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The Presbyterjan of the South Vol. 96. No. 1. R%Kii JANUARY 4, 1922. RESOLUTIONS innumerable, no doubt, have been made by many who have felt that they ought to make some improvement in their lives. Oftentimes these resolutions do not last longer than the day on which they are made. J his may be due to the fact that they are made in dependence upon frail human nature, which is a poor dependence. Instead of some specitie resolution as to certain lines of action, it would be far better to adopt some broad principle of our religion and let that govern our lives through the year. What better can we do than to lay iirin hold upon the promise of our Saviour, which lie made as a parting lift to Ills dis ciples: "Lo, 1 am with you always i" It will be worth much to us, it we keep that promise in our hearts and minds all the time. We can go forth into the .New Year with confidence and courage, and hope and happiness. To have Him with us in our labors will lighten our bur dens, to have Him with us as we pass through trials will illumine the darkness, to have llim with us in our pleasures and joys will glorify them, ami make them a foretaste of heaven. Thus will all of .our worship and service be ac ceptable to llim. PROSPECTS for peace in the world seem to be brighter thnn they have been for a long time. It seems that the conference for the limitation of armament is going to accom plish much in establishing good will among the nations of the earth, and to relieve the peo ple of many countries at least of much of the burden imposed iipon them by the spirit of militarism that has largely dominated the world. The vexatious "Irish Question" seems nearing a solution, and it is hoped that peace will soon be established on fair Erin's Isle. Russia is passing through most trying exper iences, but it seems that peace may come to that much to be pitied land through exhaustion. Business and labor troubles are adjusting them selves in this and in other countries, and it is predicted by conservative business men that a period of quiet prosperity will soon begin, which will bring great blessings, "which shall he to all people." CHRISTMAS celebrations have materially changed in the South, and they have changed very much for the l>etter. It is hard to realize the feelings which many people had a few years ago, and which some still have in regard to the proper way to observe the anni versary of the coming into the world of the Sav iour of mankind. The religious and the good will features of the occasion are l>ecoining more prominent, as they should, and the bacchanal ial features of former years are passing awav. Tt is to be hoped that they will soon bo gone en tirely. Evidently this improvement has not taken place in all parts of the so-called Chris tian world, as this report shows: "Paris is blearily recovering amidst an all-dav drizzle after its gravest reveillion since the war, where in champagne merchants recouped all the losses, which they have suffered liecause of America's dryness. The Montmartre, and in fact, the en tire Latin quarter, reeled to the wildest, carni val spirit as Christmas Eve passed. Throngs lined the boulevards, and with hawkers, toys, whistles, ticklers and brooms "to administer correction to your mother-in-law," raised con fusion which recalled an old-time New York Now Year's. Of course Paris was properly churehly, .Midnight masses were crowded with votaires, but the minute the last gospel was finished the cafes became jammed. American bars in the city revived egg-nog, Tom and Jerries 011 a lavish scale. These made a great hit ? a hit, indeed, that the overindulging Pari sians will not soon forget. It was quickly proven that the light wine drinkers of Paree haven't the capacities for sturdy liquor that are pos sessed by Southern gentlemen of the American school. Two nips were usually sufficient to put the hardiest native under the table. Christmas afternoon was spent with theater and family parties as well as trotting races. At Mice, the Kiviera season opened with a "reveillion glori ouse." .Maxims' and the Casino were taxed to overflowing with gamblers of both sexes. The Monte Carlo Sporting Club and the Cafe de Paris were similarly the scenes of mixed gath erings, at which women dressed in bird of para dise feathers, jet trimmings and Russian toques, played with unlimited stakes. It was a great time for tho cioupicrs, harvesting Christmas tips." What must have been the feelings of the Saviour as lie looked down upon such a scene? Could He have been satisfied with wor sliip that was immediately followed by such an orgy ? ISAUAI AMiiA T seems to be growing rapidly in favor among the nations of the world. The conference at Washington seems to be making unexpected progress in the con sideration of the subject. But the end has not yet been readied. Those citizens of this coun try who desire to see peace established should let this conference know that they desire it This can be done by addressing letters or tele grams to the chairman, Secretary Hughes, but, along with the sending of these letters, peti tions should be sent to the throne of grace, ask ing God to give the members of the conference all needed wisdom; # n IVORCES have become so fearfully corn JL-/ mon in this country that we lead the world in breaking the marriage ties. So great has this evil heroine that those who have the welfare of the nation at heart are giving the subject very serious thought. We have -18 States, each making its own laws on the subject, and Con gress makes them for the District of Columbia. So we have 40 different eodes of law governing divorce. The causes of divorce vary from no cause in South Carolina to 14 in New Hamp shire. All together those permit divorce for 35 different onuses. This means that any couple who want to get a divorce will have little trouble in finding some law that will cover its case. A temporary residence in the State, whose h?w suits their case, on the part of either the man or the woman, will enable them to get the di vorce. An effort is being made to pass a bill by Congress, which shall authorize the adoption of an amendment to the National Constitution which will permit Congress to establish uniform divorce laws for the whole country. One of its provisions is that if the general law names causes of divorce which a State does not wish to permit the State may eliminate that from the law as applied in its territory. In this way South Carolina need not have its present lay; ?TvWfl ii - changed -for it could elminate all the causes in the federal law. On the other hand, if the national law should allow only three causes, Xew Hampshire would have to give up eleven of the causes now permitted by its laws. Cer tainly something must be done, if we are going to preserve the family and the nation. WINTER weather, especially in the coun try, affords an excellent opportunity for reading. What an admirable thing it would Ik? if the father or mother should provide books suitable for the various members of the family, and encourage the reading of them. If new books cannot be secured, no doubt there are books 011 the shelves that have been there so long that they are considered old and out-of date. But it is also probable that they are good books that have not been read by some members of the family, and have been read so long ago by others that they have been forgotten. They should have the dust brushed off and be read again. Neighbors can often accommodate one another by exchanging lx>oks that they have. In this way a l>ook may be read many times. It will be a great help and safeguard to children if parents will tirst read books intended for them, to see if they are of a kind that will not prove injurious. By such reading the long winter days and evenings will pass pleasantly and profitably. PLEDGES were made by many members of the churches last March for the budgets of the current year. Hut it is so easy to fall be hind in paying pledges. It would be a good thing if every one would look up his pledges and see whether they have been paid up-to-date. If all pledges are paid up promptly, it will do much towards relieving the embarrassment of the committees. We realize-that it will be dif ficult for some people to pay their pledges, but it will also be difficult to pay pledges for rent, to the grocer, the butcher and others. Do not lot pledges to God suffer more than those to man. WASHINGTON Limitation of Armament Conference has attracted much attention as to its personnel, being composed of some of the leading men of each country participating in it. One of the interesting facts about the Chin ese delegation is that three of them are graduates of St. John's Episcopal College, a Christian mission college in Shanghai. They are T)r. Sao Ke Alfred S/.e, Dr. V. K. Wellington Koo and Dr. C. 1L Wang. The last mentoned is a Chris tian. This shows that missions in that great country are reaching the great men nnd nrc help ing to make them still greater. POSTAGE to Japan was doubled 011 Jan uary 1st. Heretofore it has cost five cents an ounce and now it will cost ten cents an ounce to send letters to Japan. It is very important that correspondents l>e careful to put the full postage 011 their letters. If there is any lack of postage the receiver in Japan will have to pay double the amount lacking. For instance, if a letter is mailed to a missionary with only five cents on it, instead of ten cents, the missionary will have to pay ten cents to make up the deficiency of five cents. To pay ten cents for each letter received, as well as on those he marls will make correspondence pretty costly.