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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, October 02, 1918, Image 14

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WAR REACHES FA II INTO THE
MOUNTAINS.
"The war has struck doubly hard
among our mountain people. A peo
ple who are poor to begin with are
twice poor when their homes are
broken up and they lose the joy of
the family circle.
"Then, too, it is often the strength
that wrests the living from the strong
hillsides that is called, and it makes
more and harder work for those who
are left.
"1 say 'doubly hard.' first, because
they have such a meagre conception
of what the war is really for, and, sec
ond, their peculiar attachment for
each other. In a neighborhood where
generations come and go aud families
blend Into each other until everybody
is kin, home has a strong attraction,
especially when so few have ever been
more than a few miles from their
birthplace."
Tins is what Rev. J. E. Jeter writes.
Mr. Jeter is a Sunday-school mission
ary in Washburn Presbytery, Arkan
sas. His work is among the mountain
people, and he is an adept judge of
conditions and character.
"It is hard for the present," he con
tinues, "but the future looks still
darker. It has not been uncommon
in the past to ride from ten to twenty
miles for a doctor, and to get preach
ing once or twice a year, but our
young doctors have been called to the
service and our old ones are worn out,
what kind of medical service will we
have in the future?
"And there are so few students in
the seminaries to supply the churches
already organized, I wonder what will
be the religious future for them?
"Hut whatever the future may be,"
continues Mr. Jeter, "we know that a
great change is due. Things cannot
stay as they are, or as they have been.
When the hoys get back home there
must be an awakening, for life for
them will take on many aspects it
never before bore. Whether it will be
for the better or for the worse re
mains to be seen, but a great deal de
pends on the Church and its attitude
toward them."
Every one of the above paragraphs
stress the need for the Sunday-school
missionary. It is the opportunity for
the Sunday-school missionary. Into
this crisis he can fit. To ride long dis
tances, to attend the sick, to help mold
character, to preach in one place in
the morning, at a chapel in the after
noon, and somewhere else at night,
is no new thing for him. He realizes
the responsibility. He knows the need
of this people. lie knows the many
children who are out of Sunday
school. To be doctor, nurse, teacher
and preacher is what he has been
doing and will continue to do. Then,
when the soldier comes hack to his
home, ho will find that ignorance has
not remained there in his absence, and
something of the progress he has
made will he found also in the hearts
Stalwart people of the lillls ? ready to be drafted
for the kingdom service.
of his mountain folks.
But tho Sunday
school missionary can
not send himself; nor
can the literature neces
sary for the schools be
donated without help.
This is what the Church
is asked to do on Octo
ber 6th. It is asked to
give liberally for Sun
d a y-school Extension
and Publication. All
funds to be sent to Mr.
It. E. Magill, treasurer.
Box ll7t?, Richmond,
Va.
SUNDAY -SCHOOL EX
TENSION IN THE
PRISONERS' HOME.
By Rev. Gilbert Glass, D. D.. General
Superintendent Sunday-schools
and Young People's Work.
Sunday-school Extension finds many
avenues of service and fits itself to
various and interesting circumstances.
The Prisoners' Home at Catlett, Va.,
established by Rev. George \Y\ Crab
tree, who has been during recent
years prison evangelist for the South
Tliis is the Catlctt Sunday-MClioOl when only four
months old. It? first birthday is yet to be
celebrated.
em Presbyterian Church, is the scene
of a marked and fruitful example of
the effective mission Sunday-school.
Mr. Crabtree is an enthusiastic be
liever in the value of the Suncrtty
school as a teaching and evangelistic
agency. This belief has been strength
ened by his long experience in deal
ing with those who have fallen by
the wayside owing to their having no
religious training in their youth. Less
than a year ago Mr. Crabtree started
a mission Sunday-school in the chapel
of the Prisoners'
Home. There were a
great many children
and older people in
the neighborhood who
were growing up with
out Sunday-school ad
vantages, and these
were gathered into
the Home on Sundays
for the study of litera
ture furnished by the
Publication Commit
tee. The school has
grown in attendance
and interest under the
fine leadership of Mr.
Crabtree until it has
reached an average at
tendance of more than
seventy-five.
Natives of the Oznrks. (iucss what they are!
Now conies another interesting de
velopment which should always be the
logical outcome of gospel teaching in
the Sunday-school. For two weeks,
Juno 16th to 30th, Rev. W. K. 11c
Klroy, who is Sunday-school mission
ary for Potomac Presbytery, held
evangelistic services with Mr. Crab
tree in the chapel of his Prisoners'
Home. As a visible result of this
meeting there were
seventy-seven conver
sions. "These conver
sions," writes Mr. Mc
Elroy, "were largely
the result of the good
work (lone in the mis
sion Sunday-school at
Catlett."
