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r : Written for The Stir t>y K*t. Arthur S. John*, Rector of Chriit Protectant Episcopal Church, Soutbeaat. For Thine I* the kingdom and the power and the glory for?t?r. Ameo. Matthew yil:13. In this day and generation when nation Is rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom, when wars and rumors of wars are rife the wide world over. It Is well to pause for awhile and turn our thoughts to the sovereign ruler of the uni verse, God over all. blessed forever more. We believe that there was a time when God existed alone, namely, before that "be ginning" when He created the heavens and the earth. Then the Infinitude of space was untenanted save by His mind and spirit, filling perfectly Its every part. But He spoke and It was done. Myriads of worlds moved In their regular orbits thro' hitherto trackless space, and Innumerable Intelligent beings began to animate the ma terial universe. To whom, we may ask, do all these be long? 1 can conceive of no claim to own ership comparable to that of production; and hence I unhesitatingly ascribe all, un conditionally, to God alone with perfect right to "do as He will with His own." "The earth Is the lord's and the fulness thereof: the world and they that dwell therein. Kor He hath founded it upon the seas and established it upon the flood." God. therefore, us St. Paul declares, is "the only Potentate, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords." The monarchies of the wor'.d are but faintly projected 'i m!.>ws < f His dominion, Rev. Arthur S. Johns. (1'lioto. by C. M. Bell.) dependent upon His will for their exist ence, upon His word for their continuance. "He setteth up one and putteth down an other." "The king's heart is In the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of the water He turneth it whithersoever He will." But from time to time men have murmured against the universal sovereignty of God.. Wlien St Paul, arguing witli the Romans, contended for this doctrine, he represents one of his disputants as saying. "Why doth God yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will?" With all the dignity of an Apostle St. Faul answered. "Nay, but man, who art thou thit repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus?" Hath not the potter power over the clay? And verily "the Judge of all the earth cannot but do right." His rule, the abso lute. is strictly consistent with Ills law, which Is "holy, just and good." "His do minion ruleth over all, for by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that an on earth, vUible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principali ties or ixiwers; all things were created by Him and for Him, and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." So we may well say "Thine is the king dom. for ever uii'l ever." But what Is royalty more than a mere pageant If It lack the power to maintain its rights Therefore the almightiness of God Is connected, In our text, with the recogni tion of this right to rule?"for Thine is the power, for ever anil ever." threat ion abounds with palpable proofs of God's omnipotence; for He who is compe tent to the works of creation is adequate to any act and any effect. We might point you to redemption and ask you to estimate the strength of that arm which carried it Into full and final accomplishment; or. DOUKHOBORS ARRIVE IN LONDON LONDON. September '.'. ? In the early hours of the morning a band of l*o Douk liobors arrived at Hay's wharf, Tooley street, on their way to Canada from Llbau. About ten years ago the members of this sect were expatriated to Siberia in conse quence of proselytlsm. refusal to give mili tary service and other offenses resulting from their strange religious beliefs. The Upheaval In Russia caused by the war with Japan resulted In their release, which was (ranted upon the condition that they emi grate to Canada. "Canada Is very glad to get them." said Mr. VV. T. R. Preston, the Canadian com missioner of emigration. "Their two chief distingittshlng characteristics are their re ligious enthusiasm and their vegetarianism. About 10.000 Doukhobors are already set tled In various parts of Canada, and more than i>er cent of them are accepting the conditions of life in the Dominion and liv ing as law-abiding citizens. * * * "The Doukhobors dally expect the sec ond coming of the Messiah, and the ex tremists have the belief that they must meet him unclothed. As they have more than once thought the second coming Im minent. and have acted up to their beliefs, troublous times have occasionally come upon them. " Two or three year* ago a body of 400 again, to the progress of the gospel In spite of so many and great obstacle*. Or yet again to a natural human heart, like that of Saul of Tarsus, puffed up with Religious pride and burning with teal against the sect of the Nararenes, and ask you to esti mate the power of that God who humbled the pride and tamed the manners of the persecutor, transforming him into an ardent advocate of the faith which once he sought