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WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US.
We sometimes have men ask, "Why not preach and teach something new? The old gospel is worn out." The world is demanding new things, methods of locomotion, of trade and commerce, of agriculture and government. Is there anything new in the gospel, and ought there to be any new system of presenting it'/ Perhaps Paul's experience at Corinth would answer that question. This Greek city prided itself on its schools of philosophy and of ora tory, the wisdom to know and the power to express what they imagine. Paul came with no philosophic theory. If he had he might have gained a great following. It is well known that, no matter how absurd a theory one may put forward, some will follow. This is strikingly illustrated by Mormonism and Christian Science of today. But Paid knew better. lie had no elo quence according to the Greek schools to com mend him. So he came by divine direction to do nothing but testify of the grace of God. All preaching to be effective is testimony. Xo man dare preach what he does not know. The old way of ordaining men to benefices who had no saving knowledge of the grace of God, was worse than sacrilege. But this was the profoundest wisdom, even if it transcended every tenet of the schools. It was the hidden wisdom of God, foolishness to the Greek and a stumbling-block to the Jew, but the power of God, as manifested in changed lives and noble souls redeemed from the slums. This knowledge of God was unknown and unknowable to the natural man. Its organ or knowledge is simple trust. Men learn things in various ways. Much of it comes through the eye ? 65 per cent, of our informa tion comes in that way. A large part comes through the ear. These are material organs and bring information, true or false to the braiii cells. God is not known in this way. No process of eye or ear could ever have produced the Christ on the cross. In fact, man having eyes, does not see, and having ears, he does not hear. Another method of acquiring truth is through the mind, its imagining or its reason ing powers. It is a striking fact that the gospel of the cross has no mark of the dreamy imagination of an Eastern cult. It is decidedly Western in its vigor. Neither can this gospel be the result of the aggregation of facts sifted and syllogized by reason, so as to give us a Christ of logic. In fact this gospel transcends the reason. When we attempt to argue men into the Kingdom of God, we fail. The gospel from beginning to end is a real spiritual thing prepared by God and revealed by the Spirit to those whom God has effec tually called. It is real, though apprehended only through faith in the Son of God. It's no mere theory. The expression, "The plan of salvation" is to some extent misleading. It is no fancy born of sentiment. It is a real, sincere, moral fact. It is prepared by God. This insures its be ing a plenty for all and effectual for those who receive it. It is no makeshift in the economy of God. The gospel is for all time and for all conditions of men. It is successfully revealed to us by His Spirit. The pathway of grace is a constant surprise. "The hill of Zion yields A thousand sacred joys." Earth grows sweeter becauuse grace of God, like glorious sunshine, brighten-: ing the darkest spots. Heaven will be an eter nal surprise. We shall know even as we are known. Then let us cling to the old gospel, and walk in the old ways. Open our hearts more and more to its gracious joy, and determine to know nothing save Jesus Christ and Ilim crucified. A. A. L. Contributed WHERE ROMANCE ADDS CHARM TO RELIGION. In these days "Americanization" is on every patriotic tongue. The world war has made us feel more acutely than ever before how varie gated is our populace. One direct result of this revived interest has been the quest after the forgotten people of the several mountain-re gions of the land. These folks are derived almost exclusively from the stocks of the British Isles, and hence are, next to the In dians, the truest native Americans. In the longer known mountain regions ? the Adiron dacks, the Appalachians and elsewhere, ? mis sionary and educational work has been carried on for generations. But in the picturesque Ozarks of southern Missouri and northern Ar kansas little or no work for the development of the sturdy native stock along intelligent Christian lines was carried 011 until the Synod of Missouri, of the Presbyterian Church in the United States opened a school at Forsyth, the seat of Taney County, 011 the first day of Sep tember, 1907. The motive for this Synod's action was to supply educational advantages to the youth of that county, which bears the name of the eminent chief justice, who ren dered the dread Scott decision, and of several adjacent counties,' 110 one of which possessed at that time a school of equal rank. As one would expect from such