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Every-Member Canvass. This wide awakening is having a most stimulat ing effect upon all committees that administer funds. As a result, v ichurches with few exceptions have paid their pastors fully and promptly. Most of the report shows no special manifestation of the Spirit's work in the churches, which implies largelj that no specially evangelistic effort has been made. This result is possi. bly due to the war activities, which have consumed largely the time and attention of our people. Yet we are gratified to find in many instances evi dences of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and a substantial ingathering of souls. As to worldly conformity, the com mittee finds it difficult to tabulate re sults with any degree of accuracy. This is due to the liberal interpreta tion placed on the term worldly con formity. We are gratified, however, to note that most of the reports show that our people in the main heed the injunction of the Apostle be not con formed to this world, but be it trans formed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove w hat is that good and acceptable and perfect will of ?" God. The reports with few exceptions show no special evangelistic work is done by the local church beyond its bounds. We would suggest the launch ing of a special campaign in order to stimulate every church in the Assem bly to do some progressive work along this line. One of the most distressing items of the report is that touching the re cruits of the gospel ministry. The war has drawn hitlierly upon that class of young men to whom the Church has been looking for her recruits to the ministry. It will require special effort on the part of the Church to re cover this loss. We urge therefore upon all our churches to be diligent in the use of the means, such as prayer, parents dedicating their sons to the ministry, pastors by sermons and personal touch, keeping this sub ject before the young men of the con gregation. May the God of our fathers con tinue to add His blessings to all our pastors, sessions and members, and in all things may they seek His Divine approval. J. H. Patton. COMMUNICATION FROM PRESBY TERIAN CHURCH IN CHINA. From the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of China to the General Assembly of the Presbyte rian Church in the U. S.: Greetings: As the ever-generous mother of a large portion of our churches, we send you post-haste the joyous news that the negotiations of many years have borne fruit in the organization, at Nanking, on April 18th, of a Provi sional General Assembly of the Pres byterian Church in China, comprising the churches heretofore known as Northern Presbyterian, Southern Pres byterian, (German) Reformed, Dutch Reformed, English Presbyterian, Church of Scotland, Free Church of Scotland, Irish Presbyterian. Ctinadian Presbyterian, New Zealand Presbyte rian. (The Assembly is "provisional" simply because the delegates of less than one-third of the Presbyteries, de siring fuller consideration of certain points in the credal basis and consti tutions, did not come with authority to adopt outright the documents pre pared by the Committee on Organiza tion, and the two-thirds who came thus authorized generously conceded the provisional character of the As sembly organized, appointed a commit tee to make all necessary prepara tions for a regular General Assembly in 1920)! In this manner has been formed a Presbyterian Church of China with more than 76,000 mem bers, with Rev. P. F. Price, D. D., as Moderator; Rev. Hsleeh Chih Hsi, Vice-Moderator; Rev. J. C. Gibson, D. D., Honorary Moderator; Rev. Chang, Paeo Chu, Stated Clerk; Rev. Chal Yu Ming, Permanent Clerk; Rev. C. H. Fenn, English Clerk. Again rejoice with us. At our meet ing were present by desire and invi tation, fraternal delegates from the Congregational Churches of China, connected with the American Board and London Missions, and after two or three days of most cordial delib eration, without a dissenting voice, it was decided to form a joint commit tee, composed of six Presbyterians and six Congregationalists, for the purpose of organizing a Federal Council of the two denominations and prepare the way for organic union. This, when accomplished, will unite more than one-fourth of all Protestant Chinese Christians in one Church. Fathers and brethren, rejoice with us in what God has wrought, and pray for us that jet more fully may b fulfilled among us the prayer of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, that we all may be one in Him. For the Provisional General Assem bly. (Signed) C. H. Fenn, English Clerk. LOUISIANA. The Presbytery of Louisiana met in Lake Charles, La., April 8tli at 8 P. M. The opening sermon was preached by Rev. E. C. Bingham, the last Mod erator present. Eight ministers and five ruling elders were present. Ruling Elder J. W. Fields was elect ed Moderator and Ruling Elder O. J. Miller was elected Temporary Clerk. Rev. F. W. A. Bosch, of Roanoke Presbytery, and pastor-elect of the Welsh church, was introduced to Pres bytery and invited to ait as a corre sponding member. Rev. T. A. Spooner, the retiring