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[146] yourself. You did not care any more for officers than privates— not you. But stay in camp awhile, and you catch the feeling. You will go with a friend who is introducing you—will perhaps see a rather indifferent-looking youngster, eating his dinner, and care very little for him; but when he looks up and you see three stars on his collar, and your friend says, “Colonel——,” you take off your hat.

And let any officer, from the highest to the lowest, be a decidedly religious or a decidedly irreligious man, and the influence diffuses itself throughout his entire command. These men sought distinction, and delight in authority. Alas! many of them little think of the weighty responsibilities which always pertain to any position of influence. They cannot divest themselves of this responsibility, not merely to the nation for the military efficiency of their command, but to God for the religious influence exerted upon these their fellow-men. Of course, no one wants them to do anything officially to constrain the men into anything like religion. But their example, and their ways of talking, produce an effect that is positively astonishing.

Have you a friend who is an officer? Urge him not to neglect the solemn responsibility of his position. If he is a Christian, let him try to be such a specimen of the Christian officer as the general above described, and he may do incalculable good. If still unconverted, ask if he has a right not only to slight his own soul, but by his example and influence to be ruining the souls of others.

Are you an officer yourself? Has Providence placed you as a leader to your fellow-men, and shall you lead them to perdition? Parents ought to become Christians for the sake of their children, besides personal considerations; and so ought officers to become Christians for the sake of their men.

J. A. B. Orange Court House.

A correspondent of another paper writes:

‘The brigade, the regiment, or the company, which has enjoyed the influence of a real Christian commander, stands out in bold and bright relief. I have seen enough of this to make every Christian proud, yes, boastfully, most joyfully proud, of his blessed, his wonder-working religion. I have seen companies, composed of the same material, encamped very near each other, ’

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