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RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, FEBRUARY 13, 1918. No. 7 Cbttortal Hotes anb Comment BENEV OLENCES arc occupying the thoughts and the hearts of people today as never before. This is shown in the large sums given for Red Cross, Y. M. C. A., Y. W. C. A. and many other kinds of benevolent work. These sums have been far larger than were ever given in this country before. The increase in gifts to the work of the Church however has beeix thus far very slight. The result is that all the departments of the Church's work is suffering. Our Executive Committees are handicapped and must go in debt to keep up the work they are doing, when they ought to be advancing. In the local churches many pastors and their families are suffering silent ly and uncomplainingly, because their salaries are not sufficient to provide the necessities of life, to say nothing of the comforts. Luxuries have always been out of their reach. It looks now like better times are coining for the Church in all departments of its work. For several years the General Assembly has said that there is need for at least $3,000,000 a year to do the work that the Church ought to do. Thus far the Church has not been awake to its duty and responsibility in this matter. But conditions are improving. The churches have been giving about $2,000,000 for the work out side of their own congregations. All over the Church today the wide-awake big vision men a^e saying that the whole amount asked for by the Assembly ought to be raised, and they are saying that it can be done. Under the leadership of the Assembly's Stewardship Com mittee active business men all through the Church are being formed into committees which are preparing for a great educational campaign on this subject. The effort will be to have this followed by an enthusiastically conducted every member canvass. The object will not be to secure large gifts at the time of the canvass, but to secure pledges for increased weekly gifts during the coming year. There are comparatively few members of the Church who cannot double their weekly gifts, and do it without causing themselves or any one else any suffering. But suppose we must suffer, shall the Lord's work suffer because we are not willing to make a little sacrifice? + + * SOME people insist that the Church is not growing and say that it is losing its power in the world. It would be well for these pes simists to give a little thought to this fact and see if they can explain it. In the last 25 years the population of this country has increased 61 per cent., and the church membership has in creased 94 per cent. This looks a little as though the Church is doing something in the way of reaching the people, though it is not doing what it ought to do or might do. What the Church needs is optimists, who can see the best in the Church and see how it is giving to the world the best that it has. DEEP regret is felt that the report has come back to this country from France that General Pershing, who is in command of our troops there, is allowing the soldiers under him to have wine and beer. The War Department does not allow the use of any alcoholic liquors by the men in the camps in this country, be cause they lower their efficiency. Why the same results will not follow in France we do not understand. It is to be sincerely hoped that our War Department will take the matter in hand and speak in no uncertain sound on the subject. If this is not done at once the fathers, mothers and friends of the soldiers ought to let the War Department hear from them, demand ing the protection of our men. + + ? Men's Bible Class Remembers The Soldiers A pastor of a city church writes that the Men's Bible Class in his church is going to send a copy of the Presbyterian of the South to every man who has gone from that church into the army or navy. This is a very wise decision on the part of this class. The paper will be a weekly reminder to the soldier or sailor that his church is interested in him. The reading of it will keep him in touch with the work of the Church, and so when he comes back home he will not feel so cut off, as he would otherwise, lo calise of his absence. And the paper will furnish him much good reading that will help him in his spiritual life. We will send the paper to a soldier or sailor for a year for one dollar, which is just half our regular price. We hope that there are many men's classes that will take up this matter. Let us hear from you about it. 4- + + NEW YORK is the State in which the liquor forces seem to be more strongly en trenched than almost anywhere else. An effort is now being made to secure action by the Leg islature declaring prohibition of the manufac ture and sale of alcoholic liquors in that State during the continuance of the war with Ger many and for one year after the signing of the terms of peace. This is declared to be a war emergency act. It is sincerely hoped that this bill will be passed. If prohibition is adopted temporarily by any State, it is not probable that the liquor business will ever be permitted again. The liquor people realize this, and it is for this reason that they are fighting here and in England against any war measure on the subject being taken. + ? + FUEL conservation is causiug some incon veniences, but it is accomplishing one good thing which will have lasting results. In order to save fuel in many places congregations are uniting in joint services, especially for Sunday night and the mid-week service. This will un doubtedly bring them closer together and in crease the spirit of Christian unity and broth erly love. DANGER to prohibition seems to be looming up in a rather peculiar and unexpected way. Congress has adopted an amendment to the National Constitution on this subject and it has been sent down to the State Legislatures for their ratification. The action taken by Con gress allows seven years in which t lie legisla tures may act. If all act at the earliest prac ticable time, it will probably be two or three years before they will all do so. It may be that in some States it will take the full seven years to get the amendment ratified by the legislature. Now just here is the danger. Per manent national prohibition is greatly to be desired, and everything possible ought to be done to secure it. But prohibition is needed just now as a war measure. The danger is that attention being fixed upon the amendment the present needs will be overlooked. Both actions are needed. Neither one ought to be allowed to take the place of the other. The one is for the future the other is for the immediate pres ent. The need for prohibition has never been as great as it is now. It will mean a great in crease in the efficiency of this country in doing its part in the war. The more efficient we ari as a nation the sooner can we and our allies win the war, and the fewer lives will have to be sacrificed. Which is worth more to us, the liquor business or the lives of our men? The President or Congress ought to establish pro hibition at once. Use your influence to see that it is done. + 4* <? FOOD conservation and production ought to occupy the thoughts of every farmer in this country just now. He is making his plans for the coining season. Let him plan to raise the largest amount of food possible, even if he has to leave off some of the things he is accustomed to raise. Would it not be better, for instance, to raise wheat, corn, pea nuts. potatoes, and pigs than to raise tobacco? + + + SYSTEMATIC beneficence is a term that is used a good deal in church courts and in the Church papers. Sometimes it seems not to be understood. It means simply giving for church work under a definite plan. This is the object of the Every Member Canvass. lie who plans his giving enjoys it. If every' one would decide upon some definite proportion of his income which he will give to the Lord's work, the financial problems of the Church would be solved. ??? + + HOLLAND realizes the need of food con servation and is going at it in the right way. The Government has notified all the distilleries that they will not be allowed to use any more grain for the production of al coholic products. Denmark is not allowing the distillation of any kind of alcohol, except for industrial uses. When are we going to follow their example?