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DISTRESSING it is to see how the Lord's Day is being desecrated in high places in this country. We have recently had visits from commissions from each of the larger governments among our allies. The way in which these commissions have been received is highly commendable, except in one respect. So far as we can recall, in each case there was arranged and carried out some public semi official political or social program on Ssuti day. At least two of them were taken on ex cursions to Mount Vernon by representatives of the government. Most of our high officials are members of the Church of Christ, yet they do not stand by the principles of Christ in the matter of Sabbath observance. It could not have been, and we believe would not have been, considered an act of discourtesy to have al lowed the members of these commissions to have had a quiet rest on the Sabbath. We are sure they would have returned to their homes with a much higher regard for us as a nation, if they could have seen that we live up to the principles of the religion, which we profess. We stand before the world as a Christian na tion. Do we deserve the namet A high of ficial from China visited this country a few years ago, spending several months here. He was entertained royally in many parts of the country. As he was leaving he said he had been invited to go everywhere except to church. He concluded he was not wanted there. We wonder how many of the members of these commissions were invited to church. "With programs arranged for them*, as they were, they would have had little time to attend. + + + PUT your membership to work is a sugges tion that is well worth passing on, and one that ought to be put into practice in every church. If the pastor will call his of ficers together and talk over the whole work that the church is doing or ought to do, they will find that there is a great deal to be done. Then let them go over the membership of the church and as far as possible on a tentative list assign each one to the work that he or she seems best fitted to do. No member should be left out. Something can be found for each to do. When this list has been carefully pre pared, and it will take time and work, each one should be asked to do the specific work assigned. Put the work upon the basis of love and loyalty to the Church and to God. It may sometimes be hard to get the work done, but it is worth the effort, and the more that arc enlisted the easier it will be. A working Chris tian is a growing Christian, and there is no better way in which pastor and elders can feed the flock of God, over which they are over seers, and make them strong and useful in the Saviour's kingdom. THE Congregationalist of Boston, in speak ing of the riot of the negro soldiers at Houston, Tex., says that such an experience "would have been impossible had the citizens of Texas shown that respect and honor for the uniforms of the United States which is becom ing in all citizens," and adds, "The real les son of this painful incident is that of consid erate treatment for the soldier of the nation in whatever section he may be for the moment encamped." If the editor of the Congrega tionalist has any information upon which to base such charges against the people of Hous ton we do not know where he got it, unless it was from a prejudiced imagination. The facts as given by the public news agencies showed that the trouble grew out of the in terference on the part of the negro soldiers with the city police in the performance of their duties, in cases with which the soldiers had nothing to do. We wonder if the Illinois captain who was killed by these negroes was shot down because he did not show "that re spect and honor for the uniforms of the United States which is becoming in all citizens." But we have long ago learned that the Congre gationalist can see no honesty or Christian principles in the white people of the South where the negro is concerned. It is a pity that a paper representing such a Church as the Congregationalist should be continually try ing to awaken prejudice against the people of the South, when there is no ground for it. 4* *5* + A COLLEGE PRESIDENT told us a few days ago that one trouble he was having in getting students to return to college this year is the inducements that the business world is offering. Boys and young men arc being offered higher wages than ever before, and the temptation is to go to work instead of com pleting thtfir education. The lure of money is causing them to take this course. This is certainly a "penny wise and pound foolish" plan. Suppose they make a little money, how much of it will they have at the end of the year? Suppose they save a good part of it, that will not offset the lack of the education which they would secure at college. There has never been a period in the world's history when educated men were as much in demand, and they will be more in demand next year than they are now, no matter whether the war is over or not. The government is urging all young men not called into military service to prosecute their education vigorously, as the best means of preparation for the future. Any normal man with an education will command a higher salary than the same man can with out the education. Every man ought to make the best preparation possible for his life work. God has given him a mind to be trained in order that it might be used to the best ad vantage. RED CROSS work, we are told, is producing a very valuable by-product iu this coun try. This is illustrated by what has taken place in a certain small western town. The society set among the women were giving most of their time to card parties, where gambling for money was the custom. Though prohibition was supposed to exist, these women found the means of making and serving a punch that would have suited any old toper. The lan guage and the subjects of conversation under the circumstances can better be imagined than described. By some good fortune the attention of some of the leaders of this set was directed to Red Cross work. With some difliculty others were induced to undertake it. An organiza tion was formed, and gradually its meetings and work have displaced gambling and drink ing, and there is a marked change in the char acter of these women. The devil will always find some evil for idle hands, tongues and hearts. But when these are engaged in work for God or of benevolence for fellow-men, he will not be able to accomplish much. HIS statement was recently made in the Bulletin of the Central church of Atlanta, Ga. : "All the deacons now in the city and nearly all the elders were out at prayer meet ing Wednesday evening." There ought n0|t to be anything unusual about this statement, but almost any pastor will say that there is. That church has fifteen elders and twenty three deacons. If any church has all of its officers at both services on Sunday and at the mid-week service, there is little doubt that it will have good congregations, and the spiritual life of the church will be on a much higher plane than is the case with most churches. CHURCHES generally do not advertise enough. There is a feeling that people know about them and their services, especially in the country and small towns. Wide awake merchants in these places do not depend upon people just knowing about their stores. Even the most unprogressive puts up a sign. The progressive merchant, where it can be done, has his electric sign to attract the attention of every passerby even when his store is closed. Why should not the Church learn wisdom from the children of the world. Advertising may be done to great advantage in another way. In every church there ought to be a look out committee, which ought to receive the help of every member of the church. The duty of this committee would be to look out for strangers in the community, whether they come to make their homes or only to abide tem porarily. There are few communities that do not have visitors every week. They are found especially in hotels. The look-out committee might easily have one or two members visit each of the hotels, and give either a personal + + ? + ? +