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YOL. Xll . _CHICAGO AND CINCINNATI, SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1897-Uhevnoelwl%voe^akt1 NO. 29
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Page One.
Life anil Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Representation of our General Convention.
‘Detroit, ’97,” National Union.
Face Two.
Sermon: Will Universalism Survive?
Defense of Universalism.
Page Three.
The Sunday School Lesson.
The Battles of Peace.
Page Four.
“Detroit, ’97,” National Union.-Continued.
Pace Five,
“Detroit, ’97,” National Union.-Continued.
Page Six.
The Family Page. Farm. Garden and Dairy.
Page Seven.
Oar Boys and Girls.
Page Eight.
“ Detroit. ’97,” National Union.-Continued.
Church Notices and In Memorlam.
Third Paper.
In writing to Mrs. Stowe, in 1876,
Dr. Holmes shows one side of his
nature which has not been much dis
cussed by writers. He says: “I some
times think I might almost have a
vocation to visit the sick and suffer
ing, were I self-denying enough,
which I fear I am not. But I do have
the satisfaction of knowing that I
have done something of late to
lighten the burden of others in their
sorrow,—not much—very little com
pared with what hundreds of women
are doing all the time. I go and sit
now and then with Dr. (Jacob) Bige
low Senior, now close upon ninety
years old, stone-blind, utterly help
less, and bed-ridden. Would you
believe it? He is one of the most
cheerful, lively, and seemingly hap
py, or at least serenely tranquil
persons I ever met. If all suffering
and privation were borne as he and
Dr. Clarke bear theirs, it would be
easier to contemplate human exist
ence. Educational suffering, I can
to a certain extent understand. But
the great solid maBS of daily anguish
which the sun looks upon—and looks
away as if he could not bear it -
antedating man, including everything
which has a nerve in it—that I can
do nothing with.’'
As is well known, Dr. Jtiolmes had
a life-long quarrel with Calvinism,
and he hits it many hard blows in
his letters as well as in his books.
To Mrs. Stowe he writes thus: “I do
not believe that you or I can ever get
the iron of Calvinism out of our souls,
—but see a woman, bred as this com
panion of mine waB, by a gentle
hearted father to who all such ideas
were simply shocking, inadmissible
on any legendary evidence, unworthy
alike of God and man, and you will
find in such a woman that the great
obstacle to the belief in God as a
father has never existed. To this
utter rejection of a Godless universe,
which is to run parallel forever with
a happy world of dehumanized in
telligences, I believe the leading
souls of this century are pointing
the belief of our whole race.”
In another place in the same letter
he says:
“I see no corner of the universe
which the Father has wholly desert
ed. The forces of nature bruise and
wound our bodies, but an artery no
sooner bleeds than the divine hand is
placed upon it to stay the flow. A
wound is no sooner made than the
healing process is set on foot. Fain
reaches a certain point and insensi
bility comes on—for fainting is the
natural anodyne of curable griefs, as
death is the remedy of those which
are intolerable. . . . Never until
the idea of a world without hope and
without God—a world where minds
did not try to heal, where habit did
not dull the sense of torture—was
introduced among men by men, as
you well know, was there any impos
sibility of recognizing the fatherly
character of the Creator.
If the Christian religion is in any
degree responsible for this, you and
I must change our natures before we
can call it good tidings. We cannot
conceive of a father’s allowing so
limited a being as his human child to
utterly ruin himself.” Again: “But
I do believe that good people, kind
fathers, kind mothers, are the type of
the creator, and not cruel, jealous,
vindictive ones. You remember
what Father Taylor said to cneof the
sterner sort,—‘oh I see! Your God is
my devil!’ Concerning the Congress
of Religions he writes to Mrs. Ward:
“I really look on that Congress as the
longest stride toward the millenium
that I have seen or am like to see.”
Concerning his method of compo
sition he writes: “Like everything
tolerable I ever wrote, it was con
ceived in exultation and brought
forth with pain and labor. The time
at which any new thought strikes me
is my Sybilline moment, but the act
of composition, so exciting and so
easy to some people, is a wearing
business, attended with a dull disa
greeable sensation about the fore
head,—only from time to time it is
interrupted by the simultaneous des
cent of some group of words or some
unexpected image, which produces a
burst of the most insane enthusiasm
and self gratulation, during which I
commit puerile excesses of language
and action.”
