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SUGGESTIONS. By Miss C. L. Campbell. Brains and pains and prayer are an irresistible trinity. ? S. D. Gordon. # * ? ? * Already many enquiries are coming from earnest workers concerning the next Mission Study books. We aro glad to present this "last . word" on the subjoct. from the Aux iliary oflice in Atlanta. You will want to got them all, get them early, and then push the work. Write to Dr. S. L. Morris, Hurt Building, Atlanta, Ga., for Mome Mis sion helps, and write to Dr. John I. Armstrong, Nashville, Tenn., for For eign Mission helps, especially helps on Africa, and more especially the charts 011 Africa to be put up on the walls of your Sunday-school room. (These will not scar the walls; there is a de vice for pasting them up.) And be sure to get Mr. C. L. Crane's Questions on Africa, 10 cents, from Nashville. And did you know of those most holpful programs on Africa which Dr. Armstrong wants to give you, if you will only write for them? Foreign Mission Text-Books. An African Trail. By Miss Jean Mc Kenzie. Paper, $.35; cloth, $.55, postpaid. A graphic study of the Dark Continent. For use in wom an's classes only. The Lure of Africa. By Dr. Patton. Paper, $.40; cloth, $.60, postpaid. Suitable for use in mixed classes. Home Mission Text-Books. The Task That Challenges. By Dr. S. L. Morris, D. D. Paper, $.40; cloth, $.60, postpaid. A book dealing with the home mission problems of America. Missionary Mile Stones. By Margaret R. Seebach. Paper, $.40; cloth, $.60, postpaid. Sketches of the life and work of home mission workers. Books for Juniors. African Adventure**. By Miss Jean McKenzie. Paper, $.30; cloth, $.50, postpaid. A study of the African jungle and its children. Bearers of the Torch. By Katherine Crowell. Paper, $.30; cloth, $.50, postpaid. Home Missionary stories for young people. ? A MKSSAGE TO THE VIRGINIA SY NODICAL. If any worker In any society or Sunday-school wants to use the latest and moat helpful programs on Africa will you not let me know, or write Dr. J. I. Armstrong, Nashville, Tenn.? They are yours for the asking. Carrie Lee Campbell, 319 W. Grace Street, Richmond, Va., Syn. Sec. For. Missions. PAGEANT GIVEN BY THE WOMEN FOR THE NATIVE CONFER ENCE IN CONGO. It was called "A Parable of the Peo ple In Darkness" and adapted from a pageant seen by one of the ladles when in America. Ten "Kampai" girls dressed in the Camp Fire costume, made of raffia cloth, were the "Heralds of Light" and marched* down the center aisle of the large church shed singing "Praise Him" in the native language. Each held in her hands two candles and that part of the Bible which has been translated into the native tongue. When they formed a semi-circle In front of the assembled congregation, the missionaries representing the seven nations In which our churcn has work (and dressed in the cos tumes of these several countries) came in singing "We're Marching to Zion," and seated themselves in front of the "Heralds." Then as one of the missionaries gave a short talk about the religious conditions of each coun try, the woman representing that country would rise. Of course one of the native women represented Africa. Then they inearched off singing, "La bor On." Next ten girls from the Pantops Home came in singing "Tell Me the Old, Old Story." They were completely covered with a large dark mantle, representing the heathen seek ing for the Light. When they reach ed the "Heralds," each one was given a Bible and a lighted candle, while her mantle was thrown off. Together each "Herald" and her companion marched away singing "Lead, Kindly Light." Afterward came in a great company of "Heathen" singing "Tell Me the Old, Old Story" ? nearly a hundred little girls of the Pantops Home, dressed all in dark material ? but there were no more "Heralds" to greet them and they passed out still "clothed in darkness," unreached and unhelped. The choir sang "Go Ye Into All the World." A male quartet of missionaries sang the verses of "Stand Up for Jesus," while section after sec tion of the large choir responded with a chorus written especially for the occasion: "Stand up, our people; The people in darkness Have not yet heard that Jesus, that