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RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, OCTOBER 2, No. 40 . ) lQ,r Cbttorial j8ote? attb Coitnttiwlv FOREIGN Missions in October. How nat ural that sounds. In the midst of the roar of battle that comes across the seas, in the midst of the whir of preparation and supply of our armies by which we are surrounded in the home land, there is danger of our overlook ing another great war. This is the war against ignorance and sin. The papers are not filled with cablegrams telling of its progress and lit tle is heard of the victories won. But the sol diers of the cross are fighting the battles of God. Their numbers are small. They are strung out over long battle lines. They are poorly equipped. They are calling aloud for reinforcements, that they may be able to hold the ground taken. They are calling for the re serves, that they may be able to advance fur ther into the enemy's country. They are call ing for supplies, that they may be able to save their own lives and gain victories over the enemy. In short, what is needed is men and money. It is hard to get men now, but there ought to be no difficulty in getting the money. Billions are being raised for the government. A million is asked for carrying 011 this war. ? + + EQUIPMENT saves or multiplies man power in mission work as well as elsewhere. A Christian business man talking with a mission ary found that his field was very large, that he had to go long distances on foot or by the slow process of travel common in the country in which he worked. lie found that with an automobile the missionary could do three times the work he was doing with very much less strain upon himself. He gave the automobile needed. Was it not a wise investment, where one automobile could do the work of two men and save the strength and lengthen the use fulness of the third? + WILL the war give us a new religion and a new church, is a question asked by a writer in one of our exchanges. We have no hesitation in answering that question with an emphatic, No. There is going to be no new re ligion, because the one we have is God-given. The need of a new one would imply that God had given us one that was imperfect. There may be, and doubtless will be, as there ought to be, on the part of some a truer conception of what this God-given religion is. There is not going to be a new church for the same reason. There will be, we hope, a fuller real ization of what the church stands for, and what its duties, responsibilities and privileges are. If the war shall make men realize that the church is God's institution for the salvation of the world, and stimulate all of its members to the performance of their full duty in doing the work that God has called them to do, a great blessing will have come out of this ter rible evil. CHRISTIAN people are being constantly urged to pray for the welfare of the sol diers and sailors and for the cause for which they are fighting. Special times are suggest ed at which a short period is to be spent in prayer each day. This is all very well, but what would be far better would be to see God's people attending the regular services of His house. "We are told that in England, in the early part of the .war at least, the churches were filled to overflowing at the regular ser vices. The Church is God's appointed place for united prayer. It seems strange that any Christian can stay away, unless God prevents his being present. + + + <?ob Pleas our jffllotfiersi By Rev. John J. Fix, D. D. (TUNE "AMERICA") God bless our mothers dear, Keep them from needless fear, Remove their care. Protect them by Thy power, Comfort in darkest hour, Give them love's sweetest flower, And hear their prayer. God bless our mothers dear, Dry up the falling tear, Cheer every one. May Thy sweet peace abide, Thy wings protecting hide, Thy bounty still provide, 'Till war is done. God bless our mothers dear, Hear this, our prayer, sincere; bring sweet release. May Thy strong love restrain, Their earnest prayers sustain, Their holy zeal obtain Thy perfect peace. Roanoke, Va. + + + COAL is one of the necessities. It is essen tial to the carrying 0:1 of the war. Manu facturing cannot be done without. Every home in every city in this country, unless it be a few in the extreme South, needs it. The coal op erators in convention said that the output of the coal mines is decreased by from 20 to 30 per cent, by drinking among the miners. It is said that miners are large beer drinkers. They will soon not be able to get beer, but when they cannot get it, they will naturally take whiskey. No whiskey can be made now, but no steps have been taken to stop the sale of the immense quantity of whiskey still in the warehouses of the country. It is to be hoped that the President or Congress will act in this matter promptly, so that the production of coal may be increased to a point which will supply the needs of the country and prevent suffering from the lack of coal, as well as from the use of liquor. ENGLAND would do well to follow the ex ample of the United States in the matter of prohibition. It is a great surprise to us that she has not taken decided action on the sub ject before, when she has had to face such facts as are given by Mr. Arthur Mee, a dis tinguished temperance advocate in that coun try. lie says: "Had we made our drink fleet into a food reserve fleet at the beginning of the war, we could now set free for America enough ships to transport the entire American army. We have a drink fleet still, and it is using up about 1,000,000 tons of shipping this year. It is bringing in rum and taking out gin. Drink in 1918 will use up 160 voyages of a 6,000-ton ship, or a fleet of forty wheat ships working all the year. They would bring from America an army of 280,000 men." + ? + ZIONISM, it was supposed, would be given a mighty boost by the capture of Pales tine by the Allies, and the promise of England that the land should be given to the Jews, that they might have it as their country once more. It, seems that a very large part of the Jews in this country do not seem to care much lor the proposal. They say that the ideal of the Jew is not to establish a Jewish state, but to witness for God all over the world. Still there are many who look to the estab lishment of a State in the land of these fathers with the greatest delight. + + <? HONOR ROLLS and Service Flags help in many ways, as they show how our men and women are giving their services to the country and its cause. We would like to pub lish an honor rolL of all the ministers of our Church, who have entered army work as chap lains, Y. M. C. A. workers or camp pastors. The best way that we can think of to get the names for this roll will be for the Stated Clerks to send them to us. We hope they will do this, sending us the name and indicating Ihe work being done by each of the ministers, licentiates and candidates for the ministry of their Presbyteries, so that we may show our readers how many of them there are. + + + HEALTH departments of the State and Na tional Governments are doing all they can to awaken the interest of the people throughout the country to the importance of taking care of their health. Tt is said that self-preservation is the first law of nature Hut there are many who do not seem to real ize that health preservation is the same as self-preservation. Indeed it is much more than this, for it means the preservation of others also. H will be very wise if at least all of the heads of families would ask the health departments to send them the bulletins which they publish. They will do it without charge. They will prove very helpful.