There are occasional outbreaks of
hilarious impatience like the follow
“Dear Mrs. Fields: Can you tell
me anything that will get this horri
ble old women of the C-Califor
nia off my shoulders? Do you know
anything about this pestilent manu
script she raves about? This conti
nent is not big enough for me and
her together, and if she doesn’t jump
into the Pacific I shall leap into the
Atlantic, I mean the original damp
spot so called.
“P.S. To avoid the necessity of the
latter, I have writteu to her, cordially
recommending suicide as adapted to
her ease.”
He hated going away from home,
and anathematized all hotels as in
this extract: “The soups taste pretty
good sometimes, but their eources
are involved in a darker mystery than
that of the Nile. Omelettes taste as
as if they had been carried in the
waiter’s hat, or fried in an old boot. I
ordered scrambled eggs one day. It
must be that they had been scram
bled for by somebody, but who—who
in the possession of a sound reason
could have scrambled for what I had
set before me under that name?
Every six months a tavern should
burn to the ground, with all its traps,
its “properties,” its beds and pots and
kettles, and start afresh from its ashes
like John Phoenix-Squibob! I have a
fine parlor, but every time I enter it
I perceive that
“Still, sad odor ol humanity”
which clings to it from my predeces
As old age came on he felt its limi
tations and its losses very much,
though for the most part he kept
cheerful. He studied old age as it
were, and reported upon it. A good
many letters of his old age are given.
To Whittier in 1891 he writes: “I
congratulate you upon having
climbed another crevasse in your as
cent of the white summit which al
ready begins to see the morning
twilight of the coming century. A
life so well filled as yours has been,
cannot be too long for your fellow
men. I hope your years have not
become a burden, so that you are
tired of living. At our age we must
live chiefly in the past; happy is he
who has a past like yours to look
back upon. . . We are lonely, very
lonely in these last years. The image
which 1 have used before this in
writing to you recurs once more to
my thought. We were on deck to
gether as we began the voyage of
life two generations ago. A whole
generation passed, and the succeed
ing one found us in the cabin with a
goodly number of co-evals. Then the
craft which held us began going to
pieces, until a few of us were left on
the raft, pieced together of its frag
ments. And now the raft has parted
and you and I are left clinging to
the solitary spar, which is all that
still remains at last of the sunken
vessel-” To Bishop Lee he writes in
1879: *‘I cannot forget the interest
you showed in my early papers in
The Atlantic, or the friendly admo
nition, not unwelcome, sweet and
gracious as it was, that 1 should be
careful in dealing with the great
subjects ou which 1 had sometimes
ventured. I think you will agree
with me that since that time a re
markable change has taken place in
the attitude of men toward each
other in all that relates to spiritual
matters, especially in this respect:
that Protestantism is more respect
ful in its treatment of Romanism,
orthodoxy in its treatment of het
erodoxy, supernaturalism in its treat
ment of naturalism, Christianity in
its handling of humanity. The limit
ations of men are better realized, the
impossibility of their thinking alike
more fully recognized, the virtue of
humility found to include many
things which have often been con
sidered outside its province, among
others the convictiou of the infalli
bility of our own special convictions
in matters of belief, which appeal
differently to different minds. I have
tried to do my share in enlarging
the spiritual charity of mankind,
and though it is delicate, perhaps
dangerous work, as our well-being in
this and all other worlds rests in
faith and obedience, I hope, if I
have done anything, it has been use
ful, not harmful.”
How tender his sympathies were
is shown in almost every page, and
there were many occasions as the
years went on for him to express
them, as the companions of his old
friends one after another passed
away. To Motley he wrote in 1875:
“I read your letter with feelings I
could not restrain—how could I read
such a letter unmoved? I feel too
strongly now, as when writing before
that there is nothing I can put down
in words beyond a few imperfect ex
pressions of tender sympathy, and
the assurance that you are constant
ly in my remembrance. Every word
you say goes to my heart as to that
of a friend who knows better than
most can know what she was who
was part of your life. I keep pictur
ing you to myself alone—in one sense
alone, in spite of dear companion
ships—with your memories. Hence
forth I know how largely, how inti
mately you must live in these. If
your own health is confirmed, as we
all trust it will be, I cannot help hop
ing that the poignancy of grief will,
by the kindly and at last, perhaps,
cheering influences that surround
you, soften gradually into a sweet
remembrance of the many happy
years that have gone before. But I
dare not attempt to console a grief
like yours. It must have its own
way, and hush itself to the repose of
exhaustion—“lie down like a tired
child,” as Shelley says, in those sad
and beautiful lines written at Naples.
