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we feel have more than realized the expectations of the committee in appropriating the amount we have, to increase the usefulness of that paper; and both have been in accord with the spirit of the gift for the dissemination of literature on subjects moral, scientific, and truthful.
We have released our friend, Aaron B. Ivins, at his own request, from the position which he has held for many years under the direction of this committee, realizing that we shall sustain a loss when his valuable co-operation is withdrawn.
The cause of education, we feel, is being greatly stimulated amongst us. Parents are becoming more conscious of this duty toward their children, and with the desire to lead them in paths of rectitude is coupled the wish to place them in such institutions of learning as shall assist in their moral as well as their mental development, and we are glad to feel that our Society is becoming able to aid them materially in this important duty.
We trust in grateful appreciation of this assistance and concern, the Society of Friends will, in the near future, receive the impetus it justly deserves for these blessings that have been bestowed upon its members.
Orders have been drawn upon the treasury of the Yearly Meeting for the following amounts : Aid to Schools,
$825.44 Teachers' Class,
500.00 Conference and Lectures,
64.00 Incidental Expenses of Committee,
This Committee has been informed by the Guarantee Trust and Safe Deposit Company, executor of the will of Jacob Fretz, deceased, late of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, that the testator, after giving a nuniber of small legacies, bequeathed to the George School the sum of fifty-five thousand dollars, after the decease of certain beneficiaries thereof for life, and also gave and devised to the said school all the rest, residue and remainder of his estate, in which is included real estate in the States of Pensylvania and Florida.
The executor also infornied the Committee that the will of testator contained a power to sell his real estate, and it desired to be advised whether it should sell the same, or whether it would be accepted in kind. Upon consideration, this Committee is united in the judgment that the said Guarantee Trust and Safe Deposit Company, executor of the will of Jacob Fretz, should exercise the power of sale contained in his last will and testament, and sell and convert into cash all of the real estate of the decedent when a suitable opportunity is afforded. Alfred Moore and David Masters are appointed to give such further attention to the subject of the provisions of the said will as may be required.”
The class graduated in 1897 consisted of thirteen boys and twenty-two girls. The number of pupils enrolled during this year is 181, 153 of whom are boarders, and 28 are day pupils, as follows: Boarders who are members of our Society,
..108 Boarders who have one parent a member,.
38 Boarders who have neither parent a member,.
7 Day pupils who are members,...
3 Day pupils who have one parent a member,.
3 Day pupils who have neither parent a member,
Of the boarders 80 are girls and 73 are boys. Of the day pupils 13 are girls and 15 are boys. The average age is about 1734 years. There are 16 teachers, 13 of whom are members of our Society.
The accounts show for the school year that ended Eighth month I, 1897 : Net expenses of the school,...
.$42,768.49 Receipts on account of pupils,
Deficiency made up from the income of the
.$16,492.10 A charge of $2,054.42 for depreciation of furniture, etc., is included in the above statement of expenses.
An analysis of these expenses shows that they amounted to $253.50 for each boarding pupil, and to $100.54 for each day pupil.
The following is an abstract of the accounts for the year ending Fourth month I, 1898 :
Balance of cash on hand Fourth mo. Ist, 1897...$8,237.48
22,222.26 Received for Farm Produce,..
GEORGE SCHOOL. To the Yearly Meeting : The school has been open for the usual length of time during the past year. Its operations have been to a large degree satisfactory. The health of those residing there has been generally good. One case of mumps and a number of cases of sore throat may be mentioned as having occurred; and one pupil has, within the last few weeks, been extremely ill. We are deeply thankful that he is recovering.
The students are generally attentive to their duties; have made good progress in their studies, and have shown a commendable interest in the institution. A great difficulty in instruction continues to lie in the imperfect and regular preparation of pupils, who come without adequate knowledge of the fundamental rules of arithmetic and grammar, and with careless habits in their use of language. The endeavor to cure these defects makes much special teaching necessary.
The variety of courses of study provided for adds much to the expenses of the school; but we believe these advantages are worth their cost. We desire to call the attention of all interested in the privileges of our students in this respect.
We would mention as work in a special direction that about three hundred pear and two hundred apple trees were grafted by the pupils, about one hundred of whom participated in it. It is the intention that pupils shall be allowed to take or dispose of the trees that they have grafted.
