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$35,000,000 FOR Y. M. C. A.
Soldiers have many things to interfere with
their efficiency and to lower their morals. Try
in imagination to see them as they are in the
training camps in this country. They are up
and begin their day's duty by sunrise. For the
greater part of the day they go through what
soon becomes the monotonous military drill.
Or it may be they are given some other form
of hard work to do. When the evening comes
and they have had their supper, there is noth
ing for them to do until "taps" are sounded
at half-past nine. How are these hours to
be spent? Shall they go to their tents or
their shacks and sit around with nothing to
do but to talk over the happenings of the day?
Put yourself into the place of these strong,
healthy young men. Would you be satisfied
to sit down thus and wait for bed-time to
come? We think not.
Or suppose there comes a stormy day when
regular duties are not performed, what are they
to do in the cramped space in their tents? They
have few comforts and practically nothing
with which to pass away the hours pleasantly
WThen Sunday comes and the opportunities
for going to church are limited, and they would
find themselves among strangers, if they went,
what are they to do? What would you do?
Now go with these young men as they cross
the sea and enter upon the real experience of
war. Sometimes, it may be that for days and
nights they will be in the hot of the fight, when
they will have no time to think of anything
else but shot and shell. But at other times
they will be comparatively idle. What will
they do at such times? What would you do?
Suppose the government does provide them
good food and comfortable clothing, and the
Red Cross takes care of them when they are
sick, and nothing else is done for them, what is
going to happen? What would happen with
Here are some things that would happen dur
ing these off duty periods. In the first place
most men will get homesick and blue. To
get rid of this feeling and to give vent to their
exuberance of spirit and superabundance of
life, there must be "something doing."
The powers of evil are never asleep, but al
ways at work. There are a plenty of tempta
tions placed in their way regardless of all the
military authorities may do to safeguard the
men, and there is a great deal of truth in the
old saying, that "an idle brain is the devil's
What is to be done about it? Old Dr. Chal
mers has a sermon on "the expulsive power of
a new affection." And we all recognize the
fact that "an ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure." Then the best way of dealing
with this problem of making them the most ef
ficient possible and to take care of their spiritu
al life, is to use the ounce of prevention by fill
ing mind and heart with something that will
satisfy the physical, mental, social and spiritual
needs of the young men.
This is just what the Y. M. C. A. is doing.
Its "huts" supply comfortable places to which
the men can go when they are off duty. There
they find congenial friends, and in the secre
taries they find wise counsellors. There whole
some recreations are provided. Opportunities
are provided for reading and letter writing.
Lectures and educational classes are arranged
for. Religious meetings and personal work
are made prominent features of the efforts put
forth for the welfare of the men. The "hut"
is made to take the place of the home just as
far as possible^
When we contrast such a place and such in
fluences with the dens of vice that will be
found in reach of every camp, it can be easily
seen that the Y. M. C. A. will make the man a
more efficient soldier and a better man, while
the places of evil will have just the reverse ef
In order that the association may do its
work, building, equipping, manning and run
ning their "huts," they must have mohey.
The work is to be done on an ever increas
ing scale in the camps in this country and with
,our soldiers in France or wherever they may
go. Besides this the American Association has
been asked to do work that will cost millions
of dollars among the troops of France, Italy,
Russia and our other allies. Mr. John R. Mott
says that there is nothing that can be done to
put heart and courage into the Russian army
equal to the effect that would be produced by
doing Y. M. C. A. work among the soldiers on a
To do this work it is estimated that at least
$35,000,000 is needed at once. Have you a
son, a brother, a friend among the soldiers?
How much would you give to protect him
against German bullets? Is it not worth just
as much to protect him against the darts of
Satan? If you have no one that is near to
you among the soldiers, surely your heart is
big enough to want to add to the comfort, the
happiness, the efficiency, the moral and spir
itual safety of every man in our army and of
those in the armies of our allies.
This money can be raised. It must be raised.
Let the gifts pour in until they have reached at
least the amount asked for ? $35,000,000.
With each dollar given let a prayer go up to
God for His blessing upon the soldiers.
A DIVISION OF LABOR.
The sensible and impressive advertisements
of "Presbyterian Elder," appearing in our
Church papers, have started several lines of
thought in the minds of many in the Church.
