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i South "Dakota's Retiring Treas urer Missing. OFFICIALS STUNNED. SETS AWAY WITH SOMETHING OVER 9360,000. S*o (in« Hnd an Inkling of the State of (fairs-Has Dank at lledfleld Closed, bat It Is Claimed that Depositors WUI E.ose Nothing—Not Seen In New York for WMfts. The State Treasurer Missing, Redfield. S. D., Jun. 9.—Special: The most startling failure that has ever occurrcd in South Dakota or the north west was revealed this morning in tho news received from Wm. Walter Tay lor, the £3tgoing state treasurer, and president of the First National bunk «nd the Northwestern Mortgage Trust company, of this city, that he would not appear to make his settlement at 1'ierre with his successor, Treasurer elect Phillips, of Deadwood. The news and the closing of his bank here came like a thunder clap from a clear sky, because both Taylor and the financial Institutions with which he was con nected were regarded as solid and re liable beyond question. News from I'ieiTQ shows that no money is held there to the credit of the Etate treas urer. and none is held in the bank here. It Is estimated that about }3i0,000 is missing with Taylor. Aside from the financial loss the action of Taylor Is a shock to all who have known and dona business with him and the financial enterprises with which he has been connected in past years. He and his enterprise here have handled many thousands of eastern capital, and his bank here has always been regarded as one of the safest institutions in tha state. On Tuesday morning his bnnk opened for business as usual. Cashier F. W. Humphrey Informs The correspondent that the bank held 50 per cent, of Its deposits in cash and In bonds of approved reserve agents east. There was a quiet run on the bank Tuesday by parties who had their sus picions aroused by private Information from Pierre that Taylor had not shown up there and that something was wrong. Claims Depositors Are Safe. The bank officials decided to close the Institution subject to examination fcy the comptroller of the currency, sad that official was notified at once. The action was taken for the protection ot the bank and Ha many depositors Cashier Humphrey declares that positors will be paid in full as socft as the government examiner concludea bis examination, as there is an excess ol fully $60,000 in good paper and bellies 40 per cent, deposited In other bSnJt«. The bank here is not compromised financially by Taylor's dcfalcatlos. St is stated authoritatively that aftdV tte examination of the bank and its «T«KIU is restored It will reorganize and open up for business. Taylor was last seen In Chlcatfb on Ja&uary 4 by a citizen of this place JI« went from Chicago to Now York, since which time no information has been received as to his whereabouts, and It Is not known whether the state or his bondsmen have been protected in any way or not by him. No bwik elsewhere is involved. Pierre fraoks were suspicious of Taylor's afiKencf and withdrew their deposits from the bonk here before it closed. A Tell J'BI« letter. The following letter was received Wednesday morning, January 9, under date of January C, by the bank h«re. The envelope was postmarked New York, January 6. It will throw ttipor tant light upon the matter and Kettle all doubts as to Mr. Taylor's disappear ance: "Dear Frank: I am compelled to In form you that I will not return to Bed field or Pierre. I have counted on ffluids assisting in making up my settlement with the state, and felt that it wovdil be done until the last few days. 1 feel re lieved to know that the First National of Redflelu Is not in any way rightfully compromised by my misfortunes, and hope that Its patrons will believe vou, as they should, for *-nu have kept the bank's affairs In a good, safe condition. There Is no reason wh- the bank Should not continue its business. I offer no ex cuses for my condition, although I have many, and believe myself. Yours truly, "W. W. Taylor." It develops that a. plaster mortgage reached Redfield Wednesday morning ana was duly filed In the register of deed's office transferring to a company In Chicago all his real estate and Chat tels In this city and Spink county. Next to the state the blow falls terri bly hard on his principal bondtmen, who reside here. They cualifl®« In sums representing all they havo lk the world. The entire city used the bank for a depository, hence the newt has paralyzing effect on everyone. Taylor is about 41 years old, married, but has no children. He came to Red $£]d from Lafayette, Ind., about the X, yi of 1885 and opened up a banking Iness. He soon secured the •ntlre flPd, two banks here going out of busi ness. Taylor got into politics and se cured the nomination for state treas urer at the republican convention at Mitchell in 1890, and In 1S92 secured the renomlnatlon for the same ofll^e at Madison. As an indication of his gen eral standiingr heretofore In the state and the utter lack of suspicion as to any questionable designs it is noted that Gov. Sheldon pays a compHment to Taylor's efficiency in his mess^e to the legislature. Comptroller Kekels has wired that Kxamlner Zimmerman has bee% or. •dered to come here at once anT tak« charge of the bank. Excitement at Pierre, Pierre, Jan. 9.