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- CAUTION AGAINST AN IMPOSTOR. Editors FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER:
FRIENDS' are counselled to be on their guard against a young man who has been giving his name as “Frank Miller,’’ professing to be a Friend, and seeking aid from Friends. He is an impostor. He appears to be about thirty years of age, is of medium height, slender, has dark hair, eyes, and complexion, had a small and dark mustache, and small and irregular teeth. In the limits of New York Monthly Meeting his method has been to visit the homes of Friends, at an hour when the man would be apt to be absent, and represent that he had called on behalf of some well-known Friend who desired to call that evening on important business, and wished to be assured that the family would be at home. Then, if the way seemed clear, the young man would tell how he had lost his family by consumption, and was himself stricken by it, and that Friends,he would name a few leading ones,—had been very kind to him, and had extended such and such help, but that a little more was needed to accomplish a desired end. If the way did not appear to be clear to seek aid, he would not tell his story of distress, but would depart at once, after having made the pretended appointment as described above, which appointment, it is needless to say, would not be kept. He may assume another name if he goes to other localities. Iro 8th St., Hoboken, W. J. RICHARD R. HULL.
WHITTIER'S “ ETERNAL GOODNESS.” Editors FRIENDS''INTELLIGENCER :
Could you find room in your valuable paper to publish Whittier's “Eternal Goodness '' 2 &
The poem contains so much that is of vital interest to Friends. A friend of mine was asking me concerning Friends' views, especially of the hereafter. I could find no better definition than that found in this poem. My friend expressed a strong desire to possess it.
I know that part of the poem is frequently quoted, and it may be found among Whittier's works, but so many have not time to read books, yet read the weekly paper. I shall consider it a great favor if you will publish it.
The INTELLIGENCER has been the main link between me and Friends for the past seven months ; having very severely sprained my knee on the 2d of Seventh month, have been bedfast for five months, and have very little prospect of getting about for many weeks. So have learned to appreciate the paper as I never did before.
CATHARINE ANNA BURGESS.
College View, Webraska.
[We shall make room for the poem in a week or two.— EDITORS..] - •
DONATION DAY : NORTHERN INDUSTRY.
THE Managers of the Northern House of Industry (702 Green street, Philadelphia), have appointed Second month 14 for Donation Day, hoping the friends of the institution will come generously to their aid in carrying on the good work, which must stop earlier than usual, unless they receive much needed assistance. Money, dry-goods, coal, tea, and sugar are necessities. Many of our members and contributors have been removed by death, and our income is much reduced—we have been compelled to turn away many suffering cases. While the Association is under the management of Friends, its funds are collected from all denominations and its aid extended, by supplying sewing for which they are compensated, to the aged, the infirm, and deserving poor, without regard to sect or color. We have a comfortable work room, in which from twelve to fifteen women are employed on fine sewing, quilting, etc.; customer work is all done in the House, and the rooms are open all the year, except during the Seventh and Eighth months. Out of the House we employ from thirty to sixty women on plain sewing. We are grateful to other charitable institutions for furnishing us with garments prepared for work for our women, thereby saviug us considerable outlay, and at the same
time aiding those institutions by doing their work gratuitously.
FOULKE FAMILY REUNION.
A MOVEMENT is on foot to have a Reunion of the Descendants of Edward and Eleanor Foulke, of Gwynedd. They were among the Welsh settlers of that Township, in 1698, so that the Reunion will commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of their coming to this country.
The Township will probably have a celebration, also, and this is likely to be held at Friends' meeting-house, at Gwynedd, on the 31st of Fifth month next. The Foulke Reunion is suggested for the day following, Sixth month I.
A meeting was held at 921 Arch street, this city, on the 28th ult., and preliminary arrangements were made for the Foulke Reunion. About forty descendants were present, and a number of letters from others, approving the movement, were received and read. William Dudley Foulke, of Richmond, Ind., was elected President of the organization, and Edward M. Wistar, (905 Provident Building, Philadelphia), Treasurer. Vice-Presidents, Secretaries, and an Executive Committee will be appointed later. It will be desired, of course, to communicate with all living descendants of Edward Foulke, and for that purpose to obtain names and addresses. (These should be sent to the Secretary, whose name and address will be given later.)
