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the government donates all its energy
to the cultivation of wheat, as vege tables could disappear from the fields too easily! The Frenchman eats far more bread than most Americans, and it is proper that the government should concentrate on the great article of food. In almost every peasant vil lage there is a branch office of the agricultural bureau referred to above, with a lieutenant in charge. As I move about over the country I see a notice in large letters in many a field, "Culture Militaire" or "Terrain Cultive par les Armees." These fields are large and numerous near the front in regions vacated by the civilian population. They decrease in size and number as one recedes towards the regions not effected by military vio lence where there is a civilian popu lation sufficient to do the work. The government has rendered ser vice in many ways in providing herds of cattle and horses for the twenty thousand square miles vacated by the Germans, so that there are again some charming grazing scenes in the regions stripped of live stock in Sep tember, 1914. My mind comes back, in conclusion, to the children still remaining in the villages in the war zone. In various villages within reach of the long-range guns of the enemy, and always sub ject to aerial bombardments, are still to be found children of *.he poorer families who are unable to get away. There is usually a little school for them, taught sometimes by a man, iometimes by a woman. Some of my finest experiences in France have been connected with the taking of Christmas packages from America to certain of these schools and in co operation with the teacher, distribut ing little gifts and bringing an ele ment of good cheer to boys and girls of six to thirteen years, whoso fathers in many cases have died for France. Here is a picture indelibly fixed in my mind ? the children, their devoted teacher and the little school-room In the bombarded villages of France,' starting at a distance to the rear, where all the population remains, de creasing In number and becoming more pathetic in condition as one ad vances, until at last one reaches the . point whence children and all have fled in search of safety. Such are a few of the traces of that picture I sought in vain in the press, and which has become part and parcel of my every day experience, and which will no doubt be to mo a memory mingled with consternation and re gret, with affection and with pity, with happiness and with sorrow as long as life shall be spared. France, Feb. 11, 1918. CAMP EXPERIENCES IN PERSONAL | WORK. Here is one of them. It occurred at mP Wadsworth, Spartanburg, S. C. J ) > the One Hundred and Fourth w .ferine Gun Battalion Is a young sol fiS'er named Russell Brown. His father fnd mother and two sisters are mem bers of the First church, Philadelphia. Russell had never confessed Chrlbt and for a number of years had not attended church. I called on him in his tent a couple of times, going the second time with the very definite in tention of speaking to him about his relationship to the Saviour. I failed to tell him my heart's wish. -Was it through timidity? Possibly. Over against that, his tent was filled with rollicking comrades. Somehow there is such a thing as kicking open the door of the Holy of Holies. If possi bly , talk to men about their souls when they are alone, and not in the presence of the crowd. I left the young soldier's tent that day dls heartened. It seemed certain I would not get to speak to him again. I went to Y. M. C. A. headquarters. Dr. Paul Moore Strayer. of Rochester, N. Y., a wonderfully refreshing man to meet, asked me to go that night to It th* t* hUt N?' 95- For the rest of the afternoon I was useless. Heart and sou! were crying out for Russell Brown. About 6 o'clock I decided to go to the Y. hut and write some let ers The huts are generally empty at that hour. The soldiers are still in the mess shacks. I went to what I thought was hut 95. With the ex ception of a Y. man and two soldiers over ^ a corner the hut was deserted. Y- man and I conversed for a time. He told me I had gotten Into the wrong hut. I was about to go phon I looked around and there was tak'r i ?Tn- ? h0W easy 11 waa to take that lad off into a corner and preach Christ to him. His heart was 0^ Glad,y he signed a confession Christ as Saviour, making the re quest that his name be placed on the