A trolley road between Langhorne and Newtown is now in operation along the turnpike on the easterly side of the property. This increases the convenience of access to the school
We received in Tenth month last from the Representative Committee, a copy of a minute adopted by them, as follows :
$51,701.37 Paid on account of School,..........$39,474.94 Paid for improvement of grounds,...
288.79 Paid for improvenient of buildings,.. 275.00 Paid on account of farm,...
Balance on hand Third mo. 31, 1898,
$8,223.66 The farm has received credit for milk and other produce supplied, and for the services of men and teams, to the amount of $2,141.09. The farm products for the year show a profit of $134.86.
The expenditures charged during the year to the account for Buildings and Grounds, and which are therefore considered as coming out of the principal of the Fund have amounted to $588.79. The total expenditure charged in this way from the commencement of work has been $236,972.49.
The total amount received from the Trustees up to this time has been $337,000.00 ; of which $236,000.00 was of the principal and $101,000.00 of the income of the Fund.
PHILANTHROPIC LABOR. To the Yearly Meeting : The regular meetings of the Cominittee on Philanthropic Labor have been held with the usual attendance. A number are prevented from meeting with us, owing to the distance to travel and cost of attending, who are, nevertheless, active in their neighborhoods in attention to the work of the Committee. We have been helped during the year as formerly by co-operating Committees appointed by most of the Quarterly Meetings, and in many cases by those of Monthly Meetings, a summary of which will appear in the account of each department of work.
Orders have been drawn on the Treasurer of the Yearly Meeting for $397.42.
To the Yearly Meeting : In making this our eighth annual report we are reminded that ere long the work will probably pass into other hands, and the question naturally comes closely home to us, what practical work have we done the past year ? Endeavoring to keep in touch with the various Quarters we have received reports from all, and have extended a general care. From these reports we gather that there is, on the whole, a healthful tone, pleasant to note, which of itself indicates life and consequently growth.
We greet with much pleasure such word as comes from several of the sections that the schools are in good healthy condition, and that the numbers are very encouraging; also that the good work is steadily advancing, and plain, practical teaching in the line of Friendly thought is growing amongst
The children are slowly but surely realizing that it is the voice of the Father which checks then in wrong doing, that he is near, and will preserve them if they are open to his gentle impressions.
There comes from a distant Quarter the comforting assurance that a growing interest in our Religious Society is manifest through this accessory to the meeting. Where depression exists in some places, on account of falling off in numbers, it is more than offset by others in which the outlook is upward in all respects, where a deepening interest in the work is shown, and a spirit of unselfishness in the performance of duty is manifest. In a few schools which have lost in numbers the percentage of attendance is better.
Through the agency of our schools, we believe the blessed principle of the Divinity within, the Christ power to lead and direct, is being presented to our youth and spread also beyond our own borders. The field of our labor widens, and the work calls loudly for willing helpers who will take up this service for the Master and for the strength and perpetuation of our loved Society. It also calls for a deeper search on our own part for the truth, and for improved methods of presenting it.
A most encouraging feature is the great interest manifested in many schools in the more earnest and intelligent study of the Bible. In Sixth month last, a conference under the care of this Committee was held in Wilmington, one important feature of which was the promotion of such study. The best practical methods of teaching known amongst us were also compared, and the Conference was felt to be a profitable occasion. Systematic work in the line of Bible study has been going forward in a number of schools with new interest, and with the most satisfactory results.
Reports have been received from sixty-eight First-day Schools within the limits of our Yearly Meeting, seven of which, Old Kennett, George School, Camden, West Chester, Rancocas, Chichester, and Birmingham, have no Committee of Oversight appointed by their meetings. Pupils enrolled, 5,176. There are 638 officers and teachers, 527 of whom are members. Of the number enrolled 2,173 are adults. Of the pupils enrolled 2,528 are members of meeting ; 538 have one parent a member. There are 22,018 books in the libraries.
The expenses of this Committee have been $40.78, for which draft has been made on the Treasurer of the Yearly Meeting.
We would suggest that a new Committee be appointed by the Yearly Meeting for this important service. Signed by direction of the Committee,
MARY MCALISTER, Clerk.
