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through its own agencies, under the guidance of the State DeHOWARD M. JENKINS, LYDIA H. HALL, RACHEL W. HILLBORN
partment of the United States.'' ROBERT M. JANNEY, CHARLES F. JENKINS.
Contributions of money may be sent to Drexel & Co., the EDITORS:
Committee's Treasurers, to Mayor Warwick ; or to the SecreHOWARD M. JENKINS. LYDIA H. HALL. RACHEL W. HILLBORN
tary, Dr. M. S. French, Room 910 Betz Building, Philadel
phia. PHILADELPHIA, SECOND MONTH 5, 1898.
In the first issue of the INTELLIGENCER for 1897, First OPPORTUNITIES.
month 2, we printed extended extracts from a sermon An inspired writer, dwelling upon the dearth of spir- preached on the preceding " Forefathers' Day," (of the Ply
mouth, Massachusetts, people), Twelfth month 20, by Dr. ituality among men, says, when we contemplate our
David Gregg, in the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, spiritual condition, “that we should never say to our
Brooklyn. In it Dr. Gregg spoke very favorably of “The selves we have done the best we could. Not one of Quakers as Makers of America." Since then, the discoure us has done this."
To this we may add that we have has been much commended, and repeatedly quoted from and been looking perhaps for some person greatly en
reprinted by other journals. dowed with knowledge of Divine things, or for some
REFERRING to our article of last week, and the suggestion great revelation of God's will concerning us, to lead or
of the Friends of France as a subject for historical study by direct us in this. But this is not always God's way. Young Friends' Associations, we note an interesting letter in Is it not that we are too much engrossed in things
The Friend, London, First month 7, from Joseph G. Alexpertaining to our physical and mental well-being, that ander, of Tunbridge Wells, England, describing a recent
visit to Congenies and its neighborhood. We print extracts we regard too little the small opportunities for soul
from the letter in this issue of the INTELLIGENCER. culture that might come to us daily if our inner eyes were opened, or our sense of feeling quick to perceive
ABBY D. MUNRO writes an interesting account of the school them?
work at Mt. Pleasant, S. C., and at the close mentions the These opportunities lie about us everywhere. One pressing needs of the School for aid in the winter's work. We opportunity may be in a little material aid given have also in hand a letter from Martha Schofield, at Aiken,
S. C., in which she presents the claim of the school there upon to one in distress, or a kindly smile or word to a little
Friends and others. The brief and earnest appeal of Anna child, or even a warm shake of the hand of a discour
M. Jackson, last week, emphasized the needs of both these aged friend or neighbor, or assistance given to help an
worthy institutions. obscure one to try unused powers, or a visit to some
BIRTHS sick or aged person cut off from contact with the
WILSON.—To Franklin P. and Elizabeth H. Wilson, at world. A quiet half-hour in silent meditation, or a
Washington, D. C., First month 25, 1898, a son, named prayerful reading of the gospel of Jesus Christ, or Harold Hoge Wilson. some inspired thought of poetry and prose ; all these
DEATHS. may reveal a spiritual wealth within us of which we
BAILEY.-At the residence of her sister, Mary B. Parker, little dream. Once this Christ-spirit is unfolded and West Chester, Pa., First month 23, 1898, Elizabeth J. Bailey, not repressed, it will seek its own nurture from little aged 68 years; an esteemed member of Birmingham Monthly
Meeting. opportunities on every hand, and will grow and reveal
DECOU.--At Trenton, N. J., Twelfth month I, 1897, itself to others who will catch the inspired glow, and Miriam H. DeCou, widow of the late Isaac DeCou, in the they too will seek for growth on the Godward side of 89th year of her age. She had long been an Elder and Over
seer of Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting. their natures. We have great need to be ever watch
HAINES.–Suddenly, Eirst monh 31, 1898, Mary B., ful for these little opportunities for the growth of that
widow of Joseph C. Haines, aged 49 years.
She was matron
of Friends' Boarding Home, (Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting), life which is eternal, and perishes not with the body.