parentage, the re ligious and moral aspects of culture were to be emphasized along with the intellectual Much of the work in those early years was not above that of the grades, but little by lit tle a constituency was created which justified a high school. In its new location only high school courses are offered. The Lord loves whom lie chastens, and on January 12, 1015 the school building at For syth was destroyed by fire. The Board of Trustees decided not to rebuild upon the origi nal site but to purchase the property of the Maine Hunting and Fishing Club, located on Lake Taneycomo, about eleven miles southwest from Forsyth and four miles by the winding "lake" from the charming little village of IIol lister where the State Y. M. C. A. has a sum mer camp and where Presbyterian Ilill affords delights and religious fellowship to many. The new home of the "School of the Ozarks" ? for such it has been named ? was noteworthy in more than one way. The main building, rechristened "Dobyn's Hall," had been the State of Maine Building at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904. It is one of the purest speciments of rustic architecture in the United States, built of pine logs from the primeval forests of "The Old Pine State." Its colonnade consists of unhewn mammoths of thosp forests. After the exposition, the sporting organization just mentioned obtained possession and moved the building in sections to the commanding bluff on vhich it now stands. In addition to its rustic architecture this building lias the literary distinction of being the scene of some of the events of Harold Bell Wright's romance: ' The Re-Creation of Brian Kent." After a few years, the Maine Hunting and Fishing Club became embarrassed in its finances and the building and two hundred and seven acres of land ? about one-half tim bered ? were sold to the Synod of Missouri for fifteen thousand dollars. Since that time the school has continued its work without inter ruption, transforming the young giants of those hills into pillars in the Temple of our God and of American civilization. A gener ous friend in Kansas City, in 1917, gave the school a modern building, part of which is used as a dormitory for boys. It bears the name of "Abernathy Hall" after its donor. The same friend is this year erecting another building of like design. Accommodations will thus be provided for the ever-increasing appli cants, some of whom come by horseback from homes in the hills many miles away. These "hill-billies" and " hill-janeys" show a hun ger for betterment and a zest for a wider ami richer life, which would put many a pampered youth in our cities to the blush. Money has always been stringent ? tin usual tale ? but a campaign is on to raise an endow ment of one hundred thousand dollars for the school. A large part of this has been sub scribed, and another generous friend, living in Marshall, Missouri, has given $30,000 as endowment for a chair of instruction in the Bible. The State organization of the I). A. R. has for years been recognizing the patriotic work which is being done in reclaiming Ameri cans by donating at least one thousand dol lars per year in scholarships. Tuition fees are designedly low. One hundred and fifty dollars covers all expenses, because sup plemented by a weekly quota of manual labor by youths of boih sexes. Of the more than one hundred students, hoarding and day, all except two last year proclaim themselves as Christians. Almost all united with the Presbyterian Church. Two of the alumni are in Park College as candidates for the ministry under the care of the Presby tery of Lafayette. One can imagine the trans formation to be wrought in the simple but worthy folk of these hills in a single genera tion, if the graduates of the School of the Ozarks will dedicate their lives, as ministers and teachers, to their uplift. If scenery can make men great, the youth of that locality have a rich heritage and glorious future. From the "lookout," in front of "Dobyn's Hall," one looks down upon the largest artificial lake in America. Lake Taneyconio, as is has been dubbed, its name being acrostic from Taney County, Missouri, It is the White River, here flowing north westwardly, its flow being checked by a dam some nine miles below Hollister. By this dam power is generated which supplies the city of Springfield with light. Across that lake one sees the gorgeous color - schemes in crimson and gold and Vermillion which delight the eye at sunset, and which exerted so marked a spell upon "Aunt Sue" in "Brian Kent." And there lies "Dewey Bald," the high ridge men tioned so often in "The Shepherd of the Hills" by the same author. On its slopes are the scenes where were enacted the events which ensure the lasting popularity of that heart-touching, human romance which made for Mr. Wright a name among great American novelists. There we find "Mutton Hollow," over there to the homfc of the Mat