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OUR EngliBh exchanges report
Len G. Broughton as having
made a diagnosis of the arrest
ed progress of the Nonconform
ist churches in Great Britain. His con
clusion is that much of the trouble is
due to lack of proper emphasis upon
the importance of the church. He
?eels that instead of spending time la
the discovery and criticism of faults
in church organization and life we
should devote ourselves to the
strengthening of organized Christian
While the denominations In America
have made a larger proportionate
growth than they have done in Great
Britain during the last few years, con
ditions here are by no means ideal.
We are compelled to face the fact of
lessened interest in the church on the
part of Christian people. Only In ex
ceptional cases is there the loyalty to
the church which marked the religious
life of 50 years ago. This decadence
may be explained, In part, by the
growing devotion to pleasure; the mo
tor-car and the golf links have not a
little to do with tue decrease in at
tendance upon the services of the
house of God. As we have increased
in wealth and ability to supply our
selves with various forms of recrea
tion, we seem to have decreased In?
devotion to the great interests of the
human soul.
Need for Return to Church.
Whatever other reasons there may
be, however, for the decrease In
church attendance., it seems clear that
the removal of emphasis from the
church as an essential factor in the
work of the kingdom of God has had
not a little to do with the change that
has taken place. For some yearB, now,
most of us have been busy In mak
ing lt clear that salvation does not
hinge upon ecclesiastical relationship,
and that it is possible to serve the
cause of Christ without using the
church as a medium of expression. We
have laid stress upon the Immediacy
of relationship between the believer
and his Lord, something which always
needs emphasis, and have measurably
neglected to set forth the necessity
for co-operative effort for the exten
. sion of the kingdom of God. In our
desire to promote the essential unity
of all the followers of Jesus Christ,
we have, perhaps, unconsciously to
ourselves, conveyed the impression
that the world would get along very
well without Christian organization of
any kind. Those of us who believe
and teach tnat Jesus did not organize
a church may have been understood as
holding that the organization ls un
Must Be Organized Work.
It ls high time to open a campaign
on behalf of the church; to undertake
the task of making it clear that life
must organize in some form of expres
sion. The first thing to be done 1B
not KO much to convince people of the
importance of any particular form of
church organization, as to put beyond
question the necessity for organiza
tion. We as Baptists have our con
victions as to the proper constitution
of the church. At the present time the
question seems to be not so much as
to the specific form which the church
shall take, but whether or not r;e shall
have a/church at ail
In conversation with a young man
recently who had just returned from
a commence of Christian young men,
he said that he had been impressed
by the indifference, not to say con
tempt, for organized Christianity man
ifested by many of those whom he
had met Beyond question, the Chris
tian forces of this country must pre
sent an unbroken front in the conflict
with the forces of evil. It will be
suicidal, however, for us to injure
all organization and to depend upon
? guerrilla warfare. Independent and
isolatr-cl activity on the part of the in
dividual cannot be depended upon to
produce the results which we desire.
We are weak enough, at the best, and
lt is only m associated effort that we
shall be able to accomplish the tre
mendous tasks which are before us. A
new sense of the importance of the
church and a larder and more un
selfish devotion to its interests are
greatly needed in the religious life of
today.-The Standard.
Law of Love.
"Love is the fulfilling of the law."
The law of love is a positive prin
ciple. Neither morals nor manners
can be taught by saying "Do not."
The old law said, "Thou shalt not,"
but Jesus says, "Thou shalt love."
Against the pharasaic legalism that
constructs a law of negative require
ments and calls it righteousness, he
places love, which ls the soul of duty,
the unfailing fountain of all benefi
cence and service. It displaces bad
ness by the "expulsive power of a
new affection." "Love is the fulfilling
of the law." As in the tree every blt
of bark, trunk, branch, twig, leaf and
bloom are manifestations of the one
life that builds up all Its strength and
beauty, so every commandment of the
moral law and every virtue of the
moral life are transformed expres
sions of the one central energy of lov
ing. Of this single theme all hero
isms and sacrifices, all philanthropies
and reforms, all saintliness and use
fulness are endless variations.
We were all sitting on the club
house porch enjoying the cool sea
breeze and sipping-well, one of the
men had tea with lots of lemon in it
but the others, their favorite thirst
eradicator. Of course, all we women
had tea-or lemonade.