“If you were here I might sit by
you in Bilence, just to give you the
feeling that some one was with you
in the shadow for a moment. I
should listen to you, and you would
not fear to speak freely with me
from the fulness of your heart, ior
you know how every word would fall
upon my ear.”
In due time he himself needed sueh
sympathy from his friends, for his
wife died and also his daughter who ■
tried to take her mother’s place in
his home, and his life grew very
dark for a time. But he regained
his cheerfulness in the family of his
son, Judge Holmes, and passed se
renely from the world he loved so
well at the age of 85 years. Regret
him not.
“He surely takes his fill
Of deep and liquid rest forgetful of all
Columbus, Wis.
There is a proposition now before
our General Convention introduced,
we believe, by Dr. Nash, contemplat
ing the enlargement of our represen
tation in that body. It proposes, as
nearly as we can remember, that all
ministers in the fellowship of our
church shall, by virtue of that fact,
be delegates.
It further proposes one or more
delegates from each parish. This
would greatly enlarge the representa
tion, and would make it more direct.
At present most of our ministers and
all of our parishes are only indirectly
represented by a few delegates, elect
ed by the state conventions.
In a large body, like the Presby
terian or Baptist church, this larger
and more direct representation might
not be desirable or possible.
In a body aB small as the Univer
salist church, larger and more direct
representation would, it seems to us,
be a distinct gain in interest, enthu
siasm and working power. The great
body of our ministers will not attend
a convention where they have no
business. Those who are near, or
who have plenty of means and leis
ure, may attend. But that will in
elude only a small proportion of our
clergy. The number who attend is
often too small to make a great ac
casion; or, if a great occasion is made,
there are too few present to carry
home the spirit of it, and to propo
gate and perpetuate the wisdom and
enthusiasm of the great occasion
throughout all our parishes. Most of
the parishes are not touched at all by
these influences, and have no repre
sentation whatever by direct attend
The Unitarian body, in their gen
eral conference, seems to us to dem
onstrate the wisdom and feasibility
of this larger and more direct repre
sentation among small sects. Their
general conferences are always great
occasions. Wise and weighty things
are said and done; they attract public
attention to a degree far outranking
our general body, and they are able
to send home the quickening spirit of
the conference to nearly every Uni
tarian parish, as most of the parishes
are directly represented by the pas
tor, and one or more lay delegates.
We repeat then, that in our judg
ment this more enlarged and direct
representation in our General Con
vention is entirely feasible, would
be more democratic, and would
greatly increase the interest of our
ministers and people and the influ
ence and efficiency of our General
Convention. Such a change, it seems
to us, would be a distinct advance,
and an immense gain of power for
our church, and an immense gain of
interest in our General Convention
and in its doings, utterances and re
quirements, by all our ministers and
all our parishes.
Somewhat different arrangements
might have to be made in regard to
our sessions, and in regard to the
entertainment of attendants and del
egates. But that could all be easily
arranged. They might have to pay
for their entertainment. Still such a
convention might be vastly better for
our church than the present small
and indirect representation.
Our Young People’s Christian
Union may be able to teach us an
important lesson in this regard, and
to put before us a valuable object
lesson. Such a change in the repre
sentation in our General Convention
would indeed be a great revolution;
but it would also, as it 9eems to us,
be a grand evolution, for which we
ought to be fully ready by this time,
if we propose to move forward to the
consummation of the largest and
noblest things.
Chicauo, July 7.
Adopted at the Iowa State Y. P. C- U.
Convention, at Bloomtield, June 22. and
Whereas, We are in Convention as
sembled for the furtherance of the Y. P.
C. U. interests in the state of Iowa, and
believing that the aforesaid work can be
fostered and made more effective, be it
Resolved, That we submit to the del
egates for their consideration:
I. That the convention begin on Mon
dap evening and continuing Tuesday and
II. That the state secretary shall be
from the society where the next conven
tion is to be held.
III. That each local Union correspond
at least once a year with all other Unions
in the state.