A LEARNED DISCOURSE.
I went to hear a speaker new, whom some, think deep and fluent too—
I listened closely on that day, and this is what he seemed to say
(And though I cannot parse it quite, perhaps some learned reader might):—
“My friends, although of course indeed,
“On further thought, I say, my friends,
“Forthwith from first to last, perchance,—
“If so, why not, alas, dear friends P
“How old are you, little girl?” asked the kind old lady of a three-year-old. “I's not old at all,” was the reply. “I's most new.”
STIMULANTS AND STRENGTH.
Some weeks ago, G. W. Woodruff, the “coach,” or trainer, of the foot-ball team of the University of Pennsylvania, wrote for the “Press,’’ of this city, a notable article on the use of stimulants in connection with athletic sports. After stating that he had been “maintaining for years that the use of artificial stimulants in training should be discountenanced'' and that he was “opposed on general principles to drinking at any time,” he proceeds to give his “reason for believing that nature will take proper care of her own robust, healthy children, provided that they live, eat, and exercise in a natural way.”
I will not deny that some men who have been accustomed, while out of training, to continual drinking, might be made more effective, might be enlivened, might have their nerves steadied, their brains made clearer, their courage strengthened and their muscles invigorated by the use of that alcoholic stimulant to which their systems had become accustomed. But this would be equally true of a man unusually addicted to the tobacco habit or the use of some drug like opium. The fact that DeQuincey could write better after suicidal doses of opium does not prove that
opium even in small quantities is a good thing for lit
erary men who are preparing themselves to excel in the higher world of letters. In the same way we sometimes find men who, because of a special prowess, are taken on a great team by suffrance, as it were. By suffrance because they are not in good physical condition on account of bad habits in the way of drinking, etc. These men often feel, and rightly, that they could play better and endure longer if their trainer would only permit the use of champagne and ale. I might now be asked the question: “If you admit that such men would be bettered by the use of liquor, would you give it to them?” No, I would not. The presence of such men on the team is a misfortune at the best. If we could find equally able men with unperverted nerves we would justly give them the positions. “But,” you will argue, “These men are on the team, and it is best to make them as effective as possible, both for their own and their comrades' sake.” True, we all want the strongest team possible; but there are other considerations than making some one or two players slightly more effective. For, even while I admit the possibility of helping a man, I maintain that such help is a possibility merely, and that it cannot be very great, for the man surely would not have won a place on a famous team unless he were able, without stimulant, to play nearly a first-class game, and, if his unstimulated play were really very good, you can readily see that it can't be bettered much by any means. On the other hand, the use of liquor has many actual dangers. It is usually given to the men to counteract so-called “staleness” or “over-training.” What is the result P. Certain players on each team have an unfortunate craving for liquor. They learn quickly that they will be allowed to drink in quantities directly proportioned to the badness of their condition. They soon discover that a woebegone expression of countenance, a heavy dragging gait, a disinclination to dress for play on time and a general lassitude on the field are the symptoms which usually prove over-training to the devotees of that bugaboo. This discovery
is immediately followed by the terrible symptoms themselves, and, within one week from the time you give the first foxy over-trained player his glass of champagne, every man on the team who is not a teetotaler will have gone stale, and few, if any, will recover so long as the champagne, ale and wine hold out.
“Well,” you ask, “what harm will that do P” Much, very much; in a short time the players will want more liquor at a time, the trainer will try to refuse. Thereupon the men will get more woebegone, and their play will rapidly become worse. The trainer will make this an excuse for humoring them. Then they will begin working schemes to get first, an extra glass —then an extra bottle. Before the season is over, drink and not play will be the prime object of training.
Some may think that I am old-fashioned in my opposition to the use of liquor and compare me to the man who will read a newspaper by the light of a tallow candle when the incandescent bulb is within reach of his hand, but it is not true that those who believe in leaving men's condition to Nature are old-fashioned. Liquor was much more generally used many years ago in all the undertakings of life than it is now. Be that as it may, I am not adverse to being accounted oldfashioned provided that the old way is good, sensible and effective. At the risk of seeming irreverent, I will close by drawing attention to the fact that thousands of years ago the Angel of the Lord, in giving instruction to the prospective mother of Samson, who was destined to become the greatest athlete in the history of the world, said: “And now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing.”