—Special: The Taylor •defalcation has absorbed all Interest ikere. It is learned that the only state I money to be found is (15,000 in Taylor's |bank at Redfield and $16,000 In a 'bank at Pierre. Everything else, Amounting to $370,000, has gone. Word has been received from the Chase Na~ |lonal teak at New York that the 110,000 of funding warrants held there are not paid and an answer is now anxiously waited from Albany, N. Y., where 1120,- 000 State banks cannot DS much affected if the people keep thei» heads, as only two other banks will be involved on the bonda. Morris & La* brie, of the Doland bank, are caught son nn?,rm^ f"ir ,30'Brooks 000 and the ,aU" for and Frank Beard, bankers of Aberdeen, are also caught fer $25,000 each. Personal rnends of Taylor In Spink county are numerously victimized. In addition tc tnose alreaj mentioned are J. O. Pow* ^.r,s'T*v-c K'sor, Jr. and sr., J. A. Klser, »v- T- SeelM-. F. S. Myers. C. H. Vinton ^he estate of R. M. Howard. John MeChesney and ex-Gov. Mellette each Justified for *50.000 and Wm. Taylor father of the treasurer, for $30,000. The total amount of Justification Is $345, 000, several thousand short of the de falcation. Taylor's friends are weakening, anu although much faith existed this morn ing that he would yet show up, thert are but few who cling to that bepe to night. It looks like a cleta sweep of the state funds, whil^the bank at Red field will not be largely affected. The mfl-!lude of the afi'air can be fully »-"riir/.ed only by those who have ~..jwlelge of the severe straits in which the state was placed prior to tills new disaster. There are a few "I told you sos," but the high esteem IT which Taylor has been held is man! fest in the almost universal expros si'ins of astonishment. Although Dep uty lla nine ton received Saturday a telegram purporting to come from Tay lor at New York, the Herald of ttrr-•. city, in rpply to a telegram to look the matter up, replies that Taylor does not appear to have been in the city lor some time. Mr. Palmer, of Salem, says he met Taylor in Chicago on the 12th of De cember, closeted In a room, with locked door, at a hotel in company with a brotlier-in-law. s. C. Leppleman, and a lawyer from Indiana. Attorney General Crawford received a telegram this morning from ex-(j v. Mellette, who is in Indiana, nsklnp him riot to proceed on the bond until he should arrive. Mr. Mellette is onte of the bondsmen. This telegram coi» firms the worn fears. Seven hundred and ninety-five thou sand dollars of funding warrants were in New York for payment. They have not bei-n returnrd. although Auditor iiipple has been expecting them *or Sfm» time, ^ind it thought the brinks! of deposit have been remitting to N"'W York for the payment of these war ranis. Tn addition to the amount neces sary to pay those warrants, the aud:t or's report oalh-d for $51,000 of cash In current funds. There is also a larpr amount of school funds that were roon be apportioned, maklni? a nossibl" total Shortage rmrfovUnating $350,000. A Complete Wreck. Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 9.—A special to the Journal from Aberdeen, S. D., says: From absolutely reliable sources it is learned that the defalcation of State Treasurer W. W. Taylor will reach $300,000. Practically all the state moneys were in his own hands except some $25,000 or $50,000 on deposit in various banks. The wreck Is com plete. It lias been known for a year that Mr. Taylor personally has beeVin bad straits, but not one of his most In timate friends thought his situation hopeless or even desperate. They knew he had been advancing and investing money recklessly, considering the times, yet they never dreamed the truth. When the officials make an in vestigation of the treasurer's office they will be simply appalled at the con dition of affairs. Examiner Zimmerman to Kekels. Washington, Jan. 9.— Spccial: Bank Kxamlner Zimmerman telegraphed to Comptroljer Kekels today that he had closed the First National bank, of Red field, S. D.j of whlcji Stat« Treasurer W. 