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A PRIVATE letter from a friend at Richmond, Indiana, speaks of the hopeful outlook from that point for the gathering of Friends proposed to be held in that city in Eighth month. There is a warm interest felt, a cordial unity of purpose, and a hopeful expectation that the meetings may be of great service to the cause of Truth. The arrangements for the entertainment of those attending are satisfactorily progressing, as is stated in the notice elsewhere, sent us by Frances M. Robinson. The Conferences, as we call them—and perhaps there is no better name—have passed through the first period of their existence, and have entered upon a new era. The arrangements at Richmond will not include free entertainment. But provision will be so made that it will not be felt burdensome to any. This is one of the differences which will appear this year, and it signifies, also, some others, though none, we believe, which will tend to diminish the lively interest and deep earnestness which have attended these meetings in the past eight years, since that held among the Friends of Indiana, in 1890, at Fall Creek. Much of the success of the Conference must depend upon those who prepare papers and who speak in the discussions that follow. It is of great importance that the papers should be of such character as will give the meetings strength and life. We venture to suggest here some qualities which they should have. They should be clear, so that the thought they convey may be understood, not dimly guessed. They should be within the settled and determined lines of Friendly view, so that they may be helpful to the Society, tending to its unity, and encouragement. They should be so prepared, in literary form, that they will be impressive to a large company, when read, and will, besides, show vigor and lucidity when printed. Elocution may give an essay an importance to the ear,
which without this aid it will not have when it appeals.
only to the eye. It may be said, perhaps, that if a paper cannot be well adapted both to the audience in a large gathering, and to the wide circle of readers which the Conference reports are presumed to have, the former is hardly so important as the latter. The reports endure, and the reading of them, if not productive of favorable impression, may do a lasting injury to the very work they are intended to serve.
Writing without explicit knowledge of the several
programs that have been prepared, we express the hope that they have not unduly burdened any one, and that there has been a judicious distribution of the labor of preparing and presenting the thought of the Conferences. No one, we think, should be asked for more than one paper. To it the best thought, the best arrangement, the most orderly and forcible presentation should be given. We hope that Richmond will show our body to be not wanting either in clarity of mind, or in fervency of spirit.
THE Young Friends' Association of Philadelphia has sent out circulars explaining its great need for a new and more commodious building, on 15th street, for the several purposes to which the Association devotes its efforts. The circular says: “While definite plans cannot yet be formulated, the original purposes of the proposed building will be adhered to, except that there now seems so little need for a gymnasium in connection with it that this feature will probably be abandoned, while recent events seem to make it very desirable that we should provide homes for a considerable number of Friends, some of them young men and women, who now find it difficult to secure boarding places amidst Friendly surroundings and at reasonable cost. “The general purposes of the building will therefore be to provide : ‘‘ I. A Reception and Reading Room, with an office for the Association, and a Center of Information concerning Friendly matters. “2. A Lecture Hall or Assembly Room, for the meetings of the Association, and for other purposes in harmony with Friends' views. “3. A considerable number of rooms for the use of permanent lodgers, as well as for Friends temporarily in the city. “4. Dining Rooms for the accommodation of those who live in the house, and to serve more adequately the purposes of the present rooms in providing meals to committees of the meetings and for Friends and others who find it convenient to make use of them.'' As we have heretofore said, we warmly sympathize with the work thus undertaken. We hope that the response to the Association's appeal will be made with sufficient promptitude and liberality to allow the preparation of definite plans by the opening of the season, and the erection of an adequate and suitable building this year.
FLITCRAFT-WILSON. — Eleventh month 20, 1897, Clement B., son of Allen J. and Emma R. Flitcraft, of Oak Park, Illinois, and Luella G., daughter of Amos B. and Anna S. Wilson, of Magnolia, Illinois.
WARNER—NEWLIN.—In Philadelphia, Twelfth month 23, 1897, by Friends' ceremony, George Warner, of Lahaska, Bucks county, Pa., and Mary H. Newlin, a member of Concord Monthly Meeting, Delaware Co., Pa.
