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I RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, NOVEMB*,. ?/> No. 43 Cbttoriai i^otes anb Comment POSTAL regulations are hard to understand sometimes. Our information a few weeks ago was that a paper or magazine could be sent to the soldiers in camp by simply putting a stamp on it and giving it to any postal em ployee. We have just been informed by the postal authorities that religious papers are not included in this provision, that it applies only to magazines. So our paper cannot be sent in that way. To make up for this as far as we can, we will send the paper to any soldier or soldier reading room for $1.00 a year, or fifty cents for six months. One of our readers has ordered forty papers sent to one of the camps. It may be that there are others who would like to send the paper in the same way. It will be sent to any address in this country at the price given above, and the same rate will apply to most of the foreign countries. Remember the soldiers need good reading matter. Many of our readers say that this paper is what they need. Have you not a son or a friend to whom you would like to send it ? PROHIBITION is beneficial. This is proven by the first year's experience under prohibition law in Richmond. For the year closing October 31st, there were in this city 9,945 arrests for all causes, against 13,863 for the preceding year, or a falling off of 3,918. Strange to say, there were more arrests for drunkenness than during the preceding year, and yet the explanation is not hard to find. The present law is stricter than the old law, and we believe it has been more carefully en forced. And another reason is that the man who buys liquor from a bootlegger is likely to drink it as soon as he can, without being dis covered, and when he comes under its in fluence, he is very likely to be on the street, as there is no sheltering saloon in which he can hide. The troubles growing out of drunken ness decreased in a very remarkable way. For being drunk and disorderly there were only 316 arrests against 1,107 for the preceding year. That the officers of the law are trying faith fully to enforce the law, is shown by the fact that there were 527 arrests for violation of the prohibition law. The News Leader was the leading paper in the State in the fight against prohibition. It now admits that prohibition is a success and a blessing. It says in reference to the whole State: "Thrift has been pro moted. Business has been better. Drunken ness has decreased. Our jail population has declined. Our charity problems have been re duced. And in addition to all this, no man can reckon the increase in- human happiness and the lessening of human woe brought about by the closing of the saloons." The judge of the police court of this city says there has been a great falling off in the number of young men arrested for drunkenness. Those brought be fore .him during the past year were almost en tirely elderly men, who were confirmed drunk ards before the new law was enacted. What is true in Richmond is true all over the State. HY do the immigrants not bring their Bibles with tliein, instead of waiting till they reach New York? asks the Ladies' Home Journal, in speaking of the hundreds of thou sands of copies distributed there by the Bible societies. It does not attempt to answer its own question, as simple as the answer is. Most im migrants do not have any Bibles to bring with them. The vast majority come from countries where the Roman Catholic Church is in the ascendency, and the people do not have the A CHURCH PAPER FOR THE SOLDIERS. By Rev. James I. Vance, D. D. The War Council suggests and requests that every church in our bounds having sons in the army subscribe for a Church pa per to be sent to each man. This will keep him in touch with his home church, and at the same time be a fitting expression of the loving interest the churc'a has in its soldier members. Our Church papers are making a special rate for such subscriptions, as follows: Presbyterian of the South, Richmond, Va., $1.00; Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., $2.00; Presbyterian Standard. Char lotte, N. C? $1.00. Tho cash should accompany the order, and It is understood that these soldier sub scriptions do not involve either the discon tinuance or transfer of present subscriptions. Churches carrying out this suggestion are asked to report the fact to the chairman of the War Work Council, Rev. James I. Vance, 'D. D., Nashville, Tenn. SAVE food and win the war. This ought to be written in every home and engraved in every heart. It is hard for us Americans to appreciate the necessity for economy in food. We have always had it in such abundance that it is hard to understand that the rest of the world has not as much as we have. The crops this year have been unusually large, and this makes our lesson all the harder to learn. But let us not forget that we will soon have 2,000, 000 men under arms, and there is no telling how many there may be before another year ip past. And they must have the best that we can supply them. Besides, our Allies are very largely dependent upon us for food supplies for their armies and their people at home. We must send them wheat, beef, mutton, pork, dairy products and sugar in such quantities as we have never dreamed of sending before. To do this we must save these things. This can easily be done if we will just eat other things, and save wheat so that it can be shipped. This ought to be done as a patriotic duty in every home, in the land. * * Bible. HOME MISSIONS ought to appeal to the heart of every Christian. Our Saviour says that he who will not take eare of those ot' his own household is worse than an infidel. There are many who are very close to our households, who are in need of our eare. What will our Saviour say if we do not take care of them. In almost every section of the country and in almost every city there are communi ties which are without gospel privileges. We need to carry the gospel to them for many reasons. The people who are now unsaved need to be saved. We need to have them saved, for this will make them better neighbors. The country needs to have them saved, they will make better citizens. The business world needs to have them saved, for they will become more prosperous. The Church needs to have them saved, because it needs their help. The work the Lord has given the Church to do is so great that it needs all the help it can get, and nearly all the reserves it has to draw from are those in the mission fields. When brought into the Church, they make valiant and faithful sol diers for carrying on the fight against sin the world over. How can they believe, exeept they hear? IIow can they hear without a preacher? IIow can one preach, unless he is sent? How can they be sent without the money? How ean the money be secured unless we give? Let us give liberally to this great cause. + + MONTREAT needs a new auditorium. It needs it for two reasons. One is that the present building is not satisfactory in its struc ture or equipment for the many uses to which it is put. Another is that the present building is not large enough to accommodate the ever increasing crowds which gather to hear the famous speakers who are brought to Montreal every summer. Montreat is doing a great work for the Church, and it has become the center for the consideration of many of its activities. It should be fully equipped for doing its valu able work. Drawings of the proposed audi torium are appearing in the Presbyterian* of the South. An effort is being made to raise $30,000 to build it. The visitors at Montreat last summer subscribed $13,000. The manage ment is now trying to raise the remaining $17,000. This movement has the endorsement of the General Assembly, to whom the property belongs. Subscriptions may be sent to Rev. R. C. Anderson, Montreat, N. C. + ? PRESIDENT WILSON has appointed No vember 11th as a day for making special contributions for Armenian and Syrian relief. Think of it, about half of these people have been massacred by the Turks and the other half, driven from their homes, are dying of starvation. If they are saved America must do it. .