1708 Race street, Philadelphia, and very efficient, kind, and Ever watchful for light:
Interment at Upper Greenwich, (Mickleton), N. J. " The restless millions wait
HUGHES.--At the residence of her son-in-law, Dr. The light whose dawning maketh all things new;
Milton E. Conard, West Grove, Pa., Twelfth month 31, 1897, Christ also waits, but men are slow or late ;
Elizabeth G. Hughes, in the 78th year of her age; a member Have we done what we could ? Have I ? Have you ?'' of New Garden Monthly Meeting.
As this dear one passes on to her higher life, she leaves for
us a beautiful, undying memory of a full rounded life of usefulHE Citizens' Permanent Relief Committee of Philadelphia, ness, of kindness, of pure unselfish feelings toward every one, send us a circular letter asking the aid of the press in directing with an ever-ready, willing hand for the comfort of others, of attention to the great needs of the suffering people in the Island
thoughtful loving counsel and support for all who came to her.
A pure, sweet spirit whom all felt and loved who were so of Cuba. The Committee, of which the Mayor of the city,
favored to be within her influence. She had finished her Charles F. Warwick, is President, is collecting funds. It " will
work, her visits, her cares all done, and without great suffering aim to help all alike, irrespective of creed or nationality, and she lay in her weakness“ ready and willing for the call.” A
EDITORS FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER :
precious treasure in her example of a true, consistent, religious rangements for the visits mentioned in last week's Infaith and works.
TELLIGENCER, I have been kept a close prisoner to my JOHNSON.–At Kennett Square, Pa., on the 15th of
room for nearly two weeks, with a severe attack of First month, 1898, Sarah S. Johnson, in the 87th year of her
rheumatism, and though better at this writing, there age; a member of London Grove Monthly Meeting, widow of the late William Johnson, of Toughkenamon.
seems but little prospect now of my being able to atShe was a gentle, upright, and loving spirit, with open heart tend any of the meetings named." and purse to deserving charities and worthy reforms, and was The information will be received with special regret tenderly and affectionately regarded by a large circle of by those meetings which were to enjoy the privilege relatives, friends, and neighbors.
of his visit. MASSEY.--At the State Normal School, West Chester, Pa., whilst on a professional visit, First month 31, 1898, of apoplexy, Dr, Isaac Massey, of West Chester, aged 62 years. The meeting in charge of the Philanthropic Commit
tee of Bucks Quarterly Meeting held at Newtown, on
the 30th ult., was largely attended, the meeting-house NEWS OF FRIENDS.
being well-filled with an interested audience. The An appointed meeting was held here (Catawissa, Pa.), essays were all well written, and well read, and some Twelfth month 30, attended by Margaret P. Howard, interesting remarks were afterwards made. The subof Philadelphia ; S. Jennie Kester, Sarah L. Eves and ject was Improper Publications.
I. E. nephew Perry Eves, from Millville. Ellwood Heacock and Benjamin Hicks walked from Bloomsburg
In perfecting his plan of meeting visits, Isaac Wilto attend the meeting, and the house was full for a
son intimates his expectation of being at Trenton and week-day meeting. After a solemn silence, utterance Crosswicks, N. J., on the 6th instant, then at Abington was given to the clear enunciation of the truth, as Quarterly Meeting, at Abington, on the roth, and at embodied in earnest aspiration of individual minds, Swarthmore, on the 13th, returning to Albany, for and at the close, with the silence and quiet handshake, Duanesburg Quarterly Meeting, on the 21st, and then it was expressed that it had been good for them to be
to Bucks, at Wrightstown, on the 24th. here. Besides two or three, the others attending are
LIQUOR ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS members of denominations not knowing of Friends, although the assertion is ofttimes repeated that the
FRIENDS have always been interested in the welfare of grand-parents have been Friends, and they respect the Indians, so that the progress in civilization of their memory
Ambrose Sharpless leaves his place these wards of the nation during the last generation of business, and attends all appointed meetings, has been particularly gratifying to the members of our although not a member, and when the Monthly Society.
Society. But it must be borne in mind that the key Meeting is held here, once a year, the inquiry is made
to this improvement in the red men has been a fairly of the time, with an earnest desire to come.
well enforced Congressional statute prohibiting the The First-day meeting is steadily increasing in
sale of liquor on the reservations, or to the Indians. interest, and one year ago a preparative meeting was
Now, however, it is proposed to retrograde in this solicited, but failed of encouragement in the Monthly
commendable policy, as evidenced by the House of Meeting. If a discontinuance of many years' stand
Representatives passing a bill, First month 22, to place ing had not created imaginary difficulties against a
the Cattaraugus and the Seneca Indian reservations, meeting being held, the proposal to do so would not
in New York State, under the operations of the be met with objection. 'One with the Lord is strength.
