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"Jesus is better than Confucius. We wel
come the American missionary." A famous quotation from Confucius is: "Wei ts seng: Yien ts sz?" Translated, this means: "I do not know life: llow can I know death?" This represents the attitude of the average Confucian scholar toward the future life. To state it somewhat more clearly, he means : "I am not familiar with the mysteries of this life: why do you ask me about the life to come?" What a privilege and responsibility to be permitted to proclaim to him One who an nounced Himself to be "the Way, the Truth and the Life"! China's Christian Army. A notable movement, constituting a powerful call from the Church in China, has sprung up among the soldiers of the land. General Feng Yu H9iang, who has been called the "Stone wall Jackson of China," is at the head of this movement. One of the strongest impressions made upon his life as a young soldier was by the triumphant death of a young woman who as missionary to China perished under the Boxer sword of which he was an eye-witness. Later he was much touched by the kindness received from a medical missionary, who would accept no compensation for services ren dered. His open profession of Christ was un der the influence of Dr. John Mott and Mr. C. T. Wang in the first year of the Chinese Re public. Young Feng was steadily promoted until he was placed in command of a division of troops at Changteh, in Hunan Province. Here, under his influence and leadership, a notable revival of religion sprang up among his officers ami men. A number of missionaries were called upon to take part in this movement. Perhaps Dr. Jonathan Goforth, of the Canadian Pres byterian Mission, was most abundantly used to reap the fruits of this wonderful quicken ing. The following is a part of his graphic description of his experience among these troops: "Truly this army is more entitled to the name of Christian than any other army on earth. On the city gates, on prominent places on the streets, and on the walls of their own barracks, in large Chinese letters, appear the best sayings from their sages and the most telling passages from the Word of God, such as 'God so loved the world,' 'A new command ment give I unto you,' 'Put on the whole ar mor of God.' I have seen these men carrying heavy loads of sand for road repairing ; I have seen them at drill ; I have seen them at their sports ; and have never heard a foul word, nor a cross word, nor have I seen a cross look. They seem as happy as the day is long, and, as one missionary remarked, 'the officers are like a happy family of brothers.' You never see any idling or carousing on the streets. When they come into an audience there is no buffoonery. No audience could be better be haved. "On the fifteenth day we began the first meeting at 6:15 A. M., and baptized 960 men, and, with the help of other missionaries, we held eleven communion services, at which 4, 606 officers and men commemorated the dying love of their Saviour. The men who were baptized had been under instruction for at least a year. The general seemed wonderful ly pleased to see his boys come forward m such numbers to confess the Lord in baptism. The colonels served every one all day and never seemed to tire. .The joy of the Lord was their strength. "The last meeting closed at 6:15 P. M. It was perhaps the greatest day of the Lord China has ever seen, but there are greater days ahead if the Lord tarry. May God inspire many young lives to come over to China and share in them"! A Dog Missionary. A remarkable incident occurred in connec tion with an encampment of Shantung soldiers located at Shanghai. One day a dog wandered into this camp with some leaves of a book in his mouth. The soldiers caught the dog and read the fragment of the book. It was a por tion of the Word of God. They became much interested and followed the dog to a Christian hospital near by and asked for more of this kind of literature. This was, of course, glad ly given them. As a result, Dr. Goforth and a Chinese evangelist visited this camp and 200 men were enrolled as enquirers. If God can so use the mouth of a dog to deliver His Word, can He not use you and me! America's Opportunity. The "New Thought" ? usually called "Mod ernism" ? is a real menace to the young Church in China, which sounds forth a veritable S. O. S. call to the Church of the Western World. In the opinion of the writer, the history of the Church of Christ all over the world does not record a finer opportunity ever presented for constructive, aggressive service than is of fered to the representatives of our beloved Church in China by the onslaught of this new enemy of the cross of Christ. Our well-known loyalty to the Word of God and to the vica rious atonement of His Son, the thorough-go ing preparation our young men and women are receiving in our schools of the prophets and our liberal attitude toward all other evan gelical denominations give our Church a spe cial fitness to answer this urgent call for help. China's Martyrs. China has also her "noble army of martyrs" whose heroic death should stir our hearts to more sacrificial giving and living. During the iioxer outbreak of 1900 it is estimated about 15,000 Christians laid down their lives for Christ. Among these there is perhaps no more conspicuous instance of loving loyalty than was furnished by a Chinese preacher who ivas caught by these bloody-handed murderers and told that he must die because he was a fol lower of Jesus. He was not moved by the thought of death, but began to exhort those hearts of stone to accept Jesus as Saviour. This enraged them so that one of the soldiers drew out the tongue of the young preacher and cut it off "with his sword. With bleeding lips and outstretched hands, he continued to plead with them in mute entreaty, when one of their number cut off his hands. Still he stood before them, stretching out those stumps of arms until they cut him down with their swords. Does not the blood, of this faithful servant of Christ, together with that of the hundreds of other heroes, who bled for Him, cry out to you and to me for help? The Call of the Christless Chinese. While we rejoice over the 375,000 converts who have been enrolled under the banner of the cross, let us not forget the well-nigh 400, 000,000 who wander in darkness and death! Let us not forget that every twenty-four hourr? 25,000 souls go down to death in China, nearly all of whom have no knowledge of the way of life. This constitutes the greatest "Macedo nian call" on earth to-day. "Through midnight gloom from Macedon The cry of myriads as of one; The voiceful silence of despair Is eloquent in awful prayer; The soul's exceeding bitter cry, 'Come o'er and help us or we die.' " Mangum, N. C. HELPLESS BUT MIGHTY. Several years ago a Chinese woman brought a slave girl to a Christian hospital in Canton. This girl was blind, as the social outcasts of China often are, but was also going lame, and so might become useless to her owner. The doctors said amputation of one leg was neces sary. Whereupon the owner decamped, aban doning her human property. The girl worked about the place, but at length had a new sor row added to her already heavy load by the discovery of signs of leprosy upon her. Blind, lame, diseased, she departed to be segregated in a colony of similar unfortunates. Yet she departed not as she came. While in the hos pital, the love of those about her had won her to Christ. And in the leper colony she told others of the great love that had come to her. In two years she had a group of leper Christians about her. In five years she had a leper church. Today she is a center of grate ful Christian life and service. ? Brooklyn Eagle. WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH AND THROUGH MEN. The Bible has accounts of many lives made over. In the Old Testament, we find Jacob, the supplanter, the great by name and also by nature; but when he is in the grip of the angel of the Lord, and the angel wrestles with him, he limps away from the angelic embrace, and to power, and, instead of Jacob the Sup planter, he is Israel the Prince. Elijah, in the same Old Testament, was a man of like passions with ourselves; but his passions, controlled, were like the very steeds to the chariot which came from heaven to be his escort into the heavenly city. St. Paul, in the New Testament^ bitter as a persecutor, thirsting for the blood of those who believed in the Nazarene, consenting to the death of St. Stephen and persecuting Chris tians unto strange cities, becomes as gentle as a woman and glories in the fact that he bears in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus. St. Peter, who was in other days a man of weakness, ignorance and failure, becomes the mighty preacher of the sermon on Pentecost arid is the writer of superb epistles ; and what God can do for Jacob and Elijah, St. Paul and St. Peter, he can do for you and do for me. If our lives were completely yielded to our great Master, the whole world would be charmed by the beauty and power of the Chris tian life. Then we would be victorious in the time of trial, for even though the nights were dark and the burdens heavy we could hear Him say, "Fear not, I am with three," "Thou art mine," "My grace is sufficient for thee." ? Chapman. THE INNER SELF (306). It is this shrouded inner self to which su preme cart* is to be directed. All noble ethical teaching concurs in this ? that a man M ho seeks to be right must keep, in the sense both oi watching and of guarding, his inner self. Con duct is more easily regulated than character ? and less worth regulating. It avails little to plant watchers on the stream half way to the sea. Control must be at the source if it is to We effectual. ? Alexander MacLaren. HEART-KEEPING (304). Don't you see how you and I become like the things we think about? If we let our mind be a caravansary for all sorts of evil thoughts, we shall become e^il. If we fix our mind upon wolrdly things, we shall become worldly. If we fix our mind upon things that are above, where Christ is, we shal become like Christ. ? I. E. Roberts.