Moderator, was granted permission to labor outside the bounds of Presby tery for the next six months. He is now in the army Y. M. C. A. work. T. C. McKowen's resignation as trustee of the Board of Silliman In stitute, was accepted and J. W. Fields was elected to fill out his term. On the second night of Presbytery Licentiate P. B. Pettipos was ordained as an evangelist. He was given work among the French speaking people in Lake Charles and surrounding vil lages. He gives promise of making a useful worker. The Home Mission report was one of the best in years. Splendid work has been done. The Bunkie field was divided, so that two good men are needed in that field now. Salaries of a number of ministers have been substantially increased. The Committee of Education report ed that the Presbytery has no candi date for the ministry under its care now, nor any beneficiary on the Ke lief Fund. Many years have passed since such a condition has prevailed. Rev. N. B. Currie, president of Sil liman Institute, made a very interest ing report of the work. The school is in fine shape. Rev. J. F. McKenzie and Elder O. J. Miller were elected commissioners to the General Assembly. D. F. Wilkinson, S. C. DURANT. The Presbytery of Durant met in the First Presbyterian church, Madill, Okla., April 23, 1919, at 8:30 P. M. Rev. W. A. Zelgler preached the ser mon and opened the session with prayer. Mr. S. B. Spring, an elder of Hugo church, was elected Moderator, and Dr. W. B. Morrison, president of Okla homa Presbytei'lan College for Girls, was made Temporary Clerk. Rev. S. L. Morris, D. D., of Macon Presbytery, was invited to sit as cor responding member. Dr. Morris ad dressed the Presbytery in a very much appreciated discourse suited to the times. Special prayer was offered for the families that had sons who died in the war. Rev. Herman Jones led this prayer. Presbytery adopted the three-year program of the Assembly and took measures to carry out the Every-Mem ber Canvass In those churches that had not been able to conduct this can vass at the proper time. The reports on the Every-Member Canvass In March showed that^some churches had not been able to comply with the plans on account of vacancies as well as sickness in the family of the manager. The narrative showed an increase In worldllness In some of the churcherf, which is deplored by all. The sala ries of pastors had been fully paid, and in one case the pastor had been paid more than the salary promised. No special outpouring of the Spirit was reported from the churches. The Home Missions report showed that work had been carried on in four departments of york. While no new churches had been erected, two have been provided for by the raising of the money to build, one has been be gun, and one has been repaired. The work of Sabbath School Extension has< been carried on in connection with the work of evangelism. The evan gelistic work has been very eneourag-j ing, notwithstanding the tact that the evangelist has been largely engaged in caring for vacant churches. Several additions to different churches have gladdened the heart of the faithful evangelist. In some of the churches that he has served thus have had ad ditions almost every time he has visit ed them. The difficulty of securing men for theese fields is on account of the war's taking so many men from the ranks of the ministry. Presbytery declined to adopt the amendment to the Book of Church Order on the licensure of candidates for the ministry. While the reports in general were encouraging, the failure of some ses sions to send in their reports prompt ly caused some most important facts to be left out of the general report to the General Assembly. An overture to the General Assem bly asking that $100,000 bo fixed as the amount to be raised for the erec tion of an administration building for the college at Durant to correspond to the building already there, and that the Assembly authorize the Committee of Home Missions to include tha( amount in its budget for next year. The request was further made that this sum be apportioned to the Pres byteries to be received from the churches through the regular chan nels. Executive and permanent, commit tees were elected for the ensuing year as follows: Executive Committees. Foreign Missions: Revs. E. W. Mitchell, J. S. Baird, and Elder W. W. Smith. Home Missions: Rev. Erskine Brantly, chairman; Rev. E. H. Mose ley, Elder S. B. Spring, and Elder Charles A. Finley, treasurer. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief: Revs. E. H. Moseley, E. W. Mitchell, and Elder W. S. Dean. Publication and Sabbath School Ex tension: Rev. J. S. Baird and Elder G. W. Terry. Permanent Committees. Systematic Beneficence: Rev. W. J. Eakens, Elders G. T. Ralls and C. A. Finley. Sabbath and Family Religion: Rev E. D. Curtis and Elder P. S. Wallace. Bible Cause: Rev. W. A. Zeigler and Elder Dr. W. B. Morrison. Examining Committees. Theology: Rev. W. A. Zeigler, Rev. E. W. Mitchell. Sacraments: Rev. J. S. Baird, Rev. Herman Jones. Church Government: Rev. E. H. Moseley, Rev. E. W. Mitchell. Languages: Rev. Erskine Brantly, Rev. E. D. Curtis, and Elder Dr. W. B. Morrison. Resolutions of thanks for many courtesies and hospitality were adopt ed. Presbytery adjourned to meet in the First Presbyterian church, Durant, September 16, 1919, at 8 o'clock P. M. Erskine Brantly, S. C. KANAWHA. The Presbytery of Kanawha con vened for their spring meeting in the First Presbyterian church, Charleston, W. Va., at 8 P. M? April 15, 1919, and was called to order by the Mod erator, the Rev. Theo. B. Anderson, after preaching a sermon from Matt. 20:1. The Rev. C. R. Garrison was made Moderator and the Rev. J. W. Car penter Temporary Clerk. There was a goodly attendance, and great earnestness was exhibited in ac complishing the work before the Pres bytery. The Rev. W. C. Hooper, who is now pastor of the Third church, Hunting ton, was received from the Presbytery of Ebenezer, and Messrs. B. F. Sperow and F. W. Christie were licensed. The reports showed a large increase in the financial gifts, and an encour aging growth in the grace of giving oneself to the Lord's work on the part of ministers and churches. The Rev. Frank C. Brown made his initial report as chairman of the Pres bytery's Home Mission Committee. The vastness of the need and the mys tery of God's providence grows upon one as he studies this report: for in stance, men like the Revs. C. W. Mc Danald, D. H. Comaft, R. E. Redding, R. Waller Blain. etc., scattering them selves far and wide, with untiring and consecrated effort, only seem to dem onstrate how mp/y more such like Spirit-filled men this Presbytery I needs. Again, and I quote: "Paint ICreek ? Although we submit to God's [will, we realize that a tremendous 'power has been removed from this field in the death of the Rev. J. E. llealy. We have lost a faithful and indefatigable worker, loved by all the people who knew him and mourned by them all as a true friend and man of God." And again: "The Rev. J. K. Hit ner, whose faithfulness to his Master keeps him young in spite of his years, has preached regularly at Hamlin and Barboursville, besides the regular work he had for a time at the Third church, Huntington." God seems to be keeping Mr. Hitner among us as He kept Moses for Israel, for his vi tality seemingly abates not and his spiritual virility grows with the years. The Presbytery took a great step forward when it determined to employ a superintendent of Home Missions. l?ut let the churches remember that this forward movement purposes the apportioning among themselves of $2, 000 besides the increased needs of the fields. Since this new worker is to be sent into the regions of coal, oil and gas, do not forget that coal, oil and gas make possible all our flourish ing and self-supporting churches. Please note that in order to have our minutes printed, it was necessary for this Presbytery to add two cents per member to this spring's Presby terial tax, sent at once to the trea surer, the Rev. J. B. Morton, 1112 Lee Street, Charleston, W. Va. It will save the Presbytery postage. More over, it is hoped that this additional tax may enable us to have the min utes printed twice a year rather than once. After completing its work, under the influence of many earnest prayers, the Presbytery adjourned to meet in regular fall session in the Presbyte rian church *>f St. Albans, at 8 P. M., September 23, 1919. J. B. Morton, S. C. THE LABOR MOVEMENT IN ENGLAND. R. E. Maglll, Secretary. England faces many problems and new conditions which will test to the limit the wisdom and patience of every grade of her complex citizenship. Naturally of a slow moving charac ter, and having a peculiar veneration for the established order and tradi tions of the empire, it took the wrench of a world war to make her leaders face the reconstruction policies that must follow the upset of kingdoms, empires, autocracies and traditions. The most anxious week the United Kingdom has known since the dark days of March, 1918, when General Haig, as he faced overwhelming odds, issued his despairing message, "We are fighting with our backs to the wall; send reinforcements quick," was the last week in March when she faced the probability of a paralysis of her economic life through a strike of the railway employees, the miners and al lied organizations of the country. The government met the situation in a statesman-like manner and ap pointed a special commission with limited powers to deal with the labor union leaders. A date for the strike had been fixed and about two million men were ready to obey the order, "Down tools." The spirit of the men was very ugly and the demand that their leaders should stand for every point in their program was strong. This program included th? fixing of an eight-hour day, the continuation of war-time wages until 1920, the na tionalization (government ownership) of all major industries, participation in control and a share with the gov ernment in profits of Industry, better housing for laborers, and a number of other revolutionary changes. The government commission promised con tinuation of present wage basis until January, 1920, recognition of the eight-hour principle, aid in providing better houses for workers and a care ful study of the big question of na tionalizing industries.