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RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, NOVEMBER 14, 1917.
Cbttortal Mot es aub Comment
SLACKER is a word we do Hot like, and
not one of our readers would like to have
the terra applied to him. It has been very grat
ifying to see how few slackers there have been
among the men liable to military duty. But
every man, woman or child who does not do
all in his power to aid in bringing this war to
a close is a slacker. The greatest danger of
putting ourselves in this class is at our dining
tables. When we have food in abundance or
can afford to buy just, what we want, it is hard
for us to make ourselves save even certain
kinds of food. There are a great many people
who cannot enlist and there are many who
cannot buy Liberty Bonds or make large gifts
to Red Cross and Y. M. C. A. work, but there
is not one of us that cannot be patriotic at the
table. Eat all you need. Do not waste any
thing. Eat as little wheat, beef, mutton, but
ter and milk and sugar as possible. Our sol
diers need these things and our allies are
starving from lack of them. Let us eat some
YM. C. A. For more than a half century
those letters have been familiar to the
world, and no organization, save the Church,
has ever done as much for the spiritual wel
fare of the world as that to which these letters
belong. The Association never did a better
work than it has been doing for -the past three
years in this country and across the waters in
army camps. Its work is of the broadest scope.
It endeavors to reach every man in all the
forces. It believes in prevention. So it tries
to give the men, when off duty, pleasant and
attractive recreation and amusement. It en
deavors to furnish mental occupation by fur
nishing papers, magazines and books. It tries
to keep up the ties with "the folks at home"
by providing accommodation and materials for
letter writing. It has as its chief aim the
spiritual welfare of the men. It tries to do
everything in its power to keep men from evil
and to make them better. The work done by
the American Y. M. C. A. is not limited to
our own army and navy. England is doing this
work among her soldiers, but all of the rest of
our Allies are depending largely upon us.
France is already enjoying the results of this
work, and is asking more of it. Italy, Rou
mania and Russia are calling loudly to America
for help along these lines. The call is urgent
and the results will be twofold. The moral
and spiritual condition of the men will be im
proved wherever this work is done. And on
this account the men will make better soldiers.
The better the man, the better the soldier. To
do this work the Association will need $35,*
000,000. To aid the government to take care
of the sick and wounded the Red Cross asked
for and received from the liberal people of this
country moi*e than $100,000,000, and it will do
a great work. The Association tries to benefit
every man in any branch of the service during
the whole time of his service. It must have
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PROHIBITION is marching on. State by
State is being added to the white column.
But what is needed is national prohibition. As
long as any State continues the liquor busi
ness it will be hard to protect prohibition ter
ritory. Washington and the District of Co
lumbia are dry, but only an invisible line sepa
rates them from Maryland and access to that
State is easy. Before adjournment the Sen
ate had passed the bill providing for national
prohibition. It will come before the House of
Representatives when it assembles on De
cember 3d. All those who want to see this
measure passed ought to see how the repre
sentatives from thier district stand, and they
should let these representatives know how they
stand 011 the subject.
Botng %)tx Pit
By FOLGER McKINSEY
She is doing her bit, every moment of life;
She is doing her bit every day;
She is facing her burden of care and of strife.
And she's singing the shadows away.
She is doing her bit ? the woman you know.
That you sometimes forget when you roam ?
The woman who lifts you from getting too low ?
She is doing her bit at home.
She is doing her bit where'the women are brought,
She is doing her bit every hour
To waken the men with her creed aijd her thought
To be brave and let nothing o'erpower
Their faith and their courage that God over all
Stands back of the men that are right ?
She is doing her bit at her loved country's call
To be strong, and be true, and be right.
She is doing her bit every moment that flies,
And doing it sweetly and true;
She is doing it kneeling in prayer to the skies
To the God that is watching o'er you.
She is doing her bit that the others may see
And turn in and be doing their part
That the world in the end may be happy and free
She is doing her bit, in her heart.
MONEY is said to be more plentiful in the
South than ever before. Business men
tell us that more purchases are being made
than ever before, notwithstanding the high
price of most things. We hope that all of our
readers are sharing in this prosperity. And
we hope also that they will let the editors of
the Presbyterian of the South have a little
share of it. We have not raised the subscrip
tion price of the paper, though it is costing us
a great deal more to produce it. All that we
ask is that those who are in arrears will pay
up their subscriptions. We believe they will
do so, -but some people get into the habit of
putting off. Some think that the small amount
they owe will not make much difference with
us. We need every dollar that is due us, and
when subscriptions are not paid we are put to
the expense of sending bills. The date on the
label on the paper shows to what time a sub
scription has been paid. What a delight it
would be if each subscriber would watch this
date and as soon as it arrives send $2 for the
paper for another year.
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T^vBATH is a very serious matter. And that
jLJ is the reason why war is so serious. But
war is not the only cause of death which may
and ought to be avoided. One of the most
common causes of death in this country is
tuberculosis. It is said that there are probably
not less than a million cases of this disease in
the United States, and that there are not less
than 400,000 deaths each year from this cause.
The doctors tell us that this disease is prevent
able, and that in its earliest stages it is curable.
When we think of the fearful work that is
being done by it. every effort should be put
forth to combat it. The deaths from tuber
culosis each year are more numerous than they
will be from battle in any army we can send
to Europe. This enemy comes upon us
stealthily, and therein is its special danger.
For this reason every effort should be made to
protect ourselves against its ravages upon the
lives and strength of the nation
MORALS have been found to be of as much
importance in modern warfare as muni
tions. The man who is under the influence of
liquor can handle neither guns nor men ef
ficiently. And the same is true of the man
who is weakened or diseased by any excess or
bad habit. Our government seems to realize
this fact as no other government in the world
does. Or else the high class of men who con
trol the affairs of our army and navy have more
moral courage than those of other countries.
At least they are doing more to protect the
morals of the enlisted men than has ever been
done before. It is to be hoped that they will
be able to do even more for them. Every
thing possible is being done for their physical
welfare. And so it ought to be for their moral
welfare, even if it is only that they may be
better soldiers. Reports coming from France
are very discomforting on this subject. It is
said that our men are not being protected in
the same way there that they are at home.
Of course our government cannot use the same
means there that it can here, but it ought to
make a very strong demand upon the French
government that it give every possible assist
ance in protecting our men. What avail will
it be to send strong, clean, healthy men to
France if they are there to be subject to temp
tations that many will not be able to resist,
and which, if not resisted, will make them in
efficient as soldiers or send them back home
diseased for lifet