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(Continued from page 7) to appear also as a soldier that ho might more readily bo recognized as the military hero that he proved him self to be, and so be gave him his sword and his bow and bis girdle. Jonathan frequently had (be oppor tunity of showing his love for David in after years, and at least on one occasion he saved David's life from the enmity of bis father, although it was at great risk to himself. There have been few cases that have come down in history where two men of such different stations and conditions have been bound together by such un selfish love as David and Jonathan. When Jonathan had been slain in bat tle David gave expression to bis great sorrow in 2 Sam. 1:26, where ho speaks of the love of Jonathan as won derful and greater than the lovo of women. lie meant that Jonathan's love for him was greater than tlio love of a woman for her husband. The well-known story of Damon and Pythias seems almost to have been founded upon the story of Jonathan and David. Pythias had been con demned to death by the tyrant Diany sius of Syracuse. He wanted to go home to settle some of bis affairs, "but the king would not let him go unless he could find some one else to tako his place in prison until his return, with the understanding that if he did not return bis substitute would bo executed on the appointed day. Da mon gladly offered to take the placo of his friend. Pythias was unavoid ably delayed in his return and got back just before the time of the exe cution. Damon expressed his regret that he had returned so soon, and there was a contest between them as to which one should die. The king was so much impressed with their de votion to one another that he par doned Pythias and asked to be admit ted to their friendship. It is a great thing for us to havo warm friends, and it is equally as great to be a friend of others. Our Saviour offers to bo our Friend and to take us as his friends, and there is nothing that can do more to make our lives happy and useful than such a friendship. YOUNG PEOPLFS S0C1ET? TOILERS OP INDIA. M., Juno in. Idolatry. Jor. 10:1-11. T., June 17. Philosophieal foolishness.*' Rom. 1:18 23. W., Juno IS. Converted idolaters. 1 Thoss. 1 :2-10. T., Juno 19. Tho gospel "whosoever." Rev. 22:17. F., Juno 20. Invitarion to Iiulin. Isa 55:1-13. S., June 21. Offor of rooonoilintion. 2 Cor. 5:11-20. 8., June 22. Topio? Christianity and the Toilers of India. lea. 40:18-31. (Missionary meeting ) TFAnf is the condition of India's toilersT What is the rhurrh doing for India? How does Christ girt "rent" In India'* toiler a? Next to China. India has the larg est population of any country in the world. Its population is about 300, 000,000. It belongs to England, and the British Government has done much for the benefit of tho people and for their general welfare. In ed ucational and business and social af fairs there have been great improve ments made. As an illustration the government has put a stop to the practice of burning widows at tho death of their husbands. The principal religions of Tndia nro Buddhism, Brahmanism and Moham medanism. It is said that there_ are more gods in India than there aro people, and each person may have his own god, or he may worship as many as ho chooses. Large numbers in this country have accepted Christ, but compared with the multitudes havo not, they seem few Indeed. Idolatry, Jer. 10:1-11: The descrip tion given here of an idol is skilfully presented. The contrast is exceeding ly striking between the god made by hands and the true God. India is full of idols whom the people worship in their blindness. They need the knowl edge of the Clod whom we worship. '"Shall^we whose hearts are lighted With wisdom from on high, Shall we to men benighted The lamp of life deny?" Philosophical Foolishness, Horn. "1 : 1S:23: The people of India are wise in many things, but they are very foolish when it conies to religion. It seems strange that with all their wis dom they should think that a god can be made of wood, stone or metal. Satan has blinded their eyes, and only the knowledge of Jesus can open them. Converted Idolaters, 1 Tliess. 