to destroy. Or we might lead you to some great city of the dead, and, In the language of the prophet, ask "Can these dry bones liveT" Mark the answer given by Him who la "the first fruits of them that slept," as He tells us "all that are in the graves shall hear Hto voice and come forth." The Lord Jesus need say no more to teach us what reason, rightfully exercised and nature In all Its works and providence In all Its movements and grace in all its conquests concur with the angel In the Apocalypse In proclaiming "The Lord God omnipotent relgneth." Well might the psalmist exclaim "twice have I heard this, that power belongeth unto God." We come now to the ascription of praise? "Thine I? the glory." In all His acts God has a special and supreme reference to His glory. When He spread out the sky and laid the foundations of the round world it was that "the heavens might declare His glory and the fermament might show His handiwork," while in the revolutions of the earth upon its axes "day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night showeth knowl edge." His glory Is also the motive for the move ments of His providence. Does He estab lish or overthrow nations, casting down one kingdom, setting up another, visiting Egypt with desolation and Israel with de liverance. It is done to make His power and glory known to the world. But In His greatest and grandest work, the work of redemption, God's glory stands forth most wonderfully and prominently manifest. In and through this it is that the Son of God prayed His Father to glorify His name, and it is recorded that, in answer to Jesus' petition, there came a voice from heaven saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify it again." Thus we can see reflected in the mirror of God's natural, providential and redemptive works the outline of that glory which we are taught to pray may continue forever. Tes, forever and ever. This kingdom and power and glory not only surpass all others in magnitude and splendor, but most em phatically and infinitely transcend them in duration. God is "the king eternal and Immortal." "His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. His dominion endureth through out all ages." Where now are the great ones of the earth whose kingdom and power and glory have been successively the admira tion and the envy of the world? The glory, wealth and power of Solomon's kingdom overwhelmed the Queen of Sheba. yet its splendor has completely faded from the horizon of the east. The mighty scepter of Cyrus the Great has long since been shivered and his kingly crown buried in the dust of ages. The boast of Macedona and master of nations, he who is said to have wept because there were no more worlds to conquer, has run his course and faded from the firmament of power. Then, too, that modern Alexander, who suddenly sprung from comparative ob scurity, hewed his way through lacerated hearts to an imperial throne, and waded through waves of blood to an illegitimate supremacy! For a season he firmly stood with Europe trembling at his feet; one hand grasping the governments of the east, the other ready to enslave the infant Hercules of the west?his glory, power, kingdom apparently as permanent as the Alps over which he u-ossed to conquest. But the early years of the past century have seen his empire completely shattered, his coronet of glory torn from his brow, his conquering chariot exchanged for a barren rock on ocean's bosom, and. finally, his imperious form con signed to that narrow cell which awaits corruptible morality whilst "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever." Verily, as the voice instructed the proph et to cry: "All flesh is grass and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever." # of the I>oukhobors in Canada were struck with tills religious mania and started out to look for the Messiah. But when the authorities found that the proves* of strip ping themselves of their clothing was be ing Indulged In they sent them home to their respective farms. "Last year," added Mr. Preston, "a party of over tlfty of both sexes acted in the same manner. The authorities got word of it and found them making a nude, but ab solutely religious, pilgrimage. Again stern measures had to be used before they could be induced to put on their clothes and be have in an orderly manner." PLANS FOR BIG CONFERENCE Word comes from New York that the plans are nearing completion for the great religious gathering to be held in that city In November next, under the name of the Inter-Church Conference on Federation. This meeting, which Is to be held in Car negie Hall from November 16 to 21, will be the first in the religious history of the United States, to which delegates have bean named officially by the various Protestant denominations, previous conferences on mis sions and other topics having been unofficial In character. There will be present from Ave to six hundred delegates, representing twenty-four religious bodies with an aggre gate membership of over 18,400,000. A general committee composed In