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Church into their confidence and make full
statements of their expenses and needs. We believe it will induce a more cheerful and a more liberal support. It is in that hope we have written. We have been life-long sup porters of the work, always giving to Foreign Missions through the committee's treasury. And we earnestly urge the whole Church to contribute more liberally, since we are sure the money is wisely spent. And now, in hope of helping to get the work in better shape, we oiVer the church a criticism of the Assembly's policy of trying to get money for its work through outside agencies. We have mentioned the supplement to the salary of the executive secretary. We believe, as said above, the amount should be credited to "receipts" and paid by the committee, as the other salaries arc. Another agency, organized and endorsed by the Assembly, is the Woman's Auxiliary. The eommittees all contribute to the expense of the central office in Atlanta, for the sole pur pose of getting money for the work of the Church. But the six thousand dollars paid by the committees is not the whole cost to the Church. It was stated as a "marvelous achievement" that they had raised "half a million dollars on the small expense of six thousand dollars." But did they? The brother who made that statement failed to inform him self. Any one of the 68,259 members of the women's societies could have told him that each one is asked to give ten cents a year for the expense of the Atlanta office, over anl above their contributions and "dues" to the local societies. And, further, they are asked to give another ten cents a year, per member, for the expenses of the Synodicals, in all $13, 651.80. Of course the executive committees cannot report this since they neither receive it nor pay it out. Yet it is a part of the total cost to the Assembly of doing its work. In many eases the money is not given "extra" as thty ask them to do, but is taken from the amount that would otherwise be forwarded to the treasury, and sent on to Atlanta. If this is the best way to raise our money for the causes, then give credit for all that is given by the women and pay the necessary expenses out of the treasuries. The last Assembly made a further mistake, we believe, in electing another secretary whose entire salary is to be paid by others than the committee. If we need more men to run the work, get them and tell the Church plainly that we must have more money for it. The men who will pay this new secretary are mem bers of our Church and we should have credit for all they give in the sum total of the Church's beneficence. A thorough study of the whole question of raising money for Church work may show that we have too many agencies for taking the re sponsibility off of the officers of the local churches. Our pastors are growing too fond, we fear of letting someone else make their ap peals for money. The ehurche3 "let the wo men do the work, do the work," while they "chip in" a little to swell the amount the women give. That very expression was used in our hearing last year by a church treasurer to explain a small collection, taken at the regu lar time. "The women make a special effort towards the end of the year in March and we 'chip in' to help them," hence they saved themselves for that effort. If the Church has decided that the best way to get her revenues is through the women's societies, then turn it over to them, and let us know just how much is laiscd and pay the necessary expense out of the funds contributed. But some of us do not quite see it that way. We believe it to be the pastor's duty to fully and regularly inform his people of their duty to God to support His work, and to regularly eall upon them to do it. THE EAGLE'S NEST. By l\ev. P. P. Flournoy, D. 1). About forty-five years ago an old gentleman of Elizabethtown, Kv., told me that Audubon, author of "The Birds of America," sojourned for a time in that town while studying the bird life of the surrounding region. This old friend told me how the great ornithologist conducted his researches in the neighborhood, traveling continually from one district to another, and lying for hours hidden by underbrush in the forests silently observing the habits of the birds and making sketches for that wonderful book which has elicited the admiration of ornithol ogists, literary men, and all readers, young and old, who have had the privilege of examining the life-size pictures in the birds' real colors and perusing the pages of its costly volumes written in Audubon's charming style. When one reads of God's dealings with Israel in the words of Deuteronomy 32:11 "As an agle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, takest and beareth them on her wings," it is natural to think of Moses tending the flock of Jethro in the 'wadies' between the great gran ite peaks of the Sinai region, and in Audu bon's manner, observing the habits of eagles about their eyries. Audubon made a study of American eagles in various parts of the country, his