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The Presbyterian of the South
VOL. 94. RICHMOND, VA., APRIL 7, 1920.
No. 14
Cbttorial j%oteg anb
DR. CALDWELL was unavoidably prevent
ed from furnishing his article on the
.Millennium, as soon as lie expected to do so,
i< in I for that reason we have been delayed in
giving it to our readers. We give the first
pari of it this week. It has been necessary
to divide it into four parts. The remaining
parts will appear in the next three issues of
1 his paper. It will be well for those who are
interested in this important subject to keep
the various parts, after reading them, so as
to he able to lead them over again all to
gether. This is a very interesting and impor
tant subject, and Dr. Caldwell treats it in a
very able manner. The reading of his discus
sion will not only be interesting, but it will
lie profitable. Few subjects are occupying the
thoughts of Christians more than the Second
Coming of our Lord.
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CHINESE CHRISTIANS are greatly in
need of a Bible Dictionary that is ortho
dox in its teaching. It seems that the only
?nie they have was prepared by men imbued
with the ideas of higher criticism, and it is
really doing much harm in undermining the
faith of the Chinese in the fundamentals of
the Christian religion. Under the leadership
"!' Rev. Dr. Henry M. Woods, of our mission
to China, a Bible Dictionary of great value
and sound in the faith has been prepared. Its
publication is delayed because there is no
money available to pay the cost. The. Synod
of Virginia appointed a committee, with Rev.
Dr. E. W. McCorkle, of Rockbridge Baths,
Va., as chairman, to make an effort to raise
the $20,000 needed. At last accounts only a
small part of this had been secured. We sug
f<'st that the Church make the publication of
this book of several volumes a memorial to
Mrs. II. M. Woods, who for thirty-seven years
labored with her husband in China, and who
recently died in this country, while Dr.
Woods was at his post of duty on the other
si?le of the world. We know of no better way
i'? perpetuate the influence of her life and
work among the people for whom she labored
*o long. We shall be glad to have the views
"f others on this subject.
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p OLYGAMY is still taught by the Church of
* the Latter Day Saints, as the Mormons
'all themselves, and their missionaries that are
found all over this country are teaching it
more openly than ever. Rev. R. B. Cheney, of
Superior, Wis., writing to the Baptist, says:
fwicc recently I have been called into homes
1 ''at have been greatly distressed because of
'he teachings of Mormon missionaries. In each
<ase I charged the Mormons with being as
f>rmly polygamists as they have ever been, and
'"?th times polygamy was championed and de
1<inded. One missionary said, 'Polygamy was
I i^ht until the United States legislated against
II The other missionary said, 'Sure we are
l'"l.vgamists; God commanded it and Jesus
( 1,l'ist taught it/ One of these young men
v?>lunteered the information that he 'was not
a polygamist' ? he 'was not pure enough.'
'Then,' I replied, 'the purer a man is, the more
wives lie should have ? is that your philoso
phy?' ' Yes,' he answered. This brazen cham
pionship of the outlawed curse of plural wives
was too much for the happy couples in these
homes, and they will not be troubled further
by these scoundrels masquerading in the garb
of sainthood. But the surprising thing to me
is that polygamy should be thus openly and
boldly championed at this late day and by
young men ? the possible future leaders of this
powerful and unscrupulous organization." It
should be remembered that the Mormons have
2,000 missionaries at work in this country
preaching their doctrines, though usually they
conceal their belief in and practice of poly
gamy. The only way to meet their propa
ganda is to turn the light on and let the peo
ple see the blackness of this blot upon our
nation, which now covers several States and
will cover others, if its advance is not checked.
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It Has Come at Last
During all the war period and since that we have kept
the subscription price of The Presbyterian of the South
down. Notwithstanding the greatly increased cost
of production, we have kept the price at what it has
been for the hist fifty years.