The fundamental rule is to be natural. Of course, nobody believes that Samson's strength lay in his hair, but rather in the strength and vigor which came from the proper life of his ancestors and from his own natural and vigorous way of living, combined with that spirit which came mightily upon him whenever he encountered an antagonist difficult to vanquish. thoroughly convinced that spirit and not spirits is what we should strive to give to an athlete in order that he may excel.
SIMPLICITY IN BURIALS.
RABBI KRAUSKOPF, of Philadelphia, in a recent sermon, earnestly appealed for less ostentation and expense at funerals. Strongly commending this, the editorial writer, “Penn,” in the Philadelphia “Bulletin,” proceeds as below : “I like the Quakers for their simplicity in these
things, their sincerity and their truthfulness. The
bodies of their dead are disposed of without show or extravagance or mockeries of eulogy. In their thought no pomp or ceremonial or marking of the grave can give worth to the character of those who
have passed away. At one time they would not put
even a name or a date on the coffin. When they committed the body to the earth, they left no trace or memorial of the grave. In the old graveyard at Fourth and Arch streets there are the coffins of thousands of
men and women mingled with the soil beneath, without tombstone or headstone and covered only by the
I am turf. That little city of the dead is an impressive picture of the equality and democracy of death. It is true that in later times the marking of a grave in some Quaker grounds has been made permissible; but the faces of the strictest of the sect are still set against the superstitions of human vanity in the burial of the dead. And yet there are no people among whom the memory of lives which were noble and pure in their sight is more cherished as examples or more honored, not with lip service, but in the spiritual treasures of their Honest hearts.”
THE ENGLISH WALNUT. Meehans' Monthly.
PoSSIBLY few trees in the Old World are more profit
able than the English Walnut, which thrives in England and all over the northern part of the continent of Europe. The wood is especially useful for gun-stocks, and for many articles of furniture, and is found profitable from trees of ten years of age and upwards. There is always good demand for the nuts; so that there are two distinct lines of profit, by the timber, and by the fruit. In our country, they thrive in any portion of the Eastern States; although, as they progress northwardly, the tips of the last year's shoots are destroyed by winter. The living portions push out again, however, and generally bear as abundantly as before.
In the vicinity of Philadelphia, there are numerous trees, planted by the early German settlers, which bear every year. Single or isolated trees sometimes fail to bear fruit, on account of the pollen-bearing flower maturing and scattering pollen before the nut-bearing flower is in condition to receive it; and, for this reason, crops are more assured when a nurnber of trees are planted together. In this way, some of the pollenbearing catkins are conditioned so as to be in bloom before the time that the nut-bearing flowers make their appearance.
THE “Teller resolution'' that United States bonds, “payable in coin,” may be paid either in gold or silver, at the option of the Government, passed the United States Senate, on the 28th inst., by a vote of 47 to 32. The affirmative vote was composed of Democrats, 35 ; Populists, 6; Republican bimetallists, 7 ; Silverites, 4. The negative was composed of 31 Republicans and I Democrat, (Caffrey, of Louisiana). An amendment offered by Senator Lodge, of Massachusetts, that all bonds should be paid, principal and interest, in gold coin or its equivalent, and that any other payment, without consent of the creditor, would be in violation of public faith and in derogation of his rights, was tabled by ayes, 53, nays, 24,more than two to one. The main resolution went to the House of Representatives, and in that chamber a vote was reached on the 31st, when it was voted down, 182 to I32. This, therefore, ends that form of the contest over the currency. ExtraorDINARY news of the weather in Australia reached this country on the 31st, by the steamship Warrimoo, at Vancouver, B. C. This is now the Australian summer, and the heat has been unprecedented. “The thermometer during the heat of the day averages about 152 in the shade, and in a long list of towns the lowest figure found is I Io. In the sun it is 160, so it is impossible to work at midday.” Telegrams show like conditions all over the . colonies. Great damage will be done to crops and stock. In Victoria Colony, it is said, an area of Ioo, ooo acres has been “swept clear.”