"Raines Liquor Law," and giving the State courts Catawissa, Pa. MARY EMMA WALTERS.
and officers jurisdiction over violations thereof.
This means that not only is the harmful effect of The “Central Committee ” of the Conferences of the liquor traffic to be brought home to these Indians, 1898, to be held at Richmond, Indiana, met at Friends'
but also a precedent is to be established as an entering meeting-house, New York City, on the 29th ult., in
wedge for the liquor-selling interests to get a hold on the afternoon, to consider the arrangements for the reservations in other States, resulting in the degradaConferences It is proposed that they be held at
tion of many of the Indians and the undoing of much Richmond, the week beginning on Second-day, Eighth good work'accomplished. month 22. Committee meetings, etc., will be held on
This bill now goes to the Senate, where it is beSeventh-day evening, and it is expected that Friends
lieved it may be defeated by reasonable efforts, as it attending will arrive on that day,—the 20th, and that
is thought that attention has only to be called to the on Second-day the sessions will begin promptly in the
serious evils ensuing to obtain the requisite votes forenoon.
against it. The committee has general supervision of the ar
Accordingly it is requested that those interested rangements, but the programs for the several Sections, in the matter should write an earnest remonstrance
First-day School, Educational, Philanthropic, and against the measure, addressing it to some Senator Religious, -are made up by separate committees ap
other than those from New York (from whom no aid pointed for the purpose. They have been, we believe,
may be expected), with a request that the same be substantially completed.
handed to Senator R. F. Pettigrew, chairman, or some
other member of the Senate Committee on Indian Our friend Robert S. Haviland writes us from
FRANKLIN NOBLE. Chappaqua, N. Y., 31st ult. : “Since making the ar
New York, First month 29.
ANECDOTES OF ROBERT BOND.
Correspondence of Friends' Intelligencer.
FROM ABBY D. MUNRO: THE WORK AT
MT. PLEASANT SCHOOL. A LETTER from a Friend of Indianapolis relates the following anecdote:
The winter, so far, has been a singularly mild and open one,
with the exception of two or three cold spells of a few days' I have often thought I would like to give an inci
duration. But the nights and mornings are so cold we need dent in the life of my old teacher, Robert Bond. He clothing warm enough to be uncomfortable the remainder of taught in our neighborhood, seven miles north of Win- | the day.
the day. This weather is favorable to the poor, making a
great saving of fuel. In former years, the poor people cut chester, Va., twenty years. He was a son of Joseph great saving of fuel.
their own wood from a portion of the village called the Bond, one of the early settlers of Friends, and had a
commons,” left uncleared for that purpose. But within a large farm close to the Hopewell Meeting-house. few years, this land has been sold off into houselots, and Robert grew up, as did most of the young people of cleared, thus ending this free supply of fuel. This makes. that day, of strictly moral habits, and not what could
cold weather particularly hard on them, and makes every
chip of wood of some account. The farmers have been be called a truly converted Friend, but one that might slower than usual in putting in their peas, as a cold, backward be called a traditional one.
spring is predicted, which would prove very disastrous to the "In early life he was engaged in his father's mill, young crop.
School is large and well attended, as usual. Four hundred which he followed some years. It became too slow
have been enrolled, thus far, and the higher classes are for an aspiring youth; he concluded to go to Alexan
unusually full. In fact, every room is taxed to its utmost dria, Va. There was for a time quite an exodus to capacity, and the need of another grade is felt by all. But Alexandria, and the most of them spent their sub- the teachers are faithful and earnest, and work to the limit of stance, and returned to share the means possessed by for the yearly promotions. The advantage of having control
their time and strength to bring their classes up to the mark their fathers.
of the County School, in this place, and training our own “Robert was engaged in the flour trade at the time pupils from the very first, is clearly seen, for instead of seeing the British made their presence known at the district
young men and women in the higher rooms, as at first, they in the war of 1812, and when they left, as they passed of advancement,--anywhere.