DARLINGTON.—After a short illness from apoplexy, in Pocopson, Chester Co., Pa., Second month 2, 1898, Susan P., widow of George Darlington, in the 85th year of her age.
She was a member of Birmingham Monthly Meeting of Friends, was widely known in her community, and was held in high esteem. *
FORCE. –First month 26, 1898, at the home of his uncle, C. Howard Palmer, Highland Cottage, Stroudsburg, Pa., J. Palmer Force, after a brief illness of appendicitis.
GAGE.-At the home of her mother, in Andover, Mass., on First month 7, 1898, Maria Underwood, wife of Nathan Gage.
She followed the vocation of teaching for many years, and was at one time a valued teacher of Elocution at Swarthmore College. She will be remembered as a woman of strong personality and ability for leadership. In 1881 she turned from the more public life and took up the responsibilities of homemaker. Here she achieved a no less notable success as wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and neighbor. She spared not herself in meeting all the duties of these relationships with a large and loving helpfulness. With her, living was loving, and loving was laboring for the loved. Four years ago, she was attacked by a serious illness. With her characteristic
energy she struggled heroically, but no clime save that of the
Heavenly, and no treatment but that of the Great Physician, was destined for her healing. She bore the burden of pain and weariness bravely, and continued to be of service to others until she entered the Heavenly rest. Blessed are the living who live not unto themselves, and “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.” +
HULL.-First month 28, 1898, at Clinton Corners, Dutchess Co., N. Y., Hannah S., daughter of the late Charles W. and Hannah Hull, aged about 82 years.
She was the last of a family of ten children, who are all now safely gathered within the enclosures of that heavenly fold where none can say, “I am sick.’’ H.
LEWIS.—Second month 3, 1898, at his residence, Haverford, Pa., Edmund Lewis, in his 64th year ; a member of the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia.
LIPPINCOTT.—At Friends' Boarding Home, Moorestown, N. J., Second month I, 1898, Priscilla, widow of Aaron Lippincott, in her 87th year.
MERCER.—At Phoenixville, Pa., on Seventh-day evening, First month 22, 1898, Henry Mercer, aged 49 years.
Into few households has the angel of death entered more unexpectedly than into this one. A widow and daughter are the sad survivors of the broken family circle. For twenty-five years lacking just a week, this family relationship has existed, and with singular and exceptional mutual “love and unity '' been maintained. Born in London Britain township, in 1848, his early life was spent surrounded by the Friendly influences of southern Chester county. He was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, and ever continued in sympathetic relations with it, and all its helpful purposes. He regularly attended Schuylkill Friends' Meeting, near Phoenixville, every First-day morning, and found much satisfaction and restful comfort in uniting with the faithful few who gather there to maintain the standards of our Society. Strong but not diffuse in his friendships, faithful to his convictions, and conscientious to an extraordinary degree in the discharge of every obligation, his influence was always for the best in the community in which he lived, and it is realized that he will be greatly missed, not only in the do
mestic circle, but in all the varied relations of the life of which
he was a part.
His funeral, on Fourth-day, 26th ult., was largely attended, the interment being at Schuylkill Friends' burying grounds, an ideal spot, long consecrated to these hallowed purposes. The sympathetic ministrations of Margaret P. Howard were
greatly appreciated by all. M.
PARRY. —Suddenly, at Byberry, Second month 3, 1898, Charles Parry, in his 75th year; a member of Byberry Monthly Meeting, Pa.
POTTS.–In Philadelphia, Second month 3, 1898, Mary B. Potts, aged 87 years. She was not a member with Friends, but for some years had been an attender of Girard Avenue Meeting, and requested that she be buried in harmony with Friends' customs, as had been the case with a sister some years since,—showing thus a warm attachment to Friends and their principles. *
PRICE.-Charles Price was born in Chester county, Pa., Third month 12, 1813, and resided in the vicinity of Robeson Meeting ; he died First month 31, 1895, at Sing Sing, N. Y., aged 81 years, Io months, and 19 days.
