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\?f??SBYT?MAN *&? ? VOL. 93. : 1 t-"'"'*'/. x - RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, DECEMBER loj No. 50 Cbitoriat JioteS anli Comment CHURCH schools sometimes receive en dorsement from sources from which it would scarcely be expected. Recently we were talking with a superintendent of public schools , in this State. He lives in the community in which is located one of the largest State edu cational institutions. lie said: "The salva / tion of this country is the denominational col leges. The State universities and other large educational institutions are breaking down the civilization of this country." Occupying the position that he does this man ought to know whereof he speaks. This would suggest that the wise thing for parents to do is to send their children to Church-owned or Church-controlled schools and colleges. Those who have money to give have in these institutions an excellent opportunity to aid in building up the Christiai? civiliation of our land. + * + OPPONENTS of prohibition are trying very hard to convice the people that the coun try is worse off than it was in the days of liquor, that more and worse liquor is sold now than ever, that there is an increase of crime and that there is more of wickedness. Cincin nati is said to have been the "wettest" city on the continent and as a consequence it hqd its full share of crime and wickedness. Those who visit what were the saloon and slum sections of that city tell of wonderful transformations that have taken place in them since prohibition went into effect the first of last June. The police records of the city show some interesting facts. In July, 1916, before we entered the war, and when conditions were normal, there were 2,413,arrests for all causes. In July, 1919, justune month after prohibition went into ef fect, there were only 98-f arrests for all causes, showing a falling off of 1,429 for the month. In the four months from June 1st to Septem ? ber 30th, in 1916, there were 699 arrests for drunkenness. .For the same months in 1919 there were only 90 such arrests. And it should be remembered that manj> drinkers of liquor had laid in a good supply before its sale was stopped. As the days go by this will be ex hausted, and it is becoming harder and harder to replenish the supply. It is worth any one's time to make a study of the difference in any community since prohibition was established. It is earnestly to be hoped that there will be noth ing done to allow the resumption of the sale of liquor even for a few weeks preceding the time when national prohibition goes into effect on January 16th next. If the saloons were al lowed to open again there would be in all prob ability an orgy of drunkenness such as the country has never known, as many men would feel that that was their last chance. Another misfortune would be that immense quantities of liquor would be bought and stored away to be a curse to its owners and to many others for a long time to come. RIIEIMS Cathedral, which was destroyed by German artillery, is said by the cardinal in charge not to be as badly damaged as was at first thought. Services are being held in one part of the building, but only 1,500 people can be accommodated. It is said that it will not be difficult to restore the Cathedral. Nine tenths of the stained glass windows were s^ved by ^ being taken to Paris. Where the statuary has been damaged in most cases it can be restored from pictures and models. The walls and col umns are said not to have been seriously in jured. The cardinal was asked, "Was there not some talk of leaving the. Cathedral as it was?" To this the cardinal replied, "If the evidences of Teutonic barbarity are to be pre served, let them be kept in a private museum." We like this spirit and hope it will be shown everywhere. It is to be hoped that the work of restoring this grand old Cathedral will be gin very soon. + + + IN THE FIELDS. In the fields with their flocks abiding, They lay on the dewy ground; And glimmering under the starlight The sheep lay white around. When the light of the Lord streamed o'er them, And lo! from the heaven above. An angel leaned from the glory And sang his song of love; He sang, that first sweet Christmas, The song that shall never cedse, "Gloiy <o God in the highest, On earth good-will and peace." "To you in the city of David 1 A Saviour is born to-day!" And sudden a host of the heavenly ones Flashed forth to join the lay! O, never hath sweeter message Thrilled home to the souls of men, And the heavens themselves had never heard A gladder choir till then. For they sang that Christmas carol That never on earth shall cease: "Glory to God in the highest, On earth good-will and peace." And the shepherds came to the manger And gazed on the Holy Child; And calmly o'ef that rude cradle The Virgin Mother smiled; . And the sky Iri the star-lit silence Seemed full of the angel lay; "To you In thgTCity of David A Saviour is born to-day." \ Oh, they sang ? and I ween that never The carol on earth shall cease; "Glory to God in the highest. On earth good-will and peace." ? Frederick WiUiam Farrar. + + + UNREST is abroafl in our land as in all parts of the world. The best remedy for it is faith in God, the manifestation in the lives of God's people of the principles of Jesus Christ. We believe the vast majority of the people, both employers and employees, are honest in their desire to do what iq, right. If all the Christian people of both classes will earnestly try to carry out the teachings of the religion of Jesus, there will not be much real danger from others. Law-abiding people should do all in their power to aid the govern ment in enforcing the laws and in protecting life and property. ? PRAYER is needed at all times, but never more than at this time. The powers of evil are at work in the world as they have rarely ' ever been before. In some respects the world is in a worse condition than it was in the days of war. The governments had to face open enemies and now they have to deal with hidden enemies in their own borders. The United States is po exception in this respect. Chris tian people in this country should unite in ear- * nest prayer to God that He will protect us from enemies within as He has protected us from those without. They should pray for the restoration of the health of our President, that he may be able to exert his powerful in fluence in bringing about peace at home as he did in bringing the great war to a close. They should also pray that God may guide the Sen ate in its deliberations concerning the peace treaty so that it may be led to do that whien will be for the best interests of this country and of the world. We should, never lose sight of the fact that "prayer is the force that moves the arm that rules the world." Definite and importunate prayer is needed today. + + + GOOD citizenship was the subject being dis cussed by the president of a high grade State institution of learning. He said this in substance: "A good and useful citizen must have character and education. We (the State institutions) cannot do much toward giving young men and women character, but we can 'give them 'education. " We could not help thinking what an argument that was for Church schools and colleges, i For they give as high grade education as almost any of the State institutions and then they build up the character of their students, basing them upon the truth of God, as taught in the classrooms and exemplified in the lives of the professors. Parents should remember what this president said is needed, and see where the needs can be supplied for their sons and daughters. No man or woman can be successful in life in the high est sense, with a well-established character founded upon the truth of God. + + * RECKLESS spending is one of the great sins of the day. The^high cost of living is not due so much to the scarcity of mate rials as to the mania for high living which has swept over this country. Recently a manu facturer wag asked why the goods lie manu factured were so high. His reply was that the demand for fancy high priced goods was so great that he could not find time to make the plainer and cheaper grades which lie was ac customed to make. It would be very well for all people to take stock of their habits in this particular and sep if they are not wasting the blessings that God has given them. + + + There is a stewardship of person as well as of purse.