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EOHEIGN MISSION RECEIPTS.
It i3 gratifying to see an advanco mi the receipts for Foreign Missions f.ir Ihe month of April. They were *125,199.13, -which is $19,372.62 more than was given in the same month last year. This is an increase (.[ a little over 15 per cent., but the increase through the year must be more than that if the work now be ing done may be continued and the debt paid off. It must not be for gotten that the work ought to be greatly enlarged. To do what is need ed largely increased gift's must be made. At least a million souls are dying each year without Christ, be cause our Church is not sending them I lie gospel. "HOMES FOIC MISSION A HIES." 1 have just had the following let tor from one who is interested in pro viding suitable houses for our mis sionaries. "Enclosed you will find $1 for Miss Atkinson's house. "I think this a line idea. I a hi sure none of us but what can sacri tice something for $1. It seems to me that the cause of our women and chil dren should appeal very strongly to us. "I should be glad to be one of 5,000 ladies who would each year build a home and name it for some of our honored women missionaries." Gifts aro beginning to come in for Miss Atkinson's house, but we all will have to pray, talk and give some more before we can go ahead and build. l?o your part now and send your gifts to S. M. [Erickson, Arkadelphia, Ark. THAT HOUSE FOIi MISS ATKIN SON. (The following letter lias come into our hands. It was not written for publication, but we are sure our read ers will enjoy it, and that it will make them realize more fully the need of providing a comfortable home for this faithful missionary, who is giving her life to the work in Japan. Cannot some one supply her with the other things she needs? ? Editor.) Takamatsu, Japan, Oct. 29, 1920. My Dear Miss. ? I received the pa per, Presbyterian of the South, just a day or so ago, and noted the piece you referred to. Thank you so much lor it. I, too, love that paper, as it was always taken in my father's home hack in dear old Virginia. Could you appear on my threshold now you would probably exclaim, as most people do at this season, "What a sweet little home you have!" and, indeed, if it were not for having to pull off your shoes every time you step out of the door (would be fine in this lovely fall weather), yet the arrangement of a Japanese house causes me so many unnecessary steps. To get to the place where I cook, I have to cross three rooms and two Railways. It is a journey from mj sitting-room to the kitchen, but some day maybe things will be different. It does aeem that a single lady's home here is on the way, but don't stop praying until it is a reality. I look forward to spending another win ter in this same place, and alone, so Please keep on praying that God wilt open the heart of some one to come help me save these women and chil dren, in comparison with which my loneliness is nothing. I've been un usually favored this fall. Mrs. Wins borough and Miss Campbell, or Klch niond, Va., are visiting the mission fields of the East, and it was my Pleasure to entertain them while here ftnd take them around to other places. They were very charming guests, and niy one regret was that they could give us such a very short time. Fol lowing their visit, there came two lovely old people from Statesv-ille, N. C. I was only too glad to show them all I could of the work here. I took them through the Red Cross Hospital, where I work, then to the cotton mill, and lastly to the leper colony out on an island. In this last they were greatly interested. Two were baptized that day, and we had com munion together, though of course we were careful not to touch anything they touched. There are 180 inmates, but all have not embraced Christian ity, but those who are Christians say they thank God for their affliction, for by it they were brought to Christ. I do so much wish I had an Edison or a Victrola to use for them, and at the hospital. How it would relievo the monotony in both cases, and would help draw the people to my home, too. I would prefer an Edison. I wonder if some one would not like to donate one, or even an old one if it were in good repair. The Executive Committee at Nashville would send it out by some one coming this way. Another thing that I need very much for my work is a typewriter. I can get a good one here for about $70, but you'll think I'm a real beg gar, I'm afraid. Many other letters are awaiting their turn, so I must close. Sincerely yours, M. J. Atkinson. SOl NI> THE CHARGE! "Beat a retreat," said Napoleon to a drummer boy, when in one of his battles he felt that he was losing and that his army must retreat In order to be saved. "Sire." said the drummer boy, "I have never learned to beat a retreat, but I can beat a march that will make the dead arise and fight." Ho received permission from the general to beat a march, into which he threw his very soul. The tired, weary, al most defeated soldiers caught the in spiration of the charge, and with new energy and quickened fire of body and spirit rushed once more to tho battle and won a great victory. The people of this country feel that they have been almost defeated; dis couragement fills their minds and hearts. The power of the enemy has almost reached the limit of their en durance. They have been beating a retreat, but the time has come to beat a march and catch that new inspira tion which Napoleon's soldiers felt it the stirring music brought forth by the indomitable drummer boy who knew not how to beat a retreat. Every man who is pessimistic, or who permits the discouragements of the hour to dominate him, is beating a retreat. He is not only beating a retreat for his own business, but he is beating a retreat for all with whom he comes in touch. The time has come to beat a march, to sound tho charge, to quicken the life blood of the nation once more, and out of tho apparent defeat of the last twelve months rally for a new charge, a new creative period of work and energy. Forgetting the things that are behind, we must press forward with greater energy to overcome the difficulties which as a nation we have had to face. Every man who draws within his business shell, every man who cancels his contracts or pessimistically refuses to do business because of his fear of the future, is beating a retreat. Every man who goes