A number of his later years were spent in Philadelphia, and he was an interested attender of our meetings, and had expressed a desire for membership, but soon after removed. He seemed to be of a loving spirit, and desirous of right living. His widow died Eighth month 2, 1895, and having been born Third month 28, 1816, was in her 8oth year. T.
THE RICHMOND CONFERENCES : NOTICE.
THE Committee on Arrangement for the Conferences to be held at Richmond, Indiana, in Eighth month next, from the 22d to the 26th inclusive, wish to inform Friends that the prospect is encouraging that we will be able to secure satisfactory railroad rates, and board and lodging accommodations suited to all requirements.
We are confidently expecting from 6oo to 8oo representatives from the various yearly meetings, and hope many are already making their plans to attend, and help to make this one the most memorable and helpful occasions that have drawn us together.
As soon as practicable we will announce the accommodations at the disposal of the Committee, with prices, that Friends may make intelligent selection and engage rooms through our Committee. We hope to publish this information at an early date, that we may be early informed of the number that will probably attend.
On behalf of the Committee.
FRANCES M. Robinson, Secretary.
Richmond, Ind., First month 31.
NEWS OF FKIENDS.
PURCHASE Quarterly Meeting, which I had the privilege of attending, was held at Purchase, on the 2d and 3d of Second month.
The weather, though cold, was clear and bright.
The meeting on Fourth-day was well attended. Isaac Wilson spoke at some length upon the attendance of our meetings, as the larger the number present, the greater would be the inspiration.
Margaretta Walton then spoke on the beauty of the beatitudes, with especial reference to the one, “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” If we desire the Bread of
Life, and follow the divine guidance, we will find joy, .
than in adhering to the pleasures that perish, and come to realize the meaning of that “peace which passeth all understanding.” After one or two more expressions, it was thought to be a suitable time for the business meeting, which is held in joint session. The usual routine business was transacted, the reading of the Advices calling forth some comment. Much appreciation was felt and expressed in having the presence of several Friends from other quarterly and yearly meetings. At the adjournment, a lunch was served, to which all were invited to remain. About 2 o'clock, the Philanthropic Association met. The newly-elected president, C. Lindley Hunt, presented an address, in which he desired that all might feel the responsibility of the meeting. Reports of committees were then given, after which the secretary, Jane C. Washburn, read a paper prepared by Mary Ella Clark, on “Metaphysics.” Several commented on the beautiful thoughts expressed in it. On Fifth-day morning at half-past 9, the meeting of ministers and elders was held, after which, about eleven, the meeting again gathered. The silence was broken by Isaac Wilson, who spoke from the text, “This day is salvation come to thy house.” The plan of salva
Concord Quarterly Meeting, at West Chester, Pa., on the 31st ult., was largely attended, notwithstanding the inclement weather. John J. Cornell, of Baltimore, was acceptably present, and spoke at length, in first meeting, followed by other Friends. In the meeting for business, besides the usual routine, the report of the membership of the Quarterly Meeting was presented and a statement submitted on behalf of the Home. It was directed that the quota called for by the Women's Branch of the Yearly Meeting for the separate fund of that body, be paid out of the quarterly meeting's general treasury, so that special collections from the women membership will not be necessary.
