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THE \EN 7fi? SOUThu. : '^<fE3BYT?ff/AN W" % JESBYTLMAN VOL. LZXXVn. RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, OCTOBER 30, 1918. No. 44 Cbitortal J8oteg anb Comment CHURCHES have been closed nearly all over this country for the last three or four Sundays on account of the scourge of influenza that has laid so many low. It was right that this should have been done. There are some who said that, instead of closing the churches, the people ought all to be urged to go to church and engage in united prayer to God to stop this plague. Prayer is most important and should be offered for this as for all of our needs. But we should bear in mind that we are to use all the human means possible to bring about an answer to our prayers. If a man should go up to a house that was burning in which it was known that there was a large amount of powder stored, when there was no necessity for his doing so, and should pray God to protect him, he would have no right to ex pect his prayer to be answered. An old negro was told of the order closing the churches in the city where he lived, and ho said at once, "Well, we can do pur praying at home." When any providential occurrence prevents God's peo ple from going to church, it is a great blessing that we can pray at home. + ? + ONDS have been sold by our Government ^ * in the last few weeks to an amount that wt believe has never been equaled or certainly surpassed by any government in the world. Six billion dollars is an immense sum. The (Government needs every bit of it and will need much more, and the people of this country are going to furnish all that is needed. This money has not been given. It has only been loaned. A Government bond is as near money as al most anything can be. But there is a great opportunity for giving, and it is giving after all that brings real satisfaction to the true heart. Those who are engaged in welfare work among the soldiers are asking that the people of this country shall give for this cause $170, 500,000. Every dollar of this amount is need ed and much more. No such huge amount has ever been asked of any people for a purely be nevolent cause. This country ought to feel highly honored that such a call is made upon it, and there should be great satisfaction in the knowledge that the people can and will give all that is needed. But if this is done, all must, have a part in this great privilege. Be gin to plan now and see what is the greatest amount you can possibly give when the cam paign begins. ? + ? REV. HUGH IIAKDTN IITIDSON has been called up higher. The call came to him in Bristol, Tenn., on October 18th. ITe was siek only a few days with influenza, and the end came suddenly. Air. Hudson was born in Glenloek, Tenn., on July 5, 1884. He was educated at Tusculum and Maryville Colleges, in Tennessee, and at Princeton University. His theological education was obtained at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., from which he graduated in 1907. He was licensed by Knoxville Presbytery on July 12, 1 907, and was ordained by West Hanover Pres bytery on December 10, 1907. lie was first etated supply and then pastor of Gordonsville Mid Wills Memorial churches in that Presby tery, and did most excellent work in the pas torate, until a few years ago his Presbytery called him to become Superintendent of Home Mission and Sunday School Work. In this position he made a most remarkable record, arousing the interest of the churches and build ing up the mission work, until the Presbytery made a record that few others have equaled. So great was his success in organizing this work that when the new Synod of Appalachia wanted a man to take chargo of its mission work throughout its mountain territory espe cially, it called Mr. Hudson. He accepted the call less than a year ago. With his usual zeal and earnestness he had taken hold of this work, and bade fair to make a great success of it. In all of his work he showed consecrated earnest ness and zeal and great tact in dealing with difficult problems. He was kind, genial and optimistic, and made friends easily. He was a good preacher of the pure gospel, through which ho won many for Christ. He and his work will bo greatly missed. The loss to the Church on earth will be the gain of the Church sil>ove. + + + GOI) has had a hand in closing the churches. He at least permitted the conditions which made it necessary. Could one of His reasons for this have been to mako ITis people realize something of what it would be to have no churches? We believe that many have been made to realize what the Church means to them, since they have been deprived of its priv ilege, as they did not before. If the result shall be that Christian people become more faithful in attending church and in securing the attendance of others than they have been in the past, tike plague may prove a blessing after all. + + * UNION of three great negro churches is being planned for. They are the African Methodist Episcopal, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion and the Colored Methodist Episcopal churches. It is proposed to call the consolidated church the United Methodist Epis copal Church. There will lie nothing in its name to designate the race of its members The General Conference of the Colored Metho dist Episcopal Church has voted in favor of the union by a vote of 3(58 to 4(5. The other General Conferences do not meet until 1920. If they vote in favor of the union, the matter will go to the Annual Conferences, and it will be six years before the matter is finally sot ted. HEALTH is a God-given blessing and we ought to be very careful to preserve it in ourselves and in others. It is the healthy man who is the efficient man. This is largely true in religious matters as well as in tern pcral affairs. The health departments of tin national and State governments are trying to do all they can to prevent the spread of dis ease. Just at this time they are issuing many warnings in regard to grippe and Spanish in iluenza, which are spreading so rapidly all over the country. They say that these diseases are contracted by the germs passing from one mouth to another. This is done largely by an infected person coughing or sneezing near some one. else. Watch the smoke from a man who is smoking a pipe or cigar and you can see how the air we breathe out from our lungs spreads around us. Then think how much far ther it will go when forcibly driven out by a cough or a sneeze. .Every breath from the man with grippe carries the germs with it. Re strict their range as much as possible by cover ing the mouth, or at least by holding the head <?ow;i, when coughing or sneezing. It is best for a well person not to come in close contact with an infected one, and to be very careful not to use any eating or drinking vessel which has been used by one who has the disease. These precautions, the health authorities say, will do much to prevent the spread of these diseases and oven ordinary colds. + + + CHURCHES and individuals that did not make a contribution to our War Work Fund last Sunday, because the churches were closed or for any other reason, ought not to let this opportunity to do a great work pass unimproved. Our Church, under the leader ship of our Moderator, Dr. James I. Vance, lias undertaken to put camp pastors in all of the cities in our bounds near which there are army or navy camps. There has grown up some uncertainty in the minds of some about this work, in consequence of an order issued by the War Department, but that will probably be modified to some extent. Whether this is done or not there will still be more work for the camp pastors to do than can be done by all the men our Church can employ. For this work at least $125,000 is needed at once. Send contributions to A. N. Sharp, Atlanta, Ga., marked for War Work. + + + RESTRICTION of liquor traffic is showing wonderful results in the decrease in the number of prisoners in English prisons. Be fore the war the daily average of the inmates were 18,236. Now the daily average is only 9,660. This shows a falling oft" of nearly one half. We believe that if prohibition were com plete in England the other half would practi cally be wiped out.