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SOUTHERN BAPTISTS have taken a de cidedly advanced step in regard to their Church papers. The first step -is to follow the action of our own Church in directing its Mis sion Boards to see that their missionary maga zine is sent to every pastor. Our Church sends The Missionary Survey to all the ministers of our Church. The second step is to urge the State Boards to see that a Church paper is sent to each pastor. They maintain that this would be a good investment for the Church, as the Boards "will be more than reimbursed in receipts1 for all the causes they foster." In our Church there are about 2,000 ministers. At the regular subscription price of the Presby terian Of the South it would cost $4,000 to send the paper to each of them. But if there is any one who wishes' to invest some money in this way, either for the whole Church or for any particular State, we are ready to make large concessions as to the amount. The third step taken in this direction js to recommend "that the State Boards apportion an adequate number of subscribers to each Association in each State, and that the Association in turn apportion ita apportionment among the churches. These ap portionments of subscribers to the papers are to be made in the same way that apportionments are made for missions and other causes." If such a plan were adopted in our Church, the Synod would apportion to the Presbyteries, and the Presbyteries to the churches, the number of subscribers which it would seem each church ought to secure among its members. The editor of one of the Baptist papers says : "The appor tionment plan by the State Boards will bring the best results if carried out. This plan was put in operation in Georgia independently of State Convention action, and it has resulted in an unprecedented increase in the circulation of the Index. The apportionment plan was adopted by one other State Baptist paper and the appor tionment was published about the middle of February. It resulted in 1,400 new subscribers up to the 10th of May. The apportionment plan as recommended by the Southern Baptist Con vention will add thousands of subscribers to the State Baptist papers of the South. This will increase the effectiveness of the enlistment work which is being done by the Homo Mission Board and the various State Boards. It is of vital importance to put the recommendations of the Southern Baptist, Convention into operation at once. It will greatly help to make the $75, ? 000,000 program a success." + + + T} APTISTS seem to be coming to the con elusion that their absolute congregational ism is not entirely satisfactory. In his address to the Northern Baptist Convention just held its president asks this significant question: "Is there a Baptist denomination in any organized business sense, or are we just individual churches, in individual States, in individual societies, each pursuing the separate course which most approves itself to individual judg ment regardless of what others are thinking or doing or of the vastly greater accomplishment possible through well directed co-operation ?" It always has been a surprise to us that this great Church has been able to hold together so well and do such a great work as it has accomplished in the world when it has no written creed as its guide, and when the connection between the various congregations is only "a gentlemen's agreement." The fact is that the voluntary connection in their Associations and Conven tions is really almost as binding as though they were more closely organized. Yet if they had some closer organization, it is probable that they could unify their power as they have never been able to do. ? *? + Dwelling and Walking With Christ I have a Friend so precious, So very dear to me, He loves me' with such tender love, He loves so faithfully, I could not live apart from him, NI love to feel him nigh, _ And so we dwell together, My Lord and I. ? Sometimes I'm faint and weary, He knows that I am weak, And as he bids me lean on him, His help I gladly seek; He leads me in the paths of light Beneath a sunny sky, And so we walk together, My Lord and I. ? Old Huguenot Hymn. + * + MEMORIAL DAY in New York seems to have been taken advantage of by the Ro man Catholics to bring their church before the public. Who was responsible for the plans carried out the papers which report them do not say. It seems that in connection with and as a part of the Memorial Day exercises the Cath olics, led by an archbishop and other high dig nitaries of the church, celebrated a "field mass" in memory of the soldiers and sailors who "gave their lives for the liberty of the United States of America during the late war." The thought comes to us as to what would have been said if the Presbyterians of New York or any othei Protestant denomination had proposed to have a ^rvice on such an occasion. We are inclined to think that presumption of such a proposition 'would have been denounced in more than one quarter. We do not believe that any church should force its peculiar doctrines or practice upon the public when people are practically not left to choose whether they will attend the services or not. STRIKES may or may not be justified, but certainly they are very inconveuifent at times to those who are not directly connected with any differences that may arise between employers and employees. A strike is responsi ble for our having to use the paper upon which the Presbyterian of the South is printed this week. For more than a month the employees of the mill which makes our paper have been on a strike, and the mill has been closed. No paper could be made or shipped. The result has been that we have had to do the best that we could, and this paper is the best that we can now buy of the size that we need. We hope that by next week we shall have our regu lar paper. This is one of the results of after war conditions, and we feel sure that our read ers will sympathize with us in our troubles in this matter. + + + SOCIAL work is being urged upon the Church in many quarters. The claim is made that this is necessary in order that the world may be saved. A speaker before the Northern Bap tist Convention in its recent meeting in Denver, Col., said : "We believe the world will never be saved by social reform, by hygiene, by soup kitchens or modern plumbing. It will be saved only as individuals are saved, i. e., transformed in purpose and allegiance and made partakers of the divine nature." If a man's relations to God are right, his relations to his fellow-man will take care of themselves. ? ? ? UNION between the Northern and the larger part of the Cumberland churches was consummated in 1906. Very sot.n legal suits were instituted in civil courts k. decide property rights. There were so many of these that the General Assembly appointed a special "Committee on Legal Matters Connected with Reunion." For thirteen years this committee has been engaged in directing the fights in the courts to gain possession of property belonging to divided Cumberland congregations. The committee has just completed its work and been discharged. We wonder how many weak, strug gling bands of Christians i>ave been left with out any part of the church property for which they helped to pay. We wonder how much of bitterness has been engendered during those thirteen years of litigation in the courts, in which the stronger were trying to take every thing from the weaker. ? ? ? REPORTS from the Northern Presbyterian Church show that it has 9,823 churches. Of this number 3G received 100 or more on profession of faith during the past yeir. From 75 to 99 were received bv 56 churches; 50 to 74 by 158 ; 25 to 49 by 671 ? 10 to 24 by 1,751 ; 5 to 9 by 1,413; 1 to 4 by 2,212; and 3,526, or more than one-third of all the chunthes, had no additions on confession of faith.