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RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, JANUARY 9, 1918. No. 2 Cbttortal JSote# anb Comment @@@ EDITORS, like other people, appleciate the expression of good wishes. "We have been very much gratified with ilie many kind words that have come to us at the bediming cf the New Year. More than one writer has ex pressed the wish that we may have "a pros perous *nd useful year." We can ask for no better wish. If the year is prosperous from a business standpoint, it will enable us not only to continue to make the paper useful, but to extend its usefulness. Editors alone can no more make a paper a success than can a pastor of a church make his work a success without the help of his people. We need the help of everyone of our readers and friends, to enable us to make realities of the wishes of our friends. There are many ways in which this help can be given. If any friend wishes to help make the paper more useful he can doubt . less find a way. If he cannot, we will be glad to have the opportunity of making a sugges tion. For all of our readers, we cannot make a better wish than that they may have "a prosperous and useful New Year." JURIST'S SECOND COMING is always a ? > matter of deep interest to Christians. There are some who are always trying to de cide when this wonderful event is to take place, and seem to think that any unusual events in the world's history portend its approach. They overlook the fact that our Saviour seemed to foresee that such events would produce this impression, and so he said that, though these things would occur, they must remember that 4 'the end is not yet." Those who seem to think that this great world war will be followed by his coming might well bear this in mind and also that he has said that no one but the Father knows when that event shall take place. He enjoins upon us to be faithful in the perform ance of the duties he has given us to do, and if we do this we will be ready for his coming whenever it may occur. + + * WAR demands money. We believe that this country is realizing this fact with ever-increasing force. And the people are re sponding to the calls of the Government in a wonderful way. Much of the money needed will be raised by the sale of bonds. The bal ance will be raised by taxation. It is just here that there seems to be most trouble antici pated. There are a great many people who object most seriously to paying taxes. And especially do they complain against any in crease of them. Some men, who are apparent ly honest in all other business transactions, do not seem to hesitate to try to deceive the Government as to the amount of taxes that they ought to pay. The Government is now to impose a tax on incomes to help meet the greatly increasing costs of the war. To a very large extent it must depend upon the state ment made by a man as to what his income is. The man who makes affidavit as to the amount of his income and places it below the actual amount, is just as guilty of perjury as a man who swears falsely in regard to any other matter. And more than that, he is just as guilty of treason as he would be if he sent financial aid to the Germans. One of the best ways just now in which every man can show his loyalty is to make returns as to his income as promptly and honestly as possible, as soon as the Government calls on him for his re port. + + + WAR and matters connected with it are oc cupying so much of the time and thought of most people these days that they are apt to overlook important matters at home. One point to be guarded against is the doing of anything that will interfere with the carrying of any line of legitimate business. The woman vho says she will not buy any new dresses this year is depriving a number of people of their usual and normal business from which they must make a living for themselves and their families. Every dress not purchased cuts off the income of the producer of the material, the manufacturer of the cloth, the wholesale and retail merchants, and the dressmaker and their employees. The man who needs to have a house built and can afford to do it, should remember that, if he does not build it he de prives many workmen of their living. The subscriber to a newspaper who stops his sub scription interferes with the success of the pa per, and if a large number do likewise, it will cause the suspension of its publication. When the war is over there will necessarily be many readjustments of business. But the less inter ference there is with business now, the better conditions will be then. + + * GENERAL PERSHING is showing in many ways his fitness to command our troops in France. He has recently issued an order which will mean a great deal for our men, and will do much to preserve their efficiency. He has forbidden, under heavy penalty, the giving or selling of liquor to our soldiers. And he is doing all in his power to protect them from vice. That this course is worth while is shown by the experience of our allies. Many thousands of their men have been permanently incapaci tated for service through these evils, and the efficiency of millions of others has been greatly lowered by the same means. The English com manders have said that liquor and vice made a more formidable foe thfth are the Huns. We want our men to preserve their highest ef ficiency, that they may the sooner win the vic tory. And we want them to come back home strong and clean, morally and physically. Gen eral Pershing is much to be commended and it is hoped that he will be sustained by the other officers and by the men. JERUSALEM is in the hands of the Chris tians for the firsf time for hundreds of years. The British army has taken it from the Turks. It is a source of great satisfaction that the Turks withdrew from the city, before it was necessary for the British to fire a single shot. The place, we suppose, is of not much strategical importance. But the Turks might have held it until they were driven out, or they might have destroyed it before they left it. They did neither, and so far as we can learn the only damage done to the Holy City was by the German officers who were in command of the Turkish troops. They are said to have sacked the Christian churches and to have taken from them vast treasures of money and precious jewels and works of art and to have sent them at once to Berlin. It is sincerely to be hoped that the whole of Palestine will soon be in the possession of the British, and that, as soon as possible after the close of the war, England will take steps to offer to the Jews the privilege of making that land their home, if they so desire. It is understood that England has already said that she will do this. And if she does, we may be sure that she will see that the Turks never get posses sion of it again. + + ?51 SECRETARY McADOO, speaking of giving for the welfare of soldiers, asks this perti nent question: "Shall we be more tender with our dollars than we are with our sons?" The people of this country are making heroic sac rifices in giving their sons for the terrible war in which we are engaged. There have been very few cases reported where fathers or moth ers have made any effort to prevent their sons from going into the army. Many noble sacrifices have been made to enable them to do so. In the same way liberal responses have been made to the various calls for money to provide for the comfort and general welfare of the soldiers. Presbyterians have not been behind in doing their part. Many of their boys are in the camps or in France. Presby terians have given liberally for the Y. M. C. A. and other general work in the camps. But there is nothing that can quite take the place of the Church in which a man has grown up, and to which he and his family belong. Through our War Work Council our Church is trying to keep Presbyterian boys in close touch with the Presbyterian Church. It is very important that this he done. To do this in all the camps will require, it is estimated, at least $100,000 this year. The campaign to raise this amount is still on. Though this amount is large, it is not larger than is needed. It is not larger than the ability of our Church to give. We cannot believe that it is larger than its liberality. Surely Presbyterians will not be less willing to give their dollars than they are to give their boys.