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UNION of Church and State in any way is is almost certain to cause trouble. Canada is having an illustration of this just now. The Roman Catholics of that country, like those of this country do not want public schools con ducted by the state, notwithstanding the fact they try often times to pose as the friends of the public schools. The Canadian government undertook to establish separate schools, one class to be supported and patronized by Pro testants, the others to be supported and patron ized by Roman Catholics. There would seem t? be just as much reason in having two sets of policemen, one to be support ed by Protestants who were to be guarded by them, the other tc have the same relation to Roman Catholics. The result as might have been expected that trouble has arisen and the matte. J&s been car ried into the courts in more than one province. In one province it seems that a tax payer could select which set of schools he would sup port. In another he must support the schools assigned to his church. It will be interesting to watch the outcome. + + + LAW and gospel are not usually supposed to be taught together. But a statement coming from Cumberland University Law School, at Lebanon, Tenn., shows that they are sometimes combined. Among the professors in that institution are two Rotable* men. One of them is Judge Nathan Green, who is now DO years old and has been teaching in that school for sixty years. The other is Judge A. B. Martin, who is 80 years old, and has held his professional chair for forty years. Both of these men are Presbyterians, and it is said that both, by their lives and by direct instruction they have taught the law of God, while they taught the civil law. It is not surprising, therefore, to hear it stated that this school has probably graduated more men who take a high stand as governors, judges and senators than any other law school in the country. No man has a well rounded education who has not been taught the law of God. + + + CHURCH SCHOOLS are not valued as they should be. Here is a testimony in regard to them that is well worth considering. The chaplain of the State prison at Auburn is a Methodist, and he makes this statement: "I have now been chaplain at the State prison at Auburn for six years. We have eighteen hun dred men in that prison. They are as fine and athletic a group as you can find. They are a bright bunch ; it would be difficult to find eight een hundred men who would come up to their standard in brain power. They are young men; the largest number of any one age is at the age of twenty-two. They are graduates of grammar schools, of high schools, of great universities and professional schools. There are a good many college men among them. I have made a diligent search in the records of those men and during these six years there has not been among the prisoners a single graduate of any Church college." If we had no other testimony is not this sufficient to prove two things, that every Christian should see that his boy or girl goes to a Church school and that the Church school ought to be well equipped and endowed. + + + DEPARTMENTS are necessary and desir able in the "make up" of a paper, and yet this arrangement has its disadvantages. Sometimes some good things of general in terest are placed in one of the special de partments because they belong there, and in this way they escape the attention of read ers who are not particularly interested in that department. Men will often find some reading for themselves in the Women's De partment. Those who do not attend Sunday schools will find some valuable and helpful articles in this department. And so it is with the others. Better read them all. ? + + THE question is sometimes asked why so few unconverted people attend church. Can it be that preachers are responsible for it ? There are some churches that insist upon hav ing a drawing preacher, one who will draw crowds to hear him preach. In most cases this results in a preacher that uses unusual means of some kind. *lle is apt to preach something else than the gospel. If he preaches the pure, simple gospel, it matters not how eloquently, he will get little publicity through the news papers, which are always ready to advertize the sensational. The preacher can do very lit tle himself in getting the unconverted to at tend church. He is only one man, and it is almost impossible for him to gain the close per sonal touch with many which will secure the interest that will assure their attendance. But suppose each one of the two or five hundred members of the church should try to influ ence just one unconverted person and get him to attend preaching as often as possible, what a different congregation most preachers would have to preach to. Under God's plan sinners will be converted by preaching, but how can the pastor preach to sinners who do not come to church? How can they be expected to come unless Christians go after them, just as a business man goes after a prospective cus tomer? According to reports for last year, it took an average of one hundred members of the church,, with all the help the preachers could give, to win seven souls for Christ. Christians, how is it going to be during the coming year? Begin by going after the un converted in real earnest and bringing them to hear the gospel. It can be done and you can do it. You do not need to be told how. God will help you. WAR! Can any word more terrible be found save sin, which is the cause of all war. When we think of the suffering, the agony, the desolation, the deaths, the sorrow, we shudder. We may not suffer as many other countries are from the immediate presence of battle, but dnless there is some merciful in terposition of Providence, which does not now seem probable, it will not be long before we will be feeling some of its terrors. Whatever plan the President may adopt, it is certain that our navy will be the first of our forces that will have to deal with the enemy. Let us not forget that our God is the God of battles, as He is the God of nations. So let us take the whole matter to Him in prayer, and let us especially pray for the protection of our sail ors and soldiers. + + + T11E COUNTRY CHURCH has many phy sicians ready to prescribe for its ailments. Rut the old time country doctor with his sad dlebags is not the one that most often offers his advice. We sometimes wonder how the pas tor of a large city church would go about put ting into operation in some small country church, situated in a thinly-settled community, the suggestions which he is sure will cure it of all of its ills and will make it a strong, active and growing church. The pastor of one of the largest city churches in this country, with a membership running up into the thousands, gives the program for Bible study in his church and says that it can be adapted to any church in city or country. Here are some of the fea lures of that program: "On Sunday morning at 8:45 Bible study begins. Throughout the day lessons are taught. The last lesson is about 10 o'clock Sunday night. Beginning Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock classes are taught from 2 until 4, and from 8 until 10. This is the pro gram every day except Saturday. In addition, from 3:30 to 4:30 P. M. every day, classes are open for public school, high school, and university pupils. The lay men and the good Bible women give Iheir time at least one day in the week to these classes. In addition, we have organized classes to be taught just before the prayer meeting. At C o'clock we have a worker's dinner, where one hundred or more of the workers assemble. At. 7 o'clock the Bible classes open. There are several classes taught in the church before the prayyr meeting hour. At 8 o'clock all the peo ple come into the prayer meeting service." What an admirable plan! But imagine it be ing tried in a small country church. We hear a great deal about training teachers for the Sunday-school. It might be well to establish a training school for writers and speakers on the country church. It is a question whether the small country church is not doing as good work in proportion to its numbers and means, a> many of the larger churches.