large part of leading minister* and laymen of this city and vicinity Is In charge of the PRESBYTERY OF WASHINGTON HAS CATHEDRAL QUESTION IMPORTANT SESSION AT VIENNA, VA., NEXT MONTH. Presbyterians are showing renewed In terest in the proposition of Justice Harlan for a national cathedral in this city. The reason for this is that the presbytery of Washington city Is scheduled to meet Oc tober 9, at Vienna, Va., and at this meeting the committee chosen last spring by the general assembly of the denomination in America will present the matter formally to the local body. The status of the movement at present Is Interesting. While it is generally under stood that the national church or cathedral, as Justice Harlan chooses to call It, is pro posed to A made institutional in character and representative of the denomination in the United States, yet the organization of Presbyterlanism is such that a church, even of this character, cannot be built within the confines of the Washington city presbytery without the consent of the presbytery. In fact, a presbytery is absolute In the con trol of the churches within Its jurisdiction and a proposition of this nature must, the oretically at least, originate with It. The general assembly recognized this fact when it appointed i committee to await upon the local body. But Justice Harlan, who has long favored the national cathedral idea, sought to give it greater impetus by having it indorsed first of all by the general body. He is one of the most prominent laymen of the church and was vice moderator of the general as sembly at its last session. This fact gave the proposition considerable weight, and. it is said, secured for it a more favorable f hearing than it would otherwise have had. j The lack of enthusiasm for the project, | however, was very noticeable and it was only a semi-indorsement which the assem bly put upon it. The committee appointed to carry it before the local presbytery is 1 arrangements for the conference. On Thursday evening of next week the commit tee will have a meeting at the Murray Hill Hotel, preceded by a dinner, and; it is ex pected that at that time the program for the conference will be presented. On the executive committee, which has worked out the details, are the Rev. William H. Rob erts of Philadelphia, chairman; the Kev. Frank Mason North of the Methodist City Church Extension Society, vice chairman, and the Kev. E. B. Sanford, secretary of the National Federation of Churches, secre tary. The program will make evident the fact that the coming conference is in no sense an attempt to bring the various re ligious bodies of the country into organic union. It Is the hope of the leaders of the movement that the conference may create a permanent organization of the churches which shall bring the various denomina tions into better and closer relations than have ever before existed; an organization that will make It possible to voice the at titude oi' the united Christian churches on great questions, social, ethical, economic al! religious, in a way that has never be fore been possible. * * * During the six days of the conference there will be heard on the platform of Carnegie Hall the foremost men In almost every Protestant religious body in the country. Among these will be five bishops of the Episcopal Church, six bishops of the Methodist Church,, three of the Methodist Church South, two Moravian bishops and one each from the United Brethren, Re formed Episcopal and African Betliodist bodies. A number of laymen prominent in public life will also speak. One of these, It Is ex pected, will be Vice President Fairbanks. Others Include Gov. Hlggins, Major Mc Clellan, Justices Harlan and Brewer of the United Stales Supreme Court; Secretary of Slate Root. Senator Beverldge of lndianu. Judge Grosscup of Chicago, Judge Gray of the United States Circuit Court and John Wanamaker. The colleges and universities will be represented by their presidents, In cli ding President King of Oberlin, Tucker of Dartmouth, Faunce of Brown, Hall of X*i:ion Seminary and Prof. Van Dyke of Princeton. There will be an opening session on Wednesday evening, November 15; three sessions each on Thursday and Friday; a morning session on Saturday and various dencmlnational gatherings in the evening; a muss meeting of young people's Interests Sunday afternoon; two sessions on Monday anil a reception to the delegates on Mon day evening, and three sessions on Tuesday, the closing one Tuesday evening. There I* to be no cut and dried plan for permanent organization, but It is likely that early dur ing the sessions there will be appointed a committee on the subject, and that action on Its report will be taken either on Mon day or Tuesday. RELIGIOUS JOURNALISM. Different Kinds of Papers Described by Editor Nicoll. In an Interview with George T. B. Davis, for the Interior, Dr. W. Robertson Nicoll, editor of the British Weekly, expresses him self upon "Religious Journalism." In reply to the question as to the aim of a religious paper. Dr. Nicoll said: "It depend* upon what kind