At the close of the meeting refreshments were
time is short, and at 5 p.m., on Sixth-day we must IITOVC OI). friend Sarah Macy, of Hudson, whose company we enjoyed to New York, arriving about 9 p.m., and were soon welcomed at the Gardner, Iogo W. 43d street, by the kind hostess, S. E. Gardner. On Seventh-day, a. m., we went our way to attend Westbury Quarterly Meeting, on 15th street, where we meet many familiar faces. We were comforted to find a number of fellow laborers from other yearly meetings. The divine blessing was invoked early in the meeting, not as is often the case by asking the nearer approach of the Divine to the human, but more appropriately that we all draw so consciously near that divine spirit within that we could not question its being in our midst. After a highly favored meeting the men withdrew, (as is still their custom), for the transaction of busi
ness, after which followed refreshments, as at yearly
meeting time. At 3 p. m., a meeting in the interest of Purity was held, and the subject well presented by Anna Rice Powell, Dr. O. Edward Janney, and Mary Travilla. In the evening an interesting gathering enjoyed a paper given by Hannah H. Clothier, descriptive of her late visit (with “the party of ten,”) to the Summer School at Scarboro', England. This completed a very full and pleasant day, after which we spent a restful night in the hospitable home of our friend J. C. Russell. First-day morning we went to Brooklyn, arriving in time to share the pleasure of their First-day School, before the meeting hour, at which time an interesting assembly gathered, and the attentive listening to the spoken word gave evidence of appreciation. We dined at David Underhills, enjoying a short stay with them, then spent a few hours very pleasantly at the home of Friend Pearsol, where the aged mother is another evidence of those ripened lives referred to by the Master in the shock of corn. Second-day we went to Jericho to visit our Friend Daniel Underhill, whose feeble health prevents his mingling with his friends from home. We enjoyed our visit with them very much, but it was necessarily short, as we must return to New York in time for the train to Purchase. At Purchase we were met by William Haviland, and carried three miles through the severe cold, but comfortably cared for both in carriage and home, where we find a hearty welcome in a home where young and old alike share in the comforts and pleasures. Fourth-day morning, we find zero weather, but
when meeting hour arrives we find many warm
hearted Friends and others mingling together in the
quarterly meeting capacity, and this will doubtless
be reported by others. I shall be content to say that
this, with the Philanthropic meeting that followed and the public meeting on Fifth-day, were all occasions of much interest.
Fourth-day night was much enjoyed in the pleasant home of Edward Burdsall and wife at Portchester, who with their two bright little boys are fully illustrating the reality of true home life.
After meeting on Fifth-day we dined at Samuel Willets's, in the company of a number of other
We are pleased at our first stop to meet our
| welcomed all, been thankful for all.
FROM MARTHA SCHOFIELD : THE AIKEN SCHOOL. DEAR FRIENDS : Is the Schofield School less worthy of help than formerly 2 There seems to be a lessening in many subscriptions,—some not half what they were, until the query has arisen, whether our friends have lost confidence in us 2 In some cases there may be inability on account of reduced incomes, but to others we press the above question, with a desire to know the truth. The Schofield School has been supported on free-will offerings; we have never dictated any one's giving. Our lips have not uttered the words, “it might have been more,” or our thought been that the gift should be larger. We have We have used our best judgment, and sought wisdom from on High, in the spending
of every dollar. We have watched, and prayed without ceasing, -if prayer is keeping the door of our nature open towards God, so that he could know our every aspiration is to do his will and work. * We have used all the time we could spare in daylight, and risen often from a sleepless pillow to wield our pen, in order to have means to meet the monthly expenses. We have kept our faith, and our faith is shown by our works. The unwritten and unwritable history of the inward life of the Founder is safely hidden with her Master. Their meeting place has been in the holy of holies of her being, and yet even there she has felt the presence of helpful spirits waiting to know and do the will of the Father. The money is somewhere to carry on this work. If its requirements seem greater than in years back, its results for good are more than doubled. It would be far easier for us to have a day school of five hundred scholars, all leaving the grounds daily, than one hundred, or everr eighty, whose lives must be taught and trained every minute when not asleep. You cannot realize our work, so unlike boarding-schools in the North. Here there is a constant coming and going of students, boarding money paid in small sums, often with eggs, chickens, turkeys, pork, peas, corn, or fodder. These must be counted, weighed, measured, and credit given at the market price. Men coming twenty or thirty miles with a new student, or bringing back an old one, requiring immediate attention, and wanting a place to “put and feed the critter.” It takes hours of personal attention and talking to make them understand terms, and prove to them we cannot take each particular one at less than our low fixed price. It takes close buying to feed and warm them, with “promises to pay next fall ” more abundant than cash. There is also thought and time required to place a grown young man or woman, who in geography, reading, grammar, and history can go in Room 2, while in arithmetic they belong in the primary department, yet they expect to teach school. It is the ever-recurring unexpected next that absorbs time and puts aside the writing for money. When help comes voluntarily, it brings gratitude and a fullness of joy in acknowledging it. - - . Many of our long and most faithful friends have passed to
their rewards, and is it our place, or yours, to know who will
follow in their footsteps or receive the mantle 2 .