Jesus has come." ? Kasai Herald. LADIES' A1I> SOCIETY ORGANIZED AT COX'S CREEK. The women of Cox's Creek, Am herst county, Va., under the leader ship of Mrs. E. L. Dupuy, have organ ized a Woman's Society. They have the furtherance of God's work at heart and are very anxious to help where help is much needed right now in getting money enough to place some seats in our chapel after it is completed, which we hope will be very soon. They are at work on a quilt of a most attractive pattern ("basket"), full size, washable, made entirely of pink and white, and of the very best grade of durable, stout ma terial, with a view to wear. Their price for this quilt will be $10. Will anyone give them an order for it in help of such a worthy cause? It will be a quilt ent..-ely suitable for "best company." If more than one order is sent them, the members will fill it with another one of exactly the same kind and quality. Please address letters care of Mrs. Edw. L. Dupuy, Tyro, Nelson county, Va. ? Home Mission Messenger. The Executive Committee of the Woman's Auxiliary of Lexington Pres bytery will hold a meeting in the par lors of the First church, Staunton. Va., at 10 A. M., on May 2d, and will go from there by automobile to MoBsy Creek to attend the annual meeting. Any delegates desiring to go by auto from Staunton directly to the church at Mossy Creek may do so for $1.25. Please notify the undersigned. Irene Haislip, Sec., Staunton, Va. South Carolina Presbyter la I Auxil iary met at Greenwood. S. C., April 10-11. At this meeting, which is the eighteenth of the Presbyterial, there yere present thirty-flve repre sentatives, seven officers and four vis itors. Devotional services were con ducted by Miss Mary Giles. The nar rative reports showed much encourage meat. The twenty-six women's socie ties, with a total membership of 683, have contributed $4,750. Mrs. M. B. Grier, of China, and Mrs. S. P. Fulton, of Japan, were present and added much to the occasion. Six societies reached the standard of excellence. An invitation was extended from Lau rens church and was accepted for 1918. Hurmoiiy Pre* byte rial Auxiliary held its eleventh annual meeting in the Sardinia church April 16-1 8th, with Mrs. N. Y. Alford, of Wisachy, as president. Much interest was man ifested and the attendance was good. The efficient secretary, Miss Bettie Ay cock, had her charts displayed so that each delegate and visitor could see at a glance just how much or how little the different societies had accom plished during the past year. Mon day evening after the devotional by the pastor. Rev. J. N. McCord, the mis sionary pageant, "Christ in America," was presented by the girls and young ladies of Sardinia. Tuesday we had the very great privilege of having with us Mrs. S. P. Fulton, of Kobe, Japan, who gave quite a full ac count of the work there. Mrs. B. R. Thornbury, of Atlanta, Ga., addressed the Presbyterial on mission study work, also bringing a message from Mrs. Winsborough. Mrs. Andrew Bramlett, from Clem son College, our enthusiastic presi dent of the Synodical, brought in her very attractive manner a message from the Synodical. The devotionals conducted by these splendid ladies were very impressive. Mrs. Li. L. Leg ters, of Bishopville, spoke to the ladies of the Presbyterial on the Woman's Auxiliary, giving many facts and out lining the work by the use of the tri angle, all of which was most helpful. Tuesday evening a large audience heard a most excellent discourse from the Rev. H. R. Murchison, of Lancas ter, on the Prayer Life. Wednesday the narratives from societies were read and each delegate caught some new idea to carry home to her so ciety. Just before the closing hour the president asked the question, "How has this Presbyterial helped you?" Many responses were given, after which Rev. J. N. McCord, the pastor, offered the closing prayer. Sardinia society, church and town feel that many blessings will come as a result of this meeting. The next place of meeting is Waynesville. CONGARKK PRESliYTERIAL. Congaree Presbyterial met in the Aiken church, April 11-12. On Wednesday reports from dele gates and officers of the Presbyterial were heard, and that evening an ear nest .address was made by