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meeting leads the mid-week meeting at the point in the mountains. The South Carolina Christian En deavor Union has a good plan for get ting reports from societies on the monthly program of service being used iu the South. A monthly letter is sent out in advance to all societies calling attention to one month's pio gram, and to one State officer is as signed the task of getting the reports from the societies on a month's work, and tabulating them. Very full re ports have been gotten in this manner and all of the State officers have had a share in carrying out the monthly program. Of course the Quiet Ilour month is assigned to the Quiet Hour superintendent, and so on. State President Bert Corcoran is heading up the plan. C. E. FIELD SECRETARY' IN VIR GINIA. Field-Secretary Taylor, of the All South Extension Commitee, recently completed a tour of the Stato of Vir ginia. Mr. Taylor traveled three thou sand miles by rail and one hundred and fifty by Ford. He spoke fifty-five times to forty-five hundred people. Many sections of Virginia were visited that have never before had a field sec retary in them. The tour started at Danville and Lynchburg, then went t jwards Bristol and Bluefield, W. Va., thence back through the "Valley of Virginia" towards Winchester, thence to Richmond and througth the Tide water section, ending in a great rally at Newport News, the home of the Stato president. Dosplte a heavy snow storm this rally was largely at tended. There were Endeavorers from a half dozen societies in the Peninsu lar Union, including a fine delegation from the Indian Society at Hampton Institute. At Roanoke the City Union held a banquet, with over two hundred young people seated, Mayor Broun being one of the speakers. At this banquet the Endeavorers launched a one-year con test with the city of Richmond. At Bluefield, W. Va., a "Virginia" En deavor rally was held, the Graham, Va., Endeavorers meeting with the Bluefield societies. A local union wj.s launched, this to be affiliated with the Virginia Stato Union. At Lexington, Va., though there is no society there, a meeting was held of all the socie ties in the county, and plans were put on foot for a county union. Dr. James Lewis Hjwe, of the Washington and Lee University faculty, a trustee of the United Society, was one of the leadert of the movement for this county un ion, and it was urged that the Presby terian church in Lexington have an Endeavor Society. At Staunton Field-Secretary Tayior was one of the speakers at a Thanks giving service conducted by the En deavorers. During the Virginia tour the field secretary Bpoke on Christian Endeavor to the students of the State Normal School at East Radford and of the Shenandoah Collegiate Institute at Dayton and to the students of several public schools. In Richmond he de livered a Christian Endeavor message to the students of the Union Theologi cal Seminary. At Newport News he spoke at a meeting In the shops of the ship yard. Mr. Taylor met Endeavorers In Vir ginia of seven different denominatons. One Sunday he spoke to Methodist Endeavorers in the morning, to Pres byterian Endeavorers In the afternoon and at night met with a strong Bap tist Society. . At Strasburg and at Falls Church the field secretary was invited to speak before district Sun day-school conventions, and at each the Christian Enreavor message was well received. Under the leadership of W. J. Finch, at Newport News, the Endeavorers of Virginia are forging ahead, and their State Convention at Norfolk in June will record the work of a great year of Christian Endeavor in the Old Do minion. Field-Secretary Taylor, of the All South Committee, is making a tour of North Carolina during January and the first two weeks of February. lie reports the tour going successfully. Miscellaneous MR. JOHN STITES, TREASURER. By Henry H. Sweets, Secretary. We take pleasure In presenting to the readers of The Presbyterian of the South a good likeness of Mr. John ?John Stiles. Stites, treasurer of the Executive Committee of Christian Education and Ministerial Relief. During the campaign for the En dowment Fund of Ministerial Relief, which has met such signal success, hundreds of letters came to the office addressed "Rev. John Stites." We want the Presbyterians of the South to know that Mr. Stites is the presi dent of the Louisville Trust Company and a ruling elder in the Second Pres byterian church of Louisville. He is a man known and respected far and near for his life and labor. In 1908 he was elected president of the International Sunday-School As sociation. His wise counsel and faith ful leadership accomplished much for the Sunday-school work of the world during the three years of his presi dency, and he was then made a life member of the Association. While Rev. Egbert Watson Smith, D. D., secretary of Foreign Missions, was pastor of the Second church of Louisville, he said: "I have known many elders in the Presbyterian Church. I have never known one who was more liberal with his time, his energy and his money than Mr. John Stites." Mr. Stites serves with greatest faithfulness as treasurer of this cause without any remuneration. He opens all the letters containing remittances. He signs all the checks that are sent out, which are countersigned by the secretary. He counsels with the Fi nance Committee about all the in vestments. He is never too busy to turn aside from his large duties in the business and financial world to talk and plan about the things of the kingdom. The Executive Committee, the Gen eral Assembly, and the entire Church are grateful,' we are sure, for such efficient and untiring service. The ex ample of such men must be an untold blessing and inspiration to the younger men upon whose shoulders such duties as this must soon rest. Louisville, Ky. THE t'AI'SE OF MINISTERIAL RE LIEF. By Rev. W. Hruoe Doyle. The whole Church is rejoicing at the success of the special efforts being made by our Executive Committee- in Louisville, Ky., to greatly increase the Endowment Fund of Ministerial Re lief. This work should continue until at least a $1,000,000 fund '.s secured. While these special efforts are being made there should be no falling off in the gifts to the General Fund of Min isterial Relief. It Is a natural con sequence in the heat of the campaign for a permanent fund that such a fall ing off may take place. Let us not forget one thing about the present beneficiaries. The average age of these infirm preachers is 71. The "average" man among them was born in 1S4 5, was 20 years old at tne close of the War Between the States, and necessarily served as a soldier. These wornout ministers have given the Church an average service of 4 2 years; add to this the seven years spent in College and Seminary, years where they worked hard, worked for the Church, and with no pay. The "average" man then laid his life on the altar of the Church and turned his back forever on worldly occupa tions in 1S67. In the decade following oiw* great war the schools of the Church wore in poor condition, times were hard, loan funds and scholarships wire not as they are now. There were fow "rich relatives," few moneyed incu to toss over a scholarship easily to worthv young men. These poor, aged, feeblo preachers we are helping today worked their way through the schools of the prophets In a demoralized time, in the time of the Soutli's direst pov erty. They were men from the army who had already given some of their best years to the country. It was also a time when the ranks had been de pleted in the paying trades of the world but these men gave themselves to the Church. If we are to give these men one comfortable day while they are dependent it must be given them now, for their "moorings are hard by" them, they are rapidly departing. Sis of them went to their Father's house last year. Plant City, Fla. A WISE INVESTMENT. An Enduring Monument. One day Jesus asked some of his carping hearers who delighted in criti cizing him, the barbed question, "How much better Is a man than a sheep?" It is to the credit of the Church in our day that she is following the lead of her Master and putting the emphasis upon manhood. Christian manhood. Realizing the value of the Church col lege in producing Christian manhood the Presbyterian church at Mooretleld. W. Va., has recently given a littla over one thousand dollars to Hamp den-Sidney College to establish a scholarship in honor of their late pas tor, Rev. George W. White, D. D. In making this gift the good people of this faithful church have indeed made a wise investment and erected an enduring monument to one whom they love well, and who served them with love and devotion for more than forty years. I)r. White was a loyal friend of the college and though not an alumnus he manifested his confi dence in the institution by sending h!s three sons there and by using his In fluence to Induce many of the young men of his church and community to become students at Hampden-Sidney. Near the close of his life he was heard to say that if he had money to invest ho would give it to Hampden-Sidney College because he believed Christian education was fundamental in the life of the Church. Now the church that he served so long and loved so much has done what he would have delighted to do. They have given the college a scholarship, the interest upon which will be used year by year, for a hundred years or more, to help worthy, purposeful young men preparing to become evan gels of glad tidings to get the educa tion they want and need. The college is grateful to the church for this substantial and worthy gift and is glad to unite with it in honoring the memory of one of the faithful un der shepherds of the flock who now has gone on to be with his Lord. BILLY SUNDAY AS AN INVEST MENT. By Roger W. Babson. When asked to give my impressions of the wonderful Boston Sunday cam paign, I at first declined. Although I have traveled about this old world a good deal and have been up against pretty stiff propositions, nothing has ever puzzled me as has this one. The other day I met in the Tabernacle Mr. MehatTey, the genial secretary of the Boston Young Men's Christian Asso ciation. He is a busy man, yet he has given much time to the meetings. Said he: "How are you enjoying the meet ings, Babson?" "To tell the truth," I answered, "I am enjoying them about the same as I would enjoy holding ontj the tail of a bull. 1 am absolutely overcome both with the power of Mr. Sunday and the tremendous hunger that there is for his message." I repeat this in order to be abso lutely fair with those readers who know that I did not encourage Mr. Emery and his loyal associates when they first spoke to me, eighteen months ago, about having Mr. Sunday come to Boston. I want publicly to acknowledge here and now that they were right and I was wrong. Boston and all New England owe a debt of gratitude to this loyal group of men. I have been especially impressed by the effect of the Sunday campaign on the economic situation in Boston and vicinity. I know little about evan gelistic work, and am not competent to discuss the theological, or perhaps even the spiritual, side of the question. I do, however, know something about the economic reaction of the campaign on the community. This I get from manufacturers, merchants and the general public, many of whom are not interested in church work. They tell me that the industrial, commercial and business attitude of all Greater Boston has been changed. Every one is more serious. Clerks are more interested in their work; factory hands are more desir ous to increase production; every one seems to be more anxious to be of use and to tell the truth than ever before. But there is a change on the other aide of the counter as well. Cus tomers are more patient; there is less crowding of the street cars and ele vated trains; and we hear the wards "Thank you" and "Please" oftener than ever before. I was much inter ested the other day when a promi nent employer was telling me how Billy Sunday had reduced the per centage of tardiness and absence in his store. Said he; "You would be surprised, Mr. Bab son, to see what a falling off there has been in the number of 'grandmothers' funerals' lately, compared with a year ago."