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ally secured them said there was no one In the society who knew anything about Mission Study classes. "I suppose that's the literal truth," said Mildred, with puckered brow. "Well, if nobody knows, then some folks will just have to be taught. That's the only way to do it." She went to seo the conference president. "We must have some one to show our societies how to conduct Mission Study classes," she urged. The president smiled indulgently at her youthful enthusiasm, but Mil dred persisted. "Wo have fifty-one societies in our Conference and only six of them have ever had a class," she urged. "Wouldn't it be possible to have some one visit each society to explain Mission Study plans and help organize classes?" The president threw up her hands. The indulgence o? her smile broadened into frank amusement. "It might be possible," she said, "but I would not call it in the realm of the probable." Mildred was very earnest. "Mrs. Scott," she said, "of we are going to do 'anything with Mission Study we sim ply must reach each society. If we could have four picked delegates go to the Summer School and take the Mis sion Study course, and then have one of them visit each of our societies to explain the work and help organize classes, we could have at least one Mission Study Class in every congre gation. After that many of the socie ties would be interested enough to send their own delegates each year." The president looked thoughtful. That summer four official delegates studied hard at Summer School and began in the early fall a systematic visitation to organize classes. Those who really could not join classes were asked to buy the book and read it. A definite- day was set for the reading of each chapter and 300 copies of the book were sold to women who joined these Reading Circles. A girl in each congregation acted as sales agent and pushed book sales with a will. In one town, which had several churches, the leaders apointed a day as Enrollment Day, and the girls made an Every Member Canvass with enrollment cards. In three central towns, with a number of country churches near by, a one-day training school for leaders was held. A series of dispatches telling what was being done in the different places was sent from one society to another, keeping the interest aglow. Groups of women who met together found out that it was not necessary to have a brilliant leader Jn order to have an In teresting and interested class. Women who had not studied a book for years felt the thrill of world contact. The work had become the absorbing Inter est of Mildred Marshall's life. There were three classes in her own congre gation. She had seen her mother write a check for the support of a student in Japan after one meeting. One of her girl friends had responded to the plain call of the need of India's women by volunteering to go out as a nurse. The treasurer reported the largest receipts in the history of the society. Mildred was realizing every day the joy of a work worth while and every Mission Study secretary in every congregation was sharing the Joy with her. At the next annual convention there was no annual lamentation in the re port of the Mission Study secretary. The presentation of that report, fol lowed by the lively discussion of the work done, was one of the features of the meeting. One thousand and three boobs were sold during the year. The new secre tary did not state that, In her laBt or der for three copies, she spelled out an unabbreviated order, while her heart beat a little tune of thanksgiving for the glorious mistake of her first olli cial act. P. S. ? If you think Buch a mistake is impossible, we can give you the name of the secretary who made it. If you think such success is impossi ble, try some of Mildred Marshall's plans. ( Republish ed by permission. The story may be secured in leaflet form from the General Literature Commit tee of the Women's Missionary Con ference of the Lutheran Church, Box 280, Columbia, S. C., at 2c. per copy; 15c. per dozen.) ECHOES FROM THE TENTH MEET ING OP MISSISSIPPI PRESBYTE RIAli AUPILIARY, PORT GIB SON. Anniversary meeting, therefore nota ble in our history. Addresses rich In spiritual food given by Rev. M. E. Melvtn, D. D. (subject, "Work in Our Own State"); Rev. H. H. Thompson (illustrated lecture on Japan); Rev. Homer McMillan, D. D. (Assembly's Home Missions); Mrs. H. N. Street ("The Place of the Bible in All Our Work" ; Mrs. H. B. Miller (French Camp School, Rally Day, and Colored Evangeli zation), and Miss Kitty McMullen (two stimulating talks upon the work in China.) Best attendance yet in our Presbyteri al'B history ? 45 officers, delegates and visitors. The attendance and interest of the general public of Port Gibson very helpful and en couraging. Causes forcibly and instructively pre sented by our Cause Secretaries. This Presbyterlal is richly blessed in efficient workers In these of fices. Delightful reception and social hour. Endeavor made to reach the Aid So cieties and to bring about their af filiation with the Presbyterlal. Re commendation also passed that ev ery society have all causes repre sented in its corps of officers, sev eral causes to be assigned to one officer in cases where members are few. Four ladies were present who were charter members of the organiza tion meeting a decade ago. Gifts of the Auxiliary as follows: Foreign Missions, $779; Assem bly's Home Missions, $238; Synod ical and Presbyterlal Home Mis sions, $422; C. E. and M. A., $114; Sunday-school extension, $21; schools and colleges, $111; Bible cause, $6; Orphanage, $123 (gifts to this cause also included under Synodical Home Missions); miscel laneous, $877; contingent fund, $64. Total, $2,745; increase, $669; per capita gift, $4. History of the ten years' work was presented by Mrs. C. W. Grafton in so concise and valuable a paper that with one mind the body voted that It must be prepared for print. Interesting figures of the statistical report: 30 Bands wih 555 mem bers; 186 "Surveys," 114 Prayer Calendars, 26 Study Classes, and 7 Prayer Bands. Joy of the Lord is our strength. Keen interest