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(Continued from page ?) in a rich measure, and as his servants w? ascribe to him the glory. Cor. Thornwell Memorial church con sists of the officers, matrons and teachers of the Thornwell Orphanage, together with the orphanage children, and a few members from the town of Clinton. The church has been without a pastor since the death of Its pastor, Rev. W. P. Jacobs, D. D., Sep tember 10, 1917. Since that date eight members have been received on pro fession of faith and thirteen by letter, making a total of twenty-one addi tions. During the same period twelve tia.o been dismissed to other churches, leaving a net gain of nine members in the six months' period. As the children of the Thornwell Or phanage are gathered from many States, it follows that when they leave the orphanage, taking their church membership into other congregations they enrich the churches throughout the South. Thornwell Memorial has had the experience of receiving an unusually large number of new mem bers and dismissing an unusually large number to other churches be cause of its being an institutional church. SOUTH CAROLINA. Columbia: . The .County .Sunday School Convention met last Friday in the First Baptist church and was a most interesting and profitable occa sion. There were three sessions. The principal speakers were Miss Milwee Davis, of Laurens, S. C., and R. D. Webb, of Spartanburg, General Secre tary of the State Sunday School Asso ciation. Each of these speakers spoke three times, one at each session, and they were exceedingly interesting. Any one at all interested In Sunday school work should try to hear them. The Sunday school Is the most Impor tant branch of church work. It should be called the Bible study department, for the other term implies that chil dren and not adults are engaged or interested. Miss Davis makes much of organization, and In the most Im pressive and interesting manner and by many illustrations on the Board, set forth her theme. Mr. Webb was not behind this earnest lady in his comprehensive addresses. The next State Sunday School Convention will bo held at Greenwood, May 1, 2 and 3. Edwin Norton Andrews. TENNESSEE. Memphis: Rev. Dr. Lumpkin read a paper on James Healy Thornwell before the Presbyterian Ministers' As sociation this week that called forth the expression of , a desire to have it put in permanent form. ? West minster: The past year has been one of accomplishments at West minster. There were added to the membership roll thirty-three new names. Good progress was made in debt reduction and in benevolence in crease. In all about $11,590 was paid out. The debt, about $22,000, two years ago, is now well in hand, and has been reduced to less than $8,000. The pastor has spoken or oreaclied 254 times, baptized 32 adults and 9 infants, conducted 8 funerals, married 16 couples, secured 5 sub scriptions to church papers, distri buted more than 2,000 tracts or re ligious papers, secured about 4 8 read ers of good books, held 6 evangelistic meetings and made 865 visits. ? Chelsea, Avenue church has called Rev. F. D. Daniel, of Pontotoc, Miss. It Is expected he will accept the call. It was unanimous and hearty. ? Idlewild: Dr. Crowe has returned to his army A*ork at Camp Sevier for a few wee^s. TEXAS. Itn-.ca: This Is the financial report of this church to the Presbytery of Fort Worth for year ending March 31, 1918: For Foreign Missions, $278; Assembly's Home Missions, $154; Presbyterlal Home Missions, $175; Education and Ministerial Re lief, $265; Sunday-school extension, $27; schools and colleges, $172; Bible cause, $107; Orphans' Home, $348; miscellaneous charity, $404; local ex pense, $3,620; pastor's salary, $1,200. Total, $6,750. collection was asked. The address was educational and Inspirational and our people were delighted with it. Tyler, First Church: At the re cent communion service twenty-nine new names, received during the quar ter, were announced, of these twenty one were on profession of faith, and one from the Baptist church. At the same service there were eight adult and one Infant baptisms. We have re cently had a ?very helpful series of ser vices conducted by Dr. Frank Hall Wright, whose faithful presentation of the gospel and fine singing were both profitable to and greatly enjoyed by large congregations. TIME AND PLACE OF MEETINGS OF PRESBYTERIES. Synod of OMircU. Macon ? Rose Hill church. Columbus, April 23, 7:30 P. M. Synod of Kratucky. Transylvania ? Pleasant Grove, April 23, 7:30 P. M. Synod of Louisiana. Louisiana ? Jackson, April 23, 8 P. M. Synod of Mlaalaiitppl. North Mississippi ? Clarksda^e, April 23, t.oa n i. Synod of North Carolina. Albemarle ? Raleigh, April 23, 8 P. M.. Fayettevllle ? Lumbertoc, April 23. Synod of Oklahoma. Durant ? Hugo, April 24, 8 P. M. SYNOD OF SNEDECAR MEMORIAL Colored. Central ? Texarkana, Ark.-Tex., April 18, 7:30 P. M. Synod of South Carolina. Bethel ? Bowllngr Qreen, April 2S, 11 A. M. Piedmont ? Pendleton. April 23, 8 P. M. Synod of Trxii. Brazos ? Bay City, April 23, 7:30 P. M. Synod of Vtrirtnla. East Hanover ? Bl&ckstone, April 22, 8 P. M. West Hanover ? Charlottesville*. April 23. 8 P. M. LET ITS HAVE THE ASSEMBLY. By W. B. Morrison. Southern Prosbyterlans of the Southwest very much regret the movement agitated in other portions of the Church to omit the 1918 meet ing of our General Assembly. This regret arises, not from the fact that we fear the Assembly will not meet, for it seems to bo the unanimous opinion of ecclesiastical lawyers that the meeting cannot be legally omitted, but because this agitation will do crease interest in the Durant Assem bly and result in a smaller attendance than customary. Few of the objections raised by Dr. Little or Professor Hogue have any great weight when carefully examined. It is argued that Durant is "almost our jumping off place." and that It is possibly unpatriotic to spend the money necessary to carry the Assem bly to that point. Let us answer that the Assembly Is sent from time to time to the distant parts of our Church as a source of strength and encour agement to those sections, and as an evidence of the broad non-sectional character of our great organization. Who out here spoke of Newport News as the "jumping off place" when the Assembly met in that fdr northeastern quarter of the Church? Who knows what the meeting of the Assembly at Durant may mean for Presbyterlanism in the Southwest? I think that the almost unhoped for suc cess of the "$3,000,000 Drive" In Ok lahoma Synod was