Three and thirty years the Founder of this Institution has spent herself in service, but that service could have had no visible result without your help, and your means. If you lose faith in the treasurer, the Institution will close its doors, as no debt can be incurred. *
Are our friends willing not to stand by us now, as in the past, for this work which belongs to all ?
Atkent, S. C. - MARTHA SCHOFIELD.
(Tonference.g., 3330 ciation3, (Etc.
FLEMING, PA.—The regular meeting of the Young Friends' Association was held in the meeting-house, First month 2. The President opened the meeting by reading the 48th Psalm. After a short silence, Edgar W. Cleaver recited a poem, entitled, “After Vacation.’’ .. Eva W. Cleaver read a paper of important Current Events. Nancy Fisher followed by reading a paper on “Liberty in Christ,” which contained some excellent thoughts. Sue Underwood had prepared and read a helpful little paper on the subject, “ Do What You Can.” Florence N. Cleaver read of the early manhood of Isaac T. Hopper, and of the earnest ministry of Friends which drew him to our Society. Chapman Underwood followed by reciting a good little poem entitled, “The Children's Part.” Nancy Fisher appeared in supplication. The discussion : “What ought we to read, and how 2 '' was brought before the meeting. An interesting talk upon the subject followed. The program for next meeting was read. After repeating the Lord's Prayer the Association adjourned, to meet again at the usual time in two weeks. First month 16, the Association was opened by the President reading part of the 22d Psalm. “As Anna M. Underwood was not present, her question, “What is the meaning of the quotation “As thy day thy strength shall be,' ' ' was discussed by William P. Fisher and Edith W. Cleaver, who thought, “as our lives are spent in good works so will we be strengthened.” Florence N. Cleaver read some items concerning slavery, and of Isaac T. Hopper's untiring labors in behalf of the oppressed. William P. Fisher then spoke of his younger days, when the “Underground Railway '' ran through this section of country, and of his deep interest in the anti-slavery cause. “What is the secret of a happy day ?’’ was referred to Myra Underwood, who thought that we could not always have happy days, but we could to a great extent make them happy by leading cheerful, pure, unselfish lives. Eva W. Cleaver recited a helpful poem entitled “The New Year's Answer.’’ Nancy Fisher read an essay : subject, “Uphill and Downhill,” in which she very nicely described Life's hill, and just as we spend our youthful days in good works, etc., or the climbing up the hill, the going down, or our declining years, will be beautiful or otherwise. Thus showing the need of how careful we should be that we spend our lives aright. “What is Repentance 2'' was the question referred to Mary J. Fisher. After defining it, she gave Bible references, taking the Prodigal Son as an illustration. The discussion : “Which is the more to be commended, the truly moral person or the religious professor P'' It was to have been opened by Owen Underwood, but he not being present, Edith W. Cleaver said she would favor the truly moral person more than the religious professor, providing the latter was not really a possessor of religion. There is a great difference in the meaning of the words professor and possessor. Remarks were also made by William P. Fisher. After the reading of the program for our next meeting, the Association closed in silence. FLORENCE N. CLEAVER, Secretary.