'W. Taylor is president. Beyond the fact that Mr. Zimmerman's telegram states briefly that state funds were de posited In his bank, nothing is known as to the condition of the institution which was closed today. On the I'.Hh of December, when the last report was made, the bank owed to depositors $107,998 to other banks, $37, 0Ot), and bills payable, $:!5.000. On that day the capital was $50,000 and the sur plus $10,000. The bank's total assets were $254,000. and it held a reserve against liabilities of 40 per cent. In cash In Its own vaults and in the hands of approved reserve agents, and this would indicate that three werks ago the })ank was In good shape and that heavy drafts must have been made upon its resources since the date of the report. Not S«en in Xew York for Weeka. New York, Jan. 9.—Numerous in quiries from the west reached the banking houses today in regard to the whereabouts of W. W. Taylor, who, as outgoing treasurer of South Dakota, has failed to appear to turn over his office to his successor, and against whom an alleged shortage in the state funds Is recorded. As proprietor of a small bank In Redfield, Taylor did business with the Chase National bank. However, his accounts with tflat Institution are all right, his indebted ness being amply secured. Mr. Can non said to a representative of the As sociated Press tonight relative to the matter: "Mr. Taylor was here about five weeks ago on business connected with tho bank. I have not seen him Binca and I have no idea where he Is. Several inquiries were made today by Inter ested parties as to his whereabouts his standing, but we are unable to give any Information as to the former, and regarding the latter I have nothing definite beyond tho fact that hla credit with the Chase National bank was well secured. I do not know where Taylor Is, but I am certain that he la not in New York." James M. Brown, a banker and broker who resides in Brooklyn, and who Is a particular friend of the missing ex statt* treasurer, said when seen tonight that he had seen nothing of Taylor for ^ome weeks past. He felt certain that Taylor was not in this vlclnitv. County Surveyors. State Surveyor II. J. Wallace oi Wcssington Springs lms been the recipienl of numerous letters since election from surveyors in the state regarding the sur veyors' law passed by the Legislature twe years ago, a great many of whom ha'te re cently been elected county surveyors und had not before fully realized tho impor- portance of the law, or its exact, meaning, though notified in duo time by Mr Wallace to have been examined before the last elec tion. Mr. Wallace is advising those who havo been elected county surveyors, and cannot qualify under the law, to resign, get their license as deputy state surveyors, und be appointed to the offices for whioh they were elected by the county commissioners. Crunk After Two Jidgn Jos. Fleming of Faulkton, a crank with a grievance against Judge Fuller Of the supreme court and Judge Oafley of UKB cir cuit court was at Pierre a day trio ago and attracted attention by setting the res idences of both Judges. TEACHERS' MEETINGS PL*A FOR BETTER ORGANIZA TION AND MORE ACTIVITY. Work of the School-Room Is Greatly Unified, Simplified and Intensified hy Good Tcachers' Gatherings—Xn* struction in Manual Training, An Iowa Teacher Talks. It would be an interesting compila tion if all the experiences of Iowa teachers in local association meetings were put together for the professional to read, writes one who signs himself "The Village Schoolmaster" in the Iowa Normal Monthly. There would be the tale of the ambitious organization which opened a winter's work with full-fledged constitution and by-laws and a set of offices that made provision for a place for every one who was eligi ble to membership. There would be, also, the tale of the organization that was so free and easy, with no formal Inauguration, no set time or place for meetings, and no heavy system of any kind to induce formality and death. Tlie recital would include that associa tion where every member was so anx ious to do that nothing was accom plished and the association, too, where everyone was anxious to throw the la bor and responsibility on the shoulders of some one else. Out of all the confusion of aim and means, which these efforts have discov ered, much good has come. Tho work of the school room in many communi ties has been greatly unified, simpliticd and intensified because of these occa sional teachers' gatherings. The young teacher has been many times enlight ened, and her daily duties made plain er. The experienced teacher has often been taught that her long-used methods and devices are not the best. And in many other ways good has been accom plished. But The word is used advisedly. The