ahead, who has the optimism of the drummer hoy and a spirit which dares to do things, is beating a march on to victory If throughout the entire nation there can be rekindled the drummer boy's fire, we shall soon have opti mism and sunshine and prosperity, where to-day there Is pessimism and doubt and despair. It was the drummer boy whoso work inspired the great Napoleon and his troops. It must be the drummer boy of the business world, the farmer and the small merchant, and the in dividual business man. who beats the march and sounds the charge rather than the great business leaders who have halted so long. The ones who have suffered muse be the ones to dare and do the most. The men who would beat a march on to victory over the threatened dis aster which they have so long faced will be the red-blooded men who know that the nation cannot stand still and who are determined to lead the charge. The pessimist is the shirker. The optimist is the burden-bearer. The pessimist is the man who beats the retreat. The optimist is the man who sounds the charge. Which are you? ? Manufacturers' Record. Books 1 ! i^Z^gjg^ggg^gjKZgg^'BrarajiifBifgra^ A New Miud for tlic New Age. By Henry Churchill King, D. D. Pub lishers, Fleming H. Revell Co., New York. This volume contains the six Cole Lectures delivered by Dr. King at Vanderbllt University. Three chap ters deal with the New Age: Its Evi dence, Its Perils, Its Values. The other three treat of New Mind Need ed for the New Age: The Political, Economic and Social Challenge; the Educational Challenge; the Moral and Religious Challenge. The author deals with many of the interesting events and conditions that have come out of the war and are now so prominent in reconstruction days. Rebuilding Europe in the Face of World-Wide Bolshevism. By Newill Dwight Hillis. .Publishers, Fleming H. Revell Co. Price $1.50. Dr. Hil lis shows that Bolshevism is really the natural outgrowth of the principles taught by Germany in making the plans and executing them in the de struction of Belgium and France. He shows the fearful losses that have come to each of the countries of Eu rope. In the midst of all this de struction and at a time when the united energy of all the people is needed to rebuild a country, there is found in each country a restless ele ment which is selfish enough not to care what comes to the government or the country. This curse of Bol shevism is not confined to Europe, but has crossed the sea and entered this country and needs to be well guarded against. The Religion of a Ijnymnn. By Charles R. Brown, Dean of the Divin ity School of Yale University. Pub lishers, the MacMillan Company, New York. Price $1.25. The question ia sometimes asked, "Can any good thing in connection with religion come out of Yale?" We have no hesitation in saying, "Yes," and base our opinion on this book. The author tells us that he was born in Virginia. We are glad to find that he has car ried some good old Virginia religion with him, and to know that through the printed page he can give it out to others. Though he disclaims the title, this book is a practical com mentary on the Sermon on the Mount. He says, "I have turned quite away from all technicalities to point out. In terse and modern talk, the main content and bearing of the more vital portions of this widely quoted Scrip ture." In commenting upon this pas sage, he shows how practical is the religion of Jesus Christ, that it is to be lived every day. Yet he shows very clearly that the teaching of the Sa viour is that religion is not made up of externals, but that it is the vital relation between the soul and God, which expresses itself in the outward life of Him who is a child of God. The preface, consisting of only two pages, is worth more than the cost of the book. to any man who will read and study its teachings and lay them to heart. The Gospel of Matthew, An Kxpo sition. By Rev. Charles R. Erdman, D. D. Publishers, Westminster Press, Philadelphia. Price $1. Those who are familiar with Dr. Erdman as a writer or preacher need not be told that this commentary on the first gos pel narrative is sound, practical and helpful. It is very brief, but the com ments are as clear as they are concise. The book will be found exceedingly helpful in devotional reading, and in the study of the Sunday school lesson for the next quarter. The Young Wireless Operator ? Afloat. By Lewis E. Theiss. Pub lishers, W. A. Wilde Co., Boston. The courage, skill, danger, success which this book depicts will not only afford pleasure, but help and inspiration to any normal, whole-soul boy. The Adventures of Dal Hamilton ? Prospector. By Joseph T. Kescel. Publishers. W. A. Wilde Co., Boston. A bit of the history that in former years was very common in the Rocky Mountains in the days of pioneering and prospecting. A young American goes into the mountains looking for gold. He finds a young Chinaman and they form an unpremeditated partnership. There is lots of excite ment and shrewd management, which makes this a very reasonable book. Iiittle People Who Became Great. By Laura Antoinette Large. Publish ers, W. A. Wilde Co., Boston. This Is a series. of interestlcg sketches of boys and girls who became great. They are taken from several coun tries and include such names as Michael Angelo, Jennie Lind, Benja min Franklin, George Washington, Andrew Carnegie, Florence Nightin gale. There are sixteen of these sketches. They will prove helpful and inspiring to any boy or girl who reads them. Children's Books. Little Mousio Mousiekin. By M C. H. Iiittle Bunnie Bunnieklns. By M. C. H. Gninty Grunts and Smiley Smiles Indoors. By Bertha E. Feist. The Cock, the Mouse and the Lit tle Red Hen. By Fellcite Lefeore. The Little Puppy That Wanted tr Know Too Much. By Kenneth Gra ham Dufileld. Just to read this list of names to any little boy or girl would awaken a desire to have the books. We know of few books that will interest little more than the series to which theso belong. Their writers evidently un derstand the child mind, and the sto ries are just such as will appeal to It. They give many of the real char acteristics of the animals of which they tell, though they are made to talk -and do many things that belong only in such stories. These little vol umes are strikingly illustrated In colors. These books are all published by Henry Altemus Company, Philadel phia, and the price of each Is 50 cents.