church roll beside that of his mother V rite to her to-morrow, won't you'" he asked, "and tell her about it." The happiness in that mother's heart is recompense for that month in camp Russell was home recently on a fur Unmn aD? U Wa8 g??d t0 hGar h,S tes timony from our pulpit. He goes to France shortly. May the Christ whom he confessed go with him and cover head in the day of battle. Another experience took place at Camp .Shendan. Twenty-flve Muskin U; boy* are ^ere. I love Muskingum College because of its Camp Sheridan products. Manlier, cleaner fellows I have never seen. One day I was in tent of a Muskingum boy, Ser vant Mcllvaine. A so,dier came ,1 r vate Roller, of Newark, Ohio. The three of us engaged in conversation that deepened Into spiritual things. Rollers heart was open and he con fessed Christ. At his request I sent his signed confession to Dr. Tullis pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of Newark, with an applica tion for church membership. Soon a th? Vam! fr?m Dr- Tullls' stating o add6^ S* 8eS9i?n Were deliShted ron \lluT R?,,er'8 name ^ their hnrt h k y?Ung men nientioned had been baptized In childhood, o he opportunity that the Church has Just now. Soldiers by the thousands are flnd'ng Christ in the army camps. ChurohT ?U C0Dnectln? with the thn* ?>, y ma ' but 1 am convinced that the way to create in these sol diers hearts an abiding affection for the home church is to enroll them by sending in their signed confession and their application for church member ship Absent from us in body, but not Jn spirit one of our most devoted mem bers here is Private Russell Brown I doubt not that Private Roller has the same feeling toward his home church in Newark, O. It was a pleasure, at Fort Ogle thorpe, to meet the two splendid sons MrT ?KOUr Cedar Rap,ds Pastors, Mr. Murch. It was good, too, to see one of the Grove City Campbells Surely that is a family worth while Un a little farm near Grove City a godly father and mother reared their sixteen children. For many years one of the sons has been a faithful mis sionary of the cross in the Presby terian Church in Slam. Another son a United Presbyterian missionary in Egypt Estill another Is pastor of the I nlted Presbyterian Church at Unity Pa And there are United Presby! terian elders from that family. There Isn't a black sheep in the lot. All of them, brothers and sisters and father and mother are active in the work of Christ. Porter, the youngest boy, ig bearing true witness at Fort Ogle thorpe. Character is what we do when people aren't watching us. For half an hour one day I saw Porter Campbell fairly devouring his Testa ment when he didn't know that any body wub watching him. He 1b a pretty fair sample of thousands of other boys who are wearing khaki. The boys in the camps can put so many of the home people to shame. The former are hungry for the word. ? Rev. S. C. Gamble, in the United Presbyterian. TIME AMD PLACE OF MEETINGS OF PRESBYTERIES. Synod of Alabama. East Alabama ? Union Springs, April li Mobile ? Central Mobile, April 9, 7:30 P. M. North Alabama ? Birmingham. Second, April 16. 7:30 P. M. Tuscaloosa ? -Gordo, April 16, 7:30 P. M. Synod of Appalachla. Abingdon ? Bristol, Central. April 16. 7:30 P. M. Asheville ? West Ashevllle, April 9, 7:30 P. M. Holston ? Kingsport, Tenn., April 16, 7:30 P. M. KLnoxville ? Missionary Ridge, April ?, 7:30 P. M. Synod of Arkania*. Arlcanoao Ouachita ? Stamps, April 9. 7:46 P. M. Pine Bluff ? Pine Bluff, First, April ?, 7:30 P. M. Washburn ? Prairie Grove, April 9. Synod of Florida. Florida ? Chipley, April 16. 7:30 P. M. St. John's ? First church, Clearwater, April 16. 7:30 P. M. Suwanee ? S. Jacksonville, April 16. 7:30 P. M. Synod of Urorfta. Athens ? Hartwell. April 16, 8 P. M. Atlanta ? Kelley church, near McDon ough, April 16, 8 P. M. Augusta ? Penfield, April 16. 7:30 P. M. Cherokee ? Home, April 16, 7:30 P. M. Macon ? Rose Hill church. Columbus, April 23, 7:30 P. M. Savannah ? Douglas, April 16. 7:30 P. M. Synod of Kentucky. Ebenezer ? Louisville ? Frankfort, April 9, 7:30 P. M. Muhlenburg ? Central City, April 9, 7:30 P. M. Paducah ? Marion, April 16, 7:30 P. M. Transylvania ? Pleasant Grove, April 23, 7:30 P. M. West Lexington ? Versailles, April 9, 7:30 O VT Synod of Lonlalana. Louisiana ? Jackson, April 23, 8 P. M. New Orleans ? New Iberia, April 16, 7:30 P. M. Red River ? Rayvllle, April 16, 8 P. M. ? ? ? ? Synod of MlaalnntppL Central Mississippi ? Indianola, April 9, 7:30 P. M. East Mississippi ? Scooba, Knox Church. April 9, 7:46 P. M. Meridian ? Mosa Point. April 16, 7:30 P. M. Mississippi ? Port Gibson, April 16, 7:30 P. M. North Mississippi ? Clarksvllle, April 23, 7:30 P. M. Synod of Mlaaourl. Lafayette ? First church. Lexington. April 16. 