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5. We recommend that the Bible leen Troxel, of Martinsville, Ind.,

school field workers whose expense and the relief map by Miss Ivy Mc-

accounts are paid by the American Kee, Mason City, la. The extensive

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Christian Endeavor Department


Some Reasons Why Christianity is the Hope of Our Country.

What is a nation? It is a body
of people of a country united under
an independent government of their
own. It is a vast mechanism through
which all the human passions run —
both the good and the bad. All
this necessitates a conflict, an ad-
justment and a readjustment; these
passions must be so held in the
mechanism to reduce friction to the
minimmn and efi^ectiveness to the
maximum. At the same time there
must be a development and perma-
nence and a correction of such
things as interfere with the peace,
prosperity and development of the
essentials of a well rounded life.

Our country is no exception.
Every human passion, every national
characteristic is found in our midst.
A preservative is needed, a lubri-
cant must be had such as will enable
our vast mechanism to move with
precision, certainty and effective-
ness. Human passions must be con-
trolled else destruction is certain.
We have in our midst a clash of
ideals — religious, political, social,
etc. These must be fitly joined to-
gether and support each other,
otherwise there will be a lack of
harmony which is essential to a na-
tion's life. Out of the experience
of the past we can assert with con-
fidence that Christianity is able to
supply the need of this, our nation.
Our ideals are so diverse^ the human
passions so varied that nothing
purely human will satisfy or unite.
Christianity is able by reason of
certain things it possesses and offers,
and herein is our hope.

No nation can endure without its
people having a common ground of
trust. Brute force may hold to-
gether for a while but the day of
calamity is always on the horizon.
Thi? ground of trust must be more
than some materialistic principle, a
philosophic system or moral ideal.
The life of the individual or the
nation is broader than any such
thing. All such principles or sys-
tems are transient and subject to
human limitations. God is the abid-
ing ground of trust and a tower of
strength to a nation. "And they
that know Thy name will trust in
Thee." This knowledge of God as
revealed in Christ is the revelation
which men are capable of- receiving.
It affords a common and reasonable
ground of trust. Human systems,
men are unwilling to accept, because
of their limitations and insufficiency.
The world is full of such and the
junk heap of antiquity is largely
constituted out of discarded systems.
Here, then, is the supremacy of
Christianity. It is not of the hand
of man. It is of God and furnishes
a common ground of hope for the
nation. It is free in its ideal from
human limitations. Nearly all the
nationalities of the earth are gath-
ered under the folds o{ our flag;
racial antipathies seeth in our midst.
Christianity offers these different
races a common ground of trust. It
does more. It is capable of uniting
the people possessing varying stand-
ards and ideals by means of this
common ground of trust. Such is
Christianity's glory. It is a tower

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of strength and our hope of the ises much but satisfies only passing

future. whims. It can not deliver the

We are a multitude of people people from the evils of self,

drawn from every quarter of the nor can it deliver a nation

earth. By reason of this many from the evils of itself. We need

social standards are among us. They that which will purify national

may be born of Old World ideals, and preserve us against self-

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We all rejoice to learn that there
was a gain of $86.33 in offerings
from Christian Endeavor Societies
during the year just closed. The
total contributions amounted to
$837.40. There was a gain of
fourteen in the number of societies

While last year Ohio was in the
lead with 33, contributing Societies
and a total offering of $122.36. this
year she has fallen to 27 Societies,
and Indiana is in the lead in offer-
ings, the total being $144.17.

The Society making the largest
gift is in Indiana also — Ft. Wayne
(West Jefferson Street), $50.

Missouri ranks second in the num-
ber of Societies* contributing, there
being twenty-one; and Ohio ranks
second in offerings with $141.46.

One of the members of our ban-
ner Society has recently , visited our
Bohemian Mission in Cleveland, O.
She has kindly consented to tell us
of her trip and I am sure we shall
all be interested in her message.

The New Dixie.

Based on "The South Today/* by EsteDe Haskin

I, Enter The Spirit of the Old
South and persons representing
the following nationalities: Anglo-
Saxon, Scotch, Irish, French Hu-
guenots, Spanish, Mexican, German
and African.

