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was greatly enjoyed by all. Commerce: A congregational meet ing was held at the Presbyterian church in this place last Sunday (or the purpose of considering advisabil ity of either building or buying * a manse for the pastor of this church. At this meeting it was unanimously decided to provide the pastor with a manse, and next, it was decidcd to purchase the house now being built by Mr. W. Y. Harber, at the price of fered by him, $6,000. He had re duced the price from $7,000 to $6, 000, thereby, in effect, making a con tribution of $1,000 himself to tho church for this purpose. A voluntary subscription of thirty-eight hundred dollars was immediately made by those present, and a committee was appoint ed to see the balance of the congre gation and solicit sufficient fiyids to complete the $6,000 necessary to pur chase this house. Some of the mem bers of tho church were out of the city last Sunday, while others who were present purposely postponed making their subscriptions until a later date, and it is now believed that the full amount ($6,000) necessary for the purchase of this manse will be read ily raised by the members of this small but progressive Presbyterian church. The house is now rapidly nearlng completion, and when finished will be One of the prettiest, most convenient ly arranged, and most modernly equipped residents in Commerce, and the Presbyterians may well feel proud of their ability to purchase and pos sess such a handsome home as a manse for their splendid pastor, Rev. John A. Simpson. Agnes Scott College: The Maple wood Institute Association of Pitts field, Mass., has selected Agnes' Scott College of Decatur, Ga., as the best woman's college in the South, and has donated to that institution the sum of $2,500 as a memorial fund of Maplewood Institute for the pur pose of assisting some worthy girl in obtaining an education. The gift was a complete surprise, and of course considered quite an honor, as only three other schools in the United States have received such recognition. This will .be pleasant news to all Southern Presbyterians. Augusta: Rev. M. M. McPerrln, pastor of the Qreene Street church, has been overseas for some time en gaged in war work. He writes that he expects to reach Bristol, Tenn., rhout August 1st, and will be ready to return to his work in Augusta about September 1st. Atlanta Presbytery: At a called meeting in Atlanta, Licentiate G. F. Campbell was received from East Han over Presbytery and examined for or dination. Under promising conditions he takes charge of work amongst the colored people in the city of Atlanta. Villa Rica and Austell: Sunday morning, July 20th, Rev. L. D. King was installed pastor of the Villa Rica church, and Sunday evening of the same day he was installed as pastor at Austell. Under the leadership of Mr. King, the work in this promising field appears encouraging. He will make his home for the present at Austell. KENTUCKY. Athol: On July 19th a' Sunday school picnic and institute was held by the Athol Presbyterian church. The occasion was both a delightful end a profitable one. The institute was called to order at 11 o'clock, and for about twenty minutes we enjoyed an enthusiastic song service. Through the efforts of Mr. Thomas Talbot we had with us Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Arm strong, singing evangelists of the First Presbyterian church of Lexing ton, Ky. During tho morning session we had special music and several in teresting talks by both resident and visiting workers. Mr. Talbot, who was director of the institute, at the noon hour, sent us out to enjoy the pic nic dinner which the ladies had pre pared. Though tho grown folks all like a picnic dinner, this feature was especially attractive to the number of young folks who were with us. After dinner we had more speaking, moro singing and a number of read ings by one of our resident workers. During the day we had a very plea sant and helpful meeting, which closed at 3 o'clock. We returned to our homes, helped and strengthened for more enthusiastic work in the Mas ters' kingdom. LOUISIANA. New Orleans: Happy news cdntinue to come from Dr. Cornclson, pastor of the First church, who is now at Montreat. His pulpit is now enjoy ing a three Sundays' supplysliip