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Navy Blue and True Blue,
If Not Presbyterian Blue By Rev. Andrew R. Bird : i* RKV. ANDREW R. RIRD, Pastor of the Church of the Pilgrims. The Chief Chaplain of t lie United States Navy is well worth knowing. He is the man who sailed into Manila Bay with Admiral Dewey in 1898. He is to-day entrusted by the Secretary of the Navy with the leadership of the chaplain corps of the United States Navy throughout the world. Presbyterians are always interested in men of large calibre. They must be specially in terested in Chaplain J. B. Frazier for his breadth of vision and his bigness of heart are now- invested in their work at the National Capital. The Church of the Pilgrims, Presbyterian, of Washington city, was preparing to carry to the country its message calling the Christians of America to consider the religious situation in the capital and to co-operate in lifting up our Lord in that city of far-reaching influence. Its pastor was praying and pondering over who would feed his people during his absence on this mission. Unexpectedly Chaplain Frazier appeared and spoke: "1 know what is on your heart. I am not a Presbyterian, but a Methodist. But I am this sort of a man, that when I see men serving the Lord Jesus Christ, with the spirit I have observed in your people, in a city where Christ is so greatly needed, I want to get in and help, without regard to denomination. I ofl'er you, as a contribution to your effort, my services to preach Sunday morning and evening for you while you are absent." Chaplain Frazier has already fifteen months of this noble service to his credit. At Christmas a grateful people sent a check of $50 to his wife, and a check of $50 to him, in token of love and appreciation. His re sponse on the following Sunday was to an nounce: "You Presbyterians don't know how much some who are not Presbyterians think of the work you are doing for Christ in Washing ton. I was talking to a good woman this week, and considering the man she has to live with, she is the best woman in the world. She said she had unexpectedly received a check for $50 this week, and that there were very many fasci nating things she could do with it, but that the best use she felt she could make of it was to take a share in the new building for the Church (Continued on page 12.) I ? ~ Our Boys and Girls r ? x- ? i TWO INTERESTING THINGS FOR YOU TO DO. Right in the corner of our page this week is the picture of Rev. A. R. Bird, pastor of the Church of the Pilgrims in "Washington, 1). C., who wrote you a letter on the back page of last week's paper. Did you see the big picture of the Capitol building and read his letter? If you didn't you better look for the paper to read it now, and then be sure to do what he asks and write him a card telling him about it. Be sure to give him your name and address. After you hear from him I would like you to write me about it for our page so that the other girls and boys may be interested too. Rev. A. R. Bird's address is 1516 22nd street, Washington, D. C. Some day you may go to Washington and when you do it will be nice to go to the Church of the Pilgrims because you will feel that you know the pastor. If you will turn to Woman's Work, on page 6, you will find a missionary puzzle that you will enjoy working out. It is headed "Who Are They?" and "They" are thirty of our mission aries in Korea. Get Mother's Prayer Calen dar or Survey and see how many of them you can find. This would be fine for a missionary meeting or for Sunday afternoon at home. Send in as many names as you can find, even if you don't find them all. I am sure that all working together we can make a complete list. H. A. FOR THE HONOR OF THE MASTER. CHAPTER THREE. The weeks went along. There came a Sun day when the Lorings, sitting in their pew at church, looked up. Mrs. Hastings came into the pew and sat down beside them, with a wist ful look. Mrs. Loring laid a welcoming hand on Mrs. Hastings' arm. After church, going home, Mrs. Hastings said hurriedly, "I guess this is the first time I've been in church in two years. I always was brought up to go to church. So was Mr. Hastings, but he got out of the way of it here. Do you mind if I come and sit with you in church sometimes? I'm coming with you, if you do shut your store Sundays!" "I hope you'll come every time!" cried Mrs. Loring, smiling. What a reward for one deed of neighborly kindness. Mrs. Hastings came often to church after that. But Mr. Hastings never appeared, and he never came to the little store to buy anything, though his wife bought things occa sionally. The little store just about came out even in expenses, and gave Jane and her mother a liv ing. They had to manage carefully. Cousin Qrover had had a sign up "No credit. Don't ask for it," so people were used to paying cash for things, and Jane did not give credit. However, there was a very swee?t little wom an, Mrs. Caldwell, who belonged to the church and had three children. Her husband was away on business. One day Mrs. Caldwell came into the store, looking troubled. She asked if she might have some groceries on credit. Her husband had not sent the usual itfoney. "Ill pay you just as soon as I can," she said. Jane granted Mrs. Caldwell credit. Surely an earnest Christian could be trusted. Mrs. Loring thought so, too. Week after week the Caldwell bill mounted. It grew to be fifteen, twenty, thirty dollars! Jane and her mother did not know what to do. Those dear little Caldwell children! One could not see them starve, and Mrs. Caldwell was so grateful and so worried. "You are very kind to help me this way," she would say. Nevertheless, when the ('mid wells owed thirty-five dollars, Jane and her mother felt slightly uneasy. They needed that money. "But T think it will be all right," persisted Mrs. Loring. " 'He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.' " One Sunday at church Mrs. Hastings came in and sat with the Lorings as usual. "But I came pretty near not coming to church this morning," she said afterwards as they walked home together. "Mr. Hastings didn't want me to come at all. He is very angry. You know that nice, little Mrs. Cald well who comes to church with her three chil dren?" "Yes," said Mrs. Loring. "I wonder why she wasn't at church today?" "Why, she's gone!" said Mrs. Hastings. "That's what my husband is so angry about. Mi's. Caldwell got word from her husband, in some other State, and she just picked right up and went off in a hurry with the children. She owed Mr. Hastings five dollars for wood. She isn't coming back, and she sent word by a boy that she'd send the five dollars when she could. But he doesn't believe he will ever get the money, and he's so angry! He says she's a cheat ! He says she just went to church to get standing in the community, so she could run in debt. There are such people, you know. And she didn't even leave her address. She's gone!" Jano was so startled she almost cried out. She looked at her mother. Both kept still. "It's awful for church folks to cheat!" con tinued Mrs. Hastings. "It gives outsiders such a handle against the church." The Lorings tried to be natural. But it was a great relief when Mrs. Hastings left them. Once alone, Jane turned toward her mother in consternation. "Mother," she cried, "thirty five dollars! Do you suppose we are going to lose all that? Mrs. Caldwell went off without sending us any word at all ! And she owes us thirty-five dollars! Tt'll almost ruin us to lose that!" Mrs. Loring was a little pale. "Well, Jane," she said, "perhaps she'll send the money. I don't think she meant to cheat. You know how tenderly she used to talk about God's watchful care. I believe at heart she is honest, and sometime she will pay. I was so afraid you'd say something before Mrs. Hast ings and she'd tell her husband. We mustn't let them know, for the honor of the church. I don't know what Mr. Hastings would say." (To be continued.) A CHILD'S PRAYER. We thank Thee, Lord for dally bread; And all the blessings on us shed; We pray Thee, All us with Thy love, And guide us to our home above.