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Vol. <)5. No. 3 f>.
UNDAY-SCHOOL RALLY DAY is to be on October 2nd, according to the pro grain of the General Assembly. The obser vance of this day has proved very helpful in many ways in the churches and schools where it lias been observed. Those churches that have tried it, using due diligence to make it a success, need not to be told of its value. Those that have not tried it will never know how much they have missed until they do try it. Every school should plant, to observe Rally Day this year, whether it has ever done so before or not. The Presbyterian Commit tee of Publication has prepared an interest ing and helpful program which can be adapted to any school. If they have not al ready been secured the superintendent ought to see that they are written for at once. They can be secured in any number that are needed without cost. Two objects ought to be kept in mind in preparing for this celebration, the improving and advancing the interests of the school itself and making an effort through contributions and otherwise to aid in the ex tension of Sunday Schools into communities where they are not now found. It is said that there are about 13,000.000 children in the South, who are not in Sunday School, and who are practically without any religious in struction. We can go. to some of these com munities and carry the Sunday School to them. We can give to send it to others. We can pray for all of these millions that they may be brought into the Sunday School and into the Chureh. WISE MEN are asking one another and the rest of the world, "What is the matter with onr country?" That something is the matter no one will question. Murders are of frequent oecnrrence in all parts of the coun try. Many otTieers of the law have been shot down as they have tried to arrest breakers of the laws, banks are being robbed and trains are held up, mobs all over the country have been guilty of lynching, labor strikes are accompanied with so much disorder and violence that it is necessary for the civil au thorities to call on the military authorities for help in maintaining order and protecting life and property. It would be interesting to know how many men have been killed in con nection with the enforcement of the prohibi tion law. It seems that every man engaged in illicit manufacturing or selling of liquor feels that he has a right to defend himself against arrest by shooting down the regularly appointed officers of the law. Two things are very evident. One is. that there has never been a time when as many people had lost their reverence and respect for the law, whether it be of God or man. The other is that at no time, when the country was sup posed to be at peace, have there been as many people who were willing to take the life of another. Now the question arises as to what <an be done about it. It must be answered by the better elements of the people and largely by Christian people. They should begin by a very strict observance of every law themselves. They should render all pos sible assistance to the officers of the law in their efforts to enforce the laws. They should at all times show their disapproval of the violation, of law. Ami they should use all of their powers to cultivate in others reverence and respect for the law iiud for the officers of the law. They should also demand of the courts that violators of law shall lie properly punished and that no favoritism shall be shown. Above all Chris tians should constantly pray that God may so rule in this country that the laws may be observed and righteousness be established. TTE General Assembly, at its last meeting, adopted a report which recommended : "That some Sunday in September be observed as Bible Cause Day, on which a sermon shall be preached, setting forth the place the pure Word of God must hold in the life of our Church and people, and commending the American Bible Society to their support by its membership plan, and where the budget system is not used, an offering to be taken for this cause." The American Bible Society is the recognized agency of our Church for publishing and distributing the "Word of God in all parts of the world. Since its organiza tion in 181G. it has distributed over 140,000, 000 volumes of Scripture. Nearly 7,000,000 were furnished soldiers, sailors and marines during the war. The Bible is now published in 718 languages. It is also published in many languages for the blind. A very large majority of the people of the world could have the Bible in their own language, if the means for publishing and distributing it could be provided. The American Bible Society has an income of $95,000 from invested funds, but it needs for ils work this year more than $1,220,000. Our Church has never taken seriously the matter of contributing to the Bible Cause. Last year we gave to this work $26,099, the largest amount we have ever given. But this is certainly far from a liberal gift to such a cause. Every Church should make a liberal contribution. STUDENTS will soon be going off to col lege and boarding bouses. Parents and pastors and others should find out who is the pastor of the Presbyterian church which each student would naturally be expected to at tend and should write to him at once telling him that the student is coming. I)o not wait until after he has been in the school for several ^e>?ks. lie may lose a great deal in that time. Let him have a welcome from the pastor when he first arrives. It would be well also to give the student a letter of in troduction to the pastor to take with him. This will insure the student meeting the pas tor and will relieve him of whatever diffidence he may have about introducing himself to a stranger. The pastor and other members of the Church should keep in touch with the students who have gone from the congrega tion all through the session, through letters, boxes, books, papers, Church bulletins and other such things sent them from time to time. INTEREST in the Bible and its distribution is shown in a great many ways, and many efforts are being put forth to increase this interest. Here is the latest that we have seen on the subject. The United Presbyterian says: "An exchange tells of a gigantic Bible, weighing three-quarters of a ton ? the largest Bible in the World, carried in a specially de signed motor car, with an attractive pulpit and platform as part of the equipment, is a feature of work soon to appear in England, it is a part of the publicity program begun by the Bible Crusade to popularize the Holy Bible. The great Book is to be carried from town to town, and meetings held in the streets, with the pulpit as the speaker's stand. Aside from the size of the gigantic book is the fact that every one of the 12,000 texts, from Genesis to Revelation, will be handwrit ten and signed by individuals as a testimony to their faith. Twelve large goat skins were required for the binding. After this Bible has toured England, Scotland and Wales, it is to be shipped to Canada and then to the United States." HENRY FORD has attracted much news paper notice by his wonderful success in taking an old worn out railroad and in a few months rehabilitating it, and making a great success of it. He is paying higher wages than other roads, and is charging lower freight rates. Much is said about the system he has introduced, which has brought about his wonderful results. One point in that system has not been specially noticed in the secular press. It is the fact that he does not allow any work to be done on the Sabbath day, except what is actually necessary, ami he is planning to make material reductions in the amount of what some people call neces sary work. We wonder whether other people could not make a success of railroad manage ment, if they observe God's fundamental law, which forbids work on the Sabbath. PRESIDENT IIEINRICII of Austria *aid recently in a public address: "We would have won the war if the German people on both sides of the Reichsborder could have been per suaded to practice total abstinence." Whether this Ih* true or not, it is very certain that many thousands of men were killed because of al cohol. Many of those who were wounded or dis eased failed to recover because their constitu tions were undermined by the previous use of alcohol. That there is need for a prohibition movement in Austria is shown by a further statement of the President, Austria has been reduced in population to about 6,000,000 peo ple. Its condition financially and industrially has lieen worse than that of any other country in Europe, with the possible exception of Rus sia. There -has been a constant cry to other nations to come to the help of the Austrians to prevent their starving. It looks as though there would not bo such need for outside as sistance if prohibition were in force in that country. President Iloinrich stated that Aus tria, with all of its poverty, is importing $1, 000,000,000 worth of wine a year.