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organizer and first president of the Luther League of Nebraska, and has always représented the organization in the West. He has also been an associate editor of the Luther League Review for several years."
Of his work in the last ten years a volume might be written. He has visited spoken in churches of every Synod, has been in every State and spent a year going around the
world, speaking for the Luther League wherever he could. His interesting report at the last convention at Pittsburgh is still fresh in everybody's mind. May he be spared many years in the Master's cause is the sincere wish of the thousands of young people enlisted under our banner and the many thousands of Lutherans he has learned to know during his service in the ministry.
Report of the General Secretary
T is interesting to learn that we will soon be
able to accurately fix the exact time of the world by wireless telegraphy. About the middle of November we are told it will be possible to establish with precision for the first time the longitude of America and Europe in their relation to each other, by the exchange of wireless signals between the great stations at Arlington and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Commander Hoff at the International Time Conference told the world, the observatory in Washington was now distributing time with errors of only one-thousandth part of a second. Hitherto, time between Europe and America has been established by cable, allowance being made for loss of time in transmission. This has been accurately fixed three times. In 1866, 1870 and 1872.
For all this the General Secretary has found it impossible to meet all the demands made upon him for visitations. Time flies fast and as there are only fifty-two Sundays in the year, he regrets it is beyond his power to accept all the invitations that come to him.
At Viewmonte, N. Y., we had a very interesting service. This congregation is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in America. It is in Livingston Manor and in the heart of one of the finest fruit regions in America. Sixty Luther Leaguers marched up the aisle and took seats in the front of the church at this service. We apprehend that as a result of this visit the Luther League will have to furnish the pastor with a new pulpit chair.
The Secretary visited Schenectady, Oneonta, and we also addressed a meeting at the First Church, Albany. At Ellenville the General Secretary was privileged to participate in the fiftieth anniversary of the congregation, preaching the communion
in the morning and delivering the Luther League address in the evening, following the eloquent anniversary sermon by Rev. H. E. Snyder.
The seventeenth annual convention of the Luther League of New Jersey in Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rev. Eugene E. Neudewitz, pastor, Jersey City, was not a large but an interesting convention. The keynote of the convention was “Lengthen Thy. Cords, Strengthen Thy Stakes.” Mr. Carl E. Thorbeck, of Riverside, who was chosen by the executive committee as president upon the resignation of the former president, presented an interesting report. Mr. Thorbecke deserves great credit for what was accomplished by him in his short term and we were heartily glad to know that New Jersey had a young layman so interested in the work.
The reports of the officers and standing committees indicated progress in New Jersey. Mr. William C. Stoever, President of the Luther League of America, delivered an address and the General Secretary delivered an address and conducted a question box. The addresses in the evening were delivered by Revs. F. V. Christ, of New York, and eorge A. Genzmer, of Newark. Rev. F. H. Bosch, of New York, delivered an address on Junior Luther League work. Delegates and visitors were entertained at dinner and supper in the parlors of the church. This convention was more largely attended by the pastors of New Jersey than any for a number of years previous.
A word to the delegates and visitors to Albany. On the same dates as our convention there will be a convention of the Federated Woman's Club of New York. The general committee in charge at Albany advise that all delegates and visitors intending to be present at the Luther League Convention write at once for reservation of rooms to kev. H. E. Meyer, Ph.D., 62 Alexander street, Chairman of the Entertainment Committee. Hotel rates will be found in the September and October numbers of the LUTHER LEAGUE REVIEW.
LUTHER M. KUHNS.
(Continued from September Number.) CHAPTER III.
and his parents. No one seemed to know Mr. A STRANGER AT THE MEETING.
