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YOUNQ PEOPI/E'S SOCIETIES.
(C*Mtln??d from y*gm 7) few reforms that can be adopted in this country that will have more widespread benefits than the abolition of the liquor traffic. We can realize something of the blessing when we think of what it has cost the coun try. The money spent in liquor each year by the people of this country amounted to about two and one-half billion dollars. More than two hun dred thousand men were engaged in making and selling liquor. Millions of tons of food products and of coal were used in its manufacture, and were thus lost to more useful pur poses. The greatest cost was in the manhood and womanhood of the country. Scientific experiments and observation have shown that the man who drinks liquor is inefficient in his work. No man can do his best when his nerves and muscles and brain are stupefied by alcohol. When we think of the immense suffering that has been caused to women and children because of the drinking of men, we see something of the terrible cost of this habit. No better use could be made of this temperance meeting than to turn it into one of thanksgiving to God for His goodness in enabling His peo ple to cast off this fearful chain which has bound the nation for many gen erations. The money that has been spent for liquor will now be spent for useful things. The men that have been engaged in its manufacture and sale will be employed in useful occu pations. The men and women who have been tottering and staggering through life under the curse of drink will now be able to stand straight and take their proper places in the world. Homes that have been over shadowed with this dark cloud will now become bright and happy Wives who have dreaded the coming of their husbands and children who have feared the appearance of their fath ers will now meet them with smiles and loving welcomes. By act of Congress, as a war mea sure, tho country comes under the prohibition law on the first of next July. By the adoption of the consti tutional amendment, it comes perma nently under that law after next Jan uary. 1 Like every other law on the statute books this law will no doubt be vio lated in many cases and by many peo ple. The law can be as well enforced 17 ?thef' und easily than many other laws. One of the unfor tunate things about our country is are ?nly enforce<l as the Public demands them, if the people of any community are opposed to the nforcement of the prohibition laws, the probability is that the officers of e law will be negligent in their inc-7 men W,U flnd Ways of mak ing and getting liquor, it is the part in Z7Y ?'t,Zen l? U8G hi8 be8t ^orts them VhC laW" and 8UPP?rt,ng them in whatever they do to this The success of this movement in America will no doubt have great in I ?th6r PartS ?f the worlll. and it is to be earnestly hoped that may be the means of inducing other nations to adopt our plan and abolish the use of alcohol among their bPoT,\ ?b,na Wa" ??P?*ed, il Te habit 2T and f?0t by the op,um nr?ii ? 6V6n heathe? ?na has practically abolished the ?fle of opium among her four hundred minion* oj people, and certainly what China can do any Christian people can do. Let us therefore unite our efforts and our prayers in a supreme endea world 8h th,S CUr8P f-rom the STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN A SLOGAN FOB THE MARCH DRIVE. By Rev. R. F. Campbell, D. D. In tho college regattas one of tho slogans for the crews used to be ? "A long pull, A strong pull, And a pull all together!" This Is what we need In the drive the Church Is to make In March to raise $3,500,000 during the next ec clesiastical year for the beneficent causes. It must be a long pull. Don't splash the water or "catch a crab," but give the oar full sweep at every pull. It must be a strong pull. Faint heart never won a race. It Is "the laboring oar" that drives the boat forward to its goal. It must be "a pull all together." One slacker in a crow will bring de feat. Let us "push off. And sitting well in order, smite The sounding furrows." Let every oarsman do his duty. And, finally, in it all, let us seek God's help. "For oars alone can ne'er prevail To reach the wished-for coast; The breath of heaven must swell the sail, Or all our toil is lost!" Asheville, N. C. SHALL THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH GO OVER THE TOP? By Rev. D. P. Wilkinson. The ABBembly has asked the Church for $3,500,000 for benevolence dur ing the year ending April 1, 1920. Can It be raised? Will it be done? It surely can be; and it surely will be If the Presbyterian people of the Southland are given a fair chance. Let them hear about the program. Let them see the need. Never has there been a time when Christian people were so willing to do great and noble things for their Lord and their fellowmen as now. Never has there been a time when they recognized so fully as now the great truth of stewardship. Nevei have they felt so deeply as they do now the responsibility that rests upon them to give the gospel of Christ to a bleeding, starving world. Within the past few years many great benevolent and humanitarian enterprises for feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, And ministering to the sick and wounded have been successfully carried out by Christian people. These schemes have required much labor, great sacrifices, enormous gifts of money, but It has all been done with wonderful cheerfulness. Christian people are getting accus tomed to doing large things. The/ love the sensation of "going over the top." They have successfully equipped and manned many of the benevolent and Christian enterprises in connec tion with the late war. They are now feeding several million hungry people. They have quit estimating money by the thousands, but rather, by the mil lions. And they meet the demands gladly. All they require la to be in formed of the need. Our Presbyterian people have had a large and conspicuous part in all this gigantic work and racriflclal giv ing. They have had fine schooling, and now they are ready to carry on the big things for Christ and his king dom. All they need are the facte and the chance to do their part. All the larg;e evangelical churches are planning to carry out a large pro gram for the immediate future. Some of them are already hard at work. Shall the