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together under the flag to win a war, we can
get together under the eross to win a world," and no Church will be able to stand long against this tide sweeping now to the full. Fourth : One of them provides the publicity which the Church has always needed. The Church is the most talked of organization on the face of the earth today. Magazines, trade journals and newspapers are full of it. In a single month the Woman's Home Companion, the Ladies' Home Journal, the Atlantic Month ly, the Manufacturer's Record, the American Magazine and others of equal influence and the widest circulation had leading articles on the Church or on the religion which the Church preaches. Millions of people every day are reading column after column of news about the Church. That much of this publicity is criticism of a most unsparing sort need not trouble the Church, for it must be remem bered that they never knock a dead one. Fifth: One of them has prepared the field, the hearts of men, for the message of the Church. Everything which God has used in past ages to bring men and nations back to Himself has been crowded into the experiences of the past twelve months and everywhere throughout the world there is an earnest, long ing desire fo build a better world. Every wild scheme of the I. W. W. and the Bolslieviki wins its followers only because somewhere in its wild scheme it promises them a better world and just as quickly as it is seen that a better world can never be secured by these wild meth ods they will lose their followers and be for gotten. The world's unrest, the violence, dis order and distress, is just a? struggle, by the wrong way, of course, for a "better world and slowly but ever so surely honest leaders are coming to see that the only hope of a better world lies in the acceptance and practice of the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These movements and others like them em phasize the opportunity of the Church. In a way they constitute the opportunity of the Church. "There is a tide in the affairs of 'churches,' Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune: Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are wc now afloat ; And we must take the current when it serves/ Or lose our ventures." Jacksonville, Fla. LESSONS FROM AN OLD "CAMP MEETIN'." By Rev. John II. Elliott, D. D. In this day of boasted development and pro gress it is refreshing and instructive to run across an institution, if one is to judge by its fruits that deserve to live as long as human nature needs help, or sturdy sterling character is worth building for time and eternity. Not long ago, by invitation, I spent a week leaching and speaking at such an institution. 1 refer to tin? ''old Smyrna camp meet-in'," a Presbyterian camp meeting that has had an unbroken existence of over three quarters of ti century in Rockdale county, Oa. The beau tiful grove where the "camp meetin'," as they call it still, is held, consists of property well shaded with water oak, elm, hickory and black walnut trees of about twenty acres in extent The location and surrounding country is beau tiful beyond description. Right out in the un spoiled virgin country, "about six miles from i owluir," as one old farmer expressed it. It is the first Presbyterian camp meeting I ever heard of, or even imagined existed in this or any other country. In addition to the dis trict school and fine country Presbyterian church, flanked by a neatly-kept cemetery, there is on the property a wooden auditorium or tabernacle capable of seating upwards of a thousand surrounded with cottages or tents, as the country people call them in remembrance of the "tented city" of other days probably. Here the people of the countryside, from two Presbyterian churches and their -neighboring friends of the Methodist or Baptist persuasion gather annually about the first week in August or when "cotton plowing" is over to worship God, deepen their own spiritual lives and seek win to Christ tfrrt unsaved of the community The whole thing was unique. Not a single one of the usual accessories of the Chautauqua or Fair were in evidence and yet the attend ance was uniformly large even running up to over a thousand. Not a thing was sold on the grounds and not a speck of printed matter or advertising was anywhere to be seen. No one "furnished meals" for money. And yet 110 one went hungry, everyone seemed to have enough and to spare. They seemed to have "all things common" and they "did eat their chicken with gladness and singleness of heart." I think I was the guest of at least a dozen different families during the week and I give it as my deliberate testimony that 1 ate "fried chicken" at every meal hot or cold, and such chicken, "Oh, boy!" It was the kind that some people are asked eighty cents a pound for by the profiteers in the big city. II ere the country people have been coming for the past seventy-five years, with the possi ble exception of the years of the civil war. They believe in prayer and have practiced it persistently all through the years. They poured out their hearts for the boys who "went over there" in this