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THE THORNWELL ORPHANAGE
AT CLINTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
(By DR. W. P. JACOBS. Fuur.der and President.)
In the- little city of Clintou, about
four hundred yards from the Union
Station, (uto which roll each day
twelve passenger trains over the
Atlantic Coasl lane and Seaboard
Railways, Is situated the Thornwell
Orphanage. A visitor cannot help
hut ?nd it ( :i the slightest Inquiry,
lor one of the Orphanage buildings
apparently closes Broad Street; oil
Which tbo station faces, ami Is in rail ,
view from the station.
Visitors are always welcome, for
if tb.3 bulldli -s are hot always open
tho ample onnds of the Institution
are. and visitors, With an es, ort or
without, are always privileged to
walk about the promises and ask to
bo shown thru any buildings that
strika their fancy, or to talk to the
little people they meet, or to make
themselves comfortable on tin* many
seats on the lawn.
The home began its Rood work on
the first day of October, with
u little group ol eight children, all
strangers to each other, and all with
Something of anxiety i.t their faces,
as they found themselves thrown in
ouch other's company. But since
then, all havo learned full well that
the Thornwell Orphanage is a Home
and School, and its business Is the
it-; principles are three In number.
1st. That no bond but that Of love
and advantage shall bind tho child
to tho Institution. There ore no pa
per: ;>a. sed, no legal guardianship of
tip child's person or property. The
child stays ul the Home because he
finds it host id do so, an i ho may 1
leave, indeed, is urged to leave, when
he cannot stay with comfort to him
grid. Thai the family cottages shall \
not contain over 2? pupils a- a time. |
and hide some, of the families are!
than one or two reach i*. The Plea
. . . . I
?. the Child a h?hte,
t it ion
education that can he a:'!o:de.t: the
mil i is trained in books; the hands
tyre t nined to work; the s<> ?1 is lifted
nXe id lilted for the Lord's use anil:!
ta..\ .' tho truths of religion and !'.:?.*
OS 's of it as We||.
Now it follows readily from the
above thai the institution cat.no: and
wiii not "provide homes" for the
children. It cannoi. because it has
or legal power to keep the child In
, the home provided. The home-finding
must rest upon the chlhl Itself.
il also follows, that the children
v! o seek Its ( are must not he turned
out Into the world until they are
ready for life's battles. \:!,| to fighl
tliene battles Well, tho.V intist be fitted
i> cnroi'iil traiulngi so that wherever
they light they stand.
I) their literacy work, tho children
have throe schools at their disposal:
first, the Academic. In which the
fir.,t four grades are taught, and the
first grade Is equivalent to two. as
i: usually takes two years to complete
it. Second, the .Mary Jacobs High
School, in which tho ptipils are Intro
duced lb 'he elements of Music Alge
bra and Latin as well as the ordinary
ElDgllsh studies. Third, the Thorn
well College for Orphans, enterod
after ten years previous study, and
?from which the studchta are grad
uated after a good classical, mathe
matical, scientific. lOngiish and Bible
course, with an A. IL or i>. s diplo
ma or with tho degree of Licentiate
2nd. The Technical studies cou
nts' of tho following nouraea for
girls: Dross-making, talioring, cook
ing, dairying, steam laundry work,
household economy, shorthand an I
For boys: Printing, ahoemnklng,
farming, idutnblng. < hnir-!"uklng, Ma
chine shop work, enrpentr: cabinet
work, gla/.hig und pail ling.
"r L As to the care of the souls,
they are carried ri gUIni'!' :?> CliUrrih
add Sabbath School! have I heir own
morning assembly for iyi Mhip; have
t!rtir boys' prilj ?;'-lib ? ; ? - their so
t lotles. Itihlc instruction In tl
st'iiools and the watchful i I'd bi th.i
best of matrons ami te'acl
As to the parlies admit! vl to IllO
institution: These inusl ho orphans,
or fatherless, having lo t IhO lathe;
by death. Their mothers must bear
ti good reputation. If living. They
moat be in health, free Iron-, tuber,
colons or scrofulous diseases; I ??
must not ho possess- I of OVCl } ""
worth Of property and must pay the
interest on what lhey have to the
Orphanage towards their suppori
Orphans must, of course, he white
children from any State of the t'nlon
and of any nativity. They must be
over six and under thirteen year; Of
age when received, Applications
must be signed by the pastor and two
officers of tho neatv:Jt Presbyterian I
The institution Is Under aud con
trolled by tin; Synods of South Caro
lina) Georgia and Florida, of the
Southern Presbyterian Assembly.