Presbyterian Church lag be hind? Shall she fail while her sister churches succeed all about her? Sure ly not. What is necessary for an easy and complete success? Give every mem ber a chance. Tell about the program for the next year. Tell about the needs. Tell what others are doing. Tell him the Presbyterian Church is depending on him to do his fair share in carrying out the program. In near ly every case the response will be gratifying. Now it is a well known fact that the Assembly's Stewardship Committee cannot do this hand to hand work. Laymen's conventions will help, but these reach only a few. Presbyterial conferences will help, but these do not touch the rank and file. Literature on the subject will help, but many will not read it. What is to be done, then? The pastors of churches cart do it. He must do it if It is done. He must instruct his peo ple on the subject. He must organ ize and supervise the drive in his con. gregation. If he will, he can. If any congregation with a pastor or stated supply fails to do its fair share in carrying out the present program, most of us will have our idea as to where the blame lies. Zachary, La. A PLEA FOR PLAIN BUSINESS IN CHURCH FINANCE. Samuel M. Glasgow. My Money-Duty. The financial strength of a church is not what its members own, but what they will give. We speak of many churches as rich churches. A church is as rich as its members are rich towards God. There is accord ingly a growing desire on the part of our membership to know their money duty; how much they ought to set as a minimum obligation to the church, its support and expansion. When the ministry clearly teach and carefully practice proportionate giving, with the Scriptural tithe as a minimum basis, a great forward step will be accomplished and order will begin to take shape from financial chaos in our Church's life. As a matter of fact, most thoughtful, practical, Chris tian business men want to know how much money obligation they owe. The tithe Scripturally presented and clear ly explained standardizes our giving and steadies our entire Church work. The Invincible Alliance. As an illustration of the invincible alliance of regular and proportionate giving, the tithe paid through the weekly envelope, I recently heard of a church, composed almost exclusive ly of members of very moderate means, which on the first Sunday af ter a six weeks' suspension, due to the influenza epidemic, received as Its Sunday offering $652 instead of the usual sum of $120, more or less. No frenzied financial gatherings were necessary in that church to meet an utterly unprecedented experience. TUe invincible alliance, faithfully func tionating under all conditions, ade quately met their needs. I^t G<h1's Money Work for Gixl. There's a parable with a very sol emn warning about a servant that misused his Lord's money. When once the tithing system has been adopted in a man's heart he views a tenth of his income as belonging to God in a real and practical sense. He is ready therefore to put it into God's work as it la needed. "Bring ye the whole tithe into the store house, that there may be food in my house, saith Jehovah." Let God's money work for God. He has en trusted me with His money to dis pense it in His work. Day and night, at home and abroad, wherever God's children stretch out their hands and cry to Him for His promised help, let God's money speed away on work for God. Charleston, Wrf Va. THE SPIRIT OP STEWARDSHIP. How to Promote It. By Rev. A. M. Fraser, D. D. The spirit of our offerings for re ligion counts for more than the amount of the offering does. "If there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath and not according to that he hath not." "The Lord loveth a cheer ful giver." The proper spirit makes the offering a greater blessing to the giver. It makes it more pleasing to God. It makes it do more good. Christ taught very plainly that the widow's two mites had more purchas ing power than all the large gifts of the wealthy. In these days the widow's two mites could buy a tract, which might bring many souls to Christ, and in each of these souls it might multiply itself * hundred-fold, because each soul might bring other souls and gifts to Christ. On the other hand, we can think of many ways in which a very large sum given from an improper motive might be side-tracked and never got anywhere or do any -good. It often happens that a busy, pros perous, public-spirited man, with strong altruistic impulses, will give freely and generously to every cause properly presented to him, but he waits to be approached and then gives almost without thinking of it, either before or after giving. He only asks whether it be a worthy cause and how much he is expected to give. That is not at all a bad thing, but it is far from being the best thing. It is so much better to give some thought to the cause, to think about it till it has taken hold of the judg ment and heart and conscience, to pray over it and then to give delib erately, intelligently, out of love for humanity, and especially as an act of worship toward God. Happy is the man who can say, "I give this to Jesus Christ as a token of my devo tion to him, to whom I owe all things, and I give it to this particular ob ject because I believe it will please and glorify him more if I do so." Now, how can one best promote that spirit in his heart? In addition to other means of grace, he can pro mote this spirit by deciding to adopt "a sliding scale" of offerings, instead of giving a fixed sum every time 01 every year. Let that sliding scale be regulated by the sliding scale God uses with us. In nearly all cases God does use a sliding scale with U9. He does not adopt a hard and fast rule to give us the same amount of blessing every year. Would it not be a good plan for a man to let hi^, offerings to God expand or contract in proportion as God's gifts to him expand or contract? That would help to keep him reminded that his means of living come directly from God. If he makes little this year, It may be a hardship to give the fixed sum. If he makes a large amount the next year, and still gives the same fixed sum, he does it so easily that it does not arrest attention, and there is noth ing in it to compel him to think of the Divine Giver of it all. But if he gives back to God in proportion a* God gives to him, the very amount 4