We had been telling stories about
various curious experiences that had
befallen us, when Mrs. Preston gave
the following:
"One hot afternoon early In Septem
ber I was walking up Park avenue,
after interviewing one of the most
prominent women In 'Society,' who
was in town getting together her
daughter's trousseau-who was to be
one of October's early brides.
"I was feeling mighty blue; the pret
ty frocks, masses of lacy lingerie, lus
trous satin and - priceless lace that
would be combined in the wedding
gown brought back visions of my own
wedding, and my heart grew bitter
with the thoughts of years of suffering
which followed my own great day.
"Mentally I cursed the man I had
married, cursed him for a weak fool,
who had allowed a brilliant mind to
become so paralyzed with drink that
I, his wife, had to take the babies
away from their drink-crazed father
and leave them tn the care of stran
gers while I worked all day and often
until late at night recording the 'do
ings of the richland great."
"What right had some people to so
much money when I had to toll un
ceasingly for just enough to feed and
clothe us decently?
"It was a long walk back to the
office, and I had just one nickel In my
purse. Should I spend it for carfare
and borrow from some one at the
office enough to take me home? Or
walk? But it was so hot and I was
tired: besides, I hated to borrow.
"There were few people on the
street at that hour, but there ap
proached a large, good-looking man,
neatly dressed, who stopped in front
of me, saying, 'Lady, could you lend
me a nickel?'
"I was so surprised I halted and
stared at him.
" 'I hate to ask you for lt, lady,' he
continued, 'but I want to get home to
my wife and little girl, and it will
take me hours to walk lt.'
"I inquired if his wife waB 111. 'I
don't know. She wasn't well when I
left home a week ago.' and then, be
cause I still stared at him (my mind
could not conceive a big, strong, well
dressed man stopping a woman in the
street and asking for 5 cents), he told
me that he had been on a spree for a
week and had spent his last dollar
for a bath so he would be at least
decent to go home. 'But I must get
home,' he said; (I must get home to
the wife and baby, and I thought you
would give me carfare.'
"Opening my purse. I took out. my
one nickel. 'See,' said I, 'this is all I
have. When I give it to you I must
walk sixteen blocks back to the office
where I work. I have to work to take
care of myself and two little children
because my husband is a drunkard.
Because, when he had a young wife
and baby girl he went on sprees and
stayed away from home and his busi
ness for days at a time. Take this
nickel and go home to your wife; but
tell her it was a woman who gave you
carfare, a woman who will help her
when she has to give up her home and
go out into the world to work through
your intemperance.'
"That was fifteen years ago. Yes
terday, sitting opposite me on the
train coming up here, I noticed a
very handsome gray-haired man, evi
dently with his wife, a frail-looking
woman with silvery hair and kind,
brown eyes.
"Several times the gentleman looked
searchingly at me and spoke to his j
wife, and I confess I was becoming a
blt annoyed, for they were apparently I
discussing me. I felt it rather than j
saw it.
"Presently the gentleman came over
to a vacant chair next mine and. beg-1
ging my pardon, asked me if I remem
bered ever seeing him before.
"At my negative reply he repeated
the incident that happened so many'
year3 ago. but before he had finished :
I told him that I remembered it per-'
fectly. 'Madam. I do not know who j
you are. but I want you to meet my |
wife. She wishes to thank you for1
sending me home to her the day I
asked you for carfare and you gave
it to me.' j
"His wife is charming, and he-,
probably you all know him-he is ono
of the leading judges in the state. j
"Yet I had thought he wanted that .
nickel for a drink. Sometimes our
Charity is not misplaced."
Flowers and Facts.
There is an Indianapolis attorney!
who is known for his dignity and who
ra/ely Indulges in "flowery" oratory
In arguing a case. Some years ago,
however, he was engaged in a mur
der case In which the guilt of the pris
oner was apparent, and the lawyer's
friends advised him to be "flowery"
In an effort to appeal to the sentiment
of the jurors. So the attorney took
his friends' advice.
"Down in the hills of old Kentucky
stands a little cottage," he began.
"Around the cottage vines are clinging
and in the doorway stands a gray
haired mother waiting-"
The lawyer paused and his face
turned red.
"And while she is standing there
waiting." he continued, "I guess we
might as well discuss the facts in this
case."-Indianapolis News.
Organize to Protect Name.
Sheffield (England) cutlery firm3
have subscribed $55,500 for the pur
pose of prosecuting for fraudulent
use tho word "Sheffield" abroad.