of religious paper you mean. I believe In speclllzatlon In religious Journal ism, and that there Is room for many varie ties of papers in the broad field of religion. The common type of journal known as a re ligious paper is a combination of secular and religious news and articles. Mr ea> composed of a number of the leading min isters and laymen of the church and may he relied upon to give due consideration to the importance of the task set before It. What will the presbytery of Washington do with the plan? This is the question that Is agitating the mind of Justice Harlan and of other Presbyterians throughout the coun try, especially those who, like the Justice, are heartily In favor of the cathedral. It is known to be a fact that Justice Harlan was not at all sure of the enthusiastic and "?unanimous support of the presbytery of Washington for his project, and it is thought it was for this reason that he wished to secure an indorsement from the general body first, to give it an added im portance and a standing in the eye* of the country. * * * It Is still a matter of doubt as to which way the majority of the local ministers and laymen will vote on the plan. None abso lutely condemn It?and this is believed to be in a great measure due to the popularity of Its promulgator?but many are under stood to favor going slowly or postponing it entirely for the present. The main ob jection to the idea everywhere is under stood to be that it savors of greater central ization of authority than the Presbyterians are able to countenance. The word "cathe dral" also suggests episcopacy to many members In entirely too strong a fashion. But that it will be beneficial to the denom ination and give it a greater standing in the country is believed to be most appar ent'; and this gives it support. Aside from the general interest In the proposition, there is an interest which is strictly local. For some time the problem of maintaining Presbyterianism 111 the downtown district of this city has been ag itated. Evidences of this agitation ara to be had in the repeated suggestions and ru ample, my own paper, the British Weekly, contains not only religious matter, but arti cles and news concerning politics, literature and other subjects. It is a family journal, established to expound and maintain cer tain definite principles. This is one type of what may be termed a religious journal. Another type would be such a paper as I have long had in mind and for which I think there Is a distinct demand today. It would be a religious paper, containing no secular news or articles whatever. Every line of the paper would be religious, and its entire aim would be to stimulate and build up the spiritual life of the readers. 1 would have articles, meditations and expositions by the greatest living religious leaders. They would be short, but the best obtain able. I would have no church 11. ws?such as this or that pastor resigning or making a change?but it would record the progress ! of the kingdom in all parts of the world. In this age wonderful things are being done in both home and foreign missions, and these would be chronicled In an interesting man ner. Evangelistic and revival work would have a prominent place, and notable and remarkable conversions would be freely re corded. In short, It would aim directly at converting men and women, as well as at building them up in the faith." Emphasis was placed by Dr Nicoll upon the fact that there was ample room for many different kinds of. religious papers. "At one extreme we find such a paper as the Independent of New York, which is a family paper with a strong leaning toward religion. At the other extreme would be such a paper as the one wc have just been discussing. Then, midway between these two, I would place such a paper as the British Weekly, which deals largely with religion and also largely with politics, lit erature and kindred subjects." Dr. Nicoll finally outlined another type of religious journal which lit- believes will be produced in the future, but for which there is not a sufficient demand as yet. He declares that it will be a paper which will record the so cial and philanthropic side of re Iglon rather than the distinctly evangelistic and spirit ual side. BRITISH MINISTER ON EXTRAVAGANCE LONDON, September 0.?The extrava gance of the rich who spend on a single dinner or a special train enough to keep a worklngman's family for a year or more was denounced recently at a meeting of the West Ham unemployed In Barking Road. Rev. De Courcey Ben well said that It lind been complained that some of the men made violent speeches. It might be so, he said, but it was scarcely to be wondered at if they did. Only the other day, he said, he read of a dinner given by a rich Amer ican which cost ?120 a head. He thought that such, reckless and vulgar expenditure Is disgraceful?a statement which met with the unanimous approval of the meeting. "What," continued Mr. Benwell, amid sympathetic cheers, "would ?120 In money mean to one of the men In this audience? It would keep a workman and