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The Presbyteririyrf the South
VOL 95. No. 13-. RICHMOND, VA., APRIL 13, 1921. Air LAW observance \s far more needed in this country than law enforcement, by which we mean that there is need for a senti ment that will demand respect for law. The Philadelphia Public Ledger in speaking on this subject in connection with the prohibi tion law says: "Unquestionably, there is less drunkenness in America than before prohibi tion. But as against that there has developed a disrespect of law or an absolute lawlessness such as never was so manifest before. The prohibition law cannot be made wholly effec tive if so-called 'good' citizens are boastful of evading, if not defying it. It cannot be made effective as to the workingman if it is ineffec tive as to the persons well-to-do. It will be a farce so long as 'good' citizens make it a farce. It will be a fact if the 'good' citizens make it a fact, so far as they personally are concerned. A law to be effective must be re spected and obeyed. The prohibition law is flouted by hundreds of thousands, if not mil lions of persons, and the flouting does not seem to offend other millions who would be shocked if they were held up to the public reproach as sympathizers with and supporters of law breakers. In making a farce of the prohibi tion law 'good' citizens encourage persons to have contempt for other laws that do not meet with their approval. When a millionaire at Miami can have fifty-three cases of booze in his private car the workingman cannot see why he should be deprived of his drink of whiskey or beer. When well-to-do persons nan give , orders to bootleggers to deliver liquors to them in their homes, the working man cannot see why the saloon ? the working man's club ? should be taboo. The prohibition law is for air classes or none. For its viola tion, for the contempt of it shown'by so many, the blame rests largely upon persons who think they are good citizens. It rests with them whether the law is made an absolute farce or a f&ct." T T * ABOR problems are disturbing a great many people these days. A short time ago we spent the greater part of two days go ing through a large manufacturing plant, where about 1800 employees were at work. Some things we learned that were very in teresting to us. The owners of the mill are earnest Christian men. They carry their re ligion into their business. They deal with their employees as reasonable fellow beings. They know them personally. They look after their interests. They make their working conditions the best possible. The mill is kept clean, well ventilated and comfortable every where. The honor system prevails and it is understood that every man is expected to do his work without being watched. The em ployes are well paid for their work. In turn the employees do their work faithfully and well. Every one seeme'd interested in his work, trying to do his best. The result is that everybody is content, the mill is turning out far more than the average amount of its class of goods. It has had many of its em ployees for years, some families having been working there for three generations. Though nothing was said about it, it was very evident that the principles of the Golden Rule are employed by both employers and employees, with the result that peace and quiet, comfort, thrift and good will were in evidence every where about the mill and about the homes of its people. + + + SOME times it is said that men are not will ing to do Church work. We believe and have always believed that men will work for the Church when they are shown that there is work needed which they can do. This has been strikingly illustrated in the way the men of The Church of the Pilgrims in Washington worked on their church building at night, af ter they had finished their own work for the day, to make additions and improvements, which they did not have money to pay for. Another illustration of this same willingness to work has been given by the men of Govans Presbyterian church in Baltimore. They needed a forty by seventy feet addition to their church. Working from supper to mid night six nights a week through all the cold weather of the winter, they have completed the work, which would have cost the church $8,000, if it had been done by contract. + + + ONGREGATION& sing, "Like a mighty army moves the Church of God." We wonder sometimes if they stop to think of what they are^saying of the Church of which they are a part. Is it 'moving "like a mighty army?" A writer in the Alabama Christian Advocate, who was a chaplain at the front with the American army in Prance, in speaking on this subject says: "Any body of people that will indulge in all kinds of luxuries, and refuse to go forward at the command of their Captain and refuse to back up those who are minded to go forward, and lie out of Church when the Church calls them to attend ? lie out because it's raining, or because it's too cold, or too hot, ? no, that sort of people does not 'move like a mighty army.' But when we really do, we shall take the world for Jesus, just as we took the Hindenburg line, and drove the Huns to Berlin." The editor of that paper adds; that he spent a year in an army training camp, and says: "Many a time we have seen the men working in the rain. Many a time we have seen them on the drill field or on a long hike when the sun was almost bak ing them. But they belonged to 'a mighty army' and neither rain nor drought, heat nor cold, nor any other thing prevented their do ing the work of a mighty army. When every Church member realizes that he is under or ders, and that he is a part of a mighty army of men and women whose Captain has given the command, 'Forward,' the Church will suc ceed in battering down the bulwarks of sin, and establishing strongholds of righteousness everywhere. May God speed the day." AUSTRA1LIA, like this country, has under consideration the question of Church union. There the effort is to unite the Pres byterian, Congregational and Methodist Churches. The vote was taken not only in the Church courts, but also by the membership of the Churches. The Congregationalists de clared in favor of union by a vote of ten to one. The Methodists also voted in favor of union. Sixty per cent, of the Presbyterians voted for union, but it seems that under the plan that was not a sufficient majority. It is said that the opposition of the large minority is very strong. The Presbyterian General As sembly adopted a paper in which it says: "That in view of the present vote, the Assembly declares that more intimate co operation with the other negotiating Churches is now practicable and urgently called for; that so far as the sanction of the General Assembly is necessary to such co-operation, it grants the same and remits it to the State As semblies to take up this matter, in the light of the new situation now created in those spheres distinctly belonging to the State As semblies, so that the work of God may be more effectively forwarded." The whole matter was referred back to a committee to report to the next Assembly, and instructed it "to con fer further with the other negotiating Churches regarding proposed amendments" to the plan. EDUCATION calls for the spending of 'a great deal of money, and probably no country in the world spends more for this cause than does the United States. Govern ment statistics show that last year the whole amount spent by all of the educational insti tutions of this country was $1,000,000,000. Of this amount only $25,000,000 was spent by Church schools of all kinds. Only one dollar out of every forty is being spent on Church schools. That does not look like the Church is doing as much as it ought to do in pro viding for the education of her youth. "When we remember that practically no religious in struction is given in non-church schools, and when we remember further that almost all of our ministers and missionaries and leaders in Christian work come from the Church schools, we ought to see the importance of look ing well after their support. * + A BUSINESS MAN writing to a business magazine when sending in a new sub scription said: "I feel it a patriotic duty that every subscriber to your magazine should strive to place it in the hands of every intel ligent citizen." We wish that ever> subscriber to The Presbyterian of the South felt this way about putting it into the hands of the members of our Church. Why should they not? Does not the Lord's business need to be presented to the people as well as secular business? IIow many of our readers will follow this man's example and send us in one or more new sub scribers? It can be done in most cases with a little effort. Who will be the first?