Ass't Clerk for the day. Philadelphia, Fourth month 2, 1898.
The Committee on Indian Affairs, while giving attention to the concern under its care, have found but little opportunity for active work.
During the year we have packed and forwarded several cases of sewing supplies and materials and reading matter to each of the field matrons living among the Omaha and Winnebago Indians in Nebraska. They have been gratefully acknowledged by those engaged in this important work.
Our late friend, Thomas J. Husband, deceased, was the treasurer of the Coates Fund held for the uses of the Indian Committee. The Yearly Meeting is requested to make a minute authorizing his executor, the Pennsylvania Company for the Insurance of Lives, etc., to pay the money over to the present Treasurer of the Yearly Meeting, and to accept his receipt in full discharge of the account. The amount is $174.65, with some interest to be added.
TEMPERANCE AND TOBACCO. While the usual number of conferences have not been held on the subjects of Temperance and Tobacco, those held have evinced the usual interest, and were generally well attended, many excellent thoughts having been given as to the best means of suppressing the evils of intemperance and the use of tobacco. While no practical results appear visible from our efforts during the past year, we are led to believe that good seed has been sown that will make appearance in the lives of the growing generation.
Many that we would wish to reach, do not come to our meetings, so that the distribution of literature is still an important part of the work, in the hope that some of it may reach them, and by its perusal lead them to investigate and learn of the truths we are striving to inculcate.
While as a religious body any direct connection with political partisanship is to be avoided, we believe that as a body we should ever use the power for good we possess; one way of which is refraining from voting for those who are in favor of the continuance of the practice of licensing crime in
The Young Friends' Temperance Societies of Philadelphia and Salem Quarters still continue their meetings and need the encouragement of elder interested Friends to help them in striving to do what they consider their duty in working for the advancement of the cause of total abstinence for the individual and prohibition for the State.
The reading-rooms for boys previously reported in Philadelphia are open during the winter and early spring months, and this season are more especially under the care of those interested in mission work among women and children, and while they have broadened the field of labor. the work of temperance is still part of the lesson inculcated. In Concord Quarter, influence was exerted for temperance legislation before the Constitutional Convention in Delaware for the revision of the Laws of the State.
Upon invitation we appointed delegates to attend the Temperance Congress, held at Saratoga, N. Y., last Eighth month, two of whom attended and reported that the Convention was small in numbers, but many interesting and suggestive papers were read. One on enforcing the necessity of an early training in habits of temperance and purity of life, was especially worthy of notice. The prevailing feeling of the
Convention was that there existed a need of more united action before effective work could be done. Our delegates did not feel that we could identify ourselves with the body, but that freely meeting with them and the interchange of views would be of benefit to us in our work.
Petitions were sent to Congress, asking for the passage of a bill to. prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors in the Capitol Building, and in any other building owned or controlled by the United States Government, or upon the surrounding grounds of the same; and also for a bill in relation to the transportation of cigarettes into States where the police powers are exercised to prohibit sales under certain restrictions. Neither of which have as yet been passed.
A communication was sent to the Faculty of Princeton University, expressing our sympathy with the regulations adopted by it to protect as far as possible the boys from the temptations of the drink habit.
Much concern was felt in regard to the so-called temperance drinks, and fear was expressed that the habit of treating to these might lead to the use of more harmful drinks. There appears to be a growing tendency toward a more enlightened knowledge of the direful effects of alcoholic poisons, one writer lately saying : “ The healthy mind should combat all tendencies towards disintegration. It can be clean and strong only by being true. All stimulants, narcotics, and tonics which affect the nervous system in whatever way, reduce the truthfulness of sensation, thought and action. The man who would see clearly, think truthfully, and act efficiently must avoid them all."
A property adjoining the School has been purchased through the legacy of Hannah Willets, thus preventing the building of anything that might be objectionable, and probably cut off the sea breeze so necessary to their comfort in warm weather. The remainder of the legacy, $500, will be made the nucleus of an Endowment Fund, which they hope will be enlarged in the future. They publish their report in the “ Laing School Visitor," which they hope will reach their friends.