We must let people know the needs of the
kingdom if they are to be met. One serious
trouble with the rank and file of the constit
uency of any church is that they do know the
dire needs of the world. Information means
inspiration and inspiration expresses itself in
gifts and sacrifices. The Church papers prob
ably reach one-fifth of the families of the con
gregations; are read by about two-thirds of
them. So a large number of the members of
the Church do not see the advertisement. Is
there not some way of putting these telling,
advertisements into the hands of every member
of the Church ? This is the day of advertising.
Any agency would undertake to get the needed
knowledge into the minds of men. Why may
not the Church be as successful in handling this
matter as men of the world who "put over" a
Liberty Bond loan?
We speak for more advertising and better.
Undoubtedly the difficulty of financing our
causes lies in the failure to get the attention of
our people. There is money aplenty in the
Southern Church. There is need enough for
it. There is a splendid spirit of liberality
among our Church members. All that is need
ed is the connecting up by the electric current
Another line of thought leads to suggestion
that the agency for raising funds be distinct
from the agency of administering them. This
in fact is clearly stated in one of the adver
Where the raising of funds and the expend
ing of them are combined in the same agency
there are several dangers. One is that undue
emphasis may be given to one need out of pro
portion to the others. There is always the ten
dency to narrow vision. One line of work ia
almost obliged to feel that it is the moat im
portant and therefore needs the most. The
effort to secure it will be proportionate. And
to the extent that agency or the other ia suc
cessful, the Church will be divided into groups
who believe in home missions and in nothing
else ? or in foreign missions and in nothing else.
And so on down the line. Few are the well
balanced souls who can be equally interested in,
and liberal toward all the causes in just pro
portion. Then there is the temptation that
one agency will try to secure more than its just
allowances; producing friction and sometimes
ill-will. This all militates against the devel
opment of the whole Church in the best way.
To take the raising of benevolent funds out
of the hands of those who administer will great
ly relieve them of what seems to the outsider
their chief business. It is much better to ad
minister wisely and well a moderate sum than
to extend too rapidly and find a colossal debt as
a mill-stone around the neck of the Church.
Many will suspect an unwise administering of
funds through lack of careful thought and this
due to consumption of time and effort in rais
ing money. It is rarely the case that the same
agency has equal talents for raising money and
administering. The two departments are al
ways separated in large and growing busi
The idea that the men who administer will
be most interested in securing the means may
be true ; but then they are zealous for a small
sum compared with all that is needed; where
as it is easier to raise a large sum of money
than a small one. And a succession of ''spurts"
to secure a series of sums will not secure as
much as one great effort to secure it all at one
time. A. A. L.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE'S LATEST CLAIM.
Christian Science makes remarkable claims.
One of its defenders is now claiming that it is
a very evangelical system. "What his idea is
of the meaning of the term evangelical is hard
to understand. The Herald and Presbyter in
speaking on this subject says:
"If people follow Mary Eddy they can not
possibly be evangelical, or Christian. If they
follow her they can not believe in God as a
personal being, for she describes Him as 'prin
ciple.' If they follow her they can not believe
in Jesus Christ as the divine-human atoning
Saviour whose blood was shed for the salva
tion of those who repent and believe in him
as needy sinners, for she denied every one of
the fundamental truths that are here expressed
as taught in the gospels. If they follow her
they can not believe in the Bible as inspired
by the Iloly Spirit, for she taught that 'Chris
tian Science' is the Holy Ghost. They can
not believe, if they follow her, that Christ died,
since she taught that he did not die, but was
'hidden in the sepulchre alive.' Why do they
try to deceive people by false claims and pre
tenses beret If they follow Mary Eddy they
can not believe in the divine perfection of Jesus
Christ, for she says that he would not have
spoken as he did, 'had wisdom characterized
all his sayings.' If they follow Mary Eddy
they do not believe in prayer, for she said that
'prayer to a personal God is a hindrance.'
If they follow Mary Eddy they can not be evan
gelical, in any shape or form, since she taught
that: 'Man is incapable of sin'; 'man is per
fect now, henceforth and forever'; and 'there
is no final judgment,' just as plainly as she
said, 'man is never sick.' ' If they follow Mary
Eddy they can not be evangelical, indorsing
her proposition that her book is a 'higher,