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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, October 16, 1918, Image 1

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RALLY DAY plans no doubt were seriously
interfered with by the closing of many
churches on October 6th by order of health
departments all over the country. This will
prove a serious matter to the Sunday-school
Extension work of our Church, unless the
schools take hold of the matter in real earnest.
If the Rally Day exercises were held and the
attendance was small, the school ought to take
steps to increase its collection. If they had
to be postponed, everything possible should
be done to sustain interest in the plans, and the
exercises should be held as soon as the school
is in satisfactory operation again.
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FOOD has been saved in large quantities in
this country during the past year, and the
economies practiced by our people, allowed
food enough to be sent to our allies to enable
them to carry on the war. If we could not
have sent this food our allies could not have
kept up the war and Germany would have been
victorious. Now that our army is over there,
we must ship much more during the coming
year than we did in past yeai*s. These figures
tell the tale. During the three years preced
ing our entrance into the war the average
shipment of foodstuffs was 5,533,000 tons.
Last year we sent 11,820,000 tons. During the
next year we must send not less than 17,550,.
000 tons. This is an increase for the year of
5,730,000 tons. It can be done, but it will re
quire increasing economies. We have been a
wasteful nation, but the lessons we are learn
ing will make us far more careful in the
future. "When we save we have that which
will enable us to do something for the wel
fare of the world. Let us not be selfish in our
saving.
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GENERAL FOCH, it is reported, very fre
quently says: "The battle is won the
day before." By this he means that the con
dition of the soldiers the day before will decide
how they will fight on the day of the battle.
The government and the Y. M. C. A. and other
organizations are doing fine work in making
and keeping our soldiers fit "the day before,"
and it is for this reason largely that our men
are proving to be such splendid soldiers. This
"day before" preparation is just what is
needed here at home. In the home, the church,
the Sunday-school, the day school, the college,
wherever the young are trained, there is oppor
tunity to do fine work in fitting them for the
battles of life. It will depend largely upon
the physical mental and spiritual training
which they receive whether they shall be vic
torious or go down in defeat. Parents, pas
tors, teachers and friends of to-day will largely
be responsible for the results of the battles of
to-morrow.
SUBSCRIBERS- in considerable numbers
have been helping us very materially by
paying up their subscriptions. We hope many
others will follow their examples. It is a
pity to be compelled in these days to use labor,
paper and postage in sending out bills, when
each subscriber can see what he is due by look
ing at the label 011 his paper. Look at yours.
A word to the considerate is sufficient.
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CHURCHES everywhere are trying to solve
the problem as to why they do not grow
faster. Rev. A. N. Perryman, cf Keyser, W.
Va., says in the Bulletin of his church: "There
are three distinct barriers that are found to
retard the progress in a large degree to every
local church, and when operating together they
have been known to play havoc with the
growth and development of the Church for
years at a time. These elements of character
are Indifference, Lack of Initiative and Preju
dice. The first is a barrier to Christian forces
that is noticed everywhere. Under the spell
of indifference literally thousands of church
members are entirely without interest in the
life and welfare of their own Church, and find
any occupation more pleasant and amusing
than that of keeping their covenant vows.
Many have largely forgotten that such vows
were ever taken. Loyalty to spiritual obliga
tion, and constant application in that direc
tion, is the highest form of service, and marks
that faithfulness commended by the Master.
Lack of Initiative is the need of power to give
tangible form to worthy ideas and develop
well-organized plans. Many a fine church
member burns out a premature zeal, and frit
ters out a good conscience for a worthy pur
pose for lack of the quality to put the same
in operation for the large accomplishments of
the things of which he dreams. Our churches
are full of those who have landed as solid and
silent as a 'Dud" never to be heard again ex
cept when dead freight is to be handled. Or
else after a premature explosion to the injury
of themselves and others they have become as
silent as the tomb.
Prejudice plays its parts in church life as a
barrier to progress, in the form of personal
likes and dislikes, and operates at the expense
of the development of spiritual life and Chris
tian usefulness of man an otherwise fine church
member. Petty jealousies and defying person
alities guard the ways of many an aspirant
church member to sphere of usefulness in
church life. Attitude of another has much to
do with making a comfortable atmosphere for
the church member who is willing to develop
the one talent he or she may possess. What
ever may be its spiritual force, "each prefer
ring the other in honor" is a fundamental
church axiom."
INFLUENZA or grippe, or whatever it may
be called, has laid hold upon this country
as probably no other disease ever has done.
There are several things that every one should
do. He should take care of his own health
in order that he may do his work faithfully,
and if possible help some one else to do his
work. He should do what he can to help those
who have the disease. Hospitals are being
overrun with patients. The ranks of doctors
and nurses have been depleted by the calls
of the war. Of those who are left many are
sick. The remainder are not able to meet the
calls made upon them. Let every one do what
he can to aid them in every way possible.
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THE WAR is held responsible for a good
many things. Sometimes it is just an
cxcuse, sometimes it is a reason. The secular
press publishes a news items from Elmira, N.
Y., giving the recent action of a Presbytery
of the Northern Presbyterian Church. On
readers may judge whether it is a reason or
an excuse. They may also decide whether it
is right to do evil in the hope that good may
come. They may also consider the question
as to whether they would be willing for our
Church to take similar action. This is the re
port: "Mrs. William II. Chapman, of this city,
has just been licensed to preach by the Che
mung Presbytery, after a lengthy discussion
and some opposition. The issuing of a license
to a woman to preach is said to overturn all
precedent of the Presbyterian Church in the
United States and to be a violation of the rules
of the Presbyterian General Assembly. The
action is taken here as a war time measure.
The one dissenting member of the Chemung
Presbytery announced that he will appeal to
the General Assembly. The Rev. Mrs. Chap
man has been filling the pulpit of the North
Presbyterian church here while the pastor is
engaged in Y. M. C. A. war work in Prance.
She was a high school teacher here. Her hus
band is the Protestant 'chaplain at the New
York State reformatory here."
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TEN subscriptions sent in at one time is not
a very common experience with Church
papers. We have just had that number sent
us by a man who has reached his ninety-third
year. He is already paying for several other
copies of the paper, but. he feels that there are
ten other families in his church who ought to
have it, who are not taking it. He will in this
way be preaching the gospel in each of these
families every week. No Christian family can
read a Church paper every week without hav
ing their interest in the Church and its work
increased. May there be many others to fol
low the example of this good man.

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