The Schofield School seems to have maintained the same standard of excellence during the year as heretofore. The carpenter, harness, and machine shops have been well patronized, also the printing office, it being the best in the place. The farm is run by about ten boys and five girls, and the proceeds given to the boarding school, and the tuition of these farm hands thus paid for. “They keep out of debt,” that being their principle of action, funds seeming to come in as needed. The teachers who go out from the School seem to carry the good influences gathered here to the people to whom they are sent.
The subjects of kindness to animals, temperance, patriotism and love of nature receive regular attention during the school year, and are a part of the program. Visitors are always welcomed, and are felt to give an enthusiasm and new impulse for good whenever they come. Martha Schofield desires that Friends may feel that what they send to these schools is well bestowed. Colored schools near Philadelphia are remembered by gifts of fruit and dainties at Christmas time. Friends also reach the colored people in their own localities by banks and penny lunches, also the Star kitchen, co-operative Shoe Club and Coal Club of over three hundred members, all colored, who are induced to save during the whole year to provide themselves with coal, and also in many ways help to uplift this down-trodden race.
THE COLORED PEOPLE,
The sub-committee on Colored People have met regularly, and in Tenth month, 1897, sent out an appeal to all the Monthly Meetings constituting the Yearly Meeting, asking for a continuance of aid for the two schools heretofore claiming our assistance. Replies from forty-five (45) meetings were received, showing that eleven Monthly Meetings and two Quarterly Meetings have sent barrels and boxes of clothing. Seven Monthly Meetings and one Quarterly Meeting report contributions in money, $207 being the aggregate of the sums named, but several who have contributed money do not mention the sum. In twenty Monthly Meetings the subject was referred to the Philanthropic Committee, or a committee appointed for the purpose, while five Monthly Meetings left it to the individual members. We feel that the sentiment of helpfulness is growing and that increased aid has ben extended, but the depressed condition of finances in some localities, makes any extended liberality almost impossible. In six instances no action was taken, “considering that their duties were at an end nearer home."
By letter from Abby D. Munro it appears that the Laing Normal and Industrial School has done excellent work the past year. The health of the pupils has been good and the attendance so steady that the progress in all the departments is very satisfactory. Visitors are surprised to see pupils so young in the higher grades; but this is owing to their constant attendance since they were six or seven years of age. As many as four hundred and twenty have been registered at one time, and four hundred have been present. During Second month out of 365 registered, 360 was the average attendance. The teachers have worked satisfactorily and well.” Some of the rooms are overcrowded, and one hundred in one room are entirely too many, but as there were no funds to employ another teacher, they had to do the best they could.
There is no permanent debt against this work, nor has there been since its start, but the needs of the situation seem to exceed the uncertain income, and debts cannot be avoided, unless some more constant means of supply is provided. The Industrial Department goes on, and a class of both boys and girls are taught the rudiments of shoemaking by the “ village cobbler." One young girl will open a repair shop on her return home. The girls are all expected to give a portion of their time to sewing during the whole term of their attendance at the School.
On the subject of Improper Publications six conferences have been held in which earnest appeals have been made for a purer press. The individual visiting of editors was advised and in many instances this has been done. Some Monthly Meetings report the distribution of healthful literature in places where it is needed. In addition, fifty copies of “Children's Friend” and two hundred copies of “ Women's Health Protective Association," and several copies of “The Philanthropist,” have been distributed. An Indian School in Kansas was furnished with good literature; and over a hundred leaflets have been put into the houses of poor children in Camden. Thirty-five copies of “Our Dumb Animals” were subscribed for to be sent throughout various communities.
The Committee has thought well to include jails in our distribution of literature. Besides the work of the Committee as a body, there has been considerable individual work in this line. And as our eyes are opened to the great need, there is a growing interest, and, we trust a stronger feeling of responsibility to supplant evil publications with those that are really good and pure.
The Committee on Purity have not done much outside of individual effort the past year. We feel education upon the subject is greatly needed, though to bring this about to the best advantage is a question claiming much of our attention. Believing The Philanthropist" is one of the greatest educators in this line, fifteen copies have been subscribed for, for the, year, and distributed among nienbers of different Quarterly Meetings, also 200 copies of a pamphlet on “ The Teacher's Opportunity," which we hope will bear fruit in the future.