Austin, but he made himself agreeable, and HE evening of the open session finally told Dr. Carroll and others, with whom he
arrived and almost every member was talked, that he was a Lutheran, a member of present, and a large turnout of the parents and St. Luke's Church, of Portland, and deeply infriends. Paul was delighted. It was a far terested in young folks. He happened to be larger crowd than he had dared to hope for. in their community on business, and learning
The children marched in from the Sunday of the open session, had come to see and hear school room singing the "Rally Hymn" and what he could. He left earlier than the others, took their accustomed places. A meeting was and when he was gone, Dr. Carroll told Paul then conducted exactly the same as the after- of the questions asked. noon session, up to the presentation of the
Helen, too, had accidentally been near him lesson. Then Paul made a little speech to the on one or two occasions, and had been quesparents, telling them of the object and pur- tioned in regard to Paul. Once Grace came to pose of the Junior League. He said it was a speak to her and Mr. Austin regarded her place of amusement, but to save the soul of
very attentively for a moment and after she the child. It was not to take the place of the
went away had asked questions about her. Sunday school, or the church service, but to
Helen told him she was a sister to Paul, and help supply the things not to be received dur
then pointed out Dorothy also, and the three ing the short lesson of the morning hour, and
seemed to occupy practically all of his attento teach the child the history and doctrine of
tion during the remainder of his visit. She their glorious Church and faith. To make
also spoke to Paul of the interest which the them love their Church, and create in them
strange gentleman manifested in him and his the desire for more knowledge, so, when they sisters, but they were all at a loss to excome under the pastor's care they will be anx
plain it. ious and ready to accept his instruction.
So many people congratulated Paul and his After his address he rapidly outlined the les
helpers on the successful work they were doing son and gave them a question drill on it, and
that he confidentially told Helen he “really some of the supplemental work which they hail
was afraid he would need a new hat, and he been having.
did not know how he could possibly afford it," Helen and Ethel then delighted the members
at which Helen laughed, and replied, “When and their friends with a violin and piano selec
you need a new one, I think it will be forthtion, after which Dr. Carroll gave a short his
coming." tory of the organization of the League and paid a high compliment to Paul and his as
The evening was certainly a success, and sistants. He then led them in player, closing
was going to do more for the League than with the Lord's Prayer, in which all joined.
they had hoped, when they were in their most At the close of the service all were invited
hopeful mood. to the basement, where the older members Paul, Dorothy and Grace walked home with served refreshments, and all present were ex
Helen that evening, and as the two little girls pected to enjoy themselves in the society of went ahead comparing notes and telling each their friends.
other about the happy time they had enjoyed, Paul moved among the assembly, seeking out it gave the older ones a chance to have a prithe parents and asking why this one's boy or vate chat, which they were quick to take advangirl did not attend and whether he could hope for their presence at the next meeting.
On their arrival home and the children put Among the people in attendance was a man to bed, Paul told his mother all the events of who introduced himself as a Mr. Austin, from the evening. When he came to the part of Portland. He was a prosperous looking, elder- the stranger and the interest which he seemed ly gentleman, and seemed to be particularly to have in their family, she became visibly interested in Paul. While he did not speak excited. to him he watched his every movement very "What did you say his name was?" she closely, and made many inquiries about him asked.
"Mr. Austin. I did not learn his first name." “What did he want you to do?" Paul asked "Where was he from?"
softly. "Portland. He said he was a member of “He wanted me to marry a man I loathed, St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Why, what is and he was very unreasonable about your the matter, mother?" Paul cried. Mrs. Cecil father, who was a good man. I knew some had turned deathly white and was breathing things about my uncle's choice, which I believe heavily.
he did not. In going against Uncle Henry's “Nothing, Paul; nothing at all,” but she wishes I gained his ill will. Years afterward clutched at her heart convulsively.
the man was exposed and I think Uncle Henry "You do not know Mr. Austin, do you, learned to know him as he was, but whether mother?"
he was still bitter against me I never knew. “I once knew a Mr. Austin," she said faintly. He was a very proud and reserved man, and "He was living in Portland, too, some twenty
could not own himself in the wrong very years ago.” She seemed whiter than at first. easily, but if convinced that he was really in "What is the trouble, mother?
the wrong, he would attempt to make reparabring you some water," and he ran and fetched tion in some manner." her a glass.
“If this was your Uncle Henry, what do you “I shall be all right in a moment,” she said, suppose he was doing at the League meetsipping the water. "It was all so suddenly ing?" told. What sort of a looking man was he? "There can be only two reasons : either he is Did he speak to you?"
desirous of seeking a reconciliation, or else "No, he did not speak to me, or either of the, it was purely accidental-his being in this girls. He talked with a number of people,
town.” among them Helen Dall, and Grace came to “But mother, you would not want to have her while he was talking. He looked her over anything to do with him, would you?" very carefully, but did not attempt to speak to “Yes, Paul. if he willing to own himher, and Helen then pointed out Dorothy, and self in the wrong, and really wants to be she said he watched all three of us nearly the friends again. He may be poor, or he may be entire time he stayed.”
prosperous. I do not know, and do not care "What did he look like?"
as to that; but if he is lonely, if he is sad, we "He was a little above average height and ought to cheer him as much as possible. He finely built, with gray hair, smooth face, and is getting up in years. He lost his wife and looked to be about sixty years old and very only child Marie long, long ago, and has lived prosperous."
alone ever since." “Oh, I wonder if it could be possible !" she "But think how he has neglected you and moaned.
forgotten our very existence, one might say. “Could be who?" asked Paul.
