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SEND TO THE SOLDIERS. ? When you finish reading this paper, place a 1-cent stamp on this notice, hand same to any postal employee,
and it will be placed in the hands of our soldiers or sailors at the front. No wrapping ? No address. A. S. Burleson, Postmaster-General. Cbttortal JSotesi anb Comment TEN million children in the United States who are not in Sunday-school. Think what that means. It means that they are prac tically receiving no religious training. If parents are not sufficiently concerned about the religious welfare of their children to get them to Sunday-school it is not probable that they will do much teaching of religion at home. There are not many communities where parents can not get their children to Sunday-school if they would make the effort and sacrifice that are necessary. And where no Sunday-school exists in reach, parents ought to see that one is started. But the fact remains that parents are not doing this. . The public schools are not teaching religion. So, if these ten million ' children are reached, it must be done directly by the church. What better time can be had for going after these untaught children than Rally Day. Hunt up all of them in your own community, and give to send some one to hunt up those whom you cannot reach. + + ? OUR government is controlled by Christian men, and yet they are doing much to de stroy the sanctity of the Sabbath. The carry ing of the mails on the Sabbath is a require ment of the government of long standing. This necessitates the running of railroad trains. And now the government is requiring the run ning of many other trains for the movement of troops. If these troops were actually engaged in fighting there might be some excuse for this, but when it is simply moving them from one camp to another there does not seem to be any necessity for it. And there can certainly be no reason for having parades, drills and reviews on Sunday. The men can have no choice in the matter. No matter how much they may be op posed to such violation of the Sabbath, they must obey their commanders. Christian people all over the country ought to enter a strong protest on this subject. ?fr <? + PROTESTANTS have been accused of po litical scrambling, because they are ask ing that the government revise its ruling as to the distribution of chaplaincies in the army and navy. But there is certainly nothing political whety they ask that fairness be shown. At present Protestants are allowed 64 per cent of the total number of chaplains and Roman Catholics, 36 per cent.. This is based upon the claim of the Catholics that they have 36 per cent of the church membership of the country. But it should be borne in mind that they claim all the Catholic population in their membership. Every baptized child, no matter what its age is, is included, and so is every person who was ever baptized in that Church, no matter what are his present relations to the Church. The fact is, that the Catholics only constitute 16 per cent of the population of the country, and all the rest is non-Catholic. As they base their number on population, the chaplaincies ought to be based on the percentage of population. + ? + RALLY Day is almost here. Next Sunday, the 14th, is the time. Every Sunday school ought to make the most of it. If plans for its observance have been made, they should be gone over very carefully to see that they are in good order, and that every thing has been done to make it a success. Remember the two objects to be made prominent. Inspira tion and enthusiasm should be aroused to make the school a better school, and a liberal con tribution should be given to aid in giving Sun day-school privileges, where there are none. + * + If I knew you and you knew me ? If both of us could clearly see, And with an inner sight divine The meaning of your heart and mine, I'm sure that we would differ less And clasp our hands in friendliness. Our thoughts would pleasantly agree If I knew you and you knew me. ]f I knew you' and you knew me, As each one knows his own self, we Could look each other in the face And see therein a truer grace. Life has so many hidden woes, So many thorns for every rose; The "why" of things our hearts would see, If I knew you and you knew me. ? Nixon Waterman. + + ? SABBATII desecration is increasing in this country by leaps and bounds. Go where you will in city or country and the day has taken on the air of a holiday, instead of the sacred quiet of the Lord's Day. If God pun ishes nations for the sins of the people, and the Scriptures teach this very plainly, what have we a right to expect, but that He will punish us for such gross violation of the law of the Sabbath, which is the very foundation of all true religion! The Sunday newspaper, open stores, railroad trains and automobiles are doing all in their power to breakdown the Christian Sabbath. And the worst and saddest feature of it all is that Christian people in large and increasing number are using these things where no plea of necessity can ne made. FOREIGN MISSIONS. Let no one forget this cause in this month especially set apart for the gifts and the prayers of the whole Church. There never was a time when more could be accomplished in this work. There never was a time when the resources of our committee were more strained. Some of God's people are responding liberally to the increased cost of the work. Some, it is feared, are cut ting down their gifts. According to present estimates the work this year will cost at least $60,000 more than last year. We predict that when the year closes it will be found that the increased cost will be at least $100,000. Can this increase be met? "We can, if we will." Let it be, "We can and we will." + ? ? WORK among the soldiers is attracting more and more attention as its needs are being realized more and more. We are glad to find that the Moderator of our Assembly has appointed two committees to take this matter in hand, as shown by a communication from him on another page. As we understand, this is entirely a voluntary matter. The Assembly took no action in the matter. But the need is exceedingly great, and it is earnestly hoped that the committees will devise wise and lib eral plans and that they will be heartily sup ported by the Church at large. The powers of evil are thoroughly organized for the over throw of the moral and spiritual life of our soldiers. The church has been slower to be gin. It ought to work all the more earnestly. + + + ARMENIAN children are dying by the thou sand for lack of food, and the same thing is true of the Syrians. In two districts in Syria there are 75,000 orphans under twelve years of age, and all dependent upon outside help for their very lives. There are at least 1,500,000 of these people, young and old, who are starving. It will require at least $6,000,000 a mouth to save their lives through the winter, and most of this money most be sent from this country. Shall we let them diet To prevent it send as liberal gifts as possible to the Ameri can Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief, 1 Madison Avenue, New York. 4* 4? 4* LIBERTY Loan bonds are being sold to meet the increased cost of our government due to the war. Would it not be a good idea for every Christian who buys a Liberty Bond to set apart an amount equal to ten per cent of the cost of his bond to meet the increased cost of the work of the Church in its various de partments. This would not be a great hard ship, and would bring great blessings to the giver and to the Church's work.