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(Continued from page 7) our missionaries will probably be able to take their vacation at Victoria Kalis or Johannesburg or anywhere in South Africa that they wish But what a fearful problem is now before us. Every time I hear of the progress of civilization in th's coun. try I pray that God might hasten the Church's progress to cope with the problems involved. Already tho in fluence at these copper mines is such as to destroy the morals of hundreds of the native employees. Cape beer and whiskey are sold them, whereas they cannot obtain intoxicants, t*?at is, foreign intoxicants, in Belgian Congo. Truly Zion must haste to ful fill her high mission. And you friends in the home land, count yourselves as a part of this Zion that must needs overtake the powers of Satan in Congo. Our missionary force is a mere handful to cope with the prob lem; we must have help at once. A blow now will probably save the work of years to come. Mutoto, Congo. IS IT NOTHING TO YOU? By Rev. Egbert W. Smith, D. D. "I wouldnt' change this job for any job on earth," wrote a medical mis sionary. "If men at home only knew its joys the Board would be overrun with applications." A generation or two ago the thought of women doctors had not entered men's minds. But when the idea was presented of a lady mission ary who should know something oi medical science and practice, Alexan der Duff, the great Scotch missionary, exclaimed, "Would to God we had such an agency ready for work!" Our heavenly Father had but one Son, and He served on earth as a medical missionary. Our Southern Presbyterian Committee is in desper ate need just now of men and women doctors and trained nurses. Who will hear tho call? In China 99 per cent, of all who are taken sick are entirely without competent medical attention. In one of our mission hospitals 1 saw a girl of sixteen with a fright fully swollen jaw. It was caused by the native doctor's piercing it with a big flat needle five inches long to drive out the demon that had made the tooth to ache. The needle being the same with which he had been piercing all manner of tumors and ulcers, of course infected the jaw, causing extreme agony, and resulting in necrosis of the jaw-bone, a consid erable part of which our doctor told me he would have to remove. In the same hospital I found a young man suffering tortures with his leg which the heathen doctor had pierced to expel the demon, and from which our doctor was preparing to remove several inches of dead bone. This piercing is the common medi cal practice in Korea and China, and these two patients represent millions that at this hour are being equally tortured and maimed and many of them killed ? poor victims of heathen superstition. The heathen modes of treating va rious common female troubles are frightful and agonizing beyond expres sion. In our fifteen mission hospital plants over 100,000 are treated every year, to all of whom the gospel is lovingly preached and the knowledge of it car ried into thousands of villages by healed and grateful patir~'.3. This is peace; man's life moving in God's life is frictionle.ss commu nion. ? J. H. Jowett. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL RUTH'S WISE CHOICE. April 25. 1920. Ruth j Golden Text: Thy people shall bo iny people, and thy God my God ? Ruth 1:16. Devot ional Itcadin);: Ps. 91 Additional Material for Teachers: Ruth 2:1-4:22. I'rimary Topic: The Story of Ruth. I wesson Material: Ruth 1 and 2. Memory Verse: Let us love one another: for love is of God. ? 1 John Junior Topic: Ruth and Naomi. Lesson Material: Ruth 1:1-22 Memory Verse: Ruth 1:16. Intermediate and Senior Topic: Life Decisions. Topic for Young People and Adults: The Power of Personal Influence. Additional Material: Matt. 5:13 16; 2 Cor. 3:2, 3. Of all the books of all languages, there is none that has more interest ing stories than the Bible. If the Rook of Ruth had been written by some uninspired writer, and had never been known as a part of the Bible, it would be heralded abroad as one of the most beautiful of idyllic stories of romance and love. We are so familiar with this story that we do not stop to think of the beauty of ihe story, nor of the won derful truths contained in it. El:melech and Naomi, with their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, lived in Bethlehem. A great famine came upon the land, and Elimelech took his family to the rich land of Moab. There the sons married Moabite women. In ten years the father ano the two sons had all died. Naomi, the widow, determined to return to her own country. The two daughters-in-law accompanied her as she started on her journey, as it was he custom in those days for friends to go with a traveler on the first Part of his journey. When they had gone some distance they stopped to say farewell. Orpah kissed her moth er-in-law and turned back. Wher she suggested to Ruth that she too should return, Ruth uttered that most wonderful plea to be allowed to go with her. She showed a wonderful devotion to her mother-in-law, which was very unusual in those days. Be cause of love for her Ruth was will ing to sacrifice everything that w-ts dear to her? family, friends, countrv religion. Her love bound her as with bands of steel to Naomi. When they reached Bethlehem the people were greatly surprised. It may ave been at Naomi's appearance. Brt t seems that there was no one there to give them any help, it was the beginning of the barley harvest when they reached Bethlehem, and in or (ler to provide something to eat for her mother-in-law and herself, Rn?h went out early into the harvest field to glean the heads of barley that might be left by the reapers, as was regularly done by poor people The field to which she went be longed to Boaz, a rich man. He wa? a kinsman of Elimelech. though Ruth rtid not know this apparently. When Boaz saw her he was struck with her appearance and manner, and showed her great k'ndness, providing for her comfort and telling the reapers to drop heads of grain, so that she might nd more than she would otherwise. in this he showed a delicacy of feel ing that could hardly have been ex pected. it would have seemed more natural for him just to have given her some grain. But he realized that she would rather work for what she got. When she returned home Naomi was surprised that she had gleaned so much, and asked her where she had been. When Ruth told her that