The Spirit of the Old South
should be costumed, if possible, in
soft robe of red and should carry
a Confederate flag, while those rep-
resenting the nations should be
dressed in national costumes or wear
something significant of the coun-
tries from which they came.

The Spirit of the Old South
speaks, telling of the contribution
which eatfh of these have made to
her welfare, and sets forth strongly
and fully not only the natural re-
sources but also the customs, the
spirit and the pride of the old
South. Pp. 3-11, pp, 83-86, pp.
127-36, pp. 169-70.

n. (1) Enter The Spirit of the
New South,

She should be costumed in robe
of dark blue. She should, if pos-
sible, carry a sheaf of wheat and
baskets containing fruit and vege-
tables and cotton and coal and ore.

The Spirit of the New South tells
of the desolation and the suffering
of the old, of its insufficiency and
of its passing away, and speaks of
her own coming.

(2) Enter Farmer, telling of the
need of agricultural improvements
and what he is doing for the New

(3) Enter a Manufacturer, tell-
ing of the possibilities of manufac-
tures in the South and their effect
upon her renewed life. Pp. 66-82.

(4) Enter a Miner, telling of the
discoveries of coal and ore and the
part he plays in the making of the
New South. Pp. 63-66.

(5) Enter a School Teacher, tell-
ing of the reconstruction of the
South through her schools. Pp. 90-

(6) Enter a Minister telling of
the outstanding religious faith of
the people of the South and the
part religion has in the New South.
Chapter 7.

(7) Enter a Social Service Work-
er, telling of the changes she is
bringing to the South. Chapter 6.

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(Note — ^Thc Farmer, the Manufacturer,
the Miner, the Teacher, the Minuter and the
Social Worker should each wear costumes
suited to their lines of life endeavor.)

The two groups come together
and sing the following to the tune
of "Dixie":



Now changed to reaping hook the saber.
Wasteful war to wealthful labor.

And hurrav! and hurray! and hurray!
Dbde Land!
Now where the dead the plain were strewing,
Waving grain the fields renewing.

And hurray! and hurray! Dixie Land!

I'm glad I am in Dixie,

Hurray! hurray!
In Dixie Land I'll take my stand
To live and work in Dixie;
Hurray! hurray! for North and South in

Hurray! hurray! for North and South in

Now for the steeds in battle springing,
List! the ploughboy whistling — singing!
And hurray! and hurray! and hurray!
Dixie Land!
Now for the musketry's fierce rattle.
Bleating flocks and lowing cattle.

And hurray! and hurray! and hurray!
Dixie Land!

Now for the cannon's doomful roaring,
Moiilten streams from foundries pouring,
And hurray! and hurray! and hurray!
Dixie Land!
Now for the fiery fifing— drumming.
Hark! the factory's busy humming.

And hurray! and hurray! and hurray!
Dixie Land!

Now glorious destinies before us.
Heavenly benedictions o'er us.

And hurray! and hurray! and hurray!
Dixie I^and!
Now in the world's g^eat federation.
Chosen people — foremost Nation,

And hurray! and hurray! and hurray!
Dbcie Land!

III. Enter The Spirit of Amer-
ica, taking her stand between The
Spirit of the Old South and The
Spirit of the New South,

The Spirit of America should
wear a robe of white and should
carry a large American flag. She

speaks, telling of the value of the
traditions of the Old South and of
The Spirit of the New South, and
of the need of the nation for all that
she can give from her old and her

All then sing "America."


Week Beginmng November 5th — Pray for
God's blessing upon the thousands of people
in Alaf ka, that those who have never fmown ,
the true God may hear of Him, and that
thof e who have known Him may not forget

Week Beginning November 12th — ^Let us
thank God for the earnest pioneer mission-
aries in Alaska, and pray that they may be
the first of a great army of Christian work-
ers who will go to that great land.

Week Beginning November 19th — Pray
that tliere may be churches very soon in the
new Alaska towns, and that God's bles6ing
may be with the missionaries who go. Pray
especially for Harry Munro, our first mis-
sionary to Alaska.

