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The Presbyterian of the South VOL. 94. RICHMOND, VA., FEBRUARY 25, 1920. No. 8 Ctritorial JJotcs anb Comment hlTlON prevents crime, as is clearly jig shown all over the country. The jrian Banner of Pittsburgh has this 5n the subject : "Warden Lewis, of the county jail, in his annual report Jtj, would not be complete if le difference between the tirst (fe year 1919 with the sale of last six months under the pro lie then gives the figures, month HThowing the following results: The nmmitted to jail the tirst six months, Iring the second six months, 3,125; 'maintained first six months, 103,324; second six months, 59,139; for murder first six months, 57; second six mouths, 1 G ; in hospital first six months, 55; second six months, 2; deaths first ;:?x months, 10; second six months, 1. These need no comment. The bluff about license for the sake of revenue has ?d. The friends of liquor can now add ^dictment against prohibition by have so much money invested we have no need. We be s from other jails will show suits." + + land, as indicated by both and the better element of ss, there is a feeling that there ^religious awakening. The Pitts r, a leading daily paper, says in [itorial : "Human management of the universe is failing. Without itervention, the world and its people into chaos. America is rent asun > spirit of defiance of law and order. [;ars to be no man or men big enough Hid to stay the rising tide of disaster, alone can save. * * * In prayer Exists hope. The people of America must Town on their knees and ask for Divine The Manufacturers Record, a business magazine, as its name indicates, commenting on this editorial, says: "If we would realize the danger that really faces us we must put aside our complacency and satisfaction with ourselves and our belief in the impossibility of this Government being overthrown and squarely face the issues of the hour. We shall see then a growing disregard of the Sabbath as typical of many movements against all re ligious life. We shall see many evidences not only among the Bolshevists but among pa triotic Americans that this nation has been and perchance is yet iii the great danger of for getting God. To the chosen people of old, God in the eighth chapter of Deuteronomy, said: 'And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them/ I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroyeth be fore your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.' There has been very great danger that America would come under the same condemnation of which Almighty God warned the Hebrews of old. God will not save America unless Americans are willing to con centrate and consecrate their all to this mighty task. God works through human agencies, and unless the people in this country are ready to do their part to save America, and in saving America to save the world, we may rest as sured that neither will he saved. As America goes, so goes the world." Will Christians awake to see the danger and go down on their knees to God in prayer and rise up to take their stand for righteousness and truth? + ? + March 7-14 Church Paper Week This is the week set apart by the General Assembly's Committee on Systematic Beneficence and Steward ship for a campaign for church papers. The goal set is "A Church Paper in Every Home" The Church needs the papers. The work of the Church could not l>e successfully carried on without them. They are the means of communication between all the departments of the Church's work and the people. The individual congregation needs them. They arc the pastor's Iwst assistants. They show how each congregation is a part of the great Church to which we all belong. The church member needs them. The Bulletin of the Keyser, \V. Va., church says: "If you are not sub scribing to a church paper and reading it, you have very little idea of what is going on within the bounds of the whole church. You do not know the prestige of your own denomination, nor its activities. The church paper is to the church memlier what the trade journal, or the official organ of the lodge or union is to its members, with the noted exception that it io-a great deal more on account of the fact that it has an inspirational value and spiritual message for the family and the individual.', THE PRKSBYTERIAN OF THE SOUTH meets all of these needs. It furnishes news from all parts of the Church and of the world as to what is l>eing done in the Master's kingdom. It gives the thoughts of the leading men of our Church and of other leaders in. the Lord's work. It furnishes help for the women of the Church in the Women's Department, which is de voted to the work of the Auxiliary. It furnishes help for the study of the Sunday School lessons and for the young people in the study of the topics for their meet ings. It provides interesting and helpful reading for the children. .Every member of the family is provided for in its columns. ' WHAT IS NEEDED The great need is to put the paper into homes where it does not now go. Pastors and Sessions are asked by the Assembly's Committee to present this subject earnestly to their people on Sunday, March 7th and to distribute subscription envelops that will lie sent them, and to do all they can to secure subscriptions. The ladies' societies can help greatly in this work. Any reader of this paper will be helping his neighlntr if he will persuade him to take the paper and at the same time help his Church. OUR OFFER For each new subscriber sent us* who pays $2.00 for the paper we will give a cash commission of $1.(X), to be used for any benevolent cause. Send us the name and address and $1.()0 and keep $1.00. This offer applies only to new subscribers. + + 4* GOOD ideas come to us frequently from our readers, and here is one just received from one of our subscribers. He writes that when he was first married thirty-six years ago he went to his pastor for advice about taking a church paper. He has found The Presbyterian of the South of so much value in his home that Jie wants it to be put into other homes. He writes: "I want to give concrete expression to my appreciation of the effort to put a church paper into each home. I enclose check for $5 for you to use to this end. Use it as you see fit. If practicable it would seem ^9 ?o use it in newly established homes. ivlwP would seem practicable to me that you make an appeal for a few dollars in each pastor's hands that The Presbyterian of the South may go into each new home." Carrying out the wishes of our liberal friend, we will agree to semi the paper to five newly established homes. We will semi it to the first, five names sent us by pastors, the names to be those of couples who have been married not more than six months, and of whom at least one is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Pastors, send us the names. If others want to help in the same way, the opportunity is open and we will make the same offer to them. + + + BILLIONS in the business world are as com monly spoken of today as millions were a few years ago. In speaking of the output of automobiles for this year the Manufacturers Kecord says that an expert "estimates that this year's output of tires will be 40,000,000. He makes no estimate as to their value, but putting the average at $35 ? probably a low figurp ? would give a total for tires alone of $1,400,000, 000. With a certainty that the output value of this year's cars and motor trucks will largely exceed last year's, it is safe to estimate that the total outlays for autos, and tires and accessories will this year exceed $4,000,000,000, or one fifth as much in one year as the total investment in all the railroads of the country." This is the amount that will l>e spent for new auto mobiles and equipment this year, and does not take into account the enormous amount already invested in them. If the automobilists were to give into the Lord's treasury one-tenth of the amount that they will spend in this way this year it would amount to $400,000,000, a sum far greater than has ever been given by all the people of this country for the maintenance of religion. Shall a country that can spend money in this way let the work of the Ixml suffer for lack of the comparatively small amount needed + + + BAPTISTS arc among the most orthodox Christians in this country on the funda mental principles of religion. They are wide awake and aggressive. The Northern Baptists Convention lias just shown its determination to press forward in its great work for the Mas ter, by establishing a church paper owned and controlled by the General Association. We understand, on the authority of a Baptist edi tor, that eight privately owned papers repre senting the denomination have been bought out, in order to give the new paper the right of way.- This paper is known as the The Baptist. Its editorial salutatory breathes the spirit of loyalty to its denomination and at the same time of cordial Christian fraternity toward all other evangelical denominations. The first two issues of the paper show that it will be well edited and that it will be a power for good in advancing the interests of the kingdom of Christ. May it keep up to the standard it has set, and may its subscription list grow fast and large.