7:30 P. M. Missouri ? Auxvasse. April 9, 7:30 P. M Potosl ? Caruther8Ville, April 9, 8 P. M. St. Louis ? Clayton, April 16, 8 P. M. Upper Missouri ? Lawson, April 9, 8 P. M. Synod of North Carolina. Albemarle ? Raleigh, April 23, 8 P. M. Concord ? Statesvllle, First, April 16, 7:30 P. M. Fayetteville ? Lumberton, April 23. King's Mountain ? Gastonia, April 16, 8 P. M. Mecklenburg ? Monroe, April 9, 8 P. M. Orange ? Piedmont, April 16. Wilmington ? Graves' Memorial, Clinton, April 9. 3 P. M. Synod of Oklahoma. Purant ? Hugo, April 24. 8 P. M. Indian ? Hugo, April 16. 7:30 P. M. Mang-um ? Walters, Broadway, April 16, 8 P. M. synod of snedecar memorial. Colored. Central Alabama ? Mobile. Ann St., April 11. 7:30 P. M. Central ? Texarkana, Ark. -Tex., April 18, 7:30 P. M. Ethel ? North and South Carolina ? Rowland, N. C.. April 4, 10:30 A. M. Synod of Sonth Carolina. Bethel ? Bowling Green, April 23, 11 A. M. Charleston ? John's Island. April 9, S P. M. Congaree ? Le Vanon, April 8, 8 P. M. Enoree ? Lockhart, April 9, 7:30 P. M. Harmony ? Mt. Zlon, April 16, 11 A. M. Pee Dee ? Dunbar, April 16, 8 P. M. Piedmont ? Pendleton, April 23. 8 P. M. South Carolina ? Hodges, April 16, 3 P. M. Synod of Tmbmimc. Columbia ? Lynnvllle, April 9, 8 P. M. Memphis ? Colliersvllie, April 16, 7:30 P. M. Nashville ? Nashville, Woodward Street. April 16, 7:30 P. M. Syaod of Texaa. Brazos ? Bay City, April 23, 7: SO P. M Brownwood ? Coleman, April 16. 8 P M Central^Texaa ? Taylor, First, April 16, 8 Dallas ? Oak Cliff, April 9. 8 P. M. Eastern Texas ? Sour Lake. April ?, 8 Pa M. El Paso ? Post April 16. ! P. M. Fort Worth ? North Fort Worth. April 16. 8 P. M. Paris ? First church. Longvlew. April ?, S P. M. Tex-Mexican ? San Antonio. April 10, 7:80 P. M. Western Texas ? Qonrales, April 16. 8 P. M. Synod of Virginia. East Hanover ? Blackstone, April 22. I P. \T. Lexington ? Mt. Horeb. April 16, 3:30 P. M. Montgomery ? Lynchburg, Westminster, April 16, 8 P. M. Norfolk ? Norfolk. First, April 16. IP.M. Potomac ? Mt. Washington, April 16, 3 P. M. Roanoke? West Hanover ? Charlottesville. April 23, 8 P. M. Winchester ? Martinsburg. W. Va-, April 16, 8 P. M. Synod of West Virginia. Greenbrier ? First church, Hinton, April ?, 8 P. M. Kanawha ? Montgomery, April 16. 8 P. M. Tygarts^ Valley ? Oassaway, April 16. 8 NOTE FROM NANKING, CHINA. Rev. P. Frank Price, in a recent let ter from Nanking* gives interesting facts regarding that great city, great in commercial Importance and politi cal matters, and as a center of mis sionary life: "Nanking is one of the big cen ters of missionary life. Here is a great Union Christian University, a Union Theological 8eminary, numer ous Bible schools and Christian schools of all grades and an active evangelistic work. Connected with the university is the language school for missionaries, which attracts from fifty to seventy-five new missionaries every year, and a school of agriculture and forestry, which brings the uni versity in touch in a large way with the Chinese government and people. Christian effort reaches out to all classes of the Chinese people, includ ing the scholar class and students in government schools, and to the non missionary foreign community. Nan king is noted for itB close co-opera tion by all denominations in mission ary work and, for this and other reasons, attracts most of the promt nent visitors from abroad and many from all parts of China, both foreign and Chinese. The increase of promi nent Christian Chinese is one hopeful feature in recent days." Remember there are dangers, broken glass to be taken from life's highway; there are thorns to be uprooted and roses to be planted. ? Joel B. Slocum. WANTED. By a refined settled woman, place as housekeeper for a widower, or as companion to an elderly lady. No children. Can give references. Ad dress Mrs. T.. Box 45, R. 1, Catiett. Va. The next time you buy calomel ask for The purified calomel tab lets that are entirely free of all sickening and sali vating effect*. Medicinal virtues vastly Improved. Guaranteed by jowr drag gist. Sold Mly la sealed packages. Priea 35c.