EASTON, MD.—The Third Haven Young Friends' Association held its first meeting for the new year 1898 on the evening of Third month 3. The usual number of active and interested workers were present. The meeting was called to order by the President, and the minutes of the previous meeting read and adopted. *
Elma Willson favored us with the Bible reading, her choice being the 22d chapter of Proverbs. The familiar quotation : “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver or gold,” was the opening verse of this beautiful chapter, which teaches us moral virtues. The sixth verse, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it,” caused much discussion. Some thought this passage very true, but others said it depended upon the character and disposition of the child.
Second on the program was an excellent paper, prepared and read by Keturah E. Yeo. She dwelt upon the crusaders, —not the ancient crusaders who tried to conqner the Holy Lands with swords and shields in the time of Peter the Hermit and Richard ‘‘the lion hearted, ''-but the modern crusaders, whose only weapons are willing hearts, kind words, and helping hands, and who are fighting bravely to conquer the evil which is in our country. The Salvation Army, the Peace Society, Prison Reformers, College Settlements, and Temperance Workers are among these modern crusaders.
Sallie K. Powell not being present, Wilson M. Tylor read some interesting items for Current Topics. One item was especially interesting, as it informed us that there were angels on earth as well as in Heaven.
The subject of the general discussion was . . “What constitutes falsehood P’’ Oliver P. Barton very truly said that not only words but acts could sometimes be considered falsehoods. Helen C. Shreve gave the dictionary definition of falsehood, which is “an intention to deceive.” The idea Henry Shreve had of falsehood was an intention to say or do anything that would hurt brotherhood. Wilson M. Tylor thought we were too often false to ourselves ; he also said anything is false that will tend to cripple the innermost conscience.
For select reading, a poem, entitled “Father, Take my Hand, and the Gracious Answer '' was read by the Secretary. The business part of the meeting was the appointing of a new Executive Committee. All present gave beautiful quotations, the watchword being “Reward.'" After spending a very pleasant evening, the Association adjourned.
L. B. S., Sec.
PHILANTHROPIC CONFERENCE AT NEWTOWN.—The Enterprise reports the meeting on the 3oth ult., referred to briefly by Isaac Eyre, in a note last week.
The meeting was conducted by Robert Kenderdine, a member of the committee, who opened the exercises by reading the 55th chapter of Isaiah, after which he announced the program prepared for the afternoon's exercises. The first exercise was a select reading by Elisha Worthington on the subject of “Reading.” Next followed a paper by Mrs. Esther A. Pownall, of Richboro, on the theme of “Improper Publications,” the subject selected for discussion. Albert T. Yarnall, of the George School, followed with an article in the same vein.
Martha C. Wilson, of Newtown township, read a poem, .
“Labor is Worship.”
The principal paper was that prepared and read by Elizabeth Powell Bond, Dean of Swarthmore College, which was under the caption of “An Antidote to Improper Publications.” It recited at length some of the many works of pernicious literature with which our country is being flooded, and suggested many good books that could readily be made to take their places and eventually be productive of much good and healthful enjoyment in our homes.
“Upon the whole the papers read contained much food for thought, at the same time condemning the Sunday newspaper, much that is printed in the daily paper, many of the story papers, novels, and yellow-back literature generally.”
In the discussion that followed the following named persons participated : Sarah J. Reeder, Jesse H. Holmes, George L. Maris, Charles M. Stabler, J. Pemberton Hutchinson, Evan T. Worthington, Oliver H. Holcomb, Dr. E. E. Pownall, Isaac Eyre, George H. Nutt, Cynthia S. Holcomb, and R. Comly Wilson.
PENN's GROVE, PA.—The Young Friends' Association convened at the home of Pusey Coates, First-day, First month 30, at half-past two. The president read the 2d Chapter of James, as the opening exercise. After a period of silence, “Sweet Hour of Prayer'' was sung. . Sarah Pusey had an excellent paper on “Don’t Spare the Good Seed.” As the farmer sows bountifully of seed to procure a good crop, so must we give to our children good books, precept upon precept, prepare their minds for years of labor, filling them only with the good, beautiful, and true. Penn Hoopes represented the History Committee, and gave a sketch of the life of “Sarah Hunt.”