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Vol. 97. No. 52.
DECEMBER 27, 1922
NEW YEAR GREETINGS we give to all
our readers. During the year past they
have been most kind and considerate of us.
They have said many things that have made us
happy and made it easier to do the heavy work
of getting out a paper each week. And this is
indeed a man's job. Our correspondents have
helped us in a wonderful way in sending us in
teresting news items from the home and the for
eign field. 'And many of the ablest men and
women of the Church have honored us by send
ing valuable articles, which we have taken
pleasure in giving to our readers. To all these
we wish to express our heartfelt thanks. Our
special thanks are due to the Woman's Auxil
iaries for the excellent work they did, espe
cially during Church Paper Week, in securing
new subscribers for us. They did most excel
lent work with very gratifying results. As we
enter upon the 98th year of our life as a paper,
we do so with the hope that our friends will be
as kind to .us during this year as they have
been in the past. Relying upon their help and
upon the guidance and strength of God we
shall continue to do our best to deserve the
good will of our readers Our one great aim is
to advance the interests of the kingdom of
God, especially as it js represented in the
Southern Presbyterian Church. We ask the
prayers of all our readers that we may do bet
ter work than ever. We want the continued
and increasing help of our correspondents. We
hope to have the help of the Woman's Auxil
iaries and all of our friends in getting the
paper into more new homes. The more homes
we can enter each week the more help we can
render to all the causes of the church, and the
more we can hope to aid in building up the
spiritual lives of the members of the families
of the Church.
SERIOUS CHARGES are made against mem
bers of Congress by some of the newspa
pers of today. It is said that some of these
?men who made the present laws providing for
the enforcement of the prohibition amendment
are now flagrantly guilty of their violation.
The Dearborn Independent quotes from The
Searchlight, which it says is "one of the few
American magazines that tell the truth, or that
know enough of the truth to make it worth
telling." The Searchlight says: "There is no
unit of American life today where studied dis
regard of the Volstead Act is more in evidence
than among the lawmakers 011 Capitol Hill,
unless it be among the administrative officers
charged with the solemn duty of enforcing the
laws. It is a matter of common knowledge
that there are many places in the Capitol build
ing today where whiskey, wines and even beer
can be obtained in volation of law. Senators
Congressmen and their clerks are serving in
toxicants to callers. .... Senators and Con
gressmen who voted for the Volstead Act are
the worst offenders." Practically the same
charge has been made, though in more diplo
matic form, by at least one member of Con
gress on the floor of the House. Members of
Congress, as well as all officers of the law,
take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the
United States. Conditions have reached a bad
state indeed, when members of Congress openly
and flagrantly violate any law. It does not
matter whether they approve of the law or not,
nor whether it restricts them in the gratifying
of any appetite, they have been sent to Con
gress to make laws and provide for their en
forcement. The people at home ought to know,
before they elect a man to such high office, that
he is a law-abiding citizen; but, if they do not
find him out until he has gone to Washington,
they ought to let him know in no uncertain
terms that he must .keep the law himself or
they will send some one else to take his place.
For the only foundation upon which liberty
and a strong government can be built up is re
spect for law. When what is commonly called
the criminal element violates law, not half the
harm is done that is done when the violators
are among those that are considered the better
class of citizens. If the men and women who
desire to have the laws enforced will express
FOR THE NEW YEAR.
My presence shall go with thee
So calm thy troubled fears;
.Throughout the changeful years.
Throughout the unchangeful years.
Mid scenes of gloom or gladness.
When weary or distressed.
My presence shall go with thee.
And I will give thee rest.
My presence shall go witli thee ?
Most blessed assurance here,
While in this lower valley
Itcset by doubt and fear.
No evil shall befall thee.
Close sheltered to my breast,
My presence shall be with thee,
And I will give thee rest.
My presence shall go with tliee ?
Though in a foreign land.
Afar front home and kindred,
Thin covenant shall stand.
Nor time nor space can sever;
Ijovo knows not East or West:
My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee re?t.
? H. Isabel Graham.
themselves clearly on this subject, the trouble
will soon be brought to an end.
KENTUCKY Presbyterians undertook to
raise a million dollars for their educa
tional institutions. At the time of this writ
ing they have come so near accomplishing their
purpose that there is no doubt of their suc
cess. Before this paper reaches its readers the
full amount will probably have been secured.
We knew Kentucky could do it, and we offer
her our hearty congratulations. The institu
tions to be benefited by this fund, such as
Louisville Theological Seminary, have, done
fine work in the past. They will do a far bet
ter work in the future.
MORMONS in large numbers, it is said, are
leaving Utah. This seems strange, but
even Salt Lake City lost 2,794 in population
during the year 1921. Some Gentiles are leav
ing the city and the State, but it is said that
the larger part of the emigrants are Mormons.
The explanation given of this state of affairs
is that the people arc becoming more enlight
ened and are realizing that the ecclesiastical
hierarchy are conducting the church far more
as a business enterprise for their own personal
benefit than as a religious organization for the
benefit of the people. The Mormon Church has
always been much more of a business and po
litical institution than a religious institution.
The people who have been under the thraldom
of the church officials have been kept largely
in ignorance. Now they are becoming enlight
ened. And people in other parts of the world
are having their eyes opened also, with the re
sult that the Mormon missionaries are not
gaining as many converts to their faith as they
have in the past. This is a gratifying state of
affairs in Utah, and it is no doubt due in part
to the work of home missionaries of the North
ern Presbyterian and other churches in giving
the people the truth of Ood.
ELLIS ISLAND in New York harbor is the
point at which the large majority of im
migrants from Europe enter this country.
Frequently they have to remain there for sev
eral days, sometimes for weeks, and occasion
ally for months. Until recently nothing was
done for the comfort or help of these people.
Men, women and children were packed away
in overcrowded quarters, provided with food
and a place to sleep, and that was all. Under
the present superintendent of the station it is
said that much has been done for the ameliora
tion of the condition of these people who are
virtually prisoners. Now much is being done
to make them feel that America cares for them
and is glad to welcome them to her shores.
The last advance step in this direction is pro
viding preaching for them. Every Sunday
mission workers representing the missioh
agencies in New York City go there. These
workers preach to the immigrants in four or
five languages, so that it is probable that each
one can hear the gospel preached in his own
language. This will aid much in giving the
immigrants a good impression of America.
CHINESE MISSION WORK is showing
fine results. In the North Kiangsu Mis
sion field the work moved slowly for a long
time. The full number of missionaries in that
field is 89. including men, their wives and the
single women. Five years ago, after thirty
four years of work by our misisonaries, Ihere
were only about 2,G00 members of the Presby
terian churches. Now there are about 6,000.
During the past year 914 were added to these
churches on profession of faith in Jesus as their
Saviour. We cannot want a stronger argu
ment for going ahead at once with our work in
that field. Our missionaries are laboring
hard, some of them are breaking down, under
the strain of the rvork. They are very much
handicapped by lack of help. They are suffer
ing and the work is suffering for l^ck of better
equipment. Yonng men and young women
in our Church are offering their lives for this
work. Our Executive Committee is doing the
bfist. that it can to supply what is needed to
carry on the work. But the fact remains that
there is still a great need. That is the need of
money. We are sure that there is enough money
in the pockets and in the bank accounts of our
people to supply the needs. It is a wonderful
opportunity to show to God our appreciation
of His blessings to us, and at the same time to
be instruments in His hands of saving souls.