Informal talks and lectures upon Purity have been given through different organizations throughout the Yearly Meeting, but there are apparently but few of the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings giving this subject any special attention. But from the work of the few we trust others in line will be led to see the necessity of action on the part of all.
PEACE AND ARBITRATION.
terest. Papers have been read and discussed relative to the improvement of The Home and Homemakers. One Meeting was a general conference of men and women to consider the higher ideals of Home Life, at which about one thousand persons were present. At one Meeting Elizabeth Powell Bond read a paper on “The Training of Children in Reverence.” This we have had printed for gratuitous distribution. Earnest thought has been given to the establishment of Mothers' Meetings in various localities which we hope will bear fruit in the future.
Eight conferences have been held; the one in Salem was more especially on the history of the Peace Movement. These meetings seem to have been well attended and full of interest. At Swarthmore “ Peace Day” was observed by the Friends of that Place, and as the second First-day of Twelfth month is generally acknowledged as “ Peace Day," we feel to recommend its observance.
Wilmington Friends have held several Peace Meetings, and in conjunction with the Peace Society there, opposed and prevented the introduction of military drill in the public schools. In Philadelphia Friends were appointed to present a protest to the sub-committee of the Board of Education on the same subject.
On Fifth-day evening of Yearly Meeting week, Aaron M. Powell, of New York, gave an address which was received with much satisfaction.
The present complication of our government with Spain has engaged the earnest attention of our members, and messages of sympathy have been sent to our President in his efforts for peace, and the hope extended that he might be able to guide our nation through these troubles without a resort to arms.
Our Committee has been earnest in its appeals that we shall be vigilant not only as a Committee, but as individuals, knowing that there is so much to be done before that point is reached when Nation shall not lift sword against Nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
Our co-operation was asked in securing the use of the yards of the Meeting-house at 15th and Race Streets for a summer play-ground or outdoor kindergarten for poor children, but the way did not open for the Property Committee to grant the use of them for the purpose proposed.
The Conferences of those interested in the Philanthropic Labor in the different Yearly Meetings will be held next Eighth month, at Richmond, Indiana, and to which we intend sending delegates. As these meetings in the past have been of benefit to those engaged in philanthropic work, we believe that this one will also tend to build up and strengthen us in our work of helping and serving. Signed for and in behalf of the Committee,
JAMES H. ATKINSON,
ELEANOR K. RICHARDS, fil
Clerks. Fourth month 30, 1898.
Reports from the Quarters working among women and
CHANGES IN THE HEAVENS. children have been received as follows: Concord reports
IF Job were to rise from the dead and look upon the night and sewing schools successfully conducted ; flowers sent to Philadelphia hospitals during last summer; also heavens, says Prof. T. J. J. See, in the "Atlantic boxes sent before Christmas for children in destitute homes Monthly," he would see the constellations related to in Philadelphia from Swarthmore. Also that a few kinder- | one another as of old, but he would find that the pole garten and sewing schools have been maintained in Wilming
had shifted its position among the stars ; and if an ton.
immortal could witness the grand phenomenon which Salem Quarter reports four conferences held. One on “ True Living,” the others on Home Influence.” Also that the procession of the equinoxes produces, in about the Savings Fund and Sewing School of Salem are having a twelve thousand nine hundred years he would find the healthful influence upon the goodly number of those who heavens so altered that the former aspect could be reccome under their care.
ognized only by an understanding of the changes Burlington Quarter reports their Sewing School meets on
which had intervened. As Humboldt justly remarks, Seventh-day afternoons; many garments have been given to the needy known to its members. Moral stories have been
the beautiful and celebrated constellation of the Southread to the children when assembled. School closed Third ern Cross, never seen by the present inhabitants of Eumonth 19, 1898.
rope, and visible in the United States only on our Philadelphia Quarter reports : The Boys' Reading Room
southern coast, formerly shone on the shores of the is being continued this season at 3725 Lancaster Avenue, West Philadelphia, the outlook being very encouraging.