1 : 2 10: The Thessalonians, Macedonians and Achaians were probably more en lightened than most of the Hindoos, but they were idolators. Paul car ried them the gospel and they accept ed Christ. So when the gospel is car ried to the Hindoos multitudes of them give up their idols and accept Jesus as their Saviour. Tl?e (iospol "Whosoever," Rev. 22: 17: The "whosoever" of this verse really belongs to more than the one clause in which it appears. We can well say: "Whosoever heareth, let him come; whosoever thirsts, let him come; and whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely." The old saint, Richard Baxter, said ho thanked God for the "whosoever" in tills verso. He said: "If It has said Richard Baxter may take tlio waler of life, 1 would liave felt sure that it meant some other man of the same name, who was better than I, but when it says, 'Whosoever will,' I know it means me." Invitation to India, Isa. 55:1-13: India thirsts just as other lands thirst. It needs to drink the same life-giving water, but they cannot drink it un less it is carried to them. The same is true of all heathen peoples. Offer of Reconciliation, 2 Cor. 5:11 20: Sinners can be reconciled to God only through Jesus Christ. God has given us the gospel of reconciliation that we may tell others that they may be reconciled. Christianity and tho Toilers of In dia, Isa. 40:18-31: The description here given of a heathen making his own God applies wonderfully to India. Tho true God described here is tho one India needs. What Is the Condition of India's Toilers? Most of them are unre deemed sinners, knowing nothing of the plan of salvation, going down to Christless graves. What Is tho Church Doing for In dia? Some effort has been made to give India the gospel, and with fine results, but the population of India is increasing so fast that there are more heathen in that land today than there ever were at any other time. How Does Christ Give "Rest" to In. din's Toilers? Just as he gives r?st to any who are weary. He saves their souls, and gives grace and strength for carrying their burdens. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY Reports Adopted III? PORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE OX PUBLICATION AND SAR RATII SCHOOL WORK. After a careful study of the records of the Executive Committee of Publi cation and Sabbath School Work for the year just closed, we find that not withstanding the providential inter ruptions of war and pestilence, pro gress has been made, and we have abundant reason for thankfulness to God for His favor and blessing. Un der the heading "Business Summary," we find that the total of books and periodicals at Richmond were $212, 781.02, and those of Texarkana $72, 607.09, making a grand total of $28f>, 388.11, and that the profit added to the canital account for the year Is $32,0.r>2.33. Under the heading, "Comparative Summary," we find that the gross volume of business, an increase in as sets from 1903, when a reorganiza tion was effected, for the end of the fiscal year is as follows: "Sales $4 5, r>87-$28!>. 388.1 1 , net assets $129,890 $330,920.87. During this period the committee has given the Church from the profits of the business $78,694 in donations of books and supnlies, and in support of Sunday School Extension Work in excess of the amount the Church put in their hands for these causes. Tt is gratifying to note that the Texarkana Depository is both "render ing service to the Church and earning profits." The periodical publications for the Sunday school have increased in num ber from seven in 1903 to twenty two at the present time, notwithstand ing the increased cost of nroduction, Ihf* committee did not advance the price of these publications during the year. Report of tlie Treasurer. The treasurer of this committee re ports total reeeints *336.441.77. total disbursement $293,263.03. leaving a cash balance of $41,178.74. This bal ance sheet for the year shows the re sources of the committee to be $368._ 618.75 ? in stock of books, accounts receivable, furniture, real estate and buildings. Liberty Bonds, etc. The Auditing Committee apnointed by the last Ar.semblv certifv that they have examined the accounts of Mr R. E. Magill, and attest the correctness of the reports submitted to this Assem bly. Though the results of Sunday school missionary work were reduced through the turning of a number of our workers into war service, and the disturbing effect of the influenza epi demic. we are gratified to note that the figures reported indicate a fruit ful year in this important department of the committee's work. Offerings for this cause show an increase of more than 40 per cent, over those of last year. $66,950.87, as compared with $47,381.63 the year before. We note that the Standard of Effi ciency for Sunday schools has been revised in accordance with the direc tion of the General Assembly, and that this revision has been incorpor ated in a wall chart which is being distributed by the Department of Sun dav School. We heartily commend this revised standard to all our schools as a guide and inspiration to more effective service. We note with pleasure the indica tions of the proeressive policy in Young People's