The above is but one
of many illustrations
which could be given
of the remarkable
fruitfulness of Sun
day-school Extension
as a teaching and
saving agency of the
Church. There are
many fertile and needy
localities where open
doors cry out in in
sistent challenge for
the S u n d a y-school
teacher with the open
Bible. The Sunday
school missionary
must enter most of
this territory, estab
lish schools and or
ganize workers before
the millions of chil
dren and young peo
ple growing up in
practical heathenism can hear the
message of the Cross. The need for
this simple and effective Bible teach
ing is more desperate than ever be
fore. It is imperative that the Church
leap forward with complete consecra
tion and give herself and her means to
the greater task that has been thrust
upon her by present conditions. The
attention of all Sunday-school and
Church workers is called to the fact
that the Geneial Assembly expects
$75,000.00 for Sunday-school Exten
sion this year as compared with only
$48,000.00 last year. Will you not
carefully and seriously calculate what
this means for you and your Sunday
school, and make your Rally Day of
fering commensurate with the greater
demands? Without neglecting in the
least any of the great religious and
patriotic causes of the time, you can
oversubscribe this Liberty Loan of the
kingdom. This is "an investment that
pays," and your interest will be with
out parallel in the commercial world.
"The law of a king is service,
And the kingliest serve the most;
Then ye who are sons of promise
And would royal lineage boast,
Get under the common burden;
Go brother the brotherless sons;
And win the royal guerdon,
The thanks of comforted ones."
What will your Sunday-school do
for Sunday-school Extension on Rally
Day? If you do your best you may
receive the Banner awarded for the
Sunday-school in each Presbytery
that makes the largest offering per
capita to Sunday-school Extension.
This is an honor worth striving for.
Tell your school about it and try to
give them a clear sight of the many
untaught children whom the Bible will
save through the services of Sunday
school missionaries.
CHURCH NEWS.
(Continued from page 9)
Hcv. H. Turpi n, from Jackson
ville, Fla., to Nashville, Tenn.
Rev. It. II. Latham, from Tunica to
It. 1, Oxford, Miss.
Hev. S. A. King, I). I)., Emeritus
Professor of Theology in Austin Theo
logical Seminary, Austin, Tex., died
at his home in Austin, Tex., Saturday
morning, September 21st, and was
buried from the First Presbyterian
rhurcli of Waco Tex., Sunday, th?
day following. Brief eulogies were
delivered by Rev. C. W. Peyton, of
Temple; Rev. Dr. Arthur Jones, of
San Antonio, and Dr. C. T. Caldwell,
pastor First church of Waco.
Dr. King was the pioneer of Pres
byterianism in Texas, and has been
honored for three years as the nestor
of our church. He would have been
eighty-four years old on October 11th.
He was pastor of the First church
of Waco for forty years. Fifteen years
ago he was called from the Waco pas
torate to the Chair of Theology in
Austin Theological Seminary, which
he occupied for twelve years. Three
years ago he retired on account of
physical infirmities.
As a preacher. Dr. King had few
superiors.
Truly "a prince and a great man is
fallen this day in Israel."
Mrs. Mary Archer McMurran, the
widow of the late Rev. Robert Lowry
McMurran, died on July 25th in New
port News, Va., where she had been
living for some years. She was
seventy-eight years of age. Mr. Mc
Murran was pastor of the church in
Portsmouth, Va., for a number of
years.
Rev. George H. Ijeeper died on Sep
tember 2nd as the result of blood
poisoning after an illness of five days.
He was the pastor of the Hermitage
and Edgefield churches at Hermitage,
Tenn., but at the time of his death
was at the head of the Welfare De
partment of the DuPont Powder Com
pany at Hadley's Bend. He was the
son of Rev. F .L. Leeper, of Desherd,
Tenn. He was born in Columbia, S.
C., July 21, 1886. He received his
collegiate education at Carson-New
man College, and his theological edu
cation at Union Theological Seminary,
Richmond, which he entered in 1907.
Rev. F. F. Jones, pastor of Timber
Ridge church in Rockbridge County,
Va., is spending his vacation in Shep
herdstown, W. Va.
Rev. and Mrs. Harry W. Pratt, of
Abbeville, S. C., have been spending
a part of their vacation visiting Mr.
Piatt's mother, Mrs. John W. Pratt,
in Lexington, Va.
Rev. E. E. Illggcr writes us that
through an oversight, due to his
change of field of work, his name was
omittHd from the Minutes of the last
General Assembly. He is now serving
the church at Harbinger, Texas, as
stated supply, Imt his address is San
Benito, Texas.
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