due to the inspira tion aroused by the expected coming of the Assembly in May. And let me say that no more patriotic people are to be found in the United States than our Oklahoma Presbyterians, whether in gifts to Red Cross, Y. M. C. A., or in purchase of Liberty Bonds. The necessary expenditure of money in the holding of the Assembly is not to bo classed as an extravagance, and it is very possible that it is a good finan cial investment even in times of stress like the pi#>sent crisis. It has been suggested by some of the gentlemen referred to above that commissioners may meet with difficul ties in making the trip. Such a con tingency is most unlikely. True the government is discouraging needless travel, but it is hardly probable that any such step as "commandeering the roads" will be taken without giving ample notice, if it ever proves neces sary. Durant is situated on ono of the great trunk lines between St. Louis and the Southwest; a branch of another great system gives us connec tion with two other through lines fifty miles east and west of Durant, respec tively. Seventy-five miles north of this city, or less than a hundred miles south, connection can be made with trains from Memphis and the East. No Eastern commissioner need take out extra life insurance or revise bis last will and testament when he sots out for the Assembly at Durant. Again, the General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church is not a large body. Its coming together will not be felt or noticed on the many different roads that will bring com missioners to Durant. I feel that there need be no fear that this gathering will interfere with troop movements anywhere ? even on the trunk line passing through this little city. Trains may be late, and connections not so good as in normal times, but what of that? If our fathers thought it suffi ciently Important to hold the regular annual sessions of the Assembly when every section of the Southland was being torn and ravaged by actual war fare, shall we neglect this duty be cause of a few slight Inconveniences? Finally, let me say that the Durant people will feel it an honor and a pleasure to entertain the Assembly. Some arrangements have already been made, and considerable expense already incurred by the Durant First church, in anticipation of this event. Would it not be unjust at this late date to turn aside from the historic custom of our Church and re'ject the hospitality of Durant, twice profTered to the Assembly, and accepted by it with enthusiasm at Birmingham last May? Let us cease this agitation. Let every Presbytery elect commissioners and instruct them to attend the As sembly, and let the whole Church join in the prayer that this fifty-eighth coming together of its highest court may prove to be the most earnest and valuable session it has ever held. Durant, Okla. ELECT ONLY TWO COMMISSIONERS TO THE ASSEMBLY. However, the Presbyteries may vote on the question of the General As sembly's meeting this year, there is one thing that each Presbytery may do independently of the others that would greatly reduce railroad traffic and expenses. "Every Presbytery, is entitled to send one minister and ono ruling elder for every four thousand members," but this is not obligatory. Let every Presbytery, then, elect only two commissioners this year, thus re ducing the Assembly, should it meet, by nearly one hundred members. The Assembly then should grant rebates on the mileage assessments of those Presbyteries, either for this year or the next, proportionately to their re duced representation. This, too, would be a blessed relief, for this year's assessment Is excessive and is causing much complaint. Even should the Assembly not grant these rebates, the saving of nearly five thousand dol lars should greatly reduce next year's assessments. E. C. Murray. Greensboro, N. C. PRELIMINARY FOREIGN MISSION REPORT. By Rev. Egbert W. Smith, D. D. The year just closed has broken all Foreign Mission records in conversions on the field, in the cost of the work, and in the gifts of the people. Additions On the Field. The total number reported from all our fields Is 5,972. This is 716 more than the number reported last year, notwithstanding the fact that last year's number was 29 per cent greater than the largest number ever before reported. Our communicants abroad now number 41,337, with 26,202 students in schools, and a Sunday-school mem bership of 63,991. As the financial facts are of special interest to the Church at large at the present moment, I am giving them in full. To the Committee the year has been one of unexampled difficulty and anxiety. Though the total cost of the work has gone beyond our highest forecast and the deficit Is en larged, yet we are grateful to God for the splendid increase in the peo ple's gifts, which, but for abnormal conditions, would have enabled us to pay for the year's work and nearly wipe out the whole debt. Cost of the Regular Work. We began the year with an initial appropriation of $520,370, to which was added during the year $157,194, making a total cost for the year's regular work of $677,564, being $116. 7 00 more than the total cost of the previous year's regular work, and $136,162 more than the previous year's total receipts for the regular work. The unprecedented Increase in the cost of the work last year Is due main ly to war conditions, which seem likely to continue and to raise the cost higher still. Receipts for Regular Work The year's receipts for tho regular work, Including such legacies and other funds as were so applied, amounted to $620,331. This is $78,729 more than the previous year's similar total, but lacks $57,234 of equalling the immensely increased cost of the year's regular work. This amount added to the deficits of previous years makes the total deficit on April 1. 1918, $128,131. It is our hope that this deficit will be completely extinguished by April 1, 1919, as a result of the $3,000,000 campaign, to the financing of which the Foreign Mission treasury con tributed $8,000. Receipts for Specials. For special objects outside the regular budget, which are appro priated for only as the money is re ceived, there was received and appro priated $49,957. This represents mainly the erection of sorely needod missionary residences, school build ings. hospitals and other forms of permanent advance work. Total Receipts. The total receipts for both regu'ur work and specials, including legacies, &c., amounted to $670,287, an In crease of $83, 74^ over the previous year's similar total.