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The Presbyterian
VOL 95. No. 13 RICHMol^M
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of the South
APRIL 0, 1921.
T11E PRESBYTERIAN ADVANCE has an
editorial note under the title "We are
Still Here," in which it says: "According to
the Eastern Methodist, over six hundred re
ligious weeklies have been forced to suspend
publication during the era of high prices for
white paper and printing. It adds, 'Our Ad
vocates would have gone the same way but for
the help they received from the Centenary
Fund.' Well, tho six hundred are out. of
their troubles; but the rest of us are still in
ours, and with 110 Centenary or other fund to
help. And this paper is still being published
mainly Itecause many good friends send not
only subscriptions, but additional cheeks to
help tide .over. It is such friends who save the
day ? and the paper. It is because they believe
in the mission of The Presbyterian Advance."
The Presbyterian of the South has had 110 extra
checks sent it, but it has been able to keep its
head alx>ve water, and has not gone down wTith
"the gallant six hundred," who died for lack
of support. We have had 110 Centenary or
other fund upon which to draw, nor do we ex
pect to have any such source of support. All
that we ask is that our subscribers will pay up
promptly, and that many others will help as
some have done by sending us some new sub
scribers. Those who do this will help us, but
they render a far greater service to those who
are induced to take the paper, that it may
carry its messages of instruction and inspira
tion into their homes each week.
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DIVORCE has become one of the outstand
ing evils of this country. The marriage
tie is one of the most sacred with which man
has to do, being second only to that which
binds him to God. But its sacredness is fast
disappearing among the American people. Few
probably realize that the number of divorces
granted in this country is rapidly nearing the
number of marriages performed each year. In
considering this question it should be remem
bered that the Roman Catholic Church permits
no divorce, except in rare cases of dispensation
by the Pope. This, of course, has a strong de
terrent effect upon the whole Catholic popula
tion. The State of South Carolina grants no
divorce. Japan has been for a long time con
sidered the worst country in the world in con
nection with divorce, but recently there has
been a wonderful change for the better in
Japan, while conditions in this country are
rapidly getting worse. The latest statistics
that are available are for the year 1916. ' In
that year thirty-two of the American states had
a larger ratio of divorces to population than
Japan had. In 1886 the ratio in Japan was
229 divorces to 100,000 population. A federal
law of the empire passed some years later has
reduced the number of divorces from 229 to
109. In thirty-two states of our country the
ratio of divorces to 100,000 population was
from 112 in Maine to 652 in Nevada. For the
whole country the ratio is greater than that
of Japan in 1916, being 112 per 100,000 popu
lation. We, of the South, are somewhat in
clined to think that all such evils belong to
other sections of the country and assume a
/'holier than thou" attitude. But before tak
ing sucli a stand let us face the facts. In 1916,
for each 100,000 population, divorces were
granted in the Southern states, as follows:
Texas 221, Arkansas 220, Missouri 202, New
Mexico 191, Oklahoma 170, Florida 163, Ken
tucky 140, Tennessee 128, Louisiana 115, Mis
sissippi 10.1, Alabama 101, Virginia 92, Mary
land 87, West Virginia 69, Georgia 54, North
Carolina 30, South Carolina 0, Distriet of
Columbia 15. These figures are not entirely
fair to all the states. It is a well known fact
that the laxness of the laws of Nevada induce
many people to go there to secure divorces. It
it also true that a great many people who have
trouble in getting divorces in the District of
Columbia find it easier when they move across
the river into Virginia. On the other hand, no
doubt some people from South Carolina secure
divorces in other states. When heathen Japan
has waked up to the seriousness of this situa
tion, is it not time that Christian America
should arouse itself? And shall we do less to
remedy this great evil than Japan has done?
PASTOR RUSSELL, of infamous fame, fixed
several times the second coming of
Christ. Probably the last date he fixed for the
beginning of the Milennium was in 1914. We
can never associate that year with anything
but the letting loose of the powers of hell in
this world through the great world war. His
prophecy having failed then, and he, having
died, his followers are carrying on his work in
his way, and they have revised the prophecy.