"What's that fuzzy-looking stuff out
in your back yard?" asked the caller,
Her hostess glanced from the li
brary window into a sad-looking gar
den and frowned. "Those," she in
formed her guest tartly, "are per
ennial sweet pinks."
"Pinks?" echoed the visitor, who
lived in a suburb.
"As I said, they are pinks," repeat
ed the hostess in a gloomy voice. "If
you don c believe me you can look
on the envelope the seeds came in.
They came two years ago, but I have
preserved the envelope in the drawer
of the kitchen table for the specific
purpose of convincing scoffers like
The caller laughed. "Were they
ever pink?" she inquired.
"They were not," said the other,
passing a plate of sponge cake. "But,
for the matter of that, my sweet wil
liam was not sweet and my forget
me-nots forgot to bloom and my climb
ing verbena grew into a bush."
"What a pity!" said the caller sym
pathetically. "You must have had,
uncommonly bad luck wdth your gar
den. We raised all the vegetables we
could eat this year."
"Oh, we raised vegetables, too, but
we couldn't eat them," said the hos
tess. "You see, a vegetable garden
ta one of the joys we promised our- i
selves when we decided to stay Ia |
town this summer and save money, j
I got out the old grocery checks for ?
last March and April and figured them |
over and found that what we paid ?
for vegetables for those two months
was 12 per cent, of our entire table j
expenses. So, of course, Edward and j
I estimated that by saving that 12
per cent, all during the summer we
should have a lot of money to use In
some other way."
"But," objected the visitor, "does
that follow exactly? You know, vege
tables are terribly high In March and i
April, because so many of them are
hothouse grown."
"Oh, dear, yes," conceded the city
housekeeper, "but I couldn't find the
grocery bills so far back as summer
of last year and, anyway, there was
no harm done, because the more you
think you're saving the happier you
feel about it."
"So you planted vegetables?"
prompted the caller.
"We did," answered her hostess. "We
hired a gardener at $2 a day to put i
in the seeds because we thought lt '
would pay to have lt done scientifical
ly. I found out afterward that the
gardener was a tinsmith out of a job.
The tinsmiths were having a strike, or
something, and he was a union man,
so, not being able to tin, he took to
gardening to kill time. Possibly he
wanted to get near to nature. But
I think he must have had an unsym
pathetic disposition and then-well,
probably they were nonunion seeds,
because they came up a month later,
looking as if they begrudged th^^i
The visitor appeared scandalized at
the other's Ignorance. "Of course,
dear," she said, suavely, "you must
have realized that it was due to the
cold weather that your seeds didn't
come up. You shouldn't have put
them in until later."
"We put our potatoes in later," said
the hostess,; "and they grew so that
Edward and I felt sure they, at least,
would repay us for our trouble. I
watered them twice a day and they
grew four feet high." She sighed.
"Did they* decay in the ground?"
inquired the suburbanite.
"No, indeed," said her hostess.
"There was nothing to decay. We
had company to luncheon one day
and I went out to our own potato
patch to get some potatoes to bake.
I was sure they must be ripe and
had planned a special treat. I pulled
up the stalks and dug a foot deep
and sifted the ground and I got five
potatoes the size of French peas." She
smiled ruefully. "And the cats ate
our parsley," she added.
"I'm so sorry!" murmured her
friend, with a superior smile, "but, |
'after all, I suppose one can't expect !
much from a city garden. You'll [
have to come out to our little village i
to live and then you can enjoy your
own garden stuff."
"I'm sure we should," assented the j
city dweller, politely, "but, you see,
I've already resigned myself to buy
ing our vegetables. They seem so
cheap, now that I've tried raising I
things myself."
Pitch Springs in Greece.
On the island of Zante, Greece, there
are to be found what are locally call
ed pitch springs. They are at ; .e
southern end of the island in a broad
swampy basin, shut in on three sides
by mountains and open on the fourth
side to the sea. They aro really
springs of crude petroleum which ac
cording to analysis ls of a very high
degree of purity.
The petroleum issues from the earth
in water basins, oozing up through
the mud In drops which break and
spread upon the surface of the water.
The flow is very slow in the several
springs, not amounting to more than
a few gallons a day. The springs
were mentioned by a Greek historian
some four centuries before Christ.
They seem to have been considered
merely as a curiosity until about fifty
years ago.
"It is a shame to be selling those
pretty girls gold bricks the way that
beauty doctor is doing."
"He's justified in doing lt."
"How do you make that out?"
"Why, isn't he merely grafting
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