IV. That each Union, upon the elec
tion of a new state secretary, notify said
secretary as to the officers, membership
and general condition, also of each
V. That we, the visiting members of
the Y. P. C. U., extend to the friends of
the Bloomtield Union our hearty thanks
for the royal and generous manner in
which we have been received and enter
tained during our stay among them.
Of Love and Through Love.
Of love and through love. Govern
ance of the world has been through love.
Religion has grown under a living hand.
Nature worship, animal worship, image
worship, polytheism, were wrought out
into the monotheism of the Hebrews.
How was Israel watched over, forgiven
and restored at least three times, that
she might finally give the world its Re
deemer? Vet Christ was spurned by
most. God was not dismayed. The
Catholic church, Christ’s representative,
became corrupted. Luther was called
forth by love to help the world and
most of all the Catholic church. It
never had been a truer church than it
now became. Again blight atllicte the
church of Christ, John Wesley is called
forth; teaches the world how to pray,
and is a new manifestation of love, not
more to the world than the church of
England. Through love are all things.
—Rev. C. L. Ball.
—Prince Bismarck said of General
Grar.t in 1878: “It was a keen pleasure
to me to see General Grant. Naturally
1 was eager to visit him, because, after
all, an American former president is big
game. I expected that Grant would
make a deal of fuss. On the contrary,
his manner was exceedingly modest—in
fact, rather timid. lie seemed ready to
ask questions, and impressed me as etu
dious and observing, and altogether as
a very tactful mar. Grant was quite my
idea of what a great citizen returned to
private life ought to be.”
■- - —
Eighth Annual National Union Y. P. C. U.
“ Detroit, ’97.”
Full Report of an Interesting Series of Meetings.
ETROIT, ’97 ” This familiar
slogan, tbe rallying cry of the
Y. P. C. U., has rung throughout the
denomination, more or less, for the
last twelve months. It culminated
and found its realization on Wednes
day evening, July 7th, when the
Young People’s Christian Union be
gan its sessions with a “rally” at the
Church of Our Father, in Detroit, in
the preseuce of a congregation which
filled the beautiful church and made
standing room at a premium. And it
was a “rally” indeed! The attendance
was unexpectedly large, over three
hundred delegates finding their places
in the church for the first session. It
was a beautiful sight that was pre
sented when the delegations were all
in their places. ’Mid the singing of
songs and the waving of state ban
ners and flags,this eighth annual Na
tional Convention of the Y. P. C. U.,
and the ninth assembly of the Na
tional Union, began its sessions.
The Decorations.
The decorations of the church were
superb. The colors of the Union,
white and blue, were everywhere dis
played. From the central electric
chandelier white and blue streamers
were festooned and fell in folds over
the beautiful auditorium, and the gal
leries were draped artistically in the
same colors. Below the organ loft
was the word “Welcome,” printed in
gold letters on a white ground, with
the addition of the title of the Union,
and the words, “Detroit, ’97.” State
banners were arranged along the gal
leries and among those represented
were Maine, New York, Illinois, Ohio,
Georgia and Japan. Among these
the gorgeous color of the Illinois
banner was conspicuous, and next to
Japan, attracted attention.
The platform was very handsomely
decorated with palms and hollyhocks
in bloom, of various colors, this old
fashioned flower looming up spledid
ly in the general ePect of the decora
tion. Rarely has a church been more
beautifully prepared for the advent
of a series of religious meetings. The
singing was enthusiastic, and as each
delegation finished, it was heartily
applauded and another would begin.
This was all preliminary to the regu
lar services of the evening, and was
continued from 7:30 for three quar
ters of an hour.
O ®
At 8:15 the entire congregation
arose, and the music swelled into a
magnificent chorus, “We march to
Dr. Charles Fluhrer, of Albion, N.
Y„ offered the opening prayer, after
which Rev. Lee S. McCollester, the
Detroit pastor, who presided during
the evening, made a short address in
the formal opening of the Convention
After cordial words of welcome, he
announced that the clergy of the city
had been invited to attend the meet
ings to be held during the week, and
all had answered kindly, wishing
success to the Convention. He an
nounced several churches that had
responded to the proposition for sup
plies from the Convention on Sunday.
He closed by saying,“You young peo
ple comprise the force which is to
bring about an understanding among
the churches,—a unity which will be
another evidence of the growing
power of Christianity to bless the
world. I beseech you in this conven
tion to cherish this Bpirit. Yes, the
very spirit of Christ to lead us on.”