interest in this bird probably having been stimulated by the fact that the eagle had been chosen as the symbol of the American spirit of soaring aspira tion. We are amazed at the costiliness of this great book when told that the subscription price of it was $1,000. Consequently only the highly favored few had the privilege of pos sessing it. So, it is probable that where one person reads Audubon's descriptions of vari ous eagles, many thousands read this one verse of Moses' word-picture of the eagle's nest, and meditate on its lessons for themselves in these times of sorrow and sadness. Some days ago in a little cottage prayer meeting, when allusion was made to the grief in many households in our land, from which many of the strong and well-beloved would soon go forth, possibly, never to return, I be came suddenly aware of weeping around me, and was afterwards told that young men had been called from two of the families repre sented there. Ah! many a comfortable nest is being stirred up throughout our borders by similar calls. Such experiences are a mystery to us, but is not our heavenly Father, who is allowing this sorrow to come to some of us, wise and loving? We know that "the eagle stirreth up her nest" for a purpose; and shall we doubt that He who is infinitely wise and good is allowing this disturbance of the ease and com fort of our homes in this sad way for a pur pose also. ;What the eagle's purpose is is indicated by other actions. She "fluttereth over her young," and what is that but an un spoken appeal of her mother instinct for her ownt By these flutterings over them, touch ing them, it may be with her wings, is she not stirring to awake them to the fact that they have come to the time to cease being at ease in the soft nest and learn to fly? Is she not saying to the eaglets, in actions which speak louder than words, "You are not creeping things to grovel 011 the ground ; you are not blind moles to burrow in it; you arc eagles with wings; you arc made to soar toward the zenith, with keen eyes to search far and wide over this fair world and gaze even on the brightness of the sun." Is not what is thus indicated to her young in fluttering caresses said in plain words of 'ex hortation, encouragement and loving entreaty to us all through God's Book of revelation? Is not every argument brought to bear to in duce us to rise from earthly ease to faithful service, to high endeavors, and glorious views, yea, even to gaze 011 the Sun of Righteous ness?'' But the eagle does more than thus silently appeal, she "spreadeth abroad her wings." And what is this but example? Thus, example is add ed to appeal. And how much of this we have in the greatest of books? What lessons from lives! What a portrait gallery of patriarchs, prophets ?nd persecuted men and women, "of whom the world was not worthy" in one chapter of the Epistle of the Hebrews ; what vivid pictures of faithful and unfaithful, for instruction and en couragement on the one hand, and warning, on the other? But above and beyond all, we have in this wonderful book, the living, moving portraiture of him who "endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." But the eaglets had something more than the stirring up of the nest, the fluttering and spreading of wings. The mother bird "taketli them, beareth them on her wings." To arous ing, appealing, setting example, she adds help. Moses adds, concerning Israel, "So the Lord alone did lead him," and so, after so many cen turies, we can say, "Thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory," for he has said, "My grace is sufficient for thee." Bethesda, Md. A HINT TO TITHERS. During the last years of the war the Con federate government found it hard work to get supplies, both for man and beast. If farmers had anything they did not willingly part from it. This led the Congress to pass what was called the "Tax in Kind" law. Under this law of everything that a farmer produced he had to give one-tenth to the gov ernment, and like all similar laws, all kinds of expedients were used to keep from com plying with it, but probably none was more original or more efficacious than that adopted by an old darkey in the employment of a fanner near Staunton. It was in hay harvest and the farmer called the old man up and said to him, "Joe, I am going to town to-day and I want you to haul nine loads of hay and put it in the barn, but the tenth load I want you to haul to town and turn it over to Major Har mon" (the quartermaster). Joe said, "All right, boss." The gentleman went to town and stayed all day, but saw nothing of Joe. Upon reaching home just after sundown he found Joe at the stable. He said to him, "Joe, I did not see you in town to-day." "Yessir, I know you didn't." "Why, I told you plainly to put nine loads of hay in the barn and haul the tenth load to town and deliver it to Major Harmon." "Yessir, I know you did, but dar wo no tenth load, I squezzed her all in nine!" The grand essentials of happiness are some thing to do, something to love, and something tor hope for. ? Chalmers.