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against God and man, and we surely can ap
proach Him at this time and pray for a speedy and overwhelming victory of our armies and navies, and the complete discrediting of the arrogant and atheistic paganism of the Ger man nation. All "Win the War" methods will be vain without Him. We should have a definite, con certed and organized plan for awakening our people as to this, until it will be at the mast head of every newspaper, on the letter heads of every business man, and in the minds and hearts of all military leaders. Every church and every Sunday school should arrange to have at least one definite prayer every Sunday for God's help and blessing. It is in this con certed, definite way that the largest results will be attained. Surely it is necessary, because in a very real sense we are wrestling, not only against flesh and blood, but against "principalities, against powers, against the world rulers of this dark ness," and as along with the whole-hearted military preparations we are making, we hum ble ourselves in contrite and trustful prayer before Him, we can beseech Him to release those supernatural forces which can speedily bring victory. Dothan, Ala. "SCRAPS OF PAPER." By Professor Addison Ilogue. The first thing most people think of now adays when they hear the expression, ' ' a scrap of paper," is the contemptuous way in which Germany, as represented by her imperial chan cellor, spoke of a nation's word, plighted in a solemn treaty, as "a scrap of paper." Neu trality was also alluded to with scorn. It was a mere word, a sound, so why should not Ger many violate Belgium's neutrality? Why not, indeed! WThy should not Ahab have Naboth's vineyard? Jezebel saw no reason for holding her hand when her too scrupulous husband hesitated. "I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite," and she kept her promise. True, there were a few slight im pediments in the way, such as lying intrigue, perjury and murder. But what were mere Trifles such as these, in comparison with getting another person's property? WThy, the very idea was an insult to Jezebel's intelligence, and more than insulting; it was absolutely incom prehensible, precisely as von Bethmann Hollweg, with the moral obtuseness that the world now associates with his outlaw nation, simply could not understand why England should respect its plighted word if a violation of that word seemed to promote its material interests. The German nation and its sympa thizers will long writhe under the sting of the moral condemnation visited upon the German chancellor '8 brutal remark. That is "Scrap of Paper Number I." II. I have before me a little book entitled "Great Britain, Palestine and the Jews," which gives a very interesting account of the world-wide acclaim that greeted Mr. Balfour's letter of November 2, 1917, to Lord Rothschild. I quote it in full, that some of my readers may preserve it in their Bibles; for in God's providence it seems destined to rank with the Decree of Cyrus, B .C. 538 (or 536) as re corded in Ezra 1 :1. "Foreign Office, Nov. 2, 1917. "Dear Lord Rothschild, ? I have much pleasure in conveying to you on behalf of His Majesty's Government the following declara tion of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspira tions, which has been submitted to and ap proved by the Cabinet: "Ilis Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non Jewish communities in Palestine or the-riglits and political statutes enjoyed by Jews in any other country. "I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation. "Yours sincerely, "(Signed) Arthur James Balfour.*' One of the speakers quoted in the book re ferred to spoke of Mr. Balfour's note as being merely "another scrap of paper," but one which had behind it England's pledged word; and, THEREFORE, it is sacred and inviolable. (Emphasis mine.) In Odessa, where half of the population is said to be Jewish, a procession two miles long J:led past the British consulate expressing their jubilant delight at England's promise. It is altogether likely that in future Jewish annals November 2, 1917, will be commemorated as "a day of feasting and gladness '' (Esther 9:17). November 2, 1917, was Friday, and five weeks from the following Sunday the British troops under General Allenby entered "the City of the Great King," "marching reverently with doffed hats, and their general humbly marching on foot." Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. Heart to Heart THE DAY OF MIRACLES, OR ANSWERED PRAYERS. Is "the day of miracles" past? Not quite. In the early seventies the writer was a resident of Jackson County, Mo. Two years of grass hoppers had utterly destroyed the western part of Missouri, along with Kansas, Colorado and several other States. A two years' drought added to the awfulness of the situa tion. Many cattle died from thirst and star vation. Many persons in isolated sections were found dead from lack of food. The lines became sharply drawn between believers and unbelievers. The Governor of Missouri was on the right side. He called for prayer and fasting on the part of our people, and fixed a day for this observance. Certain well re membered editors met the suggestion with scorn. Clouds of 'hoppers filled the air; three feet deep they piled up beside the houses; trains were stopped by them; one could not step on the ground without crushing them, and they even invaded our screenless homes. On the appointed day uncounted multitudes assembled in our churches, school-houses, pub lic halls, and, as in our case in Greenwood, in the college chapel. Many went fasting per force, while others had no heart to eat their scanty bit of meal while others were almost perishing. All day the praying, the singing of the Psalms of David, the testimonials to what God had done for His people in times past, filled the time till 4 P. M. Then some one said, "Why, the 'hoppers are rising!" They dark ened the sun like clouds. Before night very few of the pests were to be seen. Where had they gone? No one knew. No one ever knew, so far as known to the writer. The next day we saw some feeble-looking "rear guards" crawling on the fences, and found upon ex amination a small red worm penetrating and quickly destroying every insect. Many interesting side lines of that day's experience might be mentioned. For instance, a man who had not been in the meeting came up to the college and said: "As I came past Mr. Henderson's wheat field, west of town, there I saw the 'hoppers three feet deep come tumbling through the big gate, and, like an army, marching along the road, west." This Presbyterian elder, a man of faith, had a lit tle field of wheat which, until that day, had not been invaded. His wheat stood then ? a monument to the promises of God ? while thou sands of acres were bare save for here and there a flaunting milkweed. Trees were stripped of their foliage as clean as in the midst of winter. The almost miraculous crops which followed from June 15th planting were long spoken of by those who were of the "praying kind." Some still live in that re gion who could attest to the truth of this. ? Margaret R. Pake, in the Southern Ruralist. THE PLACE OF SECRET PRAYER. How much do you pray? How much have you prayed today? How much time and thought do you give to prayer? How real and vital is prayer in your daily life? Do you know what it is, like Daniel, to have fixed time and places for prayer? Do you know what it is to live in the atmosphere of prayer, that is, to carry out the Bible injunction to pray "without ceasing"? Is it not just at Ibis point that we fail., and fail more hurt fully than at any other point? I make bold to say that just at this point preachers are prone to fail, as perhaps at no other point. A little while ago I was with a group of preachers one day as they discussed the perils and problems of the preacher. This man and that suggested this peril and that, concerning which the preacher needs ever to be on hi& guard. When it came my time to question the group of fellow preachers, this was my question, "How much do you pray?" I may add that every man of us 'n that group felt conscience stricken as we searched our hearts with that question. "VVe saw that we were busy here and there, finding texts, making ser mons, arranging for funerals, for committees, for visits, for interviews, for exacting and end less tasks, but not a man of us had made enough of prayer. "What is your answer, fellow Christian, to the question, "How much do you pray?" Think again and deeply of these words of Jesus: "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recom pense thee." Do you have the daily habit of secret prayer? You cannot afford to neglect such habit. Such neglect cannot be atoned for, whatever else you may say or do. I press the question upon every Christian before me ? has "the closet with the closed door" been neglected? That closet with the closed door is the trysting place of power. The men and women who go there come out with faces that shine, with visions that inspire, and with power that shakes the world. Keep the path worn to that closet with the closed door, I pray you. It will enable you to know that you are not alone, but that a divine presence goes before you and with you. ? From "A Quest for Souls."