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A DESERVED MEMORIAL.
Wlu'ii, a iVw days ;???(? 1 here came tin- an nouncement that God had called to his eternal reward Kev. Dr. \V. 1*. Jacobs. the thought in voluntarily rose in many minds as to what would become of the great worU for God he has built up at Clinton, S. ( '. For many years ho gave his great heart and all the energy of body and soul to earing for the fatherless ones, whom Cod intrusted to his care. With no money, hut with great faith and love, he undertook ihis work. Mis faith in (lod and in his fellow Christians was reward ed hy his having provided the means for earing for and training for (iod thousands of little ones who eame to him when there was no one else to take eare of thetn. .Many a time the meal barrel and the oil cruise were very low. hut his faith never wavered, (lod and the ehureh honored his faith, and a^ the years passed he was able to eare 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 thai he had done all the work (iod 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 (Jod appoints one of His children to start a work which lie wants done, and when it has been well started he is called away. It may be that in such cases (Jod wants to place the work in the hands and upon the hearts of more of His people. The Thornwell Orphanage is certainly (iod's work. It has been well started by him whom (Jod highly honored. Dr. Jacob's fatherless ones ? Cod's little ores ? must not be neglected. They must not be allowed to sillier. God's Church must and will take eare 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. Hut 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 he 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 t ii is, 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 t lie front, in these days to fight the battles of freedom. Think how nuieh comfort and relief would come to him. if he could feci that if he should he killed, and his wife should be left without lite means to provide for the little ones, there would at least be 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 antagonist ic to each other. Man's view of his fellow is warped by self interest. Few of us can .judge by the clear light of reason, or the softer light of grace. "When sell the wavering balar.ee holds, lis rarely right adjusted." Our prejudices carry us far atield from the truth. Man's opinion of his fellownian is limited by ignorance. We do not know the motives that control the other man. I low often have we misjudged the other, only to t i i id that our ignorance was al the basis of our misjudginciit. Si ill more is our opinion of man affected by our sin. This al ways blinds men. We see through a glass darkly. Is it any wonder that men have to die be fore the people give them 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 man 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 His good opinion of us this side the Judgment Throne. lint in the brief sketch of .John from the lips of Jesus we have (Jod's estimate of a true man. lie is a man of unshaken self-consistency. He is no reed swaying in the breezes, lie does not turn pious over night in ecclesiastical cir cles, nor become the condoncr of Herod's vil lainy in the courts of this arch-hypocrite. 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 (Jod he cannot be false to himself, nor to his commission, lie does not spend his time lolling in king's palaecs. lie is about his Master's business all the time. These two great qualities, self-denial and self-consistency, are the pillars of a true char acter. Without either one, no man is great in Clod'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 (Jod who Judges righteously. Tint even in the sijjhl 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 lie. These disciples were the ones who luiu the spirit of Christ, even if in slight degree. And tin; 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 tlit* reforming side of the 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 he 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. llf was intolerant of imperfect ion. 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 are opposed to the spirit of .Icsus. lie that is a weak disciple, vet has his spirit, is greater than John the Uaptist. .Icsus was the only perfect man. He had the unshaken fidelity and self-denial. He had the unselfish consistency of life. Yet he was m.i impatient of delay. <>h! how patient lie has been with us all. Let me dig about this barren tree and see if it will not hear fruit. He is never intolerant of any poor imperfect dis ciple. lie says "Come just as you arc from the far country of sin, I will furnish what you need." lie is the perfect man. lie is God's expres sion of a true man. lie is our example. Why dwell on lesser pictures unless to see our imperfections? Let us dwell in admiration on the perfect one. and l>e like him some day. A. A. L. Contributed A SUNDAY-SCHOOL IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS. My Kev. AY. I*. Clndester. (Mr. Chedester is one of our Sunday-school missionaries whose work has been done in thj mountainous sections of Appalachian Synod, which is so largely made up of mountains. II is 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 'opie without a saving knowledge of the gospel. The following articles by Mr. Chedester is il'osdivitivc 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 .'jo, and your contributions keep them at work. '-The 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 I lux Car SUnda.v-scliool. The \V. M. Ritter Lumber company has a plant at Proctoi, in Swain county, North Cai"> lit. a. Last summer when doing Sunday-s'ihtol mission work in Ashcville Presbytery I visited Proctor twice; preached five times in the church