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expansive to keep ?p. Second. The school haa been la existence (or seventeen years, during which time It has helped to edaoate over one thoasand girls. Third. We believe that there Is an era of usefulness before this school that will far surpass the splendid record of the past. Fourth. Permanent improvement* are being made by the State and other institutions throughout the moun tains. We cannot afford to fall be hind any of them. The first building that we plan to erect is a central building between the graded school and the high school, which will serve both departments. In the basement there will be a laun dry with modern equipment. The first story will be a dining-room and kitchen large enough to accommodate one hundred and fifty glrla. The sec ond story will be used for musle and other purposes. We want to begin excavating a>d getting materials ready for this build ing right away, and to begin work on It In the early spring." Mr. Tufts also says: "In contributing to this eause bo one need fear that because prices are so high their money would bo wasted or extravagantly used. Our plans for the present are to do mothlng but to get out materials, stone, sand, lumber; work that can be done as cheaply in the mountains now as five years ago, or five years hence. All we need now is money to keep men and teams busy; subscriptions could be made on installment plan, yield ing a small amount now, the remain der covering period of five years." Upon receipts of the above infor mation, the Board of Trustees before adjournment passed the following resolution: Whereas, we, the newly appointed trustees of Lees-McRae Institute at Banner Elk, have visited the school and have seen and heard the noble work this institution Is doing in all its departments, heartily endofse the same and pledge ourselves to aid in every way in bringing the aeeds of the institution to the attention of the Church at large, and that the plan to replace the present wooden structures with more permanent onee be approved, and that a copy of this resolution, accompanied with the facts as above reported be sent to the Church papers. Those who desire to make a con tribution to this worthy cause may send funds to Itev. Edgar Tufts, Ban ner Elk, North Carolina, the presi dent of the school and treasurer of the building fund. (Signed) Rev. J. L. McMillan, Chairman Board of Trustees. lias your Coal shovel been tagged yet f your shovel DAY v TUB MIMING 91SO.M7 AND WHAT WOULB BB DONI WITH IT. At the request of the Systematic Beneficence Committee, there is sub mitted annually to tke General As sembly, by the Executive Committee, an itemized statement of the pressing demands of our Church's Home Mis sion work and the amount needed for this department for the ensuing year. After these items ha*e been carefully considered in detail and approved by the Assembly, the Church is called upon for the minimum amount neces sary to accomplish the work outlined in the statement submitted. For the year ending March 81, 1917, tke Assembly asked for its Home Mission work $324,000, and of this amount the committee received $193,383. The purpose of this statement i? to ahow Juat how much of the task ap proved by the General Assembly and laid upon the Executive Committee of Home Missions as a pressing obliga tion, has remained unflniahed, because the committee failed to receive $130,837 of the amount asked by the Assembly for this work. Item No. 1: One of the most Im portant eonslderations for the Church is increased pay for the Home Mission worker. It is doubtful if many realise the meager support give* the worker in the home field. Negro ministers re ceive only $15 to $20 per month. Is the mountains and among the foreign ers, scores of devoted Christian teach ers are laboring for only $20 and $25 per month. Men with large families receive $1,000 to 01,200 per year, and many have no manse. Five years ago their salary did not provide the bare necessities of life. To-day with living so much higher, it goes only half as far. Ordinarily such a thing as a vacation is unknown, and many articles of common use are consid ered luxuries. The Assembly authorised, and urged, that there should be an im mediate advance of at least 25 per cent in the salary of all Home Mis sion workers. Could anyone object to this Increase? In fact, would any one suggest that this Increase is suf ficient? In strict justice should not the salary of the honse missionary be doubled? - Yet even the proposed 25 per cent increase would require $31,900. Item No. 3: Many of our missions for the negro, the immigrant and in the mountains are without buildings, and the work is being retarded be cause of Inadequate equipment. It is recognized by everyone that proper buildings and equipment would raise the efficiency of all thia work, and would Increase the ratio of returns upon the entire investment. The cost of buildings approved by the General Assembly, and deemed absolutely necessary, but which have not been secured, total $28,537. Item No. 3: The General Assembly expressed the Judgment that the debt of $18,000 resting upon the Oklahoma Presbyterian College, should be re moved. and also that an appropriation of $12,000 should be made to make effective the $16,000 subscribed locally for an additional