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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, November 07, 1917, Image 1

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No. 43
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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
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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. .

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