Mrs. S. P. Fulton, of our Japan Mission. On Thursday morning, Mrs. Bram lett, president of South Carolina Sy nodical, brought a spiritual message from that body to the Presbyterial. Also, Mrs. Thornbury, of Atlanta, spoke in an interesting and inspiring manner on mission study. Though this Presbyterial is only two years old, It has undertaken the support of Miss Marchant, of the East Brazil Mission, as its portion of the foreign mission work. A delightful letter from Miss Marchant to the Presbyterial was received and read at this meeting. The reports from all phases of work show improvement ove^ last year. The ladies of the church served a beautiful luncheon at the manse on Thursday in honor of the visiting offi cers and delegates. The next place of meeting will be Edgefield. The election of officers for the en suing year resulted as follows: Presi dent, Mrs. W. F. Madden, Columbia, S. C.; first vice-president, Mrs. Finley Henderson, Aiken, S. C.; second vice president, Mrs. J. B. Zemp, Camden, S. C.; recording secretary, Mrs. N. G. Gonzales, Columbia, S. C.; treasurer, Miss Cora Richey, Camden, S. C.; secretary Christian Education, Mrs. J. O. Reavis, Columbia, S. C.; secretary Assembly's Home Missions, Mrs. J. B. Wallace, Camden, S. C. ; secretary Foreign Missions, Mrs. O. Y. Owings, Columbia, S. C.; secretary literature, Miss Margaret Yarborough, Betbune, S. C.; secretary Young People's Work, Miss Celia Gray, Columbia, S. C.; secretary Home Missions, Mrs. J. M. Forbis, Bothune, S. C. Mrs. N. G. Gonzales, Secretary. KEEP UP WITH THE BOYS. By special invitation, the State Y. M. C. A. has recently laid before the State Sunday-School Convention a statement of our system for following up and helping boys who leave home and go out to begin life for them selves. The importance of safeguard ing the boys at this critical time in life so impressed the Sunday-school authorities that they have decided to unite with us in this work. Our Richmond headquarters' offices will be used as a clearing-house, to which information should be sent whenever a boy or young man leaves your school or community. One person in your school should be definitely selected to handle this work, and if his name is sent us we will send a supply of blanks to be used in reporting removals. This service is designed to help keep our boys and young men in touch with the Church, Sunday-school and Y. M. C. A. in their new homes. Address State Y. M. C. A., 402 Chamber of Commerce Building, Richmond, Va. MONTREAT. Montreat seems most appropriately named at this time when the country is so unsettled and disturbed. All of its attractions seem doubly sweet in its calm tranquillity while the country without is surging in its restless move ment. The flowers are beginning to bloom, the birds are singing their sweet songs and the great forest is budding with life, the brooks are rip pling down the mountain with merry laughter, and the balmy air full of ozone is bringing rest and strength to the weary. If you wish to spend a restful June in one of the most beautiful spots on earth, we would suggest that you come to Montreat. Many who were here last summer will naturally remember the place as they left it, torn and scarred by the flood, but those who come this season will find it in a better condition than before. The lake, roads, bridges, walks, water and sewer lines have all been restored and put In better con dition than they were before the heavy rains of last season. Some will re member that there were leaks in the Alba Hatel last summer, but this will not be the case during the coming sea son. Practically a new roofing will be upon the buildings, and other im provements will be made about the grounds. Those who-wlsh to spend a delight ful month and to see Montreat In its real beauty and to appreciate its natu ral charms should plan to come about the 10th of June. At which time the great mountains seem to be on dress parade, adorned with a rich profu sion ot the brilliant colors of the wild flowers; the air is fragrant with their sweet odors; and the natural charms of thf* Montreat grounds are unsur passed . R. C. Anderson, President. Habit is a cable; We spin a thread of It every day, And at last we cannot break it.