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HOME MISSIONS pay. There can be no question about that. If there is any doubting Thomas on this subject we want to call his attention to some of the results of the work conducted by our Assembly's Com mittee under the leadership of Dr. Morris and Dr. McMillan. There were received into the church through the agencies conducted by this committee 5,624 on profession of faith, besides about an equal number by letter. One of the most important parts of this work is what is being done for foreigners in our midst. It may surprise some of our readers to know that our Church is preaching the gospel in ten foreign languages here in our own coun try. To do this our committee has employed 80 missionaries who supplied 85 churches and missions. In these churches there are 2,906 members. There are connected with them 63 Sabbath schools with an enrollment of 3,450. This is a fine showing. But this work has scarcely been touched when we realize how much is left undone. There was a time when it was felt that the foreigner problem did not affect the South. But that day has passed. Scarcely a city and very few communities can be found into which they have not come, and they are coming in ever increasing numbers. For their sakes and for our own we ought to give them the gospel. As their numbers in crease, if we do not save them, they will de stroy us. + + + SOLDIERS going into the army will be beset by more dangers than the enemy's bullets. There will be no danger from these until the men are on the firing line. But they will be in danger as soon as they get into the training camp and they will not be free from them until they return home. Temptations affecting the moral and spiritual life are more to be feared than shot and shell. Every man in the ranks will feel the effects of the change of life and of the unusual surroundings. Nowhere does Satan work with greater success, if left alone, than in a crowd of men removed from the restrain ing influence of home and church. Therefore these men who are fighting our battles for us who stay at home ought to have everything done for them that we can do. Let us sug gest a plan, which may be modified as occasion requires, for the churches, by which they can help these young men. Let each church make a list of all the young men who have gone from the families of its congregation, and of any others they may desire to include in this list. Post this in some convenient place in the church and ask all the members of the church to pray for them each day. See that ' each of these soldier boys is provided with a pocket Testament before he leaves home. "When they reach the camp keep in touch with them. Arrange so that some one each week will send to each of them papers, magazines and books. Qood religious literature will be more appreciated than most people will sup pose, because no man can enter the life of a soldier without having his mind turn to serious things. It would be well to subscribe for his Church paper to be sent directly to him; and the publisher should be notified at once of any change of address. It will be specially help fid in keeping in touch with him to arrange to have someone in the congregation write a letter at least once a week. There ought to be as many of these letter writers as possible, so as to make it all the more interesting to the young man to hear from many of his friends and acquaintances. Let the letters be as newsy as possible, giving special attention to news about the Church, not failing to remind him that the Church is thinking about him and praying for him. In this way the Church can tighten its hold upon him, as it may never have been able to do before, and thus anchor him in the faith, or bring him to the Saviour. + + + MOTTOES are good things when they are appropriate and are lived up to. A young woman selected as her motto these words: "Everybody is lonely." That may seem a strange selection, yet it has in it a won derful lesson. It suggests in the first place that everyone is in need of what someone else can give. In the second place it means that everyone can help supply the need. To be lonely one need not be in a wilderness far from the habitations of men. A soul may be in tensely lonely in the midst of a multitude. Put alongside of this motto another, and let it be this: "Be a friend to the lonely." + + + CONSERVATION is just as important as production. When a man by his labor has produced something of value he has no right to destroy it, either by direct act or through negligence. One of the sins of the American people is wastefulness. This grows out of our great prosperity, which has kept us as a people from feeling the necessity of being careful in small matters. A visitor from one of the larger European countries seeing our wastefulness, said: "My whole country could be fed on what is wasted in America." If this be true, something is certainly wrong. Some thing certainly is wrong, when experts tell us that the food wasted in this country each year is worth $700,000,000. Let us all show our loy alty to our country by stopping the waste. + + + ONE of the interesting features of the As sembly of 1917 was the presence of six ex-moderators, either as member of or visitor to the Assembly. They were as follows, with the year in which they presided over the body: Rev. Pr. C. R. Hemphill, 1895; Rev. Dr. John P. Cannon, 1899; Rev. Dr. \V. W. Moore, 1908; Rev. Dr. J. S. Lyons, 1913; Rev. Dr. W. McF. Alexander, 1915; Rev. Dr. C. W. Grafton, 1916. FAMILY RELIGION was the dominant note of the Southern Assembly at Birming ham. Through all the sermons, addresses and discussions there was evident an earnest de sire for a higher spiritual life in individual, family, church and nation. Very little was said about loyalty to the country, and yet no one could associate with the men who made up that body without discovering that to a man they were thoroughly loyal to their coun try. But they were gathered together to show their loyalty to King Jesus. The papers tell us that patriotism was the dominant note in the Northern Assembly in session at Dallas, Texas. It began with the opening sermon of _the moderator, and it was so prominent in the minds of the members that a special committee was appointed that all papers and motions on this subject might be referred to it. The Con tinent says: "Everybody was eager for some expression of national feeling at once lofty enough and profound enough to be worthy of Presbyterianism 's historic devotion to the re public. The need of giving voice in a war like time to the highest Christian conviction of personal, social and civic duty weighed especially on the minds of the thoughtful." The man should render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, but the Church should ren der unto God the things that are God's. + + + UNION of the Churches is still being dis cussed in Canada, notwithstanding the fact that there was for a time a strong senti ment in favor of letting the matter drop until the close of the war. A recent writer, speaking of what the Churches are to do after the war, says: "We must have reunion in Christen dom. It is surely no longer tolerable that bod ies of Christians equally devout, equally effect ive in missionary work (which is the supreme test), loving the Father, serving one Lord and Saviour, inspired by one Holy Spirit, should go on thwarting each other while the tide of unbelief and wickdeness rises unchecked. . We must have reunion, or the world will find a larger Christianity without us; we can have it, giving up nothing that we hold dear, except our exclusiveness." If churches "go on thwarting each other," it is very evident that they are not showing much love to one another, and where love is not shown it is rather hard to imagine that it exists. If two men cannot live at peace with each other and refrain from V thwarting" one another while they live in separate houses, it is hard to see how matters will he improved by their deciding to live in Ihe same house. If the advocates of Church union will each see that his church lives at peace with all other churches, and manifests its love to them by observing the golden rule, and uniting heartily with others in an earnest ef fort to advance the kingdom of God in the most practical way, more would be accomplished towards union than in any other way.