As Mr. McCollester closed the
Rev. Elmer J. Felt, of Tacoma, en
tered the church and was greeted
with applause which continued for
some minutes. He had just arrived
ou the evening train, and what the
Detroit papers described as “a dra
matic entry” was only the belated ar
rival of the national president on his
long journey from the State of Wash
After the National President had
taken his seat on the platform, the
mayor of Detroit, Hon. Wm. C. May
bury, was introduced, and made a
brief welcoming address.
The Mayor of Detroit.
Mayor May bury’s address was in
good taste, and was a cordial expres
sion of good will to the assembled
visitors. “We are all Universalists,”
he said, “and therefore, we believe in
universal hospitality. We are Uni
versalists in another sense. We be
lieve there is nothing too good for
the children of men. We believe in
taking advantage of every worthy
modern thought. Our vision is for
the present and for the future, with
only kindly respect for the past. We
do not mourn progress, and we want
to encourage you in your work.”
A reference by the mayor to the
municipal law controlling bicycles,
caused much merriment in the con
gregation. Detroit is a great bicycle
city, and its fine boulevards are
crowded almost all hours of the day
with passing wheels. The mayor
continued: *•We have a fine system
of municipal laws. One of them is
against ‘scorching.’ We understand
you have brought your wheels with
you. Scorch! That ordinance is re
pealed during your stay here. It
would be a great shame to fine peo
ple for scorching now when the great
est scorcher on earth has been at us
for three days.” This was a reference
to the extraordinary heat which had
afflicted Detroit, as well as all the
rest of the country, for a week or
more. In the church at this very mo
ment the thermometor was above 90.
The mayor closed by speaking of the
advantages of Detroit, and said that
after the visitors had seen the city,
they would not wonder at Detroit’s
Detroit, ’97, Committee.
Dr. W. S. Anderson, chairman of
the Detroit, ’97, committee, followed,
and spoke of the work of preparing
for this convention. The committee,
he said, felt more than repaid for its
six month’s work when it saw the suc
cess of its undertaking in this first
splendid meeting.
From the Trustees.
Mr. C. A. Newcomb, a well-known
friend of our church, extended the
visitors a hearty welcome, speaking
on behalf of the trustees of the
Church of Our Father. “We are glad
you are here,” he said, “and will give
you a good time, but do not let the
fun put your work into the back
ground. Our work is to spiritualize
the materalism of the day. We want
not alone enthusiasm, but intelligent,
well directed enthusiasm. When the
mayor said we are all Universalists
he spoke truer than many would be
lieve. The Christian world is rapidly
coming to a universal understand
East and West.
Rev. C. H. Vail, of New Jersey, re
sponded for the East to the words of
welcome in an appropriate manner,
and was followed in the same strain
by Rev. A. C. Grier, of Wisconsin, as
speaking for the West. “It is sub
limely ours,” he said, “to band our
selves together to demonstrate to the
world that this grand doctrine and
faith of Universalism have in them
every element for the fulfillment of
every life-condition, and it is to for
ward this sublime faith and to bring
in the fuller life and faith that we as
semble in Detroit in this our Nation
al Convention.”
Rev. Mr. Grier referred to Rev. A.
J. Cardell, of Boston, and Miss Clara
Adams, of Lynn, who, he said, with
him were to enjoy the distinction of
being the parents of the Y. P. C. U.
They had all three met recently in
Boston, and had gone to the top of
highest building in the city, and were
photographed as the “parental trio.”
The Y. P. C. U. was the lifeblood of
the Universalist Church, and gave
new force and direction to its move
ments. Its importance could not be
After this came the reading of tele
grams, conveying the prayers and
good wishes of absent members. The
President of the Union was formerly
introduced by Mr. McCollester, and
at once proceeded to the organizing
appointments of the session.
A call of the roll disclosed the pres
ence of about three hundred dele
gates, aud President Felt announced
the committees of the session.
Credentials—Dell Ellison, New York;
Ralph Neeland, Massachusetts; Miss N.
y. Hayes, Connecticut.
Auditing—George R. Haigh, New Jer
sey; Ruth Earle, Rhode Island.
Resolutions—Omer J. Petree, Massa
chusetts; Geerge Keudell, Illinois; E. L.