teachers of Iowa are often referred to in complimentary terms. The low per cent, of illiteracy in the State is often hold up, and the men and women through whose efforts tills condition of affairs has been reached and retained are lauded as beings of high intelli gence and great devotion to their work. Vet, in comparatively few localities has this boasted intelligence or this much lauded devotion been able to success fully exert itself in .»ie line of effective association in teachers' organizations. Who is not familiar with the ordinary routine of such meetings? The chair man, always an earnest and enthusias tic teacher, calls the meeting to order. If any business is to be done it drags, two or three making all the motions and doing all the voting. The papers prepared for the occasion, or the ad dresses less formally introducing a sub ject for discussion, are given one by one for the consideration of those present. The question is thrown open for gen eral remarks. And the clock ticks. Perhaps, ashamed of the lack of inter est or know ledge shown by the great majority of the membership, some bold er spirit ventures a review of the intro duction of the subject but even this breaking of the educational ice does not embolden the mass. And again the clock ticks. Another and another subject is introduced with the same re sult. And the clock ticks an adjourn ment The ambitious, active teacher, who sees the possibility of advancement in a live local educational meeting, be comes disgusted. She does not care care whether she attends any more of the dead ones or not, and is glad to find an excuse to stay away. The teacher who is really so timid, or so ignorant of the right view—or a right view—of the topic under discussion, that she can not properly express herself in a public gathering, tinds no encouragement or help in such a dead meeting, and is therefore uot so strongly drawn to at tend another. Will anyone claim the situation lias been overdrawn? Let him speak. In truth, the story has not been half told. Teachers within walking distances of many such advertised meetings very often pass the place of meeting on their way to town, to visit some friend or to go somewhere else. Is there not a large number of teachers in every county who are never seen at the educational gathering except under compulsion? What is the reason for all this? Let someone tell. Is there not a large num ber, also, whose voices are never heard In such places, even though they may often attend? They always decliue to prepare a paper or lead a discussion when asked to do so by those who ar range the program. They are not sure they will be present or they do not know anything about the subject or they are too busy or their health is not good. No trouble to And excuses when one doesn't want to do a thing! And yet these very people can find the most fault with those who do take part can present, in many instances, as good a discussion -in some cases a better one than that to which they listened. If auyone can explain the reason, the writer would like to learn it. This article is written, not to find fault, but to suggest a discussion that may result in opeuiug the eyes of the class or classes of teachers referred to. If these silent creatures can be brought to see how they are standing in the way of their own advancement as well as in that of their fellow teachers, the educKtloual world will be given a de cided impetus toward greater activity, a better, higher and more professional life in the great mass of its members. Peripatetic Pedagogy. Dr. J. M. lUce, the well known au thority on public school education, deals in plain criticism when he thinks it is needed. Having pointed out to the public schools In his articles In the Forum, what they ought not to do, he has uow shown them what they ought to |9 by successfully planning and ac complishing a "school excursion" base*, on the method of teaching by travel which is an established accessory of school education in Germany. It was carried out last June, when he conduct ed fifty-three teachers and associates over a journey of 1,800 miles, from In diana to Washington, D. C., and re turn. This unique experiment which the town of Anderson, Ind., was so progressive to undertake, ought to be the foreruner of many more such ren« tures In peripatetic pedagogy. Teachers' Watch-Wortta* Like teacher like pupil. Attend carefully to ventilation. Good discipline is a great time saver. The good teacher is always enthusi astic. Calisthenics each session are impera» tive. Let everything be done decently and In order. The stillest room Is not always the busiest. Be neat and prompt in preparing all reports. Much useful teaching