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NATIONAL REFORM ASSOCIATION.
Sam W. Small, the well-known Southern evangelist and former com panion of Sam Jones, will spend the first two weekB of October In Vir ginia, speaking under the auspices of the National Reforiri Association Is behalf of certain measures for which the association is agitating, uniform marriage and divorce laws, the pre servation of the Christian Sabbath from commercialization and Christian public education. Mr. Small will speak on Sunday, October 1st, in the afternoon at New port News, that evening at Ports mouth, Monday at Newport News and the remainder of the week in Nor folk, closing on Friday night, when he speaks at the First Baptist church at a community meeting of the churches of Ghent. Sunday, October 8th, Mr. Small ad dresses a meeting for men under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. at the Seventh Street Christian church, Rich mond. During the succeeding week he speaks Monday at Ashland, Tues day at Blackstone, Wedneeday at Farmville, Thursday at Suffolk and Friday at Emporia. ARMENIA. Crops in the famine districts of Ar menia and adjacent regions in Tran scaucasia are better this year than they have been in two years, accord ing to the report Qf Dr. Isaac Yonan, personal representative of the Virginia Near East Relief overseas, whore sec ond report on conditions has just been received by State Chairman Oliver J. Sands. Dr. Yonan h^-> just completed an inspection tour through these areas and through Syria, Anatolia and other districts of the Levant in which the Near East Relief is operating, and is now on the high seas headed for America. "Last year's harvest time brought a crop sufficient for less than three months for the entire population of Armenia," Dt. Yonan says. "This year there is a six months' supply on hand. The fact that there is any at all is due solely to American re lief efforts, which have furnished the starving peasants with seed, food sup plies to keep them alive, and Ameri can farm machinery and Implements to replace the primitive equipment destroyed during the invasion of 1920." Work among the child sufferers from famine and war continues to claim the greatest share of attention, according to the Richmonder, who said the Near East Relief Is respon sible for the care of 50,000 orphans in the Caucasus district alone. "There will have to be a vast sup ply of food shipped into Armenia this year to make good the six months' deficiency of the crops," he said, "but our efforts, as in the past, must be confined largely to the youngsters in all areas. They are the hope ef a new Near East. They are being trained In line with American ideals to become useful, productive, self-re specting citizens. This training must continue to the self-sustaining point or the youngsters will go back to swell that from which we have saved them, cess pools of vice and misery in a wretched land." WHAT SNOW MEANS. Snow to me used to mean fun and fight. At home when it snowed we would make big snow-men, snow-balls and a good drink consisting of milk, sugar, vanilla and snow. At school we had to flght for our lives, every body being tire enemy for the time being of everybody else. The poor teachers came in for a full share of the enmity. We always looked for ward to a good snow, and it was a great disappointment when we got only enough barely to cover the ground. A good snow meant fun at home and fight at school. But what does snow mean out here in Korea? Our pitiful lepers look on the coming of the snow with the greatest horror, and you can under stand this by the fact that they have no place to which to go when the cold weather comes. They must creep into some street corner or crowd into a box and there suffer untold misery while our American boys and girls play and enjoy the snow. With feet full of sores and bodies laden with an awful disease they must drag themselves along through the snow and ice. They have few warm clothes and barely enough to eat to keep them alive. Just think of the differ ence between a snow in America and in Korea. Now many of our American boys do not know this, and so I am writ ing this in order that many of those who would like to help the lepers enjoy the winter may know how the7 can do so. I have just received a large supply of old clothes from one of our friends in Charlottesville, Va. She thought about the lepers in time and sent them some old clothes which had probably been thrown away. It did not cost anything to send them except the postage. There was no duty on them coming into Korea, for they were marked "Old Clothes for the Leper Colony." Now I am sura there are maiy old clothes in your closets at home which you will never wear and which you will be glad to get rid of. If you will send them to us, they will be worn for perhaps ten year's more, and be used to keep some of our needy lepers warm. Here are some of the things we can use be sides your old clothes. Razor blades, old towels, sheets, socks, gloves, wristlets, hats, shoes, underwear, col lars, ties, pencils, and in fact any thing that you can find. Many who have no large amounts of money can give us really useful things in this way. Get together your Sunday school, Christian Endeavor or other society and have an old clothes pack ing. We believe the young folks in our church want to help those who are in great need, and that they only want to know how they can do so, and we are therefore sending this lit tle announcement to you. Send the things marked as follows: Dr. J. Kelly Unger, Kwangju, Korea. Old Clothes for the Lepers. No Duty. Send them as soon as possible so that they will not get to us too late. FOURTH ANNUAL AIjIj-DAY OON FERENCE AT ATLANTA ON THE ??NEGRO PROBLEM." On Wednesday, the 20th of Septem ber, there was held in the First Pres byterian church of Atlanta the fourth annual all-day conference of Presby terians for the purpose of spending an entire day in prayer and conference as to how we may best be a spiritual blessing to our Negto neighbors. Each succeeding meeting has proven to be better than the last and this was no exceptfon. Mr. L. D. Strouss, chairman of the Executive Commit tee, presided. Reports of the year's work were given, and plans for in creased activities for the coming year were made. Dr. 8. L. Morris, D. D? secretary of the Assembly's Home Missions, in the opening devotions brought out tl.e thought the leadlngs 0( Qod,s Spirit in all of the details of the con secrated life. Then followed several suggestive addresses: Mr. Burr Black burn, secretary of the State Welfare Board, suggested that each church appoint a committee rrom among its best material to form a nucleus to look after the social service. He as sured us of the endorsement of our work by the State Board, and urgea he extension of it. Mrs. Motte Mar in. of our African Mission, stressed the need for individual work. Mrs Laura K. Campbell, who has spent several years in Africa, and who has work '?