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Entered as aeoond-class matter, June IA, 1010,
at the post-office at Richmond, Va., under th* a*t
of March 3. 1879.
Hui?|i?leii-Nicliu\v College: At a re
cent meeting the Board of Trustees
decided to shorten the session and
eliminate almost all of the usual com
mencement features in view of the
present war situation. Examinations
will end on May 31st, and very brief
graduating exercises will he held in
Mcllwaine chapel that evening. In
omitting the elaborate program that
customarily marks the conclusion of
the college session, the board has en
deavored to be in accord with the sug
gestion of President Wilson as to sim
plifying all public functions.
Since the message to Congress was
delivered on April 2d the students
have been engaged in daily drill, and
have made rapid progress in their
grasp of military tactics. Every stu
dent in college signed an agreement
to do this work and at a competitive
drill just held between the two stu
dent companies both acquitted them
selves with high credit. Company B.
under the command of student Cap
tain E. T. Neal, of Richmond, won the
honors of the day.
All of the members of the senior
class, save one, are of military age.
Quite a large number of the lower
classmen are also subject to the Gov
ernment's call. A large proportion of
the students will go to the farm after
the session closes and will thus en
deavor to "do their bit" in the cam
paign for national preparedness.
Cadet Captain W. M. Ellingsworth
and Cadet Captain Sergeant W. R.
Williams, of Richmond, were, by the
courtesy of the V. P. I. authorities,
detailed t.o take charge of the mili
tary training here and have proven
most skilful and acceptable.
Br<?okneal: Rev. B. F. Bedinger,
evangelist of Roanoke Presbytery,
conducted a meeting here beginning
the first Sunday and continuing
through the second Sunday of May.
A great deal of interest was manifest
from the very beginning. A cold rain
fell for two or three days, yet a good
crowd was present at each service.
Mr. Bedinger preached the word with
his usual simplicity and power, and
we feel that his stay with us has
strengthened us and given us new zeal
and courage in the Master's work.
The communion of the Lord's Supper
was celebrated last Sunday, at which
time four were received on profession
of faith and one on statement from
the B&ptUt church.
Chiirrliville: Lochwillow and Union,
Kov. William C. White, pastor, will
have as assistant for the summer
months Rev. W. Emmet Davis, of
Salters, S. C.
Mr. Davis has spent two summers
already In this work, and both pas
tor and people will welcome him back.
Preparations are going 011 for the cen
tennial celebration on July 29tli of
Old Union church.
Olivet: Rev. W. W. Sprouse was
installed at this church 011 the even
ing of May 3rd. Rev. A. M. Fraser,
D. D., presiding and preaching the
sermon; Rev. William C. White charg
ing the pastor and making the prayer;
Rev. D. K. Walthall, D. D., charging
A large congregation was gathored
for the occasion, enjoyed the services,
which were very appropriate, and giv
ing the new pastor a very cordial wel
1/exiiigton: Sunday morning, May
20th, the session held a meeting, pro
sided over by the assistant pastor.
Rev. James N. Montgomery, as the
senior pastor. Rev. Dr. A. T. Graham,
is attending the General Assembly in
Birmingham. A student of Washing
ton and Lee University was received
by the session on examination, and
afterwards, at the morning session,
made his public profession, and re
ceived the ordinance of baptism.
The pulpit was occupied in the
morning by Mr. Montgomery, and at
night by Dr. Henry Louis Smith, presi
dent of Washington and Lee Univer
sity. A. H.
ItirmiiiKhiun: Thirty-fifth Avenue
church is located in North- Birming
ham, Ala. The present supply is Rev.
G. W. Tollett. He has been here less
than one year, during which time he
has met with the sad loss of his wife.
The field is one that has had many and
still has some features of peculiar dif
ficulties, but it is one of great promise
and is beginning to yield encouraging
results. During our meeting we did
much house to house and personal
work; visiting sixty-five homes and
many places of business, having a
word of prayer in almost every home
where we went. The attendance and
interest were most encouraging as
well as the visible results. Some
promised to erect family altars; many
pledged themselves to better lives. Sev
eral declared "their purpose to unite
with other churches. We received
seventeen members into our church,
all of whom were heads of families
except three. There were twenty-eight
children dedicated to God in baptism.
Six officers were elected, ordained and
installed, viz., as elders, Walter Aslin
and T. C. Park; and as deacons, W. J.
King. J. W. Godwin, G. L. Lyda' and
Fred. Hennigan. The sum of $35.81
waa raised for all purposes. The sum
of $249.60 was pledged towards an in
crease of the minister's salary. They
have a most active Ladies' Aid Society,
a good Sunday-school and Young Peo
Wm. H. Richardson.
At the request of the Home Mis
sions Committee of Holston Presby
tery, the Home Missions Committee
of the Synod of Appalachla directed
me as evangelist to give my time for
six months to Holston Presbytery, in
order to get the Home Mission work
organized and systematized. Since
Aprfl the first I have been working on
this problem, and am glad to say that
the Home Mission churches which I
have visited have increased $1,600 in
pastoral support, so that we now have
arranged three pastorates, and are
looking for men to supply them. They
ara: 1st. Newport, Tenn., salary
$1,000.00, and tlicy want a man for
whole time. 2nd. Four churches.
