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?TO v[rt tnu Bute romp' ^?r; RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, AUtfuo* 22, .7. No. 32 Cbttortal Jiotes attb Comment PROHIBITION'S influence on production and consequently on prices of necessary supplies in this country is not generally realized. It has been claimed that the tremen dous advance in the price of coal is due in part at least to the fact the miners cannot produce enough to meet the demands. Suppose all the mining regions could make the same show ing that one mining company in West Vir ginia made. There would be no shortage of supply. Mr. W. B. Reed, chief accountant of the White Oak Coal Company of McDonald, W. Va., has published a statement showing the coal mined by his company before and after prohibition was established in his State on June 29, 1914. For the three months previous to that date these mines produced 35,615 tons. During the next three months the amount was 67,813 tons, a difference of 32,198 tons. This shows that the average efficiency of each man was almost doubled. Suppose that result should be accomplished in all the mines and in all other industries, what a wonderful dif ference there would be in this country. It seems strange that enlightened people, like Americans and the British, should hesitate a moment about establishing prohibition. + * + AMERICAN feeling towards Germany is strikingly illustrated by the present condition of affairs. The American govern ment is at war with the German government, yet all over this country Christian people of almost every Church are commemorating or preparing to commemorate the life and work of a German. Four hundred years ago Martin Luther, a German monk, crystallized the re formation spirit that was beginning to mani fest itself in the world, and led those who had this spirit out from the tyranny of the pope. He did more than almost any other man to bring the people of his day out into the light of the pure gospel truth. American Christians are anxious to give honor to him to whom honor is due. We have not heard of any church or congregation which has even considered the question of abandoning or curtailing the cele bration this year of the four hundredth anni versary of Luther's nailing his theses to the church door. We hope that this wonderful event will be duly celebrated in all our churches. + ? + REHEARSING the faults of others is one of the serious faults of most people. Henry Ward Beecher said: "Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. " It would be well to enlarge it to include others as well as his friends. In front of the cemetery there should be a garden, in which should be planted the virtues of all those whom we know. They will spring up and blossom and hide the graves beyond. IIE Scripture Gift Mission of London, which has an American branch in Phila delphia, since the world war began has given about 20,000,000 Testaments and Gospels to soldiers and sailors. In those given to the British and Allied forces there is an autograph letter from Lord Roberts. The Mission is now preparing an edition for our soldiers and sailors. In response to its request President Wilson has written the letter which appears on this page, and it will be printed in each copy of the Testament or part of the Bible given to the men who are fighting for our country. Let those who can help to provide the means to aid in this good work. Let all Christians pray for God's blessing upon His word. + + + PRESIDENT WILSON'S LETTER TO SOLDIERS AND SAILORS. The "White House, Washington, July 23, 1917. The Bible is the word of life. I beg that you will read it and find this out for your selves ? read, not little snatches here and there, but long passages that will really be the road to the heart of it. You will find it full of real men and women not only but also of the things you have wondered obout and been troubled about all your life, as men have been always; and the more you read the more it will become plain to you what things are worth wiiile and what are not, what things make men happy ? loyalty, right dealing, speaking the truth, readiness to give everything for what they think their duty and, most of all, the wish that they may have the real approval of the Christ,' who gave everything for them ? and the things that are guaranteed to make men un happy ? selfishness, cowardice, greed and everything that is low and mean. When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your own duty. (Signed) WOODROW WILSON. + ? + 1ITERARY tests are now required of immi j grants coming into this country, and the National Department of Labor has selected the Bible as the book to be used in making them. This is not done because of the religious char acter of the Bible, but because it has been translated into all the languages which wiil probably be needed. It can now be had in more than five hundred languages and dialects.. Although it is used merely as a matter of con venience, will not its use make an impression upon the immigrant! To be met with the Bible on his first attempt to enter this coun try will necessarily impress him with the idea that this is a land of the Bible. Would that this impression might always be deepened after he lias entered. THE Mayo Brothers of Rochester, Minn., are generally admitted to be the leading sur geons of this country. One of them, Dr. C. II. Mayo, who is president of the American Medi cal Association, said recently: "No one ex cept the policeman sees more of the results of over-indulgence in alcohol, demonstrated by pauperism, sickness, immorality and crime, than the physician. Medicine has reached a period when alcohol is rarely employed as a drug, being displaced by better remedies. Alcohol's only place now is in the arts and sciences. National prohibition would be wel comed by the medical profession." And here is the testimony of a man in a very different position, but fully qualified to speak on the subject. He is Mr. Frank Case, the proprietor of the Algonquin Hotel in New York. In giving his reason for closing the bar in his hotel, he said: "A bar is a hole, a squalid, rotten hole, no matter how clean it may be kept, no mat ter how well appointed and beautifully deco rated it is. A public bar is a hole, and it makes no difference whether it is in a hotel or in a corner saloon over in Hell's Kitchen. It is the place of repeated drinking, of treaty ing to drinks that nobody wants, but that no body has the nerve to refuse. It is the ex change for oral filth which its patrons would be ashamed to speak or listen to anywhere else. All the troubles we ever had in this hotel could be traced to the bar. I am through with it." How long before all men will learn as much wisdom ? V f f SUBSCRIBER writes: "By the label I notice that my subscription expires this month. Enclosed find check for renewal." We wish that all of our subscribers would watch their labels and act as this man did. It seems strange that, when every week the label shows how his subscription stands, a subscriber should wait until a special bill is sent him before he sends a check for payment. It is more strange still that a subscriber will sometimes wait until a second bill is sent, and passing strange that some will wait until a third statement is sent. What shall be said of those who wait longer Still f In these days when every effort is being made to conserve resources and efforts we would like very much for our subscribers to help us to save the labor and postage neces sary to send out bills. Of course we know that' there are some who have difficulty in meeting obligations promptly. If this is the case with any of our subscribers, we are en tirely willing to wait for their payments. It will be a great favor to us, if they will notify us of this fact, and tell us when they think they will probably be able to send us a check. Tf they will do this, we will not send them any bills until that time has passed. We need -the help of our subscribers in these matters and feel sure that they will give it.