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RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, otY 31, 1917. AT? 1 No. 3 Cbitonal JBtotes: anlJ Comment REV. J. N. VANDEVANTER has been called of his .Father and has gone home. A great vacancy has been left among his friends. The circle of those who loved him is very large, and each one can rejoice that he knew this man and could claim him as his friend. He wa3 pre-eminently a Christian man and his religion was of the kind that brought into his life a cheery happiness that flowed out to all those with whom he came in contact. Always a ge nial companion he was popular wherever he went. In his own home he was hospitable and gracious. In the homes of others he was thoughtful, considerate and sympathetic. No higher estimate can be given of his preaching Hi an the fact that for more than a quarter of a century he preached in the Old Stone church in Augusta county with ever increasing satis faction to a congregation made up of people of an unusually high Christian and intellectual character, and who had had very able pastors as his predecessors. In labors he was very abundant. He extended the bounds and the in fluence of liki church until it reached many communities that had been destitute of relig ious privileges, and from them he won many souls for the Master. The influence of such a man can never be measured. His labors on earth are ended, but his work will go on for ever. The wife, daughter and two sons have a rich heritage in the memory of his life and his love, and they have the sympathy of all of his host of friends. + + + ' THANKS are due to many of our subscrib ers for the way they have followed our suggestion about paying their subscriptions, without waiting for bills to be sent. Others, who had previously received bills, have shown that they are going to save us the trouble of sending others for they have sent in checks and money orders to advance their subscriptions. There are still some who need to look at their labels to see that they are behind. The date that is given on the label shows the time to which the subscription is paid. Unless the date is later than the issue of this paper, a check is due us. Look at your label. + + + RURAL CHURCHES certainly come in for their share in the discussions of those who have so much to say about social service. One - of the striking facts in this case is that most of the discussions are led by men who have never lived in the country? or who have been away from the country so long that they have forgotten all they ever knew about rural con ditions, or else they are men who have gone re cently to the country, and are full of theories, but have not had time to give their theories a fair trial. These theorists would have the church in the country take the lead in every thing, in. farming, in dairying, in marketing farm products, in road building, in schools, in social life, and in everything else in which the people of the country have any interest. If the church is to lead in such matters, why should this leadership be confined to the coun try churches? Why should not the city church undertake to teach merchants and bankers how to conduct their business, and teach lawyers and doctors how to practice their professions? Why should it not direct the building of streets and the laying of sewer pipes? Why not con trol all the social life of the city ? Let not the city man think that all wisdom dwells wivh him. The eountry church is often weak in numbers and in finances. If the city church will give the country church the help needed to secure the pastoral services of a godly pas tor it will soon solve its own problem and will pay back to the city church all that it has re ceived by training its young men so that they will be fitted to take the lead in the church and in the business of the city. + 4* + SOME PEOPLE, though we believe there are not very many of them, seem to think that very little orthodoxy or conservatism can be found in the Church north of the Mason and Dixie line. It was our pleasure a few days ago (o visit the office of The Presbyterian of Phila delphia, which we have long considered one of the ablest and most interesting of the papers that come to our office. We found Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Craig- its editors, not only very plea sant and agreeable gentlemen, but earnest Christians, who stand firmly upon the faith of the fathers as we hold it, and who arc loyal to the great fundamental truths of the Bible as held by our Church. They belong to that ele ment in the Northern Church who desire to have the Southern Church unite with them, be cause they recognize our soundness and con servatism. If all of that great Church were as sound as these two of its leaders, there would be no doctrinal ground for remaining as two separate Churches. + *? + SIMULTANEOUS evangelistic campaigns are 1 being planned for in many cities, and might well be in many more. One of the lessons that has been learned from these campaigns in the past is that it is not necessary to import some notable evangelist in order to have a real revival of religion in a community. God is ready to bless the ordinary means used in His service, when properly used, as well as the extraordinary. When God's 'people unite in earnest prayer for His blessing upon their own souls, and for the conversion of sinners, when the pastors preach the gospel of salvation through a crucified Saviour, and when men and women arc working earnestly for the sal vation of souls, God will send a blessing from on high, just in proportion to the faith and labor of His people. BIRDS jare among the most attractive of all living creatures, save human beings. They deserve a great deal more of consideration than they receive. There are very few of them that have not many more attractive qualities than they have bad ones. There is nothing that makes a country or village home more attract ive than the presence and the songs of the birds in the yard. Their numbers can be very greatly increased with a little care. Their acquaint ance and friendship are well worth cultivating. Children should be taught to feed them and make friends of them. They are among the farmers' most valuable aids. There are some, like the hawk, which are generally considered very destructive, and yet they do much more good in catching mice and other rodents, than they do harm in catching a few chickens. Al most all birds eat great quantities of insects and weed seeds, thus proving themselves ex ceedingly helpful to farmers. Farmers should, therefore, befriend them. In case of very cold weather when the ground is frozen or is cov ered with snow, the birds on the farm ought to be fed. They will pay back all they cost many times before the year is over. The wise farmer -will not let birds of any kind be killed on his farm. If they are fed a little through the late summer and fall and on through the winter many birds will stay all the year, which ordi narily go away when cold weather approaches. They will soon become attached to the farm and will remain there from year to year. + + + AT. STEWART, the merchant prince, said ? that the reason the average merchant is only average, is because of his disregard for lit tle things. We wonder if this is not the rea son why many Christians are only average Christians' and some below the average. It is the little things t that make Christian char acter, and it is the little things that count up in Christian work. Big things are rare, but little things are common. The old Scotch pro verb should not be forgotten : 4 ' Mony a mickle mak's a muckle." Little drops make the ocean. + + + LAYMEN should be making their arrange ments to go to the Lexington, Ky., Con vention. There will probably be several thou sand of the leading men of the Church then*. No one can afford to miss it, if he can possibly get there. February 20-22 is the time. + + + FEBRUARY, at least the first three weeks of it, has been set apart as a time of self-sac rifice for Foreign Missions. Our Saviour sacri ficed himself for us. Can we not give in sacri fice to him some of the comforts and luxuries and even some of what we call necessities, with which he has blessed us? Many do not know of his sacrifice. What we do for the heathen, wo do for Christ.