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The Fresbytfeiian- of the South
Vol. 96. No. 12. RICHMOND, VA.. 9 MARCH 22, 1922. EVERY Member Canvasses have been made . in most of the churches by this time. The Stewardship Committee is very anxious to have reports sent in promptly. The results of the can vass, giving the goal set and the amount sub scribed, should be sent to the Presbycerial Man ager at once, if they have not already been re ported. THANK Offerings were very common among the Children of Israel. After they had paid their tithes and met all of their oilier obligations, they often felt that they wanted to show their thankfulness to God for His goodness to them. If they had received any special blessing or just in recognition of the general blessings they received from llim, t hey made a special thank offering. Would it not be a good plan for us to follow their exam ple ? Let us look back over the year and see how wonderfully God has blessed us. Even if trouble has come sometimes, the blessings have far outweighed the troubles. When we have taken an inventory of God's blessings, let us see what thank offering we can take to Him. ?Tust now every department of the Church's work is in great need of money. The work is suffering. Souls are dying. If every member of our great and glorious Church would make a thank offering, which will show his apprecia tion of God's unbounded blessings and will give it to the treasurer of his church next Sunday, all of the committees will be able to continue their work and instead of retrenching, they could expand. Let's do it. PASTORS and churches all over this coun try are receiving communications from the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, urging the churches as organizations to sign a petition to be sent to the members of the United States Senate, urging that body to adopt "promptly without change and without reservations" the treaties recently agreed upon hy the Conference held in Washington on the invitation of President Harding. It will be well to consider for a moment the subjects delt with in these treaties. They not only recommend the reduction of naval armament, hut decide just what that shall be in the case of each country. They deal with the question of fortifications on the Pacific islands. They propose to settle the rights of the contracting lowers in the Pacific and its islands. They provide for the abrogation of a treaty between Kngland and Japan. The treaties decide upon ?lie rights of the United States and Japan in the Island of Yap. They divide the former German ocean cables among certain nations. The treaties insist upon the "open door" policy in China, and show how this is to be brought about. They demand that Chinese integrity shall be maintained, and lay down many regu lations as to the internal affairs of China. They undertake to settle the dispute between China and Japan over Shantung. They also direct what Japan is to do in connection with Siberia. This is a bare outline of the subjects with which ?be treaties deal. We submit that no Church court has the right under its charter, which the Bible, to require its members to pass judgment on- such subjects. These are all dis tinctly political questions, and no mortal man fan say that any one of the questions here treated has been answered in the only way in which it could be answered from a moral stand point. The Church has no right to say to its members, "You must endorse the 5-5-3 naval disarmament plan." That may be a wise plan or another may be better. And so with all the other questions. How is it possible for the rank and file of the Church to be able to de cide, without even reading the treaties, that those many questions have been decided in the right way '( Of course every individual mem ber lias the right to his own opinion on these subjects, which he litis a right to express, and which lie may express to his Senator. But that is a very different matter from the Church of ficially taken such action. The Federal Coun cil claims to represent all the churches which are connected with it, and when any church does not take such actions when it calls for them, that church is put into the position of seeming to be unwilling to act with others in matters which the church feels are out of its province. It would be well for the Federal Council and the churches to make and keep in mind a clear distinction between the things of Caesar and those of God. NEW YORK newspapers arc feeling the effect of a strike by their pressmen, which compelled them for some days to issue very small size papers. It seems that for eighteen months there had been made an effort on the part of the publishers and the pressmen to come, to an agreement in regard to wages and certain work ing conditions, but no agreement was reached. Then both parties signed a written agreement to refer the question to arbitration, and Judge Martin T. Mantin, of the United States Court of Appeals, was selected as arbitrator. When his decision was rendered the publishers ac cepted it. and even agreed to do more than he required. But the pressmen treated the deci sion as "a scrap of paper," and refused to ac cept it, and went out on strike. We are not concerned with the merits of the contention l>e tween publishers and pressmen, as we are not informed as to the details of the case. But of one thing we arc very sure. When two parties agree to submit a question to arbitration and an arbitrator agreeable to both parties is se lected, they are both in honor l>ound to accept his decision. If either party fails to accept it, he has broken his pledge, and his word can no longer be depended on. If after refusing to accept the decision of his arbitrator, lie at tempts to force the other party to his demands made previous to the arbitration, he acts the part of the bully and does not deserve the sup port and sympathy of honest men. This would l>e just as true of the employer as of the em ploye. Only when men deal honestly with one another and live up to their agreements, will there be peace and quiet, justice and prosperity in this country. t WHISKEY still exists in vast quantities in this country. In the bonded ware houses, which are under government control, there are still stored 38.000,000 gallons of this liquor. Of this amount 05 per cent, is in the three States of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. In Kentucky there are stored Sr'5, 000,000. This whiskey was made before the adoption of prohibition, and it is understood that none of it can be removed from the ware houses, except for legitimate purposes allowed by law. But it is evident from all reports that much of it has been removed fraudulently. Something should be done to remove tlii3 source of evil. It would be far better for the Govern ment to pay the manufacturers wln-.t it cost them, and then destroy it all, than for it to be kept as a continual temptation to fraud on the part of those who are entrusted with its care. It does not seem fair to the owners of this liquor, who made it under the authority of the Government, to keep their money tied up in this way by not allowing them to sell their product. The Government allowed it to l?e made, and now it says that its makers shall not sell it. We believe in being fair. Let the Government pay such a price as is just and I hen destroy the cursed stuff. No doubt such a course would make it much easier to enforce the prohibition law. FLORISTS have adopted as their slogan, "Say it with Flowers." Would this not l>e a good slogan for every one to adopt? Un fortunately there are some people who "say it'' with thorns and briars and thistles. The flowers of kind words are far better for all concerned than the thorns and briars of unkind criticism and harsh words. Kind words carrying the per fume of a kind heart, bring comfort, consola tion and peace to the troubled and the sorrow ing, and joy and happiness is added by them to the lives of those who are already bright and cheerful. Cast the thorns and briars and this tles into the fire of oblivion, and let the heart bo a garden in which the sweetest and most beauti ful flowers grow in such abundance that there will be a plenty to give liberally to all whose lives will be brightened by them, whether they be those upon which the shadows of sorrow have fallen, or those upon which the sun of happiness and joy is shining. The more flow ers we give to others, the more will our garden produce, and the more of light and jov will l>e in our lives, and the more will we reflect the rainbow colors of a Saviour's love and grace. SOUTHERN Methodists seem to l>e having some difficulty in collecting their subscrip tions to their .$37,000,000 fund sul>seril)ed three veai*s ago. The pledges were made for annual payments to be paid each year for five years. The average subscription was $10.50 for the five years, or $3.30 a year. According to the Wesleyan Christian Advocate, the amount that should have l>een paid up to this time should average $0.00, but it says that the average amount actually paid is only $5.10 per member. This leaves more than two-thirds of the whole amount to lie paid in the next two years. We are more thoroughly convinced than ever that our Progressive Program with annual sulHcrip tions .is much the better plan. BEN E VO LEX CES ? What do you mean bv that ?" asked one member of the Presby terian Church of another. The reply was: "Do you read the Presbyterian of the South?" And when a negative answer was given the reply was: "Well, you ought to, for it will tell you a great deal more than I can. I hope you will subscribe for the paper, so that you may learn many things that will help you."