The cost of paper on which to print began to rise
at the beginning of the war and it has continued to
rise. We tried to meet the rise by using a cheaper
grade of paper. This was not satisfactory to us or
to our readers. We have gone back to the better grade
of paper, though it is now costing us exactly three
times as much as it did five years ago, and we fear that
it is going to cost us more in the future. There have
been heavy advances in other items of cost.
The result is that we have been publishing the paper
at an actual loss. We hoped that prices Would come
down, so that we would have no further losses, but they
continue to rise.
We l?elieve that our readers do not want us to fur
nish them the paper for less than it costs to produce it.
and so we feel that they will agree that we are justified
in raising the subscription price a little. We do not
propose to increase it to the extent that most prices
have increased.
After the first of May the subscription price will be
$2.50 a year, if paid in advance, instead of $2.00; and
$.3.00 if payment is delayed three months.
Any subscription not more than three months due
paid before May 1st will be credited for a year for $2.00.
Look at your label and see to what date you are paid
up and send in the amount due and $2.00 for another
year and save the advanced price.
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FOREIGN MISSIONS are being most loyally
supported by the Northern Presbyterian
Church, according to a statement issued a few
days ago by Dr. Robert E. Speer, who is one
of their secretaries in charge of this work,
lie reported that the receipts up to that time
from the churches had been 91 per cent, in ad
vance of last^year. That is certainly making
a very good showing. It is to be hoped that
in the year upon which we have just entered
our Church may do as well. We have the
money. It belongs to God. The question is,
Will we use it for God ?
Ministerial relief has a wonderful
offer made it by Mr. C. E. Graham, so
well known for his liberality to all the causes
of the Church. He secured a very valuable
office building in Jacksonville, Fla., at what
was practically a forced sale. It is said by
tliose who know it and are capable of estimat
ing its value to be worth at least $1,000,000.
It is now paying 6 per cent, on that amount.
It cost Mr. Graham $700,000. He will sell it
to the Committee on Ministerial Relief for
$500,000, thereby making a gift to the com
mittee of $200,000. The committee has $100,
000 which it can invest in this building; but
in order to accept this very liberal offer it
must have $400,000 more. A business man of
large experience told us that he knew this
building well, that it is located in the best
business section of Jacksonville, and that he
considered it well worth its estimated value of
$1,000,000. The income from this investment
would aid very greatly in taking care of in
firm ministers and the widows and orphans of
ministers, many of whom are having very hard
times in these days of the high cost of living.
Any liberal-hearted people who want to aid in
making this offer available can write to Rev.
Dr. II. II. Sweetsf Louisville, Ky.
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FOURTEEN years ago the union was formed
between the Northern and a part of the
Cumberland Presbyterian Churches, and dur
ing all these years there have been contentions
and law suits over the possession of church
property. The last case decided by the courts
was that of the Mt. Zion church in Kansas City,
Mo. This decision was rendered just a few
days ago. It seems that the church was built
many years ago, and it has always been a Cum
berland church. In its membership there were
forty-six who opposed the union of the two
Churches and three who favored it. These
three brought suit to have the church property
all turned over to the Northern Presbyterian
Church, and the Federal court decreed that
this should be done. The forty-six members
are turned out of their church home, and the
three, who it is said had not been in the habit
of attending the church, are given possession
of all the property. This may be in accordance
with the law of the land, but it is not according
to the law of love.
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JEWS are more numerous in New York than
they are or ever have been in any other
city in the world. There are 2,000,000 of them.
That means that every third person in that
great city is a Jew. The Committee on Evan
gelization of the Northern Presbyterian Church
has just appropriated $50,000 to erect a build
ing for work among these descendants of God's
Chosen People, and $5,000 for conducting it
for a year. We are glad to see this work
started. We are told the Jews are responding
to the appeal of the gospel since the war, as
they have never done before. It seems strange
that Christians have done so little to give these
people the gospel. We realize that it is diffi
cult work, and yet it is not so difficult as work
among heathen peoples.

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