THE “Mark Lane Express,’’ of London, usually regarded as the leading English authority on the grain trade, had a rather unfavorable review of the European prospect for wheat last week. Austro-Hungary is suffering from a plague of field mice and moles. News from Russia is satisfactory so far as the wheat of 1898 is concerned, but the threshing of the 1897 crop indicates that the yield is very small in the provinces which have hitherto been credited with an average crop. “Large sales of Russian wheat point, therefore, to a very bad agricultural situation, showing that Russia, while not increasing her total production, is becoming, through agricultural poverty, a prompt seller for cash after the harvests.’’
THE negotiations of China with European nations for a loan are still hanging, it seems. A dispatch on the 3oth ult. Said that the Chinese Government had decided to approach the English and Russian Governments with a proposal of compromise, each Power to provide one-half of the loan on its own financial terms, and the other conditions to be adjusted between them. Russia is strengthening herself in the Chinese waters with both ships and troops. A dispatch to the London Times, from Odessa, Russia, on the 1st inst., said that “the Russian volunteer fleet” would convey, in the quickest possible time “over Io, ooo Russian troops to the Far East.” A Russian cruiser, the Saratoff, with 1,600 troops, passed through the Bosphorus on the 2d inst., on its way to Vladivostock, the Russian port on the east coast of Asia. A dispatch from St. Petersburg to the London Telegraph, indicating that Russia, Germany, and France would unite against England, in China, was received at London as “startling, if true.”
A very notable gathering of the friends of Woman Suffrage is to be held at Washington, D. C., from the 14th to the 20th of this month. It will be the semi-centennial anniversary of the movement, begun in 1848, by the meeting at Seneca Falls, N. Y. The rallying word, then, was “Women's Rights.” Since then, so much has been accomplished that now Woman Suffrage is the word. The program of the Washington meeting includes discussions of the progress of the past, and among the speakers and their topics will be : Antoinette Brown Blackwell, N. J., “The Changing Phases of Opposition ''; May Wright Sewall, Indiana, “Women in Education ’’; Lillie Devereaux Blake, New York, “Women in Municipalities”; Dr. Clara Marshall, Philadelphia, “Women in Medicine"; Ella Knowles Haskell, Montana, “Women in Law '' ; Catherine Waugh McCulloch, Illinois, “The Economic Status of Women '' ; Isabella Beecher Hooker, Connecticut, ‘‘ United States Citizenship ’’; Anna . Howard Shaw, Pennsylvania, “The Political Rights of Women’’; Ellzabeth Cady Stanton, New York, “Our Defeats and our Triumphs.”
THE strike of the engineers (machinists) in Great Britain has been adjusted, and on the 31st ult., the engineering works were generally re-opened, and work resumed. About onefourth of the men were given employment; others will be taken on as the work develops. The strike of cotton mill operatives at New Bedford, Mass., against a reduction of wages, continues. At Lawrence, Mass., on the Ist inst., the 5, ooo operatives at the Atlantic and Pacific cotton mills decided to accept the Io per cent. reduction in wages, which went into effect that day. Three hundred operatives in the Rosamond woolen mills, at Almonte, Ontario, are on strike against a proposed reduction of wages.
THE situation in India has some further grave features. On the 29th ult., a brigade of English troops operating on the northern frontier “became entangled '' in a gorge, and were attacked by the tribesmen, and five officers were killed, while 45 others, officers and men, were killed, wounded, or missing. The plague in the Bombay presidency continues, with a heavy death rate, and destructive riots have occurred, at Sinnar, against the sanitary measures for its suppression ; the Chairman of the Plague Committee at Sinnar has been murdered. A St. Petersburg dispatch quotes a Russian diplomatist as saying that in the spring Great Britain will be “under the necessity of devoting her strength and her energy to India, where a revolt infinitely more serious than the Sepoy mutiny is about to break out.”
NEWS AND OTHER GLEANINGS.
