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The Presbyterian ~3f the South
Vol. 95. No. 46. RICHMOND, VA.. NOVEMBER 16, 1921. DISARMAMENT or limitation of arma ment is the most important subject with which the governments of the world has to deal today. The conference now in session in Wash ington is therefore one of the most important that has ever been brought together in the his tory of the world. So far as anything has been said up to the time of this writing, it seems that the able statesmen who make up the con ference have come together with but one thought uppermost in their minds, and that is to find some plan by which the peace of the world can l>e assured, and at the same time the nations of the world be relieved of the enormous and crushing burdens of continued preparations for war. Able and gifted as these men are, it must not be forgotten that they are human and therefore their wisdom is not infallible. They have selected wise counsellors to advise with them on important matters. But what they will need in their deliberations is the counsel and guidance of the All-wise God. Let His people everywhere besiege His throne of grace daily, that He may direct this conference to do that which shall be for His glory and for the ]>eace of the world. NOVEMBER 20th is the day suggested by the General Assembly as a special time to consider the great subject of Sabbath obser vance. There is probably no sin that is creep ing into the Church at the same rate as is the desecration of the Lord's day. And naturally when the Church is lax in its views and prac tices 011 this subject, the world will go far away from the proper reverence for the day. It would be well, indeed, if all of God's people would take their Bibles and Bible concordances and make a careful study of the subject. Some will be surprised to find how much the Scrip tures have to say about the Sabbath. It will l>e found that the observance of the Fourth Commandment is referred to oftener than that of any other of the ten. Specific instructions are given as to what may or may not be done, great and almost unbelievable promises are made to those who keep it holy, and terrible threats are made against those who violate it. Earnest effort should be made to teach God's people His will concerning this day, and God's people ought to do all in their power to observe it properly themselves and to do all in their power to persuade others to do likewise. The Church should, of course, take the lead in ad vancing the interests of Sabbath observance, but it has a strong and effective ally in the Lord's Day Alliance. The Assembly asks the churches to make a contribution to support the Alliance in its work. It is doing much good work in stemming the tide of Sabbath desecra tion. Contributions should be sent to Rev. I. Cochrane Hunt, D. D., Chattanooga, Tenn. HOME MISSIONS is the foundation work of the Church. In proportion to money and effort spent, more souls are won for Christ in Home Mission fields than in most of the strong, established churches. Home Missions result in the establishing of new churches and Sunday schools, which soon become regular sup porters of all the departments of Church work, and they furnish many young men and young women for life service in the Church. The church that goes after the people gets them. There are a great many people in this country who are out of reach of the chn relies as usually conducted. Home Missions carries the Church to these people, gives them the gospel and wins them for Christ. The General Assembly's Executive Committee is doing a great work, but it reports that it is obliged to leave undone much work that ought to be done, and leave many without the gospel, who ought to be reached, because the gifts of God's people are not large enough to enable them to do the work that God points out to them. This is Home Mission month, and the response of the Church ought to be liberal. BIBLE or no Bible in the public schools is a question that has interested many people for a long time. Some States have laws which forbid the use of the Bibles in their schools, but they are not many. Some have laws which permit or authorize its use. Some have no gen eral laws on the subject. The decision to use or not use the Bible is often left to the local l)oard of school trustees. The Presbyterian Sy nod of the State of Washington has taken ac tion to make an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States, asking it to establish the right of the people to have the Bible read in the schools. This court years ago declared that this is a Christian nation, and this would seem to carry with it the right of the people to establish and develop the Christian religion. Whatever may be the decision of the court on this subject, the Christian people of most of the States can secure the reading of the Bible in the schools, if they will bring pressure to l>ear on the local school authorities. i SUNDAY schools, are not always given the credit that is due them for the good work they do. Sometimes teachers become dis couraged because they cannot make the impres sion upon the boys and girls that they want to make. They may be making a far deeper and more lasting impression than they realize or than they may ever know. William J. Coates. Vice-President of the American Federation of Labor, recently said: "I owe what little abil ity and influence I may possess to the wonder ful woman who was my Sunday-school teacher, and there today scarcely arises to confront me a problem requiring mature consideration and deliberation that I do not pause and think of her and wonder in what way she would have me play my part. I pity the man who has not had the sustaining influence of the Sunday school and the Sunday-school teacher. It is a leash which holds us to a path of justice and truth." ? BEER is now to be manufactured for medi cinal purposes, according to a ruling of the United States Treasury Department, and be cause Congress has refused for months to pass a bill that has been before it prohibiting its being made for this purpose. If beer has medi cinal value, which is not generally believed, and if it should l>e prescribed by honest physicians, and that means the vast majority of them, there would be no more objection to the manufacture of beer than there is to the manufacture of mor phine. But unfortunately one unprincipled physician in a community can start flowing a great stream of beer. This very fact lays upon the ninety-nine honest physicians the responsi bility of seeing that the one dishonest one is made to observe the law. This should be done for the sake of the medical profession, as well as for the public good. It also behooves every law-abiding citizen, who has the good of his country at heart, to see that the law is strictly observed in this as in all other matters. Every good citizen should at once write to his or her Congressman, urging the immediate passage of the anti-beer bill. CZECII O-S LO Y A KI A includes old Bohe mia, the land of John Huss. The Cath olics of this country have largely revolted from Rome and have established their own National Church. But in this.conntry there have always l>cen some who have clung to the teachings of Huss. Before the Groat War there were about 175,000 of these Protestants, who are really Presbyterians and since the conclusion of the war their numbers have been doubled and there is a constant stream of members flowing into the Protestant churches. OCR sister Church in the Xorrh seem? to be having trouble about the teaching of some of its missionaries in the Orient. Ac cording to the Philadelphia Presbyterian there is a feeling in some quarters, and the charge is made, that some of these missionaries are not sound in their teaching, according to the stand ards of their Church. The General Assembh directed its Foreign Mission Board to make an investigation. Thus far we have seen no re port from this investigation. In the meantime, the Presbyterian says that there is trouble in the minds of some j>eople as to the disposition to be made of their gifts for this cause. The re sult is that some members of that Church are withholding their eifts, and instead of sending them lo the Foreign Mission Board, they are sending them through other channels. It is to be hoped that it will be found that these charges against these workers are unfounded, but if the charges are true the missionaries should be re-called from the field. MARSHAL FOCII, Commander of the Al lied Armies, who is now visiting this country, has given another evidence of his no ble spirit and high character. As a French man, he has l>een accustomed to the use ?f wine, if not of other liquors. But when he arrived in the United States, he announced that he would observe the prohibition law in letter and in spirit. What a blessing it would be if all the Christian men and women of this country would follow his admirable example. BOOKS for boys of the right kind are not as numerous as they ought to be. This is specially true of books teaching morality and religion. But Rev. Wade C. Smith, pastor of The Church by the Side of the Road in Greens lioro, N. C., has just published a book that will prove of great value. It contains fifty short chapters, each of which contains one or more interesting stories, which carry their own les son. They are such stories as any normal boy will enjoy reading. The book has the striking title, "Say, Fellows."