Spruce Pine, Grassey Creek, Newdale
and Vian's Valley, in Mitchell and
Yancey Counties, N. C., salary
$1>85.00, and 3rd, Meadow Creek,
Leesburg and Rheatown churches in
Tennessee, salary $1,170, and nice
manse with five acres of land attach
ed. This is* an all country group and
offers a desirable field for a man who
wants to live in the country, and is
willing and able to do active work. A
good many churches are yet to be
visited and 1 shall hold meetings at
as many places as possible during the
Frank D. Hunt,
Presbytery of Atlanta will meet in
adjourned session in the Central
church of Atlanta Tuesday, June 5th,
at 1 1 A. M. Important business. A
full attendance is desirable.
W. A. Murray, S. C.
Atlanta: The great lire of Atlanta
last week swept through the congre
gation of the Westminster Presby
terian church, destroying perhaps
three-fourths of the homes of the
members of this church. The fire
swept through with such rapidity that
few household goods were saved. The
Westminster Presbyterian church and
manse were entirely destroyed. The
pastor, Rev. A. A. Little, lost all of his
books save his study Bible. He also
saved a few pieces of household fur
On the very night of the fire he took
steps to secure a tent and seating,
which was placed at once on the
spacious grounds of the church. Sun
day-school and church were held on
Sunday morning, as usual.
With the usual Atlanta spirit, the
people are preparing to rebuild their
homes, and in a few months no doubt
many of the people will be living in
their accustomed places. The church
is looking forward very hopefully to
a large Influx of new people, who will
no doubt come in as soon as the
houses are rebuilt.
The people are full of gratitude
to the Almighty God that there were
no casualties save one among the
thousands of people who were made
homeless, and are also grateful to the
thousands of friends, in the city of
Atlanta and outside, who have ex
pressed their sympathy both by words
Ail the other churches in this dis
trict of the city, of the Methodist and
Baptist faiths, were burned and their
Rev. W. H. Wiley, Superintendent
of Evangelism for the General Assem
bly, and Rev. John Goff, evangelist for
Atlanta Presbytery, lost their house
hold effects and their libraries.
A. A. Little.
Muscogee and Milton: Dr. William
E. Mcllwaine, the evangelist of
Florida Presbytery, has just been with
me in a series of services in these
churches. Much good was accom
plished in revival of members, and a
number of accessions. At Muscogee,
one young man signified his willing
ness to become a candidate for the
ministry. Dr. Mcllwaine's preaching
Is of a high order, plain, practicable
and convincing. His splendid ser
mons were enjoyed by all. The
churches of this Presbytery that fail
to secure his services will miss a rare
and most excellent opportunity. Those
who wish him may write Dr. A. S.
W. F. Harris,
Jackson, Ouerrant Memorial: On
Sunday, the 13th, the Guerrant Me
morial Presbyterian church was for
mally opened. However, it was not
dedicated. It is hoped that in the
not far distant future this may be
done, but not until the entire debt
has been subscribed. The first ser
vice to be held was a sunrise prayer
meeting, conducted by Mr. Thomas B.
Talbot, Home Mission secretary of
West Lexington Presbytery. This was
a most impressivo and beautiful ser
vice. Dr. William Cumming, of Win
chester, Ky., an old friend of Dr.
Guerrant's and pastor of a church
of which one son is a member, preach
ed the opening sermon. This was
largely attended and said to be one
of the best sermonB ever heard here.
In the afternoon, Mr. Horace Taylor,
socretary of Morgan's Men in Ken
tucky, of which Dr. Guerrant was a
member, conducted a memorial ser
vice. There were many beautiful
tributes paid this great lover of the
mountain people by men who knew
him best. Morgan's men are giving
the new church their beautiful pews,
while the U. D. C.'s of Kentucky are
giving the pulpit furniture. Miss
Kitty McMullen, of China, spoke at
the the Christian Endeavor meeting
in the evening and at the Sunday
school service. This was greatly en
joyed. The evening service was
greatly attended and the hearers
deeply impressed by the sermon of
Rev. A. H. Doak, pastor of Dr. Guer
rant's home church at Wllmore, Ky.
There were a number of out-of-town
visitors. The church has been greatly
admired, and a cut will be sliown
in the next issue of this paper.
Those who responded to the invita
tions by gifts of money we wish to
thank, and those who during the erec
tion of this church have given so lib
erally and cheerfully we heartily
thank. There Is still a debt of several
hundred dollars, and any who wish
to contribute may feel sure their gifts
will be appreciated. This church will
ever perpetuate the memory of its
founder by being of great service in
this wide home mission field.
Ackerman: The people of Acker
man have enjoyed the privilege of
hearing the Rev. John Wood, of Uma
tlllo, Fla., in a ten-days' series of
services, closing May 20th. Rev. Mr.
Wood is a forceful preacher. The
truth was presented in clear, plain
language so that every person mignt
get a lesson for everyday life. Those
who attended regularly and prayer
fully received great blessings and re
newed strength for their Christian
life. Mr. Wood and the local pastor,
Rev. H. S. Henderson, are now con
ducting a meeting at Louisville. The
prayers and good wishes of the Ack
erman people go with the ministers
that they may bring blessings from
God to the people of Louisville.
Davidson: Taking the place of the
regular mid-week prayer meeting
there was held In the Presbyterian
church last evening a Joint meeting
of the several denominations to effect
a temporary organization of a Red
Cross chapter, preliminary to formal
application for admittance in due
form into the National or American
Red Cross. Dr. J. M. McConnell pre
sided, a large choir of young people
sang a number of appropriate hymns
and songs, and Rev. W. A. Jenkins,
of the Methodist ?hurch, led in prayer.
By a previously arranged program,
brief remarks setting forth the his
tory of, the purpose of, the need for,
the needs of and the conditions to be
met In seeking admittance Into the
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