shown at every session. Ix>sses since last year were found in number of members, number of so cieties, and in gifts to Foreign Mis sions. Gains in number of Prayer Calendars, number of Study class es, Prayer Bauds, and in gifts to all other causes, also in total gifts. "Mail Bag" used by the faithful sec retary of Young People's Work ? containing a message for each Ju nior and Young People's Band en rolled. Next meeting to be held in Liberty. The time for our meetings definite ly fixed ? Tuesday before the fall meeting of tho Presbytery. Officers' reports not a bit dry; bome were given by means of charts and blackboards, others verbally in de lightful, chatty addresses. Full satisticd printed on back of pro grams. Program full of "meat," a rich feast. Helpful informal narratives given by local societies, abounding in stimulating suggestions. Quiet, strengthening devotionals led by Mrs. C. T. Thomson, of Port Gib son, her subject being "The Evan gel" and "The Evangelist." Roll of Honor showed names of live Bands ? Juniors of Capell and of Port Gibson, and adults of Liber ty, Port Gibson, and Red Lick. ThuB we see three rural churches and one town church carrying off the honors. Liberty Ladies' Soci ety leads with the finest per capita gift, $3 2, while Hazlehurst ladles are a good second, $25. Sweet music afforded by the gifted choir of Port Gibson. Treasurer of the Auxiliary stressed Stewardship in an excellent black board talk, "The Revenue of the Kingdom." Untiring and thoughtful hospitality shown by the warm-hearted people of Port Gibson. Vain of our successes? No, indeed! (Luke 17:10, last part.) Discour aged by our failures? Not a bit! (Gal. 6:9.) "Work in our bounds just well begun. Still much land to be possessed. X-citlng moment when Junior ban ner was awarded, judged by year's report and scrap-book work. Young People's work is our pride and hope. A large part of the cl03 ing session is always devoted to this branch of the work. This year exercises were conducted very charmingly by the young people themselves, and many of the Ju nior reports were given by the Ju niors in person. "Zealous of good works" ? may this be said of each society comprising our Presbyterial Auxiliary! Psalm 90:17. Eva Joor Williams, Secretary. Wesson, Miss. LBAFIiET HELPS ON LATIN AMERICA. ' Mission Study Classes considering Latin America will find the following leaflets of great Interest and value: Latin America 3c The Crucial Hour in Latin Amer ica 5c A Forgotten Continent 3c The Future World Place of Latin America 3c Eight Reasons for Protestant Mis sion in Latin America lc Not Knowing 3c Out of the Dark Into the Light.. 2c Education in Latin America 2c Religions of the Latin American Countries lc Gleanings from the Panama Con gress 2o The Position of Women in Latin America lo Tho Religious Needs of the Latin American Immigrant lc When ordering but small number of these leaflets, please send 2c. for postage. The Woman's Auxiliary, Peachtree and Tenth, Atlanta, Ga. Carthage, N. O.s The Scottish Cov enanters, the children's society of the Carthage church, assisted by the Ju niors of the Sunday-school, gave a de lightful entertainment Christmas eve ning. The offering was $35 for ministerial endowment. The Miriams of the Carthage church are planning enlarged work for the year under the leadership of Miss E. May Stuart. ? The following are the Christian Endeavor officers for the next six months: Wilbur Currie, president; Mrs. M. G. Dalrymple, vice-president; Miss Clement Ador, recording secre tary; Raymond Kline, corresponding secretary; Miss Flora McDonald, treasurer. Our pastor, Rev. J. K. Roberts, is conducting a study of the Book of Galatians at the Endeavor prayer meetings. The method of daily Bible reading and study is proving helpful and profitable. ? The Ladies' Junior and Senior Auxiliary Societies are studying in their mission class McLean's "Latin America," under the enthusiastic leadership of Mrs. H. F. Seawell. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL JESUS AND THE AVOMAN OF SAMA RIA. Feb. 11, 1917. John 4:1-29. Golriou Text: "Jesus came into the world to save sinners." 1 Timothy 1:15. Jesus began his public ministry while John was still preaching, and by his preaching attracted many hearers. The rulers of the Jews had been interested in John's popularity, and now they are told that Jesus was winning more dis ciples than John. Jesus seems to have anticipated opposition on their part. He did not want this to break out at so early a stage in his ministry, so he quietly withdrew from Judea and started back to his own country of Galilee. Ordinarily the Jews traveling from one of these sections of the country to the other would cross over the river Jordan and travel on Its eastern side, so as to avoid passing through Sa maria. But in this case there was an impelling motive which compelled him to go through Samaria. This country lay between Judea and Galilee, and was inhabited by a mlxod race of people. When the Assyrians captured the land of Israel most of the Inhabitants were carried away captive, only the poorer people were left. Heathen people were sent to take the places of those who were carried away. They brought their heathen religion with them. In a short time lions and other wild beasts overran the land. The people thought this was due to the fact that they were not worship ping the god of that land. Heathen people think that each country has its own god. So they asked the king of Babylon to send them teachers who would instruct them in worship. He sent them priests who taught them about Jehovah and His worship. The result was that "they feared the Lord and served their own gods." The people_,who inhabited Samaria at the lime of our Saviour were, mixed de scendants of the Jews and heathens. Because of this mixture of race and of religion, the Jews despised the Sa maritans and would have no dealings with them, except in matters of busi ness. The Samaritans had much the same feeling toward the Jews, as is shown a little later, by their refusing to allow the Saviour and his disciples to pass through their country, when he was going up to Jerusalem.