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The Presbyterian jf the South
? Vol. 95. No. 35. RICHMOND, VA.. ' - AUGUST 31, 1921. SUNDAY, September llth; is the day sug gested for special prayer for schools. There are many people who criticize schools, both the public schools and others. We fear there are more who criticize them than there are who try to improve them. No one ha3 a right to criticize who is not willing to do what he can to improve conditions. There is one thing that every one can do, which is very much needed. The National Reform Associa tion makes the following suggestions on this subject: "Pastors and churches, Bible schools and families, will pray that all school teachers and school officers be guided and helped in their responsible work: that a blessing may attend the reading of the Bible and other Christian literature in the schools, and all instruction, counsel and discipline which have for their end the moral improvement of the pupils; that the vices and sins that often creep into schools may be effectually restrained; that all atheistic and unchristian tendencies in the world of edu cation, as well as all influences which would per vert the schools to any sectarian ends, may be successfully withstood ; that the nation may have the wisdom to use her vast all-embracing system of education for those moral results which will promote the true welfare and glory of the nation; and finally, that the Spirit of God, who is the Fountain of Light, may pre side over the schools, quickening and sustaining all intellectual endeavor, and leading teachers and pupils, by all the paths of learning, to Him who is the source of all wisdom and virtue." CANDIDATES for the ministry come froire all classes of people. But it may surprise some people to see in what proportion they come from various sources. Here are the facts on the subject. The sons of farmers make up 48 per cent., of ministers, 14 per cent, mer cants 11 per cent., laborers 4 per cent., sales men, carpenters, clerks, physicians each 3 per cent, lawyers 2 per cent., professors and bank' ers each 1 per cent., all other classes 7 per cent. One thing to be noticed is ihat nearly half of all ministers come from the country. This shows that the country churches should be sus tained and strengthened, and that home mis sion work should be pushed. Another striking fact is the large proportion who are ministers' sons. When it is remembered that the number of ministers is very small compared with other professions it is easily seen that they furnish a larger proportion of their sons to the ministry than any other profession. SUMMER is ended. Vacations are about over. Men are returning to their busi ness. Families are getting back to their homes and their churches. Refreshed and invigor ated by the stay in the, country, in the moun tains or by the seashore, all ought to be better prepared for their work than ever. One of the striking facts is that so many of the leaders of the churches, pastors, laymen and women have spent their vacations this year at conferences of various kinds, where they not only have the advantage of the fresh air of the mountains or the breezes from the sea, but also found refresh ment for their souls. They should therefore be prepared to do better work for the Master than they ever were before. And they will do bet ter work, unless they allow Satan to get pos session of them and to persuade them: that they must devote their whole time and energy to their worldly business and that they must put off God's work for a time. There was never a time when more work for God was needed, and when opportunities were more promising. With prompt and energetic beginning much can 1* accomplished for God during the coming year. BUSINESS is on the mend say the business men of the country. Following the in flated and unnatural condition of business it is not surprising that there was a slump. Prices had to come down. They could not all come down together. This caused the trouble. Some men had to sell at low prices what they had paid high prices for. Others had to accep* lower wages, while they continued to pay high prices for what they needed. It is rather sur prising that this country has not been more affected by this state of affairs than it has been. It is one of the evidences of its commercial strength. What every one ought to do now is to consider business problems seriously and calmly, see where improvements can be made, where economies can be introduced, and go for ward with a determination that he will over eome all obstacles and will do his best to make a success of liis business. With a contented mind, a hopeful spirit, with industry and pa tience, remembering that God rules over all things, no one need fail or l>e discouraged. AMERICAN Methodists are planning to build a Christian college on one of the hills near Home, and is in sight of the Vatican. Vigorous objection is being made by the auth orities of the Vatican, doubtless under the leadership of the Pope, to this college being built there. The objection to it is that it will mar the beauty of the skyline, as the Pope looks out upon the hills. Ordinarily handsome build ings are considered to add to the attractiveness of landscapes. But we can seo very readily that any Protestant building would be an eyesore to the Pope, no matter where it might be placed or what its character might be. It has not been long since he sent out his fulminations against the Y. M. C. A., because of the influence it wa9 exerting for Protestantism1, so very naturally ho fears the effect of a Christian college, backed by the great Methodist Church of this country. SPEAKERS' Handbook on the Ministry and Mission Service is the title of a booklet just sent out by Dr. II. IT. Sweets, of the Exe cutive Committee of Christian Education and Ministerial Relief. It is a very valuable help to any one who is interested in the enlistment of others in the ministry or mission work of the Church. It will prove of the greatest assistance to ministers or laymen, who want to make an address 011 this subject. Write to Dr. Sweets at Louisville and get a copy, if you have not al ready received one. DISARMAMENT is one of the most im portant subjects now claiming the atten tion of the world. The experience of the world has shown that the better armed a nation is the more apt it is to go to war against some other nation. At present almost all the nations of the world are increasing their army and navy or planning to do so. The Knited States has reduced its army, but it has in operation a plan which is largely increasing its navy. President Harding has called a conferenceof the represent atives of the great nations of the world to meet in Washington on Armistice Bay, next Novem l>er, to consider the subject of the restriction or the reduction of armament. It is earnestly hoped that much good may be accomplished by this conference. Every Christian should pray earn estly that God may guide it to wise conclusions that will make war more difficult and give bet ter assurance of world peace. It will be well if the churches of the whole world should ar range for special services, in which prayer shall be offered to God, that Ho may direct the na tives to some plan that may insure the peace of the world. QUEER tilings are done in the name of re ligion, but here is one of the queerest we have come across. At Le Pas, Manitoba, Can ada, a so-called church was organized, based upon the Kubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Many business ami professional men are said to have joined it. Its popularity threatened to injure the churches of the town. A new convert, how ever, when he found out the facts about it, re ported that the object of the organize lion was to secure permits from the government to pur chase liquor, under a pretence that it was needed for sacramental purposes. The officials of the cult denied that this was the intention of the organization, hut, after the statement of the convert was made, the movement suddenly collapsed, and only three members can now be found, who admit that they hold its doctrines. We wonder what the devil will devise next to hide his soul destroying works. CHINA, like the rest of the world, has its troubles with those who teaoh "another gospel'" than that which is set forth in the Scriptures. Most of these have been sent out as missionaries by churches in this country and they have proved false to the trust com mitted to them. To meet and counteract the influence of such teachers of heresy, the Bible Union of China has been formed. Hav ing its beginning just a year ago, its member ship has grown to more than six hundred and is made up of missionaries connected with al most all the churches which are working in ?China. Rev. Dr. H. M. Woods, of our mission, is chairman of a committee of the Union, whose duty is to look after the circulation of books and literature witnessing to the fundamental truths of the Bible. When such a man as Dr. Woods joins in a movement of this kind, we may be sure that there is need for it. And when an important part of the work is in his hands, we may be sure that it is safe.