are filled now with pupils of the average age for that degree by Alexandria, they supplied their commissary with The Industrial work goes on as regularly as clock-work, Robert's and other flour.
and improvement is sure to follow such persistent regularity. “The scene was too much for Robert's traditional Two hours of undivided time and attention are given the
We frequently Quakerism, and he joined the army at the fight below cobbling boys ; twelve passing in at a time,
find one and another of them mending their own shoes at the city. Robert, after securing a musket, fixed him
their hour. self behind a large stump, and began shooting. He The holidays passed very quietly. It was unpleasant most said that an impression came upon him so strong to
of the time. Christmas day it rained, pouring all day. All out
of-door sport was thus prohibited, of course, much to the move, that to remain there was not safe, but he was
disappointment of the young people, and as much-even slow to move, fearing that a stray bullet might catch more—to the relief of many older people, to whom the noise him in moving. He could withstand the impression of the fire-cracker, pistol, and cannon seems utterly out of no longer. He moved, and he had scarecly left the keeping with what should be the spirit of the occasion. These stump when a cannon ball struck it, and tore it loose, ing as formerly. Scarcity of money may have much to do with
days are not made a time of such prolonged, noisy merry-makbursting it in pieces.
it, but the younger people have learned to find their enjoy"He began teaching, to clear himself of debt that ment in a more quiet and rational way. the loss of his flour caused him, which debt he paid,
To the little family in the Home," the day brought all principal and interest, and which was done by denying rain dampen their spirits nor the cold east-wind chill their
the pleasure it brings to children generally, neither did the himself of many of the comforts of life. His scholars enthusiasm. They had brought from the woods a little were in size from the child of five years to the ages Christmas tree, and plenty of boughs of the holly and Christbeyond their majority of manhood and womanhood.
mas-berry bush, with which their sitting-room was tastefully
decorated, till it had a glow as bright and cheerful as their Many were the talks he gave us to make us useful and
own faces. The Christmas eve had brought their gifts, and upright men and women. He left an honored name all through the rainy day they trimmed and untrimmed their behind, and the respect of his hundreds of old pupils. tree, nursed their dollies, made miniature feasts of their ChristHe secured the means of giving the poor in the neigh- clouds without, while everything was so bright within,
mas cheer, and sang and played, unmindful of storm and borhood a fair start in the way of an education. He
Last, but not least by any means, came our yearly school maintained the principles of the Orthodox at the sep- entertainment. We hoped for a pleasant day, for our own aration of the four male members left at that time. He sakes, but more particularly for the sake of the little army of died in Twelfth month, 1860. Never married."
country children who we knew must start on their seven-mile tramp by day-break, to reach the school-room in time. The day appointed dawned bright and pleasant, greatly to our
satisfaction. To vary our program as much as possible, we A REASONABLE sympathy is a powerful solvent of had decided upon a "Santa Claus in a chimney," for the divermisunderstanding. Unreasonable reproaches and
sion of all concerned.
At very little expense and trouble, we burning invective simply harden the mind; they improvised a chimney, by making a light frame, seven feet
| neither win conviction nor compel the judgment.
possible. This we covered neatly with red cloth, carefully The more thoroughly a man is convinced of the truth chalk-marked to imitate bricks. When completed it was proand justice of his position the better ought to be the
nounced artistic, as well as realistic, and many were the assurance to him that time is working for the cause in
inquiries of the teachers if it was a “truly chimbley," which,
perhaps, they thought had sprung up in a night. It was which he believes, and the greater should be his faith
interesting to see the assembling. Five rooms, of necessity, that, with patient effort, it will triumph.--Lyman Gage. were crowded into one : the Primaries going through their
exercises in their own room. At the sound of the piano the
Conferences, Associations, Etc. march commenced. The seats were soon filled,-two in each, then the benches at the side of the room, still they poured in !
RICHMOND, IND.—The regular First-day evening meeting of All available benches and chairs were produced and quickly filled, and still they came ! One more was placed in each seat,
the Young Friends' Association was held First month 16.
