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The Presbyterian =f Jhe- Sototh
Vol- 95. No. 25. RICHMOND, VA., JUNE 22, 1921. TOBACCO is used to an extent in this country scarcely realized by most people. In an article published by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, showing how many fires an* caused by the carelessness of tobacco smokers, as they drop a lighted match or throw away a cigar or cigarette stump, a statement is made as to the amount of smoking that is done. In this country there are 48,32G miles of elec tric railways, and 368,682 miles of steam rail ways. If all of the cigars smoked in this coun try in a year were placed end to end in single line, they would stretch over 545,145 miles. This would equal in length all the electric and -tram railroads in this country and there would Im- enough left to encircle the world at the equa tor five times. If the cigarettes smoked in this country in a year were in the same way placed <nd to end they would make a line 1,728,067 miles long, or they would reach around the world 72 times. When we come to consider the number of cigars and cigarettes smoked in a year it is so great as to be incomprehensible to the human mind. Of cigars the number smoked annually is 7,271,670,000, of cigar ettes 42,456,880,000 . One day's smoking would make a line from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back again. To light these cigars and cigarettes requires 700,000,000 matches a ?lay. Allowing the cigars to average 5 ct^. a piece and cigarettes one cent each, the total <-ost for the year would be about $800,000,000. The fact is that the amount spent in this way is vastly more than this. These estimates take no account of chewing tobacco. Suppose the <-ost of tobacco should be saved and should be jriven to advancing the kingdom of God. what a difference wo"Ul make. ARMENIA has suffered more as the con sequence of the war than any other coun try, and it continues to suffer as no other na tion does. Other countries are recovering from the disasters of the war and their people are rebuilding their destroyed homes and recover ing their wasted fortunes. The Armenians are still exiled from their homes, which are in utter ruin. They are not allowed to return to make an effort to rebuild their homes. The Turks have by heathenish barbarities murdered about half of this nation and seem determined by slow torture to destroy the rest. In other countries there are some who are in a position to help their more unfortunate brethren. Among the Armenians there is none who can help another, for all are equally destitute. Not least of the barbarities from which these people have suf fered is the treatment of their women. More than 100,000 of them are still in the most de basing kind of slavery in Turkish harems. And this condition of affairs exists two and a half years after the onding of the war. Why it is permitted by the Allies it is hard to under stand. The Armenians, as long as they were able to do so, fought with and for the Allies, 't does seem that the Allied Powers ought to ho able to find some way of making the Turk eease his persecution, and to do what is possi ble to repair the wrongs he has inflicted upon 'his innocent people, whose only offense is that they are Christians. The only relief the Turk How holds out is for them to become Moham medans. COMMENDATION sometimes comes from unexpected sources. Recently there was held in Buffalo, N. Y., a meeting of the Coun cil of the Union of American Jewish Congre gations. In an address one of the leading speakers referred to the "Spirit of America" and what it meant to the world. He then ad ded: ? "And so, too, might it be said of the spirit of Christianity. Though we do not be lieve in the dogmas, though we have been the most persistent opponents of some of its theo logical principles, yet we cannot but appre ciate the worth of its moral teachings, and must therefore deplore the fact that these teachings are honored by our Christian neigh bors more in the breach than in the observance. The followers of Christianity generally are con tent to give it but lip service. Unfortunately, too often their attachment is of the sort that discredits and dishonors. Who can deny that were its spirit dominant in the world to-day, even as the number of its nominal followers extend over the earth and rule in politics and in finance, that the bloodiest pages in history would recently not have been written?" It is gratifying to see that a Jew recognizes the difference between the doctrine of Christianity and the practice of Christians. We have to admit that there is much ground for the charge that he makes that Christians do not live up to their principles, and this ought to be a cause of shame to every one of us. ? But we are glad to see that he recognizes the fact, which we all know so well, that Christianity is far above in its principles the practices of its professors. There has been a time and it was not long ago, when no Jew could see any good in Christianity. We are hoping and praying for the time when all Jews will recog nize the fact that the religion of Christ is the true religion, and that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah that was promised them. When they do accept Him as their Saviour, they will be a great power in evangelizing the world. May God hasten the day. PRESIDENT HARDING has set at rest the rumors that lie was considering the ap pointing of a diplomatic representative from the United States to the" Vatican at Rome. He says he has not given the subject any considera tion and does not intend to do so, unless Con gress passes a law, which would require him to do so. This meets the hearty approval of the vast Protestant population, and some at least of the Roman Catholic papers are saying that the President's course meets the hearty ap proval of their Church. We wonder who started the rumor. VACATION time has come and many are planning to go away from home for visits. Sometimes this has a serious effect upon church collections. It is an excellent plan to estimate the number of Sundays you will probably he away from home, and before going, give through your collection envelopes or in some other way to pay to the church treasurer what ever you would pay for those Sundays, if you were at home. This will save the treasurer trouble and embarrassment and it will help to wards keeping the Lord's work going without hindrance. You will feel better when it is done and will enjoy your vacation all the more. ERSISTENT and continued effort to break down our Christian Sabbath and with it our Christian civilization is being made throughout this country. This movement is being led by those who control the commer cialized amusements of the country. It is said that 75 per cent, of these men are anti-Chris tian in their religious views. The only inter est they have in the Sabbath is that it may be used as a time for gathering large crowds of people to attend the amusements offered in order that their own pockets may be tilled with the gate receipts., .No German propaganda was every move adroitly worked than is that which is being conducted by this comparatively small group of men. They are constantly talking about "Blue Laws," and the hardships that the church is trying to impose upon the poor people. What the Church wants is that it may l>e let alone in the possession of the Sabbath as it has had it for generations, and that the people of this land may be protected from the attacks of those who would take from them their God given right to a day of rest and worship. These propagandists have no concern for the people, either rich or poor, except to get all the money out of them that they can. God's people must save the Sabbath or else the Church and the nation will have a hard fight for their exist ence. BSE EVAN CE of the Sabbath was a sub ject that occupied the interested atten tion of the Assembly. Keports gathered from many sources seemed to show that there is a growing and a somewhat militant demand that the Christian Sabbath must be preserved. Where in some cases there has been indiffer ence to the matter, there is now a growing feeling that the welfare of the Church and of the country demands that there shall be ear nest and united effort put forth by God's peo ple to meet and overcome the efforts that are being made to destroy the sanctity of the day. it was stated that 75 per cent, of all the public ports and amusements of this country are con trolled by a closely organized association com posed of Jews and German and Irish Catholics, who are engaged in a well organized and sys tematic propaganda to break down the sanc tity of the Lord's day in order that they may increase their profits. SHRINES by the wayside are common in Ko man Catholic countries. The important feature of most of them is an image of the Saviour hanging on the cross. The idea is that travelers may stop and engage in some act of worship before them. We are sorry to see that an effort is being made to establish this custom in this country. And strange to say, it is not being done by Catholics. One such shrine has been erected near Philadelphia, in memory of a soldier of the World War, and it is urged that this shall be done all over the country. We believe in having places of wor ship. and we believe in prayer. But when it is proposed that people shall kneel by the side of the road to pray, we cannot help thinking of what our Saviour said about praying in the streets. And when the only thing about the structure to suggest that it is a place of wor ship is the image of the Saviour, we think of the commandment, against making graven images and bowing down to them.