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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, October 03, 1917, Image 5

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built by the company, and spoke to the union
Sunday-school and baptized an infant in the
home <>t* two good Presbyterians. It takes a
whole day to reach Proctor from Asheville.
Twelve miles further up the stream and
within two miles of the top of the great moun
tains I found ?? small Sunday-school under the
ewe of Miss Ida L. Harford, who appears in
the picture. The school and Sunday-school is
in a camp numbered 1<>. I think Miss Harford
is a brave woman to go so far back in the
great Smokies to teach the people and to do
work for her Lord. She is helped in this work
by the good women of the Presbyterian church
in Washington, 1). C., of which church Rev.
Andrew Heed liyrd is pastor. Mr. Crockett,
the manager of this large plant, and his fam
ily are Presbyterians. lie saw the need oi*
having a teacher and Christian worker at
Camp 1(5 so he had a box ear without wheels
placed there and fitted up for a school, a stove
put in. also windows and folding desks. The
day school is small as can be seen by the pie
lure, but the Sunday-school is larger. The
children shown in the picture attend the Sun
day-school, also several smaller children and
their mothers. Thev are taught Bible stories,
Scripture verses, gospel songs, and the Child'-?
Pupils and Teacher.
I preached two nights at this place anil al
most the entire camp came and listened at
tentively to the gospel story. A typical
mountaineer, tall, lank, with light complexion
and red hair, who came from the Tennessee
side of the mountains, said to me after the
service, "1 drunk some gallons of corn whis
key and done many mean things. Init I've come
to see it don't pay, and I've made np my
mind to cut it out and serve the Jesus you
told about. I am going to join the church
when I get hack home."
By Rev. R. \V. Blain.
(Mr. Blain, the writer of this article, has
recently moved to Kanawha Presbytery, West
Virginia, after a splendid service for eight
years in West Texas Presbytery. It is men
of his type who arc supported by contribu
tions made on Rally Day, and no finer invest
ment could he made for the advancement of
the kingdom.)
The "Black Jacks" or "Brundrett" Sun
day-school was started eleven years ago as a
union Sunday-school by Mrs. G. A. Brundrett,
in her home, across the bay from Lamar, Tex.,
and was re-organized as a Presbyterian Sun
day-school by the Presbyterian Sunday-school
missionary in April, 1915, when the school was
under the pastoral care of Rev. It. E. Hardin.
The officers and teachers are : Mrs. G. A
Brundrett, superintendent; Miss Agnes Brun
drett, secretary; Miss Villie Brundrett, libra
rian; Mr. Oliver Brundrett, treasurer; Miss
Eveline Brundrett, organist, and Mrs. J. W.
Brundrett. The results since the reorganiza
tion amply prove the great value even to a
small school of real definite "organization."
There are twenty-two members enrolled,
leaving only five in the community who do not
attend. Every member attends every Sunday
when in the community and attends some other
Sunday-school when away from home. The
Cross and Crown system of reward pins has
l-ecn used for over a year and all the members
have won their year pin. A unique feature
All One Family.
of tin* school is that every member? with the
exception of one little hoy ? is named Brun
drett ? all kinsfolk! Surely this is a notable
example of what a Christian mother can ac
complish in her own family in an isolated
community, commanding her children after
her and making the home a veritable church
and a place of the training of Christian work
ers, whose influence will be felt for and wide
;is they scatter about the world to make homes
of their own. Is there another school like it ,
('an you not start one?
By Rev. Cochran Preston and Rev. B. F.
In the report of the Standing Committee on
Foreign Missions, adopted by the General As
sembly in Birmingham, we find these words*
"Due to the fact that there seems to be a
misunderstanding on the part of some as to
the percentage of cost of the administration
of Foreign Mission funds, we recommend that
in the future the Executive Committee exer
cise care to make it clear in all reports and
statements regarding percentage cost of ad
ministration that such cost does not include
certain expenditures which would properly be
designated as 'operating- expenses.' " (Black
type ours.)