The topic for the hour was Sarah Hutton." The brief still they came, and a row was seated on the platform, and even on the floor. A perfect sea of human faces it was, to
sketch of her life and character, given by the leader, was fol
lowed by short talks by the other members, giving some interlook into, as we stood before them,—the Black Sea, it might
esting incidents in her life. We find these evenings spent in fairly be called, for of such is our school almost completely
the discussion of prominent members of the Society, very But they were bright, happy faces, filled with pleasant anticipations. After singing their Christmas carols,
profitable. and a few recitations, I read to them the interesting little
The topic for the next First-day was “ Things that keep us
from God.'' Legend of Santa Claus," taken from the Young Friends'
Love of self, which covers pride, self-consciousReview, not to disabuse the minds of the little ones of their
ness, and most all other sins, seemed to be considered the mythical belief, but to impress upon the older ones the true
chief thing that keeps us from drawing nearer to the Divine
Being. idea of unselfish Christmas giving. As the tale drew to a
There is a marked increase in attendance and interest the close, the voice of old Santa Claus was heard, singing in the distance. An intense stillness prevailed as the sound drew
past few months.
E. M.W. nearer and nearer, and when, at last, the top of the high hat, then the white bearded visage, and at last, the arms and WILMINGTON, DEL.-
The Young Friends' Association of shoulders of the queer-looking, much-read-and-talked-of Wilmington, Del., held its regular meeting First month 21, in personage appeared in full sight, out of the chimney-top, and Friends' School building, 4th and West streets. he stood puffing and blowing with the exertion, bowing and It was largely attended, and the papers read awakened scraping, before them, their surprise and merriment knew no
much interest. bounds! Their shouts of laughter fairly made “ the welkin The Executive Committee in giving its report, asked that
Some of the most timid started for the door, but the the secretary prepare a short report of each meeting for thought that they had not receivel their presents brought them
FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. back, and they soon were as merry as the rest.
Florence Hall Philips, in her paper on “Audubon—the The chimney was placed in front of the entry door, and Man and Naturalist,” gave a vivid description of his life, his some of the teachers stood in the entry and handed up the personality, and told many anecdotes of his career while colbundles, while he handed them over the top. Some as their lecting material for his great book on American Birds. She names were called, came forward with fear and trembling; also solicited names for the Audubon Society of Pennsylvania, some were filled with awe before this wonderful personage ; which was organized in Tenth month, 1896, and the object of while others received their gifts with chuckles and grins—all which is the preservation of our native birds. The paper was happy and delighted. Then the teachers came in for their followed by remarks from several who had made birds a subshare, and were required to bow and courtesy much to the ject of study. delight of all. Then, after bidding them good-bye, telling An interesting paper read by Helen Borton, of Woodstown, them to be good children, and he would come again, he N. J., was prepared by Joel Borton for the late Conference at departed ; the pupils went to their rooms, received each a bag Newtown, Pa. In this various reasons were given for the of candy, and were dismissed. It was a time of rare enjoy- small attendance in many meetings of the Society.
And how Santa Claus got there, what he did and said, A short extract containing suggestions to Young Friends' will be the theme of talk and conjecture as they gather with Associations for future work, was read from the INTELLIGENneighbors and friends around their pine-knot fires in the CER, and after remarks, the meeting adjourned. country, or go from home to home in the village, for many a
MARY H. THATCHER, Secretary pro tem. long day. These yearly jubilees have become so much a part of the school we hardly believe we could now drop them with- NEW YORK AND BROOKLYN.—The Young Friends' Assoout injury to it, even if we wished to.
ciation of New York and Brooklyn met at the Library Room, We desire to call the attention of our friends to our last
16th Street and Rutherfurd Place, New York City, First report in our Supplement to the “Bulletin." They will see how sadly we need funds, with which to carry on our work. The Nominating Committee brought forward the following Will they not please send in their contributions, and give us names of persons for officers, which the meeting approved : relief from this wearing anxiety ?
