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moret, woman!" The wife put her finger to her lips. But Di Vilta was wrong. The to bacco concern could not do such a thing as he had spoken of, on the pub lic square, and right after Princess Pat had given the flowers. But, as he had first understood, when the sol diers reached the station there the cigarettes were presented. Pietro got his box in his turn,,and as soon as it reached his hand, and he saw what it was, he dropped it on the floor and stepped on it. "No use for that!" he said in his best French to the man next him. "Fool! Why didn't you give 'em to me?" the other man said sharply. "I smoke." "Insulting to give us such things!" Pietro said. "Think so?" was his companion's reply. "Too good! What you say about what the ministers distributed to us ? English Testaments!" "I read English," Pietro said. "What of it?" He read the little red book on the voyage. The other soldiers smoked the cigarettes. When he wrote to his sister he told her of this. Mrs. Di Vilta did so want to tell the neigh bors about it, but as before her hus band cautioned her. It was not known among the Italians that Pietro had gone into the army. But they came to know it. Nearly a year had passed since the Princess Pat s Own had left. Italy had gone into the war. The reservists of the Class of Sedica (sixteen) were called all In due time and orde*-, and one day there came a long, buff envelope from the consular agency, calling Pie tro Vilmora to the colors. Mrs. Di Vilta received it, and she and her hus band >were embarrassed. They remailed it, under new cover, to Private Pierre Vilmoret, who was "somewhere in France." "Somewhere in France," at the front, in the trenches, the soldier was distinguishing himself by his loyalty, when the call reached his hands. What should he do? What was his duty? He was in a dilemhia. More than twenty-four hours passed before he decided on what was to be done. Then he went to his captain. "Captain Le Claire." "Private Vilmoret." "You read Italian, Captain?" "Yes." He handed him the call. The cap tain read it. "And who is the Pietro Vilmora?" he asked. Myself," Pietro answered. Then he explained how it was that he was in the army as a French-Ca nadian. Wanted to fight, and afraid you wouldn't have a chance to go as an Italian!" the captain said. "Yes." "What about this call? Nothing to you now, is it?" the captain asked. "Captain Le Claire." "Yes, Private Vilmoret." "Can I, may I, in some way be ? transferred?" 'To the Italian army?' ' "Captain Le Claire, yes. To the Alpini, to which I am called In my regular class?" The captain took his scissors and cut the red tape, and the commanding general removed It entirely. So in October, 1916, Private Pierre Vilmo ret from the Canadian contingent "somewhere. _in France," went to his Place in the Alpini, in the Italian army. An unusual incident. I will tell you my best reason," Pietro wrote home to his sister. "1 knew that In our own army are many who are Chrlstless. It is up to me to go to them, with my Christ, and in his name." Hartford, Conn. OUR SOUTHERN LAND. The field of our Church extends from Maryland to Texas, from Mis souri to Florida, embracing seventeen States. This section, comprising about one-third the area of the United States, has a population of about 36,000,000, one-third the total popu lation of our country. Of these 36,000,000, only about 13, 000,000 are members of any Church, leaving about 23,000,000 people, in cluding children, without Church con nection. Some of these unchurched people are found among the 4,000,000 moun taineers. 4,000,000 non-English speaking people, 9,000,000 negroes, and 100,000 Indians in our Southern land. The agency appointed by our Church to bring the gospel to these God-needing people, is the Executive Committee of Home Missions. This Committee sends out evangelists, min isters and teachers, and maintains or assists in the support of schools, or phanages, hospitals and settlements. To this cause, with its 63 2 work ers, who preach and teach the word of God to twelve different nationali ties, our Sabbath schools, by direc tion of the General Assembly, are asked to contribute in June. We cannot neglect this work with out being untrue to our Lord, whose love and care embraced the little chil dren, and to whom as to all every where, in all the world, he com manded: "Go, preach!" "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." Special literature for the occasion, with suggestions for presenting the work in an interesting way, will be sent all superintendents. Our superintendents and teachers are asked to co-operate with the Com mittee in observing Home Mission Day in Juno in an impressive way, and in making an offering worthy such a great and important cause. For further information, address: The Executive Committee of Home Missions, Presbyterian Church, U. S., 1522 Hurt Building, Atlanta, Ga. TRANSYLVANIA. The Presbytery of Transylvania met in Springfield, Ky., April 24, and was opened with a sermon by Rev. W. T. Overstreet. Officers: Rev. E. M. Green, modera tor, and Rev. W. M. Eldridge, tempo rary clerk. Licensed: Mr. Joseph Hopper, of the Stanford church, and Mr. W. B. Guerrant, of the Danville church, both of the graduating class of Louisville Seminary, were licensed as probation ers for the gospel ministry. Home Missions: On the resignation of Prof. C. G. Crooks as chairman and treasurer of the Presbytery's Commit tee on Home Missions, Rev. Bunyan McLeod was appointed chairman and Elder G. VV. Edwards, of Harrodsburg, treasurer. Overture to the Assembly: A paper offered by Prof. McAllister was adopt ed, urging the churches, in view of the increasing expenses of living, to make more "liberal provision for the support of their pastors; and an over ture was sent to the Assembly asking that the Presbyteries be requested to take action on this matter. Conference on Stewardship: The chairman of the Presbytery's Commit tee on Systematic Beneficence was ap pointed to attend the Conference on Stewardship at Montreat next sum mer, and arrangements were made for the payment of his expenses. Organic Union: In view of the re cent movement originating outside of our own