Week Beginning November 26th, BibU
School Dag for American Miesione — Pray
for God's blessing upon the offering for
American Missions — that it may be equal to
the great opportunities in America.

The Amebicak Ladob Year Book for 1916.
882 pages. Paper, 50 cents; cloth,
$1.00. Published by the Rand School
of Social Science, New York.
This is the first of a proposed annual
series of labor year books which will bring
to the desk of every person interested in
public movements uie essential and con-
temporaneous facts regarding labor's part
in them; also the progress of law-making
upon the labor question; facts regarding
the union and socialistic movements,
strikes, lockouts, efforts at co-operation,
collective bargaining, poUtical campaigns,
shorter hours, increase of wages, etc., and
a multitude of other facts which concern
or with which the labor movement is con-
cerned. The survey is not confined to the
United States, though necessarily is more
complete in regard to our own problems
than that of other countries, yet a great
deal of infomiation Is given regarding the
progress and conditions of labor in all the
nations of the world. In this day the labor
movement is assuming such vast propor-
tions that the church and all other public
agencies must take account of it, and we
welcome this compendium of facts as a
basis for accurate tiiinking and statement
upon issues which concern the labor ques-

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Department of Social Service and Rural Church

A. W. TAYLOR, Superintendent.

One of the most interesting and
prditable sessions of the Des Moines
Convention was that of Thursday af-
ternoon, when the American Chris-
tian Missionary Society presented
reports from its two commissions,
giving an hour to each — the Com-
missions on Social Service and the
Rural Church- and on Immigration.
These reports presented thorough-
going studies of the situation in each
of the fields, not as dry statistics, but
as facts clothed with zeal and inspi-
ration. In these fields are to be
found the greatest missionary oppor-
tunities for the Home Society and
those that are most importunate in
their needs. Finis Idleman presentee^
the report for the Commission on Im-
migration and F. D. Butchart made
an address that was unsurpassed for
its missionary appeal. He spoke out
of his own experience as a foreigfn
missionary in an American city. The
report for the Commission on Social
Service and the RuAl Church was
presented by J. H. Jones, "Bishop of
the Ozarks;" O. L. Smith, who does
the work of a district superintendent
in Kansas with both energy and
vision; O. F. Jordan, long Chicago's
missionary bishop; Arthur Dillinger,
who could speak out of his living
experience as a resident pastor in a
rural field, and the writer. We hope
to present the gist of each of these
excellent short addresses in future
numbers of this magazine. This
method of presenting a problem
rather than through a piece of thrill-
ing rhetoric was so well liked by the
audience that they unanimously voted
to have it repeated next year.

The personnel of this commission
for next year will be as in the past,
viz., J. H. Mohorter, F. E. Lumley,
O. F. Jordan, H. H. Peters and the
writer, together with two new names,
those of Arthur Dillinger and J. H.
Jones. The commission hopes to
have a meeting soon to talk over to-
gether their task.

Among the enterprising rural and
village churches which are seeking to
do community work we note recently
the f ollow ing activities : The churches
at Brownsburg, Jamestown and Ad-
vance, in Indiana, held a tri-church
Chautauqua, covering four days.
Pastors Newlin, Kelly and Halstead
co-operating in organizing and mak-
ing a success of this community move-
ment. Various country and com-
munity problems were discussed, the
country church being prominent
among them, the lecturers going from
church to church to render their serv-
ice. The Concord Church, near
Mackinaw, HI., has recently lield a
two-day farmers' institute, at which
not only tb<i economic problems of
country life were considered, but the
school, the home and the church as
well, H. H. Peters, a member of this
commission ^nd the State Secretary
of Illinois, being the chief speaker.
A further account of this church's
activities will be given in another
paragraph. At North Middletown,
Ky., both a two-day farmer's inrti-
tute and a three-day chautauqua
were held. This church, under the
leadership of John Christopherson,
has done such a notable piece of work
that a special account of it is being

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reserved for a future issue, when a
greater amount of space will be avail-
able. At Colfax, 111., the pastor ar-
ranged a full week of special ad-
dresses on community betterment,
bringing in a number of speakers
who spoke upon various of those
larger obligations and opportunities
that are presented to Christianity
through community effort. This type
of service means the making of a
better neighborhood through increas-
ing the intellectual interests and so-
cial life of the people, as well as the
spirit of co-operation, and all re-
dounds to the direct work of the
church in its more special functions.