Baltic, and can again be seen in that latitude in about Friends' Mission No. 1, at Beach Street and Fairmount eighteen thousand years. The Cross will then be visAvenue, Philadelphia, after being operated with more or less ible on the shores of Hudson's Bay, but at present it success for nearly twenty years, under the care of the Phila
is going rapidly southward, and in a few thousand delphia First-day School Union, was placed partly under the
years will be invisible even at the extreme point of care of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting's Philanthropic Committee. Earnest efforts were made to find those who felt
Florida. In like manner, the brilliant star Canopus in called to uplift others less fortunate than themselves in their the constellation Argo, situated some thirty-seveni dehome surroundings, with the results that "The Mission has grees south of Sirius, is now visible in the southern been better supplied with teachers than it has been in the past.
portion of the United States; in about twelve thousand During the holding of First-day School, Sewing School and
years it will cease to rise even in Central America. Boys' Evenings (Third- and Fifth-days), the room is filled with others waiting to be admitted. Were it possible to se
From the same cause, if Ptolemy were to again look cure a building where we could have the larger children upon the heavens at Alexandria, he would be unable separated from the smaller, and in which the sanitary condi- to recognize Alpha and Beta Centauri, which he easily tions were not a constant menace to health, we believe we
saw and catalogued in the time of Hadrian; at present could extend our sphere of usefulness in that locality. In
these magnificent stars are just visible at the Pyramids sufficient light is a great detriment to the children in the sewing school. The vitiated air, due to our inability to properly
near Cairo, and in a few more thousand years they can ventilate the room, to the adjoining saloon, and to the damp be seen by dwellers on the Nile only in Upper Egypt. cellar, renders the room unpleasant as well as unhealthy." The Women's Home Influence Association also reports,
THE Louisiana Constitutional Convention has decided to last year, as having been organized and that the meetings at 15th and Race Streets are being continued with unabated in
abolish French as one of the official languages of the State.
Conferences, Associations, Etc.
man is known by the books he reads, as well as the company he keeps. If one can not find suitable companions among his
associates, he may find the very best among books. We have GREEN PLAIN, OHIO.-Green Plain Young Friends' Asso- not time to read all, so should choose the most elevating. ciation met at the Warner home, Fourth month 3, 1898. The Mabel Brown gave a recitation bearing on kindness to meeting was opened by the president, R. M. Roberts, reading
animals. The text was, “Inasmuch as ye have done it to the the first chapter of James. After the minutes of the previous least of these, ye have done it unto me.'' Neal Hambleton meeting were read, the following program was given.
gave the Current Topics. A selection from our book of discipline on “ Meetings for Robert H. Wood answered the question, "What has the Worship," was read by Catherine L. Walker. A paper by Young Friends' Association done for the Society ?" in a Howard M. Jenkins, on The Meeting for Worship,” was thoughtful manner. It has deepened the interest in our read by Orlando T. Battin. Some remarks and selections principles by giving the young people something to do. The bearing on the subject followed. Mabel Wilson read a por- Association serves as a link between the First day school and tion of Whittier's poem “The Meeting." Roll-call was the Meeting. The sacrifices made by our earlier members responded to by quotations.
should remind us of our superior advantages, and incite us to This was the largest meeting we have held ; about thirty do more and better work. in attendance. Joseph Schofield, of Knoxville, Tenn., was at E. Henry Haines gave a short talk. Dr. William Hammeeting and the Association on that day, to the satisfaction of
bleton recited an original poem. After sentiments, roll, and all.
usual silence, we adjourned, to meet Fifth month 15, at 7.30 The president and vice-president not being present, the
P. L. C. Association was opened Fifth month 1, at the home of Phineas L. and Catherine Walker, by Martha J. Warner reading the
MICKLETON, N. J.-— The meeting of the Young Friends' twelfth chapter of Romans. The minutes were read and
Association, Fifth month 14, was opened by reading the 21st approved. Emily T. Battin, Catherine Walker, and Sarah
chapter of Matthew, after which the minutes of the last meetE. Warner were appointed to present names to next meeting ing were read and approved. for officers to serve six months. The program followed.