last and most awful of all wars and God beard them and so far as reported not one of their boys lost his life. Out there they still believe they have a Bible and that it is what it claims to be and what they have all along believed it to be "Not the word of men, but as it is in truth the word of God." They do not give a rap for the views of Professor Von Ilirascutix or any nationalist with the " made-in-Germany " stamp rubbed off about the Bible. Having tried it on themselves and their children and children's children they know that it effectually works in those that be lieve and produces honest, stable, moral char acter. Does my learned (?) liberal friend, so-called, turn up his nose at all this? Well, all I can say is: It would pay him to spend the time and go out to old Smyrna Camp and do a little orig inal research talk with the planters and farm ers at first hand. Does he take them for fools. Then, is he sjully fooled. I have been pretty much around the world and I give it as my de liberate conviction, that I have never stood be fore 4 more intelligent, keen, thoughtful, di3 criminating people. Do these brainy students of sociology really mean to be honest in their seeking for a panacea for the ills of society? Do they truly want to produce a better race of sturdier, stronger, efficient letulers, then why not try the experiment Of Smyrna Camp meet ing? They have proved that their method pays. It does actually produce the results they claim they are seeking. During my week among them I looked into the faces of at least two thousand country people and I do not re eall having seen one weakling, nor one show ing signs of being in the grip of tuberculosis or degeneracy. These people do not seem to know about race suicide or practice it if they do. Hearty, healthy children, without glasses, were in evidence everywhere. Scores of fine young mothers, with babes in arms, attended the meetings. I saw numbers of young fath ers carrying young babies in their big brawny arms without shame, indeed they seemed to be very properly proud of it. 1 think I could have counted at times upward of fifty little babies in my audience, and never once was I interfered with. These parents know how to "command their households after them." Another result of the seventy-five years of sound Bible teaching, honest Christian train ing and godly living in the community, was the absence of boisterous behaviour or rough ness. The utmost kindness and courtesy pre vailed everywhere. The old were treated with tenderness and respect and women and girls were shown deference and devotion which is so manifestly lacking in countries and com munities noted for rationalistic and new the ology views. Not a thing was reported stolen, although nothing was locked up night or day and no rules were posted or arrests threatened for wrongdoing. "How dull and tedious it must have been" I hear some of our modern young people say. Not on your life. You never made a bigger blunder. 1 have spent most of my life in the larger cities of New York, Chicago, Minneap olis and other places, I have seen so-called "So ciety Life" in all its phases of pleasure and frivolity, but I never anywhere have seen young people have more pure fun and real social pleasure than at "old Smyrna." They were well dressed but apparently unconscious of it. Frankly happy in one another's society. Out for a bang up good time, they seemed to be not in the least disappointed in the quest. '1 \m had all the marks of Christian Endeav orers at their happiest and best. Groups spent happy hours together around the piano in the Auditorium during the interim between services and at night after the even ing meetings were over, singing popular gos pel songs and old time melodies even in the "wee sma' hours," to the delight of the older people. They did not seem to think it worth while to drag in any of the modern jazzy, r?g time music (?) or doggerel stuff (that has been poured like a dirty flood into the homes and social gatherings in camp and elsewhere by a horde of greedy publishers and profiteering music dealers), nor to nearly dance their legs off in imitation of "Shimmy" stuff or "Bear Hugs" or other modern dance devilisliments, all of which had its origin in the brothel or house of ill-fame. I shall never think of "old Smyrna" with out recalling the worvls of the Master. "Be ware of those who come to you in sheep's cloth ing but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles? Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit." The truth of God's word preached in its sim plicity and purity without the unfair wrench iugs and misconstructions of destructive crit icism will bear good fruit in human character and "old Smyrna" proves it. "This sure word, whereunto we do well t/ftake heed" taken into honest and reverent hearts and lived out faith fully in the*ordinary avocations of life, even on the farm, will produce good fruit in intelligent faithful, loyal citizenship. College Park, Ga. "Know thyself." A careful personal exam nation ought to be a part of our daily program. We are critical enough as we examine others, but we seldom turn the full light upon our own lives.