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DR. WILLIAM DENNIS MORTON has been called to his heavenly home from his earthly home in Rooky Mount, N. C. Tues day morning, April 9th, the call came. Up to a few hours before his death he seemed to be in his usual health, when he suffered an at tack of acute indigestion. Dr. Morton was born in Botetourt, County, Va., June 7, 1S43. He was a soldier in the Confederate Army. He was educated. at Hampden-Sidney College and Union Seminary, from which he gradu ated in 1860. He was licensed by West Han over Presbytery in 1868, and was ordained by Muhlenburg Presbytery in 1870. lie served as evangelist for that Presbytery for two years. In 1872 he became pastor at Morgan field, Ky., where he remained \intil 1882. Then for two years he was evangelist for the Synod of Kentucky. He was pastor at Booneville, Mo., from 1885 to 1889. In 1888 he was Mod erator of the Synod of Missouri. From 1S89 to 1891 he was evangelist for the Synod of North Carolina, and from 1891 to 1896 he was pastor at Henderson, N. C. From 1896 to 1899 he was evangelist for the Synod of Mis sissippi. In 1899 he was called to the pastor ate of the church at Rocky Mount, N. C., and remained there until his earthly work was done. He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Westminster College, Missouri, in 1890. In 1900 he was Moderator of the Synod of North Carolina and in 1903 that Synod appointed him a Director of Union Theological Seminary, which office he filled most acceptably up to the time of his death. In every position which he was called to fill he did yeoman's service for the Master. lie was a strong preacher of the pure gospel, and stood high in the esteem of all that knew him. In the Church Courts he was wise in council and active in work. His family and his church havo the heartfelt sympathy of many friends in many parts of the country. + + + CANNOT the churches do something to stop the war? is a question often asked. We have never seen any answer to this question coming from those who ask it. Let us con sider the question as applied to the Church in this country. What can it do to stop the war? Suppose the Church could act as a unit and exert its full influence, what can it do? So far as this country is concerned, how can the war be stopped ? It must be done simply by withdrawing from the fight and calling all of our troops home, or by some compromise with our enemies, or by gaining a victory over our enemies. Suppose the Church could settle the question, what course should it pursue? If we were to call home our troops and with draw all help from our Allies, that would prac tically insure their defeat and German Kul tur would rule the world. We could not es cape it. Our enemies would not consider the question of compromise, and indeed there can bo no compromise between right and justice on one side and wrong and oppression on the other. The only way to establish righteous ness and peace is to win a complete victory over our enemies. Suppose one of our neigh bors has a dog of vicious tendencies. We have tried to be friendly with him and to gain his confidence. After a time he goes mad and attacks the children of some of our other neighbors who are not able to kill him. Shall we shut ourselves up in our house, knowing that unless the dog is killed he will attack our children? Or shall we join our neighbors who have been attacked and kill the dog, so that we may be free from any danger from him? We may dislike to kill a fine specimen of a dog, but we must protect ourselves and others from his mad attacks, else there will be no safety in our community. Sad as it is, there seems to be no human possibility of stopping this fearful war, except by a victory over our enemies, no matter how great the cost may be. If the Church can do anything, it is only that it urge all of its people to be loyal and true to the cause of righteousness, and that those at home be willing to make every sacri fice necessary to aid those who have gone forth to the battle. And let united and constant prayer go up to the God of battles that He may speedily give us and our Allies a complete victory. + + + KAXAMOIM is the name of a Japanese who was converted in his early life and spent a number of years in the ministry. Becoming unsettled in his convictions, he gave up the ministry and entered the government service for twenty years. Five years ago his wife died and his affliction brought him back to God. lie determined to return to the preach ing of the gospel. He spent five hours a day for six months preparing a sermon to present all the plan of salvation that a Japanese need know to become a Christian. He goes up and down the land preaching that one sermon, often repeating it night after night at the same place. He is listened to eagerly by the multitudes that fill theatres and other places in which he preaches, and his sermon is three hours long. He is said to be accomplishing a great deal and winning many souls for Christ. + + + PROHIBITION is inarching. The liquor people are seeing their defeat in the near future. President M. J. Fontana and the direc tors of the California Wine Association, repre senting half the industry in California, have issued a statement to manufacturers recom mending that they sell their stocks, buildings and equipment as soon as they pan do so, even at a loss, if necessary. They say: "The direc tors have reached the decision that the fur ther pursuit of a business with-a future so uncertain is not wise; that any plans for its continued development are not warranted." WAR has brought a new vision of Christ to many souls. Men who have never known him or have known him afar off are beginning to know him not merely as a Sa viour who paid, the debt of their sins on the cross thousands of years ago. They have learned to know him as an ever-present friend and companion. This knowledge is adding courage and strength to the soldier in the trenches or wherever he may be. But this new vision of the Saviour in some eases is making the man see other things in the wrong light. He thinks he has made a new discovery of the character of the Saviour. It is new to him. lie thinks no others have ever known the Saviour in this way. Sometimes he sets himself up to pass judgment on the Church and its ministers for not preaching a living Christ. One of those whose heart lias been opened to receive the Saviour in something of his true character writes: "The Church of dim religious light and medieval symbolism is as dead as the lifeless Christ that some of her ministers have preached." He says this as though it were the general characteristic of the Church and the preachers of the gos pel. The fact is that, whatever the medieval Church may have preached, the Church of to day preaches a living and life-giving Christ. There are millions of men and women in the world who have found Jesus to be an ever present comrade, as well as Saviour, as they have fought the daily battles of life. The sol dier who wrote the letter from which the above sentence was quoted probably had not gotten very close to the Saviour before he went into the trenches, so he did not know how close many others are walking with him. It is sin cerely to be hoped that he may be spared to return to his home church that he may learn how close many are walking with Jesus, and that by his* own close walk he may be able to draw others into the same fellowship. + + + NATIONAL PROHIBITION has been ap proved by ten States, whose Legislatures have voted in favor of the prohibition amend ment to the Constitution. They are, in the order in which they ratified the amendment, Mississippi, Virginia, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Carolina, Maryland, Montana, Texas, Delaware, South Dakota. The lower House of the Nebraska Legislature has voted for it, and it is expected that the Senate will soon do likewise." + + + CHRISTIANITY is making progress in Japan. The latest reports show that there are 4,240 members in the churches con nected with our mission in that country. Dm* ing last year 526 new members were added. There are 4,652 in the Sabbath schools. The churches gave last year about $20,000 for re ligious work.