The exercises of the evening were begun by Esther L. "Early history of Green Plain Monthly Meeting," by
Rulon reading a portion of the third chapter of Janney's Samuel R. Battin. Green Plain Monthly Meeting was estab
History of Friends, followed by an excellent essay by Hannah lished Ninth month 22, 1821, though the meeting was known
A. Heritage, entitled “Our Duty," teaching us that one of as Green Plain and received property on which to build a
our greatest duties is the care of the body, or the temple in meeting-house, in 1816. The present house was built between
which the spirit dwells. On account of continued illness of 1840 and 1850. " Reminiscences of our Meeting in Early
some of the interested participants, the debate, “Resolved, Times was not developed as we had hoped, owing to the
that all dispute can be settled by arbitration, was not given, inability of some of our members to attend. A short sketch
the meeting agreeing in not having it. The memorial of by Martha J. Warner told of the early pioneer life of her
Elizabeth Andrews was read by Martha White. Martha father and mother.
Engle then read "Gleanings from Yearly Meeting," freshen• How reformers Come and Leaders are raised up,
ing many thoughts in the minds of those who were privileged discourse by J. R. Jackson, from the text, “I if I be lifted up
to hear them before, and gratefully received by those who from earth will draw all men unto me,” was read by Martha could not attend Yearly Meeting. A. Battin.
A recitation by Mary Heritage was next enjoyed, telling We meet the first First-day afternoon in each month.
how a deaf and dumb child recited the “ Lord's Prayer, Adjourned to meet at the house of Samuel and Emily T. while kneeling, rendering it all by motions. Interesting Battin, Sixth month 5, 1898.
sketches of the life of Joseph Hornor were given by Ellen B. MARTHA A. BATTIN, Cor. Sec.
Haines, many of them taken from the INTELLIGENCER. An Selina, Clarke Co., Ohio.
exercise by Mabel B. Haines was postponed for another
meeting. The current items gathered by James G. Engle FLEMING, PA.—The president opened our Association were read and the questions answered. Fourth month 24, by reading the 18th chapter of Matthew.
After the roll-call and the reading of the appointments, In answer to roll-call well chosen sentiments were given,
meeting adjourned until Sixth month 11. referring to the subject of Peace. Edgar W. Cleaver read a
M. E. L., Secretary. very pretty poem, entitled “Work." Then followed a general talk on Peace Principles, and what should be our attitude toward the establishing of Peace principles, which proved
Educational Department. both interesting and profitable. Florence N. Cleaver read a poem entitled, “ The Measure
SWARTHMORE COLLEGE NOTES. less Deep," portraying the soul's communion with a Higher The Annual Senior Contest for the Furman prize in declamaPower.
tion occurred Fifth month 10. The contest was one of the best Nancy M. Fisher read a paper on Elizabeth Fry, telling of ever held at Swarthmore. Abner P. Way won the boys' her early vanities, but notwithstanding all she longed for a prize, and Edna Nicholl that of the young women. better, purer life, which she felt might be possible after hear- gram consisted as follows: " The Flood, Mary Howell ; ing the preaching of William Savery, and other Friend
" Death of Paul Dombey," Edna Richards ; "Wolsey's ministers.
Soliloquy," Charles Brown ; Robert of Sicily," Mabel Mary J. Fisher read and explained the 13th chapter of Harris European Guides,” Abner P. Way; " Chariot Mark.
Race," Edna Nicholl ; "Jane Conquest," Rachel Knight ; After an impressive silence we adjourned, feeling that not- The Bargain," Levi Taylor. withstanding the inclement weather and the fewness of our
The regular meeting of the Young Friends' Association numbers, it was good for us to meet where all, even the was held in College Hall, on First-day evening. Hannah H. robin's joyful song, seemed to whisper peace.
Clothier, '91, read a beautiful paper on “Prayer," which F. N. CLEAVER, Secretary. called forth the earnest response of the meeting. Edna M.
Pownall, '98, presented a review of President Sharpless's PENN HILL, Pa.--The Young Friends' Association met book, “A Quaker Experiment in Government. Fifth month 1, with a good attendance. It was opened by On account of the inclemency of the weather, First-day the President, who read Matthew 7th. The minutes of last morning meeting was held in Collection Hall this week. meeting were read and approved. H. Mary Good and Harriet The meeting was addressed by President De Garmo and Dean Wood gave portions of the first and second chapters of Bond, in a very acceptable manner. Janney's History, Volume III.
On Seventh-day evening President De Garmo and wife Jennie Brown read an excellent essay on " Books.'' A tendered a reception to the Faculty of Swarthmore to meet