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MEN OF the LATTEIt DAY saints.
A genuine invasion of the Philistines could not
have caused more excitement in Harlem and
The Bronx than did the recent conversion of
two Christian End. aw Society officers from
Congregationalism to Mormonism. The officers
were women, and they had had trouble with
the:! pastor. The Mormon elders had been
working with them for some time and with a lit
l c effort persuaded them to become Latter Day
Saints. The women were Mrs. Thomas H. Blair
and Miss Elizabeth Dickinson, and at least one
of them will be bap
tized into her new
church by immersion
on July 4.
These conversions,
together with many
others supposed to
have been made, have
set all of upper New-
York talking about
Mormonism, which is
entirely to the liking
of the quiet young
men who have chosen
this field for the "mis
sion" which nearly
< v-ry young Mormon
in s<v>d standing takes
U|» for a few years at
least in his life. There
ire ISO of these mis
sionaries now at work
in the Eastern .--,--.
and ten of them are
in and around Xew-
York. One of the
workers is a woman.
The Mormons say they
have made between
thirty and forty con
verts in this vicinity.
and have many more
adherents who are not
prepared to accept the
full faith and become
regular members.
The first serious
¦question of life which
a young Mormon faces
is. "Shall 1 take a
mission?" Their re
ligious training has
been carefully
watched from infancy,
and Mormon mothers
are usually anxious to
have their sons made
elders of the Church
and sent on "mis
sions." There is no
compulsion about it,
however, and if the
young man decides to
go into business or a
profession without do
ins his share of work
for the Church his
standing in the con
gregation is not af
If, on the other
hand, he decides to
take a "mission," he
receives careful in
struction in Latter
Day Saints' doctrines
and in due time is
made an elder. Then
there is a round of
social festivities at
which he is the guest
of honor. He goes
out into the world en
tirely on his own re
sponsibility as far as
finances are concerned.
a is his mission, and he must engineer the
a hoi- proposition. Sometimes sons of rich fami
lies—and there are more rich families among
the Mormons than is generally supposed—re
ceive a comfortable a'lo-vanee. just as other
sons do when they go to <..!:• Poor mis
sionaries make their own way. A mission lasts
or two or three years, if the field selected la in
he United Slates, and from three to four years
t abroad. At the end of the mission the mis
ionary returns to his home and settles down to
ork at his profession or business. He still re
jains an elder in the Church, and that is the
mly reward for bis services to his faith.
"This mission work is not as much fun as
tome people would have you suppose." said
illii.-r Samuel N- If. who has been working in
Harlem arid The I irons: for the last six months.
"We so wherever we think we are called, and
make our way as we so or pay it out of per
sonal savings. The Church gives nothing to
our support, for we do not believe In salaried
ministers or workers. We even have to buy
the tracts which we distribute, and pay our own
railroad fare to the field of the mission and
home again. We. make these missionary trips
because of our love for the Church and for the
good Which We believe we can do."
The elders at work in this city look like men
just out of college. They wear frock coats and
black ties. Their linen is as clean as though
every call which they make is a society duty.
Their manners are polished, and they enter
into the social life of the friends they make.
Most of them have had no special training, al
though the Mormon College at Salt Lake City has
recently provided a special course for prospec
tive missionaries. Their favorite and most suc
cessful manner of working is going from house
to boose with a bundle of tracts. The mlssiona
ries usually travel in pairs, and make many
friends among the women.
"We always tell people who we are," said
Elder George a Goff. who is also working in
The Bronx. "We do not try to deceive women
when we find them at home while their hus
bands are at work. if they seem interested we
ask permission to come back and talk to the
.-1..!. ! We would not receive a married
woman into the Church without her husband's
The tracts which the Mormon workers are dis
tributing about the city are of two kinds. One
is entitled "A Friendly Discussion Upon He
ligious Subjects." It is in story form and tells
in an interesting manner how a missionary con
verted a lawyer, a doctor and a clergyman to
the Mormon faith. The other tract outlines the
doctrines of the Church and includes the thir
teen articles of faith of the Mormon Church.
The foreign work of the Mormons is now be
ing carried on extensively in Great Britain,
Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. Converts
Major Ojiio\ i-r's forcej driving back the enemy.
'I !:¦¦ Third Company drawing the midday ration.
who desire to emigrate to the United States
are provided with transportatioa and furnished
with homes in Utah. They land at Boston and
are sent West by Elder John O. sleQuarrie,
president of the mfffthm of the Eastern states.