dormitory, necessary for the largest success of the institution. To supply these recognised and pressing needs, would require $30,000. Item No. 4: The work of church erection Is fundamental to the life of the denomination. Every year the committee is besieged with applica tions for assistance for new churches. The General Assembly approved the appropriation of at least $10,000 from our current funds for this purpose. The lnoessant pressure of unmet needs tm ether departs eats made It lmpes* Bible for the committee to appropriate more than $800 for church buildings, leaving a balance for the year on this Item of $9,300. Item No. 5: In view of the growing demands, the General Assembly au thorised a 10 per cent advance in every department of the committee's work. To have undertaken the en largement authorized, would have re quired $21,000. Item No. 0: To remove the debt Incurred because of the business and financial depression incident to the breaking out of the European war, and which has been resting upon the work the past three years, would re quire $10,000. ? ? ? This exhibit is designed to show the difference between our Home Mission deeds and our present Home Mission needs. It is certain that the commit tee would not have the slightest diffi culty in investing profitably the miss ing $130,637 in maintaining the work. This does not provide for the multiplicity of appeals for help con stantly coming from many new and inviting fields. In fact, the General Assembly after carefully considering the spiritual destitution and needs in our Home Mission territory, expressed the deliberate judgment that to meet the opportunities and responsibilities confronting our Church, the Execu tive Committee of Home Missions should have an annual Income of at least $550,000 for its work. We lay the case before the Church and ask the aid of all our people in securing this year the missing $130, 637. MISSION WORK IN THE MOUN TAINS OF KENTUCKY. Mrs. Cora A. Syron, a trained nurse missionary, for her first month's re port, says: Seven Sunday-Kchooli held, three Christian Endeavor, three prayer meetings, nine singing and Bible classes, thirty cases of helping sick, three meetings in homes, one burial service. On one of her trips Mrs. Syron saw a men passing with a casket on his shoulder. She inquired if there was a body in the casket; then if they would like to have a little ser vice at the grave. "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" floated out from that hill side. She told them of the Christians' sure hope of meeting loved ones above. Upon entering a home Mrs. Syron finds a baby three days old, no doctor, and the mother not knowing what to do for the baby. She gave mother and baby a bath and cared for them. The next morning she prepared break fast for the family. Do yon know the real Joy of helping one of Christ's brothers or sisters for his sake 7 After the last hymn a little girl of net more than six years eases ay te Mrs. Syron and uyi, "You gave us a vary nica talk." A Sunday-school warkar of last summar writes: "I would like to ba with you to-day. I may go to France and there get killed, but I believe that even on my death-bed I will think of the dear mountain people." De you know there are from 1,(00 to 2,100 miners within a short dis tance from here who have hardly any religious opportunities. No doubt, among these, in an acorn form, there are many Martin Luthers. Would you like to come and tell them about Jesus? During September and October I helped with or held thirty-nine ser vices. Among these is included a stereopticon lecture, "With a Deacon ess Through the Slums of Chicago." Both times tbis was given we inter spersed the pictures with songs and recitations by the school children. We need a stereopticon machine in order to give such pictures in the school houses away back in the mountains. I stopped at the home of Mrs. S. She has twin girls, Edna and Gladys. They are big and fat and look just alike. Their mother told me that In order to tell them apart, she sewed blue buttons on Edna's dresses and white buttons on Gladys' dresses. If in doubt who's who, the buttons telL Mrs. B. tells me her little girl is a thrash doctor. "When a child has never seen one of its parents," said the mother, "it can cure babies of tn*? thrash by blowing in the baby's mouth." Such a child is called a thrash doctor. Her mother told me that her little girl had cured a dozen or more babies brought to her; that she would just blow in the child's mouth and every one got welL "Who can understand his errors?" i Letter from a missionary society that desires to help support a trained nurse, says: "The work you have pre sented to us I feel will open our hearts for more earnest efforts to bring the message of Christ in so tangible a way." Ho! Te missionary societies! Ho! Ye individuals! Should not helping such a work open your hearts, too? A message from a seminary profes sor asks for an opportunity to have a monthly share In this work. Dear friends of this work: With in the last few weeks God has sent us rich direct answer to prayer. Will you not beseech Him to engage ua mightily to do His will? We need prayer that reaches His ear. S. B. M. Ghlselin, Home Mission Evangelist of Letcher and Perry Counties, Ky. Viper, Ky. "The test of greatness Is the way One meet* the eternal every day."