by Rev. Dr. Dunbar H. Ogden, of Louis ville, Ky. Beginning August 31st, Rev. R. Excell Fry, of Columbus, Miss., will be the supply. Dr. Moony, of the Napoleon Avenue church, Is ofT on his vacation on the Gulf Coast. For two weeks his supply will be Rev. D. B. Gregory, of Henderson, Ky., and after that Rev. C. F. Hoffman, of New Orleans. Rev. J. S. Land, pastor of the St. Charles Avenue Branch of the First church, leaves on the 28th for a month's vacation in South Carolina and Montreat. Rev. Dr. J. T. Sawyer, a well known and able Methodist min ister, will supply his pulpit. The commission of New Orleans Presytery, to which were referred the overtures of the Third and Esplanado churches, looking to a merger of these two churches, met on the 21st, and after hearing all that was presented on the case, unanimously agreed to the merging of the two churches, to take effect October 1, 1919, the two sessions being merged, the two boards of deacons becoming one, the pastor of the two to be the pastor of the united body, the territory to be the same as before, a new church build ing to be erected on Esplanado Ave nue and DeSoto Street, and the church to bear the name of the Third church, and to be under the charter of that title until the same may be amended. Rev. A. D. Wilkinson, of the Berean church, colored, has been Invited to take charge of the Ann Street church, Mobile, and it is understood will ac cept the Invitation. Slidell: The Slidell church, near New Orleans, has called to Its pastor ate Rev. J. M. Williams, of Wesson and Crystal Springs, Miss., and it is announced in a secular paper that Mr. Williams has accepted the call. The Slidell church was served many years, In connection with the Covington church, by this beloved minister, and now that the church has reached the stage of taking charge of itself en tirely and having a pastor for all Its time, It turns to its former minister and unanimously calls him, offering him a full salary and a house. MISSOURI. Potosl Presbytery: At an adjourned meeting of this Presbytery held at the call of the Moderator, Rev. Rob ert S. Boyd, In the Presbyterian church, Farmington, Mo., July 18, 1919, four ministers and one ruling elder were in attendance, and the fol lowing Items of business were trans acted: The pastoral relation between Rev. Thomas D. Bateman and the First Presbyterian church of Cape Gi rardeau was dissolved, and at his re* quegt he was granted a certificate of dismission to the Presbytery of At lauta. Dr. W. S. Dearmout was elect ed chairman of Presbytery's Commit tee of Homo Missions to succeed Rlr. Bateman. Licentiate James White Mc Nutt was at his request dismissed to the care of the Presbytery of Oua chita. Presbytery adjourned to meet at the call of the Moderator. G. W. H. NORTH CAROLINA. Wilmington: The First church has recently been richly blessed in a meet ing held by ltev. Frank E. Fiuclier, D. D., recently pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of Houston, Tex., and now one of the evangelists of the General Assembly's Committee on Homo Missions. The preaching of Dr. Finclier was of a very high degree of excellence, strong, clear and scriptu ral. His methods were conservative and efficient. The people of this church were very much delighted with his manner of conducting the meeting, as well as with his preaching. There were eighty-two professions of faith old enough to unite with tho church and several hundred reconsecration cards' signed. As the result of the meeting there have been forty-five ad ditions to the First church, with others yet to join; besides additions to ot%er churches. The Assembly's committee is indeed fortunate to se cure Dr. Fincher as an evangelist, and any church that can secure his services for a meeting is to be con gratulated. John M. Wells. NORTH CAROLINA. Mecklenburg Presbytery met In called session in the Charlotte First church on Monday, July 21, 1919. The Presbytery recommended that the As sembly's Home Mission Committee at Atlanta take over the Rocky River School for Boys, at Aquadole, N. C., and run It, if the Home Mission Com mittee of Presbytery thinks it advisa ble. The committee on the semi-cen tennial celebration of the organiza tion .of this Presbytery presented a report and program. The mother Pres bytery, Concord, and the two daugh