Freeman, Michigan; T. T. Nelson, Maine.
Recommendations and Reports—Geo. L.
Perin, Massachusetts; Carl F. Henry,
Ohio ; B. W. Jones, Vermont ; Leslie
Moore, New Hampshire; Mrs. Rose B.
Stewart, Indiana.
Religious Services—The pastor of the
Detroit church.
J. Lyman Wood, of New York, J.
W hitefield. of Massachusetts, and H.
J. Litchfield, of* Wisconsin, were ap
pointed secretaries.
These preliminaries over, President
Felt began his annual address. He
said in part:
“Salvation is our program. From
the meet insignificant plant in the
woods to the human eou), the strug
gle is for somethirg higher. In man the
effort is to reech the infinite. The eeri
ousneesof today lies in the weakling
grasp with which we take hold. It is
the peculiar business of the Y. P. C. U.
to strengthen that grasp. The burden
of sin, the crushing weight of dieap
pointment and sorrow, finds no relief
outside the philosophy of the church. I
have longed for a single voice to arise
and call from sea to sea, in a voice which
all must hear and follow the principles
of the Universalist Church.
“The Y. P. C. U. must desire above all
else to assist the denomination in im
proving its opportunities. We are not
members of a little norof apoor church,
but one which daily grows in strength.
The growth of our organization makes
a greater responsibility necessary. It
w as easy to handle at its inception, but
it iB growing large, and its management
is a serious matter. If it is matter for
congratulation to have builded so much
in so short a time, it is matter for grave
thought to rightly conduct the force we
have called into existence. Our firBt
work is, of course, religious, but very close
to that must come the upbuilding of the
denomination. Tha order is nolorger
a baby. It must conduct itself as an
a dult. It is with earnest prayerfulneBB
that I bring before you the great prob
lem of how to show the world a united
Universalist church.
No Division Wanted.
“We will never be bo large that we can
stand a division. Our unity will come,
but how? There are grave difficulties,
but they must be overcome. They must
be overcome on the floor of this conven
tion. The Y. P. C. U. has worked along
lines of its own. It will be difficult to
form an amalgamation which will not
cut off some of its privileges. The church
can afford to give a point. Our organ
ization is of more vital interest to
the church than similar societies are to
other churches. We must have such a
union that a general convention of the
Universalist Church will be the ruling
body. At the same time the parent
body must not in any way abate or
smother the Y. P C. U.'sfeeliDgof inde
pendent responsibility. The question is
before you. Silent be that voice which
shall rise in discord. Closed be those
lips which shall epeak words which shall
give ub cause for regret. I bring a mes
sage of confidence. There is no real
cause for apprehension of danger to the
Universalist church. We are strong and
represent a church whose voice Bhall be
After the several notices weregivem
the first meeting of the convention!
was closed by congregational singing
and the benediction.
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At 8:45, promptly, Thursday morn
ing, the convention began the ser
vices of the day by a devotional
meeting, conducted by Harry A,
Hersey, of Massachusetts, The topic
was, “Sources of Power,” and after a
short exposition of the subject, many
brief addresses were had, and the
congregation united in several
hymns. One of the delegates said,
“I am prouder than ever of the Uni
versaliet Church. Men are crying
for the bread of life, and our faith
supplies what the world needs.” An
other said: “The most helpful words
that I can speak are these: ‘I am a
Universalist.’ They are helpful, be
cause they enshrine faith, and the
faith the world needs.”
The morning session was mainly
devoted to business and reports. The
large attendance filled the church al
most to its capacity. It was a remark
able congregation, nctwithstand
ing the great heat of the early morn
ing. Rev. C. P. Nash, of Michigan,
offered prayer, after which the “Glory
Hallelujah” chorus was sung with
great spirit, Prof. Straub, of Illinois,
President Felt ordered the roll call,
and announced some changes in the
committees. During the interim be
tween the close of the devotional
meeting and the opening of the
business session, the New York dele
gation which had assembled in an
ante-room, marched into the church
singing its state song.
The Southern Work.
The reports of the officers of the
Union was the first order of the morn
ing. Rev. W. H. McGlauflin, the
Southern missionary, was the first of
ficer to make a report. He was re
ceived with applause. It was the
sixth report he had made to the
Union,and he expressed gratification
at the fact that promises early made
have been and are being fulfilled.
During the year the missionary had

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