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The Presbyterian of ffie' South
VOL. 94. RICHMOND, VA., MARCH 31, 1920. ? No. 13
Cbttorial i^otes anb Comment
FLOWERS may travel a long way without
losing their fragrance. A bouquet that
lias just come to us from China is most re
f resiling and is most highly appreciated. This
paragraph is taken from a letter from one of
our leading missionaries in China. As it was
not written for publication, we withhold the
name of the writer. lie says: "In these days
when so many new isms are running rampant
and so many people seem to believe nothing
1 liiit. they ought to believe, it is refreshing and
most helpful to hear the clear, true ring of your
paper. Every one can always know where the
Presbyterian of the South stands, and it al
ways stands in the right place!"
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ORGANIC union of all evangelical churches
is advocated by the Northern General
Assembly and a commission was appointed to
invite all these churches to send commissions
to a joint conference to discuss and propose
plans by which this union could be brought
about. The conference was called, but very
few of the denominations were represented.
One of the striking facts about this whole
matter is that, so far as we have seen, not one
of the church papers of the Northern ( liurch
is at all in favor of this proposed conglomer
ate merging of all churches, though practically
all of them are in favor of the organic union
<>f the various branches of the Presbyterian
Church. Do the papers reflect the sentiment
of the Church at large in the North?
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MISSION COURT is a name that is becom
ing familiar in our Church and knowl
edge of it is reaching out into our mission
fields. As many of our readers know, it is
i lie name of a building which is being erected
iu Richmond, as a home for the missionaries
of our Church and their families, when they
fome back from their fields of labor on fur
lough, where they may rest and l>e freshened up
1o do better work than ever when they return
to their fields. A short time ago a missionary
of our Church said that when he started back
to this country, he did not know to what
place to have his baggage checked, as he did
not know where he and his family could find
a place to spend their furlough. Another
missionary said that the thought of her fur
lough hung over her as a dark cloud. She
Knew that it was necessary for her and. her
husband to come back to this country to rest,
hut they had no place to go. The salary which
they received would not enable them to pay
hoard for their family. These are just two
eases, where many others might be given. A
s,?all band of noble women in Richmond,
'"?led by women all over the Church, are pro
viding for this need by erecting an apartment
home which will take care of four families at
time. It is located near the Union Theo
'ogieal Seminary and the Assembly's Train
mg School, in one of the most beautiful resi
?lontial sections of the city. It is hoped to have
'f finished in a few months. Applications for
'f* use are already being received. In con
venience of the high cost of building, $5,000
is still needed to complete this much-needed
home. Is there not some big hearted man
among our readers who will give this amount?
CJifts of any size may be sent to Mrs. G. li.
Cannon, 30G Grace Street, Richmond, Va.
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EVERY Member Canvass has been held in
many of our churches under the old plan
of holding it in March. General reports from
these churches have not been received yet.
Other churches are postponing the canvass
until the time suggested by the Intcrchurcb
Movement, April 21st-May 2. The churches
that have not taken the canvass have a good
opportunity to study what the others have
done, to profit by avoiding any mistakes or
failures they have made and to be inspired by
their successes. One difficulty in the past has
been that many churches did iiQt make the can
vass, and another is that many failed to report
promptly the result of their canvass. It is
earnestly hoped that there will be no slackers
this year in either respect.
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DANCING has taken possession of this
country and has run riot over the whole
land. Like all forms of evil it has grown worse
and worse. The older and loss objectionable
forms have practically been discarded. The mod
ern dance lias become so bad that even the danc
ing masters are becoming uneasy. They arc
afraid that there will be a revulsion of public
feeling that will have a tendency to put a stop to
dancing. It is devoutly to be hoped that their
fears may be more than justified. The Nash
ville Christian Advocate says : "According to an
appeal sent by the Dancing Masters' Association
of America to those who conduct dance halls
throughout the country, their business is
in great danger. They have issued a pamphlet,
says a news report {we do not know how to
get hold of the pamphlet), in which they place
the stamp of severe disapproval upon the ex
aggerated movements that may be observed on
the dance floors today. Thoy say that unless
the objectionable is eliminated dancing will
become extinct. We are sure that you realize
with us, the pamphlet says, that if dancing is
to l>e kept out of the discard, it is up to those
of us who are vitally interested to do our best
right now to raise the standard. Ten plain
don'ts are suggested for those who want to make
a start toward cleaning up the dance. Con
densed, they are: Don't permit vulgar, cheap
jazz music to be played. Don't permit young
men to hold their partners tightly. Don't per
mit partners to dance with cheeks close or
touching. Don't permit neck holds. Don't
permit shimmying. Don't permit dancers to
take either exceptionally long or short steps.
Don't dance from the waist up. Don't permit
suggestive movements. Don't permit dancers
to copy the extremes that are now used on the
modern stage. Don't hesitate to request ol>
jcctionable dancing couples to leave the room.
Wo move the adoption of one resolution as a
substitute for these ten, as follows: Don't
dance."
PROHIBITION is a curse to the country,
say the advocates of the liquor business.
Over against this statement place the fact that
Boston lias closed the department of its alms
house that provided homes for tramps and
other down-and-out unfortunates, as there has
not been an inmate in it for some time. Add
this fact: the Alleghany county, Pa., jail,
which was formerly kept crowded to capacity,
now has five hundred unoccupied cells. Simi
lar statements are coming from all parts of
t lie country.
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THE Federal Council of the Churches of
Christ in America does some queer things.
This paragraph is clipped from a communica
tion just sent out by it: "The Committee on
Inter-relations Between Theological Semi
naries was a means of strengthening another
of the bonds l>etween the two continents. Its
recommendations included an exchange of pro
fessors and students and also of fellowships,
between the seminaries of Europe and Amer
ica. The first of these exchange students is
now in residence at Union Theological Semi
nary" (New York). This seems to suggest
that this committee had something to do with
the arrangements for the inter-change of stu
dents. At any rate this information as to the
seminary selected seems to indicate that the
selection met with the approval of the com
mittee. We cannot help wondering why the
most discredited theological seminary in this
country should have been chosen to give a
European student his ideas of American
theology.
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EVERY man has his price, is often said, and
there are many who think that any man
can be bought, if enough money is offered. So
thought the liquor men when they wanted to
contest the constitutionality of the prohibition
amendment to the National Constitution. They
wanted a man to represent them in court, whose
name, as well as his ability, would give him in
fluence. So they went to Charles E. Hughes,
recently a member of the Supreme Court of
the United States, and later Republican can
didate for President against Woodrow Wilson.
They laid on the table before him a check for
$150,000, which was to l>e his fee, if he would
undertake their case. Air. Hughes' replied :
"I would not champion this cause before the
courts for any sum of money you could name."
The liquor men then went to ex-President Taft
and offered him a blank check, which ho was
told to fill in with any amount ho might choose,
it he would undertake their ease. His replv was
no less pointed than that of Air. Hughes'. lie
said : "Gentlemen, you could not pile enough
gold on this continent to induce me to take your
ease l>efore the courts and before the public, for
I will have you know my conscience is not for
sale." America is proud of the fact that she
has men of such prominence who are above
price when an effort is made to induce them to
advocate that which is evil. This nation is
strong because she has many such men, and nun
their tribe increase.

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