They now say that Christ's coming will take
place in 1925. It is very easy to predict what
will take place in the future and when it does
not occur to postpone it to a future date. We
think we might be good prophets ourselves, if
that is all that is required of a prophet. The
editor of "Our Hope" tells us of a similar
method adopted by others. In 1895 he was
given a book by the author, Mr. Baxter, which
fixed 3 P. M., April 23, 1908, as the time for
the Second Coming. A new edition of this
book is now being sold with an advanced date
substituted for the coming of the Saviour. Any
one with half an eye ought to be able to see
that, these impostors are just trying to make
money by selling their books.
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MOST HEARTILY do we endorse the fol
lowing editorial paragraph from The
Prsbyterian Advance: ? "It is reported that
the defendant in a certain notorious murder
trial, which resulted in the acquittal of the ac
cused, has been offered large sums by pub
lishers for the story of her life, and is also
much sought by moving picture concerns. Such
things are a burning shame. We do not need
to tell the story of this case in order that peo
ple should understand what we are talking
about. Unfortunately, they are already fully
informed as to that. It is a sordid story of
illicit love and a wrecked home with which we
are becoming disgustingly familiar. It is a
shame for publishers and picture men to seek
to exploit this story for gain. It is a greater
shame that the public taste for such things
justifies purveyors to the public in thinking
that sueh exploitation would bring great gain.
If this woman has a trace of the womanhood
which her defenders represented her as having,
the only safe and decent thing for her to do
is to learn some helpful work and remove her
self from the public gaze in the quiet pursuit
of her occupation. Similar cases show that
people will pay their good money to satisfy a
morbid curiosity, and then cast her off for hav
ing paraded her shame."
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MINISTERS SONS, it is some time slander
ously charged, are t he worst boys in the
community. Here is what The United Presby
terian says, after some investigation: ? "When
you consult 'Who's Who in America,' whose
purpose is to catalogue the men who are mak
ing the history of the nation, the men who are
creating literature, educating the young, and
leading in religious, scientific, commercial, so
cial, military, productive, and artistic activi
ties, we find that of the 16,000 names, 11,105,
are fathers. If ministers' sons average the
same as the sons of other professions, there
should be 51 in this volume. But we find that
there are 918 sons of ministers; eighteen times
the average number. Out of these 918, 188 are
clergymen, 23 of whom are bishops; 87 presi
dents of collegiies, universities, and seminaries;
179 college professors; 49 other educators; 79
lawyers; 97 authors; 82 editors and journalists;
74 physicians and so forth. Statistics recently
compiled for the Federation of Churches show
that of 400 leading captains of industry in this
country, five per cent, are the sons of bankers,
ten per cent, the sons of merchants, twenty-five
per cent, the sons of lawyers, doctors, ami
teachers, and thirty per cent, sons of ministers
whose salaries were below $1,200 a year."
CURIOUS things are done in the name of
religion. We have received a clipping
from a paper which makes this statement:
"The First Church for Animal Rights,* which
meets at the Hotel Astor each Sunday at 3 P.
M., acts as the spiritual fountain-head ami
spokesman of humane organizations and animal
societies. Royal Dixon, the founder and leader,
ranks among the great naturalists of America.
He has dedicated his life to the cause of animal
rights: to preach and teach 'The Oneness of
All Life' and aweaken the humane conscious
ness in youth and adult. He is ably assisted
by I)r. S. A. Schneidman, a veterinarian.
There is a need for a creed of humaneness and
the organization is steadily growing." We
most heartily approve of all that can be done
to advance humaneness in the treatment of
animals. Many organizations have l>ecn formed
and have done excellent work in the interest
of better treatment for animals, but why such
an organization should be called a Church is
more than we can understand. We have al
ways felt that a Church is an organization of
God's people gathered together primarily to
worship God.

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