President, Charlotte M. Way; vice-president, Henry M. Since we commenced this letter we have been favored with
Haviland; secretary and Treasurer, Hyman G. Miller ; cora call from our friend, Thomas T. Hilliard, Salem, N. J. respondent, Edward Cornell. We regret that he could not have come when school was in
The Brooklyn Bible Section reported a consideration of the session, but we were glad to welcome him, and show him as childhood of Jesus, and the method of educating the young much of our work as possible. Now that tourists have com
customary among the Jews at that time. The New York menced passing through on their way to Florida, we earnestly Bible Section reported a further study of the Book of Exodus hope that others will follow his example. The ferry boat leaves and of the character of Moses. Market Street wharf, Charleston at 7, and 10 a. m.,
The paper of the evening on “Friends and the Bible," and 6.30 p. m. Returning, it leaves Mt. Pleasant at 6 and 8
was by Marianna S. Rawson. She mentioned the advice in a. m, 12 m. and 5.30 p. m. We are always glad to welcome
our discipline enjoining the frequent reading of the Bible, and our friends for a longer or shorter stay.
said that the belief in the Bible as the perfect rule of faith and Please try to keep up the barrel supply.
practice, prevailing among the 'evangelical" churches, was Mt. Pleasant, First inonth 23. ABBY D. MUNRO.
impossible for Friends. She advocated family reading of the
Bible, but not perfunctory reading. We should beware of IRELAND spends about $60,000,000 a year for liquor.
indifference towards the Bible ; it contains some of the grand
est truths and the strongest words of guidance for our lives. THE Denmark temperance society receives a government
She concluded by reading selections from the Psalms, Prosubsidy of $1,500 per year.
verbs, and other books, to call our attention to the fact that A STRAY yellow dog sat upon a wooden seat in a city park. their beauty is often overlooked. A little child's tiny arms were lovingly entwined about his In the discussion which followed it was said by some that neck, and a cooing voice was saying in his ear, “I love you, we should read the Bible as we would read other valued books ; little doggie !!! He was as proud as any prize setter in the that indifference to it arises from deifying it, and hence disbelief land. “Is that your dog, little boy ?” said a policeman, as upon the detection of errors of fact. Others thought that it he passed the happy couple. No, he doesn't belong to me. was impossible to treat the Bible like any other book ; that we I'm only acquainted with him," answered the little fellow.- do not treat all books alike; we should read it reverently but Exchange.
not with a superstitious reverence.
proposed to invest as the beginning of a Fund for the School's maintenance.
It was also said that though the Bible is a record of the best thought in the world, we should be careful to seek in it what is the highest. It should not be read indiscriminately by the young, nor should we allow ourselves to read the words merely as words, but seek always to realize the beauty and truth of the thoughts expressed. This led to the expression of the desire that for children and for family use there should be a selected edition of the Bible,
It was said that the reading of the Bible in families should not be formal, but with consideration ; that it should be read not because it is the Bible but for the good there is in it, neither ought we to lose sight of the evident truths, by haggling over disputed and doubtful passages.
The discussion was very general and closed with the feeling that it had brought us more in unison in our ideas regarding the use of the Bible.
After the usual silence, adjourned to meet in Brooklyn, Second month 13.
EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE.-The next Educational Meeting, under charge of the Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will be held at the meeting-house, at 15th and Race Sts., on Seventh-day of next week, the 12th inst. The subject for the day will be " English." Principal George L. Maris, and Mary E. Speakman of George School, and Dean Bond, of Swarthmore College, will open the discussion of the subject. All interested in educational work are invited.
TRENTON, N. J.-A regular meeting of the Trentori Friends' Association was held in the lecture-room of the meeting-house, First month 24. An unusually large number was in attendance.
The meeting was called to order by the President, A. Crozer Reeves, and after roll-call and reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, the various committees made their usual reports.
The only paper of the evening was presented by Rabbi Weiss, who was requested to prepare it, by one of the members of the Association, on the subject of “ The habits and conditions of the Jewish Nations at the time of Christ's sojourn on earth." The paper was well received, and in the informal talk following it, the Rabbi gave much interesting information concerning the Hebrews.
After a few moments' silence, the meeting adjourned, to meet Second month 28.
L. C. W.
LECTURES IN NEW YORK AND BROOKLYN.-The Board of Direction of the New York Swarthmore College Association have arranged for two lectures, to be given under the auspices of the Association for the benefit and entertainment of its members, and their friends.
The first lecture was given by Prof. William Hyde Appleton, LL. D., of Swarthmore College, on Fourth-day evening of this week, the ad inst., in Friends' meeting-house, 16th St. and Rutherfurd Place, New York City, Subject : "Some Homes and Haunts of British Poets."