A FAREWELL dinner was given on Second-day evening, the 31st ult., to Dr. William N. McVickar, of Trinity Church, Philadelphia, who has lately been appointed Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Rhode Island, and who is about to leave for his new charge. It was intended to make the demonstration somewhat representative in its character of the different religious denominations, and our friends, Joseph Wharton and Isaac H. Clothier were asked to act for the Society of Friends in Philadelphia ; the latter as a member of the Committee of Invitation and Arrangements, and the former as one of the speakers on the occasion. Dr. McVickar is a broad-minded and earnest representative of the Episcopal body.
—The queerest thing about this [Princeton] college business is that the advocates of drinking talk of total abstinence as an old-fogy notion. If they knew anything of the history of the subject they would know that the old-fogy notion was that in favor of free drinking, the farther back you go, the freer it was. College drunkenness is a reversion to past habits ; total abstinence is an evolution brought about by modern knowledge, and is one of the truest badges of progress. — Zhe Wozce.
—Judge Morrow, in the United States Circuit Court at San Francisco, has decided that the constitution and by-laws of the Coal Dealers' Association of California are in violation of the Anti-Trust law of 1890.
—Michael Moser, a citizen of Reading, Pa., had this advertisement printed in the columns of a local newspaper : “I hereby notify the politicians to keep away from my place and not bother me about politics.” He says he was being harassed to death by ward politicians.
—The Kennett Advance says that Mrs. Jane C. B. Jones, of West Grove, has presented to the Memorial Library the door plate of Dr. Ann Preston, the first woman doctor in the United States, and the first to so announce herself by the customary plate on the door. It has been properly mounted by Wilton Agnew on wood from a tree on the Agnew farm, under whose shade Mary Agnew often sat.
—Helen Kellar, the famous deaf, dumb, and blind girl, who was preparing for Radcliffe College, (the Woman's Annex of Harvard), has relinquished her studies. One statement in explanation is that the withdrawal is due to rivalry for the honor of instructing her between Miss Sullivan, who has had charge of her education for the past eleven years, and Arthur Gilman, master of the school.
—Brander Matthews has again come into newspaper notice by his refusal to allow the girls of Barnard College to attend his classes in the Columbia University. He is the only professor of that institution who has taken this determined stand against the women. Mr. Matthews is the professor of English literature at Columbia.— Woman's Journal.
—Oatman Bros., dairymen, of Dundee and Elgin, Illinois, have failed, the assets and liabilities amounting to $175, ooo. The firm conducted ten creameries in Illinois and seven in Wisconsin.
—During three weeks in Belfast, Ireland, 3oo men and I 53 women were charged with offenses connected with intemperance, and only thirty-nine with any other offense against the law.
—A man in Michigan who had accumulated $50,000 by selling whisky, gambling, etc., bequeathed his estate to the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
*...* First-day evening meetings during Second month are held at 4th and Green Streets, at 7.30 o'clock. The attendance of our members is very desirable.
*** The meetings arranged for by the Visit. ing ommittee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, for Second month, are as follows: 6. Little Falls and Little Britain. 13. Menallen and Gunpowder. 2O. Bald Eagle and Fairfax. 27. Washington. John J. CoRNELL, Chairman.
*** A circular meeting under the care of a committee of Western Quarterly Meeting, will be held at London Grove, on First-day, the 13th of Second month, 1898. SAMUEL H BROOMELL, Clerk.
*...* Quarterly meetings in Second month occur as follows: 8. Philadelphia, Race Street, Philadelphia. IO Abington, bington, Pa. 12 Miami, Waynesville, O. Salem, Salem O. I6. Easton and Saratoga, Easton, N. Y. 19. P. lham H. P. M., Pelham, Ont. Short reek, Mt. Pleasant, O 21. Centre, Bald Eagle, Pa. * Duanesburg, Albany, N. Y. 23. Stillwater Pl infield, O. 24. Bucks, Wrightstown, Pa 26. Blue River, Benjaminville, Ill. 28. Warrington, Menallen, Pa.
*...* Universal Peace Union : Public Meeting, Second-day evening, -econd month 7, at 8 I5, at the rooms, 500 Chestnut street, Independence Hall. Joseph Fussell will deliver an address on “The Abolitionists of this Country, and the Relation of the Peace Cause Thereto’’ The ven
erable John W. Hutchinson, the last of the
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