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we do, there is time enough yet to gain a great victory for our beloved Church. A. A. L. Contributed TO OUR MINISTERS FROM A LAYMAN. By Pres. Wm. J. Martin. Who will be your Elisha? On whom is to fall the mantle of your office when you have let it drop? Do you not suppose that God will use you to find your successor in the pro phetic office if you really desire to be used! The question of successors to our present min isters is a vital and very pressing one. Have you thought that young men proposing to en ter the ministry and not actually in Theolo gical Seminaries May, 1917, are not exempt from military duty and that most of them have been called away from the colleges? Davidson College with the largest number of candidates of any Presbyterian College has less than half she had last year (1016-17). The same is true of all our colleges judging from reports coming into this office. If this war con tinues two years longer it looks as though our Seminaries would have to close for lack of students. Think, you ministers of God, what this will mean and then think hard as to what you can do to help. Let me suggest just two ways in which you can serve : In your congregation are earnest, Christian boys just ready for college. Urge upon them and their parents that they attend one of the colleges of their Church. Why? Why, wl,ere should you plant such seed? In stony places? Among thorns? By the wayside? Or in the good ground of the great seed beds of the Church, the Denominational College? You say if he is a candidate the Denomina tional College is the place to send him, but if he is not it does not greatly matter? That is a great mistake. This year ? in the last two months ? three of the finest young men in Da vidson's upper classes, who entered college without thought of the ministry as a life work, have decided to be preachers of God's gospel. Environment counts and nowhere is it more in fluential on the life purposes of a young man than on a college campus. Another thought ? You know that most of our ministers (and other leaders, for that mat ter) come from the homes where the means are limited and where it is hard to provide the boys with the advantages offered by our Church Colleges. Many of the few that can and do are blessed by seeing their boys rise to heights of Christian leadership and to a broad service for humanity they had hardly dared hope for. It has always been so. You know it. Now what can you do? Hunt these boys out and see that they are turned to our Denomina tional Colleges. You know that free tuition is given to candidates for the ministry and loans on easy terms can be had, if the boys prove worthy, from Dr. Sweets or the College. But you also know that for boys not candidates but fine fellows with life purposes unformed, who, in the Christian atmosphere of the Church College, may very possibly give their life to God '8 service as ministers or to other forms of Christian activity, there is not the same amount of financial help available. Some loans are ?o be had but not sufficient. These lads and their parents will do their best. What can \ ou do? Frankly, and you know it, the Church College has not the means to keep up the thor ough work required, to provide the wide cur riculm demanded and give scholarships gen erally. If it did it would go bankrupt. You can get your Church, your men, your women, or some thoughtful man or woman to provide the $60.00 per year for tuition and whatever else is needed, after the boy and his people have done their best, and send him to the Christian College. I suggest that you raise in one of these ways a fund of $60.00 an nually to keep at least one such boy in college, or, better still, you endow a scholarship (cost ing $1,000) or scholarships to perpetuate such service. Think it over and see what this means for the Church. You are the leader. Take the lead. Pray, talk, lead. Secure the boy for the Church College. Make it possible for him to attend. The State does it, why not the Church ? Davidson, N. C. CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES. By A. Anderson. On the front page of your April third issue is an article in which you compare the record of murders committed in different cities of the United States, and calling attention to the fact that a greater percentage of the crime is committed in the South than in the North. My opinion, if well founded, will suggest remedies : My tirst contention is that the law, when en forced, is the simplest and most effective method of decreasing crime with the excep tion of the removal of the source of crime. Only a start has been made toward the accom plishment of the latter; for there are many causes of crime. Now, in New York, as well as a number of the other northern States, if a malicious case of murder is proven, the perpetrator's chance of escaping execution is indeed remote, while in the South the conditions are quite differ ent. In the South the chances for execution are about as remote as the chances for escap ing execution for the identical crime in the North. In view of the foregoing, is it not evi dent that the argument against capital pun ishment is ill-founded? The prohibition of the liquor traffic is an im portant step toward the removal of the cause of murder, which practically the whole of the South has accomplished, but which cannot make good for non-enforcement of the laws. The leading eities cited on your list, Memphis and Atlanta, are both prohibition eities, but this is no reflection on prohibition. You give the figures for New York City as 256. It is the writer's opinion that with New York's en forced laws, if she had prohibition, these fig ures might be 56 without the 200. The second contention is that lynching docs not tend to decrease crime. Practically the same enforcement of laws obtains through out Georgia, Alabama and Missississippi. In Alabama lynching is a thing almost unknown, while persons from Georgia, or Mississippi, in numerous cases, pride themselves with the say ing that if such crime had been committed in their States, the perpetrator would have been ' ' strung up to a limb before breakfast." Yet very probably there is a smaller percentage of murder in Alabama than in either Georgia or Mississippi. In the daily papers it is an easy matter to find an account of an electrocution in New York or a negro lynching in Georgia or Mississippi. The negro in the South, in the writer's opin ion, is less of a menace to good order than the presence of a foreign element, below the level ot the average negro, in the North, but which is perpetually under the iron hand of the law n p there. Also, the tendency of the old original Anglo Saxon and Scotch-Irish stock in all parts of America is toward a high standard, which, on account of the less settled conditions in the South, stands out as a favor toward better so ciety ulong this line in the North. Just why climatic conditions have the ap parently opposite effects in Europe and Amer ica 1 am not able to advance an opinion. Camp Wheeler, Macon, Ga. (Xote. ? We are not ready to accept Mr. An derson's views in regard to the enforcement of law in different parts of this country. It would requii'e a very careful study of conditions and of the records of the courts' including the testi mony given at trials, as well as a most care ful study of cases that are never brought to trial, before a valid judgment can be pro nounced on this question. We do not profess to be able to reach a conclusion on the sub ject. We are not at all sure that the people of one section of the country or of one State are more prone to crime than those of other sec tions. The distressing fact is that crime is far too prevalent in all parts of the country. What we need to do is to see that we do all in our power to secure the enforcement of all law, and use every eft'ort to prevent erime. If every individual and every community will sweep before its own door, we shall soon have a clean nation. ? Editor.) LOVE'S WAY. By Rev. W. D. White. Love is so sweet To think what's meet, To hop? to see What each shall b-i Of excellence. To joy in all Whate'er befall. To long for each That such may rach All temperance. To look from naught That may have aught, To nurse from dark The living spark To liberty. Ah! this is great To turn from hate To purest love All sin above All glorious. Of what shall a man be proud if he is not proud of his friends? ? Robert Louis Steven son. It's the song ye sing, and the smiles ye wear, That's a-makin' the sun shine everywhere. ? James Whitcomb Riley. To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying "Amen," to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. ? Robert Louis Stevenson. Imagination is the supreme gift of the gods, and the degree of its possession is the measure of any man's advantage over circumstance ? the measure of his cluth on Success. ? .Tames Howard Kehler.