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The Presbyterian of the South
VOL. 94. RICHMOND, VA., DECEMF'1** 2, 1920. "QD0VED No. 48 ?@@ Cbttortal J^otes anb Con?^. nt L BUSINESS prospccts are awful, said a prominent business man a few days ago. In almost all lines of business there is a feel ing of uncertainitv as to the future. We do not pretend to J>e prophets, but we have no doubt that many people will suffer Iwfore busi ness becomes adjusted. The best way for a man to meet these conditions is to devote him self energetically to his business, to make every effort to pay all of his debts, to limit his ex penses as nearly as possible to necessities, and to mako no new debts. If he will, as the sailors say, thus "reef his sails," he will be able to "weather the storm." ? + + DOES the Church realize the value of the Assembly's Training School for Lay Workers located at Richmond? Ever since our Church began Foreign Mission work it has been sending out wroinen as missionaries. Un til a few years ago it made no provision for educating or training these woment. It seemed to have been left for the great mind and heart of Dr. W. W. Moore, president of Union Semi nary, to suggest a way by which this need could be supplied. It was he who suggested the idea of the Training School. This school has met with marvelous success, and now has about seventy-five students. One third of them are volunteers for foreign work. The others will devote themselves to Christian work in this country. The number of students has is not surpassed by that of any similar school in this country. The number of students it has increased rapidly, and it would be much larger now if more could be taken care of. Numbers had to be refused admittance. If the Church will furnish needed buildings and equipment many more will attend the school. ROWING dissatisfaction is appearing in the North with the plan of union that lias l>een sent down by the Assembly of that Church to its Presbyteries. It provides for the union with the Northern Presbyterian Church of itny church that will agree to the very few fundamental doctrines outlined in the plan. Dr. B. B. Warfield, of Princeton, in an arti cle published in our issue of November 17th, showed that all Protestant denominations. Ro man Catholics, Rationalists and others could come together under the proposed plan. This plan has been sent to the Presbyteries of the Northern Church for their approval. It seems that very few of them have acted thus far on this subject. Most of them have postponed its consideration until the spring meeting. The impression seems to have -gotten abroad that our General Assembly sent some plan of union down to our Presbyteries. This is an entire mistake. The only action taken along this line was the adoption of a basis of federation for the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches. A committee was appointed to work in conjunc tion with a similar Committee appointed by the Northern Church and by any other Presby terian or Reformed Churches, in the draughting of a constitution for this federation. If this is approved by our Assembly, it will then Ik? sent down to our Presbyteries for their advice and consent. The question has been asked a good many times, "What was done by' the Sy nods and the Presbyteries at their fall meet ings on the subject of union C Nothing was done because the subject was not liefore them. The subject of federation is not l>cforc the Northern Presbyteries, but that of uuion with all churches is before them. AVAL officials are testing a new device for guiding vessels through dangerous channels. An insulated electric cable is laid along the centre of the channel at the bottom of the water. It is entirely out of sight, but 011 the vessel the pilot is provided with a deli cate instrument which tells him at all times whether he is steering just along the line of the cable or is veering either to the right or the left. No matter how dark the night may be or how dense the fog may lie upon the waters, even though the pilot be blind he can guide the ship between the rocks and the shoals. (Hod has given us His law to guide us through the snares and pitfalls, the rocks and shoals of life, and He has given each of us a con science that tells us quickly whether we are keeping in the safe channel. We may not know why we are to go in certain directions, but when our God-given detector indicates the way, if we do not follow its direction, we may expect to run upon the rocks. + + + ROUBLES come to us in many ways and at many times, as we go along the jour ney of life. God permits them for I lis own wise reasons, which we cannot see. But it seems probable that all troubles are brought upon us by Satan, jnst as Job's were. lie does it with the idea that he will make our lives un comfortable and unhappy, so that we cannot serve God as we ought. There are a great many people who help Satan wonderfully in this mat ter. Tie must l>e very much delighted with the help given him by many of the children of God. Satan brings a trouble once, and the Christian may not be able to prevent it. The occasion of the trouble is soon past, but the Christian brings it back, not once only, but often. This is done by going in thought back into the past and dwelling upon the memory of the trouble. It is done especially by talking about the trouble. Often under these circumstances the trouble grows, and it seems greater than it really was in the beginning. A trouble brought back makes two people uncomfortable, the one who tells alxnit it and the one to whom it is re hearsed. The more of unhappiness there is in life, the less satisfactorily will wc serve God. The soldiers sang "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag." The Christian should sing: "Go bury thy sorrow. The world hath its share ; Go bury it deeply, Go hide it with care." ARMENIA is ill a worse condition today than it lias ever been, says Rev. Isaac !M. Yonan, who knows whereof he speaks. He and his wife and children had to cndnre for many weeks the hardships of one of the nfurderons forced marches by which the Turks tried to ex terminate all Christians. These persecuted people are now between the upper and nether millstones. The persecutions of the Turks have always Ik'cii religions rather than political and it is l>eing continued with great fierceness. Besides this, the Russian Bolsheviki, whose bands are against all men who do not at once and abjectly accept their ideas are sweeping down from the north. To gain influence with the Turks they are joining with them in an effort to complete the extermination of this ancient Christian race. Unless the other na tions of the world come to their relief, it seems as though there is no hope for Armenia or the Christians of Persia. In the meantime winter has begun and hundreds of thousands of them will die, unless America feeds them. What better Christinas gifts can be made to the Christ-Child than a liberal gift to save the starving Armenians. + + + IRELAND has indeed lieen and is still pass ing through some trying ordeals, but it is interesting to note that the work of the Pres byterian Church is l>eing quietly and per sistently pushed forward. The Witness, the Presbyterian paper of Belfast, announces in a news item that stops are being taken to erect at once three new buildings for new churches. There are many other evidences that the Church in that revolution-cursed country is progressing. This will do much toward solving Irish prob lems, and it must be the final solution. ONE of the churches is reported to have sent sixty barrels of apples to the stu dents of I'nion Seminary at Richmond. This will prove a great blessing to the students. There is an old saying that is not without some truth: "An apple a day will keep the doctor awav." Close by the Seminary is the Assem bly's Training School. The seventy-five voting ladies there, we are sure, would enjoy and be Iwnetitted by some apples just as much as the young men of the Seminary. We wonder if there is not some church that will send them some apples. + + + WE ARK glad to know that a fund has l>een given to our Foreign Mission Com mittee as a memorial to the loyalty of the old slaves to which we referred recently, and we wish that inanv others would follow the ex ample of that liberal donor. Iiut that memo rial is known to very few, and especially to very few of the Negroes. What is needed is something that can l?e pointed to with pride bv thousands of lnitli white and black as an evidence and reminder of the warm devotion of each race to the other in the olden days.