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SUGGESTIONS. By Miss C. L. Campbell. "Harvest, plenteous, laborers ? few; pray ye therefore." ? Jesus Christ. Five Missionary Minutes ? Africa. When all the Church is studying Africa in April, it will be easy to find material to give your Sunday-school, and so start them early on the study of Africa ? our theme for 1917 ? ac cording to "The Seven Year Plan." First, write to Dr. John I. Arm strong. of Nashville, for the splendid new chart, inspiring the study of Af rica (this for a small price) and have this much in evidence in your Sunday school assembly room; or have two pupils come forward and put it up at the time. If you have kept your "Onwards" you will find in the copy dated March 13, 1913, a splendid picture of Liv ingstone. Frame this, conceal behind a veil, and have a formal unveiling, the veil being slbwly drawn by two pupils, as some one with clear voice reads Livingstone's own words: "May heaven's richest blessing come down on every one, American, English, or Turk, who will help to heal this open sore of the world." Hang over this picture a Congo flag. Have these statistics copied large and clear, and call attention from Sunday to Sunday to such facts as you '?an plan to emphasize effectively. (A cheap white window shade makes a very satisfying foundation for these statistics.) Africa. (Our work began in Africa In 1891.) Population of our field .... 1,810,000 Missionaries 50 Children of missionaries ... 6 Native workers (555 Out stations, places of reg lar meeting 225 Organized congregations ... 5 Communicants 13,216 Additions in 1915 1,204 Christian constituency .... 86,000 Sabbath schools 184 Sabbath school membership 15,091 Schools ^79 Students 7,965 Income from native sources (francs, 826) $165 Native students for the min istry 58 Medical: 4 physicians, 3 trained nurses, 1 hospital plant, 4 dispensa ries, 500 in patients, 84,000 out pa tients. Literary: 1 printing establishment, 490,100 pages printed. 1,700 Scripture portions, 18,473 other bodks. Add in clear letters: Will you help increase these numbers this year? Have somebody read: "The most interesting thing in Africa is the n'iti\e himself; the more I see of him and study him the more I respect him. f I had a thousand tongues and each them were inspired by the gifts of he prophets of old, all should be dedi cated to pleading for this people." ? Bishop j. C. Hartzell. Por another Sunday have in full ew "le map of Africa with our four '?ntral stations marked: Luebo, Bu 'apei LuRambo, Mutoto, and teH the ,rU5Ul 9tory of Mrs- Morrison's hp6 Mutoto," as the natives named ? From Presbyterian Book House. Richmond.) tho>n th'8 map ? a" ar?und, because re are so many available? have the t?r? ? C?me ,orward and pin up plc frnm ?i ?,,r Congo missionaries; these old Surveys, or from the editor. (Anri for 15 cents a sheet. lookln' 1 1 yOU Gver notlc? how good g heBe Congo missionaries are ? all of them?) It might help to make these names household words, to having two or three pupils repeat In concert this Roll of Honor. Morrison, Martin, Fair, let us sing; Washburn, Wharton, Coppedge and King: Arnold and Sieg, Stixrud and Crane; Then we sing Vinson, And Fearing's long reign. Do Yampert and Wilds, Allen and others, Kellersberger. Schlotter. Our far away brothers: McElroy, Daumery. Bedinger, Miller; Then comes the Smith, And Hillhouse the tiller; Edmiston, Rochester, Cleveland, Stegall; McKee and McKinnon ? Cod bless 'em all. Should any leader of a society find a usable thought in these suggestions, try this for your invitations to the meeting. Get blank tissue paper and cut maps of Africa about four inches long; you can cut ten or more at one time, by folding the paper. If you have time, cut four small holes to show the posi tion of our four stations. Paste these maps on sheets of note paper, and write, "Come, Monday, April 16th, at 4, and help lighten this dark conti nent." Mall these to your members; or, with your pastor's consent, put them into the hymn books in the pews in such a way that they must be seen. If you can secure someone who will sympathetically recite this story and poem, by Rev. Samuel Glasgow, It will carry its own message. How Long Must We Waft? (Rev. George T. McKee, of Africa, recites the moving incident of a seeker after a teacher for his distant village who, when thrice refused, there being none to send, cried out in his broken heartedness, in response to the an swer, "You must wait;" "How Long Must We Wait? Oh, teacher, ask the white man in your land, 'How Long Must We Wait?' ") Thrice we have plead for the cup of life, Years we have waited in sin's sad strife, In darkness groped, sad misery's mate. How long. How Long Must We Walt? You know the goodness of God mani fold. Centuries have brought you their grace untold. Peace and a hope, with no fear of fate, But We How Long Must WE Walt? Our children know nought of the Sav iour's love "Suffer the little ones to meet me above" As with arms outstretched he stands at the gate, How long, How Long Must They Walt? And the aged totter and Teel for the friend And the shadows lengthen that bring the end, The sun is sinking, 'tis growing late. * How long, How Long Must They Wait? Lo! The darkened faces merge to one. On Afric's shore stands the Risen Son, Who with pierced palms outstretched