is done without talking. Education is a drawing oat not filling up. Let there be plenty of original work by pupils. Successful teachers are continually experimenting. "Short lessons thoroughly mastered'' is the safest maxim. Pupils are refreshed by variety la work as well as in play. The school room is the training ground for citizenship. If you •wish your pitplls to Improve their English, improve yours. Pupils will be judged by what they can do not by what the teacher knows. The real work done by pupils in a subject is «xactly proportionate to their interest in it. Appeals to tho superintendent to ad minister dicipline should be the last resort. Keep the supplementary reading books and other such property iu tidj« condition. The cupboard is the place for them. To accomplish anything collectively, men require discipline and able leader ship as witness the church, the army, the navy. How much more, then, do immature children need the same two auxiliaries to success! Marshall School Manual. A Schoolroom Idyl. How plainly I remember all! The desks, deep scored and blackened, The row of blackboards round the woli, The hum that never slackened And framed about by map and charts, And casts of dusty plaster, That wisest head and warmest heart. The kindly old schoolmaster! I see the sunny corner nook His blue-eyed daughter sat in. A rosy, fair-haired girl, who took With us her French and Latin. IIow longingly I watched the hours For Ollendorff and Caesar! And how I fought with Tony Powele Tlie day he tried to tease her! And when, one day. it took the "Next?* To stay some Gallic slaughter, Because I quite forgot the text In smiling at his daughter. And she and I were "kept till four To study, after closing." We stopped the clock an hour or more While he, poor man, was dozing! And there he sits, with bonded head, O'er some old volume poring (Or so, he thinks if truth be said lie's fast asleep and snoring), And where the shaded lamplight plays Across the cradle's rocking. My schoolmate of the olden days Sits, mending baby's stocking. —Ladies, Home Journal. A Good (Showing. The Journal of Education is elated over the small number of truants among the children of school age in New York and inquires: "IIow is this for the schools of America? New York City has a tliiru of a million children in the public schools, and the truant officers in made more than forty thousand visits upon children whom they thought ought to be in school. They found but seventy-three children iu tlie entire city in the whole year who were not in school because of poverty. Think of it! In thnt year of notori ously hard times, a third of a million children in the schools of one Ameri can city, but seventy-three kept out from poverty, and but fifty-three who stubbornly would not go to school!" Mannal Training Taught. For several years manual training has been one of the brandies taught in the Brookline, Mass., public schools. All the arts which underlie the manu facturing industries and which apply in many trades are taught In the me chanical departments, and helps the pupil to decide as to his true destiny in the commercial world. So much in terest has been shown by both pupils and pareuts that the limited quarters have become over-crowded, and in con sequence thirty thousand dollars havo been appropriated for a new building. The new building is to be modeled af ter an old English school house and will be unique in completeness and excel lence. Notes on Education. 0 The Income of Oxford University is (£350,000. Tlie Pcahody Library is the bolt in |he United States. There are 2,800 students In the Uni versity of Michigan at present. 1 rupil teachers in British board schools earn at first two to four shillings a week. One-sixteenth of America's college Students are studying for the ministry. The first school for the training of the blind was established at Paris by tlauy in 1784. The late Czar founded an education al establishment for women. In the commemoration of the marriage ol! hia daughter, bearing the name of the lastltutah SERMONS FOR SUNDAY PREACHED THROUGH VARIOUS CLEVER PENS. tempt Not Tour Neighbor—Need for Con stant Watclifulne«s—Washington'd Ex ample of Obedience—IIow Home Minis ters Shirk Their Work—Notes and Com ments. Pulpit Plagiarism. I has frequently been hinted, though less frequently be lieved, that there exists somewhere what might be termed "ser o n factories." For a specified sum ser mons might be bought bearing on any subject and of every degree of ability. It has also been said that such factories were "in full blast in this country. A rural pastor, whose con gregation had little literature outside of the two sermons and the coun ty paper, and