Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA
Newspaper Page Text
RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, FEBRUARY 20, 1918. No. 8 Cbttorial i^otcs anb Comment REV. J. CALVIN STEWART, D. D., has offered his resignation as pastor of the Grace-Covenant church of Richmond. This brings to a close a pastorate of more than thirty years. In 1887 Dr. Stewart became the pastor of what was then known as the Fourth church. Later the name was changed to the Church of the Covenant. Three years ago this church united with the Grace Street church, and the name Grace-Covenant church was adopted. During all these years Dr. Stewart has been a faithful and hard-working pastor, and won the highest esteem and warmest love of his people by his devotion to them and his deep interest in all that concerned them. He has been an earnest preacher of the pure gos pel of Christ. The growth of his church from a small beginning, with its large and hand some building, and plans already mt^de for a new and larger house of worship, shows how he has proved a successful leader of a de voted people. His deep interest in all that pertains to the kingdom of God and the best interests of the peopie has led him to take an active partt in all the general movements in the city looking to the advance of the cause of Christ or the welfare of the community. His efforts have not been limited to his own church nor confined to his own city. He has been of great service to the Church at large. It is earnestly hoped that he may be speedily restored to health and that he may yet have many years in which to use his talents for the upbuilding of the Church and the advance ment of the kingdom of God. + ?!? + FUEL conservation is probably making the people of this country realize that we are in the midst of war more than anything else that has yet occurred, For five days nearly all the manufacturing establishments of the country were closed and their employees were idle. Every Monday for two and a half months these establishments and all the stores and office buildings will be closed. This is in order to save coal. And people the coun try over are accepting this hardship without complaint. We believe the American people will make any sacrifice that the Government may demand of them. But there is one thing that the people should demand of the Gov ernment, and that in no uncertain tones. It is that the Government should stop the fear ful and extravagant waste of coal in the breweries of the country. The National Ad vocate of Indianapolis, Ind., gives the facts on this subject as obtained from a Govern ment official who has investigated the subject. He says that the 1,390 breweries in the United States use 4,170,000 tons of coal a year. There are 220,000 saloons in the country and they use 11,440,000 tons. To move this coal from the fiiines to these consumers the locomotives burn 2,000,000. This makes a total of 17,610, 000 tons of coal u? Vq- breweries and saloons directly. Busiu stopped, churches and schools are bei^J f/ cor lack of coal, but the Government is a/' nothing to save this coal so uselessly wasted. If this enormous amount were distributed among all the families in the cities of the whole country, it would give nearly two tons to each family. The President, Fuel Director Garfield, and the members of Congress should be deluged with petitions until they realize, as they seem not to have done, that there is need and a demand for relief in this matter. + + + WORK for Christ among the soldiers is needed and much is being done, but there still remains much to be done. The Y. M. C. A. is doing a splendid work, and there are some people who seem to think that all religious work ought to be left to them and the army chaplains. The work is so greai that these agencies cannot begin to do all that is needed even in the lines in which they can work. But neither of these can do work for any particular church. Their work must be un denominational. But suppose they could do all the work that is needed, would it be right for the Church to turn its work over to them or any other agency. The Church owes a duty to her boys to do everything in her power for their spiritual welfare, and to strengthen and tighten the ties that bind them to her. This will be done by means of the work being planned and inaugurated by our efficient War Work Council. Read what the Council has to say on this subject each week. If the Church can once realize the need for this work, there will be no difficulty about getting the money that is necessary, for every one who sees the need will gladly give. Remember, the boys are being sent to France very rapidly, and as the spring opens they will be sent much more rapidly. What the Church can do for them must be done in the next few weeks. When these are gone their places in the camps will be filled by others, and so the work must be kept up. + + + MINISTERS' families are denying them selves very much these days. Thus wrote one of our faithful pastors who for years has done good work for the Church and the Master. We wonder whether the officers of his church have given him and his family any consideration in these matters. It is not necessary to ask him. If the officers will a.sk ' themselves whether they can live on the salary paid their pastor, they will easily be con vinced than his salary ought to be increased. Another pastor wrote that his church was on the Honor Roll, as it had given him a small increase in salary. How about your church? Is it on the Honor Roll! OMISSION of the meeting of the General * Assembly for this year has been suggest ed, both for our Church and the Northern Church. The ground for this is that the ex pense of the meetings may be saved. While it is important to be as economical as possi ble during these war times, there are some savings that are not economies. As to the meeting of our Assembly, so far as we know, there is no one who has authority to postpone a meeting. Indeed, we have no law which provides for omitting a meeting or for hold ing special meetings of the Assembly. But even if there is such authority, it would not be wise to omit the meeting this year. There never was a time when the Church had more important work to do, or more difficult prob lems to settle than just at this time. It is to be earnestly hoped that no time will be takei. up iu the discussion of unessential matters, but that the whole energy of every membei of the body will be given to devising means and methods for carrying the gospel into the many doors that are standing wide open. + + + LABELS Oil your paper are put there to give information. This is twofold. They are to give information to the postman that he may know to whom the paper belongs. This is for your benefit. They are to give in formation to you in showing to what time your subscription is paid. This ought to be of benefit to us. If the date is past, it shows that your subscription is due. Look at your label. + * * . T\CT is worth a great deal and often ac complishes wonderful results. In a Y. M. C. A. Hut a young soldier was sitting at one of the reading tables talking with a fellow soldier. lie used some very profane language. A Y. M. C. A. secretary quietly stepped up to him, laid his hand on his shoulder and quietly said, "Write that to your mother," and passed on. A day or two later the sol dier went to the secretary and said to him : "Do you remember what you said to me the other day? Well, I have written to my mother, and it is the first time in three years. And besides that, I have cut out the cursing." + + + WAR times have their depressing effects upon many of the activities of life. The frivolities of societ)' have certainly been cur tailed. Some lines of business have been af fected. The Church needs to guard against de pression in its work. There was never a time when more activity was needed. Opportuni ties for work were never greater. The needs are everywhere. The soldier needs all that can be done for him. The people at home need the strengthening of the gospel that they may be able to bear whatever may come to them. Let the Church be awake and active.