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A DESERVED MEMORIAL.
When, a few clays ago there came the an nouncement that God luul called to his eternal reward Rev. Dr. W. P. Jacobs, the thought in voluntarily rose in many minds as to what would become of the great work for God he has built up at Clinton, S. 0. For many years he gave his great heart and all the energy of body and soul to caring for the fatherless ones, whom God intrusted to his care. With no money, but with great faith and love, he undertook this work. Ilis faith in God and in his fellow Christians was reward ed by his having provided the means for caring for and training for God thousands of little ones who came to him when there was no one else to take care of them. Many a time the meal barrel and the oil cruise were very low, but his faith never wavered. God and the church honored his faith, and as the years passed he was able to care for an increasing number of children. That his love was given them in unstinted measure is shown by their devotion to him. and by the way he influenced their lives. Few if any of those intrusted to his care left the home he had made for them without having been led to the Saviour. We are sure that he had done all the work God had for him to do, or he would not have been taken away from it. The worker has been called home, but the work must go on. Some times it seems that God appoints one of His children to start a work which He wants done, and when it has been well started he is called away. It may be that in such cases God wants to place the work in the hands and upon the hearts of more of Ilis people. The Thornwell Orphanage is certainly God's work. It has been well started by him whom God highly honored. Dr. Jacob's fatherless ones ? God's little on-^s ? must not be neglected. They must not be allowed to suffer. God's Church must and will take care of them. Some one must be called to take the place at the head of this great institution, but iic cannot do the work alone. He will need the hearty support of all those who helped Dr. Jacobs, and many more. Of course the churches and Sunday-schools will continue to send their help, and they ought to do more than ever before. But something great ought to be done. We suggest that the church go to work at once to raise a fund of a million dollars, not merely as a memorial to Dr. Jacobs, but for the honor and glory of God. Let it be called the "Jacobs Memorial Fund," but let it be un derstood that it is to be used for the complete equipment of this home, so that it will be pre pared to take care of all the fatherless and motherless little ones who knock at its door, asking for a home and care and love. Can there be a sadder sight than that of a little child, with no one to take care of it, being de nied admittance to such a home and left out in the world with no one to provide for it Yet this often occurs, because there is no room for it in the home that is already overcrowded. Does a million dollars seem a large amount? It is not as large as is the work to be done. The people of God in the Southern Presby terian Church have enough of God's money in their keeping to do this, and yet not let any other cause suffer. If the friends of Thornwell will raise such a fund as this, it will not only greatly increase the usefulness of this home, but it will inspire the friends of other orphan homes to do like wise. The inspiration of such a deed will be felt throughout the land. Many a loyal father is going to the front in these clays to fight the battles of freedom. Think how much comfort and relief would come to him, if lie could feel that if lie should be killed, and his wife should be left without the means to provide for the little ones, there would at least he a place for them in the home over which the spirit of Dr. Jacobs still breathes? GOD'S ESTIMATE OF A TRUE MAN. There are two valuations of man. One is man's. In its collective capacity we call it, "public opinion." And the second, God's. These are often antagonistic to each other. Man's view of his follow is warped by self interest. Few of us can judge by the clear light of reason, or the softer light of grace. "When self the wavering balar.ee holds, 'tis rarely right adjusted." Our prejudices carry us far afield from the truth. Man's opinion, of his fellowman is limited Ify ignorance. We do not know the motives that control the other man. How often have we misjudged the other, only to find that our ignorance was at the basis of our misjudgment. Still more is our opinion of man affected by our sin. This al ways blinds nion. We see through a glass darkly. Is it any wonder that men have to die be fore the people give thein their dues as great men? "No man is great to his valet," is the French proverb. "A prophet is not without honor save in his own country," says a greater than all. God's opinion of a mail is often unknown to the man himself. Jesus waited until the dis ciples of John had returned in order to pay the mightiest tribute to the Forerunner. We are so easily beset by pride that God does not dare tell Ilis good opinion of us this side the Judgment Throne. But in the brief sketili of John from the lips of Jesus we have God's estimate of a true man. lie is a man of unshaken self-consistency* 11c is 110 reed swaying in the breezes, lie does not turn pious over night in ecclesiastical cir cles, nor become the condoner of Herod's vil lainy in the courts of this arch-liypocrite. No man is great whose soul is not rooted and grounded in denial of self. He is a man of unparalleled self-denial. He is firm in his faith, unshaken as the everlasting hills. True to God he cannot be false to himself, nor to his commission. He does not spend his time lolling in king's palaces, lie is about his Master's business all the time. These two great qualities, self-denial and sclf-consistencv, are the pillars of a true char acter. Without either one, no man is great in God's sight. In the degree in which these virtues shine in our lives we are great in God's sight. In nothing do we see the difference in the opinion of a careless world. "When thou doest good to thyself, men will praise thee." That is their idea of greatness. The heroes it has crowned are of this selfish tinsel type. Such men shrink into nothingness before the eye of God who judges righteously. But even in the sight of God the best of us come short of the perfect image of God. John was the greatest that had been born of women among the prophets. Yet there were disciples in the kingdom who were greater than he. These disciples were the ones who had the spirit of Christ, even if in slight degree. And the man who had his spirit and was one of his was superior even to the splendid John Bap tist. John had the two faults of all who empha size the reforming side of t lie kingdom. Those who look upon religion as co-ordinate with a sinless life. lie was impatient of delay. Now or never was his command. The axe was laid at the root of the tree. It must no longer cumber the ground. The kingdom must be taken by violence. Reforms of life must be not only sweeping but immediate, lie cannot wait for the blade and then the ear and then the full corn in the ear. He was intolerant of imperfection. Only the righteous should have access to the temple of a religious life. Purity of soul was pre liminary to entrance. This is true of all re ligions except that of .Jesus. These are the spots on the sun. These mar the character of John. They arc opposed to the spirit of Jesus. He that is a weak disciple, yet has his spirit, is greater than John the Baptist. Jesus was the only perfect man. He had the unshaken fidelity and self-denial. He had the unselfish consistency of life. Yet ho was not impatient of delay. Oh! how patient he has been with us all. Let me dig about this barren tree and see if it will not bear fruit. He is never intolerant of any poor imperfect dis eiple. He says "Come just as you are from the far country of sin, I will furnish what you need." He is the perfect man. lie is God's expres sion of a true man. He is our example. Why dwell on lesser pictures unless to see our imperfections? Let us dwell in admiration on the perfect one, and be like him some day. A. A. L. Contributed A SUNDAY-SCHOOL IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS. By Rev. W. P. Chedester. (Mi'. Chedester is one of our Sunday-school missionaries whose work has been done in tlu mountainous sections of Appalachian Synod, which is so largely made up of mountains. His enthusiasm for Sunday-school work and his zeal for the saving of souls take him into every mountain cove where there are children un taught, and p'ople without a saving knowledge of the gospel. The following articles by Mr. Chedester is illustrative of the type of work that is constantly being done by our self-sac rificing and efficient. Sunday-school mission aries. They go where you. cannot well go, and your contributions keep them at work. T'he illustration accompanying Mr. Chedester 's ar ticle shows an old box car that is being used as a Sunday-school. They do not build many fine churches in the mountains, but the money that, is given to Sunday-school Extension goes directly towards teaching gospel-hungry chil dren about the Saviour.) A Ilox Car Sunday-school. The W. M. Hitter Lumber company has a* plant at Proctoi, in Swain county,, North Caro lina. Last summer when doing Sunday-aihi-ol mission work in Asheville Presbytery I visited Proctor twice ; preached five times in the church