Sam W. Crabtree is demonstrating
at the Concord Church in the open
country in Central Illinois the ef-
ficiency that comes with a resident
pastor who has enterprise and a com-
munity program. The nearest other
church to Concord is four miles away,
and the Concord people have ac-
cepted Brother Crabtree's leadership
as not confined simply to the church,
but to all things good for the com-
munity through the church. As
noted above, a two-day farmers' in-
stitute has just been held, in which
home, school and church problems —
in other words, country life — received
as much emphasis as did farm busi-
ness. Each year a Sunday school
picnic is held, also a Thanksgiving
dinner, and on yet another occasion
^ a rflUy-day dinner and social. At
these times the young people play
games, the older people visit, every-
body enjoys himself through asso-
ciating with everybody else, and the
life of the community is thus knit
together with a common purpose. A
basement has been put under the
church ; a choral club is being organ-
ized ; in bad weather the people bring

their baskets to the morning service,
eat dinner together and listen to the
second sermon, thus mingling the
blessings of sociability with those of
devotion. With only seventy-six
members, this church gave last year
$210 to missions, an average of al-
most three dollars per member. None
of these sociables are for the sake of
financial profit, and all bills are paid
in cash, thus cultivating not only
business efficiency, but generosity.
This demonstrates that a coui^try
church can give equally with a city
church, and that they will do so
when there is A pastor on the field to
give them vision. There are literally
thousands of Disciple churches out in
the country that have more members
than has Concord and could equally
as well support a resident pastor if
only they knew how to be generous.


**The CHnj)REK OP THE Liohthouse/' by
Chas. Lincoln White, is a new book for
Juniors in the Interdenominational Home
Missionary Study Course. It tells of a
twin brother and sister who lived in a light-
house and who come in touch in an interest-
ing way with the world outside their nar-
row environment. 1-etters, war ships, books
and other things g^ve them this opportu-
nity. This book Is published by the Asso-
ciation Press, New York, and sells for 40
cents in cloth and 25 cents in paper, with
postage extra.

"Things to Make," by J. Gertrude Hut-
ton, gives directions for making a large
number of interesting things, all of them
within the ability of boys and girls under
twelve and suitkble for sending to mission
stations, hospitals, the homes of mission-
aries and other places. Tliis is published
by the Missionary Education Movement,
166 Fifth Ave., New York City. The price
is fifty cents.

**The Motheb Heart/' by John T. Paris,
is a collection of incidents written in a
most charming manner concerning the ever
new theme of a mother's love and influence.
It is suitable as a gift, or would be a
source of valuable material for a sermon
or Mother's Day program. It is published
by the Standard Publishing Company and
sells for forty cents.

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Rental prices are for one evening. Trans-
portation charges both ways to be paid by
the renter.

Lectures have all been prepared by per-
sons who are recognized authorities on the

The slides for which rental is charged be-
long to the Missionary Education Move-
ment •

1. The Amsbicait Indiax. — Sixty-four
slides, mostly colored; rental $2.00. The
newest and best pictures presenting the
tragic history of the Indian, his industrial,
educational and religious life and the future
now opening to him.

2. Home Mdmtonb and the Pubuc Wel-
FAEB. — Fifty-eight slides, mostly colored;
rental $2.00. Pictures of the pioneer home
missions, the new rural life, the church in
industrial centers, with the immigrants, and
among baclcward races.

8. The -Immtoeakt in America. — Sixty-
three slides, mostly colored; rental $2.00.
Successive immigrations to America, the
new immigration, characteristics of the new
immigrants, the economic forces and moral
effects of immigration, and the opportuni-
ties for Christian service.