Japan is the next country which Will receive
attention from the Mormons. Apostle Helier J.
Grant, of Ball Lake City, win start la July for
Tokio, at the bead Of a number of elders. It
is the intention of the Mormon Church to carry
on work among the Japanese on a large scale.
1/ lA/v; THE BUND 888.
Prom Am' rican UedJcine.
Success in desperate cases by conservative
treatment is the lesson often repeated, and yet
never quite sufliciently learned by any physician
or surgeon. The Infinite ingenuity behind the
ln-aling processes, the never renounced struggle
toward normality, la an ever renewed source of
wonder. All that is needed to -licit it is con
fidence in it, delay in doing anything radical,
watchfulness to follow up the hints to action as
they begin to show themselves. We know of a
living and happy patient who ten years ago had
albuminuric retinltis from long existing Blight's
disease, despite what all the textbooks say as to
"two years" in such cases. "Don't do the ir
revocable thing until forced to do it.' is the
warning thai has raved many organs and lives.
Above all. never pr ed with surgery cth
despair of medicine*/) until physiologic and med
ical methods have been exhausted. The
"Wiener Klinischer Wochenschrlft" tells of the
success of lien Heller, director of an asylum
for the blind, in educating the remnant of visual
power retained by a "blind" child. There was
only perception of light In a narrowed field left,
but this, by education, was mad.- to yield such
indications ito the eager mind that after four
teen months of endeavor the boy has very use
ful vision, can distinguish colors and forms, and
even can read. There are possibly thousands
of blind people who have renounced vision in
stead of cultivating it to a degree that would
render the blind types useless.
Th- 7th Restaneni has had many notable oat
inirs, hut the one which cam- to a close y,st-r
day was in many respects the most enjoyable fan
tile history of the organization. When th- r i;i
menl v.is •¦rd-r-d t<> camp. Coioael Apptetoa,
between whom and th- oWcew al Weal Poiat
close relations have existed lot years, took step-;
toward having {he cadets share a part of the
camp tour with his
command The plan
received the favorable
consideration of v' >l
i !!••: Mills, and on the
day that the 7th be
pan its practice march
to the provisional
camp at Lake Mo
hegan the command
was joined by the en
tire cadet battalion
with the exception of
the "plebs."
There were about
two hundred and fifty
cadets, divided into
two companies of in
fantry, a light battery,
a mountain battery, a
troop of cavalry and a
pack train. Colonel
Treat was in com
mand, and had the is
sistance of five regular
army officers. The
cadets did not join
their Mends of the
National i Soai I in .1
friendly manner, but
lay in wait for them
and made an attack,
which was bravely
met by the regiment.
The sham battle last
ed only a short time,
and the few people
who saw it are still
in doubt as to which
command m the vic
tor. Thew saw Col
onel Appleton greet
Colonel Treat after
the signal "Cease tir
ing* had been given,
and then watched the
united column march
to the camp. Th«
cadets marched in
ahead of the Nation
Guardsmen, and, al
though the road was
uneven and the camp
ground far from level,
the evolutions couH
not have been in..r«
perfectly executed >r
a drill i!.... r . K.i <¦ fa
body was on its met
tle, and when the iitt!,
parade was all over
and the men, cadets
as well as thuse .i»
the 7th Regiment. set
about making . imp
the flßcera exchanged
congratulations, a is d
by mutual consent t!.<
honors were outsit
ered even. That even,
ing the regiment „r.c
the <;(•'. paraded as
one regiment, under
command of Colonel
Appleton. The 7th hag
only two tali .in;
the cadets formed the third, and. being regular
army men, they had the right of the line, while
the officers joined Colonel Appleton's stall".
The men made a creditable showing on the
way to camp and on entering the grounds. l>ut
the evening parade and review was a far more
imposing spectacle, and those who were present
will not soon forget it. There was no armory
fuss and feathers, but soldierly work throughout
the ceremony, and from the hill overlooking the
Improvised parade ground it was hard to dis
tinguish the cadets, whose whole lime is devoted
to the work, from the citizen soldiers. The 7th
has often been in parades in this city with the
West Point cadets, and the evolutions of the
two bodies have at such times been compared,
but the members of the 7th were never so
anxious to appear letter perfect as they were
at Camp Roe, although there were no spectators
to applaud or criticise them, and no one to
please save the officers.
Camps inhabited by the 7th Regiment are
not fashioned ou Uneej laid down by Carrie

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