to us And with tender tones that hear wo must, Says. "The darkness gathers, 'tis growing late. How long. How Long Must I Wait?" MRN8AGE TO VIRGINIA 8Y NODI CAL. It would help very much in shaping the work of my office if all local and Presbyterial secretaries of Foreign Missions would think out and put into writing just what seems the chief dif ficulties and discouragements in their work. Bring these to your Presbyterial that they may be discussed and, if possible, cleared up. There is help for your work, and together we will try to find it. Carrie Lee Campbell, Syn. Sec. For. Missions, 319 West Grace Street, Richmond, Va. Woman's Presbyterial of Dallas Presbytery will meet in the First church, Dallas, April 11th, 12th and 13tli, the opening service to be held on Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock, April 11th. A splendid program has been prepared and all societies are urged to have representatives present. Please promptly notify Mrs. E. C. Scott, chairman, 4029 Hall St., Dal las, the names of your representatives and the time of their arrival. Any society not belonging to the Presby terial should be represented and should join. Mrs. Wm. Fred Galbraith, Secretary. The Texas Presbyterials will meet on the following dates, the meetings will be visited by the Synodical presi dent, Mrs. Chris. G. Dulinig, of San Antonia, and a missionary from the foreign field: Western Texas ? San Marcos, April 3-4. Central Texas ? Llano, April 5-6. Fort Worth ? Cleburne, April 10-11. Dallas ? Dallas, April 12-13. Eastern Texas ? Rush, April 17-18. Paris ? Greenville, April 19-20. Brownwood ? San Angelo, April 24 25. Brazos ? Houston, April 26-27. El Paso ? Carlsbad, N. Mex., May 2-3. Mrs. Elizabeth Wilcox, Secretary. Harmony Presbyterial Auxiliary meet April 16th, 17th, 18th, at Sar dinia, S. C. The first session will be held Immediately after the arrival ol the morning train. Each society is earnestly requested to send representatives; names should be sent at once to Mrs. J. W. McCurd, Sardinia, S. C. Churches not having societies are invited to send represen tatives also. Mrs. Bramlett, Synodi cal president, will be with us. Miss Bettle Aycock, Rec. Sec. THE LADY AND THE WEATHER MAN. A Dialogue. By Mrs. Mary Hoge Wardlaw. "Oh. Mr. Weather Man, dear Mt. Weather Man, Can you work a miracle? pull your wits together, more! Grant this petition, asked in all so Friend Make us a day of a brand-new variety. Not too cold or wet. Too windy or too wild; Not too warm, nor yet Too inviting and mild. A day fit (or naught save our Mission Society." "Oh, Lady, Lady! truly you astonish me. Whence gave your right of my duty to admonish me? Take it all in all, you can't be said to flatter, ma'am. Days to your liking I've done my best to scatter, ma'am. Sunny days and sweet, Cool days and clear; Days that might compete With Heaven's atmosphere. Yet you come complaining! Tell me what's the matter, ma'am." "Ah, Mr. Weather Man, don't misun derstand me so! With base ingratitude, how can you brand me so? I'll state the case again, and try to be explicit, sir. We need those lovely days, to garden, ride and visit, sir. They're too good to spend * On Missions ? there's the rub The worst days you send Can't keep us from the Club. Rut the Mission Meeting! ? for a cloud we'd miss it, sir." "Lady, alas! there's nothing I can do for you. Heaven's power alone can make your wish come true for you; Heaven's grace apply tho cure for your anxiety. Not a special Day, but only special piety. The change must begin. Past all shadow of doubt. With the weather within, Then the weather without Will always be right for your Mission Society." Bell Buckle, Tenn. WHAT THREE JAPANESE MAIDS DREAMED. In 1871 five little girls, clad In kimonos of silk crepe and wearing the bright ornaments of girlhood in their hair, left the land of their birth to study in America. They were tiny tots, and only three of them stayed in America for any length of time. Those three became great friends, be ing the only little maids of their race in America, and, thanks to the way everything in Japan centers in Tokyo, they still see much of one another in the capital of their native land. Once, when these small girls were lonely for their homes in Chrysanthe mum Land, they fell to making wishes. One said, "I want to marry for love, according to the American fashion." She met a young Annapo lis naval officer from her country, and her wish came true. She is Raroness Uriu, whose husband has retired from an honored career which led up to his being Admiral. She lost a son in the Russian War. Another said, "I want to be a fine lady of power." She returned home and is to-day the wife of one of the much-maligned Genro,, a man who won fame an commander-in-chief of the Manchurian army in the Russian War, in which she also lost a son. Princess Oyama had her wish. The third had been the daughter of a farmer and had left her native land when only six years old. She had a wish which I think was the nicest of all. She said, "I don't want to get married. I want to help the girls of Japan to become noble women through careful education." Miss Pine Tsuda is seeing her wish come true with the passing of each day. When I spoke to her about her wish to benefit the women of Japan, she said, "That was really the wish of all of us. Rut It has been my work.