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RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, JANUARY 15, 1919. No. 3 Ciritorial iiotes anb Comment PRESIDENT WILSON, as commander-in chief of the American Army, has issued an order which does honor to his head and heart alike. It is to the effect that all those who have been ready to enter the service of their country* even though they have not gone abroad, shall be entitled to wear a silver chevron similar to the gold one authorized for service overseas. This is a becoming recognition of those who have made many sacrifices that they might be fitted for the further service of the country. It will go far towards removing the disappointment which many have felt that they were not sent abroad. It is telling the world that faithful service, even when rendered in inconspicuous places, is appreciated and has its reward and should be properly hon ored. It will prevent disagreeable and humiliat ing reflections and comparisons. f + ? THE Vatican is talking about seeking repre sentation at the Peace Conference shortly to take place in Paris. Then by all means let the Federal Council of Churches and the Ecumeni cal Council of the Methodist*, and the Pan-Pres byterian Council, and the Pan-Anglican organi zation. There is just as good reason for any one or all of these seeking recognition there as the Roman Catholic Hierarchy. Indeed, there is more! Hot a few have suspected too great rap proachment between the Vatican and Austria. If it had come to a positive "show down** as to the hierarchy's position as between the Austrian Government and that of United Italy, many doubt whether the hierarchy, which rules the Church with an imperialism not surpassed in all the late autocracies of Europe, wouid have failed the gov ernment which it has for a few decades looked upon as the strongest supporter of its claims. Of course the Italian people would not have brooked this. Except in name only and in mat ters purely spiritual and ritualistic, they hold them selves as free from the Roman Church. The hier archy are one thing and the people and their gov ernment quite another. * + + ENTHUSIASM is a term that is often used, and sometimes apparently without giving much consideration to its meaning. By deriva tion the word means literally "having God with in, " but it carries with it the idea that this in dwelling is to be given some outward manifesta tion. If God is within, His presence should be shown in the life and action of the one in whom He abides. But in ordinary use the term ia much more general in its meaning, and it may apply to the manifestation of any idea in a man's mind, if it be given expression to with earnest ness and especially with a lively zeal. We re cently attended a meeting of an organization in which not as much interest was shown by the membera as was desired. One of those present said: "What is needed is that the members should have more enthusiasm about the club." This raised the question in our minds as to how enthusiasm can be secured. -Take the Church, for instance. It is needed among its members. But it is not something that can be picked up or bought at will. It can only be secured by a careful study of what the Church is, what it stands for, what it is worth to its members, how it will help its members to fulfill their obliga tions to God and to their fellowmen. This will kindle a fire in the heart and its heat will be felt and its ligtli will be seen by all those around. If the heart and mind are fully possessed of the truth, there will be abundant manifestation of it in the life. + + * FOUR hundred years ago, January 1, 1519, Ulric Zwingli, the founder of the Reformed Churches of Europe as distinguished from the Lutheran Church, preached his first sermon as priest of the Great Cathedral at Zurich. Like Luther, his cotemporary and fellow-worker in Lunging about the Reformation, he was a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. At that time preaching occupied a very insignificant place in the worship of the Church, and where there was a sermon it generally did not have its source in the Bible. Zwingli surprised and interested the people very much by preaching expository ser mons, in which he made the teachings of the Scriptures apply to every-day life. Out of this preaching and under his influence the Reformed movement was started. From this came the Re formed Churches of Europe and the Dutch and the German Reformed Churches of this country. These Reformed Churches are in reality Presby terian. ? + ??? RENEWING his subscription to The Presby terian of the South, a subscriber writes : "In my mind I am unable to see how a member of our Church can let such a valuable spiritual asset have an absent place in his home." The business man who keeps up with his business and the business of the world takes and reads his trade journal, and tells his friends how it helps him in his business. The progressive farmer takes the farm journal that he may gain the lat est information in regard to farming. The Chris tian who is interested in the Master's work and who wants to be fitted for his share in doing the work of the kingdom, takes his Church paper in order that he may have the information and inspiration which it furnishes. What shall be said of him who does not take it? ? + ? ENGLAND has reecntly had an election in which the voters strongly endorsed the government headed by Premier Lloyd George. It is said that a number of reforms will be carried out. Among them will be prohibition of strong drink, it is predicted. The war taught England the need of prohibition, and the par tial experiemnts she has made in this direc tion have shown its value. THE American Bible Society, through its "Becord," reports that it is the practice, in many parts of the country, to observe the second Sunday in Advent as Universal Bible Sunday. It urges every Christian minister in the United States to preach at that time on the value of the universal circulation of the Scriptures for the development of the ideals of liberty and jus tice and brotherhood. All of which is very good. Now, will the society kindly enlighten our ig norance ? How many of the denominations know anything about such titles as "Advent Sunday," "Trinity Sunday," "Whitsunday," "Epiphany," and the like? Qive ub some dates that we can understand, brethren, and we will do the best we can! ? + + THAT Mormonism has its drawbacks, even to those who are its leaders, is evident from the conditions which are revealed as to the es tate of the late President of that body, Joseph F. Smith. His estate, after the usual deductions for attorneys' fees and court costs, it is said, will not yield more than about one thousand dollars apiece to his heirs at law, and that despite the enormous revenues he must have enjoyed. That he had no more to leave is accounted for by one writer by the fact that he had six wives, forty r-ix children, and "nobody knows how many sons in-law" to support! Such a family would put a hard test upon the personal fortune or resources of any man. ? + + PERHAPS the most inglorious, unkingly act ever witnessed in the world was that of Kai ser Wilhelm's flight into Holland. It stamped him as a coward and ingrate. When his cause was about to fail, the cause to which his deluded followers had given their all, instead of standing by those who had fought for him and poured out their life's blood, to share with them what ever suffering or loss or shame or imprisonment might come to them, he sneaked off, without the knowledge of any until he was safe, and took refuge in a neutral country ! A brave man would have stood by those who had made every sacrifice for him to the bitter end, and would have scorned to take less than they would take. By his con duct he forfeited all the confidence and admira tion of his former adherents, if they will only pause to reason. "The divine right of kings" is a poor thing if it does not bring with it a loftier courage and kingliness of character and conduct. The late Emperor's cowering in a secluded rail way carriage and running from the armies who fought for him was about the sorriest spectacle the world has ever seen. Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you a hundred virtues which the idle never know. ? Charles Kingaley.