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OREIGN Mission receipts continue to fnll
oif at a distressing rate. The amount re ceived by the Executive Committee during Sep tember was $40,840.01. This was $5,114.29 less than the receipts for the same month last year. For the six months ending September :UHh the total amount received was $53,675.20, less than last year. If the falling off continues :il the same rate during the next six months it will amount for the year to about $180,000. This, in addition to the deficit of $251,000, with which this year was begun will put the committee into a very bad situation. There eiiines from every one of our mission fields a pathetic cry for more men and women to tell the heathen of the way'of life, and the oppor tunities for work that will bring direct results in the salvation of souls were never as great lint reinforcements cannot be sent out, when the receipts are falling off. The Church and every member of it ought to take this matter earnestly to God in prayer that we may all be guided to know what is our duty. WAR at the time of this writing seems to be looming np in the Near East Turkey seems determined to bring on a war, into which many nations will probably be drawn. The trouble all grew out of the fact that Tur key was not satisfied to by the decesion of the other governments on the question of ter ritory which it was required to give up. We feel that the Allies dealt very generously with the Turks, but naturally they are not satisfied. The trouble is that that there has been no power to enforce the decisions of the Allies. When Turkey undertook to regain the terri tory tbat had lxjen taken from it, it was left to little, weak Greece to defend the action of the Allies. Much is being said as to where the responsibility for this state of affairs lies. Some hold Greece responsible, some hold France re sponsible, others place the responsibility on Eng land. Our belief is that the United States is responsible for this condition of affairs in the Near East, and for many other unsatisfactory eonditions in Europe. When this country went into the war, it was not merely the men and the equipment, sent to France that aided in speedily bringing the war to a close. One of the most effective means of helping the Allies was the policies advocr.tcd by our Government, espe cially in the demand for united and centralized authority. When the war closed, the nations ?f the world looked to the United States for leadership. This was not primarily because ?f its strength, but because the nations recognized the high principles that had led this nation into the war. It "had no selfish motive, and was not seeking the acquisition of territory ?r of influence. The plan for the League of Nations proposed by President Wilson appealed very strongly to the nations of the world and they looked to the United States to take the l?ad and make it effective. But the politicians of our country prevented our Government from fill filling its duty in the case. The result has heen that the League has been largely a failure. There have been jealousy and lack of faith among the nations composing it. There has l^een no member of it that could stand out as a strong leader in whom all the others had eon fidenee, as would have been the case had the United States joined as heartily in establishing peace as it did in entering the war.-*" It would have cost us some money and the use of some men, but not half the money that has been lost by the unsettled condition of the world, and in stead of a few men on guard in world police force, there may be the loss of vast numbers, if another war is started. It is certainly not probable that we can keep out of another war, if many nations are engaged in it. The fact that the United States did not go into tho League caused it to fail to take the stand it should have taken in the affairs of the world. The failure of the League to function has made the other nations lose all fear of it. They realize that there is no way to enforceits edicts, and so they feel that they can do as they choose. As the course pursued by the United States has brought about this ptate of affairs, are we not largely responsible for the Turkish massacres that have added another blotch to Turkey's blackened escutcheon? Sins of omission may be just as real and just as dire in their con sequences as sins of commission. LITERARY Digest readers for some weeks ?were given page after page of reports .of a "straw ballot" taken by that publication in regard to the prohibition law, whether it should be repealed or modified. The Digest claimed to have gotten its lists to whom ballots were sent from the telephone books of the country. It claims to have sent out 10,000,000 ballots to these names chcsen indiscriminately. One of the strange things is that the Digest says that church people have more than their proportion of telephones, and yet it is very evident from investigations made that they did not get their proportion of ballots. It was claimed that a million of these ballots were mailed to the citi zens of New York state. The Anti-Saloon League sent a request to the pastors of that state to make an effort on September 17th to find, at their most representative services, how many adult voters were present, the number of those having telephones and the number who had received the Digest ballots. In a few days reports had been received from 377 churches. In 03 of these no ballots had been received. In 00 others one or two had been received. Of the 29,3G4 voters counted in these churches, only 1,900 had received ballots. The Digest claimed that ballots had been sent to 38.7 per cent, of the church voters. This would have meant that of those counted by the pastors 11,363 ought to have received them. It seems strange what became of all the rest of the ballots that were said to have been mailed to the members of these churches, if as the Digest claimed, they were mailed impartially to people of all classes in all parts of the country. An interesting fact in re gard to the whole matter is. the very small per centage of the ballots said to have been sent out that were returned. This balloting does not at all show, as the Digest claimed, that a large pro portion of the people of this country, probably a majority, is in favor of the repeal or modi fication of the prohibition law. The failure of about 9,300,000 people out of the 10,000,000 to return the ballots rather shows that they are ?not only satisfied with the law, but that they are also satisfied that no successful effort can be made to change it. European princesses have often been passed by by the yonng princes of that part of the world, and the yonng men have come to America for their wives. In most cases it has been rich wives that they have sought, and there have been a plenty of American girls who have been willing to sell themselves and their fortunes for a title that sometimes has only been one in name. Now it seems that some of the European princesses are trying to turn the tables on their Aiuerican sisters. We see that two of them have advertised for Ameri can husbands. The Christian Statesman says: "They stipulate that they must have wealthy education and refinement." This paper adds: "But there are sixteen million princesses already in America. They are American girls. And if any American man wants a princess who is more likely to remain a princess in his estima tion, and more likely to be a real wife at the same time, he had better pick one out of his own neighborhood." One great trouble about mar riage at the present day is that the essential and God-required condition ? love ? ia so often left out of consideration. This is largely the cause of the frightful increase in divorces and other troubles that break up the homes of this coun try. PRESBYTERIAN PROGRESSIVE PRO GRAM is the most important part of the Church's work, save the preaching of the gospel, for this is the systematizing of all the various de partments of its work. The Stewardship Com mittee has just issued a little booklet setting forth the various features of this Program. This Manual is quite interesting and will prove of inestimable value to pastors and officers, if they are intending to carry out the Program in their churches. If it has not already been received it can be secured from the Stewardship Com mittee, 410 Times Building, Chattanooga, Tenn. HOME MISSIONS somehow seems never to have gripped the heart of the Church as foreign missions have. This is due probably to the fact that there is less romance connected with it, due to its being so much nearer home. And besides it is generally true that there is less knowledge of the home mission work and its needs. What the Church needs greatly is to study this subject more carefully. Novem l?er 12th-10t.h is Home Mission Week, and the Atlanta office has prepared an excellent, pro gram with abundant material for a good and interesting meeting. It would l>e well if the Woman Auxiliary, the Christian Endeavor So ciety or some other organization in the Church would send for this material at once and take time to prepare and present the program fully. Economically this country loses tre mendously in the deaths by murder and automobile accidents. If the 21,500 whose lives are lost in this way had an average earn ing capacity of $1,500 a year, the financial loss for the year is more than half a billion do lars. This would pay the costs of enough" po lice officers and courts to go very far toward protecting the many innocent lives that are now destroyed. lie who fails to do his full duty in protecting life is guifty*of its loss.