> cur spoke of ih r'Can ""S country. I e of the comparative ease of that"!hf B?UlS Afrlca' wll? "now hat they are unsaved, since they have no native religion, in contrast with t.he difficulties of reaching those here many ?f whom have been nmled. Mrs! PresbvtZrrer' ?Pre8ident ?f At,an<a AwiHa^ / T Umt the Woman', thine r .? acc?niplished some thing for the uplift of the colored People, but what stood out clearest Zt T m,nd t0day iB what bave not done, implying that she had plans to do more. Mrs Tn ?????? . Newnan. Ga. b t 8 Z Z , ^ i8 in _ . ' ul sne is in our citv ""ducting ,he Blble S[U(|). ^ colored woman's conference now In session In Atlanta. Mrs. W. W ! Row land. Synodlcal president, also in the city Presiding ? the colored th?;?r';rrUDpre"';nt' ? ? women *.? of representative :ZZ the conference and of the opening of the girls' de Partment at Tuscaloosa. th<f w,/' S?r?le Lyons' President of the Woman s Auxiliary of the c urch, gave a happy address of wel come and also told of a recent visit 8?1f?Ur k mi88ions' expressing her elf as being greatly pleased with the ?Z?\?llelous tra,nIng bein* given under the direction of Rev MirflatmKCamPben' 8UPerintendent of' the Presbytery's colored work hv e? delightful luncheon served by the ladies of the church, an orig KCaZrf:^rrhebyMrSLj~ Perlntendentr^'hrml'nr; Dr w H aui m'S8">"' ?> Thi.T' ShCr,p"rd a?1 hla wife eat L and""' out '? ?? Inter-' esting and concrete way the work ac LouiPsvmed 'V" mlBS'?"8 ln At,a?ta. oulsvllle and Richmond, and In ? suggestive way the needs In the A, - mlMl?nS ?f shower-baths ant .1 "nd play8roun'l?. The pagel live hund?/6"'"6'1 """ pros>"!c tlve building on the suitable, largo rL m '"r- be tho the ,?*?. Bu"dlne m honor of of tie , V? "? "'en. founder CO,"r<,d w"rk m Atlanta, and largest personal contributor to Its enMst " tho"Si |We h""e """ ,hl" wlu oniist the interest of ih? ?,v, , Church in helping to make this a suit* able memorial. '"""wed by Mr. Ed-* ward Jones, Dr. Gillespie Enloe and Mr. Stronss. stressing the need of jnore personal workers and greater financial support. Dr. J. Sprole Lyons pastor of the church, closed the ses sion with appropriate remarks and prayer. PUBLIC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION TEOTED. By Professor George West Diehl, Principal High School, Coalwood, W. Va. Our school for two years now has been 100 per cent, in Bible students. It Is a public school, supported by public funds, but the salaries of tL? teachers are supplemented by the Con solidated Coal Company, where the additional pay is necessary to hold desirable teachers. The high school Bible classes meet thrice weekly and the other grades meet twice. In the lower grades the method of Bible teacLlng is the tell ing of Bible stories, committing bits of Scripture to memory, learning the books in the Bible and kindred work. It has meant the entire renovation of the town. The children draw fa vorable comment from the visitors to our village by their correct deport ment, and their talk reveals the fact that they are endeavoring to conform to the teachings of the Scriptures. Two years ago one little cl.ap in formed me that he was a "hell-cat"; that boy is now one of the most gen tlemanly and well-behaved chaps in the country. There is no rowdyism here, such as is common in me ma jority of the coal towns. Only those who know what the town was in oth?r days and know what it is now can tell what a change has been wrought. As principal of the school I am in position to bear testimony that dis cipline of the conduct of the children is almost unnecessary. Instead of the rod. a little talk in the quietness of the office is all that is required. In cidentally, from these conferences I receive a blessing as a childish heart is laid bare and the most cherished confidences placed in my keeping. The troubles of childhood come to us and we are able often to help the little one solve some of the seeming contradictions of domestic life. Thus the teaching of the Bible in the schools quietly enters the home and blesses it. May I cite an instance? A brawny miner, a patron of the school, came to me one day in the company store and asked me to tell him where he could find the story of the lost sheep in the Bible. Upon my asking why he asked tL*e ques tion, he told me that his little twelve year-old daughter had climbed up on his knee the night before and start ed to tell him of a shepherd who had a hundred sheep, that the shep herd had brought them all to the fold with one exception, that the one sheep was out in the desert, lost and in despair, and that the shepherd went out and found it after long, hard searching and brought it safely to the sheep-fold. He said, with a tear glistening in his eye, "I want to know those stories so that I can tell them to Rosa when she asks me. I have not been a good man in the past, but I must be the man she thinks I am. .1 must read my Bible and help her." The problem of denominationalism has not been with us. In the Bible classes there are representatives of the various Protestant denominations and from the Roman Catholic Church. The star pupil in the school is of a Roman Catholic family, being a na tive born Italian, and yet he is the finest of th? Bible students. There is nothing but commendation from his parents. The cry against the teaching of thJ Bible in the public schools is mostly based on the fear of loss to the de nomination to which the opposer may belong. What does it matter if a boy becomes a Methodist, or a Pres byterian, or a Lutheran, Just so he is fed to ChTist and leads the life of a Christian citizen? This is far bet ter than a godless nation of young people. ? Christian Statesman.