We confess that we are some of the "some"
that misunderstood. When we read in the
''Missionary Message for May," sent out by
the executive secretary, and printed in all the
church papers, that "the expense last year of
the home otlice administration and propaganda
was 5.98 per cent, of receipts, a considerable
part of this percentage being due to the ex
pense, not of administering the funds, but of
securing the funds to administer," we inno
cently supposed that "5.98 per cent." was
the entire home expense of conducting our For
eign Mission work. And we are not alone.
We have spoken to several pastors who thought
the same and were surprised to learn that
there were, in aeldition, other expenses called
"operating expenses." Of course, they could
have known it by looking into the Annual Re
port of the Executive Committee. There we
see that "home office expense for administra
tion and propaganda" includes only the fol
lowing, pages 91, 92:
Office salaries, Schedule D $21,574.60
Office and Committee travel expense.. 2, 185.95
Forward Movement salary and travel. . 940.34
Printing 3.862.58
Sundry expense (Schedule E) 1,310.31
Stationery and supplies 1,816.96
Southern Missionary News Bureau.... 150.00
Office rent 108.33
Moving expense 137.33
Postage 2,989.87
$:'.5,076 . 27
Other expenses reported (page 91) are as
follows :
Conference expense $ 850.00
Montreat 677.84
Kerrville encampment 127.77
Exhibit General Assembly and Mon
treat 183.89
Officers foreign travel 350.00
Camera expense 100.00
Montreat Improvement 100.00
Montreat real estate assessments... 29.01
Assembly's Campaign Committee ou
Stewardship 2,400.00
Woman's Auxiliary 3,300.00
Woman's Auxiliary, special expense.. 295.47
Sunday-school expense 3,034.00
Advertising ... 1,137.73
Interest 3,865.24
Annuity 6,248.79
Exchange 2,459.41
Missionary Survey deficit. 1916-17... 2,000.00
Presbytery and Presbyterial expense. . 69.71
Special objects ? page 92.
Officers foreign travel 4 25.00
Stereopticon 6.14
$ 27,660.00
Ami why should not the cost of "Mission
aries traveling in the I'nited States" he count
ed. since a large part of it is used in their
going to Presbyteries, Synods, etc., lecturing
on missons? This certainly seems to come un
der the head of 44 propaganda.'* This item is
Another two thousand dollars, we think,
should he credited to "receipts" and charged
in "Office salaries,'* namely, the amount men
tioned in a note at the bottom of page 92. It
is paid directly to the executive secretary by
friends of his and of Foreign Missions. The
Assembly felt that the work needed Dr. Smith's
splendid abilities and called him to it. As
he had been receiving something over five
thousand dollars a year, these friends volun
teered to raise two thousand dollars in addi
tion to the three thousand paid by the Assem
bly, in order to save him from too great a
sacrifice in accepting. We do not criticise him,
nor the committee, nor those generous friends,
but we do think the Assembly erred in allowing
such an arrangement. If a ten thousand dol
lar man is needed, we say get him and pay
him in the regular way, out of the treasury.
Two thousand dollars added to the "receipts''
make them $588,544.38. Added to the office
salaries we have .j?23, 574.60. This makes the
expense "of the home office administration and
propaganda" approximately 6.3, instead oC
5.98 per cent. The "operating expenses" are
5.14 per cent of the "receipts," making a total
cost of 11.4 per cent.
We are told that 11 per cent, is about the
average expense of any large business that
handles as much money as this committee does.
We do not charge that it is excessive. Nor
do we call in question the wisdom of the com
mittee in making any of these expenditures.
We are sure they follow closely the instruc
tions of the Assembly. If any are disposed to
find fault, it must be with the Assembly and
not with the committee.
The whole Church has a right to know just
what the work costs, and it is fully set out in
the Annual Report. But many fail to see
that and those who have it do not look into
it very closely. Hence we believe the last As
sembly was wise in making the requirement
of the committee quoted in our opening sen
tence. Let all our committees take the whole

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