Work, as shown in 1he proposed Standard of Efficiency for Southern Presbvterial Christian Endeavor Societies, and the pronosed "Youncr People's Council" for the lo cal church. The character of the workers em ployed and the record of the work accomplished indicate very great care and efficiency on the part of your Ex ecutive Committee, and the results sneak for all who have had a part in th'? important department. Th<? comparative business summarv covering the nnst sixteen venrs is ev cen/Hnirlv fratifvine and hi**blv cred itable to business administration of Mr. T? E. Ma?ill, executive secre tiTM? 0f the committee during that pe riod. Sumlnv school ronorts to Presbyte ries show the fo116win?r: Vn ruber of ?chools 2.f>09 Ofleprci n?'' teachers . . . . 7. . 26.3'>0 wiimher nf scholars 214 808 rvndlo Pnii 2?.88<? Wnmo 'ner>nrtmept 21.422 Total Sunday school enroll ment 289,236 benevolent Funds. T?nrM?rn Missions 40,744 Home Missions ? Assembly's Home Missions 10,807 Synod's Home Missions... 3,775 Presbytery's Home Mis sions 5,632 Congregational Home Mis sions 6,592 Christian Education and Min isterial Relief 11,075 Sunday School Extension and Publication 27,542 Schools and colleges 4,316 Bible Cause ^ 1,172 Orphans' Homes 52,983 Miscellaneous benevolences. 61,586 Current expense of schools. . 174,94 6 Total for all causes. ... $404,478 Young People's Societies' reports to Presbyteries show the following: Number of societies 1,168 Total membership 32,8 72 Benevolent Funds. Foreign Missions $12,402 Home Missions ? Assembly's Home Missions. 3,205 Synod's Home Missions. ... 879 Presbytery's Home Missions 2,800 Congregational Home Mis sions 1,956 Christian Education and Min isterial Relief 1,313 Sunday School Extension and Publication 4a3 Schools and colleges 1 I Bible Cause 196 Orphans' Home 4,629 Miscellaneous benevolences... 13,352 Incidental 7,984 Total contributions for 1919 , $40,074 Overtures. There have been placed in the hands of your committee six overtures. We recommend that they be answered as follows: 30. From the Presbytery Greeribrier asking that the Assembly take such action as may be necessary, looking to the publication of a religious news paper published daily except Sunday. Realizing the impracticability of such an enterprise, we recommend that it be answered in the negative. 31. From the Presbytery of Louis ville asking that the heading of the column in the statistical report of the ministers of the General Assembly be changed from "Schools and Colleges" to "Educational Institutions/' we rec ommend that it be answered in the aflirmative. "32. From the Presbytery of Con garee to enlarge the Committee on Sunday School Extension so that there may be in each Synod at least one Sunday school expert, giving his timo to developing our Sunday schools, eta Believing that what is asked in this overture is already in the power of the Assembly's committee to grant, we recommend that it be answered fn the negative. 33. From the Presbytery of Muh lenburg asking for a committee com posed of active pastors and ruling elders with instructions to revise and simplify the blanks for reports of ses sions to Presbytery, because the pres ent forms are so complex as to render it difficult and sometimes impossible for clerks to fill them out intelligent ly. We recommend that it be an swered in the affirmative, and that the committee be composed as follows: Rev. J. D. Leslie, D. D. (chairman). Rev. C. R. Nisbet, D. D., Rev. J. B. Hutton, D. D., and Elders R. E. Ma gill, of the Synod of Virginia, and W. O. Duncan, of the Synod of Kentucky. 34. From the Presbytery of Oua chita as to the mechanical forms of blanks, we recommend that it be re ferred to the committee named in an swer to Overture No. 33. 72. From the Southern Presbyterian Christian Endeavorers of Georgia and South Carolina requesting that each Presbytery and Synod appoint a Com mittee on Young People's Work, to receive and forward statistical infor mation to promote the efficiency of existing societies and to procure the formation of new societies. We call attention to the fact that such com mittees have already been appointed in some Presbyteries and Synods, and recommend that other Presbyteries and Synods follow this plan. Rccnmmcndnl ions. 1. That the SUNDAY SCHOOL as evangelistic agency be commended to the loyalty, liberality and co-operation of our people, and that all churches, Sunday schools, Women's Societies and Young People's Societies be urged to contribute the amount $80,000, appor tioned by the General Assembly to the Publication Committee for Sunday School Extension. 2. That the Assembly approve of the action, of the Executive Committee of Publication on March 5, 1919, to