I never knew we had any relatives. Why Mrs. Cecil did not speak for a few moments have you never spoken of him?" and Paul waited patiently for her to break the “True, he has neglected us; but what does silence.
the Master say: 'If we forgive not every one “Did I ever tell you anything about my Uncle his trespasses. You know the rest. If he is Henry?" she questioned.
lonely, if he still loves us, we can surely learn “Not that I remember, mother."
to love him. I love him again, and you chil“He was mother's only brother,” she went dren love him as a long-lost uncle. I never on, half to herself, “and I was his only niece. told you, as it would only have made you feel It appeared he could never do enough for bitter against one, who, perhaps, was really me, and then he wanted me to do something acting according to his best knowledge, and for him-and-and-I could not, and then- who is now afraid to ask forgiveness, lest he and then"
be refused. He knows how much he has She looked at Paul vaguely.
wronged me." "And then he grew angry and said I was un- “How can you let him know you are willing grateful. He was in a rage, beside himself to be friends?". with passion, or he would never have said the "He will come to us. He is very proud and bitter things he did; and then-I went away, reserved, as I told you; but his sense of duty and I have never seen or heard a word from is strong, and if he once decides himself him to this day.”
(Continued on page 26.)
First Week in Advent. December 1, 1912.
in every department of life's activity. They Are tho Ton Commandmonto Practi- are not impractical dreamers, but men of comcable Today ?
mon sense and brains, who are demonstrating Deut. 10:12-13; Matt. 22:37-40; Romans 13:8-10.
that God's Commandments are practicable. Topic reviewed by Rev. Paul W. Koller.
2. That We Love Our Neighbor as Ourself. We have heard so often that it is impossible That is the all embracing requirement that for human beings to keep perfectly these Ten covers the second table of the Ten CommandCommandments that somehow there has crept ments. While not as much is done as ought into the minds of people a feeling that these to be done for the welfare and happiness of commandments are so far beyond and above our fellowmen, yet there is no question but uis as to be impracticable. Therefore a ques- that it is a good thing and practicable even tion like the one that forms our topic is in this seifish age. Men and women are doing natural, and consideration of it valuable. it every day and not making much fuss about “Are the Ten Commandments practicable
it either. The schoolboy who helps his comtoday?” Men answer this question differently. petitor; the shopmate who steps aside that "Certainly,” glibly answer some who have never another who has a wife and children may half comprehended their high requirements or profit; the daughter who gives up her chance lofty purpose. “By no means," reply others of happiness for another's welfare, all are who for the first time are brought to realize proving the practical worth of this command the great gulf which separates human frailty Men no longer say that the Golden Rule is not and divine requirement. And if we were to practicable. Some years ago a governor of judge from the conduct of many who call New York said “Nobody obeys the Golden themselves Christians, too would say
Rule any more." Not long after Secretary of “Impossible.” But God gave the Command- State Hay said. “The sum and substance of ments to be obeyed, and He never as's what international law is the Golden Rule.” These is impossible or impracticable. Let us, how- Commandments of God are practicable today. ever, see for ourselves by looking at what God 3. Love the Fulfilling of the Law. demands of us, and we will know, in part at Those who try to keep the Commandments least, whether they have a place or not in this do not find it easy, and no one except our practical age.
blessed Saviour has ever kept them perfectly. God demands:
We come far short; we transgress again and 1. That We Put Him First.