The second lecture will be given by Elizabeth Powell Bond, Dean of Swarthmore College, in Friends' meeting-house, Schermerhorn street and Boerum Place, Brooklyn, at eight p. m., on Sixth-day evening, Third month 25. Subject : College Life."
No admission will be charged, and all are cordially invited to attend.
LITERARY NOTES. PROFESSOR B. A. Hinsdale, who holds the chair of the Science and Art of Teaching in the University of Michigan, has written an exhaustive biography of Horace Mann, of Massachusetts, one of the founders of our present public school system. The volume, which will be published by Charles Scribner's Sons, not only contains a complete account of Horace Mann's life and labors, but presents a picturesque review of the common school revival in this country, half a century ago. An illustration of this growth is shown in these figures from Massachusetts : when Horace Mann laid down his office fifty years ago, that State was spending $749,943 a year on her common schools-in 1896 the same item amounted to $11,829,191.
SWARTHMORE COLLEGE NOTES. ON Seventh-day evening President DeGarmo and his wife entertained the Sophomore class at their home. Of the alumni, William G. Underwood, '89, was present, The hospitality of the host and hostess and general informality made the occasion a most enjoyable one to all present.
Great interest is being taken in preparing for the contest for the Underwood-Pouder prize cup. This cup has been offered by two of our alumni to be contested for by the literary societies. This contest will consist of a debate, oration, essay, declamation, and vocal solo. This is proving an incentive to greater efforts and has aroused the old-time enthusiam of the literary societies.
The students and friends of the College on Fifth-day, 27th, listened to a reading by Dr. Magill of his translation of Corneille's " Le Cid. Dr. Magill's translation is well known, but the reading of it himself made it doubly interesting to the large audience present.
On account of examination week, little of note has taken place at the College, this being the end of the first semester.
The Review of Reviews for this month renders a good service to the cause of international arbitration by publishing an English translation of an article on the advance of the peace movement throughout the world, from the pen of the distinguished French publicist, Frederic Passy, President of the Society for Arbitration Between Nations. This article notes many encouraging signs of progress in the agitation for arbitration now going on among even the most military nations of the Old World.
The current Meehans' Monthly honors the Pacific Coast by a Prang colored lithograph of the Oregon breeches-flower, Dicentra formosa, which the historical chapter tells us, is one of the elements in the forest scenery referred to in Bryant's “Thanatopsis.”
THE HANNAH WILLETS BEQUEST.-The bequest made in her will, 1897, by Hannah Willets, of Manhasset, Long Island, to the two colored schools in South Carolina, at Aiken, and Mt. Pleasant, is about being paid by her executors. The amount was $5,000, one-half to each school. The amount given to the school at Mt. Pleasant is paid to the “ Abolition Society" of this city as trustees it being the trustee also of the school property, which was some years ago conveyed to it by Abby D. Munro, who up to that time had held the title.
At a meeting of the Abolition Society, on the 27th ult., the treasurer, William S. Ingram, was directed to receive and receipt for the Mt. Pleasant School's share, and when received to pay $1,000 of it to Abby Munro, to reimburse her for the purchase and improvement of additional land at Mt. Pleasant, lying between the school property and the Bay. It was considered important to have this land, in order to protect the school property on the water side. The remaining $1,500 it is
The current issue of the Century Ma razine has an article
“ Ruskin as an Oxford Lecturer," by James Manning Bruce. There is a graphic personal narrative of experience in ". The Steerage of To-day," by H. Phelps Whitmarsh, who came over as “ No. 1616, Group C," the narrative accompanied by Castaigne's sketches. A novel paper is “ My Bedouin Friends,” by R. Talbot Kelley, with pictures by himself, setting forth unique adventures in the Egyptian desert. There is a continuation of the important reminiscences by Mrs. Sara Y. Stevenson, of Mexico, during the French Intervention, with glimpses of Maximilian, his allies, and enemies.
Houghton, Mifflin & Co., promise about the middle of the present month, the Second Series of Letters of Victor Hugo, including letters written while he was in exile to Ledru-Rollin, Mazzini, Garibaldi, and Lamartine.