BU( the duly appointed trustees ol
these synods add to their number
one representative front each of the
remaining eleven >;?:. Is 6: the
Church. It is therefor the property
of the whole Southern Church* re
ceives orphans from any part of It
and without respect t'> denomination.
The dismission of pupils is ; I their
own option or :.t the Uptloh of their
guardiaus. They will be given an
honorable discharge on application,
thai Is If their conduct lias been sat
isfactory, but they may bo dismissed
by the Board of Trustees at any time
II costs about one hundred dollars
per annum to board, clothe, educato
and care for each pupil. Thitf sum
Is furnished by the grievous friends
of the orphan a: :1 i ? by the pupil
himself) lie is expo i I tu show
gratitude for the benefits r?ceived
by faithful conduct ni i earnest ap
plication to the groat duty of salf
The cottages for girls tiro the Home
of Peace) tho ??: Ilth Home; Faith Cot
contribute their day's wages or income
to the home.
The Sabbath Schools take tin reg?
?lar monthly Collections und they
make the Christmas collection a spe
The list ui child-supporters, or oth
ers who < an venture so much, send
their regular monthly contribution of
?.>.O0 or more to the support of the
Ftrl >nds who have never visited
Clinton, and so have never seen the
Thornwell Orphanago, wrlto saying.
"Tell us something about the Orphan
ago?-what is If?"
This morning, had you at C.30 been
a guest ia any of our homes <and you
Surol> Would llltve been mos: wel
come? yo w mid aftor an early
ht'oakfttsi kayo followed them u;> one
?lght of stairs, into a large and well
lighted room. At leas! 250 would
take their seats, and you kind
stranger with then). There is always
a ''stranger's place'" uild you heed
not fear but that the little on s wou! i
be glad to see you. As you look
around, you will see m> sad faces, but
Instea 1 '-riant eyes, bright looks and
eh ery ' .; >od-mornlllgs".
Si is a good congregation in itself.
Each child knows his place. Much
has Bible and hymnbook in hand, ami
the morning half-hour i.-. given to
Ood ni l love and prayer.
Our home is nothing if i! be hoi
near to JestlS. Sometime it has been
called it "bit of heaven" ami Its days
"da; ) of heaven on earth". Bui wo
t'.'.i:.'.: hot for clouds ami anxiety
and evils are not wholly cleared away
from the Thornwell Orphanage.
Ami how prayers are ended, an 1
very busy are the hours tha' follow.
Or. W. |>. Jacobs,
I ?:<>??? >
tl<;!l ( '(I' fiiU .
family bi the jn^t'.iiary. ; .?> hoys are
I a* (i
("irl< also oiT-.r.'.v :)!; I ?:.> jcftchi :?
work at (ho Fowler Cot'.ag*.
The cottages for hoys the Mc?
Cormiek iidiiib, Aug?jUlitji Hot*.*;*, Vir
ginia ii()'.!!i> llllt] I, >.,.?:;. i Home.
Tii" Carolina Memorial Chapel Is
tiie Church of t!?->'? Institution; the
Assembly Kuli contain.* thj niorning
assembly rooms and the sowing de
partments; the S. i\ Lee's Industrial
School i devoted t> I he Laundry.
Tl..? Technical Schob! i> given tb t'.u>
mechanic}*.! arts. There Is u Libraryi
a Mutiettm; n Blacksmith Shbp
There three buildings levoted
to educdtlbni t!>? Children's G-ifi Aoad
I emy, thn Mary Jacobs School und the
| Thornw >|] Coli? go building
A Dairy Frirra of ? hundred acres
I Is attached to the Institution. The
enhipus onbibses :'7 a.