who, therefore, ran little risk of being detected, could revel in "boughten" sermons of a standard above his own capacity. But in En gland they do not attempt to disguise the fact that sermons are advertised and bought. The dishonest habit pre vails to a large extent in the Estab lished Church. For example three dif ferent clergymen on three successive Sundays delivered the same discourse, and to the same congregation. This is only one out of many instances of the same kind. The following advertise ment appeared once in an English re ligious pajer: "A clergyman of expe rience and moderate views, who dis tinguished himself during his universi ty course in divinity and English com position, will furnish original sermons in strict accord with the Church of En gland, in a legible hand, at 5s. Id. each. Only one copy will be given in any diocese. A specimen will be sent if wished for. Sermons made to order, on any required subject, on reasonable terms. For further particulars apply." A Story of Two Words. The Quiver recounts an instance in which just two words were the means of saving a soul: "Oh! if I were lucky enough to call this estate mine I should be a happy fellow," said a young man. "And then?" said a friend. "Why, then I'd pull down the old house and build a palace, have lots of prime fellows around me, keep the best wines, and the finest horses and dogs in the country." "And then?" "Then I'd hunt, and ride, and smoke, and drink, and enjoy life gloriously." "And then?" "Why, then, I suppose, like other people, 1 should grow old, and not care so much for these things." "And then?" "Why, then, I suppose, in the course of nature I should leave all these pleas ant things and—well, yes—die!" "And then?" "Oh, bother your 'thensP I must be off." Many years after, the friend was ac costed with. "God bless you! I owe nay happi ness to you." "How?" "By two words spoken in season long ago—'And then!'" Valuable Bibles, Daniel K. Cassel, the Mennonite his torian, whose home is in Xicetown, is the possessor of a valuable collection of Bibles, some of which are very rare and can scarcely be duplicated. Among them is one that is said to have been printed at Basle, Switzerland, in 1778, and another in 1798, at the same place. A valuable old Bible to be found in his library is one that is known as the Martin Luther Bible. It is a copy of the fourth edition, and was printed at Wittenburg in 1682. It contains marg inal explanations on the Biblical books by S. D. Hutteri, and an introduction by the Theological Faculty at Witten burg. The first edition of this work was printed in 1546. Perhaps the rarest volume in this collection is a copy of the Polyglot Bible. It was printed at Nuremburg, Germany, in 1609, by Elias Hutteri. This Bible is peculiar in that it is printed in twelve languages, namely, Syrian, Italian, Hebrew, Span ish, Greek, French, Latin, English, German, Danish, Bohemian, and Polish. It is said there is not another Bible of this kind known to exist. Oanger from Small Thltgi, "We have read somewhere of a rmtn who crossed the ocean twenty times, and at last was drowned in a small puddle of water by the side of a high way. We have read also of a voting man who, being stung by a common honey-bee, remarked that it might prove a serious matter for him that he was stung once before, and was made quite ill thereby. The result of this second sting was that the young man died. In the first instance the man who often crossed the ocean stood many times face to face with death, and escaped all peril. Death met him at last in an insignificant bit of water, and carried him away. The sting of a bee is apparently a very trivial matter, but a life was lost by so small a cause. In our walk in life there is need for constant watchfulness. Temptation in many forms may be resisted or over come, but many a man has fallen at last before some seemingly small temptation, and has gone down into the shadows nover to return. "He that endureth unto 'the end, the same shall be saved." The Institutional ChareH. The Institutional Church has be come such an important Motor in mod- ern evangelism that some time ago a regular organization of such churches was perfected, and occasional meetings are held to discuss ways and means of successful church work. The most re cent of these meetings was held at Berkeley Temple, Boston, last week. The central thought of this movement is that the church belongs to the poor, to the outcast- in a word, to the masses, from whom it has for so long been alienated, and that it should be restored to them. The most prominent pastors of Institutional churches were present, and they exchanged methods and suggestions. Almost