Church to influence the Gen eral Assembly to take steps looking to union between the Southern and tli e Northern Presbyterian Churches, a resolution was unanimously adopted overturing the Assembly to take no action in the matter, believing the time inopportune for so doing. Next meeting will be held in Bethel church, September 25. E. M. Green, S. C. CENTRAL. TEXAS. The Presbytery of Central Texas met in Unity church, Turnersville, April 17, and was opened by a sermon from Rev. J. S. Sleeper, the modera tor. Present in all, twenty-three of the thirty-two ministers and twenty of the thirty-nine churches repre sented. A call from Temple church for the pastoral services of Rev. L. E. Self ridge was presented and the church given permission to prosecute the same before the Presbytery of Bra zos. A communication in regard to organic union with the Church U. S. A. was read from the moderator of New York Presbytery, and thanks ex pressed for the same. Rev. J. A. Black was received from the Presbytery of Western Teras. Candidates E. S. Sansom and W. H. Foster were examined and licensed to preach the gospel. Arrangements were made for commissions to ordain both these young men ? Foster at Robin son, May 27, and Sansom at Clifton, Juue 24. - Taylor church was received from the Presbytery of Austin, U. S. A., and their representative enrolled. Zion church was transferred to Austin Pres bytery, U. S. A. The following pastoral relations were dissolved by mutual consent: Rev. John MacWilliams as missionary pastor of Cameron church; Rev. R. G. Davis and Rosebud; Rev. P. II. Bur ney and Unity church. The latter granted permission to labor without the bounds of Presbytery until the fall meeting. Lott church was allowed to change the terms of its pastoral call from two to three Sabbaths a month with an increased salary. The usual reports of permanent committees on the Assembly's causes were made, and as a whole were very encouraging. Mr. A. L. Randell, chairman of Synod's Executive Committee on Schools and Colleges, addressed the Presbytery, and suitable action was taken, in which each minister is re quested to preaehm on Christian Edu cation, emphasizing the great impor tance of the present situation. The Austin Presbyterian Sanitarium was taken under the care of the Pres bytery, with the understanding that the Presbytery assumes no financial obligation whatever in its mainte nance. Trustees were appointed as follows: For three years ? Rev. R. W. Jopling, Rev. W. R. Minter, Rev. T. W. Currie. For two years ? Dr. R. L. Scott, Rev. R. F. Grlbble, J. A. Thompson. For one year ? Messrs. J. B. Cavltt, J. T. Cooper and Charles H. Yoe. Commissions were appointed to in stall the following: Rev. John Mac Williams and Maysfield church, June 10; Rev. James F. Hardie and Taylor church, May 13; Rev. E. B. Paisley and Bartlett church, May 13; Rev. J. A. Black and Mart church, May 3, at 8 P. M.; Licentiate E. S. Sansom to be ordained and installed at Clifton church June 24. The chairmen of these several commissions have been duly notified. A conference was held on Evangel ism and Stewardship. The Presby tery has a standing rule to hold such a conference at each regular meeting. Each minister is requested to have a typewritten copy -for file of the Pres bytery, giving a brief sketch of his life and labors. An adjourned meeting was ordered to be held in the Temple church June 6, at 8 P. M. This was pronounced one of the best meetings of Presbytery ever held. A most hearty vote of thanks was ten dered the members of the Unity church and the people of Turnersvllle. M. C. Hutton, Stated Clerk. MACON. The 121st session of the Presbytery was held in the Sylvester church. Rev. R. S. Sanders preached the open ing sermon from the text Acts 20:26, "The Church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood." Rev. L. W. Curtis was elected mod erator. Sixteen ministers and twenty six representatives of churches were present. Rev. F. D. Rood was re ceived from the Presbytery of Augusta and a commission appointed to install hm pastor of Jeff Davs Street church. Licenitate F. M. Grissott was or dained as an evangelist with a view to the foreign field. A new church at Arlington was en rolled and a commission appointed to install Rev. W. P. McElroy as pas tor. Wednesday was given over by Pres bytery to the deacons who had gath ered about thirty strong. Mr. Robert Robinson, of Sylvester, Mr. Frank Rogers, of Macon First, Mr. W. H. Tolbert, of Rose Hill, Mr. A. J. Har ris, of Americus First, and Mr. M. C. Huie, of Albany, were announced to the Presbytery as a committee of the deacons to prepare in connection with the stated clerk a progrom for a Joint conference next year in accordance with a resolution offered by W. C. Vereen. Ministers, Elders and Deacons' Con ference. "Inasmuch as Macon Presbytery realizes the value to the Presbytery and to the Church at large of a joint conference of ministers, Elders and deacons, the Presbytery requests that every church within its bounds send as many of its deacons to the fall meeting of Presbytery as possible. That the afternoon of the second day of the fall meeting of Presbytery be set aside for this conference. That the stated clerk in connection with the committee of deacons, prepare a suit able program for this conference. In accordance with the report of the committee appointed to investigate the rumors concerning the good name of Rev. P. C. Morgan, to the effect that "we find that rumors charging the Rev. P. C. Morgan with dishonesty and untruthfulness have sufficient ba sis to justify judicial procedure on the part of the Presbytery as per para graph 162 of our Book of Church Or der, which reads as follows: 'If shch investigations, however originating, should result in raising a strong pre sumption of the guilt of the party involved, the court shall institute pro cess and shall appoint a prosecutor to prepare the indictment and to con duct the case.' " The Presbytery ap pointed Rev. E. M. Craig as prosecu tor. The following Judicial Commit tee was named: I. S. McElroy, S. L. Morris, W. C. Vereen, H. T. Mcintosh, F. M. Craig. T. K. Currie and R. L. Anderson. Homo Missions: The following re commendations were adopted: 1.