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Ctritorial i^otcfi anii Comment
SOME people speak very disparagingly of small churches, and seem to think they have no right to exist, -because their member ship is small and they have few or no officers. It is not necessarily the fault of any one that a church is small. It may be young. There may be little material to be brought into the church at the present time. It may not have had pastoral service. . Or there may be other reasons to account for its not growing. The fact that it is small docs not prove that it has no right to exist. It is far better to be a mem ber of a small church than of no church. If the history and work of these small churches be studied, it will often be found that in pro portion to their size and strength they are doing better work than some of the large ones. They hold together their membership and hold them tied to the church. They usually have Sunday schools, and at least occasionally have preaching and services. Out of these small churches have come many preachers of the gospel and many officers and members of the strong churches. The Presbyteries and the stronger churches can and ought to do much in nurturing and encouraging the weak churches. + + <? PREACHERS, especially evangelists, are sometimes criticizezd for receiving what some people consider large sums for their ser vices. We have seen or heard no objection to the amounts received by the members of the two baseball teams that recently played the world championship games. These men receive large salaries, and received a bonus for these games. The games occupied eight days. Each member of the winning team received $5,027, and each member of the losing team received $3,254, besides their salaries. The attendance "-at these games was 236,928 and the receipts, after paying the war tax, were $722,414. Peo ple who, mostly from two cities, can afford to spend that huge amount for amusement cer tainly cannot be considered poor. + + + MAJORITIES are supposed to rule in this country, but the trouble, oftentimes is, that the majorities sit down and keep quiet, while the minorities are active and aggressive. The census reports show that there are 40,000, 000 people in this county engaged in gainful occupations, that is who are doing work for which they receive direct material returns. The labor unions claim that they have 3,000, 000 members, and yet it sometimes looks as though the unions are governing the country in certain particulars. When a strike of a large number of union men occurs, as in the case of the threatened railroad strike, the strike of the steel operatives or of the coal miners, the whole country is affected. It looks as though the majority has some right that ought to be protected as well as the minority. If the strikes affected only the owners and op erators of the mines, it would be a very dif ferent proposition from conditions as they re ally are. If this strike or any other like it were kept up for a few weeks, hundreds of thousands of other faithful laborers would be thrown out of employment and millions of women and children would suffer. In such cases it is not the rich who suffer so much as the poor, who are dependent upon their daily labors for the support of themselves and their families. Strikers do not always consider these things. + + + THANKSGIVING O Father, many things there be For which we would give thanks to Thee. And many more, our finite mind In its short range can never find. Protection 'gainst sin's awful power, Clean homely comforts hour by hour; Sure wit or wisdom for the day Or health to strengthen by the way. For viands brought from foreign shore To lie in plenty at our door, For corn and wheat in our own land, The blessing of Thy lavish hand. ? Thanks, Father, for the leading back Of truant feet from erring track. For light withdrawn, when its white glare Blinds us to patient duty's share. For secrets heard in whispered breath About the chilly couch of Death. For the wide firmament above, Where morning stars first sang in love. And more than these ? our Savior's love > Which brought Him from the heaven above To make us children true, of Thine; We thank Thee, O, our Lord Divine ! From "The Soul Winner," + + + B^APSTREET, one of the great commer cial and financial agencies of thi3 country, says" that in 1914, just five years ago, $437 would have bought as much of the necessities of life for a family as $1,000 will now. Put this along side of the salaries received by many pastors. One who receives $1,000 has only the purchasing power of $437 in normal times. A salary of $1,500 now is only equal to one of $650 five years ago. We are told that many ministers have had to go in debt for the neces sities of life. Many others have had to use up their savings in life insurance, so that they have no protection for their families for the future. Many churches have done nobly in coming to the rolief of their pastors by in creasing their salaries, but there .are some of these that can do more still. And in the name of simple justice we appeal to all churches to consider this matter lflirly and honestly, to see whether or not they are making to their pastors a just return for what they receive ^from their pastors. If necessary, are not the members of the churches willing to make even spine sacrifice to supply the needs of their pas tors? Shall the pastors and their families make all the sacrifies? ELDERS often times know how to help preachers. A good and liberal-hearted elder knowing that some of our preachers out of their meagre salaries are obliged to give up their Church papers, as much as they regret doing, has sent us a check for ten dollars, which he asks us to use in sending the Presby terian of the South to fiv^ such preachers as these. It gives us a great deal of pleasure to do this, and we feel sure that the gift will be appreciated by those who shall receive the benefit of it. No pastor can do his best work without his Church paper. If there are any of our other readers who want to help the preach ers in this way, we shall be glad to hear from them. + + + YM. C. A. are letters that have long been ? known, but never so well as since the be ginning of the great war as design. organization that has done much for sical, intellectual, moral and spiritual weuarc of men and boys. There have been some who have looked on only from the outside who have felt that not enough emphasis is placed upon the spiritual side of the work. One of the association secretaries has given as the mean ing of the initial letters, "Youth, Manhood and Christ Associated." We like that combination. MEDICAL science is doing great things for this country. A report from the State Board of Health of Virginia gives an illus tration, which, no doubt, can be duplicated in many States, of what can be done in the way of prevention. In ten years since the cam paign against typhoid fever was started, the number of cases in a year has been reduced from 14,398 to 4,016, a decrease of 10,382 cases during the past year. The number of deaths has been reduced from 1,491 to 416 or a de crease of 1,075. The department estimates the average cost of caring for a case of typhoid at $100 and the average economic value to the community of a life at $5,000, both of which seem to be very low. On this basis the financial saving to the State for the past year was $6,413,200. This, of course, does not take into consideration all that is saved in anxiety and sorrow on the part of loved ones and friends, nor does it take account of the sav ing from impaired health of the victims of this disease. Truly God is blessing the world in giving it wise and efficient physicians and health officers. We cannot do better to show our appreciation than to aid them in all ways possible in preserving the health of the com munities in which we live. + + + The task of the Christian Church will not be completed until the last individual is reach ed, the last field entered and the last opportu nity grasped.