ters, Asheville and Kings Mountain Presbyteries, are to take part, in the celebration, which will be held during the fall meeting of Presbytery at Steele Creek church on Wednesday, September 17, 1919. John E. Wool, S. C. Britain: This church has Just ex perienced a gracious revival meeting. Rev. William Black preached here for eight days, beginning on the first Sun day in July, and was instrumental In bringing twenty-six new members.lnto the church on profession of faith. The whole church has been quickened and strengthened and the outlook for the church is promising indeed. The en tire membership is grateful to Mr. Black, and to his cousin, Mrs. Rufus Williams, of Maxton, N. C., who so ably and happily assisted in the sing ing, for their splendid work here. We have been really revived. J. 'L. B. SOUTH CAROLINA. Bethel: At a called meeting of Bethel Presbytery held here on the 17th instant, Licentiate D. Alvin Mil ler was dismissed to Florida Presby tery and Licentiate Fred Hay was dis missed to King's Mountain Presby tery. Rock Hill: The congregation of the First Presbyterian church recently in creased the* salary of their pastor. Rev. F. W. Gregg, $600, an increase of 33 1-3 per ceht. Bullock's Creek: The salary of Rev. J. B. Swann has been increased by this congregation $200. Great Falls: In consideration of the high cost of living and In appre elation of their pastor. Rev. W. L. Latham, the congregation of the Great FuIIb church recently increased the pastor's salary J 300. Liberty: The congregation here has recently increased the salary of Rev. T. W. Do Vane $100. York: An interesting and impres sive service was held in the First Pres byterian church last Sunday morning. Messrs. E. A. Hall, H. E. Neil, J. M. Ramsay and F. C. Riddle were or dained and installed deacons. A short, practical charge was delivered to the deacons and congregation. The com munion service followed these exer cises. Twenty-two members have beon received since the first of April, twelve by letter and ten on profession of faith. TEXAS. Monkstown: A church composed of thirty-one Mexicans was organized on the Underwood farm, three mile3 from Monkstown, Fannin County, Tex., Sunday afternoon, July 20th, by Evan gelist W. S. Scott. It is to be known a-- "Bethel church," and it has two elderB and two deacons. The Sabbath school had three classes that day and forty enrolled. A branch Sunday school will be established next Sunday five miles away. This church is an outgrowth of the church at Taylor, and is the third church organized in "the advance field" recognized and en dorsed by the Synod of Texas. WEST VIRGINIA. Huntington, First Church: It has been our privilege to add the name of Mrs. M. L. Swinehart, of Kwangju, Korea, to the list of missionaries sup ported by our church. We now ht^e thirteen representatives in mission work, and we are richly blessed In being associated with these servants of Christ in the great work of re deeming the world. Captain and Mrs. Swinehart and Mrs. Motte Martin, of Africa, have been in our midst recent ly, and have brought us interesting and inspiring messages concerning their work. Our delegates to the Young Peo ple's Conference at Montreat, June 25th-July 7th, have returned, and al ready the great help they received is manifest in our Sunday school work. There were fourteen carefully chosen delegates, and the earnest prayers of our people followed them, and these prayers were wonderfully answered. The Young People entered heartily in the spirit of the conference, and have brought back a splendid report and a strong challenge to the boys and girls of the First church. Nancy F. White, Educational Secretary. CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Rev. Julian 8. Sibley, D. D., from Charlotte, N. C., to 30 Williams Street, Waycross, Ga. Rev. G. G. Sydnor from Rome, Ga., to Charlestown, W. Va. Rev. C. A. Hyland, 912 Twentieth Avenue, to General Delivery, Meri dian, Miss. Rev. Herman Btechof from Coaldan, Va., to Marion Station, Md. Rev. J. Wynne Jones from Balti more to 2814 Norfolk Avenue, Arling ton, Md. PERSONAL. Rev. Duncan Thomas, who recently resigned the pastorate of the church at Hopewell, Va., has accepted a call to the Dunmore Presbyterian church (U. S. A.) at Scranton, Pa. His ad dress is 151 Cherry Street, Dunmore, Pa.