Ills tamlly In comfort for a year and a half, and It Is painful to think that a man would thought lessly spend what would keep a number of other human beings for eighteen months on giving a single friend of his own a din ner." ? * * Tom Adams referred to the recent arrival at Liverpool of Mr. Harry Payne Whitney, the young American millionaire, and his hiring a special train at a cost of fttO to m?r? that "><? First Presbyterian Clmrrh ,'he Presbyterian Church the two downtown" organizations of the denomination in this city, will shortly loin forces for their mutual benefit and to' keip up the work now attempted by both Pres more and'^more churches are being built there It is ??7 coming to the minds of many that Jfv i bSi,?C;??;fo,'"0Per" in He downtown district and n'Hnr? o other attractions th? iV! Ji is?s stood to be Justice Harlan's reasoning. L* * * * stni fn Ti'rSt and Assemb,ys -churches are still flirting in a far-away fashion, although It is positively stated that no definite action has been taken recently by either toward r ?"'n Jhe rCCent ann<JUI>cement that Rev. Dr. George p. Wilson will resign, which however. Is believed by some mem bers of the congregations \a be still a mat ter of doubt, may. if it i, carried out affect the union movement. .Instead of calling a new- pastor tlK Assembly's Church m?v prefer to ask for a union with the First whose field of work is the same The Pirsi ftr ,Ch ,?n John Marshall place near C street northwest, and the Assembly's ?s Ft both arms, and sleeves rolled up." take him to a grouse mnr?r ingStwu1itthheIUXU?- ?f <h.rmodeoWfTra0r.: ^Sn6^"nVe^f T T Xp relating VrSS^SSS^ to dinner parties of a particularlv sive character rv,fl v\,l,cuiarl> expen Ployed workmen carrb?d IV theSe ur,era euttings around In their Sleepiness in Church. From tbe Baltimore Sun. r?cent '? London of the bv M n?th ??nKr,'SS a PaPer was read y Mr. Blizard of the Institute of Civil Engineers on the relation of ill-ventilated dteease*" "V"" dlssoml^tion of infectious diseases and on the cause of sleepiness in church. According to this authorltv, as re ported by the London Telegraph, sleep ne? |n church is not. as a rule, due to the dullness of the sermon, but to slow poison ing brought about by breathing over and over again the air already breathed by oltvTf m ventilation, therefore, not pau ?!!? ,1 ?" thC P3rt ?f the Preacher or stupidity on the part of the churchgoer explanls the drowsiness felt in the pew. Many tlieories have been proposed to ac count for the somnolent air of the wor f^;.r . "J" ^>?nd dispute that persons afflicted with Insomnia have been able to get sleep at church when they could get it nowhere else. Aged pillars of the church whose ztal could not be questioned have been found often In the enjoyment of re freshing naps while the minister was Bet ing forth some of the most important doc trines of l lie creed. It has been suggested that the enforced silence of the man in the J-ew tends to produce torpidity of the brain or'^ C?Uld J?ln ,he di^ourse . ..** ,bfck to tl,e speaker, he would be ?vT to ma,ntaln a waking Interest P...S " ?55u:~,''i'hr^.,ErootK alert But"ifp SiF"!! would be on the ?^WiW?-K air flMpolnt^ Wantlng ln relation of Its . Blizard strikes a serious note when he maintains that ill-ventilated churches theaters and other like places frequented the an?f ,nu?ber* have much to do with the spread of consumption. The air within las?1 laden wlth tho rms of dis ease, and the want of pure air?secured ueln �<LnV7n VlaIi,15 arrangement??com InfeeHnnu 2? l? t"ke them lDt? the lungs. Infectious diseases are thus communicated obdin^ eBf ,ha/l0n .?f ,the "P?Htual man is heauHf the ^dy ?' "rlOU8 r,B,t to the v Op?n-Alr Sacred Concert ' By Naval G. p. Band This Afternoon. -S /^!b f?e" car* m,lrked FAG going S5jJ* 12 minutes' rids from tbe Capi the Stjr the Highlands overlooking IMbwest (11E Cburcb. New Structure Nearing Completion on Conduit Road. The new Northwest Methodist Church, on the Conduit road. Jusi above Georgetown, la rapidly nearing completion nnd It l? expected that within the next few weeks services will be held In the auditorium. Work on the church was commenced last fall, but many unforeseen obstacles arose to prevent Us completion before the winter set In. the severity of which practically stopped all building operations. When the construction was resumed in the spring, however, much of the lost time was re gained and now the exterior Is receiving the finishing touches at the hands of the painter, while the Interior Is being pre pared for the plasterers. The new church Is located at the Inter section of W atr??et and the Conduit road, about a mile and a half above George town, and It Is the only church betwen Georgetown and Cabin John bridge. The site has a gradual slope upward from the road, which adds considerable to the at tractiveness of the structure. The main auditorium has a seating capacity of about two hundred, with a Sunday school room adjoining. The building is lighted by thive large windows, glazed with cathedral glass, through