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
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
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
Synod of Alabama.
East Alabama ? Union Springs, April li
Mobile ? Central Mobile, April 9, 7:30 P.
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
Holston ? Kingsport, Tenn., April 16, 7:30
KLnoxville ? Missionary Ridge, April ?,
7:30 P. M.
Synod of Arkania*.
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
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.
Louisville ? Frankfort, April 9, 7:30 P.
Muhlenburg ? Central City, April 9, 7:30
Paducah ? Marion, April 16, 7:30 P. M.
Transylvania ? Pleasant Grove, April 23,
7:30 P. M.
West Lexington ? Versailles, April 9, 7:30
Synod of Lonlalana.
Louisiana ? Jackson, April 23, 8 P. M.
New Orleans ? New Iberia, April 16, 7:30
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
Mississippi ? Port Gibson, April 16, 7:30
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
Fayetteville ? Lumberton, April 23.
King's Mountain ? Gastonia, April 16, 8
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.
Central Alabama ? Mobile. Ann St., April
11. 7:30 P. M.
Central ? Texarkana, Ark. -Tex., April 18,
7:30 P. M.
North and South Carolina ? Rowland, N.
C.. April 4, 10:30 A. M.
Synod of Sonth Carolina.
Bethel ? Bowling Green, April 23, 11
Charleston ? John's Island. April 9, S P.
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.
Synod of Tmbmimc.
Columbia ? Lynnvllle, April 9, 8 P. M.
Memphis ? Colliersvllie, April 16, 7:30
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
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.
Synod of Virginia.
East Hanover ? Blackstone, April 22. I
Lexington ? Mt. Horeb. April 16, 3:30
Montgomery ? Lynchburg, Westminster,
April 16, 8 P. M.
Norfolk ? Norfolk. First, April 16. IP.M.
Potomac ? Mt. Washington, April 16, 3
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
"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.
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