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The Central Presbyterian The Southern Presbyter/an VOL. LXXXVn. "Co . njp" ? RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, MAY 8, 191b. _ 9 No. 19 Cbitorial 38ote? anb Comment M ? ... ? ? mm ? ? ? ? ... MOTHER'S DAY is a beautiful thought. We do not know where the idea came from, but we are glad it came. And we are glad that it comes on Sunday. Mother, llome and Heaven have often been said to be the three sweetest words in the English language. It is the mother who makes the home, and it is the mother who has started in the way that leads to heaven most of those who have gone or are now going to the heavenly home. God has given many earthly blessings to the human race, but, except life, the only great blessing which he has bestowed upon every individual is the gift of a mother, and it is from the mother that the blessing of life comes. The mother cares for and nurtures the babe in its infancy, teaches it its first lessons as it grows into childhood, watches over its every step with anxious thought, provides for its many wants, keeps watchful vigil by its bed side through the night and through sickness, sympathizes with it in all its troubles, soothes its pain, trains its young mind and heart in the truth of God, leads it to the Throne of Grace and to the feet of the Saviour, follows it with deep concern and abiding love through all the days and nights. When the child has grown in years and has become the man o> the woman, it may be has left the old roof tree, the mother still holds him close to her heart, and is just as ready to serve and sacri fice for him as when he was a helpless babe in her arms. One of the precious thoughts that ought to fill our hearts with joy is that, when the earthly home has its light taken away, the mother is only to be taken to heaven to make our home there more lovely and at tractive than it could otherwise be. Every day ought to be ''Mother's Day," in which we love and cherish and serve her; but 01 this special day we should do her double honor, who is entitled to all that we can give her and far more. Sunday, May 12th, is the day. Think of it before it comeB. + + ? UNION of the Northern and Southern Churches is still occupying a good deal of attention in the northern papers. The Her ald and Presbyter of Cincinnati says that union "is generally accepted, we have reason ^ to think, in both the North and the South, as proper, legitimate, natural and Christian. Of course, a matter of this sort cannot be brought about forcibly, nor is it well to divert energy and time from necessary work in order to agitate for any such union. Our Church is ready for it, and, having said so and made our position plain, we are ready to await re sults. If it were not for the sturdy opposition of a few leaders in the South the two Churches would flow together as naturally as two drops of water. The Presbyterian Standard, speak ftjg of the fact that two plans or reports will be before the two Gener.il Assemblies this spring, presented by the Committees 'on Con ference of the two Churches, the Southern Com mittee proposing one some sort of federation and one organic union, says: The Northern Assembly will adopt one report, the Southern Assembly the other, and the status will be just vfcot .it was, is now, and evermore shall be, world without end. Amen. We do not feel confident that any one paper or writer, or that any limited number of papers or writers, or other leaders, however determined, will b?? able forever, or for a great while longer, to prevent union." We have reason to believe that Brother Bridges knows the sentiments of the Southern Church at least as well as the editor of the Herald and Presbyter. MOTHER M is for many things she did for me, O is only that she's growing old, T is for the tears she shed to save me, H is for her heart as pure as gold, E is for her earnest effort only, R means right, and right she'll always be. Put them all together; they spell Mother, The word that means the world to me. SCOTCH and English Presbyterians do not elect the Moderators of their Assemblies as we do in this country. They appoint commis sions, who, some time before the time of the meeting, nominate the Moderators. This is said to be equivalent to an election, as the body elects the one so nominated. These nomina tions have been made for this year: For the Church of Scotland, I)r .J. N. Oglivie, of New Greyfriars, Edinburgh; for the United Free Church, Dr. R. J. Drummonil, of Lojhian Road church, Edinburgh ; for the Free Church, Rev. Dr. Donald Munro, of Ferrintosh ; and for the Presbyterian Church of England, Dr. Alexan der Ramsay, of Highgate church, London. + + + BOOKS for soldiers and sailors are being collected in vast numbers. About a mil lion and a half have been received by the American Library Association, which has this 'work ki charge. It is hoped that the number will be increased to at least two and a half millions. In almost every home th#re are scores of books that have been read and then placed on the shelves to remain unread, it may be for years. Get these books out and send them to the soldiers. They need them. COMMISSIONERS to the General Assem bly hold very important positions of honor and trust. Most men do not receive this honor very often. They are chosen because of their recognized fitness to sit in the highest court of the Church to transact some of the most important matters connected with God's kingdom on earth. They should therefore go to the meeting of the Assembly realizing the responsibility of their positions. They should go with the determination that they will ex ert their best efforts to do the Lord's work in the best way possible. They should go with the determination that this shall be done no matter what the cost of comfort or conven ience may be to themselves. No doubt it means some sacrifice to make the long jour ney and to stay away from home and regular work for such a time as is necessary, but the work has to be done and it requires time, thought and attention. If any man is not will ing or is unable to give the time needed for the whole meeting, he ought not to accept the position of Commissioner. It is sometimes dis heartening to see the eagerness shown by some of the members of the Assembly to hurry through with the work, in order to get away. Important matters are often not given proper consideration on this account, and others are acted upon after some of the Commissioners have left. Brethren think on these things. + + + BJSAUTIFUL sights maj' sometimes be seen in unexpected places. A few days ago, on one of the crowded streets of our city, an old blind negro, who makes his way about alone as he sells papers for a living, came to a corner past which many automobiles were rapidly moving. As he stood there in his help lessness there came up a young lady who would have been considered beautiful anywhere, but who never looked more beautiful than when she offered the old negro her arm and offered to lead "him across the street. As they moved slowly across a dozen automobiles came to a stand and a score of pedestrians stopped to do honor to the great heart that prompted such a Christlike service. The old man could not see her face, but we feel sure that he . went on his lonely way with a heart made glad by the service so graciously rendered him. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto me." + + + NEW YORK is beginning to see the light. A few days ago elections on the liquor question were held in thirty-nine cities. Twen ty of these cities, with a combined popula tion of :V7f>,(>00. voted the saloon out of busi ness. This is only a small proportion of the population of the great State of New York. But straws show which w^ the wind blows, and we expect to hear of other victories in that State for the cause of righteousness.