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'*-tr . PREACHERS' salaries are receiving some attention at the hands of the Presbyte ries, but very few, so far as reports show, have taken any action in the matter. This is really not surprising. The Presbyteries as they meet for business are largely composed of ministers, the number of elders being com paratively small. The preachers naturally feel some hesitation about starting a movement to urge the churches to increase their own sala i*ies, and it seems that elders have not taken the matter in hand. But why should a church wait for a committee of Presbytery to visit it to tell it that its pastor's salary ought to be raised? Such a procedure ought to bring shame to the church. Some churches do wait for such visitations. We know a church that was paying $250 for one-fourth of a pastor's time, saying through its officers that they could do no more. Their pastor was called to an other field. A representative of Presbytery visited and canvassed the church. Subscrip tions for more than $900 were secured and a fund was started for building a manse. How much better it would have been if they had made this canvass themselves. We believe that, if any church is properly canvassed, the tyjhount paid for pastor's salary can easily be (increased. In justice to themselves, in justice to the pastor, in justice to God whom pastor and people alike are serving, the church should keep its promise to provide him with what ever is needful for his comfort. Every man who owns or works a horse know that it is the poorest kind of policy to require him to work on "short rations." ? + ? PUCK is dead. This paper, which in former years made its many readers laugh, is no more. It was only intended to make people laugh at its humor. But there has been an elevation in the demand for humor by the American public. Puck either did not realize that or else was incapable of meeting the de mands of its readers. Its demise under these conditions speaks well for the elevation of the taste of American readers. There are some other publications that deserve the same fate, notably the comic sheets of the Sunday news papers. + + + PROTESTS have been very generally en. tered against two actions of the govern ment in connection with religious matters. These protests come from all sections of the country and from, many denominations of Christians. One of tfye actions protested against is the joint .campaign to raise funds for welfare work among the soldiers. The money raised is to be divided among the seven organi zations that have been recognized by the gov ernment. The four that are distincttly re ligious in their character are the Y. M. C. A., the Y. W. C. A., the Young Men's Hebrew Association and the Knights of Columbus. We believe that a blunder was made in combining these organizations in their appeal for funds. It seems, however, that this matter has gone too far to expect any change to be made. The soldiers need all the help that can be given, and the Christian people must provide the means for sowing the good seed, even if some tares are sowed. The other subject of protest is the order restricting the work of the camp pastors. This matter is now in conference and no doubt some satisfactory solution will be found. Even with the restrictions now im posed, there is a great work for the camp pas tors to do. + + + God Keep and Guide our Men "My affectionate confidence goes with you in every battle and every test. God keep and guide you. ? President Wilson's words to the soldiers, September 3, 1917. By Rev. J. Wilbur Chapman, D. D., LL. D. God bless our splendid men, While they the right defend, God bless our men. Make them all brave and true, Faith in Thyself renew, Teach them the best to do ? God bless our men. God keep our valiant men From all the stain of sin, God keep our men. When Satan would allure, When tempted, keep them pure; Be their protection sure ? God keep our men. God lead our glorious men Against the hosts of sin, God lead our men. Do Thou the vie' try send. And, with the battle's end, Triumphant peace extend ? God lead our men. God sa ve our noble men, Send them safe home again, God save our men. To Thee the praise belongs For righting all our wrongs; To Thee we lift our songs ? God save our men. ? Herald and Presbyter. + ? ? AUBURN SEMINARY at Auburn, N. Y., is supposed to be under the controll of the General Assembly, U. S. A. The Assembly has to approve of the appointment of its professors. Some years ago Dr. Youtz, of the Canadian Congregational Church, was called to the chair of Christian Theology in the seminary. He did not join the Presbyterian Church, but pro ceeded to teach German destructive theology. Fortunately for Auburn and for the Presby terian Church, he has resigned. He goes to Oberlin Seminary, which is Congregational. It is to be hoped that he will not stay there, unless he. ra converted from the error of his ways. WORKERS are needed by the Y. M. C. A. literally by the thousand. It looks now as though the war will not last very much longer. We cannot predict what may happen before these lines reach our readers. But one thing we know, and that is that, if the war were to end tomorrow, there would still be the need of these workers. The work of the V. M. C. A. will not be done when the war ends. How large an army it will be necessary to keep in Europe until peace is firmly estab lished no one can now tell, nor how long our men may have to stay. But one thing is cer tain. It is going to take a long time to bring our army home. It has taken more than a year to send our two million men over, under the greatest pressure it was possible to exert. It is not probable that they will be brought back in much less time. Think what that time will mean to our men. No fighting to do, no heavy drill work needed, most of the time just waiting to start home. That will be the testing time for the men. It will be no less a testing time for the Y. M. C. A. It will have all that it can do to provide recreation, in spiration and protection against the tempta tions of evil. There is not quite as much ro mance in volunteering for such work when the war is about to end, but the need and the opportunity are just as great as ever. Not only are men and women needed, but money Is needed. When the appeal is made in the coming campaign, whether the war is over or not, remember that the Y. M. C. A. has at least a year's work ahead of it, and it should have all the money it is asking for. ?fr ??? 4 ENGLAND has been severely condemned for not adopting prohibition during the war, and it is a great pity she has not done so. But she must be given credit for doing more than most people realize. A movement has been started by the churches, in a conference presided over by the Bishop of London, to maintain after the war at least the restrictive program now in operation. This program real ly represents a wonderful improvement over former conditions. It provides for Sunday closing, restrictions of hours on working days, reduction of licenses, increased power for li censing authorities, control of clubs, abolition of grocers' licenses, no sale of drink to young people, local option, non-alcoholic refresh ments, and recreation and social intercourse in place of drink shops. Certainly not as much liquor will be drunk when the selling is limit ed to five and a half hours' on week days only as at present, as there was when these hours were nineteen and a half on week days and Sunday as well. The Bishop of London said that the men at the front would have given their lives in vain, if the country went back to the nineteen and a half hour day for liquor selling.