again. Christ knows our difficulty and has This is the very first commandment, and in given us a way by which we can keep His law. the New Testament we find Christ urging it He gave it to us through one of his conseagain and again. Matt. 6:33. “Seek ye first
crated followers who lived very near to Him. the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” It is the great and precious truth that love is Many pay no attention, however, either to the the fulfilling of the law, true Christian love Law or to Christ's words. They seek gain first which reaches up to God and out to of all and not God. There seems to be noth
fellowmen. When such love is in the heart, ing men will not sacrifice and undergo to get
putting God first and loving our neighbor will possessions. The cold of the North does not not be so hard, and what we lack Christ's love deter them. The scorching heat and fever of
will supply. the Tropics does not prevent. Men undergo
SUGGESTED QUSTIONS. privations, hardships, loneliness, war, anything 1. What is the test of practicality? and everything to possess things. On the 2. Has any cne ever kept the Commandother hand, it is just as true that all about us ments perfectly. there are men and women who are putting 3. Will the Commandments always be reGod first in their lives and even the Father of quired. Lies would not declare impracticable what is 4. What is the practical result of pụtting wrought every day with blessed results. There God first? Of keeping the Sabbath? are business men wliose first question is not 5. What results when men keep the Com"Will it pay?” but “Is it right in God's sight?" mandments of the second table ? We meet men everywhere who put God first 6. Have you found them practicable? The Luther League Topics, complete lessons (of which the above are outlines and reviews), in 32-page pam
phlet, covering three months, can be supplied at rates given on page 35 by LUTHER LEAGUE Review, Box 876, New York, N. Y.
ad Week in Advent. December 8, 1912.
course great stress in laid upon the acquireEducational Work in tho Guntur ment of English, and after the eighth year inMission (Gonoral Synod)
struction is given with English as the medi
Boys more advanced in age, or boys
who show weakness only in English, are al-
lowed to read in the elementary school in Education is considered one of the most im- Guntur. portant phases of the work of our mission. In
The college and the higher grade Bible most respects it is closely correlated with the
training school form the climax for the secevangelistic work.
ondary education of our mission. Below the The work in the parish schools in the vari- college are the high school (three years), the ous villages where there are Christian congre- lower secondary department (three years) and gations is really the starting point for all our the branch school (primary, five years). Up educational work. This is natural. These vil- to the high school the teaching is chiefly in lage schools are sometimes excellent. The
the vernacular, with English as the chief subteachers are supposed to be men and women ject in the curriculum. For high school and who have been trained in our Guntur higher college all instruction is given in English, with schools. Oftentimes, in the looseness and the exception of some of the study of the verfreedom of the life in small villages, the teach- nacular itself, Up to the last year of the ers neglect many of the good habits acquired high school course we give our own examinain school and become more like the villagers tions. At the close of the high school course, among whom they work. The teachers were however, there is a public examination conformerly villagers themselves. I must not ducted by the Government, and uniform for leave the impression that these village schools all high schools throughout the Presidency. In are worthless. From these schools come all this examination students are examined in of our higher trained and better workers. English, vernacular composition, elementary Many of the boys and girls when they come mathematics (including arithmetic and elefor admission to the boarding schools show mentary algebra and geometry), and in two or evidences of good and faithful training. three optional subjects selected from a list of
Each year—and sometimes twice a year- a dozen or more, such as algebra and geomeach of the boarding schools holds an exam- etry, trigonometry, history of England, physination of boys and girls from the village ics, chemistry, Telugu, Sanscrit, etc. The exschools. Out of those examined a certain amination standard is high-fully as high as number are selected as fit to proceed to higher that of the better high schools of the United studies.
States. The percentage of pupils who obtain There are at present two boarding schools
is very small--10, 15 or 20 per for boys and two for girls. In some missions cent. every town in which a missionary lives has a Our college in Guntur teaches only up to boarding school, and these missions have a the junior class, so that our boys have to atlarger proportion of well-trained workers. tend another college for the last two years of This is our ideal.
their A. B. degree course. All the examining These schools are boarding establishments is done by the Madras University itself. At rather than schools. The pupils attend schools. the end of the sophomore year, as a rule, in the town-close to the boarding schools. about 40 per cent. pass. In the college there The newly admitted boys are placed in the are elective group courses. English is comthird or fourth year class of one of the college pulsory for all. We teach mathematics, physbranch schools-according to their attain- ics, chemistry, ancient and modern history, ments. If they fail to pass they are usually logic, Telugu, and Sanscrit. We now have sent back to their villages. Some who show about eighty boys in the two classes.
In our reasonable ability but fail in English are al- senior high school class we have no boys. In lowed to continue their studies, but in the ele- the college, high school, lower secondary mentary school.
school and three branches we have almost I should state right here that education is 1,000 students. In Rentachintala we have a of two kinds in the Madras Presidency-ele- lower secondary school which is also connectmentary and secondary. The elementary edu- ed with the college and high school. cation is in Telugu, while in the secondary The Bible training school consists of two