which the sunlight is pleasantly diffused by an original and unique color scheme. The entrance is through the base of a belfry tower, which rises from the southwest corner of the building to an elevation in pleasing proportion to the height of the main edifice. * * * The church will cost, when completed and furnished, about end the site cost J1.100, which brings the toUil cost to about *4 .600. Tiie funds were obtained through the sale of two smaller churches, the okt Northwest Church In Georgetown and the Canal Road Church, and by voluntary con tributions. The business interests of the church are looked after by a board of seven directors, consisting of Benjamin F. King, Joseph H. Barnes, Robert P. Tally, W. E. Plckford, Ira Brashear, G. W. Hav ener and John F. Green. Mr. Green is the secretary and treasurer of the board and NEW NOSTHWES1 * r SUNDAY MORNING TALK. r ? v Bight Proportions and How to Get Them. Much of the trouble of life comes from the lack of sense of proportion. Grotesque affects are produced in architecture when the builder goes ahead regardless of the length of his lines. "That tower is too high for the size of the structure," you say, or "What a blight upon the edifice that dor mer window is!" The feature objected to does not harmonize with tlie otherwise sat isfactory general effect. But when a man* goes to work to build a life how often he forgets all about harmony and proportion! Take the matter of Income, for example. Mostt persons know at the beginning of the year about how much they will have to spend during the next twelve months. When the question of an extra outlay arises for this or that luxury, "or when the decision Is being made as to a fixed charge, like house rent, ought not the expenditure to be con sidered with reference to the probable total "outlay of the year? Pefhaps you have money enough In your pocket at the mo ment to buy a handsome chair, or maybe the rent of a very comfortable lioueo would not exhaust your salary each month, but the rear point Is: Are you going to be obliged to deny yourself books and pictures in order to purchase the chair, or are you likely to have ?o scrimp your table In order to live on the avenue? The way In which people squartder that commodity known us time often betrays a painful lack of the sense of proportion. One reaBoti why rlgjdly religious people some times protest against card-playing, theater going and dancing is that so many young persons plunge Into these diversions so deeply that their better life Is submerged. I tremble for the young man who is at the theater three or four nights in the week. If moderate Indulgence In this diversion is an Impossibility for him he .ought to become a total abstainer. So with a dozen other Interests Innocent in themselves?athletics, the collecting mania, club life. No one is to be blamed for enjoying them In a ra tional fashion, but when it comes to making any of them the central concern of one's days and one's nights the perspective Is all awry. A good thing indulged In to excess becomes evil, and we are all liable to be caught and whirled along In the currents of modern life that sweep one along to ex travagances wliloh In our calmer moments we all see to be Irrational and detrimental. When It comes to the appreciation and grasp of moral and spiritual truth we are all prone to lose our sense of pro|>ortlon. Religious history is full of Instances of men clinging to a half truth or a partial truth as though It were the entire body of truth revealed to the mind of men. Most of the bitter controversies in the churches have been due to the failure to appreciate the other man's truth, or to the disposition to hold a truth without regard to its relation to complementary truths. Here Is the splen did doctrine of man's free will, of the power lodgedLin him to shape his own destiny; but here Is the equally splendid doctrine of God's rulershlp and control. Why must I choose between tljem? Bach Is essential to the building of the perfect temple of truth. The great remedy for the tendency to lose the sense of proportion, the great preserva tive of balance and of poise Is putting the big things In the center and adjusting oneself constantly to them. Don't let the petty and the transient take the ulace of the great big concerns that make life truly Interesting, significant and precious. It doesn't pay the average scholar to spend the bulk of hU years chasing up the eccen tricities of the Greek circumflex accent. It doesn't pay the average boy to know the pedigree and name of the leading race horses Is the country. It doesn't pay the woman to spend one-fcaU of her also the district steward. The pastor will be Rev. W H. Black A new Northwest Church has been a pro ject for a number of yen re and haa been eRgerly looked forward to by the Metho dist congregation residing along the Con duit road. Some fifteen year* ago Rev. Dr. Henry R. Naylor. the presiding elder for the Washington district, found it ad visable to dispose of the old Northwest Church, located In Georgetown This was originally a chapel