4. The United Mosionabt Campaign *
Chabtb. — Twenty-one slides, five colors;
rental 50 cents. These are the charts thai
are being used so successfully in connection
with financial efforts in local dmrchcs, con-
ventions and conferences. Especially valu-
able :n connection with the Every. Member

5. The American Chbistian Missionary
Society. — Sfacty slides, illustrative of the
Facts, Fields and Forces of the Home
Board. Transportation charges both ways,
but no rental. Typewritten lecture included.

6. AijisKA, Ottr Last Frontier. — One hun-
dred slides, giving the natural beauties and
missionary opportunities of the Land of the
Midnight Sun. It is also a land of mid-
day darkness. In it is located our mission
station Farthest North. Typewritten lec-
ture included. No rental, but tramtporta-
tion charges both ways must be paid.

Order from the American Christian Mis-
sionary Society, Carew Bldg., Cincinnati, O.



The Missionary Education Movement has
just add^ to the long list already pub-
iished another mission study book. It is
distinctly a home mission study, as is indi-
cated bv the title. The South Today, and is
from the pen of Dr. John M. Moore, of
Nashville, Tennessee. It will be of interest

not only to tlie people of the South, but to
the whole nation, and will be used during
the coming season as a text book in afi
sections of the country.

The author not only g^ves a vast amount
of information about that section of our
country as he tells the story of the South's
rehabilitation since the close of the Civil
War and of its rapid progress in recent
years, but he sets forth also the stupendous
tasks which confront the South, and the
grave and urgent problems which are call-
ing so insistently for solution and which
constitute such a challenge to Southern lead-

While the primary object of the book is
to portray the present South and with a dis-
tinct forward look to estimate Ker potential-
ities and her obligations, still the author
gives his readers at least a glimpse of the
old South and reveals something of its pic-
turesqueness and charm. Indeed, this is
necessary to the main purpose of the book,
since, in order to understand what is, we
need to know how it came to be. No one
can fully appreciate the South today with-
out knowing something of the spirit of the
South of yesterday.

The book appears at a most appropriate
time, in view of the fact that for the next
year tliere will be in the various Protestant
communions and throughout the whole of
our country a concerted movement for home
mission studies as a part of the theme, *The
Two Americas."

The South Today will prove to be a verv
teachable book. One distinct merit which
it possesses in this direction is the facilities
which it has for provoking •discussion. It
will from the very outset bring to light
sharp differences of opinion in almost any
group of persons, either North or South,
because the subject which the book presents
is one about which we all have some knowl-
edge — and a great deal of ignorance. — Pro-
fessor R. E. Gaines, Richmond College,
Richmond, Va.

Cloth, 60 cents, prepaid. American Chris-
tian Missionary Society, Carew Bldg., Cin-
cinnati, O.

C. M. Green of Spokane, Wash., is serving
as superintendent pro tern, in the North-
west District and is doing some mighty fine
work. If he was not succeeding so well in
business, he might be persuaded to give full
time service.

The exhibit of Bible school materials at
the convention was the best we have had.
The Colorado Springs, Col., school stimu-
lated much interest by offering a banner
for the best exhibit and then graciously ex-
empted for this year its own fljie exhibit.
University Place, Des Moines school, won
the banner.

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November 26, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, is the day for the
excursion, but ample preparations should be made in advance-
See Alaska and all America
through Home Mission Eyes

The whole school will enjoy the trip. This is the year to go and
the season when the journey can be made to the best advantage of
all concerned.

Nobody will get sea sick — safe return guaranteed

Everybody who goes is asked to have fellowship in an offering
to support Harry Munro in Alaska, and aJl other Home
Missionaries and Bible School Workers. This is the new mission
station— the one nearest the North Pole. It is a land this
winter of Mid-Day Darkness and needs the Light of the World
Farthest North in service means Farthest Limit in giving.

Clip the card attached and mail at once for free supplies to Robt M. Hopkins, Bible
School Secretcury. American Christian Missionary Society, Carew Bldg., Cincinnati, O.

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