Tii" Library has 7.""> volumes! th"
Museum hau 5.000 .sp"< Intens.
The outcome of thii'iy-.'ouor more
? . ? ?
m i ! ? a fnilhre of i:r?-.
a:* ;<><?,> ?;!?>:!? Alma Mattir rind speak
of !! with earneft! affection; '.??( Alum*
ni Sbclety contributes handsomely
rthd regularly t> th> support bi the
? ? i:on
The aupPbH of the Institution IM
voluntary. Its gifts are from the
Churches and Sabbath School.' ao^L
etles. .-.:..! Individuals of the Southern
Preabyi ?n Church.
The Churches arrange to take up
collections in .tunb and November.
The !??-? Saturday In September is
Orphan Work day. Oh that day all
?a ho love the Institution arp a?kt?.i to
? ? . .' . .
Ol I ;..
?ti I rmltvhty buzz of iho planet*.
! :? c\ i ?lt? ; ?. ? iltfle inen Rhi
?'Ofueu" AY'f! busy More tliaii a hun
rlre t beds have t> be made. We'll on
to two hundred rooms have to bo
swept. Alreiidy Ihe "tthgols of the
kitchen" are studying about dinner.
Everywhere, the clatter of dishes al
ready washed and Wlped-i~toil i?:' ti.>'
spreading rail: ??: tables.
Dinner i- over and the school holla
go to the Academyi Mary Jacobs or
Seminary, iis their grade permits, and
this?that 'the f at of the fiord
id ( Nev
? ? cod
are ready With sa'Yos and pills for the
Ifomcs ni ? full ? ? overflowing with
maidens of higher i iasaos whose days
are busy With U routld Of duties
While Faith and (lordon Cottages an*.l
' the 1! ifriei Bllliinan an l Anita HohWa
'like a Rower garden, shine with little
I faces of little < hlid?" ?! tvitli clntterius
I tongues and bright eyes and a thou,
sand little smiles for those they love.
AI F?Wl?r Cottage ail day loug the
ranges :???<? busy! Piles of broad and
potatoes and other eatables ;?*?>? car*
rled thrice daily to t'.*.o many homos
for tiio little people to grow i ?t <>?:.
All tie-so are orphans Not one of
theiu lias a living father. .Many never
kn^w even i? mother's love, or Know
hor only to lose.
They are hoi:', as to a Bafe harbor
after a storm-tossed sea. Other port,
they have none. And while God is.
and His Church does her part, other
they need hot. (
How are they kepi here? God
know... These are Hi., children. Bj
strange leadings, lie brought them
here, from every pari of the wide con
tinent, from thousands bi miles aw.iy
Separated afar iron, places they once
knew, :>:i'i* many tnaj never know .
again, they have yet learned how near ,
the Father is, i.y v. i.otn He will,
lie sends ihejr dally bread. Perhttps |
to-day yolt Will bo ills inei4HeUgor. |
And they are kept niul cared tor. |
|).. they ever cohie '??> want? How
could I ? God ever faithless
to lli> pivunlse? i. luu prbhiised
them enough. He has not promised
them everything; And as en eh day j
comes, ;!:>? ravens bring the portion.
Assuredly, here, tin1 Whole household |
has learned to say. "Give us, this day,
bur daily broad." j
Fuder sturdy old Presbyterian doc*
trine, they are taught the "words of
truth a; i soberness." i
No ] ' i ?: ?
boil Is. !>;:' th??*>e a: - :t- strong ns links J
Of st...11 ?
Oil ' ? : .
Over these homes, the ahgoL cornel
tin '. l;d. There is a ladder from on h !
cottage tip to Hod's pearly gat ?-. The (
children sleep. And angel mothers |
stoop down to kiss laughing dimples
Into each little choi k, an ! to ' url I
lovo-lbck lightly o:: e'abli fond brow.
Leave them in their sleep. They hre ;
Safe. Heaven watches. The Kihg
I \ n i a i ;:?:<? v..i.
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