everv phase of church work was presented Ifnd dis cussed, and the belief was greatly I that the church should make an es pecial effort to redeem the lowest and most degraded classes of our great cities. Honoring Gen. Washington, when quite young, was about to go to sea as a midship man everything was arranged, the ves sel lay opposite his lather's house, the little boat had come on shore to take him off, and his whole heart was be"f i going. After his trunk had carried down to the boat, he went to bid his mother farewell, and saw the tears in her eyes. However, he said nothing to her but he saw that she would be distressed if he went and per haps never be happy again. He just turned around to the servant, and said, "Go and tell them to fetch my trunk back. I will not go away to break my mother's heart." His mother was struck with his decision, and said to liini. "George, God has praised to bless the children who honor their parents* and I believe He will bless vou." Instability In Religious Thought. One of the delusions of the present age is that instability in religious thinking is a sign of strength. It is true that strong men change, but, just in proportion to their sincerity and strength, the transition from the old position to the new is a difficult and anxious one. He who has grasjed the meaning of any creed or form of wor ship, and known how much of the es sential truth it includes and illustrates will find it hard to abandon it for an other, which, although it may bring re lief from some difficulties, will surely bring others in its train. It is .the shallow man who goes light-heartedly from creed to creed and church to church. Religious* Notes. THERE are 4,366 Protestant Episcopal churches. A GOSPEL ship will be fully equipped for mission work along the shore lias of Puget Sound. MIDLAND HALL of the London Con gregational Union has sheltered 162,935 poor outcasts in the last decade. THE Bible depository at Shanghai, China, issued 133,525 volumes during the month of July and August. BISHOP THOMAS MARCH CLARK (Episcopal) of lihode Island cele brated the fortieth anniversary of his episcopate Dec. 4. He is now more than 82 years old. THE Rev. F. ltexford has accepted a call to a church at Columbus, Ohio. Xew England will lose in Mr. llexford one of its most distinguished poets and Universalist preachers. THE trustees of the Brooklyn Taber nacle have authorized Leonard Moody to sell the site of the burned tabernacle for $110,001). The property was pur chased by the society four years ago for $90,000. The sale of the property will enable the society to pay all its debts. BISHOP F. D. HUNTINGTON (Episco pal) of Syracuse, N. Y., who is him self a pretty stiff high churchman, sur prised many high church men by mak ing an address the other evening before the Christian Workers' Convention in the First Presbyterian Church of Syracuse. AN English paper says that the Archbishop of York recently wrote to the incumbent of a rural parish sug gesting that a "quiet day" should be held there. The following was the re ply: "My Lord, in this parish we have too many quiet days what we want is an earthquake." THE Rev. Dr. Ovid A. Kinsolving (Episcopal) died at Houston, Va., the other day. He lived in Virginia, his native State, during the whole forty nine years of his ministry, and was known and esteemed all over the State. His son, Dr. George H. Kinsolving, is Bishop of Texas. THE address lately made by the Rev. Dr. Mackay-Sinith of St. John's Church at the Boston Church Congress on the Sunday newspaper is pronounced by the Outlook to be one of the most bril liant and well-considered papers ever given on the floor of any religious gathering in this country. THE Rev. Mr. Watson of Kingston* X. Y., who has carried ritualism in his church to the extent of swinging the censer, is in a fair way of losing all his parishioners. But he is obstinate and says: "Though they sway the sun on my right hand and the moon on my left, they shall not prevail." Tlie Middle-Aged WouMkH. The fascinating middle-aged woman is not looking for flattery. Either she has had enough of it, or she knows that men bestow it easily on all women alike, and she avoids it as something ungenuine. This middle-aged woman's unselfishness is, indeed, "adorable," and the observing young woman's views is distorted when to her it ap pears "sad." The woman of mature years is good-natured because she dare not be otherwise. She has learned a lesson that all observing young women would do well to learn, namely, ttat a gentle nature and sweet are not only among woman's tent charms, but that they keep possessor young and lovable long after the years count up to that tine call middle age.