she had been in the field of Boaz, Naomi told her that he was kin to her husband. According to the law of that day, if a man died leaving a widow it w^s the duty of the nearest of kin to marry her. Acting under this cus tom, Naomi planned for Ruth to pre sent her claims to Boaz. Such a pro ceeding would seem to be very m?.ch out of place to-day, but Ruth only did what, according to law and cus tom, she was entirely justified in do ing. Boaz told her that there was an other man who was nearer kin to her husband than he was, and that he had the first right to marry her, if he desired to do so; but he said that if the other did not claim his right, he would marry her. The other man waived his right and Boaz married her. Of this marriage there was born a son, who was the grandfather of David, and so Ruth, the Moabit^ss, became the earthly ancestor of Josus, the Saviour of the world, two of whose ancestresses were not Israel ites. Who was the other? THK SCHOOL OF METHODS A SPLENDID SUCCESS. By Rev. Wesley Baker. The School of Methods, conducted for the benefit of the Methodist and Presbyterian Sunday schools of Rich mond, was an unqualified success. Be sides the splendid spirit of fraternity which pervaded all the meetings, there was real study done by the stu dents of the various classes. As an nounced at the very beginning, this was a school, and the benefits received were literally measured by the faith fulness with which the students did the work required. Of the number who turned in reg istration cards, 113 were Presbyte rians, eighty-six of whom were pres ent six or more times, and forty-five of these passed the examination and received credit on one unit of the Third Year Specialization Course. This will count toward diploma rec ognition which will be given by the Presbyterian Committee of Publica tion at the conclusion of the Thin? Year Teacher Training Course. The number of those who received credit and their respective schools are as follows: Westminster, 10; Over brook, 6; Porter Street, 5; Reade Me morial, 5; Roseneath, 4; Third, 3; First, 3; Second, 3; Grace-Covenant, 2; Montrose, 2; Ginter Park, 1; Union Theological Seminary, 1. To tal, 45. A junior society of Christian En deavor is one of the most interesting features of the miss'on work at Pet chaburi, Siam. It is not Siamese cus tom for boys and girls to meet to gether, so the boys hold their meet ings at one school and the girls at another. The young folks range in age from ten to fifteen years, and are most earnest in their desire to be real "Endeavorers." Some of the boys have already pledged themselves to Christian work, and others have been baptized and have made public pro fession of their fa'th. But some of the lads come from heathen homes and have not yet received permission from their parents to receive baptism. Meanwhile they are trying to live Christian lives until the day when they can persuade their families to let them join formally w!th their frends in the worship they have come to love. YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES PERSONAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH. M., Apr. 19. Law* apainst infection. Lev. 13:1-3 45. 40. T., Apr. 20. Principle of holiness. _ 2 Cor. 7:1. W , Apr. 21. Of mutual responsibility. Gen. 4:0. T., Apr. 22. Of community healing. Kick. 47 1 5. 9. F., Apr. 23. Of human helpfulness. John 5:1-9. S? Apr. 24. Of happiness. Prov. 10:24. S? Apr. 25. Topic ? Christian Princijlrs in Per sonal and Public Health. 1 Cor. 0:19. 20. Laws Against Infection: In giving the laws regarding health God weiu upon the principle that no man liveth to himself. It is the duty of every one having any disease to use every effort to prevent his giving it to any one else. If one, through careless ness or indifference, gives a disease to another and he dies of it, the one from whom he took the disease is re sponsible for his death. It is now a well established fact that almost every form of d sease or sickness is trans mitted one person to another. Care ful effort should be made to learn what is necessary to keep from trans mitting disease to another. Principle of Holiness: In this pas sage Paul connects very closely the condition of the body and the soul We can hardly see how any one can have a clean soul and not keep nis body clean, especially if he realizes that many forms of disease come from uncleanness of body or of life. Of Mutual Responsibility: As has been shown above, we are responsible for the health of others as well as for our own. We have no right to expose others to any sickness or dis ease that we have, if we can avoid it. Much sickness is spread by not. using proper precaution to prevent its spread. If one has yellow fever, it is his duty to have himself so well screened in that no mosquito can reach h'.m during his sickness. The mosquito may not hurt him, but he will carry the disease to others. If you are uncertain as to what pre cautions to take in any case, consult your physician and carry out careful ly his instructions. Otherwise you may be guilty of the injury of death of your brother, Just as really as Cain was. Of Community Healing: The influ ences which go forth from the house of God, as refreshing life glvlnf streams, will bring cleansing to a community. A young man, who was an insurance agent, professed not to believe in God or religion or the Church. The man to whom he was talking said, "If there were no churches in this town and there was none of the influences of the churches left among the people, at what rat" would you insure my house?" With out hesitation he replied, "I wouM not insure it at any rate. This town would not be fit to live in and noth ing in it would be safe." The Church is the best investment in any com munity, even from a business star. : point, and it certa nly is from rx spirt - ual standpoint. Of Human Helpfulness: Many il man or woman or child lies sick a> 1 helpless from lack of the help of friend. Sometimes this help is wit I held when the withholding is realized. The mother who does n " learn what is needed to keep her well, or allows it to do what she knows will 'njure its health, is fail ing to give the help that she ou?,''t to give. The employer may be re sponsible for failure to provi'l - proper conditions in which his em ployees may work. Of Happiness: "Laugh and K'" fat," is a famiiar saying. Tnere i* a great deal more conL?sctlon betwe< " health and happiness than we soir<"