branch of the Dum barton Avenue Church, but when the growth of the congregation made an Inde pendent organization necessary the name was changed to the Northwest Church. The sale of the old buildliig netted about $1,600. which was held in trust by Rev. W. H. Black, vntll sufficient money could be raised to build a new church. The fund j was added to from time to time hy volun j tary offerings. These were small, however, and the fund grew slowly. In the mean time the congregation worshiped In the little church near the canal, known as the Canal Ror.d Church, where I>r. Black rilled the pulpit. It was here the plans for the new church hegan to m iiurc. ir.d a propo sition to Fell the Canal road property was Anally made to the congreg it'.on This met with some opposi.lon and c.used a halt In the plans. * ? * A compromise agre. ment was reached, however, where! v Hie old cliurch was ?o ?be sold as soon as a suitable site for the new one had been secured. An offering having been already received for the Canal ro.'.d property, the ttsk of selecting a site agreeable to a major!.y of the congrega tlon was started. After considerable search ing the W s:reet site was purchased and the Canal Road Church sold for ITmt. The s.nle of this church left the congregation without a place of worship, and to provide me ins for keeping the Sunday school to gether a small frame building was erected on the rear of the church lot. This build ing was used during the construction of J M. E. CHURCH. the new church and until warm weather set In. Of the $8,500 required to build the church all but a few hundred dollars has been raised, and by the time the first services are held, it Is. hoped, the church will be practically free of debt. waking hours at the dressmaker's. Keep your senses of proportion keen by keeping your eyes constantly on the big things, vea the things of the spirit. THE PARSON. RAGMEN'S CHURCH. Organized at Wilmington, Del., Re cently Amid Enthusiasm. Multiply the ordinary ragman's cry by 500 and get an Impression of what the singing is like the new ragman's church at Cady and Herald streets, Wilmington. Del. The church is an old warehouse, but It was dedicated to religious services. Five hundred ragmen shoulted with Joy and sang old songs to the tune of "Any Rags. Any Bones. Any Bottles Today." Head and front of the movement is Rev. Frank Robinson, a negro ragman on week days and preacher on Sunday. He tried to get up a great open-air meeting of ragmen to be held Saturday, but found that the ragmen could not afford a holiday. There fore, with the assistance of a number of white men, he rented the warehouse, which he has named "Christ's Temple of the Will ing Workers." He went about the streets Saturday call ing out the notice of his meeting, and from 9 o'clock Sunday morning he waited in his church for worshipers. They did not come until evening, but then they came In hun dreds, a large delegation being on hand from Chester and Philadelphia. Most of them were negroes, but a few were white, and they were welcomed as true ragmen, irrespective of color. In opening his service. Rev. Mr. Robin son offered a special prayer for the protec tion and salvation of ragmen, and then an nounced his text: "8o Ebed-melech took the men with him and went Into the house of the king, under the treasury, and took thence old cast off clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords Into the dungeon of Jere miah.?Jeremiah xxxvlil, 11." "My friends." said the preacher, "this will prove to you that our craft is an ancient and honorable one. Ebel-melech was a ragman, perhaps the first of them, the founder of the craft. He rendered a great service, as he rescued a prophet who afterward became one of the advisers of the Lord." A shout of appreciation followed the an nouncement, and us his sermon proceeded on this line the enthusiasm became In tense. Soon the preachers voice was drowned by the shouting, and when he called for the "elect" to come forward and give Christian testimony, the rejoicing be came uproarious Hats On in Charch. From tbr Ixjndon Cbronh-lv. A . Cornish vicar has been fulminating against uncovered feminine heads in church. What would he have said about men In hats during service? Pepys has left on record the opinion of the seventeenth century on this point or ecclesiastical eti quette. "To church." he writes, "aa<l heard a simple fellow upon the praise of church musique, and exclaiming against men wearing their hats on In the church." Later he notes that he saw a minister "preach with his hat off. which I never saw before." The hat. Indeed, was then an in tegral part of both male and female cos tume. and Pepys ascribes "a strange cold In my head by flinging off my hat at din ner." May Sutton, the California girl srho went to London and won every tennis match she played, also won unstinted praise by her simplicity of attire and manner. Mag nificently muscular, she cared nothing for the minor graces, being absorbed in the game. There was no tripping aftsr the ball with her, no sfcowing off KMffM.