and is a source of blessing to him who possesses it and to all his friends and ac quaintances. Lot a man, with God's help, do that he can to make his circumstances the best possible, and then be satisfied to get the most possible comfort and pleasure out of his condition, no matter what it is. The more he does this, and the more optimistic he is, the better will be his prospects for better things to come. COLOSSAL undertakings in fina ? are common in these days and it is ^ *y ing to see that great things can be done ?, e Church. On March 1st of last year thi fo ? testant Episcopal Church started a camj % to raise by March 1st of this year a fun* "St V five million dollars, for the purpose of j ^ viding a pension for ?11 retiring clergymen - that Church. On New Year's day it was an nounced that four millions had been raised, and that there was every prospect of the suc cess of the campaign. e ??>tonebreafeer By William Laurie Hill. Along a rough and stony way ? All stained with toil and grime, A stalwart man hath day by day Taking no note of time ? Toiled on with stones and clay. The boulders yield to muscle taught To conquer nature's strength, For years this toiling man hath wrought, Heedless of the hour's length, Nor higher labor sought. Despise not him; just breaking stones Upon the world's highway. What though he never palace owns? Or dwells in kingly way? He fills each useful day. This man of brawn, with strength and skill Prepares the roads for men. His ready hand, with pick and drill, Knows where each stone a place should All, To meet the critic's ken. ? All honor to each son of toil ? The bluejeans men wo meet ? For they, true natives of the soil Meet toil with ready feet; Nor do they shun the moll. Great men have wielded pick and spade ? Guided affairs of State, Built nations, great highways have made. In deeds were truly great, Of toll were not afraid. It is the men of brain and skill, That bless our world today. Bid nature's forces do their will, In most ingenious way, All hail! to brain and skill. Maxton, N. C. A SUBSCRIBER in paying her own sub scription sends in another, saying, "I en joy your paper so much I want to send it out to others that they may do the same. I cannot do without it." If all of our subscribers would make a similar effort to aid us in securing new names for our mailing list, the problems of high cost of paper and other expenses would be easily solved. "We have not raised the sub scription price and must depend upon new sub scribers to meet the increased cost of produc tion. THE Church year is rapidly drawing to a close. There is only a little over two months of it left. It would be a fine thing if the officers of the Church would take up at once the apportionments which the Church has been asked to raise, and see how many of them have been completed. If the church is behind in any, steps can be taken much more easily and with much more hope of success than can be done during the last week of March. Then there will be such a comfortable feeling for the church and the treasurer, if he will see that all money put into his hands is forwarded to the proper treasurers, so as to reach them before the 31st of March. It will be better to forward money just as fast as it is received. And, oh ! how comfortable the Executive Committees will feel, if all the churches raised all of their apportionments and sent them in promptly. Then would the work of the Lord advance gloriously. + + + CORPORATIONS have no souls,, it is often said. Yet one of the striking facts that have been brought out in the public press in the last few weeks, is the large number of corporations that have voluntarily recognized that the high cost of living is bearing heavily upon their employees, and have materially in creased their wages or their salaries. This shows that those who compose and control corporations have souls that love justice. An other fact that has struck us very forcibly is the small number of pastors whose salaries are reported to have been increased. We wonder if the churches have given this matter careful and just consideration. The pastor who is paid the same amount that he received two years ago, is really getting a much smaller salary now than then, for it takes more dollars to buy the necessities of life for himself and his family now than it did then. + + + CHRISTIAN UNITY still occupies the at tention of many readers of the religious papers of the day. A Avriter in one of these papers asks the question, whether Christians want unity, by which he evidently means Church union, and answers his own question by saying, "Yes, if they can have it their own way." That seems to be about the true state ment of the case, so far as most of those who are advocating Church union are concerned. We have not seen any proposition from any of them to give up anything themselves. They all want others to do the giving up. We have never been able to sec how the spirit of unity can be secured by union, if it does not al ready exist in those whom it is desired to bring into the union. If the' unity of spirit ex ists, it will make very little difference about union, for the Lord's work will be done, and that is all that is expected by union.