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. AP i ? :-'2C J The Presbyterian of the South VOL. 94. RICHMOND, VA., APRIL 14, 1 t k No. 15 '?v/L ?jitorial JioteS anli Contiuint x^"UCH is being said in our Church and in >VA other churches about the committees and boards appropriating money to aid the Inter-Church World Movement. The very se rious charge of misappropriation of trust funds has been made against these Church agencies. In some cases the charges have been made in such form as to lay the one making them liable to prosecution for slander in the civil courts, if he should fail to sustain the charges. We have no idea that any $uch ac tions will be taken by any one connected with 1 liese Church agencies, but that does not make the charge an}' less serious. Many statements in this connection have been made that had no i'acts to substantiate them. Some of the critics have taken up rumors and others have jumped at conclusions, without taking the trouble to get definite information. For instance, the ?.tatement has been made that our Systematic Benificence Committee had appropriated $200, 000 to the Movement. The fact is that this committee has made no appropriation. To charge any agency with wilful misappropria tion of trust funds is a very serious matter, and should never be made without the clearest evidence after the fullest investigation. Sup pose our Foreign Missions Committee should appropriate $10,000 of the funds given it to carry on the work of the Inter-Church Move ment, is that misappropriation of funds? When money is given by the Church for Foreign Mis sions, a certain part of it must be used for administrative and educational and inspira tional purposes. The administrative expenses are needed to maintain the office force, includ ing the secretaries, which handles all the busi ness of the mission work. The educational and inspirational expenses are incurred in giv ing information to the Church, through the < 'hurch papers, through various kinds of lite rature sent out to the churches, through thou sands of letters to those who are interested or who may be interested in the work, and through speakers sent out to the churches and the Church courts. We have heard no criti cism of the right of the committee to use a part of its funds in this way. If the commit tee finds that this educational and inspirational work can be done more effectively or more economically through some other agency, it seems the part of wisdom to use such agency. Suppose that the committee sees the need of doing more publicity work than is being done, and it should estimate that the additional work needed will cost $20,000 a year; but it finds upon investigation that the Inter-Church Move ment can give the same results at a cost to the committee of $10,000, it would certainly be the part of wisdom to employ the Inter < 'hurch Movement and pay the money to it as a part of the regular expense of the commit tee. In doing this no principle of the Church or of sound business policy is violated. The only question is whether the committee is wise in its judgment. Our able committee, with all ?f the information before it, is in a better position to decide such a question than arc those who are not in close touch with the work and its needs. The fact is that our committee lias to spend a part of its receipts in expenses. The only question is as to what part shall be used in this way to bring about the best re sults for the work. Of course, the same ar gument applies to all the other committees of our Church. + <*? SKBSCTRTBERS will please remember that, all subscriptions not more than three months over due may l>e paid l>efore the first of May at the rate of two dollars a year. Any one may pay just as far into the future as he chooses at this rate. After May 1st the price of the paper will be two dollars and a half, if paid in advance, or three dollars if payment is delayed more than three months. We regret very much the necessity of advancing the price, but it cannot be avoided. + + + "Wait on the Lord" Bij Addison. I wished to go, but I tarried; I wished to run, but I stood; I wished to speak, but in silence I refrained my lips even from good. My spirit was hot within me, And even as I mused (he fire burned, And to the dear Master, who stopped me, Obedient, yet anxious, I turned. "O Ixird, so great is the harvest, And the lal>orers who reap are few; Then why dost Thou make me stand idle When there is so much to do?" Then came there the voice of the Master Uttering in statement brief The truth that to the blinded Milton He spake to assuage his grief. "God doth not need Either man's work or His own gifts; who best Bear JJis mild yoke they serve Him best ; His state Is kingly; thousands at His bidding speed, And post o'er land and ocean without rest: They also serve who only stand and wait." + + + SUNDAY advertising by Christian business men is one of the things that is hard to understand. These men will not keep their stores open on Sunday for the sale of goods, and yet they are selling their goods through the Sunday newspapers. Every sale involves sev eral steps. The attention of the prospective buyer must be attracted, lie must be told about the goods. Their price must bo given, lie must be persuaded that he wants or needs those particular goods. When his decision has been made all that remains is to deliver him the goods and to receive from him the money. Of these six steps the advertising is supposed to bring about the first four. Why a Christian man is willing to do on Sunday this part of the work of his sale, it is hard to see. The fact that his store is closed and that he is at church does not alter the fact that through his adver tisements he is carrying on his work. News paper advertising is not the only kind done on Sunday. Windows arranged to attract the at tention of those who pass by on Sunday is the same kind of advertising. It is using God's day to advance the merchant's business. SIN DAY advertising is not necessary to the successful carrying on of business. In deed it is never right to do evil that good may come. Some of the most successful business men do not advertise at all on Sunday. In reply to a letter written to him by the editor of another paper, .Mr. John G. Shedd, president of Marshall Field & Co., of Chicago, one ot the largest mercantile firms in this country, says: "Answering your inquiry of the twenty fourth, ultimo, we will say that during fifty odd years of business, .Marshall Field A: Com pany never have advertised in Sunday news papers. They have followed the rule that six days of labor and the seventh for rest was best for employer and employee. We regard Sun day advertising as an unnecessary infraction of this very wholesome, many centuries old, re ligious dictum, which we are glad to follow. We are said to have the most wonderful dis play windows in the world, covering four sides of a block. The curtains of these windows are lowered from Saturday night until Monday morning, though we have been urged by many people to allow this display to go fonvard on the Sabbath day. These decisions were made and have been carried out by the founders and owners of this institution, because they have always tried to govern their actions by their interpretation of the effect upon the public morale. As their example is followed by many merchants, they have striven to mold their policies along the highest ethical lines. Mar shall Field & Company feel that the fact that !hey do not commercialize Sunday makes for letter citizenship." Who will say that the enormous business built up by this firm is not due in large part to God's blessing on them, because their business is not presented to the public on Sunday either in the newspapers or in their store windows? + + 4 PRESBYTERIES are holding their spring meetings this month. Much important business will come before them. One of the most important matters is the preparations of reports to l>e sent to the General Assembly. Often these reports are prepared so hurriedly that they are far from accurate. Different re ports covering the same subjects do not always agree. If one will study the Sunday school re ports of last year, he will see how unreliable they are. Their enrollment is shown in the gen eral report on satistics and also in the special reports on Sunday schools. It will Ixj found that there are differences of hundred and thou sands between these two reports, which ought to agree exactly. It is impossible for the stated clerk of the Assembly to check them up. It is practically impossible for the stated clerk of the Presbytery to correct them. The only way that these reports can l)e made correctly is for the sessions to see that they are accu rately made out before